Home Variety is the Spice of Life
House-hunting can be a tedious journey, closing one chapter and opening another, or it can be a blast. When you consider all of possibilities for your new home, you may find yourself a little overwhelmed, but that’s okay! You have the option, always, of hiring a professional to assist you. A real estate agent is going to be able to give you some perspective for your search, and be there to make your search a little easier. When you’re ready to commit yourself to the search, you should already know what type of property that you’re looking for, and how much maintenance you’re interested in doing. Maybe your everyday will be affected by the place that you’ve chosen, maybe it won’t, but a new place to call home is always an exciting journey.
New, Contemporary Homes
New and contemporary homes are, by far, the most popular choice for prospective home buyers. When given the option for something new versus something old, most people will always choose the newer option. There is plenty to love about older homes, but newer homes almost always have their perks where plumbing, maintenance, and warranties are concerned. New homes usually come with warranties on the home itself, and the roof. HVAC systems will be brand-new, and no one will have had a chance to damage the plumbing. Contemporary homes may come with a variety of fun and technically-advanced amenities, making them even more desirable.
For the budget-conscious home-buyer, a lived-in home will be the focus of their search. Homes that have been loved by another family will often have plenty of non-standard amenities, including pools and more space. They can easily satisfy the needs of many families looking for a change in housing, or even childless couples that would like more room for visiting relatives. When you’ve got a little more room for a little less money, your satisfaction with your purchase is high.
Charming, majestic, and possibly eligible for tax incentives, historic homes are not as popular as one would think. This lack of popularity has nothing to do with the look of the home, and everything to do with the maintenance of the home. Historic homes may have delicate plumbing, faulty electricity, or be difficult to warm or cool during winter and summer temperature extremes. Gorgeous and loveable though they may be, historic homes can end up being more of an investment than an escape. Some cities and states, however, will provide tax breaks and tax incentives for those who choose to take on the task of living in a historic home. Your real estate agent will be able to provide you with more information, or find out for you.
Condos and Townhomes
Buying a smaller unit as part of a larger unit is a popular option across metropolitan areas all over the world. Condos and townhomes don’t offer the space or the yards that traditional homes offer, but what they lack in space, they make up for in lack of maintenance. Condos are more likely to look like apartments, and townhomes are more like smaller traditional houses that are smaller, and attached by walls. Some townhomes may come with homeowner’s association fees, but not all. Whatever type of home you choose for you and your family, you’ll have plenty of options, and time to decide.