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What Types of Homes You Can Buy?

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People move houses 5 to 7 times, on average, during their lifetimes according to National Statistics. This translates to you moving houses at least once in a span of 5 to 10 years. You might want to move to a different home because of your changing needs or you are entering a new phase in your life.

Houses come in different styles that can match your varying needs at any phase in your life. There are condominiums suited for those living alone and for newlyweds. There are also single-family houses that can accommodate large families and even mobile homes for those who may want to move around. When buying a house, it is important to consider what each style of homes offers and if these match up to your needs.

The Condominium: Condos first became popular in the 1970s as more people wanted to live in urban areas without paying the high price of a home. Ilyce Glink, author of '100 Questions Every Home Buyer Should Ask' explains that when you buy a condo, you don't necessarily own the unit. You're actually investing in the common elements of the property that you share with the neighbors, and the airspace inside the walls, ceilings and flooring.

Town Homes: Town homes are very similar to single-family detached homes but they are clustered together in rows and this is the reason they are sometimes referred to as 'row homes'. Most town homes give the owner full ownership of their houses but some are part of homeowner's associations. Homeowner's associations oblige its members to pay monthly fees for the expenses of common amenities such as parking lots, laundry room and playgrounds.

Single-Family Houses: Single-family houses are very popular for first time homebuyers. There are a lot of styles and variations that you can choose from if you are considering to buy a single-family house. These houses can be built on one's own lot or built within a small community. Owners of single-family houses have the sole responsibility for all expenses concerning maintenance and ownership of their house.

Mobile Homes: These homes are really portable or moveable houses. You do not need to buy land but most mobile parks charge for rent. Mobile homes have simple home amenities and are relatively more affordable than other types of homes.

Pre-fabricated homes are a step above mobile homes, and are typically designed with sturdier materials and better construction. They can still be moved from site to site, but are of a higher quality than the average mobile home. And, just like the mobile home, you would only be responsible for renting, not buying the land it sits on.

Knowing the pros and cons of each type of houses will help you in searching for a home and arrive at an informed decision.

Forecasting your future for the next three to five years can also help you narrow down your choices; if you have a large family and want to stay in a particular neighborhood, a single family home or townhouse may be the best fit for you. If you're young and single and not sure where you want to live in the next 5-10 years, a condominium may be a better investment as a first time home buyer.
When searching for MN houses for sale, the world wide web is an invaluable resource. New homebuyers can use the MN MLS to view the active-listings of homes throughout the state.

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