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Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

When I bought my first home, I basically signed whatever was placed in front of me. The idea of becoming a homeowner overshadowed any concerns that I might have. Besides, the agent seemed to know just what needed to be done. It was only later that I learned there was some confusion about the location of the property lines. Two years and several thousand dollars later, I finally got things straightened out. When I bought my second home, you can bet that I had a real estate attorney by my side. Everything was checked and double-checked before I signed anything If you are thinking about buying a home, take nothing for granted. Let me tell you more about my experience and why you need your own legal counsel. In the long run, you'll save a lot of time and trouble.

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Why It's Worth Buying A Townhome

As you start your journey in searching for a home, you'll likely start by narrowing down your search to the type of home that you want. While many people love the idea of a single-family home, a townhome may be the better choice for you. Here are some reasons to keep townhomes in your real estate searches.

Townhomes Require Less Maintenance

One of the things about homeownership that you are likely aware of is that it requires a lot more maintenance of the property. You are the one that is responsible for the yard, the roof, the windows, and all of those very expensive repairs to the unit's structure. When you own a townhome, you don't have to deal with all that maintenance. 

Townhomes require much less maintenance than a home because you often pay an HOA fee as part of living in the community. The owners of the community are the ones that are responsible for the structure of the home, maintaining the grass, and pretty much everything outside of the home's walls. You are typically only required to maintain what is from the drywall in. 

Townhomes Share Fewer Walls Than Condos

If the reason that you didn't want a townhome is that you wanted to get away from having shared walls with other people, know that this is not as big of an issue as it is with condos. This is due to townhomes having units that are vertical, so you never share a ceiling or floor with another person. End units will often share one set of walls with a neighbor, and those walls are made of much more dense construction material than drywall. While you will share walls, it won't be the same as living in an apartment.

Townhomes Offer Outdoor Space

Do you like having outdoor space that you can call your own? Townhomes still give you outdoor space that can be fenced off, giving you some outdoor space that condos and apartments often lack. You can set up a BBQ, patio table, and other outdoor furniture so you have space to relax under the sun. Condos are often limited to the balcony if you are on a unit off the main level, and you often don't have the room to put more than a grill and a chair out there.

Hopefully, you'll keep townhomes in mind as you continue your search for your next home. 

For more information about townhomes, such as two-bedroom townhomes, contact a real estate service.