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Old 03-28-2011, 09:19 AM
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I am a fist time buyer, and seriously looking to invest in a house pretty soon, one of the property that i am considering is a single family house which is built from a duplex, so there is an attached single family next to it.

I am looking for a town home any way, so i was ready for an attached unit next to me, so that dont bother me much, but not sure what are the Cons of owning a single family in a duplex property ?

one of the Pros i can think of is that it is costing me same as a Townhome, only i dont have to pay the Maintenance.

Please advice, your input is highly appreciated.

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:02 AM
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Those types of houses are usually referred to as "twins". I grew up in one and my parents still live in one. Generally they aren't much different than a townhouse. Of course, absent a HOA you would be responsible for all maintenance to the property.

In general the drawbacks are similar to townhome living, where your overall experience is highly dependent on who your neighbors are. This is doubly important in this situation as there is generally no outside entity enforcing standards and compliance. My parents got lucky and have had great neighbors for over 15 years. They coordinated the landscaping, having the siding and roof replaced, etc. There are other twins in my parents town that you can tell the owners have differing ideas. One side has new siding, the other has faded asbestos shingles. One side has pristine landscaping, the other has cracked walks and weeds.

My issue with a twin in a non-HOA environment is that if you end up with a crappy neighbor, it can make your house next to impossible to sell, or hurt your property values at the very least.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:53 AM
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Is it safe to assume this is side by side duplex? I lived in top and bottom duplex at one time and thank goodness it was temporary because our duplex neighbor was total ass and made life pretty miserable.

Like njgoat said, neighbor can make the big difference
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:36 PM
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I agree with NJGoat, it can be fine if you have good neighbors.

Personally, I would rather have a townhouse in a community with an HOA where there are enforced standards versus a duplex.
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