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Old 03-05-2007, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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How do I find these? Most real estate sites do not have this as a search option. Or how hard would it be to add a one to the property as far as permits go and such?
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:44 AM
 
Location: North Raleigh
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These properties are seemingly rare in any geographic location. If you want to solely rely on internet searches you need to find a site that allows you to search for "2nd kitchen" or "Apartment/Suite" or "in-law". I'll PM you one site I've found for the Raleigh area that includes those parameters. Note that I'm sure you're missing some properties by relying ONLY on this type of search.
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Old 03-05-2007, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Thanks! I'm in the early stages of my research. No where close to needing a realtor yet. I want to do the research first on this type of property, then present the prospect to my dad.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:22 AM
 
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My husband's parents made the move to NC with us a few months ago, and we quickly realized when we were searching for homes last fall that by only looking at homes that had in-law apts (or guest houses... or convenience apts, etc) our choices were severely limited. What we decided to do instead was search within subdivisions where we examined their covenants, and only chose those where we could add on the apt. My husband is a general contractor, so he'll do the work himself. You could also look at homes not in subdivisions... though they're hard to find (for newer homes).

We're just starting now with the permit processes - good luck in your search!
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:18 AM
 
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I've seen quite a few houses like this (often an apartment built on top of a garage) in the Budleigh neighborhood of central Raleigh. Now, whether any of these are for sale, I dunno...and they'd probably be expensive if they are....but I did see some there.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Another thought would be to do a search on homes with basements. There aren't very many in the area, but a few of those that do have turned it into an in law suite, some with a separate entrance.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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I saw quite a few daylight basement models fitted out for an inlaw suite

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Old 03-05-2007, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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I saw quite a few daylight basement models fitted out for an inlaw suite
One of the homes on my street has done this....there is also another home on this street that just went for sale that should have the same basement - not sure if it's finished or not yet.
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Old 03-05-2007, 12:53 PM
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Location: Cary, NC
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You will not find a reliable screen for guest suites, in-law suites, etc.
too many different names, and the alternatives are buried deep in the MLS selection screens. Many Realtors will put it into "Agent Only" or "Remarks" and that is tough to screen for.
Specify square footage, number of bedrooms, three baths, and you might be surprised what turns up.
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Old 03-07-2007, 09:21 PM
 
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We are looking for this too. Or at the very least some room downstairs that can be used as a guestroom with a conveniently located bathroom. I have had some success finding them using various MLS, but I would think a realtor would be best. My first choice just went under contract, but not to me
Good luck and Happy hunting.
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