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Houses come in many different shapes, styles, ages, and prices. Buying a house is an important decision. When buying a house, you should consider the property, maintenance issues, potential repair, house insurance costs, and the neighborhood where the house resides. When people refer to houses, they usually refer to single family detached homes.

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Common House Styles for Sale

Here are a few of the differnet house styles that are listed on the MLS, and a little explanation of whate each style is.

  • A-Frame - The A Frame is just like it sounds. Shaped like an A with a big steep roof. These are not very common but were a fad in the 70's.
  • Basement HouseBasement House - The basement house is a basement without a main floor. These houses are incredibly energy efficient. They are also at high risk for Radon Gas. There aren't a lot of basement houses but they do exist. They are usually cheaper than condos for the square footage, and you actually own land with a basement house.
  • Bi-Level - Bi Level or Split Entry houses have a set of stairs where you make the decision on whether you'll go upstairs, or downstairs as soon as you walk in. They were very common in the 80's and are still built today. Many home buyers will not even consider a Bi-Level house. A bi-level house house of identical square footage of a rambler will be less expensive.
  • Bungalo - A bungalow is a house whose frontage is shorter than the length. Bungalos very often have large front porches. Most homes built in the early 1900's are considered bungalo's. Craftsman Bungalows are very popular, and when nicely updated sell more than new houses.
  • Cabin - Houses are reffered to as Cabins when they are made out of Logs, or or are out in the wilderness. Some cabins are cheap, shack like houses, while some of the most expensive houses are cabins.
  • Contemporary - Contemporary houses try to use art and Frank Loyd Wright technicues to make them more functional, stylish, and properly flowing.
  • Cottage - Cottages and Bungalo's are often interchangeable. Houses not as well built are more likely reffered to as cottages.
  • Duplex - A duplex is a house with two seperate residneces in one. Each residence has its own kitchen and bathroom. There is just one tax ID number for a duplex.
  • Historic - A historic home is an old house that is still standing. Some historic houses have been registered with the National Historic Registry. Real Historic Homes have a history behind them, and story of the original owners is known.
  • Mansion - Mansions refer too old houses that are large, and new houses that are ginormous.
  • McMansion - McMansions are cookie cutter spec homes that are larger than 4,000 square feet.
  • Multi-Level - A mutli level house has several levels, and none with a full stair case. The house is usually divided into two sides, and each side has two levels.
  • Farm House/Pioneer Home - Pioneer Houses aren't always on farms, but they are old houses that were slapped together in sections. They almost always have more than one addition. The original pioneer owners had a small cabin sometimes made of logs, and then as they got more money added on. Pioneer houses usually have incredibly thick walls, and low ceilings on the loft or second floor.
  • Rambler/Ranch Style - Most single sttory houses built after 1960 are Ramblers/Ranch Style Houses. Most Single Story houses, or single story with a basement are considered Ranch Style Houses. Ramblers are usually longer wide than they are deep.
  • Town House - A Townhouse is a house that is connected to one or more houses with shared walls. Townhouses are usually tall and skinny. Many townhouses are condos.
  • Tri-Level - A Tri Level House is a Multi Level house that has exactly three levels. The main floor usually includes a living room and kitchen, upstairs usually has bedrooms, and the basement usually has family room/additional bedrooms. The section of house under the living room kitchen makes a nice crawl space for storage.
  • Twin House - A twin house is a house with a shared wall. It iIt is not a duplex as each half is individually owned and has a separate tax ID number. Its not a condo, as it is not part of a Homeowners Association, and there is no common ground. Sometimes one half of a twin home will be completely updated while the other half looks beat up and in need of new paint and roof. Twin Houses are usually some of the most affordable housing units.
  • Two Story - Two Story houses are simply houses with two stories above ground. The main floor generally has living room/great room, kitchen, half bath, while the second floor has bedrooms. Two story homes are generally nicer and more expensive than multi level homes of the same square footage.