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Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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What To Look For In A New Townhome Community

If you're ready to upgrade from living in a small apartment, but you don't want to sacrifice some of the perks of apartment living, a townhome community may be the perfect home for you. Townhomes are multi-family units like apartments, but instead of cramming as many people into a lot as possible, they are built to recreate the best parts of living in a single-family home. You won't have to deal with neighbors living above and below you in a townhome, but you can still enjoy a virtually maintenance-free living experience. Here are a few features to look for in a townhome community.

Pet-Friendly Facilities

If you have a pet, you likely want to take them with you to your new home. If you could never get a pet due to apartment restrictions, moving to a pet-friendly townhome community can allow you to get the pet you always wanted. Make sure to ask about dog breed restrictions. Ideally, if you have or want to have a large or intimidating dog, you need to find a community that accepts breeds that are considered aggressive, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Make sure to ask the community manager about pet rent rates, breed restrictions, and pet-friendly amenities like built-in dog showers or cat doors. 

Multiple Layout Options

Many townhome communities are built to suit a wide range of potential renters. Many of them include homes with a variety of layouts. When you find a townhome community you are interested in, see if you can find floorplans online. You may be able to find two-bedroom layouts and three-bedroom layouts with multiple configurations. If some are more expensive to rent than others, they may include extra bathrooms or storage areas. A community with many layouts allows you to choose the perfect layout for your household. For example, if you host guests regularly, you may want to have a spare bedroom and an easily accessible guest bathroom.

Community Amenities

Since townhome communities combine the best elements of single-family homes and apartment complexes, they tend to offer quite a few community amenities. Most of them include grounds maintenance services so their renters can enjoy spending time outdoors without ever touching a lawnmower. Pet-friendly communities may also have designated dog potty spots, dog parks, and pet water fountains. If you want to stay active, look for a community with a gym, jogging trail, or pool. Since you won't have to maintain any of these facilities, you can just enjoy them.

If you're looking for a pet-friendly townhome, reach out to a local real estate agent.