Lauren Davis
REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West | 508-254-0449 | Lauren@LaurensListings.com


Posted by Lauren Davis on 10/18/2017

Don't let past housing experiences, including your childhood experiences, keep you from entering home ownership gradually and smartly. Right away, you might think that your housing choices are only influenced by your current family size, housing costs, business arrangements and personal preferences.

Don't let the past hold you back from enjoying row house living

What you might not know is how much your past living experiences are influencing the types of houses that you're open to buying as an adult. If you feel a need to stay connected to your childhood or family traditions, you might have a blind spot to certain types of houses. For example, you might:

  • Refuse to buy a house that doesn't have large, bay windows (even if a house with smaller windows provides an equal amount of natural light to a home)
  • Communicate to your realtor that you do not want to see houses that have less than three stories (you might make this demand even if a one to two story house has the same number of rooms as a three story house)
  • Look at houses that are painted the same color that your childhood home was painted in (Of course, you could repaint house walls. But, if you're deeply connected to the past, you might disallow yourself access to this awareness.)
  • Turn away from houses that don't have long side driveways, an attached garage or a covered parking area

Focus on what really counts when looking at row houses

You also might convince yourself that if you buy row houses, the value of the properties will only decline due to the fact that not as many people want to live in row houses as the number of people who are looking for a traditional, unattached house. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially if the number of people willing to release the past and take advantage of row house living grows.

Another thing that you might miss is the fact that it's a house's interior that wins many people over. Smartly designed rooms, more than enough living space, a beautiful decor and low utility expenses are measurable housing advantages that row houses also offer. Some row houses are designed with long, side driveways, the type of driveways in which you could park up to three or four vehicles. Be willing to step away from the past to realize these and other row house benefits.

Get over row house stereotypes

If you're feeling stuck, it could be because you're holding onto the past. Housing is one area where you might make decisions that are based on your past. If you, your parents and grandparents grew up in an unattached house, you might consider living in an unattached house as being "normal". Should you have grown up in an unattached house, you also might have stereotypes about row houses.

The stereotypes could be erroneous or flat out wrong. Believing that people who live in row houses re financially inept, socially challenges or less educated and positive than people who live in traditional, unattached houses is inaccurate. Move into a row house and you might quickly find that family background, a thirst for ongoing education and personal goals and vision are the core determinants of how well neighbors interact with each other.

Additionally, unless you were gifted a house through a will, this mindset could cost you. Row houses, especially older row houses, may save you thousands of dollars both over the short and long term. Included among savings that row houses could yield are homeowner's association fees, property taxes and interior and exterior housing maintenance costs.




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