The reason that townhouses and condos are listed under the same classification is simply that our MLS does not distinguiish between the two. They both have mandatory fees. The difference between condo fees and townhouse fees is usually that the townhouse fees are less, because they cover less.
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One way to look into an MLS and eliminate the condos is to only search for what is known as
This is when you own the house and the land.
Condos own the house, but share the land.
Hope this helps.
As you found out, not all condos are apartment styled, some are laid out like THs. Many THs communities have an HOA fee, some can be similar in price to a condo. It depends on what kind of amenities, location that looking for as well as what you can afford, maybe the TH styled condo would work, otherwise have your buyers agent just send you properties that are THs or single family homes.
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Because it's easy, some developers do the same with townhomes, and even stand-alone homes in a development. Generally, there'll be some common area - for townhomes, the roofs may be common property, for example. But it could be a common driveway, garden area, whatever.
Hope that helps,
Town Homes have 2 or more levels but may be condos with Associations or may NOT be, just having A common wall agreement
Ask a Realtor to send you listings of Town Homes that are NOT condos