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Alex, Home Buyer in Braintree, MA

SFH or 2/3 family?

Asked by Alex, Braintree, MA Fri May 1, 2009

I am a first time buyer and looking into Newton area SFH or condo. At the same time, one of my friends (with similar profile) is also looking into Newton, and we are thinking maybe we should buy a 2 family house and renovate it.

What are the pros and cons for the 2 approachs? Thanks.

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unless you have experience renovating homes I would suggest not to mix the 3 distinctly different "initiatives: buying a home for the 1st time, renovating a home for the 1st time, managing a project with a friend! The less complicated yis our agenda the more chances you have for success. Many do not realize, until they are deep into it , the amount of details, dollars, negotiations and other skills it takes to succeed at such combined project!

As an Interior Designer and a Realtor I do sometime engage myself into buying and renovating a property for myself or for my client, yet I would not do this without a clear vision of what it takes, what will I do if things don't go the way I hoped, what should I budget and talk through with the friends who are not involved in the project, rather who may have had some similar experience. You'd be surprised discovering all the complications.
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My advice to first time home buyers is to buy a house that has great resale potential. I tend to view the "first home" as a stepping stone and that it is often the second, third or maybe even a fourth home that will really be your dream home.

That said, I believe that, in general, a single family home has the greatest resale value in Newton. However, what is right for you and for the exact situation obviously can have a number of variables and the real answer may be different for your specific case.

I'd be happy to meet with you and discuss your specific situation when we are face to face and have the confidentiality of potential client and agent. Feel free to call me at (781) 304-1048 or email me at greer.swiston@commonmoves.com

My office is in Wellesley and I live in Newton.
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