What exactly is a single level duet ? Is it a duplex ?

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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Sun Dec 11, 2011
A duet is a building that contains two separate residences. The residences are considered to be separate properties, similar to two separate units in a townhouse community that are attached to each other. The separate units in the duet each have their own assessor’s identification number. While both units could be owned by the sale owner they are usually owned by separate owners. Consider ownership of and living in a duet to be the same as living in any other house with the exception that your house is attached to the house next door, shares the same roof and the same foundation.

A duplex is two residences under one roof with common ownership. In other words, the owner owns the building which contains two living units. The building has one assessor’s i.d. number. The owner and family can live in both units, rent one out or rent both units out.
Similarly, a triplex with have three units and a fourplex…well, you get the idea.
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Mon Dec 12, 2011
John said it best – TU.

As an aside, duets can look like townhouse but typically do not have HOA fees. You need to take a good look at the condition of the unit attached to the unit you are buying – if it is in poor condition, there is usually no HOA to make sure it’s maintained well. In addition, if you need to replace the roof on your side or paint and the other side cannot afford to do the same, your home can look a bit strange until the other side fixes up their half to match yours.
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Robin Young, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Fri Dec 9, 2011
Yes, when I was a little girl I understood two homes that shared one wall as Duplex. Today they call them Duets if they are sold individually.....The "Deplex" term is used more in the rental market and if both units are sold as one unit.
I hope this has helped.
Robin Young
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Steven Ornel…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Dec 9, 2011

I'm not sure there is an "official" definition (and the use of "Duet" may just be a marketing term); however, I would consider this similar to a Duplex but each side is owned individually and at least one wall is shared.

"Duplex" appears more straight forward: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplex_(building)

By the way, this property went pending on 12/1/11 and was classified as a Single Family Residence in the Tax Database (not a Condo or Townhome).

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