First-Time Home Buyers: Style Options for your First Home

Depending on your location of choice, there will be several styles of homes to choose from when buying. As a first-time home buyer, you may not know what style you are looking for or you may not be aware of the different options available to you in your hometown.

Let’s take a look at different styles of homes and their features to help you determine what kind of home might best suit your lifestyle.

Single Family Detached Home

A single family detached home is the classic family home. It could be a bungalow, a split-level, or multiple stories. The single family home is what many first-time home buyers envision for themselves. The single family home offers plenty of privacy and is oftentimes more space than other options. The home owner is responsible for all house and yard maintenance and repairs can be costly.

Single Family Attached Home

Often referred to as row homes or townhouses, attached homes have a shared wall with 1 or more homes. Attached homes are less expensive options as they offer less privacy and space. House and yard maintenance are your responsibility and due to size, this will become a less time consuming and less costly activity than in a single family home.


A condominium is a purchased single unit in a multi-unit building. When owning a condo, you have shared amenities of the building, sometimes including common rooms, pools, outdoor space, and large balconies. Your maintenance is minimal, as you pay a monthly condo fee to the building owner. This fee covers a varying degree of unit maintenance and repairs, utilities, and property maintenance, depending on your agreement.


Before searching for a new home, take an inventory of your likes and dislikes, analyze your lifestyle, and think about what you can picture yourself living in.

I can explore the different styles available in your hometown with you throughout your home search.