Types of property to buy in the USA
It’s so important to establish what type of US property suits you and your needs best before you begin. There is a huge range of properties available in the USA, but the most popular with expats tend to be houses, apartments, townhouses and condominiums.
You’ll find that apartment complexes in the USA vary hugely in size depending on the development. They are typically located close to city centres, and some offer lifestyle facilities such as communal swimming pools and gymnasiums, BBQ areas, walking tracks, and so on.
There is a huge range of properties available in the USA, but the most popular with expats tend to be houses, apartments, townhouses and condominiums.
Condos are similar to apartments in the sense that there are multiple properties on-site and they often boast similar lifestyle facilities. They are however usually larger and higher quality, which means they are more desirable than your average apartment complex. Condos are cheaper to buy than townhouses or family homes.
Townhouses are single-family properties that are attached to neighbouring properties. This type of property will vary in size, but they often come with a private garden or courtyard. You may hear the term ‘duplex’ bandied about – this is a specific type of townhouse, which is only attached to one other property, similar to a semi-detached property in the UK.
These are detached properties that come in all different shapes and sizes and with differing amounts of land attached.
We recommend sitting down and listing everything that comes to mind about what you want, and need
Questions to ask yourself
To help determine what kind of US property is best for you, we recommend sitting down and listing everything that comes to mind about what you want, and need. Try answering the following questions:
- What type of property do you see yourself living in? A new build apartment, family home, or condo?
- How big does it need to be? How many bedrooms? How many bathrooms?
- Would you prefer to live in an old house or something new? If old, are you happy to manage a serious renovation? Or perhaps a redecoration is more in line with your plans?
- Do you need a terrace? Off-road parking? A garden? A swimming pool? Maybe you are looking for some land with fruit trees?
- What type of view (if any!) do you require from the property?
- What else is needed to fulfil your property requirements?
Once you’ve established what you need from your US property, have a look around to confirm your findings and to identify the kinds of properties that you can find in your chosen area for the price you’ve budgeted. When you feel the time is right, contact our Resource Centre on 020 7898 0549, and we’ll put you in touch with our trusted realtor in the USA.
The USA Buying Guide covers every stage of the property buying process, sharing our experience and knowledge to ensure a safe and successful property purchase. The guide will help you to: