Choosing the Right Home for your Family
A guide to Bend, Oregon homes
If you are at a point in your life where it is finally time to purchase your first home, you need to decide which type you want to buy. At Duke Warner Real Estate here in Bend, Oregon there are many options available to you. Some of the different types of Bend Oregon Homes for Sale include:
– Single-family homes
– Mobile homes
– Manufactured homes
– Modular homes
– Luxury homes
– Private community homes
– Custom built home
You can learn about some of the benefits that come with purchasing different types of homes. This will make your decision easier regarding the types of homes you want to view when shopping.
Types of Homes
1. Single-family homes
A single-family home is a detached home that’s located on its own property you would also own upon purchasing. These homes are often commonly referred to as stick-built homes and can be older houses. This is because they are built from lumber on-site instead of in a factory. The home has its own kitchen, its own land, its own utilities, and an HVAC system. One of the great things about owning a single-family home is that you get privacy. You won’t have to worry about sharing walls with a neighbor.
You can do what you want with the land, such as fencing, starting a garden, having pets, changing the landscape, etc. If you like, you can have an inground or above-ground pool put in and enjoy the summers even more.
Single-family is becoming an increasingly popular Bend, Oregon home because of the many benefits.
There are also plenty of benefits that come from owning a condominium. Some people like the idea of being part of a community where the neighbors are very close. Some people find an added sense of security comes with living in such a location. Also, when you live in a condo, you get all of the benefits that the HOA has to offer. The HOA helps to keep things going smoothly. Yards must be kept up with, so your neighborhood will always look great.
The HOA takes care of landscaping, exterior pest control, lighting, amenities, and security. If you want to own your own place, but don’t want to take on all the outdoor work that comes with it, a condo may be a good fit for you and your family.
Several neighborhoods in Bend and the surrounding areas (including Sunriver) feature condominiums. You’ll have plenty of options to choose from!
A townhome is much like a condo, but there are a few differences. For one thing, townhomes tend to come with more of a yard than a condo offers. Also, when it comes to the yard, the townhome owners will be in charge of tending to it.
Some people like the idea of taking care of the regular yard maintenance on their own. Townhomes often have many amenities like condos, but townhome communities aren’t as known for these amenities as condo communities are.
Townhomes are popular across many districts in Bend, Oregon and the surrounding areas.
4. Mobile homes
One of the most appreciated benefits of purchasing a mobile home is that it can be purchased for only a fraction of what it would cost to purchase a single-family home. While there are some differences between these types of homes, they are also similar in many ways.
An important thing to know is that while moving a mobile home may not be easy, it can be done. If you get a great deal on a mobile home that’s in a location you don’t love, you can purchase land you like and have the home moved to that land. Since mobile homes are built in controlled environments, you also know that they are built to high standards consistently.
More and more Bend, Oregon residents are opting to purchase mobile homes. With a mobile home, you can experience what it is like to live in Central Oregon at a fraction of the cost.
5. Manufactured homes
Manufactured homes are very similar to single-family homes. However, they can usually be purchased for less than a single-family home. You can usually tell a manufactured home from a single-family home because of the flatter exterior appearance. They also aren’t affixed to a foundation.
Manufactured homes are built in a factory like mobile homes are, so they also offer that high-quality build. They are generally small to mid-sized homes, and they are always single-level homes.
These make up a smaller percentage of Bend, Oregon homes, but they can still be easily found.
6. Modular home
A modular home is the closest thing to a stick-built single-family home. This is another home type that is manufactured in a factory and then transported to the site. With a modular home, the home is affixed to a permanent foundation like a stick-built home would be. They are generally too large to be brought to the location in one piece, so they are fully attached on-site. However, once they have been put together, it won’t be obvious that they were ever not in one piece. At least, not to someone who isn’t very experienced with them.
Modular homes can come as one-story homes, or they can come as two-story homes. They can also look so much like a stick-built home to the untrained eye that they are a great option for those who want the best of both worlds.
7. Luxury homes
A luxury home is generally not one a first-time buyer sets out to purchase. It is an expensive home that’s very large and full of high-quality appliances and features. They can have many elaborate amenities such as in-home theaters, game rooms, libraries, and much more.
Luxury homes sit on a good-sized property and also have a lot of fantastic outdoor amenities. These amenities can include things like impressive swimming pools, tennis or basketball courts, large grilling areas, and a lot more. Luxury homes are often the homes many people dream of owning.
There is no shortage of luxury when it comes to Bend, Oregon homes! If this home is the right choice for your family, you will have plenty of options to choose from.
8. Private community home
A private community home can be any number of housing types. It can be a condo, a townhome, a modular home, a stick-built home, or even a luxury home. When a home is in a private community, it means the entire neighborhood is protected by a wall or gate. There is often security at a checkpoint to get into the community. Sometimes you will need to swipe a card or punch in a special code to get inside the community. For visitors, there is an option where they can ring your home, and you can then allow them access through the gate.
The private community offers you protection from things like traffic, or troublemakers. While crime does sometimes happen inside a private community, it happens significantly less. People who are very private tend to like these communities because it allows them to have a more secluded and protected home.
Bend, Oregon has several neighborhoods with private and gated communities.
9. Custom built home
A custom-built home is one that was built for you. For this type of home, you work with a contractor to get a home that is just what you want. You can choose from a model home and then pick your own materials like the paint, flooring, countertops, cupboards, etc. Or, you can help to design the exact home you want, so it caters to your family in every way.
One of the great things about a custom-built home is that it is all you and your family’s preferences. This way, there is nothing about the home you wish were different. Also, this allows your family to be the first one to ever live in the home. Plus, everything in the home will be brand new. In fact, it will still have a fresh smell because there won’t have ever been anyone in the house. You know there were never pets in the home before, and this means no pet odors suddenly appearing up from the padding shortly after your family has moved into the home.
It can cost a bit extra to build a custom Bend, Oregon home. But if it is the right choice for you, the price is worth the amazing benefits!
What to think about when choosing the right Bend, Oregon home for your family
One of the things you need to consider when you are looking for the right home is your budget. Consider the amount you were approved for your home loan, as well as any of your own money you would have to put with that amount.
You also want to consider the amount that you can realistically afford to pay each month on your mortgage. You may have been approved for a higher amount per month than you know you would be able to keep up with. This means you want to look for a home that is less than the amount you were approved for.
2. Future plans
You also want to think about your plans for the future when it comes to your family. If you plan on keeping your family small, then you will be fine with a smaller home in most cases. However, if you plan to have a large family, then you need to think about this when looking at homes. You should look for one that gives you some room for growth. Or, you may like the idea of looking for a home that you would be able to build onto in the future.
3. Family interests or hobbies
Something else that you want to consider before shopping for your family home is special interests or hobbies the family is involved in. This way, your family can enjoy doing what they love even more and right on your own property.
An example of how your lifestyle can contribute to choosing the right home would be if you love fishing and boating. In this case you want to find a lakefront home, meaning you have access to the lake right from your property. You can enjoy fishing from your own yard and get in your boat any time you feel like it.
Central Oregon is known for its community of hobbyists and outdoor lovers. You will be able to easily find a Bend, Oregon home that tailors to your family’s activity needs!
4. Personal preferences
Determining your preferences and the preferences of your family can take some time. You want to get together and decide what the most important features are for a home and neighborhood to have. Use those answers to help you decide which type of home would work out the best for the family as a whole.
You want to cover things such as the budget mentioned above, as well as how much land you really want, how close you want your nearest neighbors to be, whether you’d prefer a lot of amenities or plenty of privacy, and even what type of animals you can see your family wanting in the future. For example, if you want horses, you need a home on a large lot of land in an area that is zoned for them.
Choosing the right Bend, Oregon home
When you put the time and effort into picking the best home for you and your family, the chances are much greater that you will love and appreciate your home in all ways for years to come.
If you purchase a home with the entire family and the future in mind, it is more likely that this will be the home you will stay in for the rest of your life. You may even find that this home ends up being one that will be passed down through generations.
Overall, it is important to consider all your options and every variable. And remember- we at Duke Warner are here to help. Click below to find your perfect Bend, Oregon home today!