Housing Tips

There are, of course, many factors which influence a sale. The following is a suggestion to use as a checklist of items which will bring you closer to a sale. Every item on which you are willing to make a concession moves you closer to a sale.

It can sometimes be confusing trying to decipher between the various housing types out there on the market. What is a row unit as opposed to a linked home? Is a semi-detached with two storeys not a two-storey? Here is a guide to descriptions of each of the housing types which appear on your residential and condominium listing forms.

NOTE: The Real Estate Board of Ottawa-Carleton cautions that this list of housing types is meant to be used only as a guide to help you when viewing properties on the Internet site. The Board will not assume responsiblity for mistakes of judgement or interpretation which might arise due to use of this list.

RESIDENTIAL-DETACHED (NO CC #’S)

TWO-STOREY: This is a detached, single-family dwelling with two levels above ground, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing.

THREE-STOREY: This is a detached, single-family dwelling with three levels above ground, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing.

BUNGALOW: This is a detached, single-family dwelling with one level above ground, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing.

SPLIT: This is a detached single-family dwelling with multiple levels above ground separated by small flights of stairs, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing.

SEMI-BUNGALOW: This is a detached, single-family dwelling with one and a half levels above ground, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing. (This is sometimes referred to as a storey and a half).

HI-RANCH (RAISED RANCH OR SPLIT ENTRY): This type of house is similar to a bungalow exept the basement appears higher up. Hence the entrance to the hi-ranch would be located in between the basement level and the main floor. A small flight of stairs would lead from the entrance up to the main living area, and a small flight of stairs would lead to the basement, on its own lot, and completely separated from any adjacent housing.

MOBILE: A trailer or other moveable structure that is used as a permanent dwelling, is usually connected to utilities, and may or may not have a permanent foundation. Land could be leased or owned.

SUMMER HOME: This is generally a single-family dwelling which includes cottages, chalets or other seasonal residences. The land may be leased or owned.

OTHER: Any other type of dwelling which is not detailed above.

RESIDENTIAL-ATTACHED (NO CC #’s)

LINK: This style of housing looks like a separate unit but is linked underground by either a concrete wall connecting two foundations or a steel rod stretching from foundation to foundation. Links were built in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s as a builder’s remedy for existing by-laws (i.e. 50-foot frontages required for single home). These dwellings may be a two storey style, bungalow style, etc., but it is most important they be identified as a link. Legal description must be checked carefully to determine if a dwelling is a link.

SEMI-DETACHED: This type of housing contains two separate dwelling units attached each on its own lot.

SEMI-DETACHED BUNGALOW: A bungalow attached to another dwelling, each being situated on its own lot.

SEMI-DETACHED SPLIT: A split which is attached to another dwelling, each on its own lot.

SEMI-DETACHED TWO-STOREY: A two storey which is attached to another dwelling, each on its own lot.

DOUBLE SIDE-BY-SIDE: This type of housing looks like a semi-detached except there are two municipal addresses under the ownership of a single person.

DUPLEX (UP AND DOWN): This is a building which consists of two dwelling units, one above the other under the ownership of a single person. If this property is attached to another dwelling it should be noted in the “Remarks”.

TRIPLEX: This is a building which consists of three units, all owned by the same person.

ROW: This is a style of housing in which three or more dwelling units of similar design and size, are attached together, each on its own lot with separate ownership.

CARRIAGE HOME: This design is similar to a row house except the garage may allow access to the rear yard via the overhead door.

OTHER: Any other type of dwelling which is not detailed above.

CONDOMINIUMS (ANY PROPERTY WITH A CC#)**

OWNERSHIP: Condominium and Freehold is a question of the title and not the type of building.

**NOTE – If the legal description contains a CC#, the property is registered as a condominium and must be listed as such.

APARTMENT: One unit of a complex of self-contained ownership units lying within a low-, mid-, or high-rise building offering common facilities such as hallways, parking lots, elevators, etc. Each self contained apartment may be on one or more levels.

COURT HOME: A group of attached dwellings arranged in a checkerboard fashion each with its own courtyard.

GARDEN HOME: A row type unit with a front and back door without a garage.

RESIDENTIAL-ATTACHED: Similar to a semi-detached with condominium ownership.

RESIDENTIAL-DETACHED: Separate single family unit under condominium ownership.

TOWNHOUSE: It is a row unit, usually with a garage or carport.