What’s The Difference Between A Twin And A Duplex In Delaware County PA?
It is not uncommon for us to get this question when dealing with people new to this part of the country or people venturing into real estate for the first time. The descriptions I will be giving of twins and duplexes may not apply to every part of the country, but if you are dealing with real estate in and around Delaware County PA this is the most common way twins and duplexes operate in this area.
Twins and Duplexes are both situations where there are two private residences in one structure.
Twins are just that, if you look at the front of the structure where the twins are located you usually see 2 mirror images of a house connected by a common firewall down the middle of the structure. Both houses have their own tax number and are usually owned by separate parties. There are times when both twins are owned by the same party. Each house or twin has its own utilities.
A duplex on the other hand is usually a building that has two private residences one on top of the other with their own private entrances. The two units are owned by one party. The owner of the duplex can live in one of the units and rent out the other unit or rent out both units as a total income property. Utilities are usually separated out so the tenant and landlord pay for their utilities separately. Sometimes the owner incorporates the utilities of the rental unit into the monthly rental fee.
In other parts of the country these terms are used differently, so just be sure if you are looking to purchase a twin or a duplex that you are on the same page as your Realtor®.
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