1. Aren't the homes pictured "courtyard homes" that are designed to be as maintenance free as possible, for empty-nesters, elderly and the disabled who cannot or do not want to maintain a yard, similar to condos and town-homes, but with age and disability restrictions associated with purchase? They pay an association fee to have contractors maintain landscaping, lawns and perform snow removal, which is especially important to the elderly and disable because it allows them the freedom to live on their own.
    February 07, 2013 11:26 pm on New construction varies in local municipalities
  2. Alacran does make a good point. Not only do renters pay the taxes via their landlord the landlord is also paying 2% rather than the 1% those with homesteads pay towards local government and schools. So as long as the landlord is not a slumlord, that damages property values, they can be beneficial to local government funding. The landlord reaps the benefits on income taxes tho where all taxes, repairs, depreciation and utilities paid are deductible and in some cases allow the landlord to show a loss, at least on paper, for owning and renting a property.
    February 07, 2013 11:16 pm on New construction varies in local municipalities
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