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Bi-Level Homes

Please tell me I'm not crazy...  I know they aren't popular anymore, but there is a bi-level home in the neighborhood we LOVE in forclosure for a GREAT deal ($100,000 below market value)...  The inside is gutted and they started the remodeling (all new drywall, an addition, newe windows, new doors, paint, new siding, new roof, etc.) but it is missing all the insides- needs a kitchen put in, bathrooms, etc.  I honestly like that we can chose what we want, so that isn't an issue.  The idea of a bi-level used to be unappealing to us, but now that we have seen the potential in this house, we want it.  

 WWYD?  Go for the bi-level even though it's not the ideal style?

 PS- I know I've been gone for a while, but would love all the feedback I could get :).   

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Re: Bi-Level Homes

  • If you love it, and it would work for the way your family lives, then go for it! When looking at houses last year I came across a few bi-levels I actually really liked and that were remodeled really well. And I have always been anti bi-level, but I could have seen us living in them. We didn't go that way bc H couldn't get past them being bi-levels but they were great houses.
  • I prefer bi-level homes.  Popular smopular!!  Who cares??   

    I say go for it!  Our first house was a bi-level and I really miss it.  The lay-out just made sense for us.

  • I hate bi levels. Because I'm a major clutz and didn't want to fall down stairs while holding my baby. LOL I own a rambler there is literally two step up to the front porch and that is it. 

    But if you like it, buy it! It won't be every ones cup of tea. But no house is. :)  

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  • Ive always hated split level homes.  When we started talking to an agent that was my only specification, no split levels.  But guess what... when I saw a particular split level it became my dream home... we moved in in May. =)

    If you love it.  Go for it!

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    If you love it, and it would work for the way your family lives, then go for it!

    Ditto this.

  • Eh, ten and 20 years ago ranch style homes weren't popular and considered out of date, now they're back en vogue. Bi-levels will come back around. If you love it, buy it.
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  • If you love it, go for it!  You are the ones living in the house and you should buy a house you love. 

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  • If you like the home and see the potential then go for it!

    Unless you are a cash buyer, I would be concerned about getting a loan.  I doubt conventional and FHA loans would work for this situation since you said it's gutted.  You would probably have to look into a 203k loan.  We had a conventional loan and one of the toilets was turned off (because it kept running) and we had to have that fixed before we could close.
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    If you like the home and see the potential then go for it!

    Unless you are a cash buyer, I would be concerned about getting a loan.  I doubt conventional and FHA loans would work for this situation since you said it's gutted.  You would probably have to look into a 203k loan.  We had a conventional loan and one of the toilets was turned off (because it kept running) and we to have that fixed before we could close.
    Agree. The big plus to a bi-level is lots of sf for the price. My biggest pet peeve is that usually, you have to go through the whole house and up and down stairs from the garage. (so taking in groceries, etc is a pain). And definitely check into financing. You probably need a construction loan. 203k loans are a nightmare, time wise and paper work wise - I would avoid that if I could.
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  • I love split levels!  The chance you have to update the inside is totally worth it.
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  • I was anti-split entries because my parents have always had them and I wanted something different.  We were living in a split level, which I did not want to do again because it felt so choppy.  When we were looking at houses we saw a few split-entries that we loved when we saw them.  I realize now it was because they were updated, modern, our style decor, etc.  Once we found a 2 story that met those specifications we fell in love and I was glad we didn't settle for one of the other homes, that we really wouldn't have been happy in.
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  • We have a tri-level. Everyone who visits us exclaims how nice the flow is and they say they are surprised how much they like the layout.  lol

    More importantly, we love our house. 

    If it feels right, then trust your intuition.

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  • We bought a bi-level two years ago and are regretting our decision. 

    Always having to go up and down stairs gets old,especially while carrying a baby or small child. I had our second child a couple of months after we moved in, and DH and I often joke that we should have taken a 1 yr old house hunting with us, because the stairs have been a pain to childproof as well. We definitely will go with a one level or even a 2 story for our next house. 

  • Can I get a clarification of what people mean when they say bi-level?

    Is it a split level, or a split foyer/split entry?  Or something different from those two?

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