How zero lot line homes differ from traditional lot homes

How zero lot line homes differ from traditional lot homes

– So what are zero lot line homes? How is it different
from traditional homes? We answer all those questions, starting right now. – Welcome to Homebuyer’s School brought to you by Brookfield Residential. – Hi everyone, I’m Karl Yeh. Welcome to another
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from a traditional house? So Kristy, what is
exactly is zero lot line to begin with? – So with a traditional
single family home, your home would have two side yards. So with a zero lot line home, your home is actually built on the property line on one side. – Okay. – So this means that you have
one side yard on your home. – So if I have a house
and if it’s zero lot line, I’m built right against that, that line?
– Yes. So you are on the property
line on the one side, so your side yard would
be on the other side of your home.
– Got it, okay. So I can’t necessarily
build a fence anymore in the middle because I’m
right up against the property. And if I build a fence, it’ll be on the other person’s property. – Correct. So when it comes to building a fence on a zero lot line, you can build a fence in your backyard, you just have to build it from the back corner of your home
to the back property line. – Oh okay. So it would your house, fence, fence, not fence in between. – Right. So you can’t put a fence
between the two houses. – Okay, so your house is
essentially the fence. – Yes, yes.
– Technically speaking. 0kay, okay. So can you answer me, why
are houses built like that? Right against the property. Wouldn’t it make sense to build it a little off the property line? – Right. So this way, the lot is
a little bit narrower for your home. Which actually saves money because your lot isn’t as large as it is.
– Oh, okay. – And really, people don’t
use their side yards. So if you have access from the one side, then you’re pretty much covered. So kind of less maintenance
to do in your yard. And helps keeps the cost lower. So this allows you to purchase a home that’s a little bit larger
than you would be able to if you were going with a traditional lot. And if not, then you
can just save some money by purchasing the home that you wanted to. Which will be at a lower cost than on a traditional lot. – Have you ever found, I’m thinking maybe, there’s disagreements between neighbors because their lots are so close and your house is right against the lot. Have you seen any issues
where your neighbor has built something, that the
room between is so narrow, that there’s no room
for you to move around? – Actually, when the purchase
agreement is written, both buyers would be
signing an agreement saying that they allow their
neighbor to use that property if they need to repair something on the side of their home. Or do some exterior
maintenance on their home. In a sense, it’s like
a common property area. So it’s liked a shared space. At the end of the day,
with the single family, you do have your own side yard. So for you to mow your
lawn in your backyard you can take your lawnmower from your front yard to your backyard. No problem, but yes, if you have maintenance to
do on the side of your home, then both yourself and your neighbor have signed off saying that permission is given to enter their property. – Okay, so can you tell me more about zero line wall construction? How does that work? – With the zero lot line,
they’re going to add extra fire retardant materials to the exterior of your home. Just because the homes are built a little bit closer
together than previously. For safety, that’s what
they’re implementing there. And you also don’t have windows on the side of your home. – You’re not allowed? – No. Just again for safety, for
any fire transfer there. Helps reduce that risk. And really, if you had
a window on the side, your neighbor’s close enough that– – They’d probably see? – Yeah, right there. So with the zero lot lines, windows are kept to the front and the back of the home. – So your neighbor isn’t even allowed to have a window on
that side either right? – No. – Okay, so you can’t have the weird two windows looking at
each other and there’s a strip–
– Right, right, yeah. – Okay. Can you tell me more
about the zoning of that? How does the zoning work in terms of zero lot line homes. – Right. It would be predetermined
by the land developer and the city. Whether a lot would be zoned
for a zero lot line or not. Your sales representative
would know which lots are zoned as a zero lot line and which ones are not. – Have you ever found issues related to zero lot line homes that homeowners probably need to know about? – No, not really. It’s all covered in
the purchase agreement. So the buyer’s made aware far in advance of what the zero lot line means. And it’s kind of the new norm. I think a lot of people are use to that when they’re looking for a new home. They kind of realize that that’s how they’re all set up now. It’s just something that is normal now. – Okay, perfect. Do you have anything else to add in terms of zero lot line homes? – Don’t be discouraged by it. I think it’s a great way
to purchase a larger home and save some money there. And get friendly with your neighbors. (laughs) – So my question for you is, do you own a zero lot line home and how is your experience with it? Let us know in the comment section below. Thank you very much for joining us and we’ll catch you next time. – That’s another edition of Homebuyer’s School. Tune in next time for more expert tips and tricks. And visit to bring you one step closer to finding your dream home. As with everything, it would be great if you like and share our videos. Also, please let us know if you have any home buying questions you want us to answer.


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