Pros and Cons of MultiGen Living - Considerations Before Buying

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

The Pros and Cons of Multigen Living - Considerations before buying a house together. 




Two-generational and three-generational households are on the rise in the United States. A multigen household is defined as two or more generations of adults living the same house, or a shared property. As the only REALTORS® in Clark County, Washington who specialize in this niche, we know it's imperative for families to find a suitable house to share.

For example, the right property for an aging parent will need, at the minimum, a main-floor bedroom and a bathroom with safety additions such as grab bars beside the toilet and in the bathtub.  Some of these things can be easily modified, but wide hallways to accommodate wheel chairs, are nearly impossible to add, after the fact. 

In our case, the best fit is a large home with room for privacy on one-level. Our floor plan provides the space we need to live harmoniously with mom. She has her own rooms to provide her with the independence she needs to still feel autonomous. Still, we do share a home and that requires good boundaries and having respect for one another's personality quirks. 


We also are a bit unique in that my sister and brother-in-law also share our property too. They live on a completely different level with their own separate entrance. If you'd like to learn more about how that works, and more pros and cons about the multigenerational lifestyle, visit us now at 

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

While our kids where growing up, we lived in the same home with my parents, although we had our own living spaces. At the time, it was called a Mother and Daughter home...

Jul 24, 2019 10:42 AM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debb and Bernie- I have always loved the idea of multi-gen living partly because I grew up with my parents and grandparents living under one roof. It seemed so natural to me. If anyone is considering a multigenerational home in Clark County, you both are hands down the experts in this area. 

Jul 24, 2019 11:54 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD we have done more multi-gen homes in the past 5 years then we ever did before. It truly has become a popular lifestyle and as you mentioned, so much to learn about before jumping into it. you two could teach a national course on Multi- Gen Lifestyles.

Jul 24, 2019 02:12 PM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Ron and Alexandra Seigel Thank you for sharing the story, I love hearing how families are utilizing this alternative lifestyle as a housing option. 

Beth Atalay thanks for the visit and comment. You are so rich in a wide variety of cultural knowledge, I'm sure you are more than familiar with this lifestyle option. 


Jul 24, 2019 03:32 PM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sharon Lee - you absolutely lived in a multigen home. And having the she-shed had to be such a blessing in terms of privacy. 

Jul 24, 2019 03:32 PM #8
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - what an interesting bit of information. I'm going to have to research this the comment. Thank you. 

Jul 24, 2019 03:33 PM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Kathy Streib - I know you lived and appreciate this form of living. It doesn't work for all, but when it works, it works well. ;) 


Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886  That's an interesting idea, at least we could start teaching courses on the lifestyle here, locally. Wouldn't that be a great tie-in to our real estate niche?  

Jul 24, 2019 03:35 PM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb, you have the best of all situation I think.  I wish my family was as close as yours.


Jul 24, 2019 03:38 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good afternoon,  Debb and Bernie: like any real estate decision, the proper planning/preparation is key and you show why that is even more important in multi-generational living. A well-deserved gold star.

Jul 24, 2019 05:18 PM #12
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

There are certain cultures that dominate the multi - generational lifestyle, however, unless everybody is somehow related, challenges IMO will certainly arise. Knowing the expectations and residential behavior is essential to maintaining a smooth multi - generational lifestyle.

There are many 6, 7, 8 bedroom homes with up to 8 bathrooms and a garage for 6 vehicles sprouting up in different areas of southern California. The trend is growing. 

Jul 24, 2019 06:29 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 This is a very astute blog post about multi generation living and it’s good and bad from someone who has lived with it and for it. Thank you for sharing Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Jul 24, 2019 09:43 PM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I lived much of my life in this kind of household, although we didn't have separate living quarters.

After I was married we had a separate home, but then when our house burned, there was a time when my husband, my children, my Mom, my Grandmother, and I all lived under the same roof. Having been raised that way, it didn't seem odd to me. I thought it was wonderful for my kids to become so close to their grandmother and great-grandmother.

I do think that in my parents' and grandparents' day multi-generational living was more common. It really is a sensible solution for many reasons.

Jul 24, 2019 09:49 PM #15
Varun Sharma

While there can be significant drawbacks to multi-generational living, there are also numerous benefits to multi-generational living. Both generations can share living expenses, which will result in lower costs for both parties. You can share more family meals.

Jul 24, 2019 11:48 PM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We . have a multi gen home as well and while it is now used for guests...we all appreciate the privacy it offers with their own entrance..bed, bath, kitchen and living room....and oh yes...the wet bar ...mmmm

Jul 25, 2019 03:23 AM #17
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your insights into multi-gen living are always spot on!  I have had a taste of that with my parents staying with me for around 3 months while my Dad was recovering from a stroke and I didn't enjoy it much, haha.

Jul 25, 2019 09:20 AM #18
Tony Morganti
RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
CRS, ABR, SRES - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow

Debb and Bernie this is a really helpful post for those considering this type of move and quite informative.  It's good to see both the pros and cons.  Thank you for sharing.

Jul 25, 2019 12:57 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Talk about speaking from experience.  You'll be be able to advise others easily and look for this options for your home buyers.  Good for you! 

Jul 25, 2019 08:23 PM #20
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Working with Senior Adults, I find the interest and need for multigen housing to be on the rise.

But few builders are providing this product. There are multiple choices for floor plans that accommodate the need for space and privacy, it is just getting builders to see the growing need.

Thanks for bringing this topic to the light.

Jul 26, 2019 04:56 AM #21
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

So many properties in Hawaii are geared for mulitgen families and they are quite popular.

Jul 28, 2019 08:58 PM #22
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

There seems to be a huge demand for this type of living arrangement that will grow in the years ahead.  I see so many new build homes that have a bedroom and bath on the first fl for visiting elderly relatives ...but rare to find a separate living area as well.

Jul 29, 2019 10:00 AM #23
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