Why Do We Call It...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

 Mother-In-Law suite?

Anyone can live in an "in-law" suite, not just a mother-in-law.

Then, why do we call it a MIL suite?

 

 

Mother In Law

 

 

There are many ways to use this extra space, including returning kids, grandkids, college students, visiting guests, blended families, home office suites, workout studios, and yes, suites for parents. 

This space can provide aging in place with privacy and independence. Perfect (instead of a facility) for supporting family members with assisted living or a separate apartment when it might not be affordable. It's a good plan for the future.

When not in use, allow your home to produce extra income by renting out this portion of your home. And in many cases, it can bring future equity.

 

Here is a home I sold this year.

Buyers right now are asking for homes with this extra space.  And the homes needed are in all price ranges.

 

One wants to bring a sibling to live with them, another is for a single mom and baby, one is for a mother/grandma, and another is for college kids attending nearby universities.

If you are thinking about selling your home and having a parent's suite or whatever you want to name it, please call me because I have the buyers.

 

Thinking of selling your home

Call Margaret Rome

 

Margaret Rome

 

Comments (26)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Many would love to have that suite for extra home office space.

May 10, 2021 08:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Margaret! There are oh so many jokes one could use here, but I won't

May 10, 2021 09:00 AM
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You know I am always happy to see you, James Dray 

May 10, 2021 09:35 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker There doesn't seem to be an answer.

May 10, 2021 09:37 AM
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Wayne Martin, Who couldn't use the extra space in any home?

May 10, 2021 09:38 AM
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Michael Jacobs  " --- possibilities for future income, equity and for better living." And one I forgot, a place for a caretaker.

May 10, 2021 09:41 AM
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Thanks so much, Kat Palmiotti  I do think we all could use a home with this extra space.

May 10, 2021 09:43 AM
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Grant Schneider, Let's see if anyone comes up with an answer.

May 10, 2021 09:44 AM
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Roy Kelley That space would be ideal for home offices.

May 10, 2021 09:44 AM
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Rocky Dickerson, Maybe you will share a couple of them tomorrow before the Zoom gets started.

May 10, 2021 09:46 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Margaret, so why do they call it a Mother In-Law suit?  My only guess is that was probably the origin of the use for this type of space.  But you are absolutely right, there are a WHOLE lot of uses for that space.

May 10, 2021 04:06 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Margaret we don't call them a MIl anymore and haven't for years.  I sold one with 2 'guest suites', both complete with little kitchens, living rooms etc.  Perfect setup for a multi-gen family.  And I sold another one with one quest suite (smaller) that was perfect for the buyer and his parents.  When I go by this past week or so I see they're doing a lot of remodeling and I can't wait to see it all done. Fabulous home with a MIL!!  And...sometimes they're called Casita's!  We're looking at one now with a separate little casita which would be great for when family and friends come to visit.

May 10, 2021 04:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

You ask an important question for us to ponder, Margaret.  When I was married, we had a guest house.  Just about everyone in our family and friends stayed there, or lived there for certain amounts of time, but never my MIL.

May 10, 2021 07:42 PM
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George Souto, There are so many good uses for this space!

May 10, 2021 09:01 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker  Guest suites, casitas, MIL,  even ADUs all are good amenities when selling a home.

May 10, 2021 09:04 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat, So everyone else stayed there but not your MIL!

May 10, 2021 09:05 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Flex space is how builders are marketing them now. Whatever you call it, it's great in our book. 

May 11, 2021 08:43 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Margaret,
Additional living quarters are becoming even more popular as housing prices skyrocket, aren't they?

May 11, 2021 09:16 AM
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Flex space is always good!

May 15, 2021 05:01 PM
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Carol Williams  That's for sure. Any additional ways of living in a home is a plus.

May 15, 2021 05:02 PM