Housing Type vs. Housing Ownership
With the variety of housing terms floating around, it’s often confusing to renters and buyers to say just what it is they are looking for.
Housing type refers to the architectural configuration of a desired home. In DC, the MLS service (MRIS) designates various housing types. Apartments (sometimes called flats) are typically living spaces all on one floor in multi-unit buildings. Apartment buildings are categorized by the number of stories: garden buildings have from 1 –4 stories, mid-rise buildings have from 5 – 8 stories, and high-rise buildings have 9+ stories.