If you are considering buying a home or townhome in the near future consider living in a townhome. Some of the typical benefits are not having to mow your lawn or shovel snow. Besides that, living in a Shakopee townhome you also have lower insurance due to the assn usually covering the hazard insurance. With new construction townhomes, taxes are often delayed for 18 to 24 months as they are based tax. Other benefits to town home living is that the association often will pay for outside maintenance of the home and cover expenses such as roof and siding. The homeowner often is required to maintain the deck and windows but some communities vary. Make sure to look over the association financials before buying so you know they are in a good position to replace older roofs and siding.