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Buying a Vacation Home
You'd like to buy a vacation home, but you're not sure where to begin. Perhaps the single most important point to determine up front is why you are buying a vacation home. Are you trying to generate income by renting the property? Would you like to have a place to take your family every year that will likely appreciate in value? Would you prefer some flexibility in location and like to vacation at a different spot each year?
Once you determine your needs in a vacation home, it is wise to understand some of the options available to you in buying a second home. Probably the most straight-forward is to consider purchasing a home outright. If you can't afford the full price of homes in the area you desire, there are still a couple of options available for you. One is to consider purchasing a home with friends or family, while another is to look into timesharing. All these options have nuances to consider in relation to your needs and means.
By purchasing the home yourself, you have the most control over the property and can capture all of the gains and benefits associated with owning real property. You may also be able to offset some of your expenses by renting out the home in peak seasons. Be sure to investigate federal income tax laws so you can make the most of any potential tax breaks. Also ask about zoning, covenants, land use in areas surrounding your property, and property management fees. In some areas these restrictions may prevent you to use your property as you wish. Additionally, be prepared to pay as much as 25% of your rental income in property management fees for weekly rentals.
If you decide to purchase a home with friends or family, make sure to put the agreement and all terms in writing. You may want to do most of this in advance as many homes go quickly and it will help target your search to the right kinds of homes. You may also want to consider homes with features that allow all the owners to be at the home at once (multiple masters, separate living spaces, etc). Again, the questions and concerns above should be considered.
If all this is too complicated, inflexible or expensive and you've come to the conclusion that timesharing is right for you, be aware that a timeshare purchase is not an investment. Most units depreciate over time and the resale market is tricky to navigate. If you are buying with a resort developer, make sure they are financially stable. Also be sure to find out what they offer for buying through them as opposed to the resale market. At times, the resale market will offer the same unit and season at a fraction of the price the developer is offering. You'd also be wise to arrange for your financing in advance, as developer financing is usually offered at above market rates.
Lastly, don't buy on a whim. You didn't buy your primary residence that way, and you shouldn't buy a second home without due diligence. Research the location. Make sure the area has the amenities and recreation you desire, allows you to use the property as you wish, and is within your budget.
Reid Colson is a Principal in Bridlewood, a custom home builder serving the Central Virginia market. Bridlewood builds custom homes and vacation getaways for discriminating buyers. They are committed to providing the highest levels of professional service and consistent communication throughout the design and building process.
Visit bridlewoodproperties.tk for more information.
Searching For Maui Beachfront Houses?
Who wouldn't want to move into a Maui beachfront house? From the custom architectural jobs done on many Maui homes, to the beautiful beaches and other natural attractions in Maui, you're bound to find something you will love about Maui beachfront houses. However, like any home buying process, you'll need to make sure several things are in order before you make your move into your new Maui beachfront house.
Home Equity - Don't Spend It on Risky Investments
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A Log Home Story
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Building A Home? Want To Ask A Builder The Right Questions - Not The Dumb Ones!
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We probably answer this question for someone a couple times every week. The problem is that they don't have a good formula for determining the most they can pay and still make a profit - so they're scared to make any offer.
What Should I Do If My Home Isnt Selling?
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Seller Financing - Six Safety Tips
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Take A Shotgun Approach
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How Professional Property Investors Interpret and Use Capital Growth Statistics
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Estate Agents on the Costa Blanca Spain
Properties for sale or to rent on the Costa BlancaAs a general rule of thumb, newly built properties on the Costa Blanca are generally cheaper than existing or re-sale properties - cheaper still if you buy 'off plan' (before the house has been started). Property prices have rocketed here over the last five - ten years and many fortunate people have found that their properties have grown in value enormously even before they had moved in! Even though the market is now leveling out, a property in Spain is still an extremely good investment.
Sell your Property Faster
Learn how to sell your property faster and at the best possible price. Selling your property quickly and at the highest price is the target for everyone looking to move.
Moldy Homes are a Great Investment
Have you seen this in your classifieds? -"Will pay $$$ for moldy homes. Call 555-555-5555"All you have to do is watch the news and you know about mold problems.
French Property - a Buyers Guide to Purchasing Property in France
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Make Money With Room Rentals
I don't know why I didn't do it sooner, but one day many years ago, I decided to try renting rooms in my home. I was young and single, and had a nice mobile home on small piece of property.
Real Estate Growth: How Long Will It Last?
There has been speculation in the media recently about the fact that real estate will begin to fail and implode as it can only handle so much growth. In my humble opinion these theories don't hold a lot of merit and here is why.
Real Estate, Real Property and Leased Land; Definitions, Discussion and Explanations
Delaware, and the rest of the original British Colonies, has some land that is leased rather than owned by the residents of that land. Much of it is not evident to the casual observer.
If You are Hiring a Neighborhood Specialist to Sell Your Home, there are Some Things You Absolutely
My husband and I were eating breakfast at the Good Egg the other morning and couldn't help but over hear a fellow talking to his elderly parents about their home. It was fairly obvious that his father had a hard time hearing and the louder he talked the more I was tuning in to what he was saying.
Vegas: The New Frontier
Unless you have been living in Siberia, you know that Real Estate is on fire in many places around the country. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a city where this was not the case.
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