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When's the Right Time to Buy A Second Home?

August 28th, 2015 | by: Steve Pollack | Posted in : Real Estate News, Real Estate Tips

Buying a second home can be a great decision. However, getting the best investment out of your property depends on a variety of factors including purchase price, location, and condition. Of course, you’ll want to give this decision a lot of thought beforehand. By keeping these questions in mind, you can decide if a second home is for you and find the best possible property.

Is it the right time to buy?

Deciding whether it is the right time to buy a second property depends on your personal goals and the current market conditions. First, why do you want a second home? Is it for vacations? An investment property? A retirement home? If you’re looking for a quick getaway, consider a property that is a day’s drive away. If it is a retirement property keep in mind nearby health care services and the home’s accessibility.

If the home is an investment property, you’ll want to keep current market conditions in mind. Do your homework to find the right city that will appreciate in the future. A location with a strong renter’s market can also help generate passive income if you are not using the home.

What do you want in a second home?

Deciding what kind of home you want to buy is important as well. These days, multi-family properties make excellent investments. A condo may be perfect for a vacation home.

No matter what kind of property you choose, you’ll want to be completely comfortable purchasing it. Even if you don’t plan to be living in it, it’s important to get the right fit. One of the best ways to find this out is to rent a nearby property for a day. This is an especially good idea if you are considering investing in a vacation property. Renting can give you a good taste of the locale, atmosphere and living conditions of the region. During your stay, conversing with some locals can also give you a good perspective. Ask the locals about how the area changes with each season.

How much will the expenses be?

Typically you’ll need 10 to 20 percent of the property value for a down payment.  In addition to the mortgage, insurance and maintenance costs can make a second home a hefty investment. You’ll want to make sure you have a good financial buffer before purchasing. A second home is an investment, not a get-out-of-debt card. Consider purchasing flood insurance if you are buying a beach property. The cost of insurance in desirable areas is going up quickly.

Ask yourself these three questions when you are in the market for a second home. By doing so, you will ensure that you find a property that is a perfect fit as well as a solid investment.