Like many vacationers you probably have visited one of the beautiful coastlines in the USA. It’s so hard to leave when the week is over, so here are some tips to get you on the path to owning your own little piece of paradise.
To begin you have to decide where to buy. I like to suggest somewhere that is easily accessible to your home since you will want to enjoy it as much as possible for yourself.
Decide on a price point within your budget and prepare for cost that you would not consider when purchasing a primary home. After those decisions are made determine your short and long term goals especially if this will eventually be a retirement home. There are many vacation rental sites that can offer assistance to determine market value of seasonal rates for selected areas.
Owner expenses to consider:
Mortgage fees may be higher and a larger down payment may be required for a second home and real estate investments.
State and Local property taxes
Parking permit fees
Homeowners association or Owners Regime membership dues
Property Insurance that may include flood and wind
Special assessments for compliance of exterior maintenance and architecturally approved appearance
Mandatory utility charges such as a community wifi and or cable company
Recreation use fees for yourself or your visitors
Permit fees for repair or remodeling contractors
Business license fees if you are going to use your property for short term rentals
Local taxes on the rental income you receive
Advertising cost for your rental
Cleaning and laundry fees
Reserve for replacing appliances and furnishings as needed
Rental management fees
Reserve for vacancies and cancellations
Not all of the above may apply but are noted to assist you in making an informed purchase
Collect the rent and pay the bills!
With good planning you’ll own a piece of your vacation paradise with no reservation required!