4 questions to ask about a second house

December 27 2018


Purchasing a vacation home can be fulfilling, especially if you know you’ll get lots of use out of it. Owning your own getaway property offers the comforts of home while giving you the luxury of being away on your own terms.

Shopping for a second home is very different from shopping for a primary residence, especially when it comes to financing. Here are some key questions to ask if you’re in the market for a vacation home:

What are my long-term goals? 
Some people purchase a vacation home with hopes that one day it will become their full-time residence. Others simply desire a peaceful getaway that’s available on a whim. Before you enter the market, prioritize your long-term goals to make sure you get the most out of your investment.

How will this purchase affect my finances and tax situation?
Getting a second mortgage can be more complex than it was for the first. In addition, buying a second home may change your tax situation, especially if the new property is in another state. Speak with a tax adviser to learn about the tax incentives and liabilities of purchasing a second property.

How far do I wish to live from my vacation home?
Faraway destinations have a unique allure, but something close to your primary residence may be more practical. Consider how often you expect to visit and how much effort you’re willing to invest in travel.

How will I maintain the property? 
Houses often incur unexpected expenses and challenges. Knowing in advance how you’ll handle problems from a distance will help you get the most out of your new vacation property and budget accordingly. 

If you have further questions about buying a vacation home, get in touch.

Thanks for reading my first newsletter. I look forward to connecting soon! I wish you a happy, healthy 2019! All the best, Donna