With interest rates still very low, now may be a good time to think about investing in a vacation home to use as a rental property.
As with any home purchase, your first step should be to review your financial situation and plan out a solid budget. A second mortgage—not to mention upkeep on a vacation rental—is not something everyone can manage financially, so don’t push yourself over your limit. When you do your budget, use the following as a good starting point:
1 week’s rent = 1 mortgage payment
Rented 4 months = break even
Of course, your break-even point may vary once you crunch the numbers.
Next, decide on the type of home you want to buy and which vacation area you want to buy in.
A vacation home’s location and size can make or break your investment. As a general rule, renters look for smaller houses—ones with two to three bedrooms—as opposed to multi-room mansions. As for location, even though you may have your heart set on a certain resort or vacation area, prices can be quite high. If you can, try to find a less expensive area that still has decent rental rates.
Finally, you’ll need to hire a good property management company. A management company is essential for several reasons. Most vacation property management companies will help you rent out the property and will also oversee the day-to-day business of your rental (and handle any problems, should they arise). Also, a good management company will have connections to local goods and services (such as contractors and repairmen).
Much like buying a house in order to sell it for a profit, treat your vacation rental as a business. If you do, then the time that you spend in your vacation home will be that much more enjoyable.
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