Factors to Consider Before You Buy a Second Residence

by Teresa Boyd 06/02/2019

The decision to purchase a second home may be one of the biggest choices you will make in your lifetime. As such, it is important to consider all of the factors associated with a house purchase before you embark on a quest to acquire a second residence.

Now, let's take a look at three key factors to evaluate as you weigh the pros and cons of purchasing a second home.

1. Your Current House

Consider the state of your current house – you will be happy you did. If you assess your current residence, you may be better equipped than ever before to determine if now is a good time to start a search for a second house.

For instance, if your home needs a new roof or requires other repairs, you may want to complete these improvements first. After these house repairs are finished, you then can kick off a search for your second house. Perhaps most importantly, you can launch this home search with the reassurance that your current house is in good shape and likely won't require significant repairs in the near future.

2. Your Finances

If you still have a mortgage on your current house, you may want to focus on paying that off first. Once your mortgage is paid in full, you can conduct a search for a second house without having to worry about paying two mortgages at once.

Of course, if your current house's mortgage is paid in full, you should still evaluate your finances closely. Ensure you have sufficient finances to cover a mortgage for a second house, as well as your everyday expenses. By doing so, you can hone your search for a second house to residences that fall within your price range.

3. Your Immediate and Long-Term Plans

Think about why you want to buy a second home in the first place. Then, you can determine how this decision may impact your immediate and long-term term plans.

For example, if you want to return to college, buying a second home may affect how much money you have at your disposal that you can use to go back to school. On the other hand, if you hope to get a work promotion in the foreseeable future, you soon may have additional funds to help you make your dream of owning a second home come true.

As you decide whether to launch the search for a second house, take some time to consult with a real estate agent. A real estate agent is a homebuying expert, and he or she can provide housing market insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. Plus, a real estate agent will guide you along the homebuying journey and can help you acquire a top-notch house at a budget-friendly price.

Account for these factors before you start your search, that way you can make an informed decision about whether now is the ideal time to pursue a second residence.

About the Author
Author

Teresa Boyd

I relocated to Ocean Isle Beach in 2002. Prior to that I lived in Maryland and worked for over 20 years in Washington, D.C. for the D.C. Court system and an office that prosecutes attorneys. I began my real estate career in 2006. 

The first year I worked as a real estate agent, I received the Rookie of the Year award. Each year since I have been recognized as a multi-million dollar sales agent and have consistently been one of the top producers in the company. Coldwell Banker National has recognized me with a Sterling Award for the number of sales transactions closed, The President’s Circle Award, and Coldwell Banker Sloane awarded me with the 2017 TOP PRODUCER Award for the highest sales volume. Long story short, I work hard for my buyers and sellers and it shows in my numbers!

I have been married for 34 years, have four children and eight grandchildren. I have been enjoying the South Brunswick Island area of North Carolina for over twenty years. Part of that time I was a vacationer here but the past 16 years I have called this my home. 

Call me and put my experience & knowledge to work for you. I look forward to working with you!