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People approach the whole idea of owning a second home from a hundred different perspectives simply because a second home can answer so many different purposes. If you are an Rehoboth Beach homeowner at the stage in life where making retirement plans is becoming a more immediate imperative, you might want to buy a second home as a vacation destination—but one which is also a tryout for your family’s future center of operations. Those who have spent a good part of their lives in cities sometimes seek a second home in the mountains or at the shore as a restorative refuge. People living in less crowded environs might crave a pied-à-terrefor proximity to a city’s cultural riches. There really can be a hundred different reasons (and that’s not even counting all the financial ones)!
Once you begin to seriously entertain the notion, it becomes evident that deciding on which of many possible directions to pursue will involve weighing the tradeoffs each presents. In addition to an opening a conversation with the Rehoboth Beach real estate professional whose advice you’ve come to trust the most, some of the main points you will want to consider—
· If the second home is going to serve even temporarily as a weekend getaway spot, then buying within reasonable driving distance may be more important than you might assume. Keep in mind that the drive (or flight) will grow steadily less interesting as time passes.
· In most instances, a second home will be occupied by members of your family only on a part-time basis. This brings up a number of issues—among them, insurance. Vacant properties present a different profile to insurers than do homes that are occupied most of the time. Hazard insurance tariffs could also differ from what you are used to (especially in flood-prone areas). Investigating insurance coverage and costs early on in your search will help you to avoid surprises.
· You should consult your tax expert for details, but as a general rule, if the home is not rented out as a business proposition, you’ll likely find that you are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes on your Federal tax return. Then again, if you are thinking of renting the house out for more than 14 days per year, rental income is taxable. In that case, though, you’ll be able to use deductions for expenses, such as insurance, maintenance, professional fees, and sometimes even depreciation. Each situation will be different—again, your tax professional will have the relevant answers.
· Financing a second home is similar to financing your main residence. You are likely to need a down payment of 10% to as much as 30% in some cases. If you will be drawing on the equity in your current home, it’s only prudent to be able to retain a reasonable amount of reserves for unforeseen emergencies.
Many people buy a second home in anticipation of retirement. If that is the case, think of factoring in the availability of quality medical and support services in your search areas. A remote cabin in the woods may seem appealing now, but as a retirement venue, maybe not so much! Thinking about the long range is never more important than when you are entertaining the purchase of a second home. I’m here to help clarify those issues, as with all your other Rehoboth Beach real estate need.
There is an interesting theory about why some Rehoboth Beach real estate agents complete so many more home purchases than do others. It isn’t that ‘success breeds success’ (although the thing we call “momentum” is certainly real enough). It has to do with being able to harness two somewhat opposing character traits.
In any business, there seldom seem to be any irrefutable rules that guarantee prosperity…or if they do crop up from time to time, they don’t work for long. Since that’s the case, it’s odd that there are so many best-sellers proclaiming roadmaps to success. If all those books were simply rip-offs, you would think they’d quickly develop a backlash (which would kill the market for books about succeeding in business).
I’d be willing to bet that the answer lies in the commitment it takes to buy and read the book in the first place. If you don’t finish it, you feel guilty enough that you won’t blame the author. If you do finish the book, you probably already possess the energy and stick-to-it-ness that means you’re more likely to succeed in the first place.
That self-validating quality applies to Rehoboth Beach real estate agents—and most of us would probably place it at the top of the list of what makes a good agent: Persistence. Dogged single-mindedness. Tenacity. They’re traits that true go-getters possess. Those are attributes that don’t reward only real estate agents: they apply in any walk of life. Leaders tend to have them. When others falter, lose faith, or simply run out of steam, success can result from nothing more than simply not giving up.
So what’s the ‘contrary’ attribute that doesn’t automatically belong with that first one? It has to do with teamwork. It’s the ability to make the most of the unique role that a real estate agent plays in the ‘team’ that is created with the client—the one who wishes to sell or buy a Rehoboth Beach home.
Being a true team player is what is called for, because an agent is called upon to play multiple roles. Sometimes it is to act as a crew member, whose greatest attribute will be the ability to listen well and follows the direction of the client (the captain). At other times, the agent has to become the functional team leader—the authoritative voice and consensus-maker. That’s often necessary for the many transactional real estate details. Performing both roles with good cheer and equal vigor calls for someone who relishes team collaboration—who enjoys the rewards that go with team membership. It also calls for the kind of flexibility that makes for a great substitute teacher or a great backup player in any sport. Not a character trait that automatically belongs to a never-say-die individual achievement-oriented performer!
I greatly enjoy what I get to do as a Rehoboth Beach real estate professional. It’s a team effort, all right—one that rewards perseverance with the bona fide thrill of a successful closing. If you’ll be making a real estate transition in the coming months, I hope you will consider me for your team! Call/Text me Russell Stucki at (302) 228-7871, email me at email@example.com, visit more listings at www.beachrealestatemarket.com.