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Deciding to buy a vacation home in Rehoboth Beach can be one of the smartest investments there is. Or it can turn into an irksome drain on time and pocketbook. As much as with any real estate transaction, buying a vacation home that fulfills its upside potential takes thoughtful weighing of all the advantages and drawbacks a second home entails.
There’s nothing better than having your own place to escape to when it’s time to get away… and if the same sanctuary can be rented out now and again, that extra income only adds appeal. Especially when you find a place that strikes an emotional cord, it can be hard to resist the impulse to just make an offer and work out the kinks later. All the same, it pays to keep an eye on some of the issues that don’t leap to mind when you think “vacation.”
Even if it’s only a part-time venue, that Rehoboth Beach vacation home will need ongoing maintenance attention. If you are a dedicated DIY hobbyist, that may not be a large issue; but if not, part of your due diligence will be verifying the availability and price of professional help.
For a second home to make financial sense, all expense items should be part of the budget calculations. A vacation home might be near enough to the water to warrant flood insurance (or extra work done to prepare it for floods), just as a cabin in a wildfire-prone area might be at greater risk of fire and need extra coverage. If your vacation home will involve a home loan, be prepared to pencil in a higher interest rate than what’s expected for a primary residence. Even if it’s just a bit higher, the total amount will add up over the life of the loan. Taking all expenses fully into account from the beginning means there will be no surprises later on.
A Delaware vacation home should be a place that lowers everyday stress levels — not adds to them. There are plenty of properties available, so do give me a call. One of them might be just right for you! Call/text 302-228-7871or email me, Russell Stucki, REALTOR® of Beach Real Estate Market to provide detailed information on Delaware homes for sale, investment and commercial properties, luxury and waterfront homes, condos/townhomes, new construction, lots and land, farms and equestrian properties located in but not limited to Bethany, Bethel, Bridgeville, Dagsboro, Delmar, Ellendale, Fenwick Island, Frankford, Georgetown, Greenwood, Harbeson, Laurel, Lewes, Lincoln, Milford, Millsboro, Millville, Milton, Ocean View, Rehoboth Beach, Seaford, Selbyville, Delaware.
A few weeks ago, an eye-catching article surfaced on the Investopedia web site—one with the arresting title of “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” I have always assumed that for prospective Rehoboth Beach home buyer, the answer to that question varies by the individual circumstances. But if there is a more cut-and-dried universal answer, it would certainly be good to know it. Definitely worth reading.
Despite its name, Investopedia is not an encyclopedic history of investing. Its own history is interesting, though—it started in Canada, was acquired by Forbes, then sold a short while later to ValueClick for $42,000,000 (talk about good investments)!
The article that was to supply the answer to “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” did turn out to have the right answer, though it’s a little less definitive that you would hope—prospective Rehoboth Beach home buyers don’t get the simple “NOW” or “LATER,” which would be most useful. However, before the final answer is presented, scattered between the many ads and other clickbait that apparently pay for Investopedia are some interesting current facts and observations, and several cop-outs.
When it comes to the big question, “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” by halfway through the article, it’s looking a bit more like “now” than “later.” It cites The National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Opportunity Index, which now finds that nationally, the majority of homes are affordable for families earning a median income of $63,900. True, most Rehoboth Beach families don’t earn exactly $63,900, but still, it’s good to know. Reading on, we learn that this level of affordability has been better in the past, and might be better later “unless mortgage rates move higher in the future.” Since elsewhere on the site we find that “the consensus is that interest rates will rise,” it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce where “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” is leading.
Or so you might assume, before the article quotes a saying on Wall Street: Don’t try to time the market, which Investopedia advises also applies to real estate. Oddly enough, it also says, “If you’re looking for an edge, interest rates are near historic lows so now appears to be a better time than most for purchasing a home.”
That’s a pretty strong hint, but the answer isn’t spelled out. Yet. There follow some bits of good advice (hire an inspector prior to purchasing a home; don’t buy a car while your credit is being checked; inquire about taxes) before we get to the ultimate heading, “THE BOTTOM LINE.” It took a while, but here is the advice Rehoboth Beach readers would have been looking for all along, bottom-linewise.
Investopedia’s answer for “When is the Right Time to Buy a Home?” is a lot more sensible than most: “When you can afford it.”
I couldn’t agree more. Even if all the other factors weren’t as positive as they are today, being able to make a good fit financially is at the top of the list. If now is that time for you—or if it’s time for you to put your own Rehoboth Beach home on the market—it’s also a good time to give me a call!