6 Tips That Will Make You Want to Invest in Vacation Properties

6 Tips That Will Make You Want to Invest in Vacation Properties

Becky and I have invested in several vacation properties over the years and we’ve found that they can really supercharge your portfolio. Vacation properties can offer an investor a unique opportunity in real estate investing. We scouted areas that were depressed in price but had a high supply of properties to choose from. We were prepared to hold for 5-7 years—or even 10!—if necessary.

I specifically remember a beautiful ski condo located right on the slope of a major Colorado ski resort. It was an amazing property. The owner had purchased another property on Cape Cod and, luckily for me, was anxious to sell. In that transaction we set the record for the lowest price per square foot on any condo in that area. When looking for huge profit margins, consider the condition of the seller. Don’t take advantage, but look for people ready to sell now.

This condo did well for us. In 12 months, the market turned around and we sold for $100,000 profit. Remember: You make money when you buy, NOT when you sell.

Here are some interesting facts and guidelines concerning vacation properties.

  • Vacation homes on the average appreciate twice as fast as other single-family homes.
  • Many second-home buyers will pay more for their second home than they did for their primary residence.
  • Look for quality choices i.e. Waterfront, Beachfront Properties and Ski Areas.
  • Your Return On Investment can be better than any other investment: i.e. stocks and bonds. This is often true and is why investing in real estate vs. stocks can be so appealing.
  • The Rental Income Guideline for purchasing vacation properties is that you should be able to cover all costs in 12-16 weeks of rental income. This is the “high season” rental opportunity for most properties. Remember that a similar guideline is the 1.5% monthly rental return on regular rental properties, except this one is specifically for vacation properties.
  • This is a great time to take advantage of historically low mortgage interest rates. Remember real estate is about finance as much as anything else!

What’s holding you back from vacation properties?

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Billy Epperhart
Billy Epperhart
4 Comments
  • mike woltz
    Posted at 07:50h, 08 May Reply

    I’m so new at this, but sounds so exciting. I know with GOD’s help and guidance I will do well. Thanks for all the information. God bless

    • Billy
      Posted at 10:32h, 11 May Reply

      I am believing for you Mike! God bless.

  • Capt. Dave
    Posted at 08:07h, 08 May Reply

    We own TWO Properties on the Skagit River in Washington State..What would be the
    BEST plan to develop tese Properties? They are within The Wild @ Scenic Section of
    The Skagit River where development is limited!

    • Billy
      Posted at 14:49h, 15 May Reply

      Dave, thanks for your question!

      If you could use these for your lodging for your Pacific NW Float Trips that would probably be the highest investment use.

      Hope that helps!
      Billy

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