Wanting More From Your Home

Jennifer Fredericks August 18, 2015

Your home and finances - what makes sense?Is your home not giving you the lifestyle you need? Thinking about purchasing a second home? Now could be a great time to do so, but there are several things to keep in mind before taking the leap and purchasing a second home.

Does buying a second home make sense financially? Keep in mind not only the mortgage payments, but also upkeep and potentially paying a property manager if you plan to rent out your home. Think about the location and type of second home you want to buy. A town home or condominium may require less upkeep, but you do pay extra fees with those types of properties.

Be sure to research the tax implications of owning a second home, both in terms of property taxes and income taxes. Consider how you will be paying for your home. The more money you put down, the better. Perhaps a family member can help with some of the down payment to save on interest. Another popular trend is to go in on a second home with another couple. This could be a good idea if you are only interested in using your home for a getaway for only part of the year. Purchasing any type of property is a big decision, so be sure to thoughtfully consider your options before purchasing a second home.

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