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Planning For Your Future Vacation Home

There are ways to comfortably afford the vacation home of your dreams while making smart financial choices. A vacation home can be a very wise investment when the proper financing methods are utilized.

Here are a few tips and strategies:

  • If you have multiple location choices, CMPS professionals help you evaluate the potential purchase:
    • From an investment perspective:
      • Which area is likely to appreciate more in value over the next several years
      • Which area is more likely to enable you to rent out the home when you are not using it (if you desire to do so)
    • From a lifestyle perspective:
      • Which area provides more amenities and lifestyle benefits
      • Which area is a better value in terms of living space and upgrades
  • If you plan on renting out the home when you are not utilizing it for personal use, CMPS professionals help you evaluate the cash flow implications. Additionally, by working as a team with your CPA, CMPS professionals help you determine the tax consequences of your decisions. Click here for more information
  • Know your credit score! You may be able to get a better mortgage rate and more favorable loan terms by restructuring some of your balances on credit cards, car loans, etc. CMPS professionals help you correct errors on your credit report and determine which balances to restructure or pay off in order to improve your credit score. Click Here for more information
  • Know how much you can spend and determine how much you can afford. CMPS professionals help you:
    • Finance your vacation home based on your monthly payment comfort level
    • Determine how much cash to use as your down payment and where to get these funds
    • Understand your before and after-tax monthly payments
    • Restructure some other debt you may have to free up more monthly cash flow that enables you to improve your vacation home buying budget
  • Determine whether to rent or buy a vacation home based on timeframe, budget and local market conditions. CMPS professionals help you run the numbers to determine if it is better for you to rent or buy a vacation home based on your individual circumstances.
  • Don’t get caught in the “pre-approval” / “pre-qualification” trap. It is always better to get a full approval / loan commitment from a CMPS professional before you even start looking for a vacation home. Many mortgage brokers and lenders will give you a “pre-approval” or “pre-qualification”, but these are often meaningless. What you really need is a bona fide commitment from a mortgage lender that are in fact approved for financing. Many real estate transactions have been ruined because buyers, sellers and Realtors have counted on “pre-approval” letters that proved meaningless.
  • Don’t be scared by “Housing Bubble” misinformation. For the last four years, the national media has been scaring potential home buyers with continuous chatter about a so-called “housing bubble”. For the last four years, the national media has been wrong. It is always wise to base your decision to buy or not to buy on fact, not emotional hype. CMPS professionals help you evaluate conditions in your local real estate market to determine whether there is indeed a housing bubble in your local market. The data they can evaluate for you includes: local housing inventory, local unemployment rate, speculation and other factors that can help you make intelligent choices about whether to buy a vacation home.
  • Develop a strategy for financing your closing costs, home improvements and furniture expenses. A vacation home purchase is a significant financial commitment. CMPS professionals are able to help you understand the costs involved in vacation home ownership and help you develop a financial strategy for dealing with these costs ahead of time.
  • As a CMPS professionals I can help you evaluate the mortgage products that will work best in your situation. Remember, it is far better to find a CMPS professional who can help you implement the best strategy with competitive interest rates than for you to shop for the lowest rate with the wrong strategy.
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