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Vol. 4, No. 2 | February 2012




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Consider a Vacation Home
For Fun Times, Investment Returns


US MED Gives BackGlorious summer days at the lake...the grandkids frolicking at the shore...or a warm fireplace as you wait for the perfect powder at your ski retreat.


A vacation home builds memories and it can be a great investment.


In most vacation hot spots, second-home prices are at five-year lows. Some in California and Florida can be had for 47 percent below their 2006 price. Bargains are likely to be available within a couple of hundred miles from where you live.


* There's more to a vacation place than fun and up-front bargains. In the future, the home will be an appreciating asset. Economists say prices are already rising and will continue to rise for at least the next five years.


* The home is a better deal if it's rentable. The rental potential puts money in your pocket, but it also increases resale value.

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* The typical vacation property rents out about 17 weeks a year, according to Ask a property management company how much comparable properties rent for by the week. While the rent won't pay all your expenses, it will help with the mortgage, utilities, taxes and maintenance.


* You will meet and become friends with an entirely new group of people when you own a vacation home. Lifelong friends are made with neighbors and in the community.


* You'll have tax benefits. Rent it out for less than two weeks, and you won't have to report the income to the income to the IRS.


* If you rent the home for two weeks or more, you can deduct operating costs, such as maintenance, cleaning, mortgage interest and property tax. You allocate the write-off between personal and rental use.


* As with any rental property, distance is important. Less than 200 miles from your primary home is best.




* When the property is classified as a second home, you'll get about the same interest rate and terms as on a home loan, according to HSH Associates.


* If you need the rental property income to qualify for a mortgage, it will be classified as an investment property. The down payment will be higher and the interest rate will be about 1 percent more.



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