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Oct. 2, 2018

Staging for a DIY Open House

 

Staging for a DIY Open House

 

The country has enjoyed a healthy housing market over the last few years.  Interest rates are low, and the economy is strong, which results in more buyers looking for houses. For some people, the strong housing market might make hiring a real estate broker seem unnecessary.

 

For those who choose the for sale by owner route, there are many time-honored tips that real estate brokers have regarding marketing and preparing for an open house. With some planning and research, however, a homeowner can pull off a successful open house.

 

Selling a home requires thoughtful planning. To plan, you need information about the market and what your house is worth and who likely buyers might be. In addition to guiding you to the right asking price, market research will let you know the competition. Understanding the market also gives you information on what buyers are looking for so you can plan market-supported renovations and upgrades before making any investment.

 

The second arm of planning is preparing the house for display. This stage can be as simple as a deep cleaning to a complete neutralization and de-personalization through a staging plan. No matter what plan you follow, you want to show your house in its most favorable light. Ideally, this means not only showing a pristine house but also a home in which buyers can see themselves living. It’s hard for someone to do that if your house is filled with clutter and your items that only reflect your own tastes. It’s often best to hire a professional to deep clean your home. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost nationally to hire a maid service is $167.

 

For these reasons many professionals advocate the extreme process of cleaning, depersonalizing and decluttering that staging accomplishes. Staging professionals are skilled at making lived-in houses resemble showcase homes. Their work can involve completely clearing the house out and then setting up rented designer furniture, accessories and artwork.

 

But you don’t necessarily have to commit to an extreme budget to reap staging's benefits. Since you're selling your house and moving anyway, take this opportunity to declutter and depersonalize as a pre-moving preparation for yourself.

 

Here are some staging tips for the DIY seller:

-       Make any small repairs and fixes that you deem necessary items like nail pops and walls to drywall cracks, which stick out as being pretty ugly to buy a house.

-       Give the whole interior a neutral coat of paint.

-       Minimize your furniture.  A few pieces in each room will bring focus and flow.

-       Add throw pillows. These small and cheap accent pieces bring a room to life with texture and color.

-       Organize closets - especially if you have walk-ins. If they are in disorder, buyers will not view them as assets.

-       Swap out colorful towels for pure white. This further depersonalizes and lends a crisp, clean look to the room. 

-       Open blinds and clean windows. Be sure to highlight any views that that property might have, and let as much sun in as possible.

 

A final step is to collect and organize all the information that you want to give prospective buyers. People love to have information - the more, the better. This will help buyers make a decision. Prepare a detailed property data sheet including details that may already be online. These physical copies are so you can put the info right in a buyer's hands and have stacks available for whenever someone has a question.

 

Through a combination of planning, research, preparation and hard work, homeowners can successfully sell their house on their own, pull off a successful open house and save money.

 

Author

 

Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.

Posted in DIY Open House
Sept. 23, 2018

Cape Coral FL Listings Website Explainer Video

July 29, 2018

7 Things Retirees Should Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

Cape Coral FL Listings 7 Things Retirees Should Consider When Purchasing a Vacation rental home

Photo credit: Pexels

Article Written by Jim McKinley

Buying a vacation home can be an exciting experience. However, there are important aspects of rental home ownership to consider before taking the plunge. According to Forbes, if you rent your home out for less than 15 days out of the year, you may not need to report or pay taxes on any income from your vacation home. Here are some basics of buying a rental home.

 

Keep Insurance Costs Low

 

Insurance fees are often unexpected costs. If you own your own home and have it insured, check the terms of your insurance to see if any secondary properties might be covered under your current policy. Talk with your insurance company to see what is and isn’t covered.

 

Sometimes, insurance companies will increase the insurance rate because they view vacation properties as riskier. Doing things like installing a security system can help shave a little money off monthly payments that you might make. Shop around to look for the best rate.

 

Think About Taxes

 

Many people don’t understand or think about the tax implications of buying a second home. Knowing the laws now will save you a headache in the future. If you plan on using your vacation home as a second residence for you and your family, then it’s likely that interest on the mortgage and property taxes are tax-deductible.

 

Prioritize Affordability

 

A basic principle to think of is simply living within your means. The concept is simple: spend less than you’re bringing in. If you follow this advice, you’ll be free to enjoy your vacation and really appreciate your vacation home. This includes saving up for big financial decisions instead of having unrealistic expectations for how much the property will cost.

 

Is It an Investment Property?

 

If you anticipate using your vacation home as an investment property where you might rent it out, you should also consider any local or state fees or taxes that might influence this decision. Each state varies in the types of fees, so ask local realtors or even people who rent out their properties in the area what kind of fees that they might have to pay. Look into buying a low-maintenance home or at least tailoring it to be low-maintenance so you can save on repairs.

 

Organize Maintenance

 

Each vacation home will require its own set of maintenance. An article in the New York Times recommends that you have a caretaker who can take care of the property. This can be for any type of task: taking care of frozen pipes, inspecting the property for damage after storms, or preparing the house before you visit. Consider visiting the area and talking with individuals who are familiar with the vacation home market to get some good leads for caretaking options.

 

Joint Ownership

 

If the costs seem exorbitant or you are looking for a better way to maintain the house, you could split up the responsibilities and the costs by sharing the property with someone else. Joint ownership is a good option if you know people who are in the market for a similar vacation home option as you.

 

Be Certain About the Location

 

It’s hard to determine where to buy. One option that you have before buying is to rent out a property for a short-term period. This can help you clarify whether you might want a winter home near a ski resort, or one that offers more of a beach ambience. It definitely can give you time to be certain about exactly what you want

 

These are just some basic tips. As you get further into house-hunting, you’ll need to go more in-depth into many the costs and considerations, but this can be your checklist to start with. Take your time with this investment. It’s a big world out there, and you never know what kinds of options are available to you.

May 23, 2018

Legacy Trail

The Beautiful Bridge Hike In Florida That Will Completely Mesmerize You

Before the temperatures reach proportions that warrant you to spend much time indoors in the AC, we recommend going on a one-of-a-kind hike along one of Florida’s best and most underrated trails. Totaling 10.6 miles in length, this unique trail has become the perfect place to hike, bike or simply stroll during the spring season. Don’t worry, you do not have to tackle the whole thing to get something out of this beautiful hike. Check out this stunning bridge hike that is nothing short of spectacular.

Posted in The Legacy Trail
May 19, 2018

Welcome to 2203 SE 1st Ter Cape Coral, FL 33909

***UPDATE*****SOLD!!!!

WOW! That’s what you will say when you walk into this updated, well maintained pool home. This spacious home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood. The renovated, modern kitchen with granite counter tops, high end cabinets and tile back splash make you feel welcomed in. There is a dining area for family gatherings as well as a breakfast bar, living room with a fireplace to accommodate guests for lots of entertaining possibilities. There is gorgeous tile flooring throughout and carpets in the bedrooms. The split floor plan offers privacy for the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The other two bedrooms are spacious with large closets. The expansive screened area can be accessed through two sets of french doors. The large fenced pool area with an oversized pool will be great for the kids or grand kids. This home has phenomenal landscaping and fruit trees that have been meticulously maintained with lawn sprinkler system. Water and sewer are in and paid for. This home is priced right so don’t miss your opportunity to call now and make your showing appointment before this one sells.
March 24, 2018

Open House Saturday 3/24/18

March 3, 2018

35 + Things to Do in Cape Coral Area *Kids Edition*

 

35+ Things to do in Cape Coral *Kids Edition*

 

Cayo Costa State Park - https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Cayo-Costa

Sunsplash Water park - http://sunsplashwaterpark.com/hours/

Cape Harbour Dolphin Tour - https://bananabaytourcompany.com/sunset-dolphin-cruise.html

Zoomers - http://www.zoomersamusementpark.com/index.cfm

Sanibel Beach, Ft. Myers Beach, Venice Beach, 

Parasailing Ft. Myers Beach - http://www.paradiseparasail.com

Mini golf  or Laser Tag - https://tropicalbreezefunpark.com

Fishing boat trip - Google it - Lots to choose from

Skating rink Ft. Myers - http://gobamboozles.com/  Has Kids Skate free Program also

Ice Skating -http://fmskatium.org

Movies - https://www.marqueecinemas.com/location/26200/Coralwood-10  During Summer has free movie program

Shell Factory and Nature Park - https://www.shellfactory.com/

Lion Country Safari - http://www.lioncountrysafari.com

Splash Pad at Fellowship Park - http://capechristian.com/park-cafe/

Naples Zoo - http://www.napleszoo.org/

Naples Botanical gardens - https://www.naplesgarden.org/

Imaginarium - http://theimag.org/

Lakes Park - http://www.leegov.com/parks/facility?fid=0101

Sky Zone - https://www.skyzone.com/fortmyers/

Everglades Wonder Gardens - http://evergladeswondergardens.com/

Jumping Jacks - http://www.jumpatjacks.com/

Golisanos Children Museaum of Naples - https://www.cmon.org/

Yacht Club Pool & Beach - https://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/yacht_club_community_pool/index.php

Pet Kingdom - http://www.petkingdom.org/

Mike Greenwells - http://www.greenwellsfamilyfunpark.com/

Bowling - Has a kids book free program - http://www.bowlandcenters.com/index.php/bowling-centers/bowland-cape-coral  http://headpinz.com/index.php/locations/headpinz-cape-coral

Skate Park - https://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/eagles_skate_park/index.php

Parks - https://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/parks.php

Escape Rooms Cape Coral- https://www.escapethecapefl.com

Miracles Baseball Game - http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t509

Cape Harbour -Tues Nights Block Party Live Music - 6pm to 10pm 5848 Cape Harbour Drive Cape Coral FL 33914 

Libraries - https://www.leegov.com/library/branches/cc

Tropical Twisters - Gymnastics - http://tropical-twisters.com/

Southern Starz Gymnastics- http://www.southernstarzgymnastics.org/

City of Cape Coral Recreation Classes - https://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/index.php

Sunset Festival at Yacht Club - 4-7pm 1st Wed. Of every month - https://www.facebook.com/events/1374318959540766/

Butterfly Garden- Rotary Park - https://www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/rotary_park_environmental_center/index.php

SWFL Military Museum - http://swflmm.org/

Cape Coral Historical Museum - http://www.capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org/

Flea Market - http://www.fleamall.com/

Revolution Cable Water Sports - http://www.revolutioncable.com/

Kayaking and Paddleboarding - Matlacha http://gulfcoastkayak.com/   Cape Coral - https://www.capecoral.net/Eco%20Rates%20and%20Map_Website%202018%20colorful.pdf

Fishing - if over 18 get required permits http://www.myfwc.com/

Picnic or Grill out at a park - 

Ding Darling - https://www.fws.gov/refuge/jn_ding_darling/

 

March 3, 2018

Revolution Cable

Fast Forward to the 1:00 minute mark for the park. Everything from this page copied from http://www.revolutioncable.com/

In 2003 the Revolution Cable Park idea was spawned. Today it is a reality. The cable system is a Ski Rixen Model, with 5 towers and runs in a normal counter-clockwise direction. The park encompasses approximately 20 acres and includes a 3/4 mile nature trail along one of the most pristine wetlands in the area with the addition of 270 recently planted native trees and 4,200 native plants.

The cable is operated at approximately 19 miles per hour allowing riders to wakeboard, kneeboard, ski or wakeskate. 7 riders can be on the system at one time, if you fall while riding, it is just a short swim to shore and walk back to the start dock where you can be riding again in minutes.

The system is run by the use of electricity and does not require any gasoline for operation. You will be surprised by the ease of riding on the system and the lack of engine noise when compared to riding behind a boat. In addition to those positives, the use of the cable system infuses 5 tons of oxygen per year into the lake water which helps the plants and fish as well as clarifies the water.

Our goal at Revolution is to ensure that all riders have a safe and fun time. We pride ourselves on being family oriented. So stop by, check us out, and let the fun begin.

Directions:

From 75

1. take exit 143, head west on bayshore road for 0.8 miles

2. turn RIGHT onto first st.

3. take an immediate LEFT onto EAST ST. for 0.4 miles

4. ride.

Hours

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Open
Wednesday thru Friday – 1 PM to 7 PM

Saturday and Sunday – 12 Noon to 7 PM

FAQ’S

So how does it work? How do you ride without a boat?

Suspended in the air by a series of towers surrounding a small lake, an overhead cable rotates in a counterclockwise motion around the lake. Along the cable are seven carriers from which ski ropes will attach to and pull a rider or skier around the lake.

How do you start?

You start off at the starting dock, rope in hand, with the other end of the rope in the magazine next to the cable awaiting a carrier. The cable operator sends your rope out as the carrier arrives, it hooks the rope and continues on its way, pulling you off the starting dock and out onto the water.

How fast does the cable pull riders?

Revolution Cable runs at 18.5 mph

What happens if you fall?

You simply swim to shore with your helmet and life jacket on and walk back to the starting dock. The distance is short and time is minimal before you’re out on the water riding again.

How many people can ride at the same time?

With cable’s ability to tow many people at the same time, groups of people can be catered to much more easily than behind a boat. The beauty and value of cable is that it opens up wakeboarding to the masses, thanks to the reduced costs of running and the higher number of people it’s possible to pull at any one time.

Is it limited to wakeboarding only?

No. Even though wakeboarding clearly dominates the cable scene these days, you still occasionally see people on two skis, slaloming, or kneeboarding, though MUCH less often.

How does it compare to riding behind the boat?

It’s a slightly different kind of pull. Since the angle of the rope is higher on the cable than behind the boat, you get more lift and, potentially, more hang time. This is one reason you see such awesome tricks like double S-bends on the cable, a rare occurrence if ever behind the boat.

How much does it cost to ride?

It depends on your situation but here are some examples:

If it’s your first time at the park and you are a beginner the First Timer’s Pass is the way to go. With this you get a 2 hour cable pass, rental life jacket, rental helmet, use of a standard rental board (non-obstacle wakeboard with kiteboard foot straps), skis, kneeboard, wakeskate, disk and basic instruction all for $30+tax=$31.80.

If you have ridden at another cable or behind a boat you can bring all your equipment to the cable, making sure to grab your Coast Guard Approved life jacket (comp vests are not allowed).  Bringing your own gear reduces the cost to ride at the cable park.  Helmets must be acceptable for water use and must cover your temples. Hourly rates are explained in the Rates tab above.

Two hour cable pass, 2hr jacket rental, 2hr helmet rental, board with boots, non-obstacle =$44+tax = $46.64

Two hour cable pass, 2hr jacket rental, 2hr helmet rental, Obstacle board with boots = $54+tax=$57.24

What about sliders and kickers?

Kickers and sliders are to be used by advanced riders only. We have various obstacles out on the Cable Course to keep those more experienced  riders entertained.
NOTE: You must have your own equipment to use any of the obstacles or grab one of our Obstacle board Packages.
With sliders and kickers the number of tricks you can do on the cable goes up exponentially. Not only can you do air tricks, but you can also throw every kind of spin or mob imaginable.

What about wakeskating on the cable?

Cable is without a doubt a wakeskater’s dream.  With all the obstacles available and the fact that you can fall a million times and get right back and keep riding all day long working on your shuvits, varials, spins, etc., it’s no wonder that we’re seeing wakeskaters now comprising almost 25-30% or more of all riders on the cable.

Are there a lot of riders crossing over between boat and cable?

Yes, there’s definitely a crossover. And there’s a real advantage to it  too. Tricks are the same on either, and cable is a terrific teaching tool. Cable definitely helps your boat riding and vice versa. It’s great cross-training. Mike Ferraro, one of the world’s top wakeboard and waterski coaches, regularly advises his students and elite athletes to cross-train on the cable whenever possible.

How do you do those “big air” tricks?

Unlike the boat, where you ride up the wake to get air, on the cable you lean back to set your edge and load the line to build up tension, then snap the board behind you to launch yourself into the air. Do it right and you’re launched like a sling shot! Once in the air, the entire menu of tricks is at your disposal.

How can you call it cable wakeboarding when there is no wake?

You ride using a wakeboard. It’s that simple. It’s still wakeboarding because every single trick that has been, is now, or ever could be thrown behind a boat can and is being thrown on the cable. The tricks are identical. Boat or cable, the sport is still the same. It’s just a slightly different method to the same awesome madness.

There’s no cable park where I live. Where can I find one?

More cable parks are being planned around the world every year. Hopefully one will be in your area very soon! In the meantime, cablewakeboard.com is a  Worldwide Directory of Cable Parks to find one nearest you.

What happen during times of inclement weather?

Revolution Cable Park will attempt to offer uninterrupted service and remain open as long as possible when there is inclement weather. Our goal is to offer the best guest service possible without compromising the safety of our guests and staff.

When inclement weather occurs, Revolution Cable Park will respond in the following manner:

Rain

The Cable Park will remain open during rain showers unless the staff is unable to clearly see the far side of the lake. If this occurs, patrons will be asked to clear the lake until the rain has slowed or stopped. This is at the discretion of the Revolution Cable Park Staff.

Thunder and Lightning

If thunder or lightning can be seen or heard all patrons and staff must clear the lake. The Cable Lake will remain closed for 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder and/or from the sight of lightning. This decision and timing is determined by the Revolution Cable Park Staff.

Severe Thunderstorm /Tornado Watch

Guests will be advised that a “watch” has been issued and that the Cable Lake will close if threatening weather develops.

Guests will be advised that a “warning” has been issued and Revolution Cable Staff will direct them to a designated shelter area.

Rates

LATEST SPECIALS

College Day is Friday
Show valid college ID and receive 20% OFF ride time on Friday ONLY. You must ask for discount before you ride at time of purchase.

Birthday Special

Ride time is free on your birthday. Does not include rentals. Must show proof of age and date of birth on paper (id, drivers liscense, birth certificate, permit, passport) Please call ahead for details.

The Birthday Special is a limited time offer.

NORMAL RATES (add tax)

Hourly cable use rates (these fees do not include any rental equipment)

1 hour $20
2 hour $28
4 hour $38
All Day$48

First Timer’s Pass
Only available for your first time at revolution.

2 hr cable pass, rental vest, rental helmet & beginner equipment rental (wakeboard with foot straps, wakeskate, kneeboard, water skis, or disk and you can interchange equipment throughout the two hours) $30 plus tax

Year Season Pass (365 days from the date of purchase)
$1,100.00

6 Month Season Pass 
$650.00

SPECIAL RATES

Call or stop in for pricing, details and availablity..

Group Discounts
Available for groups of 10 or more. All riders must be present at time of sign in.

Private Cable Rentals
Available during hours outside of normal operation.

Private Instruction/Lessons
Available by appointment, please call or email for pricing and to schedule a time and date.

EQUIPMENT RENTALS (add tax)

Beginner Equipment (wakeboard with foot straps, wakeskate, kneeboard, waterskis, or disk and interchangeable throughout your cable use time)

2 hour $3
4 hour $6
all day $9

Premium Non-obstacle Board (wakeboard with bindings not allowed on kickers or sliders)
2 hour $10
4 hour $15
all day $20

Premium Obstacle Board (wakeboard with bindings, allowed on kickers and/or sliders)
2 hour $20
4 hour $30
all day $40

Helmet
2 hour $3
4 hour $6
all day $9

Coast Guard Approved Life Vest
2 hour $3
4 hour $6
all day $9

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent in front of a revolution cable employee. If a parent can not be present please have a waiver signed and notarized!

DOWNLOAD WAIVER at website http://www.revolutioncable.com/

Feb. 27, 2018

2327 SW 22nd St Cape Coral, FL 33991

                                                 $299,000                                       

Welcome to your new home! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath canal home in the sought after Trafalgar area has been so well cared for it is hard to believe its not brand new! This home embodies Florida living, at 2,120 sq. ft. is the right size for a large family or for having guests. The fourth bedroom can be used as another master with a separate bath.This gorgeous kitchen has all new, never used appliances including washer and dryer. Bonus addition to the back of the home which can be used for storage, business equipment or a workshop. Master bath has huge separate shower, jacuzzi tub and toilet has a wall mount grab bar. Huge walk in closet in Master.  Home also has built in surround sound. The large covered lanai with pavered deck has plenty of room for entertaining. Enjoy your evenings watching the sunset with a drink on your dock. Schedule your private showing today and make this your new home!                                                                                                                                        

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Front of Home

                  2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Canal View 12327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Canal View 3                                                               

 

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Canal View 2

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Living Area

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Entry of Home2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Entry and dining Area

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Kitchen view 22327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Kitchen View 1

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Master Bedroom2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Master Bath Toilet

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Master Bath2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Master Closet

       2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - 2nd Bedroom         2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - 2nd Bath2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - 3rd bedroom2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - 3rd bath

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Front of Home2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Screen Porch

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Laundry Room2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Garage

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Garage 22327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 - Side of Home

2327 SW 22nd St. Cape Coral, FL 33991 -Rear of Home

 

Feb. 26, 2018

How to Know if a Florida Vacation Home is Right For You?

 

 

Image by Pixabay

 

Anywhere you go in the U.S., you'll meet people who think their state is the best in the country. And there's nothing wrong with having pride in where you live. But, when it comes to choosing a vacation home, it just makes sense to pick a location that’s warm and affordable. For many people, that's Florida. Here are five reasons why, as listed in the Huffington Post:

 

  1. Climate. Anyone who has ever spent wintertime sneezing and shoveling snow understands why Florida is such a great place to spend the cold season. As for summertime, yes, it's true the Sunshine State gets pretty hot. Then again, so does much of the Northeast. But Florida is the only East Coast state that reliably enjoys 60-70-degree weather November through March. How do you beat that?
  2. Affordability. Not only is the cost of living lower in Florida than in most other states, there's no state income tax, estate tax, or inheritance tax. Not only that, but real estate is cheaper than you may think, especially if you're willing to look around a bit.
  3. Recreation. You're never far from the water when you live in Florida. This fact, combined with the mild weather, makes the state a perfect place for all kinds of health-promoting activities like golf, swimming, running, cycling, and gardening.
  4. Excellent healthcare. Florida is home to some of the best hospitals and clinics on earth.
  5. Mobility. There's no need to worry about blizzards shutting down the interstate or your car getting stuck on mountain roads with hairpin curves when you live in Florida. What little snow passes through the state melts quickly, followed by warm weather and sunshine.

 

Sound good so far? If so, then let's look at four tips for turning your dreams of a Florida vacation home into reality:

 

  1. Shop around. There are plenty of reasons to consider choosing a small town over a major metropolitan area, including lower housing costs, friendlier people, and a chance to sample authentic Florida culture. 
  2. Look past the sticker price. Sometimes a great-looking exterior may hide serious internal flaws. So take the advice of Family Handyman and hire a home inspector to give the property a thorough going over.
  3. Take a peek down the road. For example, you may love doing yard work at this point in your life. But in a few years, all that weeding, mowing, mulching, etc., may begin to wear on your joints. In most cases, it's better to err on the side of caution.
  4. Put the property to work when you're not around. Many vacation homeowners earn a tidy income renting their place during the off-season, either on a monthly basis or as a vacation spot. This can defer much of the cost of purchasing and maintaining the home.

 

How to Know If You're Ready 

 

Timing is everything when it comes to real estate. With that in mind, here's how to know if it’s the right time to purchase a Florida vacation home:

 

  • Your circumstances permit you to enjoy the home during a big chunk of the year. People who are still busy with their careers are probably better off waiting until retirement or semi-retirement to make the leap.
  • You like the area. Like any state, one section of Florida differs from another in terms of culture, climate, recreational opportunities, etc. Make sure you like the community in which you're interested before spending your hard-earned money.
  • The move makes sense when you weigh your assets against your debts. Lenders generally use the 28% rule when it comes to housing costs. This is a good rule of thumb for anyone thinking of buying a vacation property.

 

Warm weather, reasonable cost, and a wonderful pace of life: these are all great reasons to consider purchasing a Florida vacation home. So do your homework and decide if the Sunshine State is for you. If it is, then get ready to kiss the snow and ice goodbye.

 

 

About the author: Jim is a retired banker. He created MoneywithJim to share his advice and other resources on a variety of financial topics.