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  • $599.00 Mclaren

    Mclaren

    29367 | House Plan

    Area

    Main 654 ft²
    Second 602 ft²
    Total Living 1256 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 20 ft
    Depth 38 ft
    Ridge Height 31 ft
    Roof Pitch 6/12 primary 12/12, 10/12, 4/12 secondary

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 3
  • $899.00 Faith Jueen

    Faith Jueen

    29366 | House Plan

    Area

    Main 1666 ft²
    Second 1046 ft²
    Total Living 2712 ft²
    Garage 584 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 60 ft
    Depth 46 ft
    Ridge Height 28 ft
    Roof Pitch 6/12

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 4
    Bathrooms 4
    Car Bays 2
  • $299.00 Ruby Grace

    Ruby Grace

    29357 | Garage Plan

    Area

    Second 1001 ft²
    Total Living 1001 ft²
    Garage 1170 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 39 ft
    Depth 33 ft
    Ridge Height 24 ft
    Roof Pitch 6/12

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 1
    Bathrooms 1
    Car Bays 3
  • $799.00 Lamplighter

    Lamplighter

    29365 | House Plan

    Area

    Main 2676 ft²
    Total Living 2676 ft²
    Garage 1171 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 94 ft
    Depth 76 ft
    Ridge Height 24 ft
    Roof Pitch 6/12

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 3
    Bathrooms 3
    Car Bays 4
  • $349.00 Sooter

    Sooter

    29364 | Garage Plan

    Area

    Garage 1288 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 46 ft
    Depth 28 ft
    Ridge Height 26 ft
    Roof Pitch 8/12

    Rooms

    Car Bays 4
  • $699.00 Giovanni

    Giovanni

    29361 | House Plan

    Area

    Main 640 ft²
    Second 588 ft²
    Total Living 1228 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 20 ft
    Depth 38 ft
    Ridge Height 29 ft
    Roof Pitch 10/12 primary 4/12 secondary

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 2
    Bathrooms 3
  • $899.00 Johnson Farm

    Johnson Farm

    29363 | House Plan

    Area

    Main 1296 ft²
    Second 1431 ft²
    Total Living 2727 ft²
    Garage 522 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 62 ft
    Depth 39 ft
    Ridge Height 33 ft
    Roof Pitch 12/12 F-B 10/12 S-S 4/12 Secondary

    Rooms

    Bedrooms 4
    Bathrooms 3
    Car Bays 2
  • $199.00 Kimmons

    Kimmons

    29362 | Garage Plan

    Area

    Main 153 ft²
    Garage 480 ft²

    Dimensions

    Width 29 ft
    Depth 30 ft
    Roof Pitch 4

    Rooms

    Car Bays 1

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- The Advanced House Plans Team

12 June 2014

Vacation Homes are Hot Property Once Again

Thanks to renewed confidence in the nation’s property sector and the surging stock market, United States vacation home sales are enjoying a major return to form. Demand for the perfect retreat has soared by 30 percent in the last twelve months as more and more Americans choose to invest their cash in somewhere they can also kick back and relax.
Vacation properties last year accounted for an impressive 13 percent of all house sales, the highest share since 2006. According to the National Association of Realtors, high net worth households whose equity market investments are finally coming good are leading the charge for recreational properties. With bargains to be had however, there is still time for the average family to seize the opportunity and access the vacation home market.
Whether you are purchasing a vacation home as a short term investment or intend to holiday there for the foreseeable future, there are three key issues to consider before you sign on the dotted line.

Set a budget and stick to it

The first step on your vacation home buying journey should be to set a budget for the project. This will inform decision making throughout the process and ensure you don’t over commit financially. The vacation home is something to be enjoyed, and should not end up like a monetary millstone around your neck.
If a mortgage is required, look into the options available for vacation homes. Products designed for these purchases can be difficult to access and often have higher interest rates attached. Deposits requirements can also be significant so budget for between 20-30% for non-owner occupied properties. On the upside, tax deductions may be available dependent on whether you plan to rent out the home or not.
Remember that it’s not only the purchase price which needs to be taken into account in the budget. Vacation homes need to be equipped and furnished. Opt for good quality items which will stand the test of time – you don’t want to spend future vacations searching for replacements. Also, do as Sofas and Sectionals suggest, and choose versatile furniture which maximizes the space available to give flexibility for when extra guests come to stay without the need for purchasing additional beds. In addition, make a budget for the running costs of the vacation property. Dolly Lenz, the ‘Queen of Real Estate, advises buyers to set aside around 2 percent annually of the property’s value to cover maintenance expenses.

Location, location, location

There are a number of elements which will determine the right location for your perfect vacation home. Firstly decide how often you intend to use the property. If you plan to visit frequently then proximity to your main residence will be important. Research carried out by the National Association of Realtors indicates that over 80 percent of vacation home-buyers choose properties within driving distance of where they live. If the property is only for occasional use you can spread the search area somewhat wider. It’s still important to ensure that there are good travel links from your home to the vacation property and that these are cost effective.
When you have identified a specific area or areas to focus on it’s time to consider the physical location of the property within that zone. Do you prefer somewhere close to the beach or lake? Do you want to be near other residences and local amenities? Take time to research the neighborhoods which meet your requirements and which represent a sound long term investment.
Above all choose somewhere that you can like and can relax in. Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry of South Beach Investment Realty’s top tip for vacation property purchases is to view the home as a form of recreation, not an investment. In other words, choose somewhere that you enjoy.
Consider remodeling
It can be hard to find the perfect home, and the same is true of a vacation property. Getting everything you want at the right price can be a challenge, but one way around this is to undertake a remodeling project. If you manage to find a property which is in the right location and is the right price but perhaps lacks some of the charm or facilities that you require, assess its potential for some reworking.
Figure out what scale of work you are prepared to undertake. Fitting a new kitchen and/or bathroom is a quick way to update a vacation home, and is a sound investment in terms of adding value to the property. New flooring is another relatively inexpensive way of breathing new life into a vacation home. Adding extra storage facilities is also particularly useful in a vacation home as this saves on the amount of things you need to bring back and forth with you.
Bigger projects are also possible such as reconfiguring room layouts or even adding additional square footage. Identify contractors who have expertise in this area and seek their advice on what is viable with your particular property. A professional construction expert can be a real asset in terms of drawing up fully costed time bound plans which will give you a clear idea of what you may be taking on. They will discuss in detail what you need from the vacation home and respond to that brief. As Advanced House Plans, a company with particular expertise in home remodeling recognizes,
“The design of your next home should perfectly fit who you are and how you live.”
Making an investment in a vacation home does have some risk attached – just like any other investment. The big difference is that this is an investment you and your family can enjoy. So join the millions of Americans who are fueling this vacation home boom and buy into your future getaways.

 

Contributed by reader, Emma Bowden

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    Mclaren

    Mclaren is a lovely 2-story, traditional, rowhouse plan great for narrow lots! The plan has a gorgeous exterior with a prominent window bay, and modest covered porch. The floor plan is simple and efficient, making this a great low-budget build!The...

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