Second Home

Want to know how to buy a second home or vacation home and make smart investments in residential real estate? Look at the articles, columns, radio shows, blog posts and videos for advice about buying a second home.

Buying a Vacation Rental Home: Issues to Consider

Thinking of buying a vacation rental home? Does it make financial sense for your family to use the home, or to use it as an investment? Q: I am trying to figure out if the numbers would make sense for …

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Refinancing a Rented House

You can refinance a rented house, but if you are almost done paying your mortgage, consider the refinance fees and pay off your mortgage. Q: My wife and I were listening to your Sunday show and tried for two hours …

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Deed-in-lieu or Foreclosure on Second Home

Deed-in-lieu or Foreclosure on a vacation second home is not a sure thing with a bank. Q: I have applied for a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure on a vacation beach home I own, but can no longer make the payments. I’m …

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Restructuring Mortgage on Second Home or Investment Property

Restructuring a mortgage on a second home or an investment property is something that not a lot of lenders want to do. Restructuring a mortgage on a second home or investment property is not covered under the Making Home Affordable (HAMP) programs. The Making Home Affordable (HAMP) programs are for primary residences only. Consider turning your second home into your primary residence or renting out your first home. Restructuring a mortgage on a second home or investment home is going to be very difficult and you should explore different options.

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Buying A Vacation Rental Property

For some people, this is the worst time to be in the real estate market to buy or sell a home. Others believe, this is a great time to buy properties. In this review of Christine Hrib Karpinski’s book “How To Rent Vacation Properties By Owner,” she discusses the best way to approach buying a vacation rental property. There is a strategy that you should follow to buy a vacation property that you would want to rent most or all of the time. Karpinski is the director ow owner community for HomeAway, Inc. So follow a formula and make sure you understand the market and the risks of buying a vacation rental property.

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Primary Residence Or Principal Residence: Mortgage Lender Problems

Primary Residence Or Principal Residence: Mortgage Lender Problems
A reader purchased a first home and lived in it and then bought a second home. She now lives in the second home. Now the lender claims she is in default under her loan agreement for failing to use her first home as her primary residence or principal residence. Does the lender want to foreclose on her? She is current on her loan payments. She rents out the home and otherwise has no issues at this time other than the lender now driving her crazy. It seems her mortgage lender is just trying to create problems for her.

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Buying or Renting a Vacation Home. What’s the Better Choice?

Buying or Renting a Vacation Home. What’s the Better Choice? Vacation homes can be a great way to enjoy your summer vacation, but should you rent or buy these homes? If you buy, you get all the investment benefits on owning a home, but you still have to take care of it. You may end up spending more time tending to your vacation home, than vacationing. Renting a vacation home may be the right way to go, if you’re not prepared to pay for the right to have the vacation home for the short period you might want to stay there.

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Notify Mortgage Company When Changing Status Of Second Home

Mortgage companies often issue loans contingent upon how the home will be used — will it be a primary residence or a second home? Do you need to notify your mortgage company if you decides to change the status of a second home? In some cases mortgage loan documents contain a time limit for notifying mortgage companies about home status changes.

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Where To Start When Investing In Real Estate

When you want to start buying investment property you want to assemble an expert team. Look at your first home as investment property. And always have an exit strategy when buying investment property.

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Avoiding Capital Gains Tax On Second Home

How can you avoid capital gains tax? If you have a second home that you have been renting, you might face a large capital gains tax, especially if you have been taking depreciation on the investment property. The IRS has very specific requirements for how to handle primary and secondary property. You may be able to use a 1031 exchange if you move back into the rental property for two years.

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