3 Tips for Choosing the Right Vacation Home

by Jorge A. Gonzalez, PA 09/29/2019

No two vacation residences are alike. As such, it pays to be diligent as you conduct a search for the optimal vacation home. Otherwise, you risk purchasing a vacation house that fails to accommodate your long-term needs.

Ultimately, there are lots of things you can do to find a vacation home that complements you perfectly, such as:

1. Establish Vacation Home Must-Haves

Think about the features you want in your vacation home. By doing so, you can hone your vacation house search to residences that offer the features you want.

For example, if you want a vacation home that includes a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system, you can focus on finding a house that offers this system. Or, if you would prefer a vacation house that boasts an in-ground swimming pool, you can explore residences that offer this amenity.

Don't forget to make a list of preferred cities and towns for your vacation home, too. With this list in hand, you can check out residences in cities and towns that meet your expectations.

2. Create a Homebuying Budget

A homebuying budget is crucial, particularly for an individual who wants to purchase a vacation residence as quickly as possible. Because if you know how much you can spend on a vacation residence, you can focus on houses that fall in line with your finances.

To establish a homebuying budget, it often helps to meet with banks and credit unions. These financial institutions employ friendly, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can help you evaluate different mortgage options for a vacation home. Plus, if you have any mortgage concerns or questions, these specialists are happy to respond to them.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

When it comes to searching for a vacation house, there is no reason to work alone. In fact, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can help you take the guesswork out of finding and acquiring a quality vacation residence.

A real estate agent works with a homebuyer and helps this individual achieve his or her desired results. Thus, if you want to find a vacation home in a warm-weather destination, a real estate agent can help you do just that. On the other hand, if you would like to purchase a budget-friendly vacation residence, a real estate agent will help you map out your house search accordingly.

Let's not forget about the guidance that a real estate agent provides throughout the vacation homebuying journey, either. A real estate agent goes above and beyond the call of duty to help a homebuyer achieve the best possible results. They will work closely with you throughout the property buying journey, and as a result, will make it simple for you to purchase a first-rate vacation residence.

Kick off a successful vacation home search – use the aforementioned tips, and you could accelerate the process of purchasing a superb vacation residence.

About the Author
Author

Jorge A. Gonzalez, PA

Jorge Gonzalez and his “Team Dad of Eight" will help you sell your home in a way that accomplishes your personal and financial goals by making the best use of technology to create massive market exposure and secure the highest price and best terms for the sale of your home in the shortest possible time. If you are looking to buy, then he will use his strong negotiation skills to get you the best deal possible on the property that you purchase.

Experience & Education

Jorge has been selling, managing and investing in both residential and commercial real estate since 1986 and has worked with Buyers and Sellers to navigate them through hundreds of transactions. Jorge's education and proven experience have earned him the distinguished CRS Designation - "Certified Residential Specialist" - which is achieved by only 3% of all Realtors in the country.

Jorge earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Finance and International Business from Florida International University in 1990.

International Reach

Jorge is a Keller Williams Global Property Specialist and has earned the internationally recognized Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation from the National Association of Realtors. This designation is evidence of Jorge’s training and experience working with Foreign Nationals in the purchase, sale and investment in properties throughout South Florida and abroad.

Technology

Jorge maximizes the leverage that the internet provides by marketing your home to buyers through over 300 local,  national, and international real estate  listing websites.

Expertise

Jorge specializes in the sale of the finer homes of Greater Miami. Especially in Coral Gables, East Kendall, Sunset, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Coconut Grove, Brickell Area, Downtown and Key Biscayne.

Communication

Jorge cares about being very accessible to his customers. He believes that it is important to establish clear expectations for effective communication to deal with issues as they come, and out of mutual respect for business and personal time.

Personal

Yes, Jorge actually is the Dad of EIGHT children and has been married to Eva - Mom of 8 - since 1985. Jorge and Eva are actively involved in their faith community and ministry to women in crisis pregnancies, marriage preparation, and the poor in the Miami area and in the island nations of the Caribbean.

Our Commitment to You

Jorge and his team are committed to earning your confidence to refer them to your family and friends, or you may cancel your listing agreement "at will“.