Buying a Second Home: What to Consider

Garrison Forest Advisory Group |

At some point, many people consider buying a second home. 

This new property might be your vacation getaway or an addition to your investment portfolio. But, just like buying your first home, such a large purchase requires careful consideration. 

These four questions can help guide you as you weigh the potential benefits and challenges of purchasing another house.

1. What are the costs associated with owning a second home?

When you have the disposable income to buy a second home, it’s still important to carefully calculate all of the costs involved. Will you be buying the home outright or taking out a mortgage? As the homeowner, remember you’ll also be responsible for taxes and maintenance of the property.

2. What are the potential tax advantages?

You may be able to realize tax benefits when you own a second home. Depending on your situation and how you use the property, you may be able to deduct rental expenses, mortgage interest and property taxes.

3. What are the risks involved?

Real estate is not a risk-free investment. When you rent out the home, you have the responsibilities of a landlord, which include assuming the risk of tenants who do not pay and potential damage to the property. Possible housing market fluctuations are another detail to consider. 

4. What are a few best practices to be aware of?

  • Develop a detailed budget that takes all costs into consideration.
  • Do your research on local tax laws.
  • If you plan to rent out the property, consider homes that will be attractive to potential short-term or long-term renters.

If you see a second home in your future, we’re here to answer your questions about the financial implications. Reach out anytime.