Perform a Comprehensive Vacation Home Search

by Golden Path Real Estate 10/20/2019

Finding the right vacation house is rarely simple. Dozens of quality vacation residences are available in cities and towns nationwide. Yet if you make even a single mistake during your search for the ideal vacation residence, you risk making a poor property buying decision.

As you get set to begin a search for a vacation home, there are many things you can do to boost the likelihood of finding a residence that matches your needs. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you conduct a comprehensive – and successful – vacation home search:

1. Establish Homebuying Criteria

Prior to launching a search for a vacation house, consider the features you want in your dream residence. Then you can hone your search for vacation homes that fall in line with your expectations.

Crafting a list of vacation home must-haves usually is a good idea. This list can focus on distinct features you want to find inside your home – from a modern, state-of-the-art kitchen to a spacious master bedroom. It also can focus on home exterior features like a beautiful front yard or a large driveway.

2. Determine Your Preferred Cities and Towns

Once you know what you want to find in your ideal vacation residence, make a list of preferred cities and towns. With this list in hand, you can focus exclusively on vacation houses in cities and towns you know you will enjoy.

Before you craft a list of preferred cities and towns for your vacation home search, it is important to remember that house prices vary nationwide. Thus, it often helps to take a look at home prices in various cities and towns. This will give you an idea about the average price range for houses in different areas.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

If you want to streamline your search for a vacation home, it typically helps to hire a real estate agent. Because if you have a real estate agent at your side, you can receive extensive support as you navigate each stage of the vacation homebuying journey.

A real estate agent is a homebuying expert who is happy to share his or her housing market knowledge with you. First, he or she will learn about you and your vacation homebuying goals. A real estate agent next will craft a custom strategy designed to help you achieve your homebuying goals as quickly as possible. Finally, you and your real estate agent can put this plan into action.

Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent provides when a homebuyer is ready to submit an offer to purchase a vacation house, either. At this point, a real estate agent will help a homebuyer put together a competitive homebuying proposal. And if a seller accepts this offer to purchase, a real estate agent then will guide the buyer through the final stages of the homebuying journey.

Take the necessary steps to find your dream vacation home – use the aforementioned tips, and you could accelerate your quest to discover a vacation residence that suits you perfectly.

About the Author
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Golden Path Real Estate

Yolanda and Durnee bring over sixty years combined experience in real estate working with clients in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. They have seen all types of changes to the industry and have been a part of making change in the industry. They are both community activists and have worked to help stop redlining, predatory lending practicing and unfair regulations and taxation of homeowners and buyers. 

Yolanda has been President of Real Estate Associations and non-profits such as Southwest Los Angeles Association of Realtors, Southwest Los Angeles Rotary and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. She is a Girl Scout co-leader, member of her community school counsel and is licensed in both real estate and life insurance. 

Durnee is a gentleman who still believes in holding doors open for women, while appreciating their intelligence and independence. He has organized community events, has severed on the board and member of several non-profits such as Consolidated Realty Board and Multicultural Real Estate Alliance for Urban Change. Durnee has a background in flooring and window treatment. He also can design closet for functionality taking advantage of unused space.  

Yolanda and Durnee enjoy working as a team because they complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They absolutely enjoy hanging out with family and friends, you will usually find Durnee on the grill at family functions and Yolanda baking or throwing something in the pot bringing that comfort food to the table. They both love gardening they have been jokingly called Lisa and Oliver Douglas of Green Acres because no one believed that they get down and dirty in garden. Until they saw the results. They enjoy vacations and stay-cations and always strive to make every day special in some little way. They have been working eating healthier and get back to going to the gym. However, it seems like some days are harder than other. They were doing so good then…………. well tomorrow is another day. 

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