Conduct an Extensive Vacation Home Search

by Scotty Ledford, P.A. 09/05/2019

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
Author

Scotty Ledford, P.A.

Originally from Southern Maryland and the Washington D.C. Area, Scotty graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1980. Upon earning an Associated Degree in Business from Prince George's College in 1982 he secured a manager position at Homes & Land Magazine of Southern Maryland.

In 1986, Scotty opened his own franchise; Home & Land Magazine of Prince George's County and later became the managing partner of the Southern Maryland Publication. For twenty-three years Scotty always placed in the "Top 20 Publisher's Club" in an arena of over 300 publishers/owner. He also won the coveted "Publisher of the Year Award" in 1991.

After purchasing a condo on the West Coast of Florida in 2001, Scotty hired a property manager and put it in the monthly rental program. If the condo didn't rent on a given month, he would come down from Maryland and stay at the condo for a couple of weeks at a time. Well, it didn't take long for Scotty to dislike having to go home at the end of his stay. It was apparent that Florida was going to become his new full time home and he moved to Sarasota in January of 2003.

Having always been in the real estate industry, Scotty obtained his Florida Real Estate License in 2004. Shortly after that, he sold his Homes & Land franchises in Maryland. Scotty held his license with a couple of large national brokers initially but decided that a local firm was a wiser idea. Recently Scotty became affiliated with Fine Properties saying "No other broker can give me the tools needed to succeed in representing my clients and their interests better than Fine Properties."

As a residential agent representing both sellers and buyers in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Scotty has the experience, resources and marketing background to help anyone realize their real estate goals in the Sarasota-Manatee County market.