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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Vacation Home

by Maureen Serrano & Pat McMillan 12/22/2019

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.

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Maureen Serrano & Pat McMillan

With over 27 years of experience in luxury new home sales, Maureen has been a leader in the Lakewood Ranch Community since 2002. She has been named as one of the area’s top new home sales consultants and has successfully sold over 500 homes to date. Through her wealth of knowledge in new construction she has been helping families build their dream homes for decades. Her dedication to providing superior customer service has created a reputation that keeps customers coming back and Maureen has built multiple homes for her customers.

 
A third generation Realtor, Maureen learned early on that selling Real Estate would be in her future. Originally from New York, Maureen watched her Mother and Grandparents develop and build neighborhoods on the East End of Long Island. She went to college in Oswego, NY and concentrated in Business and Marketing. After a brief career in New York City as a Conference Planner, she moved to Florida in 1990. This was the perfect time to get her Real Estate License and going into New Home Sales was a natural choice given her family history.

 
Since 2002 Maureen has worked in the Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area for several of the top Builders and Developers such as WCI Communities, Mark Rutenberg Homes,Lee Wetherington Homes, Minto Communities, Neal Signature Homes and most recently Stock Development. Throughout her career she has earned numerous awards for sales volume as well as providing the highest level of customer service.With this vast Real Estate experience Maureen is ready to pursue a lifelong dream of being a successful agent in the General Real Estate Community. Recently engaged to her Love of ten years, Maureen, Brad and their blended family of four children live in the River Club Community in Lakewood Ranch.