Second Homes

Vacation and second homes on the Texas Coast

The sandy beaches, warm waters and various activities give the Texas Coast an irresistible allure.

Second homes are properties that are not the primary residence of an individual or a family. They are typically used for vacations, weekend getaways, or investment purposes.  On the other hand, a primary residence is the main dwelling where an individual or a family life and considers their permanent home.

Some key differences between second homes and primary residences include:

  • Location: Second homes are often located in vacation destinations, while primary residences are in areas where the owner works and attends school.
  • Usage: Second homes are used for leisure, relaxation, and entertainment, while primary residences are used for daily living and raising a family.
  • Maintenance: Second homes are often used less frequently and may require less maintenance, while primary residences are occupied more frequently and may require more frequent upkeep.
  • Investment: Second homes can be seen as investments, as their value can appreciate over time, while primary residences are typically not considered investments in the same way.

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a second home. These can include the location, size and style of the property, the local market conditions, and the cost of ownership. It is important to carefully consider all these factors and to consult with financial professionals before deciding. It is also a good idea to do your own research and to carefully evaluate the potential risks and rewards of any investment before deciding.

Vacation and second home market work requires understanding of the recreation and lifestyle market, tax treatments, and real estate investment.

  • Texas is one of the nation’s fastest growing states and strongest economies. Texas has now been named as the number one state in economic development by Business Facilities magazine.
  • With this kind of economic strength and population growth, residents of Texas’ metropolises alone provide a large continual supply of buyers for our coastal properties. Factor in the growing interest we have from out-of-state and international buyers – and our future never looked better.

Texas metros (Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin) are ranked among the nation’s most thriving cities, and they each have a favorite resort area on the Texas Coast within driving distance.

  • South Padre Island is minutes from Brownsville and a few hours from McAllen / Monterrey
  • Port Aransas is minutes from Corpus Christi and a few hours from San Antonio / Austin
  • Galveston is an hour from Houston, and Crystal Beach an hour from Beaumont
  • Dallas is a one-hour flight to any area on the Texas coast.

Happiness ROI

According to the latest science, Happiness is not about stuff, it’s about experiences and relationships, obviously love, so the Texas coast is one of your best gets for investing in you and your family’s long-term happiness! In addition, your friends’ happiness, and the many families that rent your second home for getaway-get togethers! Invest to bring more happiness into the world.

Buying a Second Home

Our twenty-five years living on the Texas coast can uniquely help you determine the type of ownership that’s best for you, for example, income, vacation, or retirement.

Most people looking for a second home are doing so for:

  • investment, to earn money from rental income or home-value appreciation
  • vacation, to find a destination for the family and friends to getaway and get-together
  • retirement, to establish a place to enjoy living after leaving the workforce

Choosing and staying focused on your goals will help you make better decisions, for example regarding the property type, location, and whether you will rent it out.  Knowing whether home type or home location is driving your decision will help you create a balance between the two.

For example, you might decide to buy a condominium instead of a single-family home to buy in a more desirable area. Or you may decide to shift your location if your heart is set on owning a single-family home.

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