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Your 2021 Guide for Investing in Vacation Rentals

Have you always dreamed of being an investor? Of course, everyone has heard the old saying, “it takes money to make money”. However alluring the thought of investing might be, it can still be an extremely stressful decision to make. On the bright side, there are some tried and true investments that have a proven return on investment. 

Real estate investing has historically proven to be a low-risk and great return choice for investors. Although not all real estate is created equal, it is imperative that when considering properties to invest in, you are searching in the right areas and for the right price. 

When it comes to determining whether or not you are looking in the right place, one safe route to take in property investing is vacation rental properties. They always seem to be in the right place at always the right time. Vacation home sales are outperforming total existing home sales. According to the National Association of Realtors, vacation home sales were up 44% year-over-year in July-Sept of 2020.

So whether you are a seasoned investor looking to add to your portfolio or a novice hoping to make your first investment, vacation rental property seems to be a safe investment. Despite the carefree aurora vacation rental investing gives off, there are guidelines that need to be considered to make sure that such an investment is the right choice for you. 

Let us look at some factors that should help guide you down the path of deciding whether or not to invest in a vacation rental property. 


The most important decision you make about your vacation rental property is the location. Location is the one thing you cannot change once you purchase your property, and it is the biggest link to your positive return on investment. There are hundreds of articles online discussing the latest location trends for vacation rentals. Do your homework and compare the past years and the recent trends, also, look for those areas that have stood the test of time. 


The decision needs to be made in advance as to for whom are you purchasing the vacation rental property for. Will it strictly be for guests or do you want to be able to use it for personal use as well. If you are considering personal usage of your rental property, then you will probably want to consider some of your favorite vacation spots. 

Also, you need to take into account that others will be invading your vacation home while you are not there. Do you cringe at the thought of youths taking over your investment for spring or winter break? These decisions are imperative when considering the location, square footage, layout of the house, and the amount of money you are willing to invest and ultimately put at risk. 


Evaluating other rental prices similar to the investment you are considering purchasing and deciding how often you plan to rent out the property should have helped you come to a good idea of what you are expecting, as far as your return on your investment. So now you can decide how much you are willing to invest based upon your expected income. 

If you have the cash flow handy to put down on a purchase without help, then good for you. However, most probably don’t have that kind of disposable income just lying around. Fortunately, there are options for those who still want to invest, but just need a little help obtaining the investment. 

There are companies that specifically lend solely to those individuals wanting to invest in vacation rental properties. They even add benefits such as no tax returns and privacy through corporate entities. There is most likely some peace of mind in working with individuals who handle all the ends and outs of purchasing vacation rental homes. 

The topics mentioned above are intended to be an overview. They are guidelines to help get you started along the thought process necessary when making the important decision to invest in a vacation rental property. However, if you take these guidelines and expand upon them, you should be able to confidently come to a definitive conclusion as to whether you are joining the next generation of vacation rental owners or not. 


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