Did you notice that it’s not summer right now? Yes. There’s snow on the ground. That blizzard occurred over on the east coast, record numbers, and the Midwest isn’t any slouch either. You can imagine, too, a lot of the summery spots don’t see a lot of action, because, yes, the temperatures drop and people start migrating back to where stores are still open and people can get some hot chocolate down their pipes.
Face it: your beachfront investment property’s down for the count (at least until the temp warms up and people flock back to the wind, sand and surf). What does that mean? It certainly doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on the H.O.P.E. Program and your prospects for a zero-down home.
You’re Losing Money, Though. A Lot of It.
It’s to be expected, and you’re probably prepared for it. After reading about all the disadvantages to having beachfront property
, you practically dread it. Perhaps you offset the lost revenue by upping your prices on tenants, and that’s all fine and dandy, particularly when weather becomes an issue. You’ve got to pay for repairs, upkeep and maintenance, and it can get costly.
Is it all worth it, though? It depends.
If you notice: beachfront properties are known not only for the sand and surf, but for the stores and commerce associated with it. You buy your t-shirts, candy, surfboards, board shorts, coolers and kites. Economy soars for those communities, but when the winter hits, it all shuts down. It might not hurt you at all, but just in case you’re running a business in that community, not only do you have to worry about maintaining the beachfront home, you also have to worry about maintaining any bills you have for businesses you own.
Consider Your Finances Carefully
If you play your cards right, you just might sit fine on a beachfront property
, perhaps living in it all year round. After all, grocery stores would still be open. You’d have all your necessities. As an investment property, though, consider that you might be pouring more money into it than getting out of it. Just a thought.