If you are in a position to buy a vacation home, you are probably in better financial shape than many other people! Just because you can afford a vacation home (or second home) doesn't mean you can't save a little money. Here are some tips and tricks to consider when buying a vacation home to save a little money along the way.
1. Be a desirable borrower. With your primary residence, you have to jump through a lot of hoops to qualify for a down payment, mortgage and loans. When you buy your second home, the process becomes even more stressful, as you need to be a very good investment for a lender to even consider giving you money. The lender can assess your financial viability and tell you whether or not you're a healthy investment.
2. Save cash. Use this money to make a down payment on your home, however much that may be. If you're buying a second home, it's important to think far ahead to save money later on. When you make important decisions under pressure, you're likely to spend more money, which isn't always the best course of action. The more money you can save up front, the less you'll have to borrow and eventually pay back.