The Pros and Cons of Owning a Second Home, Ep #227

The Pros and Cons of Owning a Second Home

Have you thought about purchasing a second home? Does it sound nice to have a place to vacation that is all yours? Do you dream of owning a Florida home or a cabin “up north?” Have you considered the pros and cons of owning a second home? Before a second home becomes part of your dream retirement, consider some of these pros and cons so you can make the best decision for you.

What are the pros and cons of owning a second home? Find out in this episode of Best in Wealth! #wealth #retirement #investing #PersonalFinance #FinancialPlanning #RetirementPlanning #WealthManagement #InvestmentProperty Click To Tweet

Outline of This Episode

  • [1:10] Needs, wants, and wishes in retirement planning
  • [2:52] Have you thought about owning a second home?
  • [6:00] The hidden costs associated with owning a second home
  • [7:29] Tax, lending, and insurance considerations
  • [10:40] Would you consider renting out your second home?
  • [13:55] Will you lower vacation expenses?
  • [16:25] Will your second property steal your time?

The hidden costs associated with owning a second home

Think about the costs associated with owning your primary residence. You will have to factor in all of these same costs when you purchase a second home:

  • Appliances
  • Furniture
  • Cookware
  • Linens
  • Utilities (internet, cable, electric, water)
  • Down payment
  • Second mortgage
  • Property taxes
  • Insurance
  • HOA fees
  • Home repairs and improvements
  • Maintaining the yard

Even after factoring in all of the expected expenses, you have to consider unexpected expenses. What if your furnace goes out and you have to replace it? What if a storm damages your roof and you have to get it fixed? The hidden costs of owning a second home might make you seriously reconsider the idea.

Tax, lending, and insurance considerations

The maximum amount you can write off for state, local, and property taxes is $10,000 per year. It doesn’t matter if you have a second home. If you have a mortgage on the property, the combined mortgage interest that you can deduct from your taxes has been reduced to $750,000.

Usually, you get better financing rates with your primary residence. Your second home might not get the best mortgage rate. Secondly, most lenders require at least 20% down to purchase a second home or investment property.

Some insurers are completely pulling out of certain markets (such as Florida and California), so you will pay more for things like flood insurance. You need to think through these costs because these things add up.

What tax, lending, and insurance considerations should you think through before purchasing a second home? I share some insight in this episode of Best in Wealth! #wealth #retirement #investing #PersonalFinance #RetirementPlanning… Click To Tweet

Can you reduce the costs of your second home?

Why not rent out your second home part of the time? That might be a way to recoup some of the costs (But keep in mind that many towns have limitations on short-term or vacation rentals). How much can you make renting out the second home?

If you only rent out the second home for 14 days, you will not have to pay Federal taxes on that gain. If you want to rent out for more than 14 days, at $10,000 a week, your costs will still add up. It might cost you $2,000 a week to maintain the residence (mortgage, insurance, cleaning, etc.). You will also have to pay Federal taxes.

You will also be adding more to your adjusted gross income. That could push you into the IRMAA surcharge. You might have to pay more for healthcare. You might not be able to write off other things in a higher income bracket.

Will owning a second home equal fewer vacations?

Owning a second home might mean less travel to other destinations. Because you want to get the most use out of your second home, you might forgo other vacations you would normally have taken. But you might save money by vacationing at your second home. You will cut out hotel rooms, extra flights, etc. But do you want to cut down your travel to other destinations? Will your second house become a burden? Will your second property steal your time? Listen to the whole episode for more pros and cons to consider when owning a second home!

Will owning a second home mean fewer vacations? Before you make a big purchase, listen to this episode of Best in Wealth! #wealth #retirement #investing #PersonalFinance #RetirementPlanning #WealthManagement #InvestmentProperty Click To Tweet

Resources Mentioned

Connect With Scott Wellens


Subscribe to Best In Wealth

Audio Production and Show notes by

Podcast Disclaimer:

The Best In Wealth Podcast is hosted by Scott Wellens. Scott Wellens is the principal at Fortress Planning Group. Fortress Planning Group is a registered investment advisory firm regulated by the Securities Act of Wisconsin in accordance and compliance with securities laws and regulations. Fortress Planning Group does not render or offer to render personalized investment or tax advice through the Best In Wealth Podcast. The information provided is for informational purposes only and does not constitute financial, tax, investment or legal advice.

About the author, Scott Wellens

Scott Wellens, CFP® is an investment advisor and founder of Fortress Planning Group. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Scott quickly ascended to become a Vice President of North American Sales at a major regional provider of telecommunications infrastructure. While financially successful in this role, Scott searched for ways to pursue his passion related to financial literacy and providing financial freedom for both his own family and others. During his search, Scott became curious about the significant gap he found in the financial services sector: he was unable to find a comprehensive financial planner that maintained a family stewardship lens without being attached to financial products. Scott decided to fill that gap by creating his own planning firm that maintains a strong passion for comprehensive, unbiased wealth planning that is genuinely client-centered.

Scott resides in Menomonee Falls, WI with his family. He is the father of three active and independent daughters who keep him on his toes. Scott is an active community member, serving on the Hamilton Education Foundation Board, serves as a Dave Ramsey Financial Peace facilitator and leads the All Pro Dad’s group at their local elementary school. Scott enjoys spending his free time visiting state parks with his family, reading, and watching the Milwaukee Bucks and the Green Bay Packers win ball games.

Leave a Comment