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The Beach Is Calling: 4 Things To Consider When Purchasing A Beach House

by Arnold Gomez

You've always dreamed of living on the beach and now you can. Before you start looking for beach houses, make sure you're ready for the process. The steps provided below will help you find the perfect beach house.

Rent First

If you're not sure where you want your beach house to be, talk to your real estate agent about renting first. Your agent will be able to locate vacation rentals in the areas you're considering. Once you've tried out a few locations, you'll know whether you want to live near the bay, the pier, or even further away from the action. Spending some time in beach rentals will help you avoid buyer's remorse when you realize that you would have preferred to be in a different area.

Check Out the Community

Before you purchase a beach home, make sure you take the time to check out the community. This is particularly true if your only experience with the area is during a particular season. For instance, if you've only been to the area during the off-season, you might want to take the time to check out the community during peak tourist season. It's also a good idea to speak to the local planning commission to determine what type of development is planned for the area.

Plan Ahead

When looking for the perfect beach home, be sure you plan ahead. This is especially important if you have family and friends who love the beach. Once you purchase your home, you might find yourself doing a lot of entertaining during the summer months. You want to make sure that you have adequate room for your guests. If you do plan on having frequent guests to your beach house, take a look at the parking situation. If your guests will have to park several blocks away and then walk to your home, you might want to consider a different location.

Consider the Insurance

When it comes to insuring a beach house, location matters. Before you choose a house, be sure you consider the insurance premiums. If you want to keep your premiums lower, you might want to choose a home that is located further away from the shoreline, especially if the area is prone to storms and flooding.

Now that you're in the market for a beach house, take the time to find the perfect one. The tips provided here will help you find a home that's right for you. Be sure to speak to your real estate agent about any other questions or concerns you may have about your home search. For more information, contact someone like Lori Cordero - South Bay Residential Real Estate.