Santa Fe Real Estate: FAQ Why Buy A Second Home?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty LLC NM Broker License 16161

Emily Medvec Santa Fe Lifestyle

Buying a second home in Santa Fe is now becoming a solution for many investment and vacation home buyers who see being in Santa Fe as living their dream sometime in the future. Given this new landscape of real estate and mortgage financing, it is clear times have changed for many for many in the Boomer generation who are living on retirement income. Often, I see they can not afford to purchase a second home in Santa Fe until they have sold their current home. Who are second home buyers today?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reports in the 2011 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey the following trends:

  • average age of vacation home buyers is 49
  • income of vacation home buyers is $100,000
  • 63% of the vacation home buyers secured mortgage financing
  • confidence level is high as 34% of existing vacation home buyers say they will buy again in two years

In between the lines of the survey numbers, it appears these Generation X Second Home Resort Buyers are focusing on short sale properties and bank owned properties in both downtown and close-in neighborhoods where if necessary renters can make the mortgage payment.

Remember the IRS has different rules for when you declare your second home as rental property. Depending on your circumstances you may be able to deduct your mortgage interest on your taxes. It is always best to do the numbers and consult with your accountant as to which option will work best for you.

Today, the benefits for second home ownership in Santa Fe can be a range of options depending on your goals. It can be about a lifestyle change, a future retirement home, a vacation getaway, finishing a dream or a smart investment as a rental property with a tenant paying your mortgage payments.

Remember to look at all your options and contact a Resort & Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Realtor®. Why? We specialize in second homes in all price ranges located in resort communities for lifestyle change, investment, retirement and relocation. You can benefit by our additional certification and training as Resort and Second Home Property Specialist. It is that simple. Contact Emily Medvec today at 505-216-6280 for a consultation on your Santa Fe Second Home vacation and investment options. There is no reason to be "too late" to take advantage of our market opportunities available to you now.


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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
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Emily:  I LOVE this post!  The stats are impressive, as are the recommendations as to WHO to work with when choosing a real estate professional.  I'd extend that to mortgage lenders too, of course.  This situation is no time to work with a rookie.  I've Tweeted, Googled, etc., this message as many places as possible.  You give great advice ... and timely advice too ...


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Jun 02, 2012 06:38 AM #1
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Emily you do a great job in promoting Santa Fe.

Now I have a question.  Is that you in those shoe in the first picture :) :) :)

Jun 02, 2012 06:52 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Em.... what a nicely written post.... those who are considering buying a second home in the Santa Fe area would be wise to call Emily Medvec for guidance....I know I would.

Jun 02, 2012 07:47 AM #3
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Gene, thank you for passing this beyond forward. One of the great things about your services is you can lend in New Mexico. Our buyers are fortunate to have your years of experience available to them.

George, the story about the shoes is they were walking on Canyon Road one recent afternoon and the image is what happened next!

Barbara, thank you so much for your generous and kind words! Like you, I value the recommendations from other Realtors.

Jun 02, 2012 08:29 AM #4
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

If I was in the market for a second home, I would definitely consider Santa Fe.

Jun 02, 2012 10:45 AM #5
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good moring, Emily. Great post - so much great info for everyone of a certain age with a little cash to invest!

Jun 02, 2012 09:15 PM #6
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