Monday, August 20, 2018

Buying your second property? Here is the checklist

Second home, a nomenclature designated to vacation house, investment house, or simply a home for the extended family. Whatever name you call it, second home market is developing as a cash cow for the investors and developers alike. Let us look into the concept of home away from home in some more detail and see a checklist to help make it a profitable venture without burning a hole in your pockets.

Buying a second house is very similar to buying the primary residence to some extent. However the dynamics might change depending on the purpose for which the property is bought. The purchase of such houses depends mostly on disposable income, as they are bought to match the lifestyle choice more than the primary need. Thus a lot of other things like purpose, affordability, and location etc. come into the picture.

For someone planning to buy a second house, hundreds of things need to be considered. It has been observed that it all comes down to a few basic points like purpose, affordability, location, and some other similar factors.



If you are struggling with the decision of whether or not to buy a second house, here is a checklist of decisions that you will have to encounter in order to take a sound decision. Give them a thorough thought before you go ahead and buy a house.


  • Buy an age friendly house

Investing in a retirement house is also a very common thing. If that is your plan and you have decided on living in the second house, opt for an age friendly house. The amenities offered by the project will play a major role here. For a house that you plan to retire in, it should have all the care facilities, ATMs, shopping complexes, etc. in close proximity.

In India, places like Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, etc. are seen as age friendly cities. So if you plan on retiring in comfort, buy an apartment in Bangalore or opt for a house in Pune or Chennai.


  • Think about the location 

It is one of the main considerations that second-home buyers take. The first part is to decide whether to invest in your city or buy a house elsewhere. Factors like safety, property values, rate of returns, etc. hold importance in deciding the location.

For those looking to buy house in the same city, pointers like purpose, location, and neighborhood plays a major role.

If you plan to buy a house for investment purposes, go for areas near metro routes or high on physical infrastructure front. In a country like India, where the real estate developments are on an all-time high, there are a number of profitable options available to you as second house destinations.


  • Purpose of the second house

The purpose of buying a second house should be clear before you make the investment. Decide whether you are looking for retirement house, vacation house, or for investment needs. The location, price of project, and future of the property depends on this choice.

When buying house for vacation, the factors like returns, neighborhood etc. are overridden by luxury, comfort, and status-quo. And when you buy a house for investments, the exact opposite happens.


  • Finances 

The main concern when buying a second property is Finances. If you already have the first property going on EMI, it is important to decide whether you want the second property on EMI too, or you want to pay the loan off on the first one and start a fresh loan scheme.

The affordability should always be given a priority. Avoid keeping both the property on loan. Have a good portion of the income with yourself to handle any exigencies with ease.


  • Decide what happens with the old house

It is closely related to the purpose point. Before you buy the new house, decide what you are going to do with the old one. It is seen that people often live in the new house and put the old one on rent. Do proper house-benefit analyses before you decide on something. The pricing and EMI is the first thing that will directly affect this decision.

Before you finalize something, work on the tax benefits and insurances, to get a clearer picture of what is beneficial for you.


  • Land vs. Apartment

Another important decision to take is Apartment vs. Land analysis. People who have already acquired a piece of land prefer to buy an apartment as their second house, and vice-versa. Again factors like purpose and affordability, finances play a major role here.

Along with huge tax benefits and a place for retreat or simply a source of extra income, second homes offer a number a benefits to the owner. However, the intensity of decisions in terms of how crucial they are increases in the second time round. Before you start searching for properties, go through the checklist and take a calculated decision.

This is a guest post by Tripti. Tripti writes on the behalf of 99acres.com. Her articles talk about new developments in the real estate industry. She is an avid fiction reader, craftsman and a keen observer. Being someone who just observes without having a point of view, she keeps herself updated in real time. You can reach her on LinkedIn.


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