You’re packed and ready for your holiday so the only thing left to do now is... call your real estate agent? "Why on earth would I do that?" you might ask. Well, not only they can help in your search for the very best in vacation real estate, but they can also act as your local expert; they can show you everything from the best places to eat, where to get the freshest bread or how to get those unique, hard to find souvenirs.
We take a look at four reasons why calling a real estate agent before you go on holiday is a must. Take a real estate vacation and you may just find your ideal second home while you're away.
1. Your personal tour guide
It’s always great when you go to a country that you don’t know and find someone who is willing to show you around. Usually, that involves crowds and paying for a tour guide. But to find yourself someone in the know, you need not to look further than a real estate agent. After all, nobody knows the place – how else would they be able to sell in the area otherwise? If they can see that you are a potential buyer, any good real estate agent will be happy to help out and give you a guided tour of a few local hot spots.
2. More than just location
In the real estate vacation home market, you’ve got to be savvy. Yes, it’s great to own a second home and have somewhere of your own in the sunshine to disappear to, but you also want to be sure you see everything suitable that's on the market. You need to consider more than just price and the location, and this is where your real estate agent will be a fountain of knowledge. Make a plan of your requirements and be ready to ask those all important questions.
3. Your 'go-to' guide
Your agent should be the person in the know about real estate vacation homes, have all the facts and figures on the area you're considering and know where will suit your requirements. If you’re buying for sole use, they should be able to match you to the ideal area. Or if you’re buying as an investment, they should know which spots are the most up and coming. Utilise your real estate agent's knowledge of the local area and let them do the hard work and research for you.
4. Maximise your investment
Maybe you’ve considered buying something that is ready to go, a vacation property that is simply ready to move in to. Alternatively, you might prefer to put your own stamp on your new home and consider buying something that needs some renovation work. This is where your real estate agent will come in. They will know the vacation real estate market and be able to show you ways to get your ideal property for the best possible price.
Meeting with a real estate agent from Engel & Völkers while on vacation may give you the inspiration you need to finally commit to buying your dream vacation property.