Buying a Vacation Home in the Summer

As you scroll through pages of lake houses and dream of owning your own Texas Hill Country vacation home, timing will be on your mind. With summer approaching, you may be wondering if summer is a good time to buy a vacation home, or if it is better to wait for the fall and winter months to begin your search.Buying a Vacation Home in the Summer in Horseshoe Bay

Though there are always pros and cons to any real estate deal, buying a vacation home in the summer can be perfect timing, and here's why.

Flexible Schedules

For many people, summertime represents a flexible schedule. If you have kids in school, the summer is probably the best time to look for a vacation home. With a flexible schedule, you can easily make the trips you need to to look at potential vacation homes, and then close on the house and set it up. While you won't be moving into the vacation home fully, you should still anticipate spending at least one trip setting it up with furniture and necessities. The flexibility of summertime will make this process easier than a trip during the school year.

 Thorough Test Drive

Another reason summer is the perfect time to look for a vacation home is because you will see a potential property at its prime. By viewing the property, and the surrounding area, during the summer you can get a true idea of what it would be like to vacation in it every summer. Seeing the trees in full summer mode, swimming in the lake, and getting an idea of how crowded the community is during the busy season are all perks of looking for your lake house or vacation home during the summer.

If you look for a vacation home during the winter, you may not have a full picture of what you are getting. Landscaping will be difficult to discern, and favorite features of the property might not catch your eye during the off-season.

To get a full idea of how good a fit a particular home might be, consider planning a thorough "test drive" by booking a rental near to the area you are shopping in. Take note (literally, we suggest writing down your thoughts) of what you like and don't like about the rental you are in. Drive around the area and consider which neighborhood you prefer. Ask yourself whether a lakefront property, walkability, or mature trees are a priority to you. Try different water sports to see whether having a private dock and boat on site will be important, or whether swimming and fishing are enough to make your vacation dreams come true.

During the summer, you will also find more people in these lake towns, and that means the perfect opportunity to talk to both returning tourists, full-time residents, and vacation home owners in the area to find out what they love about the area. We want you to be fully satisfied with your purchase of a vacation home, and sometimes asking people who are in your shoes is the best way to get the insight you need.

More Availability

It is common to see more vacation homes on the market during the summer than any other season. The real estate market, in general, tends to heat up during the summer months, with more properties available to view.

If you are looking for a vacation home on a limited house hunting trip, the more options available to you, the better. By shopping at a strategic time, you are more likely to find what you are looking for in an efficient manner.

To find out more about buying a vacation home in the Texas Hill Country or around the Horseshoe Bay real estate market, contact our office at any time.

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$8,519,545
Neighborhood: Bertram Ranches
74.08
Acres
8
Days on Site
160763
MLS
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! Great investment opportunity! This Commercial/Ranch NEW LISTING.... has 74.082 acres of PRIME State Highway road frontage, located east of the City of Bertram...
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,564
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
5
Days on Site
160800
MLS
Three words: LOCATION, AMENITIES & POTENTIAL! This gorgeous hill country gem is located just minutes from downtown Johnson City and the ever-growing Texas Wine Trail. You not only have both privacy...
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,564
Sq.Ft.
1974
Year Built
5
Days on Site
160801
MLS
Three words: LOCATION, AMENITIES & POTENTIAL! This gorgeous hill country gem is located just minutes from downtown Johnson City and the ever-growing Texas Wine Trail. You not only have both privacy...
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,866
Sq.Ft.
2001
Year Built
7
Days on Site
160777
MLS
EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS OF TEXAS HILL COUNTRY HIGH ON A HILL FROM THIS LOVELY 3/2 ALL CUSTOM NATIVE ROCK HOME(ROCK NATIVE TO THE RANCH, AND ABUNDANCE MORE TO BUILD). BONUS /OFFICE/4BR/ ROOM,LOTS OF...
$3,500,000
Neighborhood: Threadgill
8
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
5,026
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
8
Days on Site
160640
MLS
Welcome to 'La Paz' Burnet, Texas, where Hill Country Beauty meets timeless elegance! This property offers the beauty & tranquility of true Texas Hill Country! Fredericksburg inspired main home built...
26.82
Acres
5
Days on Site
160802
MLS
Rare find of unrestricted 26+ acres - ready for your estate or development. At the end of the road for privacy and seclusion. Lots of trees with live oak, red oak and juniper. Natural terracing with...
$2,950,000
Neighborhood: Sunrise Beach
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,905
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
2
Days on Site
160831
MLS
The ultimate Lake LBJ getaway with plenty of elbow room! .78 acre double lot combined into one with over 140 ft of some of the BEST water money can buy. 4 bedroom, 4.5 baths with two beds on the...
$2,295,000
Neighborhood: Kingsland Cove
5
Beds
5
Baths
5,025
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
3
Days on Site
160813
MLS
Luxurious Lakefront home. A modern Masterpiece of Unrestrained Elegance & Hill County Lake Living nestled here in the Texas Hill County, located on a quiet, peaceful Cove on Lake LBJ. This home was...
$2,000,000
Neighborhood: Lost Cove
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,968
Sq.Ft.
1994
Year Built
2
Days on Site
160852
MLS
130' waterfront on 2.5 immaculately maintained acres facing undeveloped 1145-acre LCRA Turkey Bend Recreation Area. Sophisticated, thoughtfully remodeled Hill Country home with high-end finishes and...
$1,999,900
Neighborhood: River Oaks
6
Beds
4F31/2
Baths
4,956
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
2
Days on Site
160834
MLS
Incredible sunsets are calling your name along the Guadalupe River! Nestled between hundreds of mature Cypress trees and beautiful limestone bluffs this stunning property offers 220' of waterfrontage...
$1,895,000
Neighborhood: Kingsland Rnch
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,600
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
6
Days on Site
160795
MLS
New on the market! A great combination of 117' waterfront on the Colorado Arm Lake LBJ on an acre property! This home is barely 5 years old and is lightly used like new by empty nesters. Master down...
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
2,196
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
3
Days on Site
160823
MLS
Incredible location near Mueller Market District & Park, UT, Capitol & downtown. Quiet, exclusive wooded neighborhood with tennis center, Patterson Park - and close to everything you need! An Oasis...

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