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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$3,999,950
Neighborhood: Clearwater Landing At Lake Lbj
6
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
5,212
Sq.Ft.
2013
Year Built
5
Days on Site
162631
MLS
Picturesque East facing estate right on the Colorado Arm of Lake LBJ! This one-of-a-kind home is privately gated, and showcases several covered patios & balconies, including automatic electric shades...
$3,700,000
Neighborhood: Kingsland Rnch
2
Beds
1
Baths
1,001
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
6
Days on Site
162614
MLS
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own 20 acres plus a 100ft of waterfront with two deeded boat lifts in Kingsland Ranch marina. This Showcase Custom Builders, Ranch style home has stained concrete...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,800
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
8
Days on Site
162601
MLS
UNRESTRICTED 81.32 Acres with home and covered horse facility minutes from downtown Johnson City, TX. The home on site is 1800 square feet and offers 3 beds and 2 baths. The attention to detail and...
$2,999,000
Neighborhood: Colina Cove
5
Beds
5
Baths
4,181
Sq.Ft.
2012
Year Built
5
Days on Site
162623
MLS
You must see this 5 bedroom/5 bath LBJ waterfront home!Whether it's a second home you're looking for or a full time residence, this home, located in the beautiful, gated Colina Cove subdivision on...
5
Beds
4
Baths
3,395
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
5
Days on Site
162625
MLS
Lake Living at it's best! This 5 bedroom 4 bath listing has everything ready to move in and begin enjoying all that a home on the lake has to offer. Fully furnished and established as an active...
$1,999,999
Neighborhood: Clearwater Harbor
4
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
3,100
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
8
Days on Site
162292
MLS
The epitome of Lake LBJ Living, this new construction home in the coveted Clearwater Harbor community offers the best of Lakefront living. Step away from city life and retreat to this serene oasis....
$1,850,000
Neighborhood: Applehead West
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
4,279
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
6
Days on Site
162615
MLS
Beautiful new home under construction by Hancock Homes. Welcome to 3308 Bay West Blvd in Horseshoe Bay West! Front & rear balconies offer panoramic hill country views. 100% Hill Country stone &...
$1,500,000
Neighborhood: Horseshoe Bay W
4
Beds
4
Baths
3,440
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
6
Days on Site
162617
MLS
Brillant floorplan boosting 4 bedrooms + a private study, tons of outdoor entertaining , and a separate Casita with kitchenette. Spacious open living/dining complete with Quartz countertops, Wolfe...
$1,450,000
Neighborhood: 7 Creeks Ranch
4
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,502
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
162657
MLS
Stunning single story by Hancock Homes sitting on 13.25 AG Exempt acres in beautiful 7 Creeks. Brillant floorplan boosting 4 bedrooms + a private study, tons of outdoor entertaining , and a separate...
$1,349,900
Neighborhood: Out Of Area
3
Beds
3
Baths
3,378
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
5
Days on Site
162629
MLS
Stunning home situated on over an acre with 176' feet of Canyon Lake Waterfrontage! Perfectly placed to allow lake views throughout and featuring an open but split design layout, this home is...
$1,299,000
Neighborhood: Horseshoe Bay W
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,936
Sq.Ft.
2023
Year Built
1
Day on Site
162656
MLS
Incredible new construction by Mike Saba on the Ram Rock golf course in Horseshoe Bay West. Inviting single story features 3 ensuite bedrooms + large study that enjoys great golf course view and...
40
Acres
6
Days on Site
162616
MLS
Property has many different possibilities, allow your imagination to run wild. An estate with a helluva of front lawn? There is a sizeable barn with stables with a fenced enclosure. Property is...

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