Buying a Second House Is Not Very Complicated

Tony from ImmoMexx reveals how to find your caribbean dream home

Being an owner of a second home changes the question of vacation from if to when. From then every small holiday or long weekend is an opportunity to relax and recharge away from the stress of everyday life. Tony from ImmoMexx reveals in this post top tips for navigating the summer home market. Here’s what he has to say:

Truly ask yourself how much work you want to put into this house.

“Unless you really want to redo and refurb a home by yourself, (many people do not) buy a home in an excellent condition,and think about your time frame for selling or renting it out. If you have a long-term time frame, in what shape will the house be then?” says Tony from ImmoMexx. Older homes are more likely to require extra upkeep. “If you are interested in expanding or making major architectural changes to a home, it is also important to understand the setbacks, lot coverage, and the need for permits,” he says. “Of course the size of the home will also determine how much interior maintenance will be needed.”

If you want to rent your home out, the most important factor is the address

“Location plus proximity to amenities will determine the resale and rental values of a property,” says Tony. “You can change nearly anything around a home, adding various finishes and amenities, but a good location will always hold the most value.”

Being near town can be just as valuable as being on the water

“Waterfront and water-view areas are highly desirable and the most expensive locations. However, there are many vacationers and summer residents who enjoy a closer-to-town or village experience, where everything is just a short walk away—as Las Terrenas is,” says Tony. “Las Terrenas is simultaneously sophisticated (tiny shops and restaurants) and small-town in feeling, a perfect combination that allows vacationers to spend time off in a stress-free environment.”

Pools are great, but so are indoor amenities

“Because Samana has an all year summer season swimming pools are still the most popular amenity in homes,” says Tony. “Whether you’re not a beach lover, want to go for a swim after the beach, or just need to cool off quickly on a hot summer day, a pool is the perfect answer.” However, Tony has noticed that what’s inside counts, too.

“Surprisingly, close to the beach in Las Terrenas, one of the most desirable home amenities is airco in the bedrooms,” he says. “Nowadays, vacationers who leave a perfectly comfortable primary home want to have the same quality of experience in their summer home.”