standard Turn Your Vacation Home into an ATM

5813734926_e0a1951fd7Jake Swank thinks it’s plain silly to own a vacation home and let it sit there twiddling its thumbs, costing you money the majority of the year. Swanky people have got to change their way of thinking. A vacation home shouldn’t be an expense – it should be an ATM.

The great thing about vacation homes is, well, they’re vacation homes. The kind of crappy thing about vacation homes is they cost money to maintain. Sometimes a lot of money. The good news is that a proper income property investing strategy teaches you how to earn money renting out your vacation home during those times of the year when it’s not in use, which, frankly, is usually quite a bit of the time.

Are you wondering if there’s really a demand for vacation rentals? The truth is, during peak seasons in popular vacation destinations (translation: anywhere near a beach in Florida), depending upon size and amenities, you might be able to rent your vacation home out for several thousand dollars a week. Do the math. At that rate, it won’t take long to make up some of that money you keep pouring into it. Before you know it, you’ll be a real live landlord on your way to the world of passive income and positive cash flow.

For a taste of what landlords are able to charge for their vacation homes, take a look at Vacation Rentals by Owner.

You’re not alone in your desire to help foot the bill for a vacation home by renting it. The National Association WHAT DO YOU THINK of ’s posting a pic of Miranda Kerr?Orlando Bloom reportedly got into a fight with bieber on early Wednesday morning (July 30) in Ibiza, Spain. of Realtors reports that 92% of 2012 vacation home buyers planned to rent their property at some point in the first year of ownership. More than three-quarters (76%) said the potential for rental income influenced their buying decision. The reality is that becoming a landlord could turn out to be a wise financial decision. Just remember, as owner, you have the option of cherry-picking the best times of year, though you might prefer to reap the economic rewards of letting someone rent it from you during those premium months.

As suspected, in the wake of the foreclosure of 2007 and subsequent years, banks are no longer throwing almost free money at anyone who wants it. Lending standards have tightened up and we can expect they’ll be slightly tighter when the property is a second home and intended to be put into service as a rental. In that case, the down payment might be as high as 25%. New vacation home buyers have found that the interest rate can increase a quarter of a point for a second home and maybe an additional eighth of a point higher as a rental.

All in all, though, with the right debt-to-income ratio, and a good credit score, you could be on your way to a career as a landlord in paradise. (Top image: Flickr |

The Jake Swank Team