Recently one of my listings in Atlantic City was bombarded by multiple showings and multiple cash offers. It ended up going under contract over the asking price. The interesting thing was that 3 out of the 4 offers we had were investors looking to purchase the property as an Airbnb rental.
The benefit of an Airbnb is that you can use the property while it’s not being rented. It helps offset the cost of buying a second home while getting income at the same time. At the Jersey shore there are some great potential areas for Airbnb. I’ll go over that in a minute. First lets look at 5 tips buying an Airbnb at the Jersey Shore.
1. Check Local Ordinances And Rules
Many municipalities and associations don’t allow short term rentals. This is really important to know up front before being a home. It may be best to avoid condos and home owners associations.
2. Don’t count on Airbnb to carry the house expenses.
Short term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO can fluctuate as seasonal changes and buyer demands change. A good rule to consider is will the property work as a long term rental. If so it’s a great investment regardless or what may happen with the short term rental market.
3. Check with your accountant
IRS tax code may not allow you to use the property for personal use and still get tax write offs. Check with your accountant before jumping in to any real estate investment.
4. Calculate the expenses of a short-term rental
Vacation and short term rental property are more expensive to operate and painting. They need frequent cleaning and repairs. Also all utilities need to be on and ready for a potential tenant. If you own a property out of the area you may need to hire a property manager or have a maintenance contract in place.
5. Work with an expert to pick the right location
Location is a key factor in buying any property and especially when choosing an Airbnb or short term rental. Some things to consider: Is the are safe? Is it close to restaurants, activities, transportation? Is it close to the beach or a short drive to the beach? It helps to work with an expert who knows the area. For example in Atlantic City there are some great location for short term rental properties and then a block or two away areas that are undesirable. You may also consider areas on the mainland like Galloway or Egg Harbor Township. You can get more house for your money to accommodate larger groups of people. Plus your still a short drive to the beach and attractions.
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South Jersey is famous for it’s fabulous beaches yet one thing you may now know is that this area is also a great for golf. Right now the Shoprite LPGA classic is taking place in Galloway at Seaview Country Club. This tournament brings the top women golfers to this beautiful bay front golf course.
There are also other fantastic bay front golf courses like the Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield and Linwood Country Club offering incredible views. Just outside of Ocean City in Somers Point there is Great Bay Country Club.
Driving Range At Blue Heron Pines
There are also several beautiful courses nestled in the Pinelands such as Blue Heron Pines in Galloway and Mays Landing Country club. Egg Harbor Township has five great courses: Harbor Pines, McCulloughs, Ballamor, Twisted Dunes and the amazing private course called Hidden Creek.
If your not a golfer you can learn from professional instructors at the courses. Our personal favorite is New Jersey Golf Academy. So for great golf consider Atlantic County in South Jersey. And if you’ve ever dreamed of living on the Golf Course we have several great golf communities like Blue Heron Pines, Harbor Pines and The Fairways. Contact us for more details.
Buying a vacation home at the Jersey shore may seem out of reach for most people. Typical beach homes range in the $400,000 range and up. However it is possible to purchase something much less and and actually keep the price under $200,000. Here are 3 ways to purchase a NJ shore beach home for less than $200,000.
Choose a location further from the beach.
Many of our shore town have areas that are further from the beach. These sections typically have more year round residents and more affordable prices. For example, I recently listed this ranch home in Ventnor Heights that was raised and renovated and is currently priced at $190,000. Click here for details on the house.
201 N Somerset Ave, Ventnor, NJ
Choose An Up And Coming Area
Not all shore towns are priced the same and if you’re looking to spend less choose an up and coming area like Atlantic City. Prices for many homes and condos are under $200,000. There are some great locations in Atlantic City and some not so great locations. Choose a local agent who can help you find the right location and home.
Look For A Home Off Shore
If you’re willing to take a short drive you can get more house for the money off shore. Communities like Somers Point are just a 5 minute drive into Ocean City. Absecon is just 5 minutes from Atlantic City and 10 minutes to Brigantine. And if you’re will to drive a little further communities like Egg Harbor Township, Linwood, Northfield and Galloway are within a 20 minute drive to the beaches.
If you’re considering purchasing a shore home or investment please contact us for a free consultation. No matter what your budget is we’re here to help.
Grant money is now available in Atlantic City for first time home buyers. Grants are available from $10,000-$20,000. It’s a great time to buy a home in Atlantic County. And if you’re looking outside Atlantic City the Atlantic County Grant is also available now with up to $10,000 available. So here are some more details on the Atlantic City Grant program.
- Persons who have resided in the City of AC for the last 12 months.
- Persons who have not owned a home for the past 3 years.
- Persons with an acceptable credit history and ability to obtain an approved mortgage.
- Persons with incomes below 80% of the median family income. Please contact me for HUD income limits.
- Single family properties, condominiums in the city of Atlantic City. Exclude manufactured homes.
- Sale price cannot exceed $250,000.
- Property must meet all requirements for an approved mortgage.
- Property acquired must meet all state and local housing quality standards and code requirements. Any findings are to be corrected, reinspected and certified prior to settlement.
- The program will provide a maximum amount of $10,000 – $20,000 to eligible applicants to assist with down payment and closing costs, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the HOME Investment Partnership program.
If you think you would qualify for this program or know someone who could benefit from this. Please contact us immediately. Funds are available on a first come first serve basis and typically go quickly.