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International Vacation Homeownership Options

Want to own an international vacation property? Better question: who doesn’t?! The great thing about vacation properties is that they not only provide you a home base for traveling, but that you can even rent them out and make money. See the options for owning a beautiful bungalow in Belize or a quaint cottage in Canada—and benefit in the process.

RealQuick: Types of Vacation Homes

“Timeshare” is usually the word that pops into people’s heads when thinking about vacation homes, but there are plenty of other options. 

Cabins, beach houses, apartments, condos, and even hotel suites at resorts all are vacation homes. Virtually any type of property can be turned into a vacation home! And what’s more, these vacation home options are different than timeshares because you get to make the rules.

What to Do With Your Vacation Home

There are three main ways that you can use your vacation home: keep it just for yourself, rent it out yourself (such as through Airbnb or VRBO), or hire a third party to manage and rent it.

Keep It for Yourself

A lot of people get a vacation home (such as a cabin or lake house) and keep it as a standalone. They only use the property for their vacation purposes, or perhaps allow family and friends to use it as well.

The Benefits:

  • Have a place to escape to.
  • Avoid paying for or finding accommodations while traveling.
  • It’s a financial asset.
  • The memories of spending repeated time in a vacation spot are priceless!

The Drawbacks:

By keeping it for yourself, the vacation property is only being used when you’re there. As is true with any property, it’s a significant investment. Some people also feel like they can’t travel elsewhere—they feel like they have to get their money’s worth. Not to mention, if you think owning one home is a lot of work, imagine owning two.

Rent It Out Yourself

Turning your vacation home into a vacation rental undoubtedly opens the door for additional revenue. With renting it out yourself, you are responsible for finding renters and managing the property.

The Benefits:

  • All the benefits of owning a vacation home, plus… 
  • Generates income off of a rental property.
  • Pays off the purchase over time.

The Drawbacks:

It’s a lot of work to rent out your place by yourself—many consider it a full-time job. It’s more convenient if you live near your vacation rental property, but nearly impossible if you don’t. You’ll have to do a solid job marketing it to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. 

It should be added that if you don’t feel comfortable with others staying in your vacation home, this is not the option for you and that’s OK. Adding tons of stress for the sake of money won’t be worth it.

Rent It Through a Management Company

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Hiring a third party to manage and rent out your vacation rental eliminates a lot of hassle. With this option, a property management company takes over renting processes and also provides cleaning.

The Benefits:

  • All the benefits of owning and renting out a vacation home, plus…
  • Saves tons of time on cleaning and renting it out.
  • Makes it possible to own an investment property without having to live nearby.

The Drawbacks:

You’ll pay a fee for these services—it depends on location but some averages estimate 8-12% of the monthly value. Many who use management companies find it harder to use their vacation home themselves—at that point, they’re paying a fee and want the difference to be covered with extra renters.

Everyone has an option that works for them when it comes to owning a vacation property. But before you plan on laying poolside or start dreaming about what that added income will do for your finances, you need a vacation home! Look through RealtyHive to find your perfect property abroad.

International Property Marketing Options

Whether it’s a 5-bedroom condo in the Bahamas or acres of land in Panama, investing in international real estate certainly has its benefits. Access to beaches or mountains, indescribable cuisine and culture, what’s not to love? 

While owning an international property is great, things can get complicated when it’s time to sell. RealtyHive explores your international property marketing options to make selling easier.

Local Marketing

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What it Entails: Advertising in a local newspaper, putting up a “For Sale” sign, word of mouth.

Local marketing isn’t the go-to marketing strategy for US properties, and this is all the more true for international luxury real estate. The market you’re likely trying to target will be big spenders who have the means to afford such a property. In many countries where the cost of living is substantially lower, local marketing will not attract a buying audience and your property won’t sell.

Online Marketing

Online marketing can be broken down into two sections: real estate databases and self-marketing.

Self-Marketing

What it Entails: Using social media (such as Facebook, Facebook Marketplace), building your own website.

Screenshot of Facebook Marketplace, showing homes for sale

While self-marketing isn’t the best and most efficient solution, it at least reaches a wider audience than local marketing. However, you’re usually only reaching people that you already know or who are in your area. If building your own site, it will require tons of marketing, SEO, and paid ads to help it rank to the point of being successful. This can take months or longer to get the international real estate traction you’re looking for.

Real Estate Databases

What it Entails: Listing your property with a site like Zillow or Trulia.

Screenshot of Trulia, a real estate database's website

These databases are popular for many FSBO home sellers, but they do not sell internationally. The IMLS is a site that works with international real estate, but as of 2019, it’s not a secure site; it tries to piggyback off of safer, domestic MLS sites. In the era of constant data breaches and threats to privacy, you don’t want to risk your online security when trying to sell.

RealtyHive: An International Real Estate Solution

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Where other online real estate databases fail to reach the international market, RealtyHive checks all the boxes. Here’s what you can expect when marketing with our international real estate site:

  • Exposure: We’ll cast a wide net to improve your selling opportunities.
  • Security: You won’t be transferred to some third-party site that could threaten your privacy.
  • Experience: We specialize in international properties more than any other online database.
  • Marketing: We provide the online marketing your property needs—you won’t have to lift a finger.
  • Pay-for-Success Model: Work with us and there’s no sale? You pay nothing!

Set your international property up for success with RealtyHive. Contact our global real estate company to get started!