Vacation Real Estate in Vero Beach

By Andrew John Cocks | Vacation Real Estate

Vacation Real Estate in Vero Beach

Article by Debbie Bell

We’re all aware of the fact that real estate values are falling, yet buying a vacation home now maybe the best investment one can make. Just be sure that when you buy a vacation home, you buy it in Vero Beach. This is a year round vacation investment that pays you every week!

The conventional wisdom is that, now in today’s unstable economic times, is the worst of all times to buy vacation real estate. And this may be true, for real estate investments in most areas… Yet, if one considers that a vacation home, in the right area, Vero Beach, is an investment that can almost always shows a positive cash flow. The major side benefits of owning a vacation condo, or even a home, in Vero Beach outweighs most potential downside risks. That side benefit is that when the owner wishes to use it, he can. It’s not like owning a parking garage or warehouse.

Investing in Real Estate in Vero Beach, the WhysObviously for someone that hates the sun, the tropics or clear blue waters, Vero Beach is not a place to invest. But for those that love water sports, world class fishing and year round sun, there’s almost no other place that compares in both physical beauty and a potential continuing source of income. Year round, Vero Beach is a vacation destination. Those from the northern states during the winter, flock to the southeast and especially the Vero Beach area, as a welcome escape from the cold.

Deep sea fishing, sailing, diving, spear fishing, underwater exploration, deep sea fishing, sailing are just a few of the many sports and past times people enjoy during the rest of the year. There’s almost no limit to the water sports that are available. While it’s possible to do many of these sports year round, the spring, summer and fall have the warmest and calmest coastal waters. Vacationers, a rental property owner’s target market will pay high weekly rental rates to stay at a condo or home in the Vero Beach area to enjoy and experience these sports.

High Returns Result from Short Term Vacation Rentals, but there’s a catch. Some communities, townships, homeowner and condo associations in Vero Beach have placed restrictions on short term rentals. If an investor decides to purchase a home or condo, it is imperative that one checks to see if there are any rental limitations concerning weekly rentals. The ‘key’ to rentals is the owner’s ability to rent the property year round on a short term, weekly basis. If that’s not the case, look elsewhere where no such restrictions exist.

Depending upon the type, size and location of the unit, weekly rentals and purchase prices can vary tremendously. For instance, there are waterfront area, that offer rentals as low as $ 300-$ 400 per week. In contrast, there are homes that may be rented for well over $ 5000 per week or more. Obviously, the cost of purchasing a condo or luxury home will vary tremendously and one may be an order of magnitude higher in price, than the other.

During the summer, with diving and water sports the big attraction, weekly rentals are easy to line up using only the Internet and perhaps some of the vacation rental Internet sites. Many of the locals in and around South Florida, as well as other parts of the country will come to Vero Beach, sometimes several times per summer. Even in the fall, while a bit slower, is a time that people might come down for a week or so for a quick vacation. Of course, the onrush of vacationers, typically staying a month or longer occurs during the winter months. Obviously, this season offers the Vero Beach property homeowner the highest rental rates. Although even this has been changing within the last 10-15 years.

Vacation Rental ROI & Rate of ReturnThe first year or two of actually owning a vacation getaway in the Vero Beach area, typically shows a near break even cash flow (based on the purchase price). If one aggressively pursues the marketing on the Internet travel sites, cash flows may become positive even during the first year of ownership. A positive cash flow in terms of mortgage versus rentals will usually show itself after the third or fourth year. There are many factors determining ROI, most notably are:

. The condition of the rental property. Number of return renters. Water view and facilities. Location and ease of travel from the airport

Locate the Best Areas and PropertiesIf all of the above are positive, the owner can command the highest rents and the number of returning vacationers. These will be the easiest to rent and command the highest weekly rents. An excellent place to start to look for properties in Vero Beach is by contacting Debbie Bell at

With economic conditions being what they are currently, a real estate investment in Vero Beach is compelling. If an investor is looking for an investment that can not only be enjoyed, but can ultimately provide an income in the very short run, the Vero Beach area is a great place to start.

Certified Residential Specialist Luxury Home Specialist Accredited Buyers Representative Senior Real Estate Specialist My objective is to educate my clients about the market. Buyers eventually make informed decisions when choosing a luxury home.

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