Living in Philadelphia offers residents many advantages. We are the cradle of liberty and it’s our nations‘ birthplace.
Beyond our extensive history we have been able to prove ourselves as a city for great food. Philly is more than cheese steaks and soft pretzels. We have attracted some top chefs and every day there seems to be a new restaurant popping up.
Our history, food and variety of neighborhoods are just a few reasons that people call this home. But this time of year is when I start to hear friends begin to lament the coming of winter. As the leaves start to fall along with the temperatures, many begin to wonder if it would be better to live in a warmer climate.
Going south doesn’t have to be a permanent option and mean that Philly isn’t always part of you and won’t be your home. Some are taking advantage of the real estate prices and picking up a second home in areas such as Florida. This allows them to spend the colder months down south and come back home in time for the spring thaw. It’s a close enough commute that you can come back for family events or special occasions as needed if they happen to fall during the winter months. Deals can be found on flights through local airlines, trains or even driving.
Buying a property that you only live in a few months a year can seem daunting. You are still paying for upkeep and taxes all year even if you aren’t there. Some Florida communities are popular in the summer months and you could consider renting out your second home to get the added income and make sure it isn’t sitting idle for months at a time. This means looking closely at the different area to see what attractions are in the surrounding areas that would bring in tourist looking to rent in the summer months. Experts Realty is one of the real estate professionals who cover south Florida and can give you background and help with your search.
Another solution could be to rent a home or condo for a few months each year. This gives you the option to pick an area and stay there for as long as you like. Once your lease expires you pack up and come home. You aren’t paying for a property that you aren’t using and next year you can consider renting the same place again or you can choose a new location to keep it interesting.
Tell us what you think; do you like the idea of relocating somewhere warm for the winter months or consider buying a 2nd home so you can travel back and forth?