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How to find the right beach house

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How to find the right beach house

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Orange County, CA, with its lovely coastal cities and endless sunshine, is a great place to live for those who love the outdoors. If surfing is your passion, there can be nothing better than finding a home among the houses for sale in Huntington Beach. Homes for sale in Newport Beach, CA are also popular.

Going through the process of finding the perfect beach house can get stressful, so we’ve listed down the top things you should consider:

Location and community

How much do you know about the area where you plan to move? In addition to doing online research and reading testimonials, take the time to visit and go around the communities and neighborhoods before investing.

Better yet, get a feel of what it’s like to live there for the long term by renting a place for a few weeks or some months, even. This way, you can make an informed decision based on what you’ve seen and experienced.

Quality and condition of the house

A beach house is highly susceptible to adverse weather, so check if it’s designed and constructed to be as weatherproof as possible. Does the location get easily flooded or hit by storm surges? If so, it’s best you buy a beach house on stilts or one that’s designed to be flood-resistant. FEMA suggests that beach houses be built with concrete and decay-resistant resistant lumber, as these materials can withstand heavy rain and strong winds.

If the house you’re planning to buy is not brand new, don’t forget to check the roof. Due to the location’s vulnerability to severe weather, the roof may have experienced a lot of wear-and-tear. Roof replacement can be expensive, so you best check if the roof is in good condition.

Purpose

How do you plan to use the beach house? Will you be moving there permanently or be using it as a vacation home? Are you planning to convert it into a rental? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Make a checklist of what you are looking for.

Budget

While it’s exciting to browse listings of beautiful beach houses, always remember to be realistic and stay within your budget. How much are you comfortable with laying down initially and how big a monthly mortgage can you handle? In addition to your upfront expenses, think about maintenance and upkeep, as well as insurance costs.

Proximity to the coastline

While a location near the water can boost your home’s resale value, it will also increase its vulnerability to flooding, which translates to high insurance rates. Weigh the benefits and disadvantages before making a decision.

Buying a house inland, like one of the homes for sale in Irvine, CA, can also be as good an investment. Homes in inland communities that are close to but not directly on the beach are more protected from the coastal elements. They’re more affordable, but still allow you practically the same perks that come with waterfront living. Irvine, in particular, is close to some of the finest beaches in Southern California.

Professional advice

Buying a house is an investment, so make sure to seek advice from professionals before making any big decisions. Consult with experts who have knowledge and experience in investing in coastal property, particularly in the neighborhoods you’re considering.

Here at Principal Agent Real Estate, Inc., we specialize in the sale of luxury properties as well as property management in Southern California. Give us a call at 949.610.4165 or email us at info(at)pareinc(dotted)com so we can help you find the beach house of your dreams!