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What Should You Look for in a Summer or Weekend Home?

If you’ve never purchased a second home before, then the entire process can feel a bit daunting. More than that, you might not even really know what sort of property you should be looking for in the first place.
After many years helping families to find the right summer real estate in Gleniffer Lake, I’d like to offer a few tips. Here are five things you should definitely look for in a weekend home in Alberta:

A reasonable distance from your main residence. You don’t want to spend your weekends driving endlessly. At Gleniffer Lake, we are lucky enough to be an hour and a half from both Calgary and Edmonton; that means our residents can enjoy their time off, not spend it on the highway.

An area that’s affordable. Obviously, “affordable” can mean different things to different people. Still, it’s a lot easier to enjoy your summer fun if you know you won’t have to stress about paying the bills for later.

Lots of activities for the family. Our community offers golf, tennis, boating, and dozens of other family activities all summer long. Shouldn’t you spend your time having fun and enjoying the great weather?

Investment potential. Although most of our residents keep their Gleniffer Lake weekend homes for a long, long time, it makes sense to think about your financial future just in case. Try to find an area that has good value and potential for future appreciation – if you ever need to sell, you’ll be glad you did.

An environment where you and your loved ones can unwind. Even though I consider this to be the most important, I put it last because it’s something that people looking for a weekend or vacation property sometimes forget. The whole point is to “recharge the batteries,” so to speak, so make sure you find a place that makes you feel calm and happy.

Have other questions about second homes or summer properties in Alberta? Feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail.

This article was written by Diane Bender. Visit Diane on 

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