Should You Buy a House If You Don’t Intend to Live in It?

Not everyone who decides to buy a new house intends to live in the property. There are other reasons to invest in it. If you’re looking at properties available like those at Beresfords, you can stay and live there or pursue other plans. In this piece we’ll answer the question, “Should you buy a house for reasons other than personal use?” 

Photo of a modern living space

1. Buying Property as an Investment 

The good thing about real estate is that it increases in value over time. Whether you manage the property yourself or hire a property management company, you can feel good knowing the value will be higher in the future.

When you face financial issues later in life, you will feel good that you have a property to sell. If it’s in an excellent location with a bright economic projection, you can expect the price to be several times higher.

2. Use as Vacation Home

If you purchased a property in a remote location where everything is peaceful, you may want to use it as a vacation home. Just think, during spring break and other holidays, you can go there with your family members and really enjoy the space!

Maybe quick trips to change in scenery, after all living in the same place all the time can put you in a rut. Instead, hire someone to maintain your house, so it stays in perfect shape waiting for your arrival. 

3. Register It in Property-sharing Sites

There are multiple ways to make money on an investment property. Think about leasing your house on a short-term basis through property-sharing sites like Airbnb or You can make money out of it while you don’t reside there. Vacation rental software can help manage bookings and grow your rental revenue. 

Tourism is currently down, but it will eventually pick up. If you purchased a property in a touristy area, you could expect more people to rent it. If you’re paying the mortgage, you might only need a small number of guests each money to pay the monthly bill. 

Warning: Check your Finances First

If you don’t plan to relocate to a new property, you can’t sell the old one. Understanding your finances before you buy is critical. You don’t want to end up in a huge financial mess because you didn’t plan everything well. If the numbers don’t pan out, don’t move forward on the new purchase. You can always reconsider in the future when you’re financially ready.

Evaluating Properties Online 

Should you buy a house for investment purposes? Speak with a local real estate expert. Their advice is free! There’s also a ton of great information available to you.

Once you know what you’re looking for, evaluate homes online with these criteria in mind. Take your time in searching for the right property. Don’t forget, everything is negotiable. Then when you find the perfect place, don’t wait, move forward, and seal the deal.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.