Call it the dilemma of finding the perfect second or retirement home. It affects plenty of second homeowners who winter in Naples. Picture it: You’re ready to get away from cold winters and enjoy the Florida sun. You’re retired or nearly there, and it’s just the two of you. You want a place down in Naples, and you don’t need much so a two-bedroom condo sounds perfect.
As soon as you announce your new home away from home (and cold winters), you find out your family and circle of friends is much larger than you realized. You’re everyone’s best friend, and, everyone decides mid-February is the perfect time for a visit to sunny Florida.
The First Few Years
During the first year, you have company for a few weeks during the winter. It’s good to see everyone, and it’s fun to visit. The second year, especially if it’s a colder than usual winter, you’re never alone in your condo. By the next year, you’re staying in hotels just to get some peace and quiet from your family and friends who just love that you live in Naples. They’re planning their entire year around their visit to Naples.
Eventually, you have enough. It’s time to get a bigger home so that all these constant visitors have a place to stay. You’ll get space to breathe and remember what it’s like to enjoy company with friends and family. Working with a Realtor, you find a larger home with room for everyone plus a pool and a yard. The next winter, everyone is happy and you’ve got your bedroom back.
When Visitors Become Residents
It doesn’t take long for your friends and family to realize they’re coming so often, they might as well move down. At the very least, they turn their winters into official Florida visits and become snowbirds like you and the rest of your friends. Your family and friends start buying their own two bedroom condos. The kids and grandkids grow up, get busy, and don’t have time to visit as much.
Now you’ve got the large home, big pool, and lawn that needs constant maintenance - and no visitors to fill the spaces. You can be frustrated or you can decide to do something about it. Most homeowners call their Realtor again. They’re ready to sell the large house and move back into the two bedroom condo. After all the years of visiting, preparing, and moving, you’re done. Now, it’s your turn to watch the cycle repeat itself with your friends and family who have finally moved to Naples. Even better, now a visit is truly just a visit as everyone has their own home to return to each night.
Whether you’re looking for that first two bedroom condo, the big house for the family to enjoy, or the last two bedroom condo, you need a professional who understands the Naples market and your unique needs. No matter where you are in this second home cycle, I can help. Let’s talk!