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Dave Ramsey says: You won’t get rich renting out vacation home

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Dear Dave,

What is your opinion of buying a vacation home, then renting it out when you’re not there?

— J.P.

Dear J.P.,

I see nothing wrong with it, as long as you’re buying with cash and you’re also debt-free.

A vacation home is a wonderful “extra” as you start building wealth. Remember though, it’s still basically a very large, very expensive toy.

In most cases it will go up in value, and if you rent it, it might become something of a money maker for you.

But here’s another side to vacation home rentals: You’ll probably make some money, but in most cases there will be several weeks during a year when it sits empty.

You’re not going to get rich renting it out. So, they’re not really great investment properties.

What you’re talking about is more of a plan to offset the annual costs of your toy. If you look at it that way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

If you’re determined to go this route, be ready to deal with spills on the carpet and damage from your guests, along with general maintenance and repairs. There’s always something that needs attention when you own a property. But if you can handle all that emotionally and financially – and you’re not looking for it to be a big-time investment that will make you rich – you’ll be fine.

— Dave

Dave Ramsey is CEO of Ramsey Solutions. He has authored seven best-selling books, including The Total Money Makeover. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 13 million listeners each week on 585 radio stations and multiple digital platforms. Follow Dave on the web at and on Twitter at @DaveRamsey.


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