Where to buy, on three different budgets.
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Just sold: A 2,000-square-foot house with a water view plus three bedrooms and baths for $269,900.
Lost River, West Virginia
Just sold: A luxurious 3,200-square-foot house on eight acres with sweeping views for $460,000.
Just sold: A three-level, five-bedroom, four-bath mountain house for $700,000.
Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Just sold: A five-bedroom Wisp Mountain house with lake views and a hot tub for $835,000.
What’s a Budget?
Bethany Beach, Delaware
Just sold: A completely renovated, five-bedroom, three-bath house within a quick walk of the beach and town for $1.65 million.
St. Michaels, Maryland
Just sold: A 16-acre estate with 2,000 feet of shoreline, a pool, and a 5,718-square-foot home for $2.89 million.
The Fee Factor
If you’re planning to rent out your weekend place, count on these costs.
How much of a cut do Airbnb and VRBO take?
About 3 to 5 percent of each booking fee. HomeAway, the parent company of VRBO and VacationRentals.com, also offers a flat annual fee of $499.
How much does a property manager cost?
It varies, but it would be smart to count on spending about 30 percent of your rental income.
What about credit-card fees?
You’ll likely pay a 3-percent processing fee for every transaction with your guests.
How much should I budget for cleaning if my property manager doesn’t cover it?
Some homeowners pass the cost on to their guests—charging cleaning fees ranging from $50 to $375—so you’re off the hook.
Do I need a license?
Depending on local laws, you might. For example, property-rental licenses are required in Bethany Beach and cost $100 annually.
Do I need to pay taxes on the rental income?
Yes, but the amount varies based on how often you use the house and how often you rent it. In short, you should work this out with your accountant. Also, some jurisdictions charge a separate lodging tax.
This article appears in the February 2020 issue of Washingtonian.