There's no easy answeruntil now. Respond to these questions honestly and the numbers won't lie.
How many weeks per year will you realistically be there?
Less than three (2)
Three to four (+1)
A season (+4)
Will you rent out your vacation home when not in use?
Of coursethat's why I'm doing this (3)
How long do you see yourself owning this property?
Until I can trade up (3)
Maybe five to ten years (0)
I'm gonna retire there (+4)
It will go to my children (+5)
When spending big money, you:
Break out in hives (2)
Lose a little sleep (0)
Feel like a god! (+3)
Which best describes a dream week at your new pad?
Spending every minute possible outside (1)
Cooking big meals and chilling on the deck (+1)
Planting tomatoes and chopping wood (+2)
Framing out the new barn (+4)
Your favorite outdoor gear:
Fits in your daypack (0)
Requires special handling at the airport (+1)
Barely fits in your garage (+3)
What your score means:
6 or under: You should rent
710: You could go either way
1117: Time to apply for that pre-approved mortgage
18-plus: This is your third home, isn't it?