Lock It and Leave It
One of the newest trends to shake up the real estate market is what’s known as the lock and leave lifestyle. Many homeowners are growing tired of maintenance and upkeep on large houses and estates. This leads them to get a second place, sometimes in another city like Phoenix, a low-maintenance place, that they can then lock and leave alone as they head back to the other house.
There’s something to be said for a smaller space, and many people are realizing it. They are figuring out that they don’t want to spend all their time mowing the lawn or paying a massive energy bill for lots of space they don’t use. Space tends to accumulate clutter, and clutter can clutter the mind. The trend to minimize can be seen in an older, more affluent population as well as will Millenials. Both are trying to downsize their space.
Access to Amenities
Something that draws many people to low maintenance spaces is the easy access to amenities. Renting a place on a golf course with access to a country club usually means that landscaping is covered by an HOA (Homeowner’s Association) fee. Sometimes these fees can cover utilities as well, meaning less hassle to owning a second home.
Embracing the lock and leave lifestyle means flexibility. Maybe you love the weather in your town, except for the cold winters. That would be a great excuse to get a second home in the warmer climate of Phoenix, where the winters generally have highs in the 60s and 70s. You can spend all year in great weather and no longer have to deal with the snow or the heat. This is an attractive situation to many who have built up a nest egg and are looking at a place to spend it, or for those who have recently found a job that allows them to work from home.
Phoenix is among the most popular places to have a second home. There is an entire population of “snowbirds” who migrate south every winter as the snow begins to fall, and leave in the springtime when the temperatures begin to rise. No matter what type of home you may be looking for, chances are great that you’ll find the perfect home with the perfect weather in Phoenix.