Co-Own a Vacation Home Your Way
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Did you know that there are over 2 million co-owned vacation homes in the US? It is one of the most common ways to make second homes affordable and accessible. Here are three Plum clients sharing their experiences with co-ownership, and how Plum helped make it possible.
Entrepreneurial Mom Recruits Beach Group
Jenn wanted a beach home, so she recruited a group of co-owners to buy one.
Friends Form Group to Buy Mountain Home
The Mathiases partnered with 3 other families to co-own the mountain home of their dreams.
Sibling Harmony in Inherited Lake Home
Katy and her siblings inherited a lake home and turned to Plum to make co-ownership easy.
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Some tough questions:
- Is this just “sexy timeshare?”
- Aren’t there already other co-ownership start ups trying this?
- How will you scale the legal and operational aspects of managing co-owners?
Frequently Asked Questions
In the simplest language, what does Plum do?
We help people form co-ownership groups and then help them get Real Estate Agent Ready™ by solving all of the hard things upfront (building the right legal agreements, agreeing to house rules, setting up the budget, understanding the maintenance schedule, and fairly allocating vacation days).
Once the group has bought a vacation home together, we make it easy to manage that property with maintenance schedules, concierge services, vacation scheduling, streamlining the finances (including the reserve fund!), and we even offer dispute resolution for that occasional disagreement about whether to buy that hot tub!
What does "co-owning" a vacation home mean?
Co-owning a vacation home refers to a situation in which two or more people jointly own and share the use of a vacation property. This can be a cost-effective way for individuals or families to purchase and enjoy a vacation home, as it allows them to share the costs and responsibilities of ownership.
Co-ownership arrangements can vary widely, but some common features include:
- Joint ownership: Co-owners hold legal ownership of the property together and may be listed on the title or deed as co-owners.
- Shared use: Co-owners typically agree on a schedule or schedule in advance to determine when each person or group has access to the property.
- Expense sharing: Co-owners may divide the costs of owning and maintaining the property, such as mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance, and repairs.
- Decision-making: Co-owners may need to come to a consensus on major decisions related to the property, such as renovations or selling the property.
Plum Co-ownership helps co-owners have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities as co-owners, and to create a written agreement in place outlining the terms of their co-ownership arrangement. This can help to prevent misunderstandings or disputes and ensure that the co-ownership arrangement runs smoothly.
Is Plum a timeshare or is it something like Pacaso?
With a timeshare, you are simply buying “time”. With Plum CoOwnership, you are efficiently buying a fraction or share of a complete vacation home and your usage and equity is equal to your share percentage. Of course, your share price can vary based on the property sale price and number of co-owners. Regardless, this type of investment asset is likely to increase in value over time versus a timeshare which depreciates over time.
Timeshares are usually condos at a vacation resort, whereas you can co-own a home in any neighborhood in a vacation destination. Typically, timeshares offer limited flexibility with your designated vacation period. Plum CoOwnership, on the other hand, offers greater flexibility in scheduling your vacation. Moreover, you are not allowed to rent or Airbnb your timeshare. With Plum, the group has the option to rent and they can make that determination, subject to local rules and regulations.
Pacaso is an established leader in ultra-luxury property co-ownership where they purchase vacation homes and then sell 1/8 shares. Plum differs by aligning co-buyers through a shared technology platform and then enabling access to matched and available vacation properties. Pacaso only offers access to the properties from their own robust acquired real estate portfolio. High net-worth individuals then compete for select Pacaso homes vs. Plum’s mass affluent customers that have access to properties anywhere.
Learn more with our fractional ownership comparison of timeshares, Pacaso and Plum.
How many co-owners are there per home?
That’s up to you! In our experience, we generally see groups of 3-4, and sometimes groups of 8-10. The groups who aim for 3-4 owners usually think of the property as a comfy getaway where they can leave some of their belongings and have high availability and flexibility. The groups of 8-10 generally like to be able to go to the same place, have the comfort and familiarity of a single home, and value very affordable ownership shares, but treat the property a bit more like a “check in, check out” experience.