After a peaceful weekend at the beach or the lake, it is common for people to return home with a desire to purchase a piece of paradise. However, when it comes to purchasing a vacation home, there are few things to consider.

The very first thing to take into account is location. A prime location includes more than a great view or access to the water.

“I think it’s important to look at what restaurants, grocery stores and filling stations are nearby,” Sarah Rutherford with Keller Williams said. “You want to make sure you are not spending all of your time driving back and forth to the grocery store.”

For boat owners, Rutherford explained proximity to marinas, filling stations and boat storage can also be major factors in choosing the perfect location. Although some properties may come equipped with their own boat dock or boat storage garage, this is not always the case. There may be vacation homes with beautiful views but without the convenience of any type of boat storage. These homes can still make for excellent vacation homes provided they are located near enough to a major marina or boat storage facility.

Vacation homes can be found in any number of scenic locales. Mountain homes or other vacation hot spots may not carry the same concerns regarding water access but may require consideration for ski resort access or other amenities. Additionally, all properties should have reasonable access to groceries and other essentials.

Rutherford said many buyers do not even realize they need or want certain amenities until they begin exploring the area. For buyers looking in the Lake Texoma region, Rutherford recommends visiting Tanglewood Resort and the major marinas in the area to get an idea of the kinds of amenities that are possible, including golf, rentals, bars and lessons, among other things.