Primary Residence Vs. Secondary Residence

By Doreen Fiorillo
Part-time residence at a beach home is classified as a secondary residence.

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A primary or principal residence is determined by where someone lives the majority of the time. A home where you spend weekends and vacations is considered a secondary residence. A rental property is also classified as a secondary residence.

Options

A primary residence can be switched if an owner decides to spend more time at a residence that was previously his secondary residence. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires proof of your primary residence for tax purposes.

Taxes

Primary and secondary home real estate taxes are usually deductible. Mortgage interest on primary and secondary homes is also deductible if the mortgage meets the requirements established by the IRS.

Requirements

According to the IRS, mortgage interest can only be deducted if your mortgage is considered secured debt. Qualified structures include any mortgaged structure that has a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping quarters. It can be a house, house trailer, houseboat, mobile home or condominium.

About the Author

Doreen Fiorillo has been writing feature and content articles online and in print since 2002. She has been published in Arizona Boating and Watercraft, as well as the "Las Vegas Bugle." Fiorillo is a former mental-health therapist who holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Norwich University.

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