Questions to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home Doing your research is key before buying a vacation home. Related Content What Is My Life Expectancy? Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children. Once Upon a Goal Do you know how to set up your financial goals for success? This knight does. Choices for Your 401(k) at a Former Employer Individuals have three basic choices with the 401(k) account they accrued at a previous employer.