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Retirees are increasingly flocking to cooler climates and smaller towns than sunny, southern havens in states like Florida or Arizona that generally are popular retirement hot-spots. Baby boomers are looking elsewhere, from Maine to Washington. "Boomers and retirees these days are considering a much wider range of destinations for retirement, often choosing states that don't commonly come to mind,...
Read Post [Posted on 10/06/2014 By John Askins]
Nationwide apartment rental firm ApartmentGuide.com says the majority of apartment seekers are looking for apartments in the $500 to $700 price range, followed by $700 to $900. Distance from the city center was also a factor, with the majority of apartment hunters seeking homes five miles form the city center, followed by 10 miles, then 20 miles.These are the other top features that apartment seek...
Read Post [Posted on 09/20/2014 By John Askins]
Purchasers of vacation or second homes are continuing to buy properties much closer to their primary residence.In the past, second-home buyers tended to buy properties out-of-state or were lured to vacation homes near far-flung resorts and tourist destinations. But second-home purchases these days seem to be more restrained, as more purchasers opt for vacation spots that are within a relatively sh...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By John Askins]
Many buyers are still seeing plenty of opportunities with buying a vacation home,  says Tom Gilmore, chief executive and founder of VacationHomeRentals.com. The home can even turn into a money-maker for those who choose to rent them out.  Twenty-three percent of buyers said they plan to rent out their recently purchased second home, according to a National Association of REALTORS® surve...
Read Post [Posted on 08/03/2014 By John Askins]
Vacation-home sales have improved, while investment purchases remained elevated for a second consecutive year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The association’s 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, covering existing- and new-home transactions in 2012, shows vacation-home sales rose 10.1 percent to 553,000 from 502,000 in 2011. Investment-home sales declined...
Read Post [Posted on 07/09/2014 By John Askins]
With home values fluctuating over the past few years, some buyers are seeing a great opportunity to buy their retirement home now instead of waiting until they retire years later.  For example, in one of the largest retirement areas in the nation — Century Village in Boca Raton, Fla. — the average age of a new home buyer has dropped from the mid-70s to the low 60s in the last year.&n...
Read Post [Posted on 06/15/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 04/02/2014 By Susan Greer]
Galveston has been called one of "America’s Ten Best Beach Retreats" by Yahoo Travel.According to Yahoo, in this South Texas hotspot, savvy travelers skip crowded East Beach (which gets overrun in March with spring breakers) and head to the more secluded West Beach or Galveston Island State Park. Both have wide expanses of sand that are perfect for trolling for shells or soaking up some ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/16/2014 By John Askins]
TripAdvisor, a travel Web site, released a list of America’s top vacation rental hot spots for this coming year. “Vacation rentals can offer families and groups of travelers significant savings over other accommodation options,” says Hank Hudepohl, director of vacation rentals at TripAdvisor.Their top picks, which factored in search data from its site, include:1. Kissimmee, Fla.2. Big Be...
Read Post [Posted on 02/09/2014 By John Askins]
Houston, Tx Metropolitan AreaForechange: third quarter, 2013 - third quarter, 2014 +3.9%Forechange: third quarter, 2014 - third quarter, 2015 +1.1%Market fundamentalsMedian Family Income(Second quarter 2013)$67,700Median Home Price(Third quarter 2013)$187,000Change in Home Prices(From Third quarter 2012 through Third quarter 2013)+11.4%Worst 1-Year Home Price Change(1980-2013)-9....
Read Post [Posted on 02/06/2014 By Kamica Hampton]
With the local weatherman calling for another freezing cold night, Richard and Vickie Burton packed the car and fled south for the heat of the Texas Rio Grande Valley.The Burton family drove more than 16 hours, joining hundreds of other Winter Texans who migrate to their winter homes.The snowbirds return every year, flocking south in droves to escape the cold and encamp in trailer and RV...
Read Post [Posted on 12/25/2013 By John Askins]
Some home buyers are rethinking paying a premium for beachfront property following recent hurricanes such as Sandy along the East Coast. Some home buyers are being more cautious, expecting home insurance premiums to rise 10 to 20 percent. "There is definitely going to be a time period when consumer confidence is going to be lower and less likely to make a decision," Halliburton said.S...
Read Post [Posted on 10/29/2013 By John Askins]
Demand for vacation homes in Galveston is rising as memories of Ike-flattened houses have faded along with the recession that was setting in when the 2008 hurricane blew through.Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and surrounding coastal communities, destroying homes and driving away a sizable portion of the population. Five years later, the area seems to be recovered and improving each year, with ...
Read Post [Posted on 09/20/2013 By John Askins]
Some of the hardest-hit cities in the recent housing downturn were from vacation home areas, but now these areas are seeing a surge in sales. Condo sales in Hawaii and Florida are rebounding, Housing Predictor reports.“We’re definitely seeing continual strengthening of the market as more buyers are taking advantage of low prices and low rates to buy second homes and vacation homes,” says Jeff...
Read Post [Posted on 09/14/2013 By John Askins]
Canadians who come to the U.S. to escape the cold weather may soon be able to stay longer.  A Senate bill has been proposed to allow retired Canadians 55 or older who own a second home, have a rental agreement, or a hotel reservation to receive a visa to stay in the U.S. for up to 8 months — which is two months longer than the current law.  As of now, Canadians are allowed to st...
Read Post [Posted on 07/13/2013 By John Askins]
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