Vacation home buyer resources

Get the tools and advice you need to buy a vacation rental.

Quick-start guides

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Four reasons why you should buy a vacation home

When you buy a vacation home, you're making one of the few investments that offers both personal and financial rewards—and you don’t have to be a real estate tycoon to pull it off.

2020: Top 25 best places to buy a vacation home

If you’re seriously considering investing in a vacation rental property, find out the top vacation rental markets that you should be looking at to earn the biggest return on your investment.

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What to expect when buying a vacation home

If you own a primary home, buying a vacation home will feel familiar. However, there are some key differences you need to be aware of throughout the process.

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Our ultimate guide to investing in vacation rentals

Learn the benefits of investing in vacation rentals, how to gauge your expected ROI, tips for making good investments, and more.

Where to buy a vacation home

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Best places to buy a beach house 2021

Second home purchases are skyrocketing, so if you're looking for your own little slice of sand, don’t hesitate. Our picks aren’t just in Florida and Hawaii, but in less expected places like the Washington Coast and Michigan.

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Best places to buy a winter vacation home 2020–2021

Whether you’re looking to purchase a home that gets you close to the slopes (ski-in/ski-out, anyone?) or prefer a place where you can curl up and take in the views, we’ve got you covered.

Investing in a vacation home

What is cap rate and why is it important?
Can you afford a vacation home?
Five tips for financing a vacation home
Vacation home mortgage loan options
1031 exchanges for vacation homes
Financing your future vacation home
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Eight reasons why vacation home inspections are important

Some vacation homeowners, especially those who plan to turn their home into a vacation rental, don’t bother with a home inspection. However, an inspection keeps you in a position of strength and will benefit you in the long run. Find out why a home inspection is an important part of your vacation home offer.

Searching for the right vacation home

Second home vs. investment property search tips
10 tips for buying a vacation home out of state
Buying a fixer-upper vacation rental