Vacasa Releases Its 2020 Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home Report

Interest in Purchasing a Vacation Rental Surges as Interest Rates Drop, Consumer Travel Preferences Shift

PORTLAND, Ore., August 18, 2020
-- Vacasa, North America’s largest vacation rental management platform, has released its 2020 edition of the Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report. The annual Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report was launched in 2018 and ranks the best U.S. destinations to invest in a vacation rental property by average cap rate (or yearly rate of return).

Interest rates have plummeted as a result of COVID-19 and other economic drivers. Mortgage rates on primary residences and second homes have hit all-time lows, and are currently being offered between 2% and 3.5%, depending on the lender. This, combined with employers encouraging their staff to work remotely as a result of the pandemic, has driven strong interest in vacation rentals.

“We’ve seen a surge in demand for vacation homes across our portfolio, and real estate transactions are up as much as 35% in some of our vacation rental markets across the country when compared to July 2019,” said Vacasa’s VP of sales and marketing, Shaun Greer. “Many buyers believe we will be impacted by COVID-19 for the next 12 to 18 months, and are seeking a place close to home where they can get away with their families, work remotely if needed, and generate income when the home is not in use.”

Several markets from the 2019 Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report have once again ranked, including Big Sky, Mont., Killington, Vt., Kissimmee, Fla., and Dauphin Island, Ala., among others. This year’s list reflects markets where single-family homes are the primary inventory type and opportunities for outdoor adventure are abundant. These consumer preferences have introduced several new markets to the list, and subsequently eliminated some popular vacation rental destinations.

Vacasa’s Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home report is designed to help buyers seeking to invest in a vacation home by providing useful data, including estimated cap rate, annual gross rental revenue, and median home cost for the market. Buyers who are interested in determining vacation rental earning potential for a specific property can utilize Vacasa’s vacation rental real estate calculator, which helps buyers factor cap rate, cash on cash, annual net operating income, and more. Vacasa also offers several resources on buying a vacation home.

Top 25 Best Places to Buy a Vacation Home Methodology

To determine its ranking of top vacation rental markets, Vacasa and its licensed subsidiaries (collectively "Vacasa") analyzed home sales data from the last twelve months for vacation destinations throughout the country, and overlaid it with actual performance data for thousands of U.S. vacation rental properties. Vacasa utilizes data from the markets where it actively operates vacation rentals to ensure accuracy of performance. To calculate average cap rate, we considered the averages of the following in each market: property taxes, utilities, HOA fees, insurance, and property management fees.

About Vacasa

Whether travelers are looking to book a weekend getaway or the trip of a lifetime, Vacasa is the trusted partner for all things vacation rental. Vacasa homeowners enjoy industry-leading financial returns on their vacation homes, delivered by the company’s unmatched technology platform that adjusts rates in real time and ensures revenue is always maximized. Guests can relax comfortably in one of Vacasa’s 25,000+ professionally managed homes, knowing that 24/7 customer care is just a phone call away. In the past 10 years, Vacasa and its licensed subsidiaries have grown to become North America’s largest full-service vacation rental management platform. For more information, visit The Vacasa app is available to download on the Apple Store and Google Play.


Tracy Pogrelis

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Vacasa offers property management and other real estate services directly through Vacasa LLC and through Vacasa LLC's licensed subsidiaries. Click here for more information about Vacasa's licensed real estate brokerage/property manager in your state. Vacasa’s licensed real estate brokerages/property managers include: Vacasa Alabama LLC; Vacasa Arizona LLC; Vacasa of Arkansas LLC; Vacasa Colorado LLC (Micah Victory); Vacasa Delaware LLC, 302-541-8999; Vacasa Florida LLC; Vacasa Illinois LLC 481.014072, Micah Victory Managing Broker Lic# 471.021837; Vacasa Louisiana LLC, Dana MacCord, Principal Broker, ph 504.252.0155 (Licensed in LA); Vacasa Michigan LLC, 602-330-9934; Vacasa Missouri LLC, Vicki Lyn Brown, Designated Broker; Vacasa Nevada LLC; Vacasa New Hampshire LLC,45 NH-25, Meredith, NH 03253, Susan Scanlon, Broker of Record; Vacasa Minnesota, Broker: Micah Victory, license #40877637; Vacasa New Mexico LLC, 503-345-9399; Vacasa New York LLC, 888-433-0068, Susan Scanlon, Real Estate Broker; Vacasa North Carolina LLC; Vacasa Oregon LLC; Vacasa Pennsylvania LLC; Vacation Palm Springs Real Estate, Inc., California DRE #01523013, Mark Graham, California DRE #00700720; Vacasa Real Estate LLC (licensed in Texas, Debra Brock, Designated Broker); Vacasa Real Estate LLC (licensed in Washington, Robert Brush, Designated Broker); Vacasa Seasonals Inc., California DRE #02160171, Lisa Renee Stevens, California DRE #01485234; Vacasa South Carolina LLC; Vacasa South Dakota LLC; Vacasa Tennessee LLC; Vacasa Vacation Rentals of Hawaii LLC, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr. Ste. #2F17, Waikoloa, HI 96738; Vacasa Vacation Rentals of Montana LLC, Terah M. Young, Licensed Property Manager; Vacasa Virginia LLC; Vacasa Wisconsin LLC; Vacasa Wyoming LLC. In Canada, this advertisement is provided by Vacasa Canada ULC, CPBC lic. number 75826, 172 Asher Rd. V1X 3H6 Kelowna, BC.