A Second Home in Your Future?


Sales of second homes are surging, as baby boomers seek investment and vacation properties in record numbers. A study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) ( www.realtor.org ) said 23% of all properties purchased in 2004 were for investment while another 13% were vacation homes. NAR reported a record 2.82 million second-home sales in 2004, up 16.3% from 2003.

The typical vacation home buyer was 55 years old and earned $71,000 in 2003. Investment property buyers had a median age of 47 and earned $85,700. The median price of a vacation home was $190,000 compared with $148,000 for investment properties.

The most frequent motivation for buying a second home was to diversify investments. Others sought rental income or a family retreat. But nearly one of five second homes will become a primary residence after its owners retire.

TOP 10
Towns for Second-Home Investments

Asheville, N.C.
Park City, Utah
Ashland, Ore.
Port Townsend, Wash.
Beaufort, S.C.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Sunriver, Ore.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Charlevoix, Mich.

Source: EscapeHomes.com.

SPONSORED REPORT

Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.

QUIZ

News quiz: IRS warning on cyberattacks and a change in pension rules

Once again, the IRS sounds the alarm about a threat from cyberthieves. See how much you know about this and other recent news with this short quiz.

CHECKLIST

Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.