We have had several posts about owning vacation homes – whether to rent them out, use them as a 2nd home or both. With that in mind, a new report from the National Association of Realtors says that increased financial wealth and low mortgage rates have boosted the demand and price of vacation homes. In fact, they report that between 2013 & 2018 the median sales price in “vacation home counties” increased at a slightly higher pace than all new & existing homes sold. They used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey to examine the 206 counties (out of 3,141 total) listed as “vacation home counties” to come up with their findings.
Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, says the present figures are telling, especially when compared to data from 10 years prior. “As of 2018, household net worth reached an all-time high of $100.3 trillion – that’s nearly double from a decade ago when wealth declined during the recession. Some of this tremendous growth in wealth, although concentrated, increased demand for vacation homes.”