Top 10 Most Beautiful Viral Homes of 2019

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From modern mansions with pools overlooking the city to grand estates surrounded by evergreen trees, let’s take a look back at the top 10 most beautiful homes that went viral in 2019. 1. The Modern Bungalow Berwyn, IL Listing Price: $535,000 Views: 186,086 This historic octagon mansion was recently redesigned, blending the beauty of Chicago-style bungalows with a modern design. … Read More

How to Know If You’re Ready to Buy a Vacation Home

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Staycation might be the worst word mashup ever devised. A home-based vacation—really? Maybe so, if your stay-at-home getaway is a seaside villa on your favorite beach or a rustic cabin just steps away from a legendary trout fishing stream. Vacation home sales were down from the previous year in 2015, but were still at their second highest level since 2006, … Read More

Decorating Your Vacation Home

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Now that the summer season is in full swing, it’s time to turn your attention to your vacation home . Whether you’re perched on a tropical beach or kicking back surrounded by mountains, all vacation homes require a relaxing ambiance. Good news: It can be achieved by decorating with our easy-to-follow steps below. So sit back, pour yourself a summertime cocktail, … Read More

4 Steps to Buying a Second Home

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Whether you’re seeking a cozy cabin in the mountains, a getaway beach house, or a modern condo in your favorite big city, buying a second home is a big decision. Here’s how to tell if you’re ready for another home, and how to prepare if a second home is actually in the cards for you. 1. Deterimine if you can afford … Read More

Do's and Don'ts of Online Vacation Rental Sites

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While short-term home rental sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway have made finding and listing vacation properties and alternative lodging fast, easy and convenient both for hosts and guests, there are risks involved for both parties. Here are a few ways to mitigate those risks, whether you’re renting a vacation villa or making some extra cash by welcoming paying guests into your … Read More

The 5-Step Plan for Buying a Vacation Home

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Do you dream of owning a vacation home, but find the idea of buying one too intimidating? It’s actually easier than you may think. Here’s a guide to help you analyze your options. 1. Match housing choices to your lifestyle Many people assume they must own a primary residence before owning a vacation home, but this isn’t a rule you must follow. What’s … Read More

3 Factors That Can Increase the Cost of Insuring Your Second Home

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By Arthur Murray When you inquire about home insurance, one of the first questions an agent will ask is, “Is this for your primary residence?” It might seem like an odd question, but they ask because policies differ greatly when they’re for second homes — particularly for those in vacation spots. In many cases, you could pay more to insure your … Read More