Three Possible Ways to Keep your Second Home Insurance Reasonable

A recent story in The Record (New Jersey) stated that: “For current and potential second-home owners, making sure your property is adequately insured can be a less-than-straightforward process. Second homes can be inherently more expensive to insure, primarily for two reasons: You’re not there as much, and they are often rented out (some insurance companies […]

What you can get for $750K

Here are some great vacation homes around the country that are priced at $750,000 or less. West Barnstable, Massachusetts: $750,000 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, unknown square footage, 1.62 acres Payson, Arizona: $750,000 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2600 square feet, .68 acres Crosslake, Minnesota: $749,900 5 bedrooms, 2 full & 2 half bathrooms, 3600 square feet, […]

Seasonal Foods for Fall

With the chilly nights of September, the frosts of October are not far behind. The bounty of summer produce that we have been enjoying for the past couple of months (corn and beans and tomatoes, oh my!) will soon disappear. The fall harvest is set to begin. Rather than mourning the salad days gone by, […]

Second Homes in College Towns – State College Pennsylvania home ownership patterns part of a trend

Vacation homebuyers and retirees have been flocking lately to the home of Penn State. According to, a website dedicated to covering Central Pennsylvania, upwards of 25% of homes in the area are being used by seasonal homeowners and/or retirees. The growth of the second home trend is strong in many college towns around the […]

What you can get for $250K

So let’s say that you want a vacation home, but you don’t have millions to spend (or half a million for that matter). What can you get for only $250,000? Is there anything out there worth getting? Well, the listings below prove that yes, there are plenty of properties out there that are completely affordable […]

Short Sales-What Are They and How Do They Work?

If you bought a vacation home using the equity in your primary residence to finance it, the current housing slump could have placed you ‘upside down’ in your mortgage debt versus the current value of your home. If you plan on keeping your primary home for a while, this debt to equity slide may pose […]

Insuring Second Homes

If you are second home shopping this fall, think about insurance issues as you do property tours. The recent upheaval in the mortgage markets has a corollary set of issues and complexities in the property and casualty insurance business. In the wake of the bankrupting of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by Katrina and […]