Second Home Tax Issues

If we ever needed another example of how convoluted U.S. tax law has become, it can be seen in the outline in an article from Realty Times on how the tax code deals with vacation home ownership expenses and deductions. If your family uses your vacation home and you also rent for part of the […]

Top Three Listings This Week

Here are the top three most popular listings for the week on 2ndhome.net: #1 has been up twice now, and is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home for $499,000 in Galveston, Texas listed by Keller Williams Realty Texas Gulf Properties. #2 is an oceanfront contemporary in Harpswell, Maine on almost 4 acres for $899,000 listed […]

36 Hours in Martha’s Vineyard

The New York Times has a great guide on what to do with 36 hours in Martha’s Vineyard. If you’re a newcomer to the island, or considering purchasing a vacation home there, this article can give you a number of hints on what to do and what to see (outside the normal tourist traps). It […]

Biggest Mistakes Novice Investors Make

Even though this article on the “10 Top Mistakes of Novice Investors” from AOL’s Real Estate portal is a little outdated (it quotes statistics from 2004), it still has solid advice for potential real estate investors. Investing in real estate for the first time can be a bit scary, and there are a lot of […]

Insuring Your Vacation Home

AOL’s real estate portal has a great recent article on insuring your vacation home. Especially important is checking out what your rates are going to be before you buy. Because of Hurricane Katrina, insurance rates have soared in certain coastal areas. Unfortunately those coastal areas are just the sort of place that people are likely […]