Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays to everyone! Stay tuned later this week for some special highlight posts covering topics from the past year. We’ll resume our regular posts on Wednesday, January 2nd.

U.S. House Passes Disaster Insurance Reform

If you own a second home in a high-risk area, you have no doubt seen premium costs soaring and even the availability of insurance in question. There is finally some action in Congress to address these thorny and complex issues. Legislative battles over how to improve property and casualty insurance availability in disaster-prone areas have […]

Many Boomers House Rich Savings Poor

A recent Harris Interactive Poll conducted by Harris Interactive for financial services provider Principal Finance Group indicates that many retired or soon-to-retire baby boomers are experiencing unease about their long-term financial situation. Among those still working, the survey found some of these fears include whether they will be able to maintain the quality of life, […]

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2ndhome Blog readers can get a free subscription to the digital 2ndhome Journal! Just click here to go to the sign-up form. 2ndhome Journal has great editorial for those who already own a second home or are looking to purchase one. Topics include real estate buying, local and market reports, estate planning, finances and taxes, […]

Vermont Ranks as #1 Healthiest Place to Live

The United Health Foundation, a non-profit health advocacy group, has named Vermont as the healthiest state, displacing Minnesota, which had held the ranking in the four preceding years. The ranking takes into account “20 key measures of wellness, such as rates of obesity, infant mortality, cancer deaths and high school graduation”. The annual report is […]

The 2ndhome Blog has won its first award!

The FlipKey Blog has recently hosted a Travel Blog Challenge, and the 2ndhome Blog is one of the four winners! The categories were Consumer Advocacy (winner: elliott.org), Creativity (winner: Nerd’s Eye View), Wealth of Information (winner: Travel Babel), and Vacation Home Purchase Market (which we won). From the FlipKey site: Why we love 2ndhomeblog? Their […]

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 Centredaily.com, 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 […]

2007 List of Endangered Historic Spaces

For twenty years the National Trust for Historic Preservation has issued a list of the “Most Endangered Historic Spaces” in the United States. This broadly defined category in past years has designated buildings and neighborhoods threatened by development. In 2004 the Trust defined the entire State of Vermont as being endangered by development pressures. This […]

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 […]