September 2017   Volume 43, Number 9      


Second Homes Sales Decline as Investment Sales Increase

Last year, vacation home sales dropped back to their lowest levels since 2013. That’s a 21.6 percent decline since 2015, according to the National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Yun says the rise in home prices throughout the country has made second homes less affordable and investment houses more attractive. As the cost of vacation homes goes up, buyers are turning their attention to the investment opportunities in purchasing single- family dwellings. People also like the higher rents and low mortgage rates now available.

Sales of investment homes are the highest since 2012. According to the NAR’s 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey, the median vacation home price was $200,000 in 2016, up 4.2 percent from 2015 and the highest since 2006. The median investment-home sales price was $155,000, up 8 percent from 2015 and the highest since 2005.

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