05/23/18 7:58pm

Not the newspaper you want to see on your vacation over coffee and croissants.

Events of the past few weeks in Hawaii should send second home owners looking for their home insurance policies.  Regardless of whether your property is located in the mountains, by the sea or anywhere else, insurance is critical. Remember, there’s always some disaster to be protected from. And in the case of second homes, their often far-flung location may catch you off guard in insurance matters.

Think about it. You’re used to the potential disasters where you live, but those risks are often different elsewhere. My Dallas home owner’s policy has little need to discuss avalanches, hurricanes, tsunamis or volcanos.  Homes in Hawaii may fall victim to all four, but are unlikely to be concerned with tornados.


05/22/18 7:59pm

Splurge: 3077 Hidden Valley Ln, Santa Barbara, California, is currently listed by Marsha Kotlyar of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices for $6,650,000. 

With more than 300 of days of sunshine, breathtaking ocean and mountain views, and a number of highly touted vineyards, Santa Barbara, California, is where you go to live the good life. Here we pin two fantastic properties against one another in our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Each with a prime location and ample space to entertain, but with price points that are miles apart. Which one would you choose?


05/17/18 9:04am

3845 Tapadero Drive, Colorado Springs, CO is currently listed by Thomas Lazzaro with Sellstate Alliance Realty for $1 million.

From Garden of the Gods and iconic Pikes Peak, to the Broadmoor AAA Five-Diamond resort and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Colorado Springs. With second home prices on the rise, it got me thinking, what can I get for $1 million in Colorado Springs? Let’s take a look at what’s currently on the market and see.


05/14/18 8:32am

Our Splurge: 61623 Hosmer Lake Drive, Bend, OR is currently listed by Brian Ladd with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,396,000. 

Just around the bend – Bend, Oregon, that is – sits a marvelously lush, nature-filled paradise with every outdoor adventure imaginable. It’s a place you go to play, a charming mountain town that has it all. Whether you’re looking to ski, hike, mountain bike, or just get away, the majestic snow-capped peaks and high-desert skyline ensure a fabulous locale to buy a second shelter. Today, we put two of the area’s finest homes to the test in our latest Splurge vs. Steal, but the real mind-bender – pardon our pun — would you rather spring for a magnificent modern with sweeping mountain views, or save with a rustic retreat on the Big Deschutes? Let’s see which one piques your interest.


05/13/18 10:02am

historical shelterIt’s not often that you can find a property with the kind of income potential this week’s historical shelter has for less than $1 million.

But this six bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath colonial revival home in Cape Charles, Virginia, has been lovingly restored and renovated, and also had an addition to accommodate the history of the home (indeed, it pre-dates the town’s founding by almost 60 years) and the modern needs for more living space and amenities. (more…)

05/11/18 2:12pm

3206 Hidden Springs Ln, Prospect, KY is currently listed by Greg Taylor of Re/Max Louisville for $1,000,000. 

I don’t know about you but I still have Louisville on my mind after that fantastic Kentucky Derby race! This got me thinking … what can I get for $1 million in Louisville, Kentucky? What I discovered is nothing short of Derby Day perfection, and perhaps the next best thing to celebrating at Churchill Downs. Let’s see just how far our money will go in the good ol’ Derby City.


05/07/18 12:35pm

The world is captivated by the images coming out of the big island of Hawai’i this week as Kilauea erupted into the Leilani Estates subdivision. Thus far there are 10 fissures opened along the Eastern Rift Zone that runs along a historic volcanic path, marked by ancient volcanic ridges to the south.

Heat Map listing the 10 current fissures.

Next week, I’ll be in Hawaii on special assignment (ha!) looking into the perils of natural disasters and how insurance is likely the best defense in areas prone to a host of potential disasters. As you can see from the heat map above, there are a lot of homes near this unfolding eruption. There are already multiple stories out about how many regular insurance policies won’t cover homeowners’ damage.


Remember: When I’m not stirring up trouble in Dallas, Texas or Honolulu, Hawaii for Candysdirt.com and SecondShelters.com, I’m off scouting interesting locations for a second home.  In 2016 and 2017, the National Association of Real Estate Editors recognized my writing with two Bronze (2016, 2017) and two Silver (2016, 2017) awards. If you’re a Realtor with second home clients who’d like me to feature their journey, shoot me an email sharewithjon@candysdirt.com. Be sure to look for me on Facebook and Twitter. You won’t find me, but you’re welcome to look.

05/07/18 9:00am

100 Eleventh Avenue #8B is currently listed by Ryan Serhant and Jenna Amicucci-DeChristopher of Nest Seekers International for $2.499 million. Photo Courtesy: Nest Seekers

The Serhant Team at Nest Seekers just listed this Jean Nouvel-designed condo in West Chelsea and it has something few others can claim – panoramic views of the Hudson River! Sleek and modern, towering walls of glass, impressive amenities, and an idyllic New York City location … what more could you ask for? Well maybe another bedroom but stay with us, this is the one-bedroom condo of all one-bedroom condos in New York City, and it could be yours for $2.499 million. (more…)