emerging real estate markets

The Largest Second Home Development in the Western Hemisphere Closer to Completion: Baha Mar, the Bahamas

By Candy Evans | August 2, 2013 | 3 Comments

It’s the most talked about second home resort in the western world, located on a shimmering Bahamian beach dubbed the new French Riviera. Baha Mar is a $3.5 BILLION mega-resort under construction now in Nassau, The Bahamas. Thousands of construction crews are working around the clock, working so diligently they add one full story to the […]

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A New Place to Find Vacation Home Deals: Dallas-Based Heritage Auctions Now Auctioning Homes as Well as Collectibles, Art

By Candy Evans | July 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fasten your seatbelts, get your reserve ready! I have told you all about real estate auctions, and I predicted we would be seeing a whole lot more. Real estate auctions are a great way, in fact, maybe the only way, to unload big, kinda albatross-y homes, as well as your standard multi-million dollar fare. Best example, of course, […]

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Shuckey-Darn: New York City Short Sheets Airbnb

By Candy Evans | May 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

You know Airbnb, yes? The sassy vacation rental site that let’s homeowners earn extra money off their homes by renting them out on a short term basis. I had the pleasure of hearing the founders speak two years ago at Inman in San Francisco. They started the concept when they were living in San Francisco, […]

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Luxury Second Home Fractional Sales Heating Up: Calistoga Ranch Sells Out

By Candy Evans | April 11, 2013 | 1 Comment

In California, they have even sold out of the most famous outdoor showers in the world!  The  award-winning Calistoga Ranch in the Napa Valley has sold out of its private residence club offering. It seems Americans love their vacation homes again. Vacation home sales in the United States increased 10.1 percent in 2012. 553,000 units […]

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The Floor Report: How About Floors Made of Sand in Your Second Home?

By Candy Evans | March 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

I saw these coolio floors in a restaurant down in Nassau, The Bahamas, where we visited second homes this past weekend. This is the floor at a beach club restaurant called, appropriately, “Footprints”. Yes, the entire floor is made of sand. No, they don’t vacuum it but rather sweep and rake it nightly. The restaurant is adjacent […]

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Top-5 Friday: Life is Slower and Sweeter on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island

By Joanna England | February 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

Not every second home location is a hot spot for starlets and the uber wealthy. Take Kiawah Island, S.C., for instance. This coastal hideaway has everything you want in a retreat — a secluded location, gorgeous views, and plenty of fantastic homes. This area is the perfect place to daydream about your next vacation home. […]

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