Searching for Paradise: Top 10 Second Home Locations

Searching for Paradise: Top 10 Second Home Locations
Posted By Delicia Deen @ Mar 23rd 2018 11:05am In: Charleston SC Real Estate

Call Delicia Deen 843.901.0190

While most U.S. homebuyers are looking for Craftsman-style homes or Capes as their primary residence, when it comes to purchasing a second home or vacation property, styles radically change to match the relaxing and exotic feel of highly sought-after vacation spots.

A new report by Point2Homes uses Google search data to determine where U.S. residents are looking to purchase their second homes, with Mexico coming out on top. The report analyzed keywords searched between January 2017 and 2018 for home sales abroad and in the U.S., and ranked them according to average monthly search volume.

Here are the top 10:

Mexico
Canada
Puerto Rico
Costa Rica
Belize
U.S. Virgin Islands
Panama
Bahamas
Dominican Republic
Jamaica


Most locations boast more spacious homes than what's available to be purchased at the national median price in the U.S.—$240,500. For example, in Mexico, homebuyers can purchase a two-bedroom detached home with a pool in Playa del Carmen for that price. And in Puerto Rico, those funds would get you a three-bedroom condo in San Juan, according to the report.

But not all U.S. residents are looking to purchase their second home outside the country. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands made the top 10 list. And following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has used the opportunity to renovate or upgrade its properties.

So, what makes these locations desirable to second-homebuyers? Most of these rankings represent the iconic paradise: beach, sun and relaxation. And, of course, relatively low prices rank the highest, as well.

Where would you choose?


Share on Social Media:

Comments have been closed for this post.
Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Follow us on