Diverting Idle Hands (and Feet) (NYT)

YOUR SECOND HOME | THE LONG DRIVEBy Steve Bailey, New York Times, March 26, 2009

March 26 (New York Times) -- IT'S the weekend routine. Almost every Friday everyone piles into the car for the trip to the weekend house. You and your spouse or partner alternate between private thoughts, casual conversation and listening to a favorite song that has popped up on the radio. ... The drive is never going to be the best part of second-home ownership, but it doesn't have to be two lost hours going and two lost hours returning. And, for the back-seat crowd, it doesn't have to be endlessly boring. Read the complete article here.

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My wife and I used to make the trek from Boston to our cabin in northern Lamoille County for more than 10 years before we moved here. We usually left the South Shore late afternoon; or, worse, after work, on Fridays. After a year of that routine, arriving up here, many times after dark, to what became inevitable surprises (like no water, any season; or, a frozen chimney damper in the winter,) we changed our departure time to Saturday morning! We live here now, so those little things are no longer a problem for us. Whether or not you're thinking of renting your vacation home, we can suggest a number of options to make sure you won't have to deal with these kinds of problems when you're not here or when you arrive.

Stowe Realty, one of the top local-area vacation-rental agencies, is a one-stop shop for Stowe, Vermont residential, vacation, or commercial real estate and rental information. Whether you own a second or vacation home, or are planning to buy or rent one, we'll deliver focused first-class service and support. If I can help, write or call me at 802.730.4343

Everybody Into the Rental Pool (NYT)

By Susan Stellin, New York Times, March 19, 2009 March 19 (New York Times) -- PEOPLE who buy second homes often harbor the same fallback plan in case their purchase proves to be too much of a stretch: "Well, we can always rent it out if we get in trouble."

So with belts tightening and the real estate market in turmoil, how is the vacation-rental business holding up?

Although there are few statistics on the national vacation-home rental market, property managers and online listings companies say that more second-home owners are trying to rent out their properties at least part-time, a trend no doubt propelled by the Internet as well as the gloomy economy.

At the same time, prospective renters, feeling the financial pinch themselves, are more likely to haggle over prices, book shorter stays (often at the last minute) and opt for destinations within driving distance. And with more properties to choose from, they can afford to be picky about amenities and discounts. ... "The fly markets like Colorado and Utah are doing poorly, ... whereas in other markets such as Vermont we–re seeing demand up 15 to 20 percent." Read the complete article here.

Stowe Realty, one of the top local-area vacation-rental agencies, is a one-stop shop for Stowe, Vermont residential, vacation, or commercial real estate and rental information. Whether you own a second or vacation home, or are planning to buy or rent one, we'll deliver focused first-class service and support. If I can help, write or call me at 802.730.4343

Are Fractional Ownerships Replacing Second Homes?

by Nellie Day, NuWire Investor, March 5th, 2006 In this current economy, Americans are scaling back on luxury items like vacations, while others are defaulting on second homes that were purchased for tax reasons and the prospects of major profits. For those unwilling to give up their vacations and uneasy about holding onto cash, fractional ownerships may be an inexpensive option.

... Another perk of investing in a fractional ownership is that many of the hospitality chains that offer this investment are upscale resorts with five-star amenities. By paying the yearly fees, owners are not just covering the costs of repairs and upkeep, they are also paying for high-end services that are not normally offered to hotel guests. Owners can have groceries purchased and stocked, family pictures displayed and dining reservations made. Some resort communities even offer free spa treatments and rounds of golf to its owners. ... Read the complete article here. [NuWire Investor]

I can help you learn more about both the fractional and whole-ownership ownership opportunities that offer a collection of five-star amenities at Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort.