NAR Vacation Property Report

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently published their annual Investment and Second-Home Buyers Survey results and their findings were mixed. The bad news was that vacation property sales plummeted: 

NAR’s annual Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey shows vacation-home sales dropped 30.6 percent to 740,000 in 2007 from a record 1.07 million in 2006, while investment-home sales fell 18.1 percent to 1.35 million last year from 1.65 million in 2006.  At the same time, primary residence sales declined 10.0 percent to 4.34 million in 2007 from 4.82 million in 2006.  

The reasons why?:

The overall sales decline in 2007 resulted from a combination of factors.  “Certainly, second homes are discretionary purchases and there is a natural tendency to pull back from big-ticket items in periods of uncertainty,” Yun said.  “The other factor is the disruption in the mortgage market, with a significant tightening of credit during the second half of 2007.  Some buyers simply adopted a wait-and-see attitude.” 

The good news was:

Eight in 10 second-home buyers consider it a good time to invest in real estate, compared with 59 percent of primary residence buyers.  Forty-four percent of vacation-home buyers and 57 percent of investment buyers said they were likely to purchase another property within two years. 

The information given only had to do with vacations properties sold within the United States, nothing was given with regards to international properties.

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