Vacation Home Demand Soars During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Home sales are booming in popular vacation spots, as the pandemic leads more Americans to seek places to work or relax within driving distance of home.

In traditional vacation destinations such as Key West, Fla., Ocean City, N.J., and Traverse City, Mich., online house shopping and pending sales are up relative to the country overall, according to a new analysis by

Zillow Group Inc.

Similar to the recent rise in interest for suburban and rural homes that are a car ride from major cities, the growth in demand for homes in vacation towns shows how Covid-19 is reshaping home shoppers’ priorities, said Jeff Tucker, senior economist at Zillow.

“Home shoppers are particularly motivated to shop for a home in these markets because right now they have the freedom to probably work from home in many cases and even have their kids go to school from home,” he said. “They would get a lot more time to actually enjoy the natural amenities in these locations.”

In the 20 U.S. metro areas with the highest share of vacation homes, page views of for-sale listings on Zillow in August rose more than 50% from a year earlier, while nationwide page views rose 37% in the same month.

In 12 of those markets, including Hilton Head, S.C., and East Stroudsburg, Pa., in the Poconos region, pending sales in the week ended Sept. 26 were up more than 30% from a year earlier. Nationally, pending sales rose 22% year-over-year in the same week, Zillow said.

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The pandemic-driven recession has deepened the country’s economic divisions. Many higher-wage workers who are able to work from home can put money they would have spent on entertainment or international travel toward buying a home. Home sales around the country have risen to the highest level since 2006, buoyed by record-low interest rates.

Second or vacation homes are rising as a percentage of all mortgages. Mortgage-rate locks for second-home purchases made up 5.3% of all locks for purchases in the week ended Oct. 9, up from 3.9% at the start of the year and 4% in the same week last year, according to the American Enterprise Institute.

U.S. home prices have risen 3.1% since February, according to Zillow. Some vacation spots have posted stronger gains, including Ocean City, up 6.4% in the same period, and Sevierville, Tenn., up 4.9%, according to Zillow.

In the Panama City, Fla., metro area, Zillow page views in August were up 74% from a year earlier. Pending sales in the week ended Sept. 26 rose almost 24% year-over-year, Zillow said.

“We’ve always been a drive-to destination, which during this pandemic has been vital for people” who want to travel while staying distanced from strangers, said Jonathan Spears, a team leader at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, which sells homes in the Panama City area. “We’ve never seen a market like this, and it’s specifically due to

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CDC says teen gave COVID-19 to 11 relatives across 4 states during a family vacation.

A COVID-19 outbreak that infected 11 people across four states began with a 13-year-old girl who transmitted the virus during a three-week family vacation over the summer, according to a Centers for Disease Control report.

In Illinois – one of the states involved – a Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman said that the community where some of the family members live is not currently at risk from this particular outbreak, which occurred months ago.

But the case shows that kids and teens can contract and spread the virus, public health experts say. It also serves as a cautionary tale before the holiday season, a traditional time for many large family get-togethers.

“(The) outbreak highlights several important issues that are good to review before the holidays., a Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman said in an email.

The CDC noted that the case underscores the risk of exposure during gatherings, as well as the benefits of social distancing.

“SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can spread efficiently during gathering, especially with prolonged, close contact,” the CDC report said. “Physical distancing, face mask use and hand hygiene reduce transmission; gatherings should be avoided when physical distancing and face mask use are not possible.”

The three-week family gathering involved five households from four states, according to the CDC report, which was released earlier this month. The report in a footnote mentioned public health departments in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Illinois and Georgia; it did not give any other information about where the family gathering took place or the states where various relatives lived.

The report said the initial patient, a 13-year-old girl, was exposed to COVID-19 during a large outbreak in June. A rapid antigen test four days after her exposure came back negative, before her symptoms began. Two days later she had some nasal congestion, her only symptom. That day she traveled with her parents and two brothers to attend a large family gathering, which began the following day, according to the CDC report.

She was one of 14 relatives ranging in age from 9 to 72 who shared a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home for eight to 25 days, the report said. The relatives did not wear face masks or practice physical distancing, according to the report.

Eleven other family members contracted the virus; one was hospitalized and another went to the emergency room for treatment of respiratory symptoms, but both recovered, according to the report.

“This outbreak highlights several important issues,” the report said. “First, children and adolescents can serve as the source for COVID-19 outbreaks within families, even when their symptoms are mild. Better understanding of transmission by children and adolescents in different settings is needed to refine public health guidance.”

Six additional family members did not stay at the home but did visit on different occasions, maintaining physical distance from relatives from other households. None of those individuals developed symptoms, and four tested negative for the virus, the CDC found.

“None of the six family members who maintained

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CDC says teen gave COVID-19 to 11 relatives across 4 states during a family vacation. Experts see a cautionary tale for holidays

A COVID-19 outbreak that infected 11 people across four states began with a 13-year-old girl who transmitted the virus during a three-week family vacation over the summer, according to a Centers for Disease Control report.

In Illinois — one of the states involved — a Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman said that the community where some of the family members live is not currently at risk from this particular outbreak, which occurred months ago.

But the case shows that kids and teens can contract and spread the virus, public health experts say. It also serves as a cautionary tale before the holiday season, a traditional time for many large family get-togethers.

“(The) outbreak highlights several important issues that are good to review before the holidays., a Cook County Department of Public Health spokeswoman said in an email.

The CDC noted that the case underscores the risk of exposure during gatherings, as well as the benefits of social distancing.

“SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) can spread efficiently during gathering, especially with prolonged, close contact,” the CDC report said. “Physical distancing, face mask use and hand hygiene reduce transmission; gatherings should be avoided when physical distancing and face mask use are not possible.”

The three-week family gathering involved five households from four states, according to the CDC report, which was released earlier this month. The report in a footnote mentioned public health departments in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Illinois and Georgia; it did not give any other information about where the family gathering took place or the states where various relatives lived.

The report said the initial patient, a 13-year-old girl, was exposed to COVID-19 during a large outbreak in June. A rapid antigen test four days after her exposure came back negative, before her symptoms began. Two days later she had some nasal congestion, her only symptom. That day she traveled with her parents and two brothers to attend a large family gathering, which began the following day, according to the CDC report.

She was one of 14 relatives ranging in age from 9 to 72 who shared a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home for eight to 25 days, the report said. The relatives did not wear face masks or practice physical distancing, according to the report.

Eleven other family members contracted the virus; one was hospitalized and another went to the emergency room for treatment of respiratory symptoms, but both recovered, according to the report.

“This outbreak highlights several important issues,” the report said. “First, children and adolescents can serve as the source for COVID-19 outbreaks within families, even when their symptoms are mild. Better understanding of transmission by children and adolescents in different settings is needed to refine public health guidance.”

Six additional family members did not stay at the home but did visit on different occasions, maintaining physical distance from relatives from other households. None of those individuals developed symptoms, and four tested negative for the virus, the CDC found.

“None of the six family members

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Rebel Wilson Enjoys Mexico Vacation with Boyfriend Jacob Busch

Soaking up the sun! Rebel Wilson is getting some much-deserved poolside relaxation during her vacation with boyfriend Jacob Busch.

The Pitch Perfect actress, 40, has documented the couple’s Mexico getaway across her Instagram page. In one of her latest updates, Wilson shared a video set of the duo lounging on pool floats as her hand rested on his arm. The clip was set to James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”

Wilson also posted a pic of the couple posing together on the beach. “Hot & Spicy #CaboSanLucas,” she captioned the snap. She wore a black coverup over her bathing suit and the 29-year-old businessman was shirtless.

In her Instagram Story, the Australia native shared additional photos from their time at the pool and their day at the beach. She even posted a solo shot of the Anheuser-Busch heir chilling poolside, writing: “Great view.”

Wilson went public with the her relationship last month. At the time, she shared a photo via Instagram of the couple boarding a helicopter alongside Kate Beckinsale and Helen Mirren. The duo later stepped out to attend Prince Albert II’s Monte-Carlo Gala for Planetary Health in Monaco.

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Rebel Wilson and Jacob Busch. Courtesy of Rebel Wilson/Instagram

Us Weekly confirmed that Wilson and Busch met last year. “[They] started casually dating before coronavirus hit,” the insider shared. “They kept in touch while Rebel was in Australia, and when she returned back to the U.S., they picked back up dating again and became serious.”

This year has brought about a ton of changes for Wilson. In addition to getting a new beau, the Isn’t It Romantic star began her “year of health” to improve her overall well-being.

 

Wilson has been sharing her wellness journey across social media, including her exercise methods. The Cats actress has subsequently experienced major weight loss.

Rebel Wilson Wears Swimsuit During Vacation with Boyfriend Jacob Busch
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A source told Us that Busch “adored” Wilson before she began her health journey, adding: “He is very old school and he is a gentleman in the way he treats Rebel. He seems to be very in love with her.”

Last February, Wilson opened up about what she wants in her ideal guy. “[I’m looking for a guy with] definitely some kind of strength,” she told Us and other reporters at the time. “If I feel like I could beat them in a jelly wrestling competition, then maybe that’s not the dude for me.”

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Rebel Wilson Shares ‘Hot & Spicy’ Shirtless Photo of Boyfriend Jacob Busch from Their Mexico Vacation



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Rebel Wilson is soaking up the sun with boyfriend Jacob Busch!

On Monday, the Pitch Perfect star, 40, shared a photo of herself with Busch from their vacation in Mexico.

In the picture, Wilson wears dark sunglasses and a black swimsuit with a matching cover-up as she strikes a pose with her beau on the beach. Busch, whose family founded the brewing company Anheuser-Busch, can be seen sporting a pair of Budweiser swimming trunks.



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“Hot & Spicy #cabosanlucas,” she captioned the shot.



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Over the weekend, Wilson also posted a selfie of the pair taking a walk in the sand, as well as a solo shot of her man as he lounged around in the pool.

“Great view,” she playfully quipped in one post, adding a thumbs-up emoji.



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The actress went public with her relationship with Busch in September by sharing a sweet photo of the two boarding a helicopter alongside Helen Mirren and Kate Beckinsale. The couple made their red carpet debut shortly after when they attended the Monte-Carlo Gala For Planetary Health in Monaco.

“This is the first guy she’s met who is a match for her humor and personality. Someone who has his own life and success and isn’t intimidated by her,” a source recently told PEOPLE. “He’s entrepreneurial and they’re both very business-minded.”



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In addition to finding love, 2020 has seen big changes for Wilson after she declared it her “Year of Health” and began documenting her weight loss journey on social media.

Earlier this month, Wilson shared with fans that was about 6 lbs. away from her goal weight of 165 lbs.

“Happy Sunday everyone! Gearing up for a great week ahead,” she wrote in an Oct. 4 Instagram post. “This week was super busy but I got up super early 3 times (6am 😜) and went on a hike…even did a couple of 100m sprints to get the heart rate even higher (although my ‘sprint’ is probably someone else’s ‘slow jog’ 😝) but I felt proud of myself and now only 3kg’s away

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Greece: 225-pound heroin stash found in vacation home

ATHENS, Greece — Police in Greece Tuesday said they have found 102 kilograms (225 pounds) of heroin in a vacation-rental apartment in central Athens.

The drugs, in shrink-wrapped packages and stored in four duffel bags, were found when police raided the apartment near the city’s main train station.

The apartment had been rented since Sept. 24 and was raided Sunday. No one was present and no arrests have been made.

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Does Your Vacation Rental Property Need a Name?

While the lure of a name can lend a romantic air to vacation home shopping, others take a more practical approach when picking a vacation rental. Roselle H. from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, says, “I look at the furnishings and how clean and uncluttered the home looks.”

Rosemarie B. of Staten Island, New York, has been vacationing with her family on the Delaware seashore for the past 15 years and says, “Our primary considerations when renting a property are the quality of the home and amenities, the space configuration, and other renters’ comments and experiences.”

While some homes Rosemarie’s family has rented over the years did have names, it was not a deciding factor. She adds, “The quality of the property has not, in our opinion, ever been impacted by whether or not it is named.” However, she did note having a name usually made it easier to remember the Wi-Fi password during their stay.

What’s in a name for your vacation property?

As evidenced by these three vacationers, a home’s beauty and amenities still reign supreme when making a decision on a rental property. As an investor, those should be your focus. But should you also want to accent your vacation property with a name, choose wisely. Here are some things to consider:

  • Put some personality into it: People go on vacation to get away from it all and have fun. Give your property a humorous name — puns are more than welcome — that makes them feel they can do just that.
  • Keep your renters in mind: If you’ve got a log cabin in the woods perfect for renting to extended families, “Love Shack” is probably not the best name for it.
  • Make it fitting: Incorporate the local geography or weather into the name so that merely hearing the property’s name evokes a strong sense of place.

The Millionacres bottom line

If you do have a vacation property, it’s your prerogative to name it — or not. But a name does have a way of lending a property some charm. Remember, it’s always more fun for someone to say they spent their vacation at “Shore Enuff” rather than just a two-bedroom condo on the beach.

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Why Take a Cruise Vacation?

Have you considered taking a cruise vacation but just aren’t sure if it would be right for you? With all the cruise lines available, all the cruise destinations, the range of prices, there is a cruise for just about everyone.

Do you commute to work every day, sitting in traffic for perhaps hours? Think about it, on a cruise you don’t drive anywhere for 7, 10, 14 days or more. Now, even if you were on a bus tour with no driving yourself, you haul your luggage or at least pack and unpack it at each stop. On a cruise, you check your luggage when you check in and it magically appears in your cabin, stateroom, or suite. You unpack once, feeling at home for the duration of the cruise. The cruise staff will tell you when to place your bags outside your accommodations at the end of the cruise and, just a magically, your luggage will be waiting for you on shore at a designated pick-up point. Taking a cruise vacation frees you from some of the hassles of traveling.

If you take a driving vacation, there’s always the question of where to stop to eat. All meals are included in the price of your cruise and great food is one of the main attractions of taking a cruise. Most contemporary cruises take into account the modern casual lifestyle and provide a variety of restaurants and snack bars on board. Typically, there is a varied and plentiful breakfast and lunch buffet similar to what you find in Las Vegas. Or you can eat breakfast or lunch in one of the ship’s restaurants, ordering exactly what you want from the ample menu, prepared fresh for you. Restaurants are usually open for meals for extended hours and buffets are generally open all day and into the night. Have you heard of the midnight buffet available on some cruises?

Dinner is an important event on a cruise ship, a tradition dating back to the late 1800’s when cruises were for royalty and the wealthy who expected elegant formal dinners. Again, in today’s lifestyle the elegant dinner is optional, and for those who prefer to dine casually, the dinner buffet is available usually until 9 pm. Most cruise ships offer excellent cuisine, especially at dinner, in the main dining room or rooms plus offer meals at upscale specialty restaurants at additional cost. Cruise lines base much of their reputation on their food service, and terms such as “world class cuisine” and “gourmet meals” are combined with “impeccable service” to insure that the onboard dining experience is truly memorable. Many cruises still offer one or more optional formal dinners where ladies where long formal gowns or other evening dresses and gentlemen wear tuxedos or dark suits.

Once onboard your cruise vessel, there are activities 24 hours a day. Modern cruise ships boast state-of-the-art 700 plus seat theatres for quality shows and entertainment, all included in the cruise price. There is unique entertainment in the …

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Why Choose a Honeymoon Cruise Vacation?

Planning your dream honeymoon? The world is your oyster – Bali, Barbados, a Greek island or maybe a honeymoon cruise vacation? Cruises are increasingly popular for anniversaries, weddings and they make a dream honeymoon cruise vacation. Here are a few reasons why a honeymoon cruise vacation beats a traditional hotel honeymoon every time.

Easy to Book Booking a honeymoon cruise trip is a very easy process. Simply browse the many destination options for your dates and press BOOK! It really is that easy. Optional pre- and post-cruise packages will include airfares, hotels and transfers. No holding hotel bookings whilst looking for suitable flights, no car hire to arrange and no transfers to worry about. A honeymoon cruise vacation package takes care of everything – cabin, transport and meals all-in-one. If only planning the wedding were so straightforward!

Great Winter Destinations Choices of where to enjoy a honeymoon in the winter can be limited, but cruise ships relocate to offer a honeymoon cruise in the sunshine at any time of year. In the winter, they are mainly based around the Caribbean, Hawaii and the Southern hemisphere. In the summer they cross the Atlantic and cruise the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and Alaska. A honeymoon cruise vacation should be about relaxing in the sun, so book with confidence.

Extras Let the cruise company know that it is your honeymoon cruise vacation. Most ships offer a few goodwill extras for those on a honeymoon cruise vacation. Tables for two, complimentary champagne and chocolates and even a honeymooners’ cocktail party may be on offer. Some cruise lines have honeymoon packages for a small supplement which include engraved glasses, flowers, a wedding cake and plenty of other nice surprises.

Privacy You may think that joining 2000 other cruisers will not allow much privacy for your honeymoon cruise vacation but the opposite is actually true. Enjoy room service in your cabin at any time of day or night – without a nasty surcharge. Fruit platters, cheese platters, drinks, light snacks and breakfast in bed are all just a phone call away. Ignore the organized shore excursions, take a taxi into town and explore each port of call hand-in-hand. Alternatively, ask the taxi driver to take you to the nearest quiet beach – and arrange for him to pick you up later! Most cruises have alternative dining for a supplement and these exclusive restaurants offer candlelit dinners, attentive waiter service and a romantic environment to make your honeymoon really special.

Entertainment Life onboard a cruise ship is never dull. Sit in a cozy nook and be serenaded by a professional pianist, dance cheek-to-cheek, enjoy an off-Broadway show, head for the casino and try your luck, or step out in the warm night air and cuddle beneath the stars. Best of all, at the end of the evening your cabin is just a stroll away. No calling a taxi or driving a hire car in a strange place. With a honeymoon cruise vacation, everything is taken care of perfectly.…

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Why You Should Plan Your Ski Vacation Early

The country may yet to see snowy slopes and winter flurries, but savvy skiers and families are already planning out their next ski vacation. Sure, there are only a handful of US ski resorts open, and most of them are already offering a whole new set of attractions that doesn’t involve making snow angels.

But making arrangements this early do have a couple perks. To name a few:

Beating the rush

Imagine having to book your ski trip at the last minute, and you’re halfway down the road only to realize you left behind your skis! Or how about taking a chance on budget accommodations that look good on paper (or on the web) then arriving only to get disappointed? This happens when you plan your holidays on panic mode (Read: less than a month before peak season). When you plan your getaway early, you still have enough time in your hands to research on the best accommodations and create an itinerary everyone can agree upon. It also allows you to plan out your wardrobe and decide what gears you’ll need.

The early bird scores the best accommodations

When you book your vacation early, you get first dibs on prime chalets, apartments or hotel rooms. You can even request a room just a stone’s throw away from the slopes! Booking early also means you get to pick your flight schedules, slots in daycare and ski schools for your kids, and the best table at your favorite restaurant.

And big discounts, too!

Many ski resorts offer a slew of early bird incentives for those who plan way ahead. Enjoy huge savings on lodging, airfare, bulk ski passes and lift tickets when you book way ahead of the others.

Come peak season or early ski season and prices start ballooning to premium rates.

Flexible payment terms

On top of discounts, ski resorts, too, may offer early bookers down payment options on ski passes and other fees. For instance, you can pay half of the price now then pay the remainder by September. This allows you to save up for the getaway you and your family have been dreaming of since the end of season, without accruing debts and credit card interest charges.

You can always take a chance on finding last minute bargains. But you could miss out on a lot of advanced reservation promotions that could save a great deal! And while planning out your winter getaway while everyone else is set to hit the beach and get a tan may strike others as odd, you’ll be treating yourself to a well thought off ski vacation you and your whole family will certainly cherish and enjoy.…

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