Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yes, you can get a beach house for less: here"s how.
(Photo by Getty
Images/Design by Erik Mace)You don"t have to blow your entire savings on a
vacation abode — not when there are plenty of homes ripe for the
taking.
Buying — or rather, finding — the perfect foreclosed
home can be a daunting task, but it can also result in a rock-bottom deal."We
turned to the real estate site"RealtyTrac, which researched the most-desired
beach locales in the U.S.
and compared those results to their foreclosure
sales data from 2012.
The company came up with a list of the best vacation
spots for buying at a discount in today"s market.Here are the top 10 beach
towns (ranked by the largest percentage discount that buyers can get on a
home) where you can find a steal.
This is what you"ll be doing on the weekends, if you live in Sebastian-Vero
Beach, Florida.
(Photo: Corbis Images)1.
Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.Average
sale price: $93,188Discount: 45"percentThe escape of Vero Beach combines
small-town ambiance with high-class luxuries.
Recreational activities abound
on both land and sea, as this Gulf Stream locale keeps temperatures at a
steady 74 degrees.
Nearby Sebastian is recognized as the home of Pelican
Island, and the two have no shortage of amazing ecological and wildlife
offerings.Homes: A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on 8th Court is listed at
$95,100 and a three-bedroom, 1,992-square-foot home on 105th Avenue is listed
at $102,000.Related: I Bought an Island in Cambodia for $15,000 and Changed My
Life
You"ll be able to feed the seagulls near Corpus Christi.
(Photo:
Thinkstock) 2.
Corpus Christi, Tex.
Average sale price: $78,851Discount: 44
percentThe coastal city of Corpus Christi brings Southern hospitality to miles
of beaches.
Encouraging family fun and happy hour at the same time, the
popular tourist spot takes as much pride in bird watching as it does scuba
diving, and offers a wide range of activities to encompass everything in
between, including its lively downtown scene in the Sports, Entertainment
& Arts (SEA) district.Homes: A 1,212-square-foot home with a lot size of
12,998 square feet on Van Loan Avenue is bank owned and listed at $73,363.
Imagine yourself strolling along the white-sand beaches of Marco
Island.
(Photo: Corbis Images)3.
Naples-Marco Island, Fla.Average sale price:
$156,148Discount: 40 percentMarco Island is one of the key destinations on
Florida"s Paradise Coast and is a short ride from the neighboring Everglades
and popular high-end city of Naples.
The Gulf Coast retreat offers tropical
white beaches and luxury resorts, yet operates at a relaxing pace.
While water
sports and activities are a main draw, retirees looking to escape are most
likely to descend upon this town.Homes: A 829-square-foot condo on San Marco
Road is listed for $180,292.
Enjoy the close proximity to all of Santa Barbara"s finest
wineries.
(Photo: Corbis Images)4.
Santa Barbara, Calif.Average sale price:
$274,077Discount: 39 percentThis tight-knit hub of coastal California cities
overlooks beaches lining the Pacific, land filled with outdoor adventure,
sightseeing, and wineries, and streets of farm-to-table cuisine.
The
combination of big-city culture and small-town comfort attracts a
sophisticated-yet-relaxed crowd to Santa Barbara, which stretches from a
walkable downtown to the hilltop homes above.Homes: A three-bedroom,
two-bathroom home on North Jameson Lane is listed at $197,400 and a
three-bedroom, 2,293-square-foot home on Andante Road is listed at $280,000.
You might not be able to buy one of these historic homes in Charleston, but
you won"t be too far away.
(Photo: Corbis Images)5.
Charleston, S.C.Average
sale price: $159,065Discount: 34 percentThere is no shortage of history
emanating from the cobblestone streets of Charleston.
The oldest in its state,
the impressively preserved city is known for its pre-Civil-War-era houses and
quintessential backdrop.
A hub for families, couples, artists, foodies,
historians, and recreationalists, the bustling small town beckons all types to
explore.Homes: A three-bedroom, 2,049-square-foot condo on Cathedral Lane is
listed at $151,811, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom with a
12,250-square-foot lot on Helene Drive is listed at $161,083.Related: Living
the Dream: I Bought an Island with My Friends for Under $10k Each
Tee off on one of the many golf courses on Hilton Head.
(Photo: Corbis
Images) 6.
Hilton Head Island, S.C.Average sale price: $202,454Discount: 31
percentA haven for vacationing families, the semitropical sea island of Hilton
Head boasts activities galore.
The resort town at the southern tip of South
Carolina is 12 miles of beautiful beaches and top-rated golf courses.
Upscale
vacation and permanent housing lies within many of the privately gated
communities that attract water-sport fanatics and tennis players alike.Homes:
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Kingbird Lane is listed at $204,000 and
a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Brown Court is listed at $231,349.
Stroll along the boardwalk in Atlantic City.
(Photo: Corbis
Images)7.
Atlantic City, NJAverage sale price: $161,819Discount: 31
percentStriving to be the East Coast"s answer to Las Vegas, Atlantic City
boasts an action-packed boardwalk lined with hotels, restaurants, nightlife,
and shopping.
The city comes alive at night thanks to the casinos that line
this beach strip, and its close proximity to popular South Jersey beach towns,
such as Margate, Ventnor, and Long Beach Island, make it a social hub during
summer.Homes: A two-bedroom, 1,212-square-foot home on North Trenton Avenue is
listed at $163,373, and a 2,005-square-foot home with a lot size of 5,249
square feet on Madison Avenue is listed at $168,769.
You can even get a deal near Waikiki Beach.
(Photo: Thinkstock)8.
Honolulu,
HawaiiAverage sale price: $345,799Discount: 31 percentIn Hawaii"s capital and
on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is both a hub for business and tourists, as
well as a picturesque island getaway.
From the historic site of Pearl Harbor
to the resort beaches of Waikiki, Honolulu is a vibrant and thriving cultural
hub for entertainment, and offers puddle-jumper service between all of the
must-see islands that Hawaii has to offer.
Homes: A two-bedroom, one-bathroom
condo on Kinau Street, not far from Waikiki Beach, is bank owned and listed at
$335,440, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Fern Street is also bank
owned and listed at $368,960.Related: A Vacation That Lets You Test Tiny House
Living All beaches should have ice cream delivery boats (Photo: MA Office
of Travel/Flickr) 9.
Barnstable, Mass.Average sale price: $237,405Discount: 30
percentThe largest city and community on the classic shores of Cape Cod,
Barnstable is the 76 square miles between Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod
Bay.
Comprised of seven residential villages, families spend their days
visiting the exclusive country clubs, Main Street shops, wide beaches,
seasonal restaurants, and homemade ice cream shops that line the pristine
streets.Homes: This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Falmouth Road is 2,424
square feet and comes with a single acre lot.
It"s bank owned and listed at
$222,238.
This is the shoreline of Santa Cruz.
(Photo: Lori Branham/Flickr)10.
Santa
Cruz, Calif.Average sale price: $355,604Discount: 28 percentAlong the
California coast between San Francisco and Monterey lies 29 miles of beach and
the quintessential West Coast locale of Santa Cruz.
With romantic sunset hikes
along coastal bluffs, dog-friendly beaches, and a charming-yet-vibrant seaside
town, this surfing haven has something for everyone.Homes: A two-bathroom,
1,205-square-foot duplex on Portola Drive is listed at $379,263, and a
three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on Bramble Lane is listed at
$425,000.WATCH:"Caribbean Travel: Smart Ways to Save Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter,
Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A
Broad Abroad." Yes, you can get a beach house for less: here's how.
(Photo
by Getty Images/Design by Erik Mace) You don't have to blow your entire
savings on a vacation abode — not when there are plenty of homes ripe for
the taking.
Buying — or rather, finding — the perfect foreclosed home can
be a daunting task, but it can also result in a rock-bottom deal.  We turned
to the real estate site RealtyTrac, which researched the most-desired beach
locales in the U.S.
and compared those results to their foreclosure sales data
from 2012..2.
Corpus Christi, Tex.
Average sale price: $78,851Discount: 44
percentThe coastal city of Corpus Christi brings Southern hospitality to miles
of beaches.
Encouraging family fun and happy hour at the same time, the
popular tourist spot takes as much pride in bird watching as it does scuba
diving, and offers a wide range of activities to encompass everything in
between, including its lively downtown scene in the Sports, Entertainment
& Arts (SEA) district.Homes: A 1,212-square-foot home with a lot size of
12,998 square feet on Van Loan Avenue is bank owned and listed at $73,363.
Imagine yourself strolling along the white-sand beaches of Marco
Island.
(Photo: Corbis Images)3.
Naples-Marco Island, Fla.Average sale price:
$156,148Discount: 40 percentMarco Island is one of the key destinations on
Florida"s Paradise Coast and is a short ride from the neighboring Everglades
and popular high-end city of Naples.
The Gulf Coast retreat offers tropical
white beaches and luxury resorts, yet operates at a relaxing pace.
While water
sports and activities are a main draw, retirees looking to escape are most
likely to descend upon this town.Homes: A 829-square-foot condo on San Marco
Road is listed for $180,292.
Enjoy the close proximity to all of Santa Barbara"s finest
wineries.
(Photo: Corbis Images)4.
Santa Barbara, Calif.Average sale price:
$274,077Discount: 39 percentThis tight-knit hub of coastal California cities
overlooks beaches lining the Pacific, land filled with outdoor adventure,
sightseeing, and wineries, and streets of farm-to-table cuisine.
The
combination of big-city culture and small-town comfort attracts a
sophisticated-yet-relaxed crowd to Santa Barbara, which stretches from a
walkable downtown to the hilltop homes above.Homes: A three-bedroom,
two-bathroom home on North Jameson Lane is listed at $197,400 and a
three-bedroom, 2,293-square-foot home on Andante Road is listed at $280,000.
You might not be able to buy one of these historic homes in Charleston, but
you won"t be too far away.
(Photo: Corbis Images)5.
Charleston, S.C.Average
sale price: $159,065Discount: 34 percentThere is no shortage of history
emanating from the cobblestone streets of Charleston.
The oldest in its state,
the impressively preserved city is known for its pre-Civil-War-era houses and
quintessential backdrop.
A hub for families, couples, artists, foodies,
historians, and recreationalists, the bustling small town beckons all types to
explore.Homes: A three-bedroom, 2,049-square-foot condo on Cathedral Lane is
listed at $151,811, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom with a
12,250-square-foot lot on Helene Drive is listed at $161,083.Related: Living
the Dream: I Bought an Island with My Friends for Under $10k Each
Tee off on one of the many golf courses on Hilton Head.
(Photo: Corbis
Images) 6.
Hilton Head Island, S.C.Average sale price: $202,454Discount: 31
percentA haven for vacationing families, the semitropical sea island of Hilton
Head boasts activities galore.
The resort town at the southern tip of South
Carolina is 12 miles of beautiful beaches and top-rated golf courses.
Upscale
vacation and permanent housing lies within many of the privately gated
communities that attract water-sport fanatics and tennis players alike.Homes:
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Kingbird Lane is listed at $204,000 and
a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Brown Court is listed at $231,349.
Stroll along the boardwalk in Atlantic City.
(Photo: Corbis
Images)7.
Atlantic City, NJAverage sale price: $161,819Discount: 31
percentStriving to be the East Coast"s answer to Las Vegas, Atlantic City
boasts an action-packed boardwalk lined with hotels, restaurants, nightlife,
and shopping.
The city comes alive at night thanks to the casinos that line
this beach strip, and its close proximity to popular South Jersey beach towns,
such as Margate, Ventnor, and Long Beach Island, make it a social hub during
summer.Homes: A two-bedroom, 1,212-square-foot home on North Trenton Avenue is
listed at $163,373, and a 2,005-square-foot home with a lot size of 5,249
square feet on Madison Avenue is listed at $168,769.
You can even get a deal near Waikiki Beach.
(Photo: Thinkstock)8.
Honolulu,
HawaiiAverage sale price: $345,799Discount: 31 percentIn Hawaii"s capital and
on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is both a hub for business and tourists, as
well as a picturesque island getaway.
From the historic site of Pearl Harbor
to the resort beaches of Waikiki, Honolulu is a vibrant and thriving cultural
hub for entertainment, and offers puddle-jumper service between all of the
must-see islands that Hawaii has to offer.
Homes: A two-bedroom, one-bathroom
condo on Kinau Street, not far from Waikiki Beach, is bank owned and listed at
$335,440, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Fern Street is also bank
owned and listed at $368,960.Related: A Vacation That Lets You Test Tiny House
Living All beaches should have ice cream delivery boats (Photo: MA Office
of Travel/Flickr) 9.
Barnstable, Mass.Average sale price: $237,405Discount: 30
percentThe largest city and community on the classic shores of Cape Cod,
Barnstable is the 76 square miles between Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod
Bay.
Comprised of seven residential villages, families spend their days
visiting the exclusive country clubs, Main Street shops, wide beaches,
seasonal restaurants, and homemade ice cream shops that line the pristine
streets.Homes: This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home on Falmouth Road is 2,424
square feet and comes with a single acre lot.
It"s bank owned and listed at
$222,238.
This is the shoreline of Santa Cruz.
(Photo: Lori Branham/Flickr)10.
Santa
Cruz, Calif.Average sale price: $355,604Discount: 28 percentAlong the
California coast between San Francisco and Monterey lies 29 miles of beach and
the quintessential West Coast locale of Santa Cruz.
With romantic sunset hikes
along coastal bluffs, dog-friendly beaches, and a charming-yet-vibrant seaside
town, this surfing haven has something for everyone.Homes: A two-bathroom,
1,205-square-foot duplex on Portola Drive is listed at $379,263, and a
three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo on Bramble Lane is listed at
$425,000.WATCH:"Caribbean Travel: Smart Ways to Save Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
Hang out with us on"Facebook,"Twitter,
Instagram, and"Pinterest."Check out our original adventure travel series A
Broad Abroad."Yes, you can get a beach house for less: here's how.
(Photo by
Getty Images/Design by Erik Mace) You don't have to blow your entire savings
on a vacation abode — not when there are plenty of homes ripe for the
taking.
Buying — or rather, finding — the perfect foreclosed home can be a
daunting task, but it can also result in a rock-bottom deal.  We turned to
the real estate site RealtyTrac, which researched the most-desired beach
locales in the U.S.
and compared those results to their foreclosure sales data
from 2012.

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