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Coronavirus Pandemic Drove U.S. Home Buyers Toward Vacation Towns


National property broker Redfin is reporting U.S. housing markets in vacation destinations and relatively affordable suburbs of big cities have heated up more than any other area over the last year, a time period that starts with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Places like Lake Tahoe, Cape Cod, and suburbs of Chicago and New York City are gaining popularity as homebuyers take advantage of remote-work policies to prioritize affordability and personal preferences like proximity to nature and recreation over living near the office.

This is according to a Redfin

Vacasa Releases 2020/21 Report on the Best Places to Buy a Winter Vacation Home

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 28, 2021–

Vacasa, North America’s leading vacation rental platform, has released its 2020/21 report outlining the Best Places to Buy a Winter Vacation Home. Vacasa’s third annual ranking of the Best Places to Buy a Winter Vacation Home is based on cap rate, or the annual rate of return on investment, and includes key market data to help potential buyers determine which market is right for them.

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Vacasa vacation rental in Big Sky, Montana, which ranked the best place to buy a winter

Camping records set at Tennessee State Parks in 2020 as people ‘stay home’ outdoors

In the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, record numbers of people “stayed home” in tents, campers and RVs they took with them to Tennessee’s state parks.

Camping in the last two months of 2020 reached historic highs in state-run parks, according to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation that oversees them. Four of the top 10 camping months ever in state parks happened in 2020, most likely driven by visitors seeking the outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, TDEC Commissioner Jim Bryson attributed the surge to the search for well-being.

“The impact of COVID-19 simply underscores a

Austin mayor took vacation in Mexico while urging people to stay home | Austin

Austin’s mayor, Steve Adler, went on vacation to Mexico with family in November as he urged people to stay home amid worsening coronavirus caseloads in Texas, at one point recording a video during the trip in which he told residents back home that now was “not the time to relax”.

The trip, revealed on Wednesday by the Austin American-Statesman, is the latest example of a public official who has pleaded for vigilance in the face of rising cases and hospitalizations across the US seeming not to heed their own guidance. Adler, a Democrat, told the newspaper his actions did not

A Mayor Urged People To Stay Home, Then Flew To Mexico For Vacation : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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Austin Mayor Steve Adler, shown here at an event in 2018, says he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas last month.

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After initially saying he didn’t do anything wrong, Steve Adler, the mayor of Austin, Texas, says he now realizes he “set a bad example” by traveling to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for vacation last month.

An Austin American-Statesman story revealed