Rent Your Way to Retirement

With today’s record low real estate prices and attractive mortgage rates, now is a good time to start thinking about investing in a second home.
Whether your goal is to retire, diversify your assets or simply buy a vacation home to create life-long memories with your family, owning a second home is becoming easier and more common for Americans.

In the past six years, HomeAway has helped more than 150,000 second home owners market their vacation rentals– with two-thirds earning enough to cover at least 50 percent of their mortgage, according to the HomeAway Vacation Rental Marketplace Report (First Quarter, 2010). Hear from expert, Tom Kelly, who has lived and breathed the second home industry for many years and learn from owners who were once in your very position.

Meet the Expert

Tom Kelly

A former real estate editor for The Seattle Times and a nationally-syndicated columnist, Tom Kelly is author of several real estate investment books, including How a Second Home Can Be Your Best Investment: New, Tax-free Methods for Using a Vacation Home for Recreation, Retirement and Investment. He regularly gives seminars on the topic of real estate investing.

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Hear from Your Peers

Read the stories of how other second home owners began renting their  vacation rental to travelers

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