second homeHawaii? Nope. California? Nope. Florida? Nope. Where is the hottest second home market in the U.S.? Ocean City, New Jersey.

According to an analysis of second home purchases by SmartAsset, Ocean City rose to the top of the list thanks to a whopping 79.38 percent of its mortgages were for secondary residences. The coastal town has 2,865 mortgages for second homes and 744 for primary residences.

For comparison’s sake, the next closest city on the list, Salisbury, Maryland, had 54 percent of its mortgages going to second homes.

And areas you’d think might be at the top like Destin, Florida or Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii had a mere 53 percent and 45 percent, respectively.

“To complete our rankings, we compared two metrics: the total number of home purchases and the number of home purchases made for non-primary residences,” SmartAsset said.

How did Texas fare? Who else made the list? Head over to SecondShelters.com to find out.

 

From Preston Hollow to Highland Park, Uptown to Lakewood, Kessler Park stretching all the way to Lake Highlands and North Dallas south of LBJ: there is a Dave Perry-Miller home in your future this weekend. Maybe even by Easter!

If you’ve been thinking about moving, or even if you just like to get inspiration from looking, there’s no better time to see what’s out there than at the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Spring Home Tour this Sunday, April 7 from 12 to 5 p.m. Visit openhouse.daveperrymiller.com for a complete list of homes available to tour.

In case you haven’t heard, the Dallas real estate market is back, blooming as big as our azaleas and gardenias. And with more inventory, there is so much to choose from. In fact, there may not have been a more perfect time to buy and sell a home than right now. And this weekend’s selections are loaded with exactly what buyers want: clean, contemporary lines, generous use of fine and rare woods and stone, kitchens that are more than functional, sweeping open floor plans, and master bath retreats that you will never want to leave… check out the oversized showers, the vessel tubs.

Whether you want a gardener’s dream green back-yard, an acre plus, a zero lot line, sparkling pool, flickering fireplace, even craggy hills, the Dave Perry-Miller Spring Home Tour has a home for you.

My favorite: the indoor/outdoor family room with sweeping, folding glass doors. Here they are: (more…)

This week’s Saturday Seven Hundred is a southern charmer with lovely blue painted shutters set against light painted brick and four dormers atop 3830 Whitehall Drive. Located in sought-after Midway Hills Terrace, this 3,452-square-foot four-bedroom, two and half-bath is listed for $799,900 by Sherri Courie of Ebby Halliday’s Little White House office.  (more…)

A hunting retreat with two cabins on 30.16-acres is what $250,000 gets you in Ennis, Texas! Well, $249,900 to be exact. And the best part? This hunter’s paradise sits just 20 minutes south of downtown Dallas.

Largest Whitetail Deer In Ellis County

That’s right. Here you’ll enjoy the ultimate sporting retreat with over 30-acres of high fenced terrain. More importantly, it boasts some of the largest whitetail deer in Ellis County!

Excellent Duck Season

According to listing, the property is “covered in duck during season” and known for its “wild hogs and free roaming deer that frequent the northwest side of the property.”

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sharonAs we’ve written before, it’s becoming easier and easier to find a great home in a great neighborhood with great schools in Dallas ISD. So as an experiment, we decided to prove it by showing you this home on Sharon Street in Oak Cliff — within walking distance of Cowart Elementary.

Why Cowart? Because each week, Dallas ISD does a fantastic video highlighting some of the best schools in the district, and this week’s feature is on Cowart Elementary. It’s a dual language school that is in its second year as a pilot campus for social-emotional learning, and is a new Innovation campus. Next year, it will be a personalized learning campus, too.

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Cedar CrestDays on market for move-in ready homes in the $100,000 to $200,000 range around North Texas are tiny little pockets of time, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them openings. So when this Cedar Crest cutie landed in our inbox this week, we knew it was our next Weekend One Hundred.

And we also know you should probably shake a leg if you’re looking for something in that price range — Cedar Crest is a great neighborhood full of charming homes.

A well-established neighborhood close to downtown with a bustling neighborhood association and the Cedar Crest Golf Course, which hosted the first PGA tour in 1927.

“For decades the Cedar Crest neighbors have demonstrated pride in home ownership, which is discernible by many of the uniquely designed custom built homes,” the association’s website said. “The community is well noted for community and political involvement and has produced many business owners, educators, and dignitaries.” (more…)

las vegasEditor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

In our last story, we looked at the 22nd city on the list — Richardson, Texas. This week, we look at Las Vegas, Nevada, and found three great homes — all for less than $315,000.

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