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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:45 PM
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The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I often talk about where we'd like to have another home, if we had the money. She, of course, wants a home in Italy, or Sicily, where she was born, and I would greatly prefer a home on St Thomas, or St. John. I think the answer is given in the posts above. Don't BUY anywhere, but just go and rent a home, or stay in a GREAT hotel for a week or two when you're in the mood. That way, you can have the absolute best of all worlds, and EVERYONE stays happy! (Better yet, just get on a cruise ship, and you can visit all of these places, without ever unpacking!) :-D

One of my closest friends was born in Sicily ,He plans to retire there .
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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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I wouldn't say I am hooked on House Hunters, but I have watched it quite a bit. I like to watch it at night when there is nothing else on. I watched it more so when we were looking for a home to get excited and think about what we wanted!!

Donna, I do know what they mean about having to have two sinks!! It is very nice to not have to move out of the way when I am washing my face so my hubby can wash his hands. It is also very nice to not have his razor stubble around "my" sink, and I can leave my face wash and things out on the edge without him knocking the over when shaving. We can manage without, but it is a nice thing to have.

More important to me...... THE KITCHEN!!

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Old March 17th, 2012, 01:16 PM
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I believe that many of the people who are buying a "vacation home" are using it for rental income when they are not using it. I know a couple of people who have done that. A couple I know has a home, on the ocean, in the Fort Myers area. They rent it out for about nine months of the year and use it only in the late Winter/Early Spring for an escape from cold weather and to enjoy the Minnesota Twins pre-season games.

The rental fees cover the Association Fees, upkeep, cleaning, management costs and taxes but don't leave too much extra income. When I talk with them I and listen to the issues they have I don't think I'd want to do it. I've been a landlord for many years and it's hard enough to do it locally, even with using a management service, and not 2,000 miles away.

I do like to watch HHI just to see what the price of housing is in different parts of the world. I always have to check the date of the episode because a lot of the older shows don't reflect the current pricing. I also feel bad for the folks who bought in '07 and now have homes that around half the value.

Also: There are a lot of people where "money" isn't their main concern.

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Old March 20th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I, too, LOVE House Hunters! I especially love House Hunters International!
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