13 Destinations With Top Earning Potential For Homeowners [INFOGRAPHIC]

Oct 16, 2015 | Expert Advice

With more than 720,000 vacation homes available globally, TripAdvisor travelers are a bit spoiled when it comes to affordable accommodations. But believe it or not, there are still some destinations where the rental options are slim.

We’re revealing some of the best places in America to own a home if you’re looking to make extra money.

These 13 areas are amongst those where demand for vacation rentals most exceeds supply – meaning there’s a demand gap to fill and homeowners could benefit from it. Sunny Florida leads the charts with four of the top destinations. Not far behind are the up-and-coming Tennessee and hidden gem Alabama, with two destinations each. Eastern favorites dominate the ranking, with Galveston and Las Vegas representing for the rest of the country.

“If you happen to own property in the below cities, whether as your primary or secondary home, lucky you – homes here enjoy some of the highest traveler demand on TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals,” says Laurel Greatrix, TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals spokesperson.

“This means when you’re not home, either short-term or long-term, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding paying guests,” continues Greatrix. “Average two-bedroom rental rates in these cities vary from around $800 to upwards of $2,000 per week, offering a substantial extra income source to homeowners.”

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The full list is below.

Best Places To Rent Out Your Home

Average Weekly Rate

Destination 1 BR 2 BR 3 BR 4 BR Traveler Interest
Destin, FL $869.84 $1,093.16 $1,537.46 $2,160.73 70x
Myrtle Beach, SC $661.62 $762.80 $976.89 $1,264.42 45x
Gatlinburg, TN $1,083.07 $1,240.87 $1,742.31 $2,470.37 38x
Ocean City, MD $831.67 $1,077.65 $1,440.85 $2,297.38 37x
Las Vegas, NV $1,132.51 $1,170.08 $1,324.39 $1,866.95 30x
Gulf Shores, AL $687.28 $843.94 $1,261.41 $2,115.90 29x
Siesta Key, FL $1,077.21 $1,319.79 $1,805.21 $2,856.24 27x
Key Largo, FL $1,985.02 $2,320.86 $3,102.60 $2,340.64 16x
Orange Beach, AL $767.08 $999.76 $1,435.04 $2,078.61 14x
Galveston, TX $954.43 $1,408.45 $1,843.12 $2,531.00 13x
Marathon, FL $2,343.85 $1,690.56 $2,536.56 $3,667.85 9x
Nashville, TN $1,099.81 $1,668.06 $1,850.81 $3,357.56 9x
Helen, GA $792.28 $1,024.85 $1,200.32 $1,946.65 4x

Rental rate reflects the average price of a one-week stay in a one-, two-, three-, or four-bedroom home, respectively, and therefore the income potential for homeowners of each. Traveler interest reflects number of booking inquiries to the property listings in that destination compared to the national US average.


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