Vacation home purchases are becoming more popular by the day, but there are some places in America that are making buying a vacation home more affordable.

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I wish I could buy a vacation home to use whenever we want and rent out as an Airbnb, but sadly I can not, However, if you are looking for a fun place to buy a vacation home you might be to look at Branson, Missouri. put Branson as the number one place to buy an affordable vacation home.

It’s consistently ranked high on our annual Most Affordable Lake Towns list, because of the many different types of properties and price ranges available.

Brandon is a family-friends vacation hot spot and is growing every year. There is really something for everyone, from live shows to rides, and a new aquarium Branson is a really fun place to visit. We loved our time there when we visited a few years back and looking forward to going back soon. Now the homes for sale in Branson are like any other place they range in price, depending on what you are willing to spend you could get a really nice vacation home.

Yes, there are $1 million homes, and $500,000 homes but the more inland you go the more affordable they become. You don't get the lakefront views, but hey at least you will have something. The average second home price in Branson is $299,000.

Other towns making the top 10 list include:

  • East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Whitewater, WI
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Cullowhee, NC
  • The Villages, FL
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Salisbury, MD
  • Claremont, NH
  • Sevierville, TN

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Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.

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