The course at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.
The course at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine.

Zillow uses its Second Home Index to help people find the best places to purchase a vacation home. Editor Jackie Turner explains that homes in locales with higher scores are expected to see strong home value gains and have good rental income potential.

The index takes into account a number of favors such as the best areas for those to looking to work on their golf game:

...we identified places whose land areas, starting from the city center and radiating out to five miles, were at least five percent covered by golf courses. To ensure a fun and lively community in these golfing hot spots, we also required that the housing stock was composed of at least 15 percent of the housing stock being used seasonally or occasionally, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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