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The Best Places to Buy a US Vacation Home

Surging rents mean better returns for owners of vacation properties, with a town in Virginia topping the list.

A boater on Lake Anna, Virginia.

A boater on Lake Anna, Virginia.

Photographer: John Henley/Corbis/Getty Images

Buying a home in the US is less affordable than ever before, but a vacation property can offer a big payoff for those who have the money.

The most popular vacation destinations can still deliver decent returns for rental-home owners, but rising prices mean the best capitalization rates, a measure of real estate returns, are in less-recognizable locations, according to new research by rental management company Vacasa.