We can't resist waking up to a gorgeous Southern coastline with the sand between our toes and a mimosa in hand. Owning a vacation home along Gulf Shores or the Atlantic Coast can be a definite plus when it's time to take a vacation, but may seem a bit intimidating as a long-term investment. Lucky for us, our friends at Coinage have rounded up some great reasons to buy a vacation home – you can make the home pay for itself. On average, rental property owners make over $27,000 extra each year. So, how do you become one of those owners? There are a few ways that you can make your vacation home a popular rental spot for vacationers coming through town (when you're not sipping margaritas on the beach, obviously!). An easy place to start is listing your property on various rental property sites, like VRBO and Airbnb. Being active in the promotion of your home is the best way to get the word out that you've got a great place to stay. You can also offer single-night rentals, instead of requesting full-week rentals. Although there's a little more work in planning the renter's stay, you'll be able to cash in on extra days.

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