Destination Clubs: Comparing Programs

A destination club is a hybrid of owning a second home and investing in a timeshare. By joining, you get access to luxury homes and villas at multiple locations, assistance planning the trip and on-site services. Here’s a comparison of the bigger players in the market today and an analysis of what your membership buys […]

The Lake House

When a Chicago-area family completed construction on their five-bedroom lake home, they hired Stephanie Wirth and Georgeann Rivas, of Leo Designs in Chicago, to help them create an open, airy retreat with fun pops of color. In this conversation with Make It Better, Stephanie Wirth explains how they tackled the project. What did the homeowners […]

Buying a Second Home

We all know the downside of the lagging real estate market is that many of our houses are worth less than they were a few years ago. But, the upshot is that if you’re in the market for a second home—for a vacation getaway, an investment property or a pied-a-terre—there are certainly some deals to […]