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Regardless of the present recession, the frequency of moment domestic possession remains to be unusually excessive in the course of the western international. whereas the united kingdom and eire formerly had decrease occurrences of a number of dwellings in comparison to the remainder of Europe, they're speedy catching up with a present surge within the possession of moment houses. the hot MP charges scandal within the united kingdom has additionally drawn realization to the superiority of moment houses (or extra) in the heart sessions, and the truth that the concept that is turning into more and more renowned. Chris Paris makes use of this article to handle the explanations in the back of why moment houses have gotten extra well known, either in the ordinary homestead of the participants, and in nations. The socioeconomic elements and historic contexts of houses in cultures internationally are primary to explaining the alternatives in transnational domestic possession, and Paris’ case stories and comparisons among extra houses in Europe, Australia, the USA and Asia extend upon the inducement for individuals to possess a moment domestic. Affluence, Mobility and moment domestic possession attracts jointly debates on gentrification, globalisation, consumerism, environmental elements and funding to supply a balanced examine the professionals, and cons, of moment domestic possession, and what implications it has for the longer term. a great textual content for college students learning geography, urbanism and making plans, this booklet can be of curiosity to members drawn to the altering ways that we make offerings on our areas of place of abode.

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The most reliable source of data about second home ownership within the UK, the SEH, does make this distinction; but there are no equivalent sources for other UK jurisdictions or in many other countries. Data on second home 19 Introduction ownership is routinely collected in some European countries, for example Sweden. The decennial census in the USA defines second homes as dwellings that are not ‘primary residences’ but are maintained for ‘seasonal, recreational or occasional use’ (Shellito, 2006).

The number of trips abroad by UK residents increased by more than 300 per cent from 1982 to 2006, with air travel growing from 58 per cent of all trips in 1982 to 80 per cent in 2006. Such travel is obviously not confined to the UK: Urry has emphasised the enormous volumes of international travel, citing a prediction that there will be at least one billion legal international arrivals each year around 2010 compared with 25 million in 1950 (Urry, 2007: 3). The growth of second home ownership is strongly associated with growing mobility, using the term in the sense of capacity to travel, because the ownership and use of more than one home necessarily involves travel between two or more homes.

Cities also provide more opportunities to remain anonymous and thus play out roles that may not be possible in a rural area. Direct Line Insurance (2005: 6) identified key factors as ‘affordability, accessibility, economic growth’ as well as the beauty of a city’s hinterland and its proximity to London. Other commentators have identified growth in coastal cities such as Brighton, England, or buoyant continental locations, especially Barcelona, Spain. The purchase of second homes in other jurisdictions, typically overseas, may also be driven by a desire to achieve a different residential status in order to reduce, evade or, in some cases, avoid taxation obligations altogether.

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