You've found a place in the sun, but you can't use it all the time. If you were going to rent it out -- perhaps to offset maintenance and mortgage costs -- what would be the best thing you could do for the place? "Add a hot tub," said Bill May, whose Sunspots Inns, Resorts & Rentals owns and maintains more than 100 resort and rental properties in Hawaii and the mainland. "It's a four-season amenity and something people really like to have available even though they might not use it. It would probably pay for itself three times over in less than a year." Vacation- and investment-home sales continue to rise. Consumers are not only looking to get a foot in the door to a reliable investment, but they are also seeking ways to get a leg up on resort-home competitors. "What people want and wi...
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