The first few months after the end of the summer season is usually the best time of year to buy a vacation home.
Vacation-home owners often squeeze out one more season of rental income before putting their properites on the market. That means many beach homes and summer cabins go up for sale in the fall.
This year, there are even more bargains than usual, thanks to the sustained home price plunge and rock-bottom interest rates.
"Vacation home owners are sitting fat and happy, having collected their rents all summer," said the author of "How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner," Christine Karpinski. "Now, they're looking at long periods during which bills are coming in but vacation rents are not."
Here are eight vacation homes that have recently gone up for sale from all around the nation, provided by real estate broker Coldwell Banker.NEXT: Dewey Beach, Del.