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The pandemic spurred the sale of second homes and the short-term vacation rental market is booming, leaving locals and seasonal workers with few affordable options and forcing some to leave town.

Rick Kipp and his wife Samantha Moore have been renting a little blue house in Old Forge for the last four years. There’s a grill out front and a wind chime hanging from a shade tree. “It’s just a little three-bedroom bungalow, really,” says Kipp.