The sea tried to claim this house on North Carolina's Outer Banks in March 2014.
The sea tried to claim this house on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in March 2014.

Plenty of people have dreams of buying that second home right on the water. And a few recent home shows have capitalized on such dreams. But should you actually pursue that desire and invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a property just steps from the ocean? No, I argue in Slate; climate change is raising sea levels, and what’s next to the water today may be in the sea not too far in the future. Read more in my story: “Do Not Buy Oceanfront Property.”