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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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What Should You Know About A Waterfront Property Before Buying It?

by Nathan Olson

Waterfront properties are popular among buyers and rightfully so. Unfortunately, failing to research the property and gain an understanding of what you should look for can leave you feeling less than satisfied with your real estate purchase. To ensure you get the waterfront property of your dreams, here are some tips to consider while buying. 

Do Not Forget the Environment

When you live near water, there are special environmental factors that can have an impact on your home. For instance, if the home is located in an area that is subject to high tropical storm activities, you could find yourself in the position of making repairs each time the weather turns bad. There is a way to avoid this situation though. 

Take the time to investigate the environment surrounding the home. In addition to considering weather conditions that could impact your property, you also need to think about any extra measures you would have to take to protect your property. Factors, such as shoreline erosion need to be considered, too. 

With the right research, you can learn what kind of conditions you can expect and determine whether or not you are up to the challenge. You could also discover that the property rarely encounters factors that negatively impact it.  

Ask About the Building Restrictions

Like many homeowners, you might decide later that you want to make changes to your home and the surrounding property. For instance, you might want to build a dock on your property. However, you could run into obstacles that restrict what changes you can make to the land.  

To avoid conflicts with any future building plans you have, find out the building restrictions. If there are restrictions in place that you do not agree with, find out if there is a way you can petition for a possible change to the rule.  

In addition to building restrictions, you could also face watercraft restrictions. Some communities do have restrictions in place, such as no motor-powered watercrafts, that could impact your enjoyment of the property. There are even restrictions in place that can limit the type of activities that you can do on the water.  

There are other considerations to make when purchasing a waterfront property. To ensure that you cover every aspect of buying the property, work with a real estate agent who is experienced in dealing with waterfront properties. He or she can assess your needs and guide you towards properties that fit your lifestyle.