Having a villa fronting a beach or the tranquil waters of a lake or river never fails to make it to the top of the list as the preferred home that often remains a dream. And once you’ve achieved a muscled financial independence, don’t end up getting a condominium unit in the heart of the city which can be quite useful for daily work. But never lose sight of the dream. Nothing really beats a waterfront property as an investment or a place you can retire in. But to be fully satisfied in what you’re getting, here are few things to consider:
? Know where you want your waterfront property to be. This is often better answered when you also have a clear grasp of what your want to do. Do you want to go for a swim most of the time, go fishing, boating, or host outdoor parties. A beachfront party facing the beach of the Atlantic if you leave is the east coast or the Pacific if you live in Hawaii or California is tops on the list. Swimming, boating and hosting beach parties can be just a few walks away. It’s also a good thing to consider whether you want a rustic suburban setting which is more secluded or an urban setting where the commercial malls are just a few minutes’ ride away. A lakefront property is another option, whether natural or artificially made like the Table Rock Lake in Missouri. You won’t get sand beaches there, but fishing is great.
? Do some research on your own about federal and state proper laws governing waterfront property ownership. Your real estate broker should know or have colleagues in the state or town where you want to purchase your property. But it’s always a diligent thing to have some knowledge about it. If you plan on building a boat house on a lake, check with local ordinances as there may be restrictions in doing so.
? Like with any property, you should have an ocular inspection of what you are getting. Bear in them in mind the waterfront properties are often the most expensive given the same lot and house size. Be especially wary of cheap too-good-to-be-true deals on waterfront property as they could suffer flooding problems when the waters are at its high tide conditions. Or the waters could be so polluted as to make swimming or fishing impossible. You will have problems insuring the house if the water levels have seasonal variation to threaten flooding. Do talk with neighbors and local officials to verify this as the broker will hardly divulge these things.
? The clearer the waters, the better but that also makes the prices higher. Properties fronting clear rivers and lakes are the most expensive with all things equal.
So there you have it, a few simple and resourceful tips for you if you are looking to get a good waterfront property without going through the wrong steps and possibly regretting your decision later.
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