Essential Contract Items for Your Lake Home Purchase

Purchasing lakefront property is different than any other real estate. Be sure to work with a Buyer’s Agent that understands lakefront property…there are some contract items that are unique to lake homes. Of course, these are in addition to all other normal contingencies in an offer. They may not all apply, but here are some key contract […]

Defining Your Lake Home Budget

Before going out and viewing lakefront dream homes, it’s important to understand what you can comfortably afford. It’s no fun falling in love with a home only to find out you can’t qualify for it. Not to mention, most sellers will now require a buyer to be pre-approved for a mortgage prior to viewing the […]

Do Most Lakefront Homes Have On-site Septic Systems?

About 40% of the lakefront homes you view will have on-site septic systems, and when properly designed and installed, they are very functional and sanitary. Here’s some things you need to know if this is your first experience with them: In simplest terms, a septic system consists of a holding tank which retains solid waste […]

Native vs. Non-Native Aquatic Plants – What You Need To Know

The rooted aquatic plants that thrive in many lakes and ponds are divided into three main groups: submerged, floating-leaved and emergent. Here’s what you need to know about the lake you are considering: Native aquatic plants are important in the ecological balance of lakes because they  provide oxygen, food, habitat, shelter and contribute to the […]

Tips on Lake Side Zoning Regulations

Most lakes and ponds are considered “wetlands” and therefore fall under the Wetlands Protection Act. Each town has its own interpretation of this Law in their zoning regulations, therefore you (or your buyer’s agent) need to find out the particulars of the property you are considering purchasing. Here are some general guidelines (applicable to many states […]

Will My Dream Lakefront Home Require Flood Insurance?

About 15% of all lakefront properties will require flood insurance by the lender. This means that they have determined (through FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps) that the property sits in a flood zone. Flood insurance is not cheap and can cost anywhere from $500 per year to $5,000 per year. Here’s some facts about flood […]

Lakefront Location Considerations

As it relates to lakefront property, the popular real estate phrase “Location, Location, Location” was never more applicable. Once you find your dream LAKE, the location ON that lake can make or break your enjoyment. So here’s some things to consider about location: From house to neighboring house, the shoreline conditions can change dramatically, be […]

How to Choose the Perfect LAKE for Your Lakefront Lifestyle

Understand that you are not just buying a house, you are buying a LAKE! After all, it’s the lakefront lifestyle you wish to experience. Therefore, all the specific details of the lake become critically important to enjoy the lifestyle you desire. Ask yourself (and your family) the following questions. It will help you understand your […]

Opening Weekend Checklist for your Lakefront Cottage

It’s time to open the cottage…but there’s no reason it has to be all busywork and no beach. Sure, there are things that absolutely need to be looked after, but not everything is urgent. So to make sure you have time this weekend to relax on the deck, Corona in hand, we’ve compiled a simple […]

Plan Your Summer Vacation at These New England Lakeside Resorts

New England lakeside resorts offer luxury lodgings to rustic cottages for vacations, skiing, foliage, and more. By VisitNewEngland.com. Lake resorts — from rustic to luxurious — can be found on the famous lakes of New England, include Lake Winnipesaukee, the Squam lakes, and Purity Lake in New Hampshire; Sebago Lake in Maine; Lake Champlain and […]