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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Agents Provide Top 10 Tips For Buying Lakefront Homes

From pre-approval to paying points, buying a home is always a complicated process. But throw “waterfront” in the mix, and things get even more complex. Fortunately, real estate agents who regularly deal with waterfront properties know the ins and outs of this process. These 10 tips from the pros will give you a heads-up on […]

10 Tiny Lake House Designs

If you’ve set up home on a lake, chances are you’re there because you love to be outside. Your days are most likely spent outdoors, so you don’t need much as far as a house goes: a place to lay your head, cook dinner, and seek refuge when the weather takes a turn. Amenities are […]

Top 10 Considerations When Buying Lakefront Property

At least a dozen times a year, we get calls from folks who purchased their “dream” lakefront home and are now having issues with the property. Many involve the understanding of lake rights vs. lake access, weed control, Lake Associations, Wetlands & conservation laws, zoning setbacks, septic systems, buying in the winter, boating restrictions, etc. […]

Calculate the Market Value of any Lakefront Home

Tired of inaccurate valuations for lakefront homes? There’s an intrinsic value on lakefront property that’s been difficult to put a price on because there are so many tangible and intangible variables. Some popular websites provide Automated Valuation Models – or “AVMs” – that can be a valuable tool for buyers & sellers…but they are notoriously inaccurate for certain types […]

What is Blue-Green Algae and How to Prevent it in Your Lake

What Is A Blue-Green Algae Bloom? Blue-green algae reproduce rapidly in fresh water when the amount of sunlight, temperature and nutrients are adequate. Within a few days a “clear” lake, pond or ditch can become cloudy with algae growth. This is called a bloom. Blue-green blooms usually float to the surface and can be several […]

Lake Life in New Hampshire

From VisitNH.gov New Hampshire is New England’s land of lakes. There are 273 in our Lakes Region alone and a whopping 1,300 ponds and lakes statewide. But don’t spend time tallying them. Swim, sail, canoe, tube, waterski, Jet Ski, kayak, cruise, paddleboard, pedal-boat, fish … and wish that each vacation day at the lake could […]

7 Tips For Buying a Vacation Home

by Trey Duling / BiggerPockets @biggerpockets Nov. 6, 2014 You may be tempted to finally buy that vacation place now that the housing market has healed. Here’s what to consider before you start house hunting. Many Americans contemplating a vacation home abandoned that dream when the housing market collapsed. But now that home values have […]