Buying a Lake Home in a Hot Sellers Market

A lake home seller’s market is simply a matter of economics. Inventory is low and demand is high, leading to some lake homes being on the market for only hours with competitive bidding. Lake property inventory is 14 percent lower than it was a year ago, although mortgage rates remain favorable. It’s still possible to buy […]

3 Reasons Not to Wait Until Spring to Buy Your Lake Home

Congratulations on your decision to invest in the lakefront lifestyle! Owning lakefront property is an experience that will change the way you live…it becomes a retreat to escape the hassles of daily living. The wildlife, recreation, and vacation feel of waterfront living will forever be a part of you. Purchasing a lake home is unlike any […]

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Lake Home?

The cost to build a lake home primarily depends upon the size of the home or square footage, the cost of the waterfront land it sits on and how many custom, top-of-the-line features that are selected. Cost overview The National Association of Home Builders periodically conducts “construction cost surveys” to collect information from builders on […]

Important Tips on Financing a Lakefront Home

Building wealth is not an easy thing to do these days.  However, one way to really catapult your wealth into another level is by owning a lake home.  The difference between how much you owe on your home and your home’s value, also known as equity, is a very important piece of your personal wealth. by […]

Lakeside Pergola, Gazebo, or Pavilion?

Outdoor structures by the lake can provide shade, protection from the elements, and a place for outdoor entertainment. The question is, which one is the right for you? Let’s clear up the confusion surrounding these commonly mistaken architectural structures to make sure that you know the difference between a pergola, gazebo and pavilion for your […]

Add an Outdoor Shower to your Lake Property

There’s something nostalgic about showering in the great outdoors, something that brings back memories of summers past. Beach trips, summer camp, rustic cabins at the lake and family camping outings are all experiences that evoke a similar wistful longing for seasons gone by.  – by Katherine Fulghum Knopf, Small Home Magazine Outdoor showers not only satisfy yearnings […]

Winterize Your Vacation Home in 4 Easy Steps

Whether you own a beach home, ski condo or lakeside cottage, your vacation home is an important investment that you will want to winterize while you are not there, especially during the long winter months when temperatures dip below freezing and ice and wind storms can knock out electrical power.  Here are 4 easy steps […]

Design Dilemma: Need Lake House Decor Ideas?

How to Update a Lake House With Wood, Views, and Just Enough Accessories By Brian Patrick Flynn, original article Designing a lake house can be tough since it’s supposed to be all about the view. Too much decor can detract from the entire reason the lake house exists anyway — the lake! First up, color […]