The Wonderful World of Waterfront Living

May 09, 2016

If you go into your purchase with an understanding of the pros and cons of owning a dream property on the water, you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you find your serenity in the sound of waves crashing in, the breeze rolling off the lake or the lightly rushing waters of the river, owning a waterfront home can provide a peaceful tranquility. As summer approaches, living by the water can mean access to water sports, sun and sand.  In the Southern states, these activities can carry on year-round.  

Being seconds away from kayaking, surfing, fishing, boating and other activities is just one of the major perks of waterfront living.

  • It’s a good investment. As they say in real estate – location, location, location! Buying in a prime location will ensure you maintain and grow your investment. There are a limited number of homes available near the waterfront. As long as waterfront property stays in demand, it will retain or even increase its value.
  • Breathtaking views. The views can be spectacular in any weather condition. The sounds and fresh air combined with the view can create a sense of calm.
  • Higher level of privacy. When you look out your window, you’ll see the sunrise or sunset over the water instead of staring at the back of another home. You can also guarantee that a new property won’t pop up next to you.
It’s always a good idea not to jump the gun on a major purchase. There are things you should look for and be aware of when purchasing a home on the water. General maintenance can be costly, you could have higher insurance premiums due the threat of hurricanes or flooding and the perpetual state of dampness can affect both the interior and exterior. 

Water is also a breeding zone for insects and other animals that can cause a nuisance. If you plan to use it as a vacation home, make sure you have someone maintain and secure the property while you are away. Since many of these properties are secluded, you have fewer neighbors nearby to check on the property. Overall, if you go into your purchase with an understanding of the pros and cons of owning a dream property on the water, you won’t be disappointed.

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