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Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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How to Decide If a Waterfront Property Is Right for You

If you will be purchasing a waterfront property, you will want to consider how you will use it. Common activities you can perform on a waterfront property include boating, fishing, and kayaking. Your lifestyle will play a major role in determining whether a particular waterfront property is right for you.

Boating, Kayaking, and Fishing

Some waterfront properties do not offer enough space for a large boat. Oyster beds, tides, and the depth of a river can affect your ability to use the water for boating with a large boat. Rather than boating, you might wish to engage in kayaking. With kayaking, you will probably not want a big, busy lake with other boaters. Therefore, a smaller waterfront might be the right option.

If you love to fish, you will need a waterfront property that provides you with easy access to the water and is also deep enough to stock fish. You might need to add fish to the water regularly to make sure that there are enough to catch. Tossing fish back can help, but other fishers might come onto your property to fish unless you take proactive measures to exclude them.


An oceanfront property can be great if you love the smell of saltwater and the crashing ocean waves. You'll have a private beach to enjoy. However, an oceanfront property might not offer the fishing that you want. If you want more privacy and quiet, you'll need a more secluded lake.

The View

A sandy beach offers a more pleasant view. A sandy beach is also a great place for children to play in. A beach is also an easier place for seniors to enter the water. If you're not sure if the property is for you, spend a lot of time around the water. Walk around the property. There might be more weeds near the water than you might think. You won't be able to change the water much after you have purchased the property.

The Value of a Waterfront Property

When purchasing a waterfront property, you will want to think in terms of the property rather than just the house. With a normal home, the house contains most of the value and you can make changes to the landscaping if you wish. However, with waterfront property, most of the value is contained in the property itself.

One of the best ways to find out if the property is right for you is to speak with a real estate agent who has waterfront homes for sale. They'll be able to answer any questions you have.