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If you are in the market for a new home, but you don't have time to comb through long lists of properties, you might be tempted to work with a broker. In addition to visiting potential properties in real life and carefully evaluating their features, the right real estate agent can also take care of all of the negotiations in your behalf. Last but not least, brokers are also responsible for helping you to complete the vital paperwork that will seal the deal. This blog is all about finding a broker that you can trust and that won't leave you in a bind, so that you can enjoy the process.

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Special Considerations When You View Waterfront Homes For Sale

Waterfront homes for sale are prime real estate. The prices on these homes, regardless of the size of each home, are easily two-hundred-thousand and above, no matter what part of the country you are in. Still, if you have the money and want a waterfront home, there are other special considerations that you should weigh before purchasing waterfront property.

Spring and Summer Floods

If the home you view seems rather low to the ground in comparison to the height of the water nearby, be sure to ask about spring and summer floods. Water can rise very quickly, flooding low lands and your house. If there are preventive measures built into the house for this very reason, ask how they work and ask about their effectiveness to deter water away from the home.

Rats and Other Water-Loving Pests

Rats are notorious for moving in buildings around the water, as are opossums, raccoons, snakes, and a few other creatures you probably would not want in your house. Ask if there has ever been a problem with these pests, and how the owners dealt with them. These pests may not be a deal breaker for you, but you will still want to know how to deal with them when you live on waterfront property.

Mosquitoes and Lake Flies

Mosquitoes are the bane of any property owner who has waterfront property. There is little you can do to control them, since they are right there breeding and hatching in the water. Lake flies begin hatching and mating in late spring too, creating quite a bug-filled environment around your home. Screened in patios or gazebos is how most waterfront homeowners address these pests. The installation of bug zapper lights may also help. 

Dock Maintenance

If you have waterfront property, you may also have a dock. Docks require frequent maintenance so that the wood pylons do not rot and break away from underneath you. If you see that a property has a dock, make sure you thoroughly check it out for problems (or have a dock builder check it before making an offer on the property). That way you will have a good idea of the condition of the dock, whether or not it will need some work, and about how much it will cost you to repair or upgrade it into a usable and safe dock. Then you can ask the current owners to fix it before you make an offer, or you can request a reduction in price equal to the cost of making the dock safe and usable.