Southwest Florida is a mecca for beautiful waterfront homes. Homes on the water will forever be one of the most popular types of properties for aspiring home owners. The amazing scenery and idyllic locations make these properties high in demand. When you start your search for waterfront homes, you want to make sure you are asking the right questions with your Realtor. There are a slew of different factors a waterfront property purchase entails. As a home buyer, make sure the right steps are being taken when on the hunt.

First off, a potential buyer should know exactly what they're are buying. The term “waterfront” can mean a variety of different things depending on the geographical location you reside. Aqueducts, reservoirs, lakes, ponds, rivers, intercoastal waterways, and ocean front can all be deemed “waterfront” in Florida. Some verbiage can be tricky in property listings so be careful and do your research.

Additionally, be aware of how the surrounding water/landscape effects the home. There are many positive aspects about living on the water. Keep in mind, where there are pros, there still can potentially be some obstacles along the way.

Of all the aspect that many home seekers neglect, getting to know the HOA is probably one of the most common we see. Of course, HOA’s are prevalent in Southwest Florida, no matter if you are landlocked or on the water. You can’t get rid of them. HOA’s have many benefits of living in certain types of communities, especially golf course and waterfront. They provide a plethora of services to ensure a safe and enjoyable living community. Speak with your Realtor to see what common HOA requirements are common within waterfront communities.

Nature surrounding waterfront homes can also be a bit different than what you're used to. Like most properties in these areas, we must do extra inspection to make sure that they are able to withstand the elements of Southwest Florida. This heightens when you have a waterfront property. Reach out to your Realtor to help with inspections of your home to see if the property is fitted to weather such conditions.

Overall, buying a waterfront property in Southwest Florida is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do for you and your family. The gorgeous views, fun activities and priceless memories are all encompassed with a brand new waterfront property in Florida. Know what you’re buying and contact your Realtor to help you through the process. We hope you enjoy your new waterfront home!


Posted by Andree Huffine, Sarasota Realtor on
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