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How to Find and Acquire a Lake House in the Lakes Region—Part 3

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Posted 02-19-2013 at 10:36 AM by Roche Realty Group


Post written by Frank Roche, President, Roche Realty Group, Inc.




There are so many things to consider when preparing to buy a lake house in the Lakes Region, such as:

What type of boat traffic?
Tranquility, quiet lapping of the waves or boat turbulence and congestion—important considerations. On NH’s largest lake you can still find peace and tranquility, depends on location, weather, and peak periods. Some locations offer long range panoramic views and large open water, while others offer scenic, quiet coves in less traveled locations. Many ponds and smaller lakes have certain boating or Jet Ski restrictions. Study the rules carefully before purchasing. You might want the pond or small lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing only. On the other hand, if you’re big into boating and socializing the variety of restaurants, activities, towns, and islands to explore on Winnipesaukee are unlimited. Talk with future neighbors and residents and get their valuable input on boating traffic in the immediate area.



Research nearby amenities.
Are there any marinas nearby? What if my boat breaks down or I need gas? Can friends find a nearby launch for their boats? How close is the nearest supermarket, convenience store, gas station, or restaurant? Activities for the children and proximity to cultural activities like music venues, summer theatre, concerts, movie theaters, craft fairs, etc. could be very important. Also, study the future impact of neighboring properties, zoning regulations, and commercial properties nearby.

Lake/boating regulations.
Speed limits on the lake? Horsepower restrictions? Are Jet Skis allowed? No wake zones? Will bridges limit sailboats? Water-skiing regulations? Dock size regulations? Are breakwaters allowed? Can you install a “perched beach”? Setback requirements and tree-cutting to conform to the NH Shoreland Protection Act? All of this information is helpful to make an informed real estate decision.



Understand the difference between “Lakefront” and “Water Access Communities”.
There are many choices. Most of us have a vision of a cozy lake cottage sitting right on the water on its own lot and lake frontage. There are however many alternatives that make a lot of sense. There are many fine “water access communities” throughout the Lakes Region that offer beautiful beaches, boat docking facilities, and other amenities like clubhouses, tennis courts, indoor/outdoor pools, etc. Some of these communities are beautifully landscaped and offer all sorts of product choices, architecture designs, and different price ranges. Some offer boat storage racks with boat fork lifts, individual deeded boat slips, or mooring fields. The prices of the water access communities are very appealing when compared to private lake homes. But the choices are there. With 240 miles of shoreline on Lake Winnipesaukee alone…the choices are unlimited. Another reason why you should seek the guidance of a qualified “Lake Professional Realtor®” to help you navigate through the “waters”.

Stick around for Part 4, the final installment in your quest for your dream lake home.
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