12 Tips for Buying Minnesota Lakeshore

Filed in Lakes, Lakeshore, Fish and More! by on November 5, 2010 0 Comments

Purchasing real estate is a big decision, but when you are looking at Minnesota lakeshore property, there are other very important things to consider. Purchasing a Minnesota lake home is an important decision, and future value will be determined mostly by the quality of the lake and the lakefront land. Here a few tips that you should keep in mind when you’re looking for the perfect MN waterfront property.

  • Don’t buy any kind of land without setting foot on it first. Of course, this would apply to any real estate purchase. You should take the time to look it over closely and inspect it yourself. Locate a copy of the plat map so you can determine exactly where the lakefront property lines are.
  • Check to see if there are any flood plain restrictions. If you build or buy a MN lake home in a flood zone you may have a tough time getting insurance.
  • Talk to the neighbors. Ask them what they think of the area and the lake. Are they happy with their neighborhood? If they love living on their Minnesota lakeshore property, they’ll tell you – if they hate it, they’ll tell you that too.
  • If you want to build a Minnesota lake home, make sure the lot you’re looking at will support a house of the size and setback you want. What are the shoreline restrictions?
  • If the MN lakeshore property is remote, make sure you know who is responsible for maintaining the road. Many banks require a Road Maintenance Agreement before they will lend on remote property.
  • If you’re looking at Minnesota lakeshore property, you need to determine if the lake is constant level or not. If it’s not a constant level lake, then the water levels could change drastically.
  • Find our how this Minnesota lakeshore property will change in the different seasons or when the weather conditions change. When was the last drought and what happened to the water levels on the lake then?
  • If you’re planning on building a Minnesota lake home, make sure that you will have access to electricity, water, sewage and other utilities. Never assume that you can just “hook up”.
  • What size boat and/or how many do you plan to have? Is there adequate docking for it? If not, are there Convenants that will restrict you from obtaining it?
  • If you’re interested in building a boat house or other structure on your MInnesota lakeshore property make sure that there aren’t Restrictive Covenants preventing you from doing so. Many MN lake areas limit the building of new boat houses and docks.
  • Are you into fishing? Recreation? Swimming? Be sure to find out everything you can about the lake. Some Minnesota lakes do not allow anything motorized. Some lakes are great for swimming or fishing, while others are not. And if you are really into sport fishing, be sure to check into which Minnesota lakes have the best fishing for the particular species you like to fish. The DNR Lake Finder is an excellent resource to determine water quality and fishing condition.
  • Lastly, before you make the purchase offer on any Minnesota lakeshore property, always make it conditional on an inspection of the land, its improvements, and on any another specific items if applicable. For example, if you don’t have access to sewage lines, make the offer conditional on your ability to obtain permits for a septic system. And of course, always make your offer contingent on your ability to obtain financing for this Minnesota lakefront property.

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Armed with these practical tips, you should be able to locate the perfect Minnesota lakeshore property, and enjoy if for many years to come!

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