Purchasing Waterfront Property In Palm Harbor Florida - Tips & Advice

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Purchasing Waterfront Property In Palm Harbor Florida - Tips & Advice

What are some of the things you need to know about purchasing waterfront property here in the Palm Harbor Florida area:

Palm Harbor Florida waterfront propertyType of Waterfront: The term 'waterfront' can mean anything here from direct ocean access and view to being on a salt water canal with direct ocean access, salt water canal with fixed bridges, canals with no ocean access, fresh water canals and lakes, ponds and even retention ponds. ALL of these are 'waterfront' classifications!

Sea Walls: If you are purchasing waterfront property and there is a seawall, you need to have a seawall inspection completed by a seawall specialist or a structural engineer. The inspection will cover the condition of the actual seawall as well as any cracks or structural issues in the area of the dock.

Boat Docks: The dock also needs to be inspected prior to purchase. What condition is the dock in? If you are intending on adding a dock, be sure to contact the local government office responsible for permits to make sure that you will be allowed to add that dock after purchase.

Lifts and Davits: Unless your boat is so large that it must be in the water at all times, most boat owners will choose to keep their vessel out of the water. Inspecting the davits is always recommended!

Not all canals are equal! Often homes located at the end of a salt water canal farthest from the open sea will find that there are times they cannot put their boat into the water due to low tides. If you think this may be an issue, check the depth of the water behind your prospective property during low tide prior to purchasing.

These are all items that you need to be aware of if you are considering purchasing waterfront property. The Palm Harbor Florida area has numerous waterfront homes currently on the market. Contact me for a list of homes available and let's begin your search!


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Rainmaker
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Joan Whitebook
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Barbara Jo.. There are certainly a lot of things folks need to know when buying waterfrong property..  I am sure this post will be very helpful to buyers and their agents.

May 25, 2012 06:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Kwee Huset
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Barbara Jo, congratulations on another FEATURED post. Excellent information for buyers of waterfront property.

May 25, 2012 09:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
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Barbara Jo as always great advice & congrats on the feature! Have a wonderful weekend if we do not connect!

May 25, 2012 11:33 PM
Rainmaker
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Phil Leng
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Hi Barbara Jo,

Good post.

Shows you as the go to expert for waterfront in your area.

Thanks

Phil

May 26, 2012 03:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c)
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Barbara-Jo, This is such good information for anyone looking to purchase waterfront property in sunny FL...lots of things to take note of before buying!

May 26, 2012 05:26 AM
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie
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Kevin - That is SO true! If you don't know the path of the canal, you may be sadly disappointed later on!

Joan - If you come from a land-locked state, you need to do your homework here!!!

Kwee - So many people look for waterfront and are surprised at what their search turns up.......that is why working with a Realtor is so important!

Endre my friend, thank you!

Phil - thank you for the kind words, I do appreciate it.

Larry and Sheila - There is so much to know about the land and waterways down here, working with a well seasoned Realtor is VITAL!

May 26, 2012 06:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Good awareness article for those interested in this type of purchase. There is much to be known and then done.

May 26, 2012 06:53 AM
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Thanks for commenting, Richie. Yes, waterfront property has special needs when inspecting the property!

May 26, 2012 06:56 AM
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Barbara Jo, great information when buyers are considering waterfront property, you stand out as the market expert in that niche.

May 26, 2012 11:33 AM
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Thanks, Morgan. It is important to work with a Realtor that knows the specific market.

May 26, 2012 12:35 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Barbara-Jo, buyers should find a Realtor that knows the difference --- call Barbara-Jo for purchasing property with specific water needs!

May 26, 2012 04:20 PM
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
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Barbara-Jo, congratulations on a well deserved feature post! Many people desire water front properties with views and I never knew all the challenges and extra steps it takes to purchase waterfront property. I'm sure many people wouldn't know it either. Thank goodness for professionals with expertise, such as yourself, who understands what types of inspections need to be taken. I can easily see how someone can make a terrible mistake if they try to buy a property, for sale by owner, without the knowledge and the additional cost it takes to legally buy waterfront property in the beautiful State of Florida.

I learned a lot from you!

May 27, 2012 01:56 AM
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Suzanne McLaughlin
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Great advice for the seafaring sailors.  Hoping you are enjoying a wonderful weekend, Barbara Jean.

May 27, 2012 09:58 AM
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thanks, Joan!

Pat - thank you! I appreciate that coming from a top notch Realtor like you!

Thanks, Suzanne!

May 27, 2012 02:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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Very good information for prospective home buyers.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week.

May 27, 2012 02:45 PM
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Who knew Barbara-Jo? Great information here and glad to see it received the gold star it deserved!

May 27, 2012 05:24 PM
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Georgie Hunter
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That's a lot to think about and it's a good thing you know what to look for.  We don't even think about tides here because they're so minimal most of the time.

May 28, 2012 12:42 AM
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Thanks, Roy!

Thanks, Al and Peggy. So much to know when purchasing waterfront!

Georgina - yes, you have a DEEP ocean at your feet over there!!!!

May 28, 2012 04:48 AM
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William True
Sarasota Real Estate
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Barbara-Jo, congrats on the feature -- very much deserved! This is an excellent explanation of important terms when purchasing Waterfront Property in Palm Harbor Florida or any other waterfront community. Have  a great day!

May 28, 2012 08:52 AM
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Thank you so much, William. I appreciate your comments!

May 28, 2012 02:22 PM
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