Subsidizing Your Lake Home Those of you who own a lake home as your second home may not be using your property nearly as much as you are using your primary residence. The house is sitting vacant for extended periods of time with little attention. Even though the house may not be getting used, it still has expenses that need t...
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Slow-No-Wake Lakes Gaining Popularity Slow-no-wake lakes are becoming targeted more often by prospective lakefront property owners looking to fullfill their dreams. There are a plethora of reasons why this is happening, but it all starts with affordability. The overall cost to buy a home, land, or summer cottage on a full recreation lak...
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Fish Parasites More Prevalent     Blackspot is a parasite that is becoming more and more prevalent in our lakes and has an interesting journey and life cycle. Its cycle begins with birds, predominantly kingfishers. This parasite sheds eggs that wind up in our waterways. The eggs hatch and infect fresh water snails. The...
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Check Your Lake Home for Radon You can't taste it, smell it, touch it, or sense it in any way. But it may be present in your lake home. Radon is a radio active gas that occurs naturally as a decay product of radium. This gas is the number two leading cause of lung cancer in the states after smoking. It sneaks its way into your ho...
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Timing the Next Market Correction   Timing the Next Market Correction   Knowing exactly when the market will correct itself is difficult and somewhat unpredictable, even for economists. We're still seeing interest rates lingering around the 4.5 mark with anticipation of a fed hike sometime this fall. Builder activity I thi...
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How to Tackle Home Accessibility Modifications for Seniors How to Tackle Home Accessibility Modifications for Seniors   Guest Writer Paul Denikin paul@dadknowsdiy.com   As adults grow older, their physical health begins to decline, which makes it more difficult to get around or perform certain tasks. The best way to transition a senior into t...
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Winterizing Your Lake Home   You may be a snowbird shutting down your lake house until spring arrives, or you may be coming to your lake house occasionally this winter to enjoy the season. Either way, there’s a checklist of things you need to do before the cold settles in. Get them done now, so you’re not scr...
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Featured Property - Half Moon Lake Estates       Our featured property is a lake access home for Half Moon Lake in Wisconsin’s Bayfield County. It is an Energy Star house listed by Lance Reasor of Reasor Properties in Duluth, MN. The house has 1,456 square feet on the main level and another 1,456 square feet in the finis...
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The Adirondack Shack Inn Celebrates a Decade of Hospitality         The Adirondack Shack Inn is a seasonal cottage built in 1955. The property has been managed by Doris Rorick for nearly a decade, and she has a lifetime of memories packed in that time span. “I've had the pleasure of living in the home for 9 years now,” said Ro...
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Bullard Warns of Coming Interest Rate Hikes     Last week James Bullard, President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve, said that a raise in interest rates may be looming over the coming months. He opinioned that labor markets have shown improvement since December. “As it turns out, the decision to pause seems to have put more we...
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Federal Reserve to Meet Again Tomorrow   The Federal Reserve will be meeting tomorrow to determine the fate of interest rates, and Chairwoman Janet Yellen is expected to give us some good news later this week about what is likely to happen during the next Federal Open Market Committee meeting this summer.  Based on recent emplo...
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Mortgage Interest Rates 2016       We've been warned for months now that interest rates will be on the rise for 2016. Yet, we've had one interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve dating back to last December. Since then, the economy has been rather confusing, and we've heard everything from raising rates agai...
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2016 Second Home Market         The 2016 second home real estate market will soon start to pick up, especially for lake home sales. Brokers around the country are optimistic about this year's market, but 2014-15 will be a tough act to follow. Vacation home sales reached near record levels in 2014, accor...
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LakeHomeRealEstate.com Wants to Feature Your Home       LakeHomeRealEstate.com is interested in featuring your home on our site's home page for 1 month. We don't just post information about your home to the site, we tell a story about the property. Every lake home has a history, storied past, and personality. We'd like to include quo...
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Brainerd, MN - Hub of 500 Lakes   Brainerd, Minnesota is surrounded by water, including the Mississippi River and nearly 500 lakes, making it the state’s premier lake community. Positioned upstream from the Crow Wing River, this city of approximately 14,000 people and several thousand more in the summertime went through...
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Get to Know the Different Types of Lakes Living in Wisconsin most of my life, I grew up seeing hundreds of different lakes. Some looked liked bowls, others had carved out bays with islands, and others looked like just a widening of a large river. Each lake is unique with its own character, personality, and physical characteristics. Some ar...
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Get to Know the Army Corps of Engineers The Army Corps of Engineers is the primary federal regulatory bureaucracy that you need to get to know as a lakefront property owner who is considering developing raw land, putting on an addition, or constructing an out building such as a garage, shed, or boat house.  The Corps will work hand i...
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Lake Rights vs Deeded Lake Rights There is a significant difference between municipal lake rights and deeded private property lake rights that you must know before buying a piece of real estate that you believe gives you a legal right to lake access. Do your homework, because some lake community properties are not advertised accurat...
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When You Buy Lakefront You are Officially a "Riparian"    You won't find the word riparian in any Webster's Dictionary before 1990. In the scientific world, a riparian can be anything inhabiting or just sitting on the bank of a lake, river, stream, ocean, etc. In the world of lakefront ownership riparian refers to the legal rights of a lakefro...
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Easements on Lakefront Property    You woke up one morning with your hot cup of coffee, grabbed the newspaper, and sat down by the window with the most spectacular view of the lake. As you sat back to relax and take a sip of your favorite French brew, low and behold, trespassers carrying fishing poles and pulling a canoe...
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Know Local Shoreland Zoning Before You Buy Lakefront One can get caught up in the emotions of buying lakefront real estate. It's an emotional process, possibly even stemming from fond childhood memories. You see a place that reminds you of the days gone by, and you want to jump on it. It's a dream come true, until you want to make the exact changes yo...
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Eagle River Wisconsin - Home of the Largest Chain of Lakes in the World   Eagle River, WI - Home of the largest lake chain in the World Located in the heart of “Up North” Wisconsin in Vilas County is tourist destination central, the City of Eagle River. This lake community hot spot lies on the Eagle River/Three Lakes Chain of Lakes which ties together 2...
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The Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil Eurasian watermilfoil quickly spreading in our freshwater lakes   Our freshwater native plants, lake plants, are threatened by the invasive eurasian watermilfoil. This plant is quite opportunistic and thrives in lakes where there isn't a lot of native plant life. In those lakes where plants are...
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Shoreline Erosion Techniques: Biologs   Shoreline erosion practices: Biologs   Biologs can be a very effective way to help prevent erosion of your lakefront property shoreline, on certain lakes. Biologs are biodegradable and usually made of coconut fibers. They look like a big, long log, and generally they are placed on the la...
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Shoreline Erosion Techniques: Riprap     When you invest in lakefront real estate on a large lake with a lot of boat traffic you may be seeing some signs of shoreline erosion. There are many different methods of addressing shoreline erosion, and the one we're going to focus on in this posting is riprap.   Riprap is rock,...
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Zebra Mussels Threatening Lake Ecosystems    The zebra mussel is a mollusk that is a serious threat to our fresh water lakes. This invasive specie threatens a lake's ecosystem by breaking a link in the lake food chain.     You can pull up a twig from the lakebed of any lake infested with zebra mussels and...
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Lake Dredging Projects Bringing Lakes Back to Life Lake dredging is becoming a more popular tool used to improve the overall health of a lake. In southern Wisconsin, School Section Lake in Waukesha County and Delavan Lake in Walworth County both went through lake dredging programs to remove sediment and deepen the lake. At School Section Lake, it no...
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What Every Lake Property Owner Should Know About the Ordinary High Water Mark Every lakefront homeowner should have knowledge about how their state defines the ordinary high water mark, because it determines how much land they own. Where I live in Wisconsin, the ordinary high water mark is what determines what is private and what is public, and those rights are illustrated th...
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Hooked on Musky Fever   The musky is the most sought after trophy freshwater fish. People come to Wisconsin and other states from all over the world to go after the fish of a thousand casts.  Delavan Lake is one of few Walworth County, Wisconsin lakes spirited with the aura of musky angling. Recently 100 ...
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Water Quality Programs Improving Health of Delavan Lake   Lakefront property is only as valuable as the resource abutting it. If the lake water quality is poor, then the desire to utilize and enjoy the lake will be marginal. That's why there are communities that are becoming proactive about improving the water quality of their local cherished lakes....
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Preserving the Magic of Boat Houses       It wasn't long ago in Wisconsin, about 15 years or so, you couldn't maintain your boat house to a level that would preserve it for decades. That's because the state Department of Natural Resources didn't want you to preserve it. They wanted it deteriorated, destroyed, and remove...
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The History of Dockominiums in Wisconsin   A dockominium is a nickname for a marina condominium. And if you don't think that makes any sense, I really don't blame you. Where I live in southern Wisconsin, dockominiums were a hot topic back in 2007 when our state legislators took up the issue of the legality of dockominiums. A law was s...
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Make Sure Your Pier is Conforming or Grandfathered   It's important to know about the state and local pier regulations before your buy a lakefront home. Ask your Realtor, or do it yourself.  Get a copy of the state department of natural resource's laws for waterfront property owners. Local laws can trump state laws if they are more regulat...
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Know Your Lake Property Regulators   What you need to know before you write an offer on a lakefront property........ 1. Zoning Authorities: Get familiar with all the zoning authorities that set regulations for your potential lakefront property. This starts at the top with the Army Corps of Engineers. If you plan on building anyt...
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