As everyone before me advised.... align yourself with an agent who knows the area, better yet the water behind the house. As a Brick water rat since childhood and an agent with a lot of references, I'd be pleased to help any way I can. From Point to Forked River, the Manasquan through Barnegat Bay has been my playground.
Good luck, you've picked a great area.
There are bulkhead systems on the market like "Truline" which is a concrete filled vinyl bulkhead which will always with proper installation have a longer life span than wood.
Dawn Marie White 732-581-9414 Cell
Dawn, I will disagree with you about vinyl bulkheading for life as they call it. No one really knows how long this material will last. It is important to know the quality of the vinyl the bulkheader used. Our wooden bulkhead with double whales is holding up very well versus my neighbor's newer bulkhead which is buckling. We are waiting for the day it will burst. There is no way a thin plastic polymer can take the sun and freezing cold. I think we are being sold a bill of goods. I am guessing vinyl bulkheads would have to be replaced every 20 years or less. -- Please correct me if you think I am wrong.
1)Do you plan to renovate or keep the home as it is? 2) Riparian lease or grant one you pay for the other you do not. 3) Is the home built on Pilings or spread footings this will be one of the most important questions if your planning to renovate or add a second story. 4)Condition of bulkhead and type of material it is constructed of. Typically older bulkheads were constructed of wood with steel traps but the new material is vinyl which has a much longer lifespan. 5)Does the seller have any warranty left on the bulkhead 6)What is the the actual age if known. 7) Boatlifts check pound ratings and age. 8) Does the seller have a recent Flood certificate which will enable you to get an acurate estimate on the actual cost of flood insurance.9) If you are a boater you will need to know the depth of the waterway this will dictate the size of boat you can dock safely. 10) Access to open waters. These are just my top 10 suggested questions that need to be answered however there are many other points that you should consider when purchasing waterfront. If your looking for a professional who has above average knowledge of waterfront and can guide you in the right direction please contact me Dawn Marie White at 732-581-9414
I work for, and agree with, Marc Williams. I grew up in Brick, family still there. Ex-classmates are currently Brick HS principal and Deputy Chief of Police. So, That's my two cents. As an ABR, I specialize in buyers. Marc and I cover ALL of Ocean County. If,.............you may be looking for a realtor to assist you.
Ray Garry, ABR
All the other agents were right on the money; depth of lagoon and condition of bulkhead, most important. I would also add a long shot, just make sure if there is a pool that the homeowners got the proper permits. In Brick, the pool must be 15' from the bulkhead and if it is not you are in a heap of trouble.
I have lived in Brick for close to 30 years so if you would like to chat about all the various waterfront communities just give me a ring. Don't quote me on this but I am pretty sure that Brick has the most waterfront homes in all of New Jersey so there is plenty to choose from. You can call me at 732-644-9084.
My wife and i lived on a lagoon (creek) and really did a canoe experience vs the owner before us who had a 38' power boat or my brother who had a 32' sail boat. So it depends on your boating desire. Also the ends of the lagoons tend to get all the junk, but not always.
In Real estate it's still "location - location - location. the closer to open water with no bridges to go under the more valuable the land. Hope this helps. my office is in barnegat, i lived in Bayville. I have a rubber dingy with a 15 horse motor to get around. If you would like i'll be happy to take you aound into the lagoons. You really can't see them from the road. I have been selling real estate for 40+ years and I really can help you make the correct choice. Call or email me, marc J Williams 732-778-9933 or email@example.com My office is Crossroads Realty in barnegat.
Good luck with your purchase on the waterfront home. I have been selling waterfront homes for over 21 years, Brick is not my area, butr if you need an agent I can get you an experienced agent for that area.. So let me see if I can give you what I have learned. Major is the depth of the lagoon at low tide to make sure you can navigate in and out of the lagoon at low tide. How long does it take to get out to the bay from the home? Flooding? How high is the normal high tide in comparison to the first floor of living space, the closer the tide is to the first floor on a normal high tide the quicker the property will flood, elevation certificates will provide you wth the elevation and also assist with the flood insurance. Visit the home at both high and low tide to see the depth of the lagoon and how high it rises. Ask the neighbors about flooding. Also the condition of the bulkhead, a bulkhead on 50 feet of waterfront can run anywhere between $15K to 20K, so that should also be a concern. If the home is great, in a good location and the only draw back is the bulkhead, negotiate the price of the bulkhead, get estimates. Hope this info helps! Good Luck and Enjoy your waterfront home!