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Cat, Home Buyer in northeastern ma

looking at a property with wetlands in the back - anybody have experience with this - would it be a dire mista

Asked by Cat, northeastern ma Sun Feb 17, 2008

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Cat,
Alot would depend on how large your lot is. If you have enough buildable land (outside wetlands) to provide for your home, an adequately sized yard - comparable to your neighbors for entertaining, etc. I don't see wetlands as a big negative. You, of course need to make sure that the area that the house would be built on is not in a floodplain, as that can have a huge effect on your insurance costs.
We purchased 4 acres of land 3 of which were DNR protected wetland., several years ago and built a home on it. 1 Acre was outside the wetlands, and provided a wonderful yard. When a job transfer required us to sell- we litterly had an offer for more than asking the 1st day. The Buyer told us it was because of the privacy of the wetland that they purchased the home.
So, some people may see it as a positive factor, but others may not. Good Luck!
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2008
Cat--It really depends on your situation and your family. I have had clients who love living in homes with wetlands in back for the privacy and wildlife and view that comes with the property. Other clients stay away from it because they want more usable yard space. BUT it won't be a dire mistake as there are many homes in this area with wetland neighbors.

Some additional factors to take into consideration would be whether or not the basement is draintiled and has a sump pump, whether it is on a septic system/well or city sewer/water, and the size of the lot. Any and all of these will factor into your decision. Good luck to you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 22, 2008
To me wet lands would be a benifit. I love the wildlife that's attracted plus the privacy. We built a wonderful house on an 8 acres parcel and the house was surrounded by wetlands on all three sides. It was wonderful. We had to consult with the DNR to confirm just what we could do in terms of building our driveway - but all else was heavan. You can check that house out if you like. It's on my web site under solds on Sandhill Lane.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 14, 2008
You will have imitations on what you can build and the amount of property tax you pay will hopefully have factored those limitations. Particularly on larger parcels, owners might consider the wetlands a benefit in that it will always be private.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2008
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Cat.....

I lived in a property with a wetland/pond behind it in Woodbury for 5 years and loved the privacy it gave me!

Thanks, Todd Norsted
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2008
Cat,
Part of your question was cut off. Be sure to find out how far the wetland go into the property. You will not be able to build anything (deck, shed, etc.) in the wetlands and it may effect have far you can sod and what type of fencing you can do.
Michael Doyle Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 18, 2008
Yes, I have experience with selling homes that have wetlands in the back. What would you like me to help you with? Please feel free to click on the web reference link below and I will be happy to help. Thanks
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