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Buying a Home: Why You Need a Real Estate Attorney

When I bought my first home, I basically signed whatever was placed in front of me. The idea of becoming a homeowner overshadowed any concerns that I might have. Besides, the agent seemed to know just what needed to be done. It was only later that I learned there was some confusion about the location of the property lines. Two years and several thousand dollars later, I finally got things straightened out. When I bought my second home, you can bet that I had a real estate attorney by my side. Everything was checked and double-checked before I signed anything If you are thinking about buying a home, take nothing for granted. Let me tell you more about my experience and why you need your own legal counsel. In the long run, you'll save a lot of time and trouble.

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3 Things To Consider When Looking At Real Estate In Lake George, NY -- Other Than The Property

To find real estate in Lake George, NY, you need to look beyond the house, cottage or property you're considering buying. As you drive to different properties around Lake George, here's what to look at besides the property itself.

Check the Access Road

Lake George and the Adirondacks are beautiful in both the summer and winter. If you're not able to get to your property in the winter, though, you won't be able to enjoy it during all seasons.

Ask whether the access road to your property is maintained year-round. There are some seasonal roads in the Adirondacks that don't get plowed once the snow comes -- and the region sees a lot of snow. Restrict your search for real estate in Lake George to only properties that you'll be able to get to in summer and winter (as well as fall and spring).

Look at the Water Access

With so many lakes in the Adirondacks, a lot of real estate in Lake George comes with water access. Properties themselves may be on the waterfront, or they might include rights to enjoy some of the nearby waterfront.

Waterfronts vary a lot, however, and not all water access is the same. If a property you're considering comes with water access, make sure you see what that access looks like in person. You'll want to make sure it's suitable for how you want to enjoy the water. For instance, you might want to look for the following:

  • A place to launch a small boat if you're into boating
  • Walk-in access for swimming if you have children
  • A sandy area if you want to enjoy a beach
  • A rocky area if you don't want sand inside your house or cottage
  • An area that's free of weeds if you want to swim a lot

Go to the Nearest Town

Finally, you'll want to take a drive to the nearest town. Check out what shops and restaurants are in town, for these are likely the places you'll be running errands, going shopping and eating out.

The Adirondacks and Lake George are known for their quaint towns, so don't expect to find everything that's in New York City. Make sure there's a place to get essentials and enough entertainment options for you, though. You won't want to spend a lot of time driving to far-away towns in search of basic groceries or a decent restaurant. Instead, you'll want to spend your time at your Lake George property.

For more information, contact a company like McDonald Real Estate Professionals, Inc.