How should we prepare when we go out with our Real Estate Agent to look at lake properties?                


    1. First of all, do your homework on what listings you’ve reviewed, prioritize them by your favorites, and send them to your Agent. This will allow him/her to prepare and make appointments prior to the date you go out. Usually, 4 – 6 listings are appropriate to visit in a 4 hour time frame depending on the distance between the homes or lots. Usually, I add other listings or non-listed homes to the list, if they’re in the vicinity and with similar criteria.
    2. The Agent should provide you with a package when you meet that will have various information on the lake and listings that you’ll be visiting.
    3. Consider taking the following items: a camera to film special aspects of the home or lot so you won’t forget what it looked like, a notepad to jot down questions or notes that you want to discuss with your Agent, a compass to see what direction the sun sets, a measuring tape to check the depth of water at the dock, and your check book (for earnest money) if you think you’re at the point of making an offer.
    4. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You’ll be walking down to the lake where some paths may be slippery and steep.

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By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group, just "Say Jay" for Real Estate