We are starting to think about retirement
in 5-7 years. Our plan is to purchase
a condo or small house ($300-350k) on the water
where we can keep a boat
. The condo/house's dock
doesn't necessarily have to be able hold the big boat
(likely a low 40's catamaran
or upper 40's mono). We can dock
at the house, provided there are moorings available close by (obviously docking
the big boat would be better). We are pretty open to location from the north coast of FL (St. Augustine/Palm Coast), North to Pamlico Sound. We'd like to rent the property ~6mo (VRBO / AirBnB) while cruising half the year and may purchase
a few years in advance of retirement
as a vacation
home/rental investment. We'd also like to be able to do some day/weekend sailing from the property... so deep into the ICW
or up canals where you are 30 miles from open water
is not good.
The question regards real estate agents and finding property in such a large search area. From my dealings with agents, they are typically specific to a local area and are licensed by the state. How does one go about finding property when the typical search parameters don't help find what you want and you are considering multiple states? Are there agents that specialize in this or special web sites that cover waterfront property?
The 'waterfront' button on zillow is not very helpful as 90% of the hits don't have and could not have a boat dock, like ocean front or property on ponds, etc.