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Old 19-10-2020, 13:00   #1
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Finding Real Estate With Dockage

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 our tender 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.
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Re: Finding Real Estate With Dockage

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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.
Zillow lets you also add keywords to your search.

I've found that "dock" narrows it down a bit. Sure, you get dockominiums, and community homes with a shared dock. But it's a start. Oh, and since my price range is well below yours, I get FAR fewer hits

I also keep a chartplotter program like OpenCPN open while I'm searching. The Zillow map sometimes makes it obvious that a location is nowhere near navigable water, but other times you have to verify that there's not a low bridge downstream or some such.
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