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Living on the Water’s Edge

Any property within 100 feet of wetland, falls under conservation jurisdiction, where the rules and regulations are different than the traditional purchasing or selling of property.

It is important to be aware of these differences, so there are no surprises and one knows what to expect when purchasing, owning, or selling a waterfront home.

How much of the beach do you own? Is it private or public? 

Is there a dock?

  • Is it licensed and permitted at the local and state level?
  • What is the length of the license?
  • Is the dock private or is it shared with the neighbors?

Flood Insurance

  • Is it required? How much does it cost?
  • When purchasing a home for cash, flood insurance is not required.
  • Some of the factors that will determine the cost of your flood insurance are:

-What flood zone is the property located in?

-What does the elevation certificate show?

Conservation Considerations

  • Any improvements to land or the home within 100 feet of wetlands, require local conservation approval before any work is done.
  • Are there any outstanding orders of conditions? If so, do they require continual maintenance, such an annual plantings?

If you want to know more about any of these topics, or the processes involved, I am always happy to answer any questions and guide you in the right direction. 

Owning a waterfront property on Cape Cod can be a dream come true, but when one knows what to expect, the journey to buying, owning or selling can be smooth sailing.

Share your wish list, and let’s see if I can help make something amazing happen! 

Tia Lilly



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508.420.4200 627 South Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632

LIVE THE CAPE LIFE YOU IMAGINE. We can make it happen.