Before you start househunting, you need to ask yourself why you’re really buying a waterfront property. Is it because you want to try out water sports or is it because you want to get away from the city? This should help narrow down your choices based on where your prospects are located. If you find a nice property but it’s not convenient for your lifestyle choices, look for another place.
While you’re at it, get an insider’s view from the people around the neighborhood. Ask them how it is living in the area and what the neighborhood is like to get a general feel.
Don’t buy a gorgeous piece of real estate just because you fell in love with it at first sight. Do a little more exploring to see if the house has any problems. Better yet, have someone inspect the house for signs of wear, structural damage, and electrical issues. It’s better to know what kind of fixes the house needs before you’re permanently saddled with it after a purchase.