When buying real estate in Northern Wisconsin it is best to use a full time agent. It can be tricky if you are not familiar with many of the different aspects of the transaction. In the tucked away counties of Oneida and Vilas counties where the majority of our business is selling dreams in the form of second homes and vacation properties we have some different issues that you want to be aware of so that the transaction goes as smoothly as possible. None of these should make you wary if you are working with a full time local professional.
Several of the issues I am going to address are-
One of the items I am referring to are issues with septic systems. We are such a remote rural area that we have septic systems rather than city plumbing. There are many different types of system's from conventional systems to mound systems and ,as a buyer, you want to inspect the system and find out as much as you can about it prior to closing. Many parcels sold for sale by owner don't address this issue and it can come up to haunt a new buyer after closing. The counties of Oneida and Vilas, in particular, have enacted ordinances that will require systems to be tested and put on the county program and if they fail you may end up having to put in a new system at a good expense to you. Again, not a big deal if you have someone helping you through the process.
Another item that can be unique to Northern Wisconsin real estate can be surveys. While not unique in themselves because of our rural setting we have many easements and shared drives that until title work is ordered you , as a buyer, may not be aware of. Your local professional should help you discover whether there are easements, shared drives, and recent surveys on file. We are not standard in lot sizes like in many urban areas so what you find is that many lots are irregular or split off of a larger piece so for your protection it is always a good idea to ask for a survey in your offer to purchase.
We also have wells versus municipal water and there are different types of systems there as well. You can have a drilled well or a point driven well and it is also good to have a water test with your purchase while you are investigating what type of well you have and if it is compliant or non compliant with current county ordinances.
The bottom line is truly that to leave satisfied you must arrive prepared and the best way to insure that when buying property in Northern Wisconsin is working with a local full time professional. I often recommend buyers agency and this can often make the transaction smooth and painless for you. For more information on Buyers Agency in Northern Wisconsin click here and discover the painless way to purchase property in Northern Wsconsin.
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Julie Winter-Paez Broker/Owner, CRS, GRI
ReMax Property Pro's, LLC
602 Michigan St. PO Box 1058
Eagle River WI 54521