BECKY GRAY, RSIR BROKER

“When my clients buy a waterfront property, they are vetting land and lot potential for long-term investments. The ultimate goal is to identify waterfront land that sustains all that the waterfront lifestyle offers—boating moorage, seaplane access, luxury docks and systems, and creating a home that takes advantage of the idyllic views.”

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TOBY LUMPKIN, RSIR BROKER

“These are big-dollar purchases, so have all the questions answered. The home, dock and sewer lines should be pre-inspected with written reports. Have the property surveyed and have the property corners staked. Work with a knowledgeable agent and make use of an experienced stager so that the home presents well.”

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PETER PHILLIPS, RSIR BROKER

“There is not a lot of absorption on the islands and thus sales are pretty flat, without many ups or downs. Listings are sometimes on for years before selling. One must anticipate a lengthy period of time for a sales transaction to occur on the waterfront.”

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MARK MIDDLETON, RSIR BROKER

“The best time to purchase a waterfront home in Kitsap is truly when the opportunity arises. You must always be on the keen lookout for the best stretches of beach and best neighborhoods and enclaves, so you never miss an opportunity, as they can be few and far between.”

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BECKY GRAY, RSIR BROKER

“When I have clients looking for waterfront property, I advise them now is the best time to buy their ideal property. Given the rarity of the product and the list of requirements my clients typically have, when we find that special opportunity, we should pursue it!”

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ALEX THOMAS, RSIR BROKER

”Once people visit, they want to start by looking at view homes. Then once you start showing them homes, they’re always intrigued by owning waterfront. So, what starts out as looking at a larger view home quickly transpires to looking at a waterfront cabin. I have also had clients start with the idea of a little cabin and they get here, and discover they now want to be full-time residents; so, they end up with a large home. Something about water, it draws you in.”

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MARK MIDDLETON, RSIR BROKER

“The best time to sell a waterfront property in Kitsap County depends on numerous market factors, most notably inventory and current demand levels. However, from a “showing” perspective, the best time is middle spring to middle summer as chances are good that the buyer will show up on a beautiful, warm, sunny day and experience the pure magic of the waterfront lifestyle.”

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NATALIE DEBRAY, RSIR BROKER

“The allure of the water is strong and waterfront or shared waterfront homes on Mercer Island are always desirable. As a buyer, you may face less competition in the autumn and winter when people aren’t necessarily thinking about the lake and boating season, and may just nab the home of your dreams.”

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TOBY LUMPKIN, RSIR BROKER

“There are sixty single-family homes between Madison Park and Madrona Park. Most stay in the same family for decades, some for generations. If you hear of one for sale, be prepared to move quickly. The City of Seattle has capped the number of houseboats on Lake Union and Portage Bay. Buying a houseboat requires specialized knowledge, as the sale sometimes includes both the houseboat and moorage and sometimes only the houseboat which is moored at rented moorage.”

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