The chance to buy a neighboring waterfront property in Maine.
Something to add to whatever you already own located next to you comes up. And shoreland zoning considerations enter the room conversation.
Like a NASA countdown pre-flight systems check, what you are about buy and how needs to be addressed carefully. With eyes wide open and the best laid plan hammered out. To proceed slowly and put into play before the actual sit down and let's have a real estate closing.
Because how you merge the properties legally will impact forever if you can ever convey part of it on to a loved one or sell it off at all down the line.
When the real estate for sale is lucky enough to fall into a shore land zoning region in Maine, a big overhead crane lowers a more protective set of regulations.
To guide what does or does not happen to the real estate next to the water.
It lays a big protective template over the region 250' back from the waterfront.
In this case where a lake ends and the land out front of the cottage and extra lot begins.
The purpose of the shore land zoning law was to help assure the water quality of the precious natural resource that Maine is so fiercely protective of and that needs extra scrutiny.
When development around the waterfront is entertained.
Or existing properties next to the water are modified and what you can and can not do is not left up to the the owner's imagination. Or the township or plantation or unorganized location in Maine's code enforcement officer has clear cut guidelines to go by.