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Taking the plunge on waterfront life involves more than just a hefty price tag. For all the perks of buying a lake house (of which there are many!) there are also a few tedious downsides that need to be considered and budgeted for before you buy your first boat or jump on a jet ski. 


From unexpected expenses and hefty insurance premiums to routine maintenance that goes beyond your normal in-town home, many buyers might prefer to stick their head in the sand and focus on sunny days spent relaxing with a seltzer in hand. But four real estate agents with lakeside experience from coast to coast shared their experiences with helping clients buy waterfront property. They highlighted five things nobody tells you about buying a house on a lake, but that you definitely need to consider before you sail away.