The beautiful thing about real estate is that you learn new thing constantly. You couldn't make this job routine if you wanted to.
Yesterday, May 6, I was seeking out information on whether a property at the Islands of Beaufort in Beaufort was "dockable," and, furthermore, whether it could accomodate a floater, which allows you to dock the boat in the water. I had some clients interested in the property, but a floater was a critical part of the deal.
The Office of Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) is the entity which issues permits, so I called a friend at the OCRM yesterday to get his thoughts. Although you are never permitted until you go through the process, my friend can usually provide pretty accurate information on whether a dock is possible.
After consulting his maps and charts, my friend concluded that a dock was possible, but a floater was probably not, due to the width of the creek.
My friend,at some point in the conversation, mentioned there had been a dock permit some years back whih had expired. I reported this information to the prospective buyers, who asked me if the old dock permit included a permit for a floater.
I didn't think so, I answered, but I told them I'd be happy to call my friend.
Well, you can guess how this ends --- The old permit did in fact have a floater, which delighted my buyers to know end. They subsequently made an offer on the property.
What did I learn? What you are looking for might be easier to find than you think, and never, ever assumer anything!!
Have a great day.