Door County Sanitarian Issues in Home Buying, or "Potty Mouth"

Real Estate Agent with The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948)

Door County Sanitarian Issues: Using the potty in your Door County home: Septic Issues and Making Changes.  It's funny writing about something that is so mundane:  using the potty, so to speak, but I've written a lot of previous posts about how a property transfer works in Door County in regards to the Sanitarian's ordinance that kicks in with the transfer of a sale of Door County property.  

I've been waiting to write again...because there's a new loophole.  The State passed a Bill stating that a County does not have jurisdiction to override State rules in terms of septic issues....and Door County had a more stringent policy than the State of Wisconsin's rule.  

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   What does this actually mean for a Door County Buyer or Seller?       

Probably very little in terms of immediate change.  After a meeting this week with the Brokers  and the County's corporation counsel, the County will still mandate inspections every three years, and will encourage testing for transfers.  


As I generally work as a Door County Buyer agent, this makes a lot of sense to me to protect a purchaser---and even as a strong listing broker, it makes sense to me, also, for the protection of my listing clients.  I generally encourage my Sellers to know the status of their septic systems (steel holding tanks will fail every time).   We price homes with the understanding that there will be a working septic system and potable water, which is why we have our well water, well mechanical and septic contingencies in our Door County Addendum A, which is an adopted State Bar form that is used in the transfer of 99% of single family homes (and has provisions that are adopted and used in other transactions, too, including commercial transactions). 


Door County Master BathAs such, if you're going to buy a home in Door County and we need to discuss septic issues, please contact me so we can discuss these issues as we look at the homes you want to buy.  


As I've previously written, Door County only has two municipalities with public sewer and water (Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay), but it does have several that have sanitary districts for sewer, including the Village of Ephraim, Town of Baileys Harbor and Town of Gibraltar.  Liberty Grove shares space with Sister Bay for it's Sanitary District #1 in certain areas where Liberty Grove residents can have access to public sewer and water in limited areas of the Town of Liberty Grove, including Hillcrest Road, Beach Road and parts of Highway 42 with commercial and/or high density residential developments like Yacht Harbor Shores Condominiums, which are luxury condominium homes for sale by JJ's Restaurant, Waterfront Restaurant, the Door County Ice Cream Factory and Base Camp Coffee.  


I will still encourage my Sellers to know the status of their septic systems priorDoor County Sanitarian Issues to a sale so there are no surprises.  When you're ready to purchase your Door County dream home, let's be aware of all of our options if you buy in an area that isn't serviced by municipal sewer.  If you plan to purchase a home in one of the areas in Door County that isn't serviced by municipal sewer, we WILL be talking about going potty in Door County.  Door County Sanitarian Issues: Septic Issues and Making Changes.  Door County Sanitarian Issues in Home Buying, or "Potty Mouth".

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 Thank you for reading!  MaryKay Shumway, ABR®, CRS®, Realtor® loves to laugh and enjoys working with people that love the Door Peninsula.  She is a full-time real estate Broker, mother of two and a senior Broker Associate at the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in beautiful Sister Bay, Wisconsin.  She represents listings throughout the Door County Peninsula and also represents many Buyers that want to purchase the perfect property to make Door County a part of their lives.  CONTACT MARYKAY ABOUT YOUR DOOR COUNTY PROPERTY QUESTIONS TODAY.

MaryKay Shumway has a consistent multi-million dollar producer for over thirteen years.  Representing both listing clients and buyer clients full time, MaryKay is also a mother of two and active in the Door County community in the local school district, nonprofit groups and governmental affairs.  A member of the Door County Board of Realtors Honors Society from 2005-2016, the Door County Realtor of the Year 2008, a member of The Real Estate Group's Chairman's Circle in 2010-2015, and an member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society for 2014 & 15.  She has served as President and Vice President of the Door County Board of Realtors  and as a member of its Advocacy Committee.  MaryKay is a top MLS producer and has held the position of top producer at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. since 2016.


Contact MaryKay.  "As a multi-million dollar producer and senior associate at The Kellstrom-Ray Agency selling Door County real estate, I focus my balance on both  featured listings and representing Buyer Clients looking for the perfect Door County Property.  I turn Door County vacations into Door County traditions by helping you own your own Door County real estate, and I represent exceptional properties in all price points on the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, and all inland lakes and properties in between. Call, text or e-mail me today."


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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

If anything, the issues in Flint, Michigan, with their water problems, has given us reason to more closely consider what we don't see on the surface when buying and selling homes.  That's water pipes, sewer and septic, for starters.


Mar 13, 2016 09:34 AM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Great info for prospective buyers in Wisconsin.  The last time we moved, we only considered homes with a well so we could control the quality of our water.  Of course, we are also on septic. Good to know your county takes septic issues seriously. 

Mar 13, 2016 11:16 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is certainly important information for home buyers in Door County. And they should be working with someone like you who can guide them appropriately through the process, especially if a septic system is in place


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