Buying a Home With Environmental Issues—Endangered Species

In Grayton Beach and the 30A area, we are blessed with a plethora of wildlife areas, natural beauty, and yes, even some endangered species in need of protection…especially when your considering a real estate purchase.

In this day and age, there are a number of varied environmental issues you may face.  Endangered plants or animal species is definitely one of the.  This environmental issue can be one of the more common, and perplexing of the possible road blocks to property usage. Sea Turtles, Sea Oats and other endangered species share our area. It is only right that we ensure their survival.

Discovery of an “endangered” species of plant or animal on a piece of real estate has been known to completely shut down development or any kind of alteration

SnailDarter
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on a given piece of property.  One of the best known examples of an endangered species involving development was that of the snail darter in the 1970s.  In that case, the discovery of a few members of the species resulted in the delay of construction of the Tellico Dam in Tennessee… for nearly six years.

When purchasing a piece of property in Grayton Beach or anywhere else in the area, be sure to ask your realtor about possible environmental issues that slow down your progress. You don’t want to find yourself with a piece of property that you cannot use…and you don’t want to harm the endangered species either.  If you don’t have a realtor, we would be more than happy to assist you.

 

Buying a Home With Environmental Issues—Wetlands

If you are considering buying a home near Grayton Beach or anywhere for that matter, in this day and age there are a number of varied environmental issues you may face.  One of the more common, and perplexing, ones is that of wetlands.

Broadly speaking, most people think of wetlands as any piece of real estate that has water around, near, or on the property… also referred to as “wet.”  However, wetlands grayton beachthe federal government has a slightly different view point on this matter.  Believe it or not, there are few—if any—actual definitions that can be found.  Consequently, many governmental agencies and employees are left to their own devices to define exactly what a wetland may actually be.  The result is that there is little consensus and much confusion on the matter.

Your best bet, when buying a home in which wetlands may be an issue, is to have an accurate survey done.  Specifically, one showing relative elevations of all associated land.  Also, try to get as many historic records on the property as possible.  While you may not feel the area qualifies as a wetland, it may be something you have to prove—having historical information regarding how much (if any) water a property saw during floods may help you make your case.