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Some concerns when buying lake properties in Minnesota

Owning a lake cabin or home comes with it's own issues and concerns.

The biggest is septic.   For years before the 1980s  it was normal to run a pipe from the septic right into the lake fo the discharge of excess waster in the system.

As we now know very hard on the lake and that is being changed...


Issues with septic's are as follows...

Does it pass the compliance test?

If not, is ther room to upgrade or put in a NEW system.

I there is no room for a new system, is a holding tank a legal option.


What we find with most lots from the 30's to the 70's we made very small.  50' wide if that.

Many lots are hardly 100' deep.  This leave little room. 


So, before you purchase a lake property ask yourself...

What are you going to do with the property.

Is the property large enough for the home or cabin.

Will there be enough room for a septic system and will that system be unsightly or use up the space you plan to play on.

Don't go into this blind...

Comment balloon 8 commentsWilliam Feela • January 12 2016 11:35AM


Hi William, that is a very informative blog post.  Thanks for sharing it!

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) over 3 years ago

William,  Excellent post for buyers.  To seldom are they asked just what they want to do with the lot they are purchasing.  We have septic issues in North Idaho that continue to become of importance.  And will continue to do so as the population grows.  Mark

Posted by Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227 over 3 years ago

Hi William Feela ,  That's very good information to check out before thinking of signing a contract for lake front property.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 3 years ago


Great tip on what watch out for when your buying a lakefront home with a septic system.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Hi William.  Some excellent reasons why buyers should seek out a true professional in buying their lakeside homes.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Bill, you are right...this issue is becoming more nadn more prevelent on these properties

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 3 years ago

Bill, I tell my prospective county buyers that some areas do not have good soil for septic tanks. Some listen and some do not and those are the ones who end up walking away from their house because commode will not flush. BTW, I am trying to help push you into 10th place for all of activerain.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 3 years ago

Yes Bill, it pays to hire a professional in these matters, and the smart ones will call you first.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 3 years ago