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Upcoming Keystone Enhancements: New Water Fields

April 30, 2014  |  by Jess

Not every MRIS customer works with water-oriented properties, but for those of you who do, we will be adding new water fields to help you describe and market your properties more effectively, making them easier for buyer agents to find in Matrix.

These new fields will include (click here for a screenshot):

  • View/Accessibility – New ability to multi-select items from Water Front, Water Accessible or Water View. This new distinction between items will improve the search experience in Matrix. When a buyer’s agent searches for one (or more) of these items in a listing, yours will be included in the results based on your selection(s).
  • Body Of Water Type – New picklist options of types of bodies of water (e.g. bay, lake, river, etc)
  • Sailboat on LakeDistance To Body Of Water – From distances of less than .25 of a mile to greater than 1 mile, you will be able to note how far your listing is to its nearest body of water.
  • Water Use Types – Show water activities are allowed on the nearest body of water (e.g. fishing, boating, kayaking, etc).
  • Waterfront Features & Improvements – Choose from an extensive list of waterfront features and improvements such as exclusive easement, boat/launch ramp, pipestem, rip-rap and more.
  • # of Slips – In addition to number of docks, you’ll be able to add the number of slips to the listing as well – another important feature to note for buyers.
  • Dock Features & Improvements – What material is the dock made of? Is it a private or public pier? Is the hoist electric or manual? These are questions a buyer might ask, so this field makes it possible for you to answer them in advance using Keystone.
  • Dock Slip Conveyance – How is this handled for your listing? Is this Assigned? First come/first served? Available by lease? Select the best option using these new picklists.
  • Mean Low Water Feet – MRIS defines Mean Low Water as the average depth of water (in feet) at the existing or potential dock or mooring. This is important in relation to the draft of a boat which is a measurement of how far the boat’s hull will extend underneath the water. The mean low water depth provides a means for a prospective purchaser to determine if the water is navigable for the purchaser’s boat(s).
    Note: Typically, the term Mean Low Water applies to tides. However, we worked with agents with listings on bays, oceans, lakes and rivers to put a real estate spin on this term to assist buyers interested in water-oriented properties.

Do you work with water-oriented listings or with buyers looking for them? Let us know how these new fields can help you with listing or searching for these properties.

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3 responses to “Upcoming Keystone Enhancements: New Water Fields”

  1. OK, found them.

    I have listed and have listed as "waterfront" properties which sit high on a bluff or steep hill above one of our rivers. There is no way one might tell from those listings that only a mountain goat or a kid on a zipline could access the water directly from the house. Is there a way to re-phrase or put another choice in (easy immediate access) or some such designator?

    Also I know that a lot of subdivisions on bodies of water provide easements to all owners to use part of the strip of land immediately adjacent to the water to walk or ride horses, etc. Can you get us a designator for such a situation. The more general disclosure of "easements" or "rights of way" does not really cover it.

  2. john ward says:

    "the existing or potential dock or mooring" this statement is somewhat open to misinterpretation or fudging.
    You can not know the length of a "POTENTIAL dock" until such time as you make an application for said dock.

    I would propose " at the end of an existing dock or in the absence of a dock, 100 feet from the shore line at mean low water"

  3. Theklammer says:

    Riparian Rights… Numerous so called water front properties do not include ownership of the shoreline. This is an important fact that should be noted. Maryland seemingly has an ever changing "critical area". The distance in feet from the LMW level that have specific zoning restrictions. Thousands of properties exist as "grandfathered". Although grandfathering exists that MAY NOT mean that all existing property appurtenances are grandfathered. Buyers frequently discover after purchase appurtenances must be removed because they exceed the grandfather specification for one reason or another. Private septic and well, it would be worth noteing that such systems meet current critical area criteria. Because of regulations waterfront properties come with significantly more buyer beware concerns than MRIS may choose to disclose. Actually the industry would be well advised to encourage a "critical area compliance" inspection for waterfront properties sold in Maryland. To my knowledge no such inspection exists. Current disclosures lack addressing critical area compliance as relates specifically to properties located in water orientated communities. This includes properties that are not in direct contact with the waterfront.

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