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Lakeshore Lot Financing

Once you’ve found just the right place, the next step is financing that lake lot and the construction of your new vacation property. 

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Northview Bank Is Ready to Finance Lakefront Lots 

Lake and river lots can have many peculiarities such as floodplains, future development for second homes, and lack of comparable sales—but don’t let that hold you back from your dream property.

Northview Bank  is a lending institution with extensive knowledge of the issues associated with lake and river lot mortgages. We are located in the heart of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” and our location means we get to finance some gorgeous water properties. With this knowledge we can direct you to the loan program that makes the most sense for you. 

Lake Lots: The Essential Factors

Lot Size

Is your lot large enough to fit the structure you intend to build as well as the septic system and still comply with zoning requirements? Lots created since the shoreland management standards should all be big enough for most uses, but be careful of lots created prior to the standards.

Soil Type

Be careful of lots with shallow bedrock or clay soils, as they may not be suitable for septic systems. 

Water Quality

Water quality is always very important when buying a lake or river lot. Check the DNR’s useful LakeFinder website for information on lakes you are considering.

Flood Insurance for Lake Lots

The topography of your lake lot is very important to consider: Is your lot high enough that the building site won’t flood at the high water mark? Do you know what you need to about flood insurance?

If you have an understanding of the floodplain, you’ll also have a better understanding of future building locations which could greatly affect the annual costs of a water property as well as the future value of the property itself.

We at Northview Bank would encourage you to look at setback, future building locations, and high water marks. A call or trip to the planning and zoning office in the county the property is located may be worth the time.

Comparable Sales for Lake Lots

Given the range of water properties available in the area—from lots on small environmental lakes of a few acres to large fishing or recreation lakes of over 100,000 acres—comparable sales can sometimes be hard find.

Northview Bank’s experienced staff works to obtain a list of experienced, licensed appraisers familiar with the area to make the comparable sales issue on appraisals easier to meet. 

10% Down Payment, Competitive Rates, and Quick Closing on Lakefront Property

We have been the leader in financing lakeshore land for decades, offering competitive rates and low down-payment programs. At Northview Bank, qualified borrowers can finance property with as little as 10% down, making land ownership easier!

With our easy-to-complete bare land application, your last two years’ W-2 or tax returns, a current pay stub, and a purchase agreement, we can have you approved the next business day, conditional on final appraisal and title work. 

In most cases we can close in three weeks and get you out enjoying your new water property.

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Traver Gahler

Vice President/Branch Manager

Specialty: Home Purchases, Home Refinances, Construction Loans, Seasonal Cabin Financing, Land Financing, Lake Lot Financing

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Riley J Snow

VP/Branch Manager

Specialty: Consumer and In-House Real Estate Financing

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Paul Troskey

Vice President/Market Manager

Specialty: Business Lending

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Tom Willie

Loan Officer

Specialty: Home Purchases, Home Refinances, Conventional, FHA, VA, USDA, Construction Loans, Seasonal Cabin Financing, Land Financing, Lake Lot Financing, Consumer Financing

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Carrie Conner

Vice President - Loan Officer

Specialty: USDA RD, VA, FHA & Conventional

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Shelly Lough

Vice President – Loan Officer

Specialty: Consumer Lending

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Cole Sabe

Mortgage Loan Officer

Specialty: Consumer Financing/Bare Land

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Mindy Turner-Jerry

Loan Officer

Specialty: Land Loans, Lake Lot financing, Home Equity Loans, Seasonal Cabin financing, Personal Lending

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Sheila Pilliard

Branch Manager

Specialty: Real Estate Lending, Consumer Lending 

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Chad Johnsen

Vice President/Branch Manager

Specialty: Home Purchases, Home Refinances, Construction Loans, Land Financing, Lake lot Financing & Seasonal Cabin Financing

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Kate Bloom

Branch Manager/Loan Officer

Specialty: Home Purchases, Home Refinances, Construction Loans, Seasonal Cabin Financing, Land Financing, Lake Lot Financing

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Katie Meyer

Branch Manager – Loan Officer

Specialty: Conventional & Cabin home financing, First time homebuyers, USDA Rural Development, FHA, VA, and land loans

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