House with Wetlands / Buffer Area - need advice
DH and I found a house we really like (we are in NJ), however the back strip (about 10 %) of the 1 acre property is not usable as it is marked wetlands (near a stream, but no standing water). There is about a 50 ft buffer section that cuts across the backyard then another approximately 40 foot area next to the house going across the backyard(clear area - no restrictions) and then the house. Does anyone have any experience with homes with wetlands or buffer areas on them? The house is perfect for us - this is our only concern - but it is a big one. What about a pool in the future, fence etc? Anyone ever deal with the DEP or know anything at all about this issue? We are lost on this one and agents not too helpful on this issue.. understand nothing can be built in the wetlands area, but not sure about this buffer or transition area. What about resale value if we bought this house and had to sell in the future? Any personal experience or tips even as to the questions we should ask would be helpful.