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5 Patio Umbrellas for the Best Summer Shade

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Whether you’re enjoying lunch on the patio or relaxing on your boat dock, outdoor umbrellas provide the necessary protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. In addition to wearing sunscreen, an umbrella adds an extra layer of UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) to keep you safe. This summer, patio umbrellas are an absolute must-have item on the lake. Check out some of the newest patio umbrellas on the market that will give you the summer shade you need!

9’ Market Umbrella by Abba Patio

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This patio umbrella was ranked the “best overall” by The Spruce’s list of the best umbrellas for 2021. Perhaps its most outstanding feature is the push-button tilt that allows the umbrella to sit at an angle so that you can position your shade directly in front of the sun. The water-resistant and UV-resistant fabric will keep you free from burns while you enjoy the afternoon. Durable and easy to use, this patio umbrella is made to last for many years at your lake house.

Sunbrella Market Umbrella by EliteShade

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Specifically built to withstand winds, the Market Umbrella from EliteShade is designed with three tiers of ventilation. These vents allow both hot or cold air to filter through without knocking over your umbrella. Plus, the crank open pole makes this product much stronger than others on the market, offering even more protection from toppling over. For those of us in particularly windy lake areas, this umbrella is a dream! It also comes in a variety of colors, from Macaw Green to Royal Blue, that will stand out in your backyard.

9’ Patio Umbrella by SunnyGlade

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If your outdoor space is on the smaller side, this 9’ patio umbrella from SunnyGlade might be perfect for your lake house. Made from 100% waterproof polyester with a sturdy aluminum pole, this product is made to last. Its size is perfect for a table with four to six chairs, making it ideal for small gatherings with family or friends. Although this product comes in various colors, the navy and white stripes evoke a particularly stunning nautical design vibe.

Solar LED Umbrella from Best Choice Products

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We all love lounging under an umbrella on hot summer days. But what about when those days start turning into nights? There’s a crucial window of time somewhere between 6 pm and 8 pm where you need both shade and light. Enter the solar LED umbrella. In addition to highly durable fabric, this patio umbrella also boasts 24 built-in solar-powered lights that last for 6-7 hours at a time. This umbrella will bring a newfound ambiance to summer nights.

North Bend Rectangular Market Umbrella

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Who said that all umbrellas needed to be round? This rectangular market umbrella from North Bend is essentially two umbrellas in one, providing maximum canopy shade. The rectangular shape makes it perfect for a double set of lounge chairs or a balcony. With water-resistant, anti-UV fabric, this product protects you from both rain and sun. What more could you need for life on the lake? 

Stay cool this summer!

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Did you know that many lake homes are built on leased lots? In this video, we demystify what misconceptions you may have in regards to leased lake lots.

  1. Shoreline Ownership. Oftentimes, lakes are owned by public or private utility companies, the Corp. of Engineers, the Tennessee Valley Authority, etc. Because of this, lots on these lakes are leased.
  2. Lease Duration. Leased lots typically have long terms. It’s not uncommon to see durations range anywhere from 25 to 99 years. Because most homeowners don’t own their lake homes for more than 20 years, these long-term lease durations are factors that lake home buyers must consider when purchasing or building a home on a leased lot.
  3. Mortgage Impact. Getting a mortgage on a leased lot is not unusual and happens quite often with lake homes. But one of the concerns that potential lake homeowners could encounter is how the mortgage term could impact the lease term duration. For instance, a lender may not approve a 30-year mortgage for a lake home that is on a 25-year lease.

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Green Lake Grandeur: A Wisconsin Lake Home Feature

May 11, 2021

Built for a family who loves to live large, this roomy lakeside home nestles along the beautiful shores of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Avid boaters and entertainers, these homeowners are the life of the party all summer long and always attract a house full of family. So, when it came to designing a lake-dwelling that would […]

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Outdoor Lighting Ideas For Your Lake Home

May 7, 2021

Photo by McKay Landscape Lighting – Search garden design ideas   One of the key ingredients for a quintessential summer night at the lake is outdoor lighting. With the right lights, the barbeque party doesn’t have to end after the sunsets. You can keep enjoying the outdoors, as well as the company of friends and […]

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Lake Homes Realty Honored by Auburn for 4th Consecutive Year

May 6, 2021

Glenn S. Phillips could be spotted playing the tuba with the Auburn University Marching Band when not taking computer engineering classes. Today, he is CEO of Lake Homes Realty, the nation’s largest lake-focused real estate company. The Harbert College of Business at Auburn University named Lake Homes Realty one of Auburn’s “Top Tigers” for the […]

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Whiteboard Topics: How Water Levels Impact Your Lake Home’s Value

May 5, 2021

If you’re looking to buy a lake home or currently own one, you already know that the lake has many lifestyle benefits such as an abundance of recreational water activities as well as 24-hour access to the beautiful lake view from your backyard. But did you know that the water level of your lake could […]

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Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper

May 3, 2021

Finding your dream lake home isn’t easy. Sometimes, you’ll have to sacrifice certain “nice-to-haves” for the sake of securing your “non-negotiable” qualities in a lake home. However, the solution to attaining your dream home might be to create aspects of it yourself. Investing in a fixer-upper can be an excellent opportunity to customize a home […]

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Best Trees to Plant at the Lake

April 30, 2021

The image is picturesque — sitting blissfully under a tree by the lake, reading a book. As lake lovers, we know there’s something inherently peaceful about waterside foliage. But aside from aesthetic value, there are environmental benefits to planting trees at your lake house. Strong tree roots decrease the power that waves have over the […]

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How to Handle Inclement Weather at the Lake

April 23, 2021

In part due to climate change, extreme weather is increasing across the world. As a result, heavier rains and high winds directly affect freshwater systems. Since we spend a lot of time outdoors at the lake, it’s crucial to know what to do when encountering these extreme conditions. To make it easier, we compiled a few […]

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Whiteboard Topics: 4 Reasons Some Real Estate Agents Want to Sell Your Home in 1 Day

April 21, 2021

It might sound good to have your lake home sold in one day but it might not be in the best interest of you, the home seller. In this video, Lake Homes Realty’s CEO, Glenn S. Phillips provides four REAL reasons why real estate agents want to sell your home in one day. Less work. […]

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