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Hartwell, GA 30643
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Lake Hartwell Real Estate News: Lake Hartwell Property

Park and Recreation

There may be some of you who were hoping to do some camping at the end of May but got scared away by the midsummer-like heatwave.  It looks like June could be a better time to pitch a tent with cooler evenings and daytime temps that will make you want to head to the water.   One of my favorite camping spots is Tugaloo State Park.  The park has pioneer camping for groups, tent camping, motorhome camping and twenty 2-bedroom cabins for rent.  The cabins have docks to swim from or tie your boat up to.  Amenities include a beach, picnic pavilions, walking trails, mini-golf and a boat ramp with courtesy docks.  For all of you cyclists, there are about 10 miles of paths that have just been repaved, with much of the route directly on the water's edge.  If you get tired of your temporary camping location, let us know, and we will help you find your permanent spot on the lake.

Tube Wars

We had both of our grown kids and six grandkids at Lake Hartwell for Memorial Day weekend.  We are encouraging the older grandkids to experiment with boarding and skiing, but they always seem to gravitate to the tubes.  While the skill required is lacking, the fun is being able to have a group of people all riding at the same time.   We have been using these Airhead 3-person tubes for several years.  I like the size, and we can usually get at least one full season from them with pretty constant use.  The fun goes up exponentially with two or more tubes.  We don't have our video assembled for this year, but this one from last year gives a good feel for what we spent hours doing Memorial Day weekend.

Spring Into Summer!

We're still over a month from the official start of summer, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the lake and the surrounding area this weekend!  We previously told you about the Hartwell Dam Run this Saturday.  If you aren't able to join us for the race, or if you are looking for something to do after you run, check out the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce's Spring Festival from 9am to 4pm in downtown Lavonia.  There will be food, arts, crafts, kids' rides, face painting, and even a dog parade at 11!  There will also be a free live concert by Kayla J at the Gazebo from 1 to 3.  Hope to see you on Saturday and let us know if we can help you find your spot on the lake!

Q1 2019 Lake Hartwell Market Report

The number of homes sold in the first quarter of 2019 was up sharply over the same quarter in 2018.  102 homes sold, up 48% over Q1 2018.   Surprisingly, the average home price was lower at $308,000, indicating that there are a lot of buyers still competing for the lower priced properties on the lake.   The number of lake lots sold was up 36% with the average price up 10% to $139,000.  The available home inventory is down 22%.  The higher sales volume combined with a reduced inventory puts the absorption rate at 6 months.  The absorption rate is the number of months it would take to sell the current inventory at the current rate of sales.  The 6 month figure is half of what it was this time last year.  6 months is considered a balanced market, but if the trends continue, we should expect to see prices increasing over the course of the year.  This data is sourced from the GA and SC MLS's and has to be combined and carefully cleaned to ensure there is no double-counting of sales.  I have been tracking this information for 12 years, and as far as I know, no one else takes the time to make this information available to its constituents.  Just one more reason to let the experts help you with your spot on the lake. 

A Crib For Your Baby

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about the Greenville Boat Show.   If you made the trip and picked out one of the premium wakesurf boats (at 6 figures+), you may need a sweet place to keep it (a real steal at 5 figures+).   If you haven't locked in your spot on the lake, we can help you find one close to the same price as some of the boats mentioned above.   Beautiful docks make our lake more beautiful, and we love Kroeger Marine and the way they build docks.  Not only are they beautiful, but they are structurally sound and can withstand anything mother nature can throw at them.  This dock is wrapped in wood and also has a gorgeous shake shingle roof with a cupola to top it off.   By the way, Kroeger Marine can also help you with the rip rap to stabilize and beautify your shoreline.  Click here for more dock ideas.

Lake Hartwell Market Update Update

Last week, we reported the Q4 2018 Lake Hartwell market update.  The report showed a reduced inventory of homes, signaling a shift towards a seller's market.  I wanted you to know that the prediction now has some hard data to accompany it in just the first month of the year.  Our team has 10 new properties under contract since January 1st.  7 of those properties are our listings.  3 of the 7 had multiple offers.   In 2018, we only had 2 listings with multiple offers all year long.   I acknowledge that January could be a blip on the radar, and things could go back to the way they were this month, but I don't think so.  I haven't seen this type of shift in the 16 years that I have been practicing real estate at the lake, and I want the people in our network to be the people with the best, most current, information about our market.  If you are a buyer considering Lake Hartwell, I encourage you to look hard at what is currently available.  If you are thinking of selling, this is the best possible time to list your property with us.

Bring Your Dream To Life

If you have been reviewing these notes each week, you are well aware that there are still great values on Lake Hartwell homes that are being listed and sold every week.  But some of our clients still love the idea of building their dream home on the lot of their choice.  With more than 20 years combined experience in listening to what our clients want in a lake home, we feel like we have a pretty good handle on what that looks like.  Today, we are happy to announce today the launch of a new business unit, SpotOnTheLake Custom Homes.  We have carefully researched the area builders and have joined forces with Meritus  Signature Homes.  Meritus has an excellent track record of delighting their clients by building great lake homes at a reasonable price.  We will be announcing four Southern Living plans with a standard finish level that our clients expect: concrete siding, architectural shingle roof, garages, wood flooring, granite kitchens, tile baths and extensive patios, porches and decks to maximize the lake views.  Today we are announcing our first plan, The Eastanollee, with master on the main, a guest suite with full bath on the main and a finished terrace level.  Click here to take a closer look.


I know. I know.  PREMLS sounds like some sort of serious health condition.   But after today, PREMLS will have a whole new meaning for you.  Our constituency has grown to over 3000 people.    All of these people have either purchased lake properties from us in the past or contacted us about purchasing a lake property.  We pride ourselves in listing great properties at market prices, and we want to give our people the first look at these properties.  So you will start seeing properties in the matrix below labeled as “PREMLS”.  This means that you are seeing them before the properties are entered into the MLS system, and you will have first crack at them.  We are starting things off with a bang this week with 6 new PREMLS properties.  Since these properties are not listed yet, you can request additional information by clicking the photo which will generate an email to us requesting additional photos or information.  Make sure to identify the property that you  have interest in.  As the market heats up, the buyers with the best information and the ability to move quickly will be the ones who are able to lock in their spot on the lake.

Fast Action Opportunity

742 Lakeside HillsI don’t normally feature individual properties in this section, but I wanted all of you to be the first to know that this property is back on the market.   This lake lot has two motorhome pads with all utilities, a deck, a concrete driveway, and a concrete pathway to the covered slip dock.  This property has been under contract for two months, but due to buyer default is now back on the market.    We had a lot of calls on this one while it was under contract, and now it will got to the buyer who is ready to respond, and we hope that it is one of you!

Fish Beware

The fishing event calendar for 2015 is getting full at Lake Hartwell.  I announced in an earlier note that the National Bassmaster Classic selected Lake Hartwell for their tournament in February.   Just last week, American Bass Anglers, Inc. announced that the 2015 American Fishing Tour National Championship will be held at Lake Hartwell the week of October 17 - 23, 2015.   Apparently others are recognizing what we have known for some time – Lake Hartwell is one of the premier fishing lakes, not just in the southeast, but in the whole country.  You don’t have to convince fishing guide, Chip Hamilton, shown here with one of his smaller catches.  Be sure to make some time to allow us to help you find your spot on the lake.

Keller Williams Realty Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell Real Estate

Phone: 678-469-9917

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Very professional. Honest. Stays in touch. Highly recommend. He gave us ideas for pricing to move our parcel. Knew the area well. Wasn’t just a realtor who wanted to list, he wanted to work for us. Winnie
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