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270 West Howell Street
Hartwell, GA 30643
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Lake Hartwell Real Estate News: Lake Hartwell Property

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.

Fond Memories

(From Michael)  I have faint but fond memories of being 5 years old, spending the day at the lake, and learning to ride around on my little white skis that were tied together in front with the rope handle coming off the skis.  Now that I am a dad to a 1 and 3 year old, one of the things I am most looking forward to is having the opportunity to teach my boys to water ski and hopefully love it as much as I have.  Evan is practically a tubing pro already, so I'm sure it won't be long before you see him cruising around the lake on his skis (and then on his bare feet!)  Let us help your family make some of these incredible experiences and memories like we have!  Contact us so we can help you find your spot on the lake

Personally crafted for water

Last weekend, Hartwell Marina hosted a stop in the Pro Watercross tour.  Hundreds of spectators gathered to watch the speed and the stunts.  The event may have spurred some interest from lake lovers about owning a PWC for the first time or upgrading to a newer model.  I found this article which does a nice job of reviewing some of the best on the market.  Of the top 10, 7 were either Sea-Doo or Yamaha.  I have personal experience with both brands, but currently own a Honda.   I like it, but finding a dealer to service it is a little tougher.   I have heard great things about the reliability and serviceability of the Yamaha brand.  For those of you that already own PWC’s we would love to get your reviews.

Keller Williams Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell Real Estate

Phone: 678-469-9917

Client Reviews

Tom is a long time neighbor in this lake neighborhood and extremely knowledgeable about the Lake Hartwell market. We have known him for years and never considered any other realtor in the area. Our experience was quite positive and Tom was always very responsive whenever we contacted him.   Selling real estate can be a very stressful experience, but Tom helped us through it with a hitch. We would definitely recommend him around the lake! Kelly K.
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