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Youngster Challenges Pros

By winning the College Series National Championship last year, Jacob Foutz earned the right to compete with 50 other anglers at the Bassmaster Classic, also known as the Super Bowl of Fishing, to be held March 16-18 at Lake Hartwell.  The high-profile tournament will be held at Lake Hartwell for the second time in 4 years mainly due to the quality of the fishing, but also due to the huge fan support.  In 2015, over 100,000 fans attended the event, with larger crowds anticipated this year.  Jacob attends Bryan College, and at 19 years old, will be the youngest competitor in the tournament.  More photos here.  Come cheer on the competitors and save some time to let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Big Boy Toys

Kids have a fascination with toys just shortly after they are born, and most kids have a special place to keep all their toys.  Some kids never grow up, and for those kids we are announcing The Toy Box.  This two car garage is perfect for your cars, boats, PWC's, motorcycles or ATV's, and this toy box even has room for you upstairs, so you can stay close to your toys.  We have sited this garage apartment just steps from Harbor Light Marina on Lake Hartwell, to make playing with your toys that much easier.  We hope this great idea will help one lucky lake lover get closer to the lake.  Click here to see the plans.  And if you already have a spot on the lake and want to add the toy box to your property, just let us know, and we will make it happen.

Top Dawg

Each year the Georgia Upstate Lakes Board of REALTORs recognizes the top agents in our area.  On Thursday of last week, our Buyer Specialist, Michael Miller, was recognized as the number four agent in our area based on reported and verified sales volume.  Michael ranked first out of the agents that only work with buyers.  In just his fifth year in our market, he has grown to be one of the most highly respected agents by his clients and by his fellow agents.  Our current Board president, Shelley Phillips, presented him with his award.  I am proud that he has chosen to work with SpotOnTheLake and even more proud that he is my son.  If you need to find the best available property to meet your needs anywhere on the lake, give him a call.

Run The Dam Run

For any of you that have been focused on diet or exercise since the beginning of the year (or longer), I have a challenge for you.  The 40th Annual Hartwell Dam 5k/10k Run is scheduled on 5/5/18 at the Big Oaks Recreation Area.  The 10k race starts in Georgia, passes over the Savannah River into South Carolina, and returns back over the Hartwell Dam, with gorgeous views of the lake.  Last year, Andrew Clarke and Leann Osborne finished first in the 5k run with times of 18:28 and 20:26 respectively.  The 10k was won by Thomas Buchanan and Holly Ballenger with times of 40:13 and 43:27. I finished 6th in the 5k (in my age category), which I was pretty proud of, not being an avid runner.  More details here and let me know if you can join us this year.

Lake Hartwell Q4 Market Report

Since Lake Hartwell forms the border of two states, we need to pull data from two separate MLS's for a complete picture of the market.  This makes the data more difficult to summarize as duplicates need to be removed manually.  That being said, this report is the only one of its kind that I am aware of and the data is extremely valuable to us and to our clients.  We now have 10 years of running data collected in the same format for analysis.  

For single family lakefront homes, the fourth quarter of 2017 was almost flat to the previous quarter and 7% down from the same quarter of 2016.   75 homes were sold with an average price of $350,334.  The number of available homes was down 20% indicating there were not a lot of new sellers entering the market.  The average sell/list ratio was down slightly to 94% with buyers having more leverage during negotiations.   Lake lot sales were down sharply with only 8 lots sold at an average price of $135,938.  Check out the recent market activity and be assured that there is nobody else that you want representing you on the purchase or sale of your spot on the lake.

Trade Up

If your boat has seen its better days, next weekend could be your opportunity to get back on the water again.  100's of boats and PWC's will be on display at the Atlanta Boat Show.    There will also be 100's of additional vendors in related industries.  The show runs fromJanuary 18th-21st at the Georgia World Congress Center.  Tickets are $14, but you can buy discount tickets in advance here through the 17th.‚Äč  Have fun and let me know which one you pick.  If you don't already have a place to keep it, let us help you find your spot on the lake.

Skiing In January

I have posted dozens of water skiing videos over the last 10 years, but this is the first time I have ever featured skiing on the frozen stuff.  I decided to give props to the snow this week when I found this video on the GoPro channel.  This is absolutely breathtaking.  But if you are thinking of building your vacation home here, you will need to plan for some extra pavement or a private plane.  It's about 70 miles to the nearest blacktop.  Enjoy!

Welcome to Georgia

When traveling on I-85 South from South Carolina into Georgia, Nathan Deal is the first person to welcome you with a sign as you cross over Lake Hartwell.  The next welcome you will receive is from the SpotOnTheLake team.  We have just installed a new billboard immediately after you enter the state.  We want SpotOntheLake to be the first thing everyone thinks of when they are considering buying or selling a lake property.  Click here to see the finished product.  And if you are interested in purchasing three acres on Lake Hartwell, the property where the sign is located is for sale (see below).

Pea Soup

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was plagued with a power outage and an unusually thick fog at the beginning of the week.  Travelers were delayed for hours as flights were cancelled and rescheduled.  Lake Hartwell is not immune to some foggy mornings as well.  You won't believe the mayhem captured in this time lapse video near Tugaloo State Park.  (Video credit:  Stephen Joerger) 

 

Slippery Slopes

December snow events at Lake Hartwell are a rare occurrence, but when they happen, they sure can be pretty.  Last week, we were mostly spared from the pains that usually go along with frozen precipitation in Georgia (slippery roads and power outages) due to the milder temperatures.  Sitting beside the fire with a coffee overlooking the snow and the lake is one of my favorite ways to pass the time.  Come let us help you find your spot on the lake.

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