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US Army Corps of Engineers sends out "shotgun" Letter

by Jay Hufnagel

Sandy Campbell, Chief Ranger of Shoreline Management (US Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District), sent out a “shotgun” letter on September 18th to Lake Hartwell property owners reminding them that the “ghost” dock deadline for installation is January 1, 2010. Here is an excerpt from that letter:


“This letter is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for dock installation on Lake Hartwell. If you have a permit that was issued over one year ago and have not installed your dock, this is a very important notice for you. The deadline for dock installation is January 1, 2010.


  Property owners who have not yet installed their “ghost” docks fall under this installation deadline. The term “ghost dock” refers to dock permits which were issued under previous Shoreline Management Plans (SMP’s) which did not require docks to be installed. The current 2007 Hartwell SMP, implemented on June 26, 2006, required docks to be installed within one year of issuance. Due to the recent drought this date was extended to January 1, 2010. Docks issued under the 2007 Hartwell SMP that are past their one year installation deadline are also held to the January 1, 2010 deadline. We continue to urge those who have adequate water depth to install their dock to avoid a back-log of dock installations at the end of the year. If your dock is currently in pace, please contact our office so we can update our files accordingly.”


The bottom line is … if you’ve got a dock permit and no dock installed, you’d better do something quick, or you may have to reapply under the current permit issuance criteria, which may cause you to lose your dock re-issuance ability, location and size of your dock. 


Fortunately with the recent rain we’ve experienced, many lake property owners that haven’t installed their docks due to low water levels, will now be able to have that done. For further information on the Shore Management Plan (SMP) contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 1-888-893-0678.


Also, if interested, please feel free to email Jay Hufnagel at for a copy of the complete letter.


Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , Lake Hartwell Property Owner, 770-757-2799.

Which Multiple Listing Service (MLS) is Best for Lake Hartwell

by Jay Hufnagel

Currently there are two primary Multiple Listing Service (MLS) companies that serve Lake Hartwell (Georgia MLS and South Carolina Western Upstate MLS). As you may know, Lake Hartwell has over 962 miles of shoreline, and about 70% of that is in South Carolina.  So…which one serves Buyers and Sellers the best?


It depends on who you talk to. Brokers that work out of Georgia (GA), and prioritize the GA side of the lake, would say GAMLS is the best. Brokers in South Carolina (SC) would say the SC Western Upstate MLS is a better choice because the majority of the lake is in SC. Fortunately; many Lake Hartwell Agents have access to both MLS systems and are licensed in both States. Based on my research and experience, the SC Western Upstate MLS has the most Lake Hartwell listings and is more “user friendly” than GAMLS. Recently I tested this assumption by sending the same property from each MLS system to a customer in Georgia. They were far more impressed by the SC Western Upstate MLS than the GAMLS system.


Personally, I use both MLS systems to market and give access to my Sellers and potential Buyers. Unfortunately, many Brokers don’t list all of their lake listings in both systems so Buyers on Auto Notification may not see all of the available properties in their search criteria. Sellers don’t get the exposure that they’re expecting.


So, if you’re a potential Buyer, what should you expect from your Buyer’s Agent? I would ask to have access to both MLS systems so I would have more options and choices. I would want to get new listings from SC Western Upstate MLS Auto-Notification, and also I would want access to GAMLS to be sure I saw all of the listings on the GA side of Lake Hartwell that may not have been entered into the SC system.  As a Seller, I would make sure my property was listed in both MLS systems to get the most exposure.


In this market, Sellers need to have the maximum amount of exposure, and Buyers want to see as many comparable properties as they can to make sure they’ve made the best choice and decision.  


For more information on Marketing or Buying Lake Hartwell property, please contact Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , , 770-757-2799.

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Lake and Home Group
Keller Williams Realty
4878 Manhattan Dr.
Buford GA 30518
GA: 770-757-2799
SC: 864-287-7530
Fax: 770-504-5509