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Affordable Waterfront Lot on Lake Hartwell

by Jay Hufnagel
Just Reduced! Fantastic Waterfront Lot on Lake Hartwell in very nice Subdivision (1114 Bay Dr, Fair Play, SC 29643) .  Located just 2 minutes from I-85, exit #4, this lot is nestled between two Beautiful Homes, but still has its own Privacy. With the lake level down approximately 5.5 ft (April 22, 2009), there is currently no water under the “almost new” 10x20’ Platform Dock… and the Lot is priced accordingly. Seller estimates that at full pool there will be approximately 4-5’ of water at the dock. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to own Waterfront Property (at a great price) and build your Lake Hartwell Dream Home.
Contact Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, or 864-287-7530,

Lake Lanier 2008 Waterfront Real Estate Sales Activity

by Jay Hufnagel
Thank you to all of you that have been praying for rain. As of today, January 7, 2009, Lake Lanier is less then 17 feet below full pool, and it’s expected to improve by at least 2 feet by the weekend. Stacy Shelton, from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Lake Lanier rises nearly 2 feet since early Tuesday. The article has some great quotes in it from John Feldt (National Weather Service).
If you haven’t already signed up to receive email updates from the 1071 Coalition, I strongly urge you to do so. This group is dedicated to driving a coalition of support for a full pool (1071 feet above sea level) and a healthy Lake Lanier.
Here are statistics for 2008 “waterfront” Real Estate activity on Lake Lanier. This list does not include condos and townhouses. (Based on information from the First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) and does not include FSBO and non FMLS listings):
Homes Sold   -    91                                                                    
            Average Days on the Market                       91                     
            Original Average List Price                      $711,673            
            Average Sale Price                                      628,116            
            Sale vs. List Price                                            88.3%             
            Current Active Listings                                   436                
            Current Homes Pending (under contract)      9
Waterfront Lots Sold   -  5                     
             Average Days on the Market –                     103                   
            Average List Price –                                  $302,600        
            Average Sale Price -                                     267,430         
            Sale vs. List Price –                                         88.4%              
            Current Active Listings -                               289
            Current Lots Pending (under contract) -       1
If you’d like to receive an actual list of the homes/lots that have sold, please click on the link below or email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, at
Homes Sold
       Buyer Full Page
       CMA Page
Lots Sold
 Buyer Full Page
       CMA Page
The time to buy lake property is now ….”they’re not making any more of it”.   
By: Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, , 770-757-2799, just “Say Jay” for Real Estate. Please comment below on what your thoughts are concerning these statistics.

Lake Lanier Water Level

by Jay Hufnagel
Are you still concerned about Lake Lanier’s water level?
With the rain we’ve had lately many “Stakeholders and Concerned Citizens” have forgotten about the water crisis we face on Lake Lanier. Today there was an interesting article in the AJC by Stacy Shelton (Lanier’s return to full will be a long time coming). In the article she refers to some of the steps taken to reduce the flow out of the lake. 
In late February many of us (over 300) emailed the US Army Corps of Engineers about reducing the outflow of water from Lake Lanier into the Chattahoochee River. The Lake Lanier Association and now, the 1071 Coalition, have since been very pro-active in keeping the pressure on the Corps to keep reducing the outflow even more. And, maybe it’s working. Since the first of the year, it appears that the Corps has taken a more pro-active approach in managing the lake. Now’s not the time to let up.
Please consider emailing or writing to Governor Sonny Perdue, Senator Saxby Chambliss, ,  and the US Army Corps of Engineers ( ) to voice your continuing support for, in the words of the Lake Lanier Association, “a full & clean Lake Lanier”.
If you haven’t already, please visit the 1071 Coalition website and sign up to receive information on what more you can do.

Are you ready for some Crappie?

by Jay Hufnagel
  As you can see by the picture of my 80 year old mother, it’s time to catch some Crappie. This picture was taken by our dock on Lake Hartwell, but the Crappie are biting on Lake Lanier as well. Most of the Crappie we caught we’re hitting on minnows and yellow/green jigs with a minnow hooked by it’s lips (“as if minnows have lips”, but you know what I mean). We had dropped a couple of Christmas trees off our dock earlier in the year and now they’re producing slab size fish in about seven (7) foot of water.  
  My neighbor fishes on Lake Lanier and parts of the Chattahoochee River, and as you can see, he knows how to fish Crappie as well. What’s nice about fishing this time of the year for Crappie is that they are getting ready to spawn. They’re aggressive, and you can catch them in large numbers. And, they’re just starting. During the next two weeks the water will warm up to about 60 degrees and full moon is scheduled for March 21st. If you like to fish, don’t miss this exciting event.
Don’t forget to bring a net. Most of the Crappie we caught were slab size (1 to 2 lb). When they’re that big, you’ll have a hard time lifting them out of the water without tearing their lips and watching them swim away. Good Luck!
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group, just “Say Jay” for Real Estate.

The Bassmaster Classic and Lake Hartwell is where it's at

by Jay Hufnagel
  All it took was a major fishing tournament, a little rain, warm weather, and things have really heated up on Lake Hartwell…Real Estate that is. My phone was ringing off the hook this morning with lake property inquiries. Hopefully that’ll be just the start. Many potential buyers have had one eye on the economy and the other on lake levels. But today things were different. You could feel a little excitement in the air. Lake home owners, fishing tournament enthusiasts, and area visitors were all out to see what was happening on the lake.
  And, the fish are biting! After showing property this morning, I dropped by Portman Marina to see where all the action is happening. ESPN2 has a huge pavilion set up to broadcast the tournament over the next few days. Charlie Hartley, from Grove City, Ohio placed first on Friday with five fish and a total weigh in of over 21 lbs. The largest fish caught yesterday weighed in at over 6 lbs. Now that’s a fish!
Check out the Bassmaster Classic website and the Anderson Independent website for the latest on the tournament. And, if you’re near the lake, don’t miss watching the boats go out tomorrow morning at 7:15AM.

Have you been to the Atlanta Boat Show?

by Jay Hufnagel

 If you haven’t been to the Atlanta Boat Show yet, it’s definitely worth the trip. I went Friday and was impressed by the number of people that were there. Attendees didn’t let lake water levels or the economy stand in their way of viewing the huge display of boats, dock equipment, jet skis, and other water toys. Also, there were various displays from Real Estate, such as Keller Williams Realty (Teresa Smith and the Living on Lake Lanier team), to Insurance, Fishing, Marinas, Resorts, and Sailing Schools. Even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DNR had booths and were handing out all kinds of goodies.

Oh, and don’t forget to take the kids. They have a huge fish tank on display, and you can even try your hand at catching trout out of a small pond set up in the exhibit hall.
Can’t make the Atlanta Show? There’s another boat show in Greenville, South Carolina January 24 to the 27th at the Carolina First Center. Go to for more information.
By: Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group, 770-757-2799

How does an inch of rain effect lake levels?

by Jay Hufnagel

I’ve heard in the past that an inch of rain equates to about a foot increase in lake levels. According to recent articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) and from the National Weather Service’s Southeast River Forecast Center, that is not the case. The AJC stated Sunday that Lake Lanier adds water only when rain is plentiful and steady. For example (currently), one inch of rain water would have no impact on the water level of Lake Lanier. The lake level would continue to fall, but at a lower rate for a couple of days. So much depends on how saturated the soil is and how consistent the rain has fallen. The real change happens when we get at least 4 inches of rain. According to the 11/25/07 AJC article, the lake would rise 1.4 feet over 5 days, then hold steady.


To get up to date precipitation information, and how it’s affecting our lakes, go to the National Weather Service’s Southeast River Forecast Center website. Not only does it have current and forecasted moisture statistics, but also you can listen to a Power Point presentation on the Southeast Water Resources Outlook.

By: Jay Hufnagel, 770-757-2799 just "Say Jay" for Lake Real Estate

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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