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Keller Williams Realty Plans New Office In Anderson

by Jay Hufnagel

Keller Williams Realty (KW) is in the planning stage of opening a new office in Anderson, South Carolina. Tommy Stevenson, Team Leader in the Greenville, SC KW office, will be the new Operating Principle (OP) for the office and the Western Upstate area. The Market Center will be called Keller Williams Realty Western Upstate.


Terri Anderson, from Terri’s Team Real Estate, will be the Broker in Charge (BIC) of the office until a new Broker and Team Leader is announced and trained. The main office will be located at 4107 Liberty Hwy in Anderson.


Tommy estimates that by the time the Market Center opens, sometime in September, there will be over 60 Real Estate Agents committed to the new office. Plus, he added, as with most KW Market Centers, he expects this office will be profitable in its first full month of operation. All of this coming at a great time, as Real Estate activity appears to be heating up in the Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee areas.


As you can imagine, Real Estate Agents all over the Upstate are setting new goals and looking for new opportunities. Working with KW and its “Win Win” culture may be a great way to increase their business.  Here’s an excerpt from Tommy’s website:  “At Keller Williams® (KW) we believe in training our associates so that they have the knowledge to build the best possible real estate team and have a successful career. When a KW Realtor® develops a system that works and is successful, they don't mind sharing it with everyone else.  Our associates and leadership believe in helping you obtain your goals and want to see you get there.”


On a personal note, I’ve worked with Tommy Stevenson on many occasions, and I expect his expectations are well within his grasp. Within the next couple of months, expect to see hundreds of red KW signs in front of homes for sale throughout the Upstate.


For more information on Keller Williams Realty and Real Estate in the Upstate, please contact Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , or 864-287-7530.

Lake Lanier - Whose water is it anyway?

by Jay Hufnagel

Come on ….  Think about it. Isn’t it common sense that, if water runs through your property, you should be able to use it for appropriate purposes? I can’t believe all the hoopla over the use of Lake Lanier’s water. Even before the lake was built in 1956 water from the Chattahoochee and Chestatee rivers was used by the people that inhabited the area around the river banks. It’s hard to imagine that Congress, when they originally set up the purposes for the lake, would want to exclude all of the municipalities that surround the lake, from using its water.  A recent article from the Gainesville Times (July 30, 2009) ran an opinion column by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle (recently sent out by the 1071 Coalition Group to their membership). In the article, Cagle said “Georgia has a fundamental right to the water that originates from its rivers and rain.”


Again … think about it.  If you put a rain barrel under your roof gutters, doesn’t it make sense that you should be able to use the water that drains into it as you see fit. Let’s hope, if this challenge isn’t worked out shortly, that the 435 Congressmen that will vote on this use the same common sense. What do you think?


By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, , 770-757-2799.

Lake Lanier Waterfront Home with Boathouse

by Jay Hufnagel
"Rare" Boathouse with Party Deck 
This Stunning Four (4) Bedroom, Three (3) Bath, Waterfront Home at 3445 Point View Circle in Gainesville, Georgia is located on  Deep Water of the Chattahoochee Channel of Lake Lanier and has a Single Slip Boathouse Dock (with Party Deck) in place.  Enjoy "Wall of Windows" in this Beautiful Home with Views of Open Water and the Gainesville Bridge in the Distance. Entertain Guests on your Large Deck overlooking the Lake. Then go for a 5 minute boat ride to Gainesville Marina to enjoy a nice meal and gas up your boat. This home features an Exceptional Design with many Outstanding Details, Upgrades, and Highlights throughout, including Hardwood Floors, Soaring Ceilings, Two (2) Story Stone Fireplace in the Great Room, and a Large Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Countertops. Master Suite in Loft with an “Unbelievable” Huge Master Bath, Bonus Sun Rooms off the Kitchen and Loft Area, and it’s only a Short Walk to the Water’s Edge. Make this Your Dream Lake Home today. Offered at only $524,900.
Call or Email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners, 770-757-2799, , for more Details and Schedule a Showing.

Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition Kicks Off Meeting May 9th

by Jay Hufnagel

Mark your calendar to attend the first organizational meeting for The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition organization. The meeting will be held May 9th in the Lonnie R. Burns Fine Arts Center at the Hart County High School in Hartwell, Georgia.


Here is a short video and a Press Release explaining why there’s a need for this organization:


Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition Seeks Answers to Outdated Lake Level Management Policies


First organizational meeting to be held May 9th at Hart County High School

For those who have enjoyed the beauty and recreational opportunities afforded by
Lake Hartwell, it has been a painful experience to see the level of the lake drop so dramatically in recent years.  But few who see the lake’s exposed docks and dry inlets understand that the drought that brought on the problem is not the sole contributor to conditions as they are today.  Worse, most do not understand that as the drought comes to an end, the lake’s water level management is still a matter of uncharted waters.


To address this concern, the steering committee of the newly formed Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition invites all interested citizens, businesses and stakeholders to participate in the initial launch of a new grassroots organization on Saturday, May 9. This informative session will be held from 10 – 12 pm in the Fine Arts Center of the Hart County High School and will address critical problems associated with recent drought issues and the impact of lake level management on the economy and ecosystems of Upstate South Carolina and Georgia.


The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition currently includes a diverse group of volunteer business leaders representing northeast Georgia and upstate South Carolina who have long recognized that the current lake level management plan adopted by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) does not satisfy the current or future needs of stakeholders along the Savannah River Basin. One critical goal of the 660 Coalition is to facilitate the scientific research needed to develop an updated plan that will provide elected officials with the information they need in order to change the almost 50 year-old Corps plan.

Most agree that If Lake Hartwell were at full pool today, it would be no less vulnerable
to the next dry weather cycle or lake level management philosophy and that any plan update must reflect lessons learned from the current drought situation.

A key issue to be explained at the inaugural May 9 meeting will be the need to
revise the current lake level management policy by using full pool (660 feet) as
the trigger point for implementation of the drought management plan.


Mike Gray, owner/broker - Hartwell Lake Prop Realty, has been a tireless advocate for retooling lake level management policy on Lake Hartwell. Gray claims
that there is little or no rationale for current lake level output.  

“Why do we drop our water level 14 feet during a severe drought before decreasing the output to an agreed upon minimum level? Would you believe we can’t find anyone downstream who can document scientifically or with engineering studies what their water flow needs are? That’s why we want to organize a group of people from both states to question and provide documentation,” Gray said.


The Lake Hartwell 660 Coalition will be created as a 501c4 tax exempt organization

and will be enlisting all stakeholders at the grass roots level from both states in the
Upper Savannah Basin. It is dedicated to maintaining water levels in Lake Hartwell

that sustain water supply, recreation, and economic prosperity through the advocacy
of appropriate, science-based water releases necessary for the Savannah River Basin.
All attendees are encouraged to become regular supporters and if possible, to serve
on the communications, research or education committees that will be formed to focus on future lake level policy.


Additional information is available by calling John Noell @ 706.377.4660.


As with Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta, every foot we are down has a significant impact on the economies of all the counties and cities that border the lake. Like the 1071 Coalition Group (Lake Lanier's Organization), the 660 Coalition organization and its stakeholders will be proactive in making the public and our leaders more aware of the need to “retool” Lake Hartwell and The Savannah River Basin Lake Level Management Plan. 


As Lisa Kishoni (a lake home owner) stated recently, “Lake Hartwell is the economic engine for a large part of Northeast Georgia and Upstate South Carolina”.  

Also, check out what M.J. Kneiser stated in the Independent-Mail on April 27, 2009. 


I hope to see you there!


By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , or 770-757-2799.



Lake Hartwell "Two for One"

by Jay Hufnagel


Two for One - A Fantastic Lake Lot and a Roof over your Head. If your “Bucket List” includes owning Lake Hartwell Property at a Great Price (under $200k), Swimming and Boating in Deep Water from your large Covered Single Slip Dock, Beautiful Views, and a short Walk to the Lake, then this Lake Hartwell property may be just for you.


This Waterfront Lot has an old 2 Bedroom, 1.5 Bath Trailer sitting very close to the Shoreline that you can enjoy until you Build the Lake Home of your Dreams. Located at 152 Robinhood Rd, Townville, South Carolina and nestled in a quiet cove off the Seneca Channel, this Lot is only 5 minutes from Exit #11 off I-85 in South Carolina, 15 minutes from Anderson Shopping and Restaurants, and a short Boat Ride to Portman Marina. Here you can park and gas up your Boat and Dine at The Galley and Nami Restaurants. Life doesn’t get much better than this!  Hurry, this one won’t last long. Just reduced to $195,000. 


Contact Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, , , or 864-287-7530.

Lake Hartwell "out of balance" with Lake Thurmond

by Jay Hufnagel
Yesterday I attended a Western Upstate Association of REALTOR luncheon at the Keowee Key Country Club. Sandy Campbell, Chief Ranger, with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was our guest speaker. Sandy’s topic was the “State of the Lake”. She started the presentation with, “we are our own worst enemy … we don’t do a good enough job telling people what we do”. I think the majority of the attendees agreed with her.
Overall, Sandy did a great job with her presentation. Here are a few highlights:
-         Currently Lake Hartwell is out of balance with Lake Thurmond, therefore the Corps will “turn off the spigot” (reduce the outflow) from Hartwell until both lakes are balanced. Sandy’s explanation was that happened because the lower part of the Savannah River Basin received more rain and run-off then what Hartwell received. Something she said that surprised me was that the rain that falls in Anderson runs off into Lake Russell, not Lake Hartwell. The drainage basins that flow into the different lakes consist of the following: Hartwell 2088 square miles, Russell 2837 square miles, and Thurmond 6144 square miles. As you can see, there’s not as much drainage that flows into Hartwell as what people assume.
-         The Corps are in an “adaptive management” mode. Sandy said that in the future they’re not going to take the lake down 4’ in the winter like they have in the past. She’s not sure what level will be set yet.
-         When Lake Hartwell and Thurmond are at least 15’ below full pool Lake Thurmond needs a higher percentage of water, therefore they accelerate the outflow of water from Hartwell. As of yesterday, Lake Hartwell was at 647.87 msl (mean sea level). New projections indicate that Hartwell could be at 651.4 msl by May 16, 2009. That’s about 6 inches lower then last year. Full Pool is 660 msl. Sandy made a comment, “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers doesn’t control the rainfall”. She also added, “God can do anything”.  
-         Every Wednesday new lake level projections are posted on the Corps website.
I asked three questions at the meeting:
  1. She mentioned that the Corps needed to improve their communication. I asked what they’re doing to address that. She explained that they periodically send out information to lake property owners. More needs to be done.
  2. How will the reactor additions at Plant Vogtle affect the water level on Lake Hartwell? Sandy didn’t have a very good answer for this question. She commented that there are still reviews being done by different entities on those plans. She suggested that concerned citizens write and comment to their representatives (see my earlier blogs on Save our Lakes Now and Plant Vogtle).
  3. I asked: who are the Corps representatives that have the day to day “spigot” control over the water flows? She stated that Stanley (Stan) Simpson and Jason Ward have that responsibility.
Overall, I feel that this was one of the better Corps meetings that I’ve attended. One thing is obvious, people and especially stakeholders need to become more active and voice their opinion to leaders and decision makers. I urge everyone concerned with the lakes of the Savannah River basin to contact their State and Federal representatives and let them know your concern. Go to the Save our Lakes Now website for a list of contacts. Jessica Sibley from the Daily Journal was at the meeting to take notes (read her story, "Good News, bad news for lake Hartwell"). You can find her articles and others at . Here are two recent articles on rising waters and tweaking lake levels.
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty,, , 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 Keowee 2008 Waterfront Home and Lot Sales

by Jay Hufnagel
Lake Keowee, just north of Seneca, South Carolina, still reigns as one of the most premier lakes in the Southeast. People ask, what is the difference between Lake Keowee and Lake Hartwell? As you may know, Lake Keowee is not as big as Hartwell, but many Keowee home owners find that there’s a different culture, a different look, a different price, and a big difference in the way it’s managed. Lake Keowee is managed by Duke Energy. Rick Spruill, wrote a good article in the Anderson Independent-Mail on December 27, 2008, Keowee and Hartwell: Drought brings differences to the surface. Rick does a great job in explaining how each lake is managed. As for me, I love both lakes ….. cause I’m a lake guy.
Here are some statistics on Lake Keowee waterfront Real Estate activity for 2008 (Based on information from the Western Upstate MLS for the period January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, and does not include FSBO and non SC Upstate MLS listed properties):
Waterfront Homes Sold (excludes Condos & Townhouses) – 59
            Average Days on the Market – 167
            Average List Price - $988,266
            Average Sale Price - $903,778
            Sale vs List Price – 91.5%
            Active Listings – 139
            Pending Listings - 10
Waterfront Lots Sold – 46
            Average Days on the Market - 229
            Average List Price - $501,655
            Average Sales Price - $473,001
            Sale vs List Price – 94.3%
            Active Listings – 346
            Pending Listings – 3
Please click on the link below for a list of the actual sales that were included in this report or email me at .
Lake Keowee Waterfront Home Sales
Lake Keowee Waterfront Lot Sales
I’d be interested in your comments as to how these statistics compare to what your expectations were and what you would assume they would be.
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group, 864-287-7530,  

Lake Hartwell 2008 Real Estate Sales

by Jay Hufnagel
Wow! Have you been watching the lake level since we’ve had some rain in the last few weeks? In September, Larry Orr from the US Army Corps of Engineers, said that "if we didn’t have much rain that the lake could be down 28 feet or more". As of the newspaper today, January 7, 2009, the lake is down only 18 feet and probably will improve by a couple more feet within the next week. As lake property owners and stakeholders, we shouldn’t let our guard down. I urge you to stay in touch with the “Save Our Lakes Now” program, and notify our government leaders and the US Army Corps of Engineers that we want more attention and focus on getting and keeping our lake to full pool. Juan Brown wrote an interesting special column in the Anderson Independent Mail, January 4, 2009, When lakes reach full pool again, what then? I urge you to read it.
Here are statistics for the 2008 “waterfront” Real Estate activity on Lake Hartwell. This list does not include condos and townhomes (Based on information from the SC Western Upstate MLS from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008, and does not include FSBO and non Upstate MLS listings):
Homes Sold –   55                                          
            Average Days on the Market –                       134                 
            Average List Price -                                   $505,756            
            Average Sale Price -                                    464,279            
            Sale vs. List Price –                                         91.8%             
            Current Active Listings -   238                
            Current Homes Pending (under contract) -  8
Waterfront Lots Sold -  23                  
            Average Days on the Market –                        152                
            Average List Price –                                  $251,008        
            Average Sale Price -                                    226,782         
            Sale vs. List Price –                                         90.3%             
            Current Active Listings -  178
            Current Lots Pending (under contract) - 2
If you’d like to receive an actual list of the homes/lots that have sold in 2008, please click on the link below or email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, at
Homes Sold
Lots Sold
The time to buy lake property is now ….”they’re not making any more of it”.   
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, Lake and Home Group, 864-287-7530, .

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.

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Contact Information

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