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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, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com , sayjay@bellsouth.net or 864-287-7530.

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, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com , sayjay@bellsouth.net or 770-757-2799.

 

 

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 www.upstatetoday.com . Here are two recent articles on rising waters and tweaking lake levels.
 
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com, sayjay@bellsouth.net , 864-287-7530.

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, sayjay@bellsouth.net or 864-287-7530, wwwSayJayLakeandHome.com.

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):
 
LAKE KEOWEE
 
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 sayjay@bellsouth.net .
 
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, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com  

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, saxby_chambliss@chambliss.senate.gov ,  and the US Army Corps of Engineers ( joseph.m.brabham@usace.army.mil ) 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.

Lake Hartwell, Plant Vogtle and Savannah River Basin Update

by Jay Hufnagel
Are you concerned as I am about the water level in Lake Hartwell?
The Georgia PSC is having a hearing today in order to take public comment on the expansion of Plant Vogtle.  The proposed addition to the plant will add two reactors and increase the gallons per day used by Vogtle to 80 million (80% of that is consumptive use -- it is gone forever).   In addition to the added use on our already stressed basin, there is a concern that water releases would have to be increased at Thurmond to make up to downstream users what is lost at Vogtle (i.e. - Savannah needs 3600cfs, after Vogtle, the river is flowing at less than that due to it's use of water, so Savannah asks the Corps to release more at Thurmond, so that they have 3600cfs even after Vogtle uses what they need for four reactors).  Also, the dredging that Southern Nuclear is requesting the Corps to do in order to make the river navigable will have impacts on the Lake because we will have to supply enough cfs per day for navigation (the river has not been used for navigation since 1979).  Navigation requires 5600cfs per day (we are currently releasing 3600 cfs per day).
 
 
Here are some facts:
Vast majority of the energy produced by the two new reactors is not needed locally and will be sold for 30 years to ALA and FL
If they wanted to - Southern could use reactors (Areva) that use 98% less water  (they are using Westinghouse reactors)
By expanding now, Southern gets to capitalize on billions in tax write-offs and subsidies that were put in place by the government for the next six nuclear power plants to expand/start operations.
If approved, Southern's permit will be good for 20 years
The papers Southern submitted all reference the Corps' Drought Contingency Plan - and we all know the current drought has shown that Plan to be inadequate.
Vogtle is the largest single user of water in our basin and one of the reasons why we have the minimum releases that we do have in place.  (Nuclear cooling is a National Security Issue - they must have sufficient flows to cool their reactors).
 
Here is where you need to go on Monday, November 3:
Georgia Public Service Commission
Monday, 11/3 - 10AM (you can arrive early)
244 Washington Street
Atlanta, 30334
(404) 656-4540
 
 
Come in on street level.  Take elevator to 1st floor.  Stop at window and ask for Public Hearing Room.  Sign in and wait your turn to speak.
A very general comment to make would be:
 
"I am very concerned that the expansion of Plant Vogtle will have negative impacts to the Savannah River Basin, which has been in drought for the last three years.  I am concerned, specifically, that releases from Thurmond Dam to support navigation in the Federal channel will put our reservoirs (Hartwell and Thurmond) in jeopardy.  I am also concerned that the Corps may be requested by stakeholders post-plant to increase cfs from Thurmond to make up for the losses in cfs that the river will have due to Vogtle's consumptive use of water from the river."
 
PLEASE PASS THIS ALONG TO ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE THE TRIP AND COME TO ATLANTA
 
Here is what Lisa Kishoni plans on saying at the hearing today. Please support her and all of the concerned homeowners and potential buyers of Lake Hartwell area property.
 
 I am here today because I am very concerned that the proposed Vogtle expansion will put too much stress on the Savannah River Basin – especially the upper basin reservoirs.  I strongly feel, as do many of the business owners and homeowners who live and work near these reservoirs, that it is the wrong project at the wrong time in the wrong basin.  I also believe that permitting process largely ignored effects on the upper basin reservoirs, Lakes Hartwell and Thurmond. 
 
At a time when our basin has been in record drought for three years, we are looking at doubling the size of the biggest user of water in our basin, and unlike the lower half of the basin, we were not even properly noticed about the expansion!  The majority of stakeholders in the upper basin remain clueless that this expansion project is even being considered.
 
Plant Vogtle is one of the main reasons Lake Hartwell is currently releasing 3600 cfs a day from our dam.  Our lake is over 20 feet down and we are losing about 1 foot a week!  The Corps has told us that we will be expected to keep up these releases even when we are 40 feet down and have reached our “inactive pool.”  The future of the reservoirs is drying up before our eyes.   Along with the reservoirs, the local economies of all the counties that border the lakes are drying up as well.  Businesses have closed, houses are being foreclosed on and jobs are being lost – those of us that make our homes and livings near the lakes have the double whammy of the current economic downturn, and this protracted drought.  These lakes are the economic engine for a large part of Northeast Georgia and upstate South Carolina.  To think that the plant could be doubled in size is of huge concern.
 
The Savannah River Basin is an energy workhorse.  We have Duke operating their reactors at Keowee, we have hydropower production on Lakes Hartwell, Russell and Thurmond, and we’ve got units 1 and 2 at Vogtle in Waynesboro.  We also have the Savannah River Site, which I believe has it’s own reactor and requires it’s own consumptive water use.  In the future, the Savannah River Site may be used as the country's first nuclear reprocessing center -- this would certainly add to the Basin's burden, and needs to be considered as we look at the future of the basin holistically.
 
In addition to energy supply, the Basin is the source for municipal water use in the cities of Greenville, Lavonia, Hartwell, Elberton and Savannah, among others.  We also have environmental concerns such as the health of plant and aquatic life, and we need to make sure the river has the assimilative capacities it needs for handling manufacturing waste, sewage, etc., and also to prevent the salt water wedge from moving up the river further. 
 
This Basin is not inexhaustible, and at no other time in it's history has that been more apparent than now with this current drought.  River and stream flows are at all time lows.  Historical modeling will be changed by this drought.  We can no longer count on certain tributaries to the basin providing what they have provided in the previous 20 years.  Times are changing and we need to adaptively change with the Basin, or we risk destroying it.
 
In 2006 when this project first was announced, the drought was just beginning.  Many of the models used in the permitting process, including the Corps Drought Contingency Plan, have been proven by the current drought to be inadequate, and the Corps has admitted that things need to change and will change in the future to mitigate droughts.  Obviously, the Corps will need to react sooner and with more significant reductions in flows to mitigate the next drought, which weather modeling predicts could be longer and more intense.  How will the addition of Vogtle 3 and 4 affect the upper basin reservoirs in the next drought?  We don’t know because the Corps has not amended their drought plan yet - we do not know what will be required of the reservoirs in future droughts.  
 
Southern did not address the effects of their proposed expansion on the upper basin reservoirs at all in their permitting process – they just referenced the current Drought Contingency Plan, which never assumed we’d have a drought of this magnitude.  This project completely ignores potential impacts on the upper basin reservoirs during periods of drought.  The potential impacts for the upper basin reservoirs during periods of drought are significant, and they need to be vetted out and they have not.  This is a serious flaw in the permitting process. 
 
For example if we are in drought stage three as we are now, and we are releasing 3600cfs, as we are now, and the end stakeholders in Savannah say that due to the consumptive use of Units 1,2,3 and 4 operating at Vogtle, the City of Savannah now has less than 3600 coming in and needs The Corps to release more water at Thurmond to make up for the consumptive use of water at the plant, this affects the reservoirs.  This is a scenario the Corps hydrologist has confirmed may happen.  If this does happen, the Corps may need to increase releases at Thurmond so that Savannah is still getting the 3600 cfs they need for the city’s water supply.  No where in the permitting process was this scenario addressed and it has a direct affect on upper basin reservoir levels during drought.
 
With regard to the construction process, may of us in the upper basin reservoirs were dismayed to learn of Southern’s request that the river be made navigable again so they can ship their reactor components up by barge from the Harbor in Savannah to the site in Waynesboro.   Making the river navigable is another issue for the upper basin reservoirs, since we provide the flow required for navigation.  The Federal Channel has not be maintained since the last time it was used in 1979.  Southern has asked the Corps to make sure the river is navigable for their barge shipments – which may be 100 shipments over a two year period.  Even without addressing the impacts of dredging to the basin, the amount of water that will need to be sent down to make the river navigable is immense.  Right now we are sending down 3600cfs per day (and losing 1 foot of lake a week)  – navigation requires 5600cfs per day.  If we are at the beginning of the next drought  (in 2011 or 2012) when these barges hit port in Savannah, I am sure Southern will not agree to wait for spring rains and steam flows to get back up, they will want the water then.  This is a $14 billion project, and we all know money talks.  What happens to the upper basin reservoirs then?  Who has looked into this scenario?  The answer is NO ONE.
 
At a time when water conservation is on everyone’s mind and most of the Southeast is in record drought  – why are we pursuing the most water intensive energy option available to us?   Even the nuclear option could be pursued using less water – why isn’t it?  The Areva reactors, the ones that are going in at the Calvert Cliffs facility on the Chesapeake Bay, use 98% less water than the reactors Southern wants to put in at Vogtle.  Why in the world in an era of Global warming, protracted droughts, and water conservation are we using reactors that waste so much water, when we have access to those that don’t?  I can tell you why, because the Westinghouse AP1000 “once through” reactors that will be used in this project are pre-approved by the federal government.  This speeds up the entire permitting process for Southern.  Southern wants to be one of the first six facilities to get approved, so they can get the massive government subsidies and writeoffs that the federal government has promised to the next six facilities to start production. 
 
In closing, I would like for the Board to keep in mind those of us that live and work around these reservoirs, who see the water being let out and the lakes being run dry.  We understand that the basin is many things to many people and we sincerely hope you do too.   We want to protect the health of the basin, from the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers, along the Savannah River and to the Harbor.  We want to make sure we use this resource in the best way possible for the benefit of all of the stakeholders.  There is no doubt that we as a people living on this earth at this time need to conserve our water.  We are a closed system and this drought has shown the particular vulnerability of the Savannah River Basin.  Please do not approve the expansion and the use of the Westinghouse Reactors.  If Southern wants to add to their Vogtle Project, they should be required to use the reactors that use less water.  For them to make a conscious decision not to use that technology on a basin that is facing the most severe drought in it’s history is unforgiveable.   We all have seen with recent events in the financial markets what the pursuit of financial gain in the short term does for the entire nation in the long term.  We need to make the correct decisions now so that our future includes a healthy and stable Savannah River Basin for the benefit of all of us for the next 100 years and beyond.
Please make your voice heard email the PSC today at patw@psc.state.ga.us or reecem@psc.state.ga.us .
Also, please visit "Save our Lakes Now" and make your voice heard.
 
By Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com , 770-757-2799, sayjay@bellsouth.net

Savannah River Basin Study - Includes Lake Hartwell

by Jay Hufnagel

I received an email from Jerilyn Wiech, a fellow REALTOR for Lake Hartwell. Here's an excerpt from that message.

Have you heard this information? The Draft Report is out and it is good news - flow reduction has been recommended by the states. Public comment period (with the Corps) has started. Please call or email Mr. William Bailey, US Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile/Savannah Planning Center, at (912)652-5781 or william.g.bailey@usace.army.mil to support the proposed temporary reduction in flow to 3100 to help stabilize the reservoirs in the upper basin. 
 
Your voice counts! Please pass along to anyone who is concerned about Lake Hartwell's future. We need to make sure this reduction is implemented Nov. 1. Please forward this to anyone you believe has an interest in seeing Lake Hartwell recover from this drought.
 
This link will expire November 1, 2008 so please read it today.
 
 
 
 PS - If your in the area...LHA is having a meeting Thursday, Oct 23 at 7:00pm at the Anderson Civic Center. The Corps will be speaking.

Lake Keowee Waterfront Real Estate Activity for 3rd Quarter 2008

by Jay Hufnagel
Waterfront Lake Homes are still selling on Lake Keowee.  When it comes to quality and great lake living, Lake Keowee home buyers are still ignoring the reasons “why not” and investing in the good life …. Lake Keowee Waterfront Living.
 
Here are some statistics on Lake Keowee “dockable” waterfront Real Estate activity for the 3rd Quarter of 2008 (source: SC Upstate MLS and does not include FSBO and non SC Upstate MLS listed properties):
  
LAKE KEOWEE
 
Waterfront Homes Sold (excludes Condos & Townhouses) – 18
            Average Days on the Market – 171
            Average List Price - $865,972
            Average Sale Price - $797,861
            Sale vs List Price - 92.1%
            Active Listings – 165
            Pending Listings - 11
Waterfront Lots Sold – 15
            Average Days on the Market -  229
            Average List Price - $555,020
            Average Sales Price - $496,566
            Sale vs List Price – 89.5%
            Active Listings – 346
            Pending Listings – 2
Lake Keowee Waterfront Lot Sales
 
Please click on the link above for a list of the actual sales that were included in this report or email me at sayjay@bellsouth.net .
 
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, 770-757-2799

Lake Hartwell Real Estate Third Quarter Sales

by Jay Hufnagel
Have you been praying for rain as hard as I’ve been? I talked with Larry Orr (US Army Corps of Engineer Ranger) this week about the water level. Larry said that we could see historic lows by the end of December if we don’t get significant rain. The Corps has been drawing down the lake (about a tenth of a foot per day) to balance the water level between Lake Thurmond and Hartwell. I asked him if there was a better way that the Corps could keep lake home owners informed on what their plans and projections were so we can plan and react accordingly. Many of us still have our boats in the water and have docks and boat lifts that could be damaged if we don’t act in response to lower water levels. Larry thought that would be a good idea and added that boaters should consider getting their boats out of the lake while there are still ramps open. Also, he cautioned that the lake will become more dangerous for boaters (with underwater obstructions like trees, stumps, etc) as the water level declines. The good news…. three (3) inches of rain fell yesterday. Let’s hope and pray for a lot more.
 
Here are statistics for the Third Quarter  “waterfront” activity on Lake Hartwell. This list does not include condos and townhomes. (source: SC Western Upstate MLS and does not include FSBO and non Upstate MLS listings):
 
                                                                           3rd Quarter     
 
Homes Sold –               20                                                                  
            Average Days on the Market –                       169                 
            Average List Price -                                   $478,656            
            Average Sale Price -                                     428,320            
            Sale vs. List Price –                                         89.5%             
 
            Current Active Listings -                                 297                
            Current Homes Pending (under contract) -    8
 
Waterfront Lots Sold *-       3                    
 
            Average Days on the Market –                       132                 
            Average List Price –                                  $212,500        
            Average Sale Price -                                     190,166         
            Sale vs. List Price –                                         89.6%             
 
            Current Active Listings -                                   226
            Current Lots Pending (under contract) -            1
 
 
If you’d like to receive an actual list of the homes/lots that have sold in the 3rd quarter, please click on the link below or email Jay Hufnagel, Keller Williams Realty, at sayjay@bellsouth.net.
 
 
Lots Sold
 
The time to buy lake property is now ….”they’re not making any more of it”.   
 
By: Jay Hufnagel, 770-757-2799, just “Say Jay” for Real Estate
 
          

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