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):
 
                                                                                     2008           
 
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 sayjay@bellsouth.net.
 
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, www.SayJayLakeandHome.com .