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