Many of our buyers will tell you the hardest part of buying property on Lake Hartwell is just finding the right place. Unfortunately, the low inventory of listings on Lake Hartwell might make that search harder than it was last year. Our Lake Hartwell buyer specialists can guide you through the search and offer solutions to your dilemmas.
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Buyer Complaint: Prices are Higher Than I Expected!
This is the most common complaint buyers make when starting to search. When buying property on Lake Hartwell, you must consider how lot values and location impact property prices. Many buyers find that the only solution is to increase their budgets, but we know that won’t work for everyone. Don’t let that laundry list of must-have’s and deal-breakers prevent you from looking outside the box.
Other options you should consider include:
- Condos or Townhouses: If you can’t justify the cost of a detached home on Lake Hartwell, try looking at condos and townhouses. Oftentimes, boat slips at marinas or in community docks are available for lease or can be purchased separately in the future. An added bonus is that these communities have additional amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers. Some of these communities offer boat storage and have courtesy docks for single day use. Just pay attention to POA fees so you don’t get in over your head!
- Yellow Zone Properties: Homes on non-dockable lots with water frontage are far less expensive. Your Realtor® can help you determine the nearest place to lease a boat slip, or locate nearby boat ramps. Yellow zoned lots also allow property owners to beach a boat on land!
- Interior Properties: These are typically properties across the street from those with water frontage. Many of these properties will come with a deeded boat slip in the community dock, so you can enjoy lake access at a much lower price. Deeded slips are usually covered, and some are equipped with boat lifts. If the view doesn’t top your list of must-have’s, then an interior property may be the way to go. Some subdivisions and gated communities have private boat ramps and more than one community dock!
- Manufactured Homes: If you weren’t already open to manufactured homes in your initial search, it might be worth expanding to include them. Many manufactured homes on Lake Hartwell include a permanent foundation and upgraded exterior and interior finishes. They can be virtually indistinguishable from site-built homes, and buyers can get financing if the home meets certain standards.
Buyer Complaint: What I want doesn’t exist!
Buying property on Lake Hartwell without the help of a buyer’s agent who specializes in lake property will leave you feeling hopeless. Most buyers making the claim that what they’re looking for simply doesn’t exist have been looking mostly online by themselves, or with an agent whose main focus is not lake property.
- What if you’re wrong? It’s possible that a perfect property slipped past you. Real estate agents have access to listings immediately when they hit the market. In addition, we can reach out to top listing agents to gain access to pocket listings, as well as brand new listings before they go into the MLS.
- Bad photos and incomplete listing data can leave you thinking less of a listing than you would if you had an established relationship with someone who had seen the property. It’s easy to form an opinion based on what is available to you online, but that’s only part of the picture. We know how important the online presentation of a listing is, but not all agents understand this. Don’t dismiss a listing without doing more research.
- Or maybe it really doesn’t exist. It’s possible that you have an unrealistic checklist for your dream house on Lake Hartwell, or what you want costs significantly more than you can spend. The only way to find out for certain is to get help from someone who truly understands buying property on Lake Hartwell.