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Our team specializes in the purchase and sale of homes on four Georgia Power lakes located in beautiful Northeast Georgia: Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Seed Lake and Lake Yonah.  The four of us work together with a common goal of delighting our clients.  We each have a varied skill set that offers far more than any single agent could.  By choosing to partner with The Lake Team, you will receive exceptional assistance in buying or selling your home from four diverse and highly capable individuals.



Michael McGaughey - 706-982-9030MICHAEL MCGAUGHEY

As the father of 6 sons, experience and patience have taught me how to solve problems! As a result, I have enjoyed matching the needs of buyers and sellers. For 25 years I used that talent in the furniture business. After moving from my roots in Atlanta to Rabun County in 2001, I transitioned to the world of real estate. My fondness for these lakes stems from my grandfather, who was one of the original home owners on Lake Rabun in the early 1920’s. Over the last 12 years, I have been fortunate to have risen to be one of the top specialists in the lake market. A few years ago, I felt it was important to start building a real estate Team. At the present, our team has exceeded a sales volume $225 million. My #1 priority is to achieve the highest client satisfaction whether one needs assistance selling or finding the perfect lake home.



CRAIG KETTLESCraig Kettles - 706-982-9031

I love using both sides of my brain and a career in real estate allows me to do just that.  After working in Information Technology for both Delta Airlines and IBM, I moved to Rabun County full time in 2001 to shift gears and escape the stress of living in Atlanta.  To satisfy my creative strengths, I have worked on countless design projects, with a specialty in kitchen and bath design.  My work has been featured in over 30 publications and can be seen in several homes on our lakes.  Working as a REALTOR®,  I am able to assist Lake Team clients by sharing my vision of a home’s potential.  I  also excel at data analysis and maintain  our proprietary data base of lake sales, enabling me to perform critical quantitative analysis for both our buyers and sellers.  With my design background and analytical mind, I can assist you with purchasing a home that will become your dream getaway at the appropriate price point!  I pride myself in being direct in an effort to prevent our clients from making costly mistakes.  I would be grateful for the opportunity to work with you.




Sarah Gillespie - 404-735-6157SARAH GILLESPIE

As a Rabun County native, I spent practically every weekend over the summers in my youth boating and playing with friends on our area lakes. Since that time, I have witnessed the lake community transition from simple fishing cabins to multi-million dollar estates.  After graduating from Rabun County High School, I moved away from home to attend college. While working my way through school at a technology company, I quickly realized the potential of the Internet. For 17+ years, I enjoyed a successful career in Information Technology.  I worked as a consultant with fortune 500 and 100 companies such as Chevron, Information Builders, and the CDC helping them develop and implement internet-based solutions.  In my technology career, I negotiated complex contracts, managed large scale projects and solved unique problems. I moved back to Rabun County full time in 2011. After living in many other places including New York City, San Francisco and Houston, I have determined that there truly is no place like home! Our lakes and local community are where generations of families have gathered. Mine has lived in the area for a contiguous 200 years! Whether you are buying or selling, I would be delighted to utilize my varied skills and area knowledge to assist you.



BRAD FISHERBrad Fisher - 706-212-0591

My connections to Rabun County date back to the 1930’s when my great grandparents owned 2 hotels in Clayton. Prior moving to Rabun County in 1999, I managed operations for an industrial prototyping company in Texas serving prominent electronics manufacturers including Motorola, TI, and Nokia. I received my Georgia Real Property Appraiser designation in 2003 and have since established a sound reputation for reliable valuations of residential, commercial, development, and income properties. My appraising experience also includes complex valuations, litigation, and estate valuation services. Currently, I live in Lakemont with my 2 sons who attend Tallulah Falls School. I have been involved in real estate transactions since graduation from college and now consider it my professional passion. Please allow me to lend you my exceptional market knowledge and an endless commitment to quality service as you buy or sell property in Rabun County.


Why Work With Us?

SERVICE
Our team of four full time Realtors provides the highest level of service for buyers and sellers in the area. We strive to go above and beyond the average to ensure our clients have what they need. We are there before, during, and after the sale.

KNOWLEDGE
With a combined 48 years of real estate sales experience we understand and share our vast knowledge of the lake market so you can make informed decisions when buying and selling.

TOOLS
Our proprietary database allows us to track current and historic trends such as values, marketing times, and inventory.
Our customized website is continuously optimized for performance so that we rank at the top of internet searches
We have a strong following on social media sites including Facebook and Google+

RESULTS
Over the last 10 years The Lake Team has been involved in over $225,000,000 in sales on area lakes representing 72 sellers and 84 buyers of lake homes. This comes from a commitment to the highest level of quality service to our buyers and sellers.
We are proud of our reputation with both sellers and buyers and would be happy to provide recent references. Please see our testimonials page to see what our clients are saying about us!

How We Work with Buyers

The Lake Team loves matching buyers with their dream lake home so that they can build precious memories with family and friends years beyond their purchase.  Over the past 15 years, we have helped more than 85 Buyers successfully purchase their lake homes.Our goal is for every buyer to be both elated with their new home as well as in their experience working with The Lake Team. We love the process and view it in these phases:

Getting to Know Each Other

Being a team of four with different personalities, we feel confident that we will be able  to understand and meet your buying needs. Initially, we will probably exchange emails and phone calls about your desires and what properties might work for you. We will most likely follow those exchanges up with some detailed information on the properties that potentially could fit you. After culling through that information, we will then have a better idea of what we should actually show you. When we settle on your first visit, you will likely meet several of our team members so that you have opportunity to connect with as many of us as possible. On subsequent visits, you will meet the remaining team members as we begin to form a relationship.

Educating Each Other

Through our dialogue with you, we will learn about your needs and desires in a lake home. You will learn from us about the differences between leased land and fee simple, the various “neighborhoods” of the lakes, and any back stories on possible homes. We will also talk about each lake in detail. We will bring up nuances that you might not have thought about, such as afternoon sun versus morning sun, views, and depth of water. We will also share detailed data accumulated and analyzed using a proprietary data base that we have created and maintained for the past 15 years. We will update you regularly on the market with notification of new listings and price changes to keep you well informed.

Narrowing the Field

After thoroughly understanding what you are looking for, we will begin offering suggestions of properties that we believe meet some of your criteria. This will be an interactive process as your reaction to the homes we present will help refine our understanding of the property that will work best for you.

Previewing Homes

When you are ready to get out on the lake, we will show you properties by both boat and car. Showing by boat will give you a sense of the lakes and of the setting for the homes. Travel by car will help you understand the approach to the home, the neighborhood and the length of time to reach the home from town as well as the quality of the roads. We will share our thoughts and knowledge on each of these properties to shed light on the positive and negative aspects that may not be apparent. Our intimate knowledge of the lake and available properties in addition to getting to know your wants and needs will help ensure that we show you relevant properties instead of irrelevant ones.

Negotiating Contracts

We work with both Buyers as Clients, who we legally represent through a written Buyer Brokerage Agreement, and Buyers as  Customers, who we do not legally represent.This maybe because we are selling one of our listings. For our Buyers as Clients, we will work with you to help negotiate the final price and terms of the transaction . We will spend as much time as you may need us to assist and guide you through the due-diligence and closing process.  For our Buyers as Customers, we will perform ministerial tasks such as, identifying properties for you, providing pre-printed real estate contract forms and completing them according to your instructions, and identifying third-parties (inspectors, contractors, lenders, attorneys) for you to speak with  and work with through the closing process. We will assist in all those inspections as your “boots on the ground”

Closing & Post Closing

Upon securing a bound contract, we will use project management software to complete the sale by assisting with multiple inspections, meetings and deadlines. Most of our buyers do not live in the area and rely heavily on us to handle scores of tasks to prepare for the closing and the move. After the transaction is complete and you are enjoying the lake, we hope to be among your new lake friends. We regularly interact with our past buyers and gladly offer assistance whenever they need it, whether it be a recommendation for a plumber or anything else.

How We Work with Sellers

Over the past 15 years, we have helped 73 Sellers successfully sell their lake homes. If you choose to let The Lake Team market your home, we will rely on professional management tools, personal knowledge of the lake market, and information from our proprietary database to guide you.

Market Analysis

Many factors go into determining the appropriate asking price for your property. By maintaining our own database of lake sales for the past 15 years, we are able to thoroughly understand patterns and predict trends based on both historical and current data.  We will provide you with our view of the market value of your home as well as the scenarios for different price points to assist you in agreeing on an asking price.

Property Preparation

After agreement on the price, we will identify areas of improvement that may accelerate an offer.  We also may suggest several preliminary inspections to determine if there are any issues that should be resolved up front.

Marketing

The Lake Team will market your home by developing a marketing plan that is unique to your home and that will utilize these tools and methods:
– Professional photography that will include still photos, virtual tours and drone shots where appropriate.
– A unique website that is built precisely for your property that will allow us to highlight the benefits of your home beyond the limits imposed by MLS.
– Exposure to our Facebook audience of close to 2000 followers connects to the lakes.
– Discussions with the top agents in the lake market about your home to generate interest.
– Print advertising that is appropriate for your property.

Communication

A primary and secondary agent will be assigned to you for communication, but everyone on our team will be available to you.  You will, of course, be notified with feedback from any showings.

We will keep you informed as new homes come on the market, become pended or reduce their prices so that we can determine together the effect on your home.  We produce a monthly electronic lake update report that you will receive around the first of every month.

Offers and Acceptance

We will be instrumental in negotiating the terms of an offer to project your interests.  Having represented over 70 sellers of lake homes. we have gained invaluable experience that can only be gained by going through the process many times over.

Closing & Post Closing

After a firm contract is achieved, we will utilize project management software to track the many required tasks, inspections, financing, and other details to successfully close the sale.  After the home has closed, we hope that we will have built not only a professional relationship but also a friendship!

Doobee Leonard Miro - Chillin' at Lake Burton
Doobee Leonard Miro – Chillin’ at Lake Burton

“We LOVED our experience with the Lake Team! Sarah Gillespie was our agent and had our interests at all times. Her knowledge of the area and history are invaluable and made it easy to decide what type of property we wanted to buy. We have our “Forever Home” on Lake Burton! Thanks for the best real estate transaction of our lives!”  – Anne-Marie, Mike, and Doobee – (Purchasers of a Lake Burton Home) – January 2017


The Schroder Family - Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home
The Schroder Family – Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home

“Michael and his team were fantastic to work with.  They were patient, knowledgeable, effective and efficient in taking us through the process from “casually looking” to “new homeowners.”  They consistently went above and beyond in every aspect of the purchase, and I am very happy to say, exceeded expectations even to the smallest detail.  My wife and I highly recommend their service!”  – Billy Schroder + Family (Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home) – December 2016

 

 

 


Point lot on Lake Rabun - Sold August 2016
Point lot on Lake Rabun – Sold August 2016

“In addition to knowing the market, a realtor must appreciate the client’s goals, budget, and lifestyle. The Lake Team took the time to get to know us. They always were available and always provided objective and honest advice to guide us through a lake house purchase. As our needs changed, we returned to them and they again helped us sell, and then find the perfect home. In addition, they have close working relationships with community professionals who resolved issues on short deadlines and made the transfer of property easy. We do not live full time in Rabun County, so we relied heavily on the Lake Team. Without them, we would not have found our long-term home.”  – Michelle Henkel & JN Pennell (Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home) – August 2016


Lake Rabun Home - Sold July 2016
Lake Rabun Home – Sold July 2016

“A number of friends have had such wonderful experiences with The Lake Team and Lake Rabun and there was no doubt who we were to call when we finally decided to begin our search for a home on Lake Rabun.  As promised, we were not disappointed!  The Lake Team provided invaluable insight about owning a home on Lake Rabun and consistently offered great advice about even the smallest of details.  The Lake Team was exceptionally helpful in finalizing all issues related to the inspection, going far beyond the call of duty.  We are truly grateful for all their help and look forward to getting to know them in the years to come while enjoying beautiful Lake Rabun!” – Owen and Jaci Hardy (Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home) – July 2016


Lake Burton Home - Sold July 2016
Lake Burton Home – Sold July 2016

We had a great experience with The Lake Team!  Michael, Craig and Sarah were very willing to get to know us personally and our tastes.  We searched for many months before finding our perfect home on Lake Burton.  The longer we looked, the closer we got to our ideal house and lot.  We’ll never forget the day Michael called us after previewing a new listing.  We could hear the genuine excitement in his voice.  He knew it would be our house.  We came up, saw the house, and were under contract within a few days!  After a few months here, we can say that The Lake Team found the perfect fit for our family.  Many thanks to the whole team for making our dream come true!  We found that having a knowledgeable team was key for us because someone was always available.  Also, Michael, Craig, and Sarah each have different skill sets, and that helped us fully evaluate each property very thoroughly.  Having never owned lake property, that was a true blessing.  The ultimate testament is that The Lake Team followed up for a full month AFTER the closing to help get all our problems addressed!  I’ve never heard of such a thing in real estate.  Thanks for everything, and I have already recommended The Lake Team to friends.” – Jeff and Kaki Pafford (Purchasers of a Lake Burton home) – July 2016


Lake Burton Home - Sold June 2016
Lake Burton Home – Sold June 2016

“The big difference with the Lake Team having a listing is that they work to sell the house rather than just waiting for someone to show up and buy it. When we first met, they presented me with a marketing plan that included a review of listings in the same price range, a detailed “to do list” for my house and specific plans on taking it to market. They started showing the house immediately and sold it 5 weeks after getting the listing. Throughout the process, they managed every detail well, stayed in constant contact and made the whole process pleasurable. Michael, Craig and Sarah were my winning team!”  —Ron Scharbo (Seller of Lake Burton home) – June, 2016


Lake Rabun Home - Sold May 2016
Lake Rabun Home – Sold May 2016

“My husband and I had the pleasure of working with THE LAKE TEAM to purchase a home on Lake Rabun. They are simply outstanding!  They were the listing agents for the home we purchased, but we trusted them completely. They are honest, knowledgeable and extremely responsive. They attended several meetings with contractors and inspectors when we could not be there. After the purchase, they have continued to provide insight and knowledge of the Lakemont area. We are so very thankful that we had Craig, Michael, and Sarah to help us buy a home! We are fortunate that they are now also our neighbors.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!” – Blake and Mary Bruce (Purchasers of a Lake Rabun Home) – May 2016


Lake Rabun Home - Sold March 2016
Lake Rabun Home – Sold March 2016

“When I made the decision to sell my house, I knew immediately who I wanted to help me make that a reality. One never forgets the kindness and thoughtfulness extended through the years. Now that the sale is complete, I know that I made the right choice. You told me that this would be a process and it was! But you (Michael), Craig and Sarah helped shepherd me along the way — always with a timely response to calls and emails. That alone was such an important part, helping me get through this major event in my life. The professionalism and integrity displayed were exceptional. Thank you!

Can’t wait to see what the Camerons do to make this home theirs. My wish is for them to create as many wonderful memories as my family did for 58 years! Your kind donation to the Lake Rabun Association was very thoughtful and appreciated. What a nice gesture to support the community that has been so special! When I get settled in my new home, I hope that you all will come visit. I am so excited about beginning this next chapter in my life.”  — Becky Jackson (Seller of Lake Rabun home) – March 2016


Lake Rabun Home - Sold November 2015
Lake Rabun Home – Sold November 2015

“The Lake Team made our dream of owning a home on Lake Rabun come true! They were extremely helpful and easy to work with and went above and beyond. We highly recommend working with them!”  – – Taylor Schwieger (Purchaser of Lake Rabun home) – November 2015


“We are extremely happy in our experience with the Lake Team. They are knowledgeable about the northeast Georgia lakes and their analytical data-driven approach helped me understand the market significantly quicker than I could have on my own. I am a licensed agent but still used them to represent my family in our Burton purchase. Michael, Craig and Sarah showed us patience, zero pressure and local knowledge that were irreplaceable and invaluable. I would use them again in a heartbeat.”  Allen Nivens (Purchaser of Lake Burton home) – August 2015


“When our children were young and we went shoe shopping I would always tell them “be honest—if you don’t like the shoe, tell the sales clerk.  He didn’t make the shoe, all he wants to do is make sure you get what you like”.  After meeting with Michael McGaughey just one time, we knew that all he wanted was for us to find the right house in the right place at the right price.Michael took all of our comments and critiques and figured out which of the lakes was best suited for us.  We are extremely happy with the outcome and are looking forward to many years of fishing, canoeing, kayaking and just sitting on the deck of our boathouse, just a walkway away from our beautiful home on Seed Lake.  The Lake Team took us under their collective wings and made sure that we made an easy transition from buyer to homeowner.  From the purchasing of furniture to introducing us to the local markets, Craig, Michael and Sarah have made sure that we are comfortable with our new surroundings.  We highly recommend The Lake Team for finding your future getaway home.”  Christy & Doug Ott (Purchaser of Lake Seed home) – April 2015


“The lake team did an outstanding job for us start to finish.We saw all properties in our price range with a written rating by Craig according to their understanding of what we were looking for in a lake home. We never felt any pressure.  Michael took care of the many details in a meticulous fashion.  Sarah drove to Atlanta for us to sign documents since we were not able to get to Clayton the day it needed to be executed. These folks know this area! They are a joy to work with!” 

Bob and Belinda Pattillo (Purchaser of Lake Rabun Home) – February 2015


“The mountain lake market can be a tricky one. Michael and the Lake Team have been on Lake Burton, Seed and Rabun a very long time, and their experience is very helpful. We were completely new to the market and they were very patient with us as we tried to figure it out. With almost every property we went to, Michael knew or knew about the owners. He knew the market back story and the house’s history. They’re also very knowledgeable about institutions around the lake and what families look for in properties. After we’d found a property, his connections were a great help to us moving towards closing. He had recommendations for multiple experts for every kind of test we performed (and we performed a lot) and made himself available to help us fix them. I highly recommend the Lake Team and Michael.”  

David Hodgins (purchaser of Lake Burton home) – May 2015


“Michael and Craig came highly recommended by several people in Rabun county.  They took their time with us and really helped us find the perfect home for our family.  Their knowledge of the lake is unparalleled.  They helped us prioritize our needs and directed us to our dream home on Lake Rabun.  We couldn’t be happier and are forever grateful!

The Simmons – Ryan, Hailey, Connor, Ridley, and Rhett (purchasers of Lake Rabun Home) – June 2014


When Lori and I decided to search for a home on Lake Rabun or Burton,  several friends highly recommended Michael and Craig as the “go to” realtors.   The recommendation was validated in every aspect of our buying experience.  On the first visit to tour homes,  Michael and Craig prepared a detailed package of the homes that we were about to preview along with comments on why those homes were worth considering.  During each showing they shared their knowledge of the real estate market and gave Lori and I great perspective on each property.

At the time of making offers they guided us through that process and were VERY responsive to our needs during the negotiations.  After going under contract,  the real adventure begins when buying a second home but Michael and Craig were supportive during the entire process.  They attended the inspection and assisted with all of the items that needed to be addressed as a result of the inspection including meeting some of the contractors at the home since we were 90 miles away in Atlanta.

Lori and I would recommend them highly.

J. Clayton and Lori Snellings (Purchasers of a Lake Rabun home) – April 2014


Michael attended us through three tough years in marketing our home. We never considered another agent. He was always attentive and helpful in every way.”

Lea Richmond Jr. MD (Seller of a Lake Rabun home) – 2014


“Michael and Craig helped us sell a Lake Rabun home and also purchase a Lake Rabun
lot so that we could build a new home.  They are the best team around without a doubt — in every aspect.  We highly recommend them!”

Maggie Miley and Pete Schofield (Seller of a Lake Rabun home in 2014 and purchaser of a Lake Rabun lot in 2013)


The Carroll Family
The Carroll Family

Michael came highly recommended from a friend. From our first meeting to closing 12 months later, Michael was professional, unbiased, detail oriented and extremely responsive.  Michael provided critical quantitative sales data and his thoughts were invaluable in our choice.  We have remained friends after the sale and frequently consult Michael about the market on the lakes.

Jon and Claudia Carroll (purchasers of Lake Burton home) – June 2009


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The Carlton Family Lake Burton Home

We purchased a house at Lake Burton this year which was listed by Harry Norman Realtors luxury Lake and Mountain. Michael McGaughey was jointly listing the property, as well as representing us as a customer. The transaction went as smoothly as it possibly could have, with Michael and his team intimately involved from the beginning. Michael handled all of the arrangements for inspections, letters from appropriate authorities, utilities, etc., which was a huge help since we live in Atlanta and didn’t know who to call in Rabun County. He even recommended a contractor who has done a number of jobs for us since closing. We could not have been happier with the professionalism and market knowledge exhibited by Michael during the entire process. We will definitely recommend The Lake Team to anyone we know looking to purchase at Rabun, Burton or any of the other lakes in North Georgia.”

— Christopher Carlton, Carlton Realty Group (Purchaser of a Lake Burton Home) – July 2014


Michael and Craig (The Lake Team) worked with us for over a year to refine what we were looking for in a lake house, and then find it. They listened carefully, showed us various options, and helped us refine our criteria and goals. They allowed us to better understand the market, price points, advantages and disadvantages of numerous locations and alternatives, and walked us through several offers before finally finding the right home at a price that was within our budget. They were patient, informed, realistic, and professional guides as we navigated the lake environment with many more factors to evaluate than a more typical real estate purchase. We were grateful to have their hands on our backs in our successful purchase.”

— Jeff Pennel (Purchaser of Lake Rabun Home) – May 2014


“Michael and Craig were extremely helpful during our search and purchase of a home at Burton.  Being relatively new to Atlanta, we weren’t familiar with the lake options in the area.  However, after a couple visits to Rabun County, we knew we had found our place.  The Lake Team patiently but efficiently helped us understand the real estate options and advised us through a smooth and professional transaction process.  Their knowledge and experience in the area was invaluable throughout our search and purchase.  We would recommend them without hesitation.” 

— David and Sabrina Duncan (Purchaser of Lake Burton Home) – February 2014


“We can’t say enough about The Lake Team.  We looked at 15 homes, between Lake Rabun and Lake Burton.  Michael and Craig provided us plenty of information to avoid mistakes and make a confident purchase.  We made an offer on our Lake Burton home, and closed on it in less than 30 days.  We would recommend The Lake Team to anyone looking to purchase a lake lake home in Rabun County. “

—  Mark & Elsa Wade (Purchaser of Lake Burton Home) – December 2013


“Michael and Craig provided outstanding professional services both before and after the purchase. Their knowledge of the area, inventory of homes, and market conditions allowed us to search for a home efficiently and quickly. They went above and beyond the call of duty in showing us homes and providing detailed reports on potential sites.  Their professionalism was exceptional and experience was highly valued.”

—  The Link Family (Purchaser of Lake Burton Home) – June 2013


“We were thinking of listing our property  and contacted Michael and Craig about the lake market. They were responsive and knowledgeable, and quickly worked with another Harry Norman Realtor agent to find us a potential Buyer. Throughout the transaction process, they represented us in a professional manner and I was very satisfied. I would recommend them to anyone selling or buying lake property in Rabun County.”

— Tom Bell (seller of Lake Rabun Home) – March 2013


“Michael made our purchase of a second home an absolutely seamless event.  Although he was the seller’s agent in the transaction, his handling of the negotiations were at all times extremely professional.  Once we agreed upon a purchase contract, he bent over backwards to assist us – with the home inspection, the well inspection, the survey and many other such necessities required when you purchase a home, all tasks that can be difficult when you live in Atlanta (or somewhere else).  As we approached closing, Michael – as a resident of the lake area himself – was a wealth of information as to sources for assistance, from everything ranging from boat slips to housekeeping services.  At every moment, he went the extra mile, and always provided  the professionalism and genuine concern he had shown from the outset of the transaction.  We cannot recommend Michael highly enough.”

— Richard and Claudia North (Purchasers of Seed Lake home) – March 2013


“Michael helped us buy and sell two different properties on Lake Burton. This was a very technical transaction and all items had to be handled correctly and were extremely time sensitive. He never missed a beat and made everything seem to be simple throughout the process. Without a doubt he is the MOST professional and knowledgeable  Realtor I have ever had the  pleasure of working with….. I would highly recommend using Michael and the Lake Team if you want a place on the Lakes of Rabun County!”

— Archie Lowe (seller & buyer of Lake Burton home) – January 2011


“Michael and Craig were highly recommended to us for their knowledge of the Rabun County lakes (Rabun, Seed and Burton) and for their amazing follow through once a purchase/sale has been negotiated.  With such high recommendations, it would have been easy to disappoint, but much to the contrary Michael and Craig far exceeded our expectations.  In all respects, Michael and Craig were a complete pleasure to work with, they quickly understood our preferences, directed our search appropriately, and provided great insight and advice on location, resale potential, and the diligence process (which is more complicated with a lake house).  And beyond their talent and professionalism, we simply enjoyed getting to know them, and look forward to being their neighbors on Lake Rabun.  In sum, we would highly recommend any one considering purchasing a lake house in Rabun County to look to, and rely upon, Michael and Craig — they are very aptly named  “The Lake Team”! 

— Peter & Libby Fozzard (purchasers of a Lake Rabun home) – May 2012


“Thank you for all of your help, understanding and success!  I am so grateful that Arden hired you as our realtor; you did a great job!”

— Ashley McKinney (seller of Lake Rabun home) – April, 2011


“Professional, reliable, knowledgeable, and personable.  Michael and Craig are a rare and wonderful blend of these qualities that made our Lake Burton house purchase smooth and straightforward.  We highly recommend them!”

— Brian and Teresa Howard (purchasers of Lake Burton home) – January, 2011


“Michael very skillfully guided us through the process of selling our home. He anticipated potential problems and issues and gave us sound advice and alternatives to consider.  He handled it with total professionalism.”   

— Tom & Spring Asher (sellers of Lake Rabun home) – October, 2009


“As our agent, Michael quickly understood our objectives and demonstrated a complete understanding of the lake market.  He gave us excellent guidance during our purchasing process.  Michael is very conscientious and has great follow through and attention to detail” 

— Kay and Bob Tritt (purchasers of Lake Rabun home) – December, 2009


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Lander child enjoying Lake Rabun.

“I want to thank you for your dedication, pertinence, generosity, and always candid advice. With this transaction we have found a great place, but above all, we have found in you a new great friend.” 

— Federico Lander (purchaser of Lake Rabun home) – September, 2009