Which lake do I want to own property on?

That is a personal preference because each of the lakes is different and has its own personality.  Each offers various options for lake living depending on your tastes.  Learn about and explore each one so you can make the correct decision for you and your family.  You will have a good experience on any of the lakes, but probably only one of the three is the perfect lake for you and your family.  Please call us to discuss the nuances of each lake.

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What is the difference between a fee simple lot and a Georgia Power lease lot?

Fee simple lots and improvements on the property are owned by the buyer.  A Georgia Power lease lot is owned by Georgia Power and the lease holder has a 15 year lease on the property. The improvements are owned by the purchaser. There is a transfer fee with a new lease and yearly lease payments paid to Georgia Power. The lease lots can tend to be larger in size than the fee simple lots.  A sample lease can be found at  SAMPLE LEASE.  Please contact Georgia Power for further information.  Also, Georgia Power has published a shorelines management guide that can be found by clicking HERE. Georgia Power has recently launched a new website specifically targeted to the North Georgia lakes and can be accessed by clicking HERE.

How much are the annual lease payments to Georgia Power?

For the 15 year lease, you will pay $1050 a year for the first 5 years, $1100 a year for the next 5 years and $1200 for the final 5 years.

What are the lake levels?

The lake levels are controlled by Georgia Power with minimal fluctuation.  For current lake levels, visit LAKE LEVELS .

What are the prices for lake front property?

The lake prices start at about $400,000 and can go up to $10 million and higher. Each lake is a bit different. The views and shoreline of lake front property differ so much that adjacent properties can vary as much as half a million dollars. There are many opportunities for lake front lots, but buyers are paying from $300,000 to over $2 million dollars for tear-down properties.

With all the drought and water problems occurring at other lakes, are the lakes in Rabun County experiencing any water shortage?

Since our lakes are controlled by Georgia Power, the lakes in Rabun County remain at a fairly constant level and do not fluctuate like Lake Lanier and other similar lakes.

What is the best time to look for lake property?

Generally speaking there is no “best time” because properties come on the market at many different times. The lakes are usually drawn down in the winter so that can make it more challenging in those times to view the property from the the water.  However, when the lake is down and the trees are bare, you are sometimes able to get a better sense of the property.

As a Buyer, why should I choose your team to represent me?

In 2011, we were the top seller of property on Lake Rabun and the #2 agent for Lake Burton. The Harry Norman  agency has consistently been the top agency for lake property sales.  We feel that we achieved this status due to the professionalism that we offer and that our agency offers.  Our focus is on the lakes.   Knowing that finding the right lake house is a lengthy process, we often work with a client for several years until the perfect home becomes available.  When showing homes, we will preview (if possible) all homes before presenting them to a client.  We also try to show properties by water and by land as the location and accessibility can differ greatly depending on the approach.  We use our database and research the history of a home to assist in analyzing various options. We also have knowledge of many homes that are not officially on the market. We are low key and know that a lake home is not a need.  We take our cues from our clients and will never pressure you to buy anything. 

What is the difference between a Client and a Customer?  For a detailed explanation of the types of brokerage relationships, please read the ABC's of Agency, Understanding Real Estate Brokerage Relationships in Georgia.

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