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Don’t just take our word for it. Here is what our buyers and sellers are saying about their experience with The Lake Team.


vintage lake rabun log compound

Dave and I were extremely pleased to work with Michael Mcgaughey  and The Lake Team.  We feel that you marketed our home very well and found a special buyer for our special home.  All of our questions and concerns were promptly handled in a very timely manner and we really appreciate the fact that you were involved every day, seven days a week.  Thank you for a job very well done!

Dave and Jeannie Cowan Seller 2017 Lake Rabun

Lake Yonah home for sale

“Sarah Gillespie of The Lake Team,worked with us to find the perfect property! After showing us several properties on Seed Lake, Lake Rabun and Lake Burton, we settled on a magnificent house on Lake Yonah.  Throughout the process we were constantly impressed and thankful for her knowledge of the area and her patience and willingness to help us find a house that had everything we wanted. She made the house hunting experience a joy!”

Marci Sledge Purchased 2017 Lake Yonah

“Brad and The Lake Team made our search and purchase of our new lake home a wonderful experience. We were shown properties on Rabun, Burton, and Seed and his level of knowledge regarding the nuances of each lake was extremely helpful. Brad made sure we had all the answers we needed in a timely manner, and his assistance with every aspect of the process was invaluable. We recommend The Lake Team without reservations, and cannot imagine a more professional and knowledgeable group of agents that are committed to providing the highest level of service”

Barkha and Sanjoy Malik Purchased 2017 Seed Lake

94 Sunflower Lane Lakemont GA

“Michael and the rest of the Lake Team did an outstanding job on the sale of our Lake Rabun home. The end product was a great fit between buyer and seller. Fortunately we received a fairly quick sale after the Lake Team took over our listing.  They made great suggestions to improve the attractiveness of the property without spending and arm and a leg. Their team approach makes them efficient and very responsive. We highly recommend The Lake Team for buying or selling on Lake Rabun!”

Robert Stephenson Seller 2017 Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun Home

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

Lea Richmond Jr Sold 2014 Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun Home

“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 Peter Schofiield Sold 2014 Lake Rabun

lake Burton home sold

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 Purchased 2009 Lake Buton

lake Burton home for sale

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 Purchased 2014 Lake Burton

442 Asher Lane Lakemont GA Lake Rabun

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 Purchased 2014 Lake Rabun

lake Burton home for sale

“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 Purchased 2014 Lake Burton

lake burton home sold

“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 and Elsa Wade Purchased 2013 Lake Burton

lake Burton home sold

“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 Purchased 2013 Lake Burton

lake rabun home sold

“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 Sold 2013 Lake Rabun

seed lake home sold

“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 Purchased 2013 Seed Lake

Lake Rabun Home

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 Purchased 2014 Lake Rabun

lake rabun family

“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 Family Purchased 2014 Lake Rabun

lake Burton home

“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 Purchased 2015 lake Burton

Lake Rabun Home

“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 Purchased 2015 lake rabun

seed lake home

“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.”

Doug & Christy Ott Purchased 2015 SEED LAKE

lake Burton home

“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 and Meg Nivens Purchased 2015 Lake Burton

lake rabun home

“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!”

Rolf & Taylor Schwieger Purchased 2015 Lake Rabun

Lake Rabun Home

“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 Sold 2016 Lake Rabun

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 Katherine Bruce Purchased 2016 Lake Rabun

lake Burton home

“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 Sold 2016 Lake Burton

lake burton home sold by the lake team

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 Purchased 2016 Lake Burton

Lake Rabun Home

“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 & Jaci Hardy Purchased 2016 Lake Raun

lake team lake rabun sold

“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 & Jeff Pennell Purchased 2016 Lake Rabun

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 and Family Purchased 2016 Lake Rabun

lake Burton home sold by the lake team

“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 & Doobee Purchased 2017 Lake Burton

Rabun CountyLake Home

“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 Purchased 2012 Lake Rabun

Rabun County Lake Home

“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 Sold 2011 Lake Rabun

“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!”

Teresa & Brian Howard Purchased 2011 Lake Burton

Lake Rabun Home

“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.”

Spring & Tom Asher Sold 2009 Lake Rabun

“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 Purchased 2009 Lake Rabun

lake rabun home sold

“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 Purchased 2009 Lake Rabun