In the paper this morning there was an article, “Lake Keowee winery, mixed-use plans draw interest”. Russ Gardiner is working on creating a development in Salem that will combine “a winery, restaurant, equestrian center, cottages for overnight stays and the opportunity for the public to buy a certain number of homes available on approximately 20 percent of about 430 acres, including about 150 acres hugging Lake Keowee and abutting The Cliffs at Keowee Falls South near Salem.” This is Big Time Stuff. Someone willing to go out on a limb to bring something new and different to the area, thereby broadening Lake Keowee’s appeal as well as bring more folks looking to buy in the development as well as around it? Come on, if that doesn’t excite you sellers and buyers out there you may need to make an appointment with somebody who has a bunch of initialed letters behind their name. The best part about it to us is this along with new developments such as The Oaks are showing that more and more people are envisioning the obvious opportunities. This is HUGE news for Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee and Oconee and Pickens counties.
Even more good news for us is the positive vibes that are prevalent concerning the buyers in our market. We’ve been able to put 2 lots and 2 houses under contract over the past week and are seeing continued enthusiastic activity for new sales. This marks the second consecutive year we’ve seen sales continue at such a brisk pace and extend deeper into the fall/winter (brisk relative to 2012 not 2006 – just so we’re clear). We’ve still got plenty of inventory, but it is certainly starting to dry up in several categories. You know what that means if you read this blog religiously AS YOU SHOULD (it only takes one minute!) Buyers – BUY! Sellers – light is beaming at the end of the tunnel!
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