We found Michael through an internet search and from his Website. Based on his Website it appeared he had a lot of local knowledge and it was very helpful the way he categorized the various types of subdivisions and areas around the lake. But without a specific reference we were a little concerned about using him to find a house on Lake Keowee. I contacted him by phone and I could tell he was knowledgeable and professional so we set-up an initial appointment to look around the lake. My wife and I spent most of the day with him looking at houses. He was professional, knowledgeable and patient. Since this was our first day looking, we were still trying to determine what was available, for what price, and what we really wanted. He showed us several houses in several different areas and he then helped us to quickly focus in on what would be best for us. He showed us a house under construction on a very nice lot and since we did not need to get into a house quickly, the ability to make changes and define what we wanted for the details. He helped us considerably working with the builder to get what we wanted and understand what we should expect. I would recommend Michael very highly.
John & Suzanne Richardson
Michael is Lake Keowee! And he's patient as it took us more than 4 years before we were able to downsize our primary home and prepare to move forward. Each summer, we rented a home on different parts of the lake to learn more about lake living, and each summer, Michael showed us around and really helped us to learn about the wonderful Lake Keowee area. We finally pulled the trigger early in 2018 with Michael's help and now own a beautiful lake front lot that meets our needs perfectly. We're in the final design stage and look forward to breaking ground soon. But the story doesn't end there - shortly after the lot closing, we found ourselves in a position to role the proceeds of an out of state commercial property sale into a second Lake Keowee property. This time, we needed to move quickly, and Michael helped us find an absolutely beautiful lake property - search to close was less than 2 months. So, whether you are just starting your journey toward lake home ownership, or well on your way and getting in a hurry, Michael is the right person. Thanks for the great insight along our journey, Michael!
Sean & Susan Cumbie
When we started looking at lake front homes we realized quickly that we needed to be working with a lake expert. There are so many little things about lake living that you wouldn’t know to ask or even think about if you’ve never lived on a lake. Michael and his team were so helpful. The entire process was easy. We found exactly what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier. Much of that is due to Michaels expertise. He was able to guide us through what to buy and what not to buy and why. From the area to the water levels to boat lifts to how well the dock is positioned... Michael knows his stuff! And closing was seamless. Michaels assistant is super knowledgeable and friendly. Every step of the way was an open line of communication.
Roy & Mary Kemper
Michael was our agent over a period of one year as we searched for a house on Lake Keowee. Michael's personality and professionalism was perfect for us. He was patient and always prepared as we looked at many, many homes on multiple trips. We still stay in touch with Michael and would highly recommend him.
Tony & Holly Thene
My wife and I were looking for a second home on Lake Keowee and we did not know much about the Lake or the communities. We contacted Michael and he proved to be a great resource about the lake and the communities around the lake. We looked at several homes and eventually narrowed our search down to the Reserve and the Cliff’s at Lake Keowee. When we couldn’t seem to find the perfect home he suggested we consider purchasing a lot and build to our specifications. He had a connection with another realtor with access to a lot that was not on the market. We were able to purchase it (a Cliff’s property) and we have begun building. Michael sincerely wants your experience to be smooth and rewarding. He is great about follow up on all the small details and he is a great advocate for the client. I highly recommend his services!
Steve & Pam Watt
We have had the pleasure of working with Michael on two separate occasions. Once for buying a piece of property and once for selling an existing Lake home. Each time we worked with Michael, we found him to be extremely knowledgeable of the market place and the values of the properties available. Michael was very professional and responded to our requests in a timely manner. The next time we need a Professional Realtor for Lake Keowee, Michael will be the first person we call.
I am so thankful that we found Michael Martin to help buy our lake home! He made himself available to show us several properties and spent a considerable amount of time educating us about the lake, docks, boat lifts, wildlife and any other questions that we may have had. He always follows up on questions and requests and goes above and beyond to facilitate the entire buying process. We were always greeted with a smile and he made us feel welcomed to the area. We have even reached out to him months after the closing with random questions and he is still happy to help! I strongly recommend Michael for all of your real estate needs! It is truly a pleasure working with Michael Martin!
Michael did a great job helping us to find property on Lake Keowee. He knows his market well and offers helpful insight to prospective buyers. I would highly recommend Michael as a real estate agent and would use him again.
Bill & Wendy Howard
We were immediately impressed with Michael's informative website. His knowledge of Lake Keowee is what prompted us to contact him and from that first phone call to the final purchase of a lot, he never disappointed us. Always professional and accommodating during and after the sale. He not only served as our real estate agent he also advised us and provided valuable information with respect to choosing local banks, reputable builders, dock designers, and the list goes on! We both agree Michael Martin is the best thing to happen to us since moving to SC! He got us off to a good start and we will always be grateful for his assistance in finding the perfect lot to build our new home on Lake Keowee! We would most definitely recommend Michael to anyone looking for quality in sales with a charming personality!
Bob & Linda Ferenbach
When we decided to move to the lake area of western South Carolina the next step was finding the right realtor. After speaking with and watching his wonderful videos of the area we chose Michael Martin and The Lake Company. . Michael listened to our needs and understood our timeline. He has a fun, knowledgeable and professional personality which we thoroughly enjoy. Having lived in the area for so long he knows every inch of the lake/mountain territory. We would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for someone to help them find their perfect place in this gorgeous part of South Carolina. Thank you Michael and see you on the lake!
John & Robin Moulton
Michael is a "no nonsense", honest Realtor. He helped us every step of the purchasing our home. We recommend him without exception. His knowledge of Lake Keowee properties is fantastic!!
Dan & Katrina Poeta
Michael was great to work with. He made the process of finding and purchasing the home very smooth. He was informative and responsive, and continues to help even after the closing. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for an honest, hard working real estate agent.
Trip & Dawn McGarity
Micheal sold us a lot in Keowee Bay. After listening to our plans, he whittled down some prospects we choose a piece of land that would suit our needs. Because we wanted to start building right away, I asked Micheal if we could close in 30 days which he facilitated. After the close, Micheal has stayed with us during our construction process recommending builders and vendors when it came time. I liked The Lake Company's professionalism so much that I have recommended him to my closest friend who also bought a home in the same subdivision through Micheal and The Lake Company. Micheal still is part of my team of professionals when I have questions about the lake. If you want someone to shoot straight, is efficient, and can deliver on time, Micheal is your agent. Also check out The Lake Company's website. Micheal must have invested hundreds of hours building detailed information pages on all the neighborhood on the lake. If you don't already know Lake Keowee, the website is packed with tons of knowledge to help you wrap your head around it.
James & Mary Beth Holmes
Mills River, NC
As a professional Realtor from another state, I appreciated Michael’s knowledge of property at Lake Keowee. He went above and beyond to find the right lot for us. I highly recommend Michael and The Lake Company.
Six Mile, SC
Michael helped us locate and purchase the perfect waterfront lot on Lake Keowee. His knowledge of the lake is impressive. He is very patient and an excellent listener. We didn’t waste time on properties that were outside of our criteria. We are currently building our home on the site Michael helped us find. I have called Michael several times over the past 3-4 years with questions related to and unrelated to our purchase. He has always taken the time to answer those questions with relevant and reliable information. He truly is a professional.
I've bought/sold houses many times and my experience with Michael was hands-down the best. He was VERY knowledgeable about the area and the housing market.In addition, he provided us with insights to lakefront living that aren't obvious to someone buying lakefront for the first time. He is absolutely the BEST real estate agent I've ever worked with.
Michael was a great help in finding our dream lake house. He was very helpful in guiding us to the home we eventually fell in love with. Staying away from shallow water and other problems that I was not familiar with was a great help. He didn't just try to sell us a house, he guided us towards the right house for us.
Joyce & Vince Conolly
Jones Creek, GA
Michael Martin was great to work with when my husband and I were in search of a lot to purchase on Lake Keowee. He is very knowledgeable about the area since he lives on the lake. He was able to answer all our questions and give suggestions. He was always quick to return our calls and available to meet with us when we came into town for showings. We trusted him so much that we even called him years after our lot purchase for advice during our building process and he was happy to help us. His easy going personality made the whole process enjoyable. I would definitely use Michael Martin again for any future real estate transactions and have already recommended him to friends.
Al & Karla Johnson
We’ve worked with Michael twice. The first time we bought, the second time we did not find anything that met our needs. Both times, Michael was personable, professional and demonstrated terrific local knowledge. We would not hesitate to use him again if we had the opportunity.
I have worked with Michael since 2003. He has a tremendous attention to detail. He is by far the most knowledgeable guy on Lake Keowee. We have purchased and sold properties all with Mike's guidance. He brings to the table a level of expertise that is second to none. Some examples of transactions with Mike: purchase of lot at Waterside Crossing, sale of a home at Waterside Crossing, and purchase and sale of multiple lots at The Reserve.
Angela T Calvin
Best Lake, Best Realtor! Michael really understands home buyer's needs and finds exactly what you are looking for. My husband and I have used him on 2 separate occasions.
Bill & Cindy Johnson
To Whom It May Concern
After spending few summers on Lake Keowee renting houses, our family decided that it is time for us to own little piece of the lake. We had a lot on our wish list. We wanted lot in the North part of the lake with beautiful view, easy access, not restricted, and many more requirements. Michael was very patient and understanding of our needs. He showed us a lot after lot pointing advantages and disadvantages for every one of them. His knowledge of the lake and connections with people in the area made it possible to find us a lot that was not yet listed in MLS. He was able to find for us the perfect spot on the lake that met most of our criteria. We would definitely recommend Michael to anybody looking for a property on lake Keowee.
Ceco and Dani Ivanov
To Whom it May Concern:
I contacted Michael in September of 2015 in regards to purchasing property on Lake Keowee. As an out of state resident of Nevada, I was impressed with his video, knowledge, and experience in the area. After speaking with him, it was clear to me that he had more intimate knowledge of the lakefront properties than just a regular realtor. This was extremely important to me, as my plans are to relocate to my property.
Michael personally walks all Lake Keowee property listings, which assists him in finding only the right properties for you to inspect. I located a property and was finally able to complete a difficult purchasing process based on my Nevada residency and my Living Trust. Michael was with me every step of the way and was instrumental in bringing the local attorney and banks together to solve the issues. He also assisted in builder options and walked my property with the builder of my choice and I to ensure I would be happy with my new home.
I highly recommend Michael for anyone seriously searching for property on Lake Keowee. In addition to his knowledge, he is also a good person who wants his clients to find the best property to fulfill their requirements.
Terry and I want to thank you for your help with securing our lake lot in Waterside Crossing. We are thrilled to have found it. Your website was invaluable to us while researching the different communities on Lake Keowee and your guidance with all aspects of this purchase was excellent and much appreciated. You will certainly be recommended to our friends (hoping we can get others to join us at the lake!!). We will be in touch for advice over the next few years as we prepare for building.
As my husband and I researched the internet for water front property on Lake Keowee, we came across Michael Martin’s amazing website. It was by far the most comprehensive and in depth website we had ever seen. We enthusiastically watched each and every one of Michael’s videos. Not only did the videos educate us on Lake Keowee, they solidified the fact that Lake Keowee was the place to search for our water front lot and that Michael was the realtor for us. During our first meeting with Michael, he was able to quickly identify our wants, needs, and what we were ultimately looking for. He narrowed the search that lead us to finding our perfect lot on our second day out. On our third meeting, Michael guided us through the negotiation process which lead to solidifying the deal that day! He also introduced us to a reliable builder who was able to meet with us and give us a tour of one of his homes currently under construction. Michael shared various other resources and contacts that have been very helpful. My husband and I highly recommend Michael Martin. We found him to be friendly, accessible, hard-working, trust worthy, passionate about his career and extremely knowledgeable about Lake Keowee and the surrounding area. We greatly appreciated Michael’s kindness and all that he did to help in our purchase on Lake Keowee.
There are so many excellent things I could say about The Lake Company and Michael Martin that it is difficult to narrow it down. I believe it is the unique combination of expertise, knowledge and contacts. And, knowing how to use that combination in the best interest of his clients, that separates Michael from other brokers and realtor companies. First, he has exceptional knowledge of the Upstate and Lake Keowee. We spent time with his in-depth website, which really helped us understand the area. He presented information in a concise way to include, breaking the lake down into sections describing topical geography, lake water and distance from towns. Then clustering properties into tiers with great descriptions making it easier for us to narrow our list for our retirement home community. This was very helpful to us since we were out of State. He then combines this with a strong knowledge of real estate, market values, price estimates, resale and the building requirements of properties and communities. It literally took spending time on his website, two emails, a conference call and one trip down and we landed a great deal and couldn't be happier. He connected us to a fantastic builder, banker and attorney. Due to our work we have moved maybe eight times over 30 years, requiring us to work with many, many brokers and relators and, many which I liked very much, BUT none compare to Michael Martin in my opinion. We would recommend him to anyone and especially if you are out of state.
Michael, thanks for making our retirement dreams come true!
The Lake Company website has many useful videos and resource links for the entire Pickens County and Lake Keowee area. This was very helpful and led us to the decision to contact Michael Martin. After the first call we were sure Michael was the right person to introduce us to the area and help us find a new home. During our first weekend visit to Lake Keowee we fell in love with the area. We learned a great deal from Michael and were able to narrow down the search to exactly what we were looking for. He was friendly, great to work with and extremely knowledgeable. He also followed up immediately when we later called to ask more questions. Michael showed us a number of options in the area and was very knowledgeable and supportive about all the lake communities. Once he understood what we were looking for he zeroed in on exactly the right properties. In the end it was easy to find and make the decision on a property with Michael’s professional advice. During this process he was clearly working for us as the buyer. Thank you Michael for welcoming us to the area you call home and making the total experience very enjoyable. We can highly recommend Michael Martin to anyone looking to find their dream home around Lake Keowee.
John and Robin Moulton
Angie and I wanted to thank you for all the time and dedication you put into finding our second home on Lake Keowee. I looked back at my e-mail history and we first contacted you in February of 2011. I cannot recall how we found you, but we are so thankful that we did. I have dealt with several restate agents over the years, but never have we worked with someone who was sincerely interested in finding exactly what we both wanted and refused to give up on our dreams. As I mentioned to you on several occasions over the 3 ½-year property search process, I could not believe how you would never gave up on us. After numerous trips, over two hundred e-mails, and dozens of phone calls, you found the perfect home for us within a price range we could afford. Never once did you seem impatient with us in any way, as you persevered in your search! We will recommend you to anyone looking for a lot or home on Lake Keowee and feel free to use us as a reference now or at any time in the future.
Mark and Angie Doxtader
We want to express our sincere appreciation for all of your assistance with our recent Lake Keowee home purchase. Your patience in taking us to numerous properties over several visits and exploring all of our options was very helpful. Being an out of state buyer and not very familiar with the area made our task more difficult. But, you were always there to provide suggestions, recommendations and names of people who could assist us. Your knowledge of Lake Keowee and the surrounding area was extremely beneficial. Our experience working with you could not have been better! You went above and beyond what was necessary. Thanks for all you help.
Bonnie & Ray Eisenbies
We would like to express our appreciation for the excellent service you provided by helping us find our dream home on Lake Keowee. Because this was a long distance move, the video tours on your web site were an invaluable starting point and gave us a preliminary understanding of the different communities surrounding the lake. From our first phone conversation with you, it was clear that you were the right person to guide us through this process. Upon our arrival in South Carolina, your expertise allowed us to quickly narrow our search to a manageable number of properties, and ultimately to choose a home that we both love. Looking back, it's hard to believe that so much could be accomplished in such a short time. Once again, thank you for all the help and support that you provided.
Patrick and Carol
Karla and I want to thank you for helping us find the best lot for our budget on Lake Keowee. Your easy to navigate website provided us indepth information about the various communities on the lake. From the first conversation via phone, you listened closely to us and selected lots for us to see that fit OUR needs and interests. Michael, we really appreciate the time you spent showing us properties around the lake. Your knowledge, passion,professionalism, and personality made you the ideal realtor for us. We would highly recommend you to anyone looking for a real estate agent at Lake Keowee. Thank you again for helping us find our dream lot on the lake!
Al and Karla Johnson
After searching the web for countless hours in search of the perfect building location on Lake Keowee, my husband and I came across Mike Martin’s website. We were immediately impressed by the amount of information it contained. Although all the various websites listed the lots for sale on the lake, only Mike’s really provided us with a mental image of what it would be like to actually live there. The detailed overviews of the various Keowee communities, their amenities, plot plans and tours (by land and water) really helped us narrow down exactly where on the lake we wanted to live. So, we gave him a call. Mike spent a considerable amount of time on the phone with us so he could understand not only what we “wanted”, but what our “needs” were as well. The following week we drove down from Ohio to walk several properties with him. We ended up purchasing one of the many lots we saw that day. Clearly Mike did have a VERY good understanding of what we were looking for as we ended up purchasing the very first lot he had shown us! After settling on the lot we decided it might be a good idea to meet with at least one of the area builders to discuss what type of home could be built there prior to making an actual offer. Without any advanced notice we wanted to do this, Mike made it happen. Not only did we meet with a builder, but the builder showed us several homes currently under construction which were similar to what we wanted to build. I couldn’t believe what we were able to accomplish with Mike in just two days! The subsequent survey of the lot, septic permit and closing on the lot itself also went off without a hitch thanks to the excellent list of resources Mike provided us to select from. I can’t begin to explain how comfortable he made us feel throughout the entire process.
Sharlene and John Oden
To Perspective Customers of The Lake Company:
Michael Martin helped us acquire our dream property on Lake Keowee. As one might anticipate after reviewing the breadth of content on his web site, Michael has a deep understanding of the Lake Keowee communities, aspects of lake life, and the surrounding real estate marketis . His experience is invaluable to a perspective real estate client. In our case, without Michael’s deep and personal knowledge of Lake Keowee, we wouldn’t have found our home. Michael uncovered an unlisted property from a relationship that he’d cultivated over multiple years. He truly helped broker a successful outcome for all parties. Michael connected us with a host of services that supported our purchase, and staged needed renovations that would occur immediately after closing. More over, the purchase had several late occurring circumstances that would have caused many real estate agents to give up and move to another option. Michael has the intrinsic ability to remain calm, upbeat and persistent. These character traits created an environment where all parties felt heard and where a mutual win occurred.
We were fortunate to have him as our advisor.
Chris & Beth Smith
Dean and I would like to express our appreciation for your role in helping us find our dream lot on Lake Keowee. Thinking back on our three year relationship of watchful waiting for the right property I found it difficult to sum up in a few words the qualities that set you apart from other realtors. First and foremost I believe you have a sincere desire to share your passion for the lake. In addition, you have all of the attributes of a great realtor… You are professional, trustworthy, organized, efficient, timely, well connected in the community, and you truly listen. I felt as though we came into our search overwhelmed and unfocused. Due to your unique style of questioning, listening and evaluating, you knew exactly what we were looking for before we knew ourselves. We appreciate that you helped us to see the, not always obvious, attributes and challenges of every build site. In one short weekend you found our lot, arranged a meeting with a builder, wrote a contract, advised during negotiation, and connected us with seemingly endless community resources from attorneys to builders and everything in between.Over the years we have had the opportunity to work with many realtors, however your talents go far above and beyond what we have experienced in the past. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. We look forward to calling Lake Keowee our home, and we will enthusiastically recommend you to anyone looking for Lake Keowee real estate.
Lisa and Dean Maly
We are very pleased with our recent decision to purchase a lot and build a home on Lake Keowee thanks to Michael Martin and his expertise in the area. Working with Michael was a pleasure! From the very beginning he was focused on understanding our needs and preferences and in identifying the perfect real estate solution for us. Michael was thorough in his preparation and forth coming in presenting various options. He is very professional, tireless, and extremely knowledgable on Lake Keowee properties. We were comfortable with him and his style from our first meeting and he quickly gained our confidence and trust. Working with Michael Martin was a superb experience and we highly recommend him.
Robert and Angela Thompson
Michael Martin is a realtor who took the time to listen to what we wanted in a lot on Lake Keowee. He stayed on top of the MLS listings daily and called us immediately and said, “This is the one!” He was right. We were signing a contract within 24 hours. Thanks, Michael, for helping us find our dream lot on Lake Keowee.
Mollie and James Woodside
Michael helped us find just the right lot for us on Lake Keowee. He was extremely responsive to e-mails and voice mails – usually returning calls in a matter of minutes. He worked with us to find out exactly what our plans and dreams were, and then showed us only those lots that met our criteria. Because he’s a landowner on Lake Keowee, he was able to provide us additional information that people less familiar with the lake wouldn’t have known. During the entire process, we knew that Michael had our best interests in mind. It was the most impressive real estate experience we have ever had.
Steve and Sue Streblow
My husband and I are from Georgia, but wanted to live on Lake Keowee in beautiful Seneca, South Carolina. Since we were not familiar with that area, we decided to use a real estate agent to help us find some of the less noticeable lots/subdivisions in that vicinity. Our friends had used Michael Martin and were very pleased with him and his services. We spoke many times on the phone and he carefully listened to our requirements for size, price, and location. Michael did a fantastic job of scouting out property for us! Once we arrived in South Carolina, he had already selected 7 or 8 properties to show us. When we went back to finalize our selection the next day, Michael met us again (in the rain!) and patiently allowed us to think and talk about our decision. Not only was he organized in showing us Seneca and Lake Keowee, he was very knowledgeable about everything, and not once did he try to push us toward a decision or show us property that was out of the price range we had given him. If we had any questions that he did not immediately know the answer to, he quickly found the answers. Michael made the whole process so much easier and more fun than it could have been by doing it on our own! Thank you, Michael, for the invaluable assistance!
Randy and Shari Roberts
Michael helped us find the perfect mountain-view lot. He did his homework before our first meeting and in only one afternoon we located exactly what we wanted. Michael’s excellent service continued after the contract was written because both buyer and seller were located outside of South Carolina. Michael is a realtor who listens to what you say and then follows through by doing everything you ask.
Kitty and Brian Chivers
Michael Martin found the perfect place for us on Lake Keowee. In 2000, my wife, Sherri and I decided that we wanted a vacation home on one of the lakes of upstate South Carolina. We began to spend several months, on our own, spinning our wheels finding nothing and getting discouraged. I was ready to give up. We discussed our situation with Michael and he listened. We outlined our wish list, our budget and what type of lake property we had in mind. Michael was very knowledgeable about Lake Keowee. He was able to help us narrow our search immediately. He communicated to us every available piece of property within our price range. Michael was patient with us and did not try to push us into something that did not feel right. Although it was challenging, Michael had a sincere interest in making sure that we found something that would satisfy both of us. Michael was very professional and stayed positive throughout our search. We are currently building our dream home on Lake Keowee. Thanks to Michael’s help we found a great spot!
Tim and Sherri Guin
We recently purchased a home on Lake Keowee, with the assistance of Michael Martin. Over the years and through several moves, we have had occasion to purchase several homes. This most recent experience has by far been the most stress-free. This was due in large part to Mr. Martin’s work on our behalf. He listened carefully to our desires with regard to what we wanted in a lake home and then carefully made recommendations based on his extensive knowledge of the area market. Because we were out-of-state buyers, we had to maximize our time when we were in the area. Mr. Martin greatly assisted this process by providing on-line information and photos so that some homes could be evaluated before we even arrived. He was able to do this because he personally previewed every home before recommending it to us. This resulted in very little wasted time in our search process. We were able to buy a home confidently because of the homework that Mr. Martin did for us. In short, Michael Martin is by far the most professional real estate agent that we have ever dealt with. We would recommend him without hesitation to anyone interested in purchasing in this area.
Matt and Annie Hornsby
Franklin, North Carolina
We have purchased numerous homes and investment properties over the years, and Michael is the best realtor we have used for any of the transactions. Luckily we found him when we were searching for a second home at Lake Keowee. We were not very familiar with the lake and the area. Michael asked the right questions to narrow our search from lots, new homes and resales. Quickly he identified what we couldn’t even describe and took us to see our dream home. In only three hours with him, we knew what we wanted and why. The next day we called and told him we were ready to write a contract. He responded promptly to every question or request, and helped arrange inspectors, etc., since we live in Atlanta. We highly recommend Michael to anyone.
Maxie Putnam and Lori Benson
One day while engaged in casual conversation a friend of mine shared that he had recently purchased some property on Lake Keowee through a realtor named Michael Martin. I got Michael’s number and placed a call to get a feel for his style and what may be available. In our initial discussion I felt very good about Michael’s commitment to customer service and his interest in making the process as simple as possible for the prospect. This feeling proved a reality as we began the process. While searching for property, my wife and I recognized the degree to which Michael listened and evaluated our interests. As you know, some realtors clearly seem to be pushing specific properties without the best interests of the customer in mind. In fact Michael was so good at his profession, that after a full day looking on the lake we found our dream property. .Michael’s high level of service in locating the property was just the beginning. After making the sale his follow up assistance was of the highest quality I’ve ever seen. He provided counseling on finance options, walked us thru the closing process and even went back to the original property owner and retrieved information on our dock and boat lift. His commitment to us was outstanding. I would recommend Michael Martin to anyone who is looking for property on Lake Keowee.
Bill and Leigh Easterday
We were lucky the day we called Michael Martin about purchasing a home on Lake Keowee . Never before have we worked with a realtor who placed our needs ahead of his available listings. Michael was always on time for meetings, always did his homework, always explained things that confused us, was honest beyond comprehension and handled everything in a capable and professional manner. He was everything a realtor should be but rarely is. We hope that if we need the services of a realtor in the future that you will be available. We will call you first.
John and Linda Mathis
Greer , SC
When you truly have a love, passion, and enthusiasm for what you do, it comes easy and we found that in Michael Martin. We are from Southern California and were in search of affordable waterfront property in a warm weather climate where we could live year around for our retirement. In doing some research we became interested in the Lake Keowee / Clemson area and decided to take a scouting trip. While searching online we came across Michael Martin who specialized in Lake Keowee properties. We sent him an e-mail, told him when we would be in the area and if he would be available to show us some properties or point us in the right direction. Michael responded quickly and made himself available to meet with us over the Veteran’s Day Weekend. Michael spent all day Saturday driving us to different properties and explaining the lakes characteristics. We were awed by the lake’s beauty and offerings, but when we were undecided about a particular lot Michael invited us back to view the properties by boat. Returning two days later we spent about four hours on the water touring Lake Keowee and found our beautiful lot. Michael works with an impressive amount of patience and professionalism. His passion and enthusiasm for the area is contagious and his desire for his clients to be happy with their purchase is evident. With Michael Martin’s assistance, we have found the lot of our dreams and have something very special to look forward to in our retirement. The only thing we wish we could do now is retire early and hit the water.
Thank You Michael.
Roger & Julie Lowrey
La Verne, CA
In these days of political rhetoric and empty promises of “I will do this” or “I believe in that”, it was most refreshing to find a person who, not only believes in what he is doing, but proves it with his actions. We are not talking about a presidential candidate, but a small town realtor, Michael Martin , who, above all, believes in honest, friendly, customer oriented service. My wife and I stumbled across this S. C. jewel when we were looking for lakefront property on Lake Keowee , S. C. We spent approximately 7-8 wonderful hours on two separate visits and found that within the first hour, Michael had zeroed in on our wants and wishes for lakefront property. One of the things that impressed us the most, above his friendly charm, was that he understood his product. This is only done through hours of “walking the walk” before you can “talk the talk”. It was obvious that he had put shoe sole to soil and knew exactly what each lot had to offer. This was a most welcome experience for us and we have recommended him to several friends in hopes they will come be our neighbors on the lake.
Tom & Nancy Breland
From the first time I spoke to Michael I knew he was the buyer’s agent for me. He promptly returned my call, which several other realtors did not, was forthright, and listened intently to my needs. I am in real estate for a living in another market and know how rare it is for someone to genuinely be giving of the time and attention necessary in courting a prospective client. We were able to locate the perfect piece of property, and he assisted me in negotiating a very creative deal. I would recommend Michael very highly to anyone buying or selling on the Lake and assure you he will not disappoint.
Thomas Wolfe, III
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank Michael Martin for his excellent customer service during the buying process. My husband and I had very specific criteria which had to be met as we pursued the process of finding our waterfront lot on Lake Keowee. I am thrilled that we used Michael to achieve our goals. He had specific details on all waterfront lots available on Lake Keowee and used his knowledge to immediately narrow our selection. He saved us many hours of searching on our own and getting no where. We had a couple of obstacles to overcome before closing and Michael handled the issues like a true real estate professional. Michael represents himself as a consultant and not a salesman and that is exactly what he did. He consulted us on lots which would work for us and lots which would not work and always explained the positives and negatives of each lot. We highly recommend Michael to anyone wanting to make a purchase on Lake Keowee. He certainly knows the lake!! Thanks again for the out standing job!!
Bob and Chris Reed
I want to TRY to say in words what words can’t say. Your professionalism is without equal! I read your endorsements on the web site shortly after I came in contact with you. At that time, the endorsements were only words – NOW they are reality.
Thanks for your help Michael!
Stephanie and I would like to thank you for your assistance in helping us secure our “retirement property” at The Reserve. We most certainly appreciated your knowledge, professionalism and your attention to detail! Should we have the opportunity to recommend your services to anyone looking for property on Lake Keowee, please be assured we shall readily provide your name and number to them. Thanks again for your help and dedication to us!!!
Jerry and Stephanie Barton
Many realtors will drive you to a “lot”, but very few, if any have walked the several hundred lots that you have. We were very impressed with your lot profiling system that included tons of helpful information. You optimized our time by sitting down and understanding what our specific requirements were and matching those to appropriate lots. I am sure we saved days and hours of time by partnering with you! You have have helped us sell and buy two lots now and you truly do all the “leg” work.
Anne and John Sheffield
Stephanie and I would like to take a minute to again thank you for all of your hard work helping us find a waterfront lot on Lake Keowee. Even though we live in the upstate of South Carolina, we knew virtually nothing about all of the beautiful lakes in the area. We feel very fortunate to have found your web site as our first introduction to Lake Keowee. It was very comforting to us to have your undivided attention when looking at homes and lots (even despite an 8-year old and a dog!) and when discussing the merits of each property we visited. You clearly made every effort to understand our needs, and to fit them to what we were shown during our visits to the Lake. Your organizational skills were second to none – not once did we feel that we were wasting our time looking at real estate that would not closely suit our needs. Once we decided to purchase a lot instead of a home, the knowledge of the Keowee area you had gained by walking each and every lot ahead of time was truly impressive – and greatly appreciated. As we narrowed our choices and finally decided on the property that was right for us, you made the entire closing process smoother than any closing we had ever been involved with. In addition, your contacts for dock construction, shoreline improvement, and land clearing have made the “after the sale” issues equally as painless. I hope you continue to dedicate yourself to your clients, as you have certainly done with us. It is so refreshing to work with an agent who has the buyers’ best interest at heart. In fact, I have already passed out several of your business cards to friends who are looking to purchase at Lake Keowee! Thank you again for everything.
Dr. and Mrs. Eric Bour
Greenville , SC
Carrie and I would like to thank you again for all your help in acquiring our beautiful lakefront lot. We so appreciated your knowledge of the lake and the organized way in which you showed us the properties that fit our desires. Every once in a while, you run into an individual that stands out from others. In the past few years we have talked with and met many realtors and you have by far set yourself apart from the rest. You have truly taken the time to understand our needs and goals. The research, detail and time you provided us, without a doubt, helped us make the right decision. We would highly recommend that anyone considering real estate in your area use your expertise and professionalism.
Bob & Carrie Chamberlain
Fort Myers, FL
“In the self-promoting world we live in it becomes harder and harder to find genuine care and concern for people and the decisions they make in their lives. Even though real estate can be more of luxury decision in our lives, it still takes the right person to help assist so that we don’t fall into the wrong sales pitch and just fulfill quotas. I find that Michael has that care and concern as well as the knowledge of Lake Keowee and it’s surrounding areas. But aside from being knowledgeable; Michael’s personality shows trustworthiness and humbleness, qualities that in my opinion are rare commodities in the business world. In the past I have dealt with agents that their only goal was to increase their paycheck versus understanding my vision and thoughts. You will not find that with Michael, you will find that he is just as eager to learn from others than clamoring for the spotlight. I appreciate his down to earth attitude and would recommend his services to anyone”.
Michael helped us spot a deal that would typically go unnoticed by the brokerage community. Michael spotted a piece of property on the north side of the lake big enough to divide into 2 parcels and was instrumental in aligning all of our approvals and surveys to do so. Michael helped us subdivide the lot into the most marketable configuration, considering water views, dock placement, septic fields, etc. He went above and beyond the typical transaction and created value for us.”
Ackerman & Company
Atlanta, GA 30338
We want to Thank You for all your hard work and the WOW Service that you provided us. In every step of the process you were there for us. Before we met you, we spent over a year looking for a waterfront lot for our second home at Lake Keowee. With all your knowledge, patience and experience you helped us achieve our goal. We will highly recommend you to anyone.
Paul & Angela Calvin
After talking by phone with a few realtors who had advertisements saying they specialized in Lake Keowee properties, I set up a meeting with Michael Martin. Even over the phone I could tell that his knowledge of the area exceeded his competition. In the initial meeting Michael was professional, asking the right questions to help me with my search for lakefront property and best of all – prepared! In each successive meeting he always brought requested information to make the most of my time in the area. Since I live a few hours from the lake Keowee area that was critical for a successful property search. This was my first purchase of lake property and he made sure that I was considering all the attributes of property visited. Michael’s follow-up on my questions was always thorough and he kept me fully informed throughout the purchase process. I have worked with several realtors in different parts of the country and his level of service was the best I have experienced. I can recommend Michael without hesitation to assist in a property search in the Lake Keowee area.
After discovering Lake Keowee on the internet over a year ago, we decided to contact a realtor, spend Veteran’s Day weekend in the area, and ultimately purchase lakefront property. While another realtor took days to reply to our phone call, one“missed” call to Michael resulted in a returned call within minutes. That caught our attention–a professional, interested in his clients. Michael far exceeded our expectations in knowledge of Lake Keowee, ethics, humility, and impeccable service. We gained more knowledge about Lake Keowee in a day with Michael, than in a year of investigating on our own. Michael evaluated our personal goals and family interests to help narrow our focus to newer planned communities with amenities. Michael patiently spent the day giving us a tour of nearly every community that met our initial criteria, walking each available property with us, despite the rain and muddy conditions. At no time were we ever pressured to make a decision on any property nor encouraged to look at property outside our price range. Within days, we chose a beautiful waterfront lot in Waterford Pointe. After signing the contract, Michael handled all additional details– retained an attorney for our closing, coordinated contingency follow-ups, inspections, and permit applications–all within days. Michael kept us completely informed of the progress, right through closing. In today’s world, discovering a realtor who truly considers a client’s interests and satisfaction over a desire to close a sale is a rarity. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend Michael Martin to anyone interested in Lake Keowee property.
Al and Debi Mangiapane
Coral Springs, Florida
Patient, knowledgeable and professional …..words that I readily use to describe Michael Martin. Michael has diligently and patiently worked with me for more than 10 months to find the property that was just right. It involved many calls…countless questions…..constant research….all the while facilitating the process rather than trying to push me toward a decision. Michael did all the groundwork to let us know what was available . He walked all the lots and gave us invaluable information about the area…..Michael is the person to help you in Keowee.
Don and Diane Brown
Asheville , NC
Michael Martin, our Buyer’s Agent, was truly our partner in searching for the right property at Lake Keowee. His knowledge and experience, along with his keen sense of listening and understanding to our needs made our experience memorable. We were looking for our spot “to retire on” at Lake Keowee, not just land to buy and put back on the market the next day so we were very particular yet price driven as well. We had the flexibility to look at property on our own if we wanted to and discussed our findings with Michael and got his feedback on the area. Most often he could describe a piece of property to us so well that we knew ahead of time if it was a waste of our time to go look. Again, knowing us as clients, he could direct us and “did direct us” to our dream property. We found what we feel to be the best property at our price level on the lake! Thanks Michael. The bonus is that after we have closed on our property and are finished searching we now consider Michael a friend who I’m sure we’ll be seeing when we relocate to Lake Keowee in the near future!
Kimberly & Patrick Miller
My wife Rita and I live in Greenville, SC and are very fond of our home. Most of our recreation time is spent on lake Keowee and had often dreamed of having our own place there. Four years ago we purchased a waterfront lot located in Waterside Crosing. We came to the realization that we were not going to make the lake property our primary residence and the cost of building and maintaining both homes was financially irresponsible. After this decision was made we called Michael martin. We told Michael that we wanted to sell our lot and find something in the 300 to 350 range ready to move.in. Michael did an excellent job of preparing our property for the sale. He got us in contact with someone to clear out underbrush to make the property more accessible. Within 3 months Michael had a buyer who was within 95% of the asking price. We closed the deal and began phase II of our request. 2 months later a property opened up that was just right for us and within hours Michael had me on the site. We made an offer that day. The property was literally on the MLS for a few hours. If you want this kind of attention and effort for your lake needs, then Michael Martin is your realtor.
We had been interested in purchasing water front property on Lake Keowee for approximately a year when we met Michael Martin. We were working with another real estate agency and had become incredibly frustrated with the process. They never discussed the possibility of signing a “buyer agency agreement” with us. There was no consistent follow-up during that time period to help us locate a property. Overall, they just didn’t seem to care whether or not we found what we were looking for. Shortly before the April, 2005 opening at Waterside Crossing, we were feeling very discouraged about the prospects of being successful at the auction. It was at that time that we spoke to Michael and asked if he thought he could help us find a property that was right for us. From the beginning, Michael treated us in a way that made us feel like he cared. He worked diligently to determine what we were looking for and how we could get it. He educated us on the auction process such that we entered it feeling confident that we had a chance to be successful. Sure enough, we were able to secure two water front properties, allowing us to choose which one we would ultimately purchase. Michael continued to stay involved throughout the closing process, ensuring that everything ran smoothly and that we were completely satisfied. We have worked with a number of real estate agents in the past and have never felt that someone was truly looking out for our best interests throughout the entire process. Not only would we work with Michael in the future, we highly recommend him to anyone interested in purchasing property on Lake Keowee.
We have been owners of various properties on Lake Keowee for 15 years. As such, we have had the opportunity to communicate with many realtors in the area. When looking for our latest property we connected with Michael Martin through his web page. We exchanged general information about what we were looking for and arranged to meet in person to discuss. When we met, Michael had already sorted through all available properties on the Lake and had pre-selected a few that he thought might be the best fit for our project. He proved to be extremely knowledgeable about the area and was sensitive to our specific needs. He went beyond what most realtors would do in order to help us secure the property that we selected. His attention to detail and customer service is above any that we have previously experienced, and I recommend him to anyone looking for lake property.
Richard & Debbie Pressley
Michael Martin has been terrific in assisting us as we looked for and eventually bought our dream lot on Lake Keowee. The fact that he specializes in Lake Keowee property provides him with an unparalleled knowledge of all that is going on and the resultant values that can be found. This experience and expertise are complemented by his absolute honesty and trustworthiness. The combination makes for a real estate professional that is beyond reproach and the ultimate in effectiveness. We highly endorse Michael to anyone interested in purchasing property in the Lake Keowee area. We are proud to call him a friend and look forward to working with him again. He is, without a doubt, the very best.
Sam and Linda Merrill
Ormond Beach, Florida
We just recently purchased a home on Lake Keowee, using Michael as our Buyer’s agent, and it was the easiest real estate transaction we have ever been involved with. Michael never tried to sell us on something we did not need. He really helped us rank what was important to us and what was not. He found us a home in our price range within a matter of weeks and from beginning to end everything went smoothly. Michael returned phone calls and e-mails promptly and always found an answer to our questions. We would highly recommend his services, and if we are ever in the market again we will definitely use Michael. A pleasure to work with!
Kendall & Karen Alley
We wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the knowledge and expertise you brought to our search for property on Lake Keowee. Buying a property in another state makes it imperative that you work with someone who is knowledgeable and efficient. When we came into town, you had a list of properties that matched our needs, and you didn’t waste any time showing them to us. You sure have a handle on what’s going on there– from available lots and desirable communities, to what offers have a chance of winning at auction. Sorry we brought down your auction win-ratio, but you can chalk that up to our inexperience. Once we saw the results, we knew you were right on the money! Anyway, we love our lake property and can’t wait to get down there and start enjoying it.
Chris & Dora Leonard
Michael was very detailed in his analysis of our family’s needs. His interviews on the phone, email, and in person really helped us understand better what we needed. After learning about our needs, Michael used his extensive knowledge of Lake Keowee to hone in on the right properties for us. In one solid day of education, driving, and searching, we felt that Michael had turned us into Keowee experts ourselves. His detailed understanding of Lake Keowee helped us make the right choice for our family. Michael was forthright, honest and open without putting opinion or spin into his comments. We highly recommend Michael Martin and The Lake Company to anyone with a serious interest in making a wise and educated purchase on Lake Keowee.
Sean and Gretchen McEnroe
To Whom It May Concern:
Michael Martin was our realtor during the summer of 2005 as we searched for a lot on Lake Keowee. We gave Michael a price target for what we wanted to spend and we began our search for a lot not being familiar with the Lake. Michael’s knowledge of the lake was impressive as he knew exactly what was available and the recent transactional history of lots in our price range. He also knew what was coming available for sale via the auction process. What was most impressive with Michael was how quickly he learned what we liked and did not like. This happened in just 3-4 lot visits with us. We came not knowing a lot of what to expect and yet Michael worked with us to clearly decide match our desires with affordability so we were satisfied with our final decision. While we did not find something we wanted in our first visit Michael so clearly understood what we wanted, he found our final purchase on his own. We felt very safe in dealing with Michael and trusted him to find us a lot without being there. I would recommend Michael Martin as a realtor for purchasing property on Lake Keowee and would definitely use him again.
John and Janet Gallager
Kathy and I can’t thank you enough for your help in finding the perfect lake home for us. We deeply appreciate all your assistance with the transaction. You quickly zeroed in on exactly what we were looking for, eliminated the properties which didn’t suit our needs, and made each visit very productive, saving us a lot of time. You promptly returned our phone calls and followed through, but we never felt pressured. In addition, your local contacts and referrals have been wonderful, which is a great help to out-of-towners like us. Most importantly, your pleasant manner, knowledge, and guidance made the entire process simpler and most enjoyable. We feel we have made a friend and look forward to working with you in the future. We would be pleased to provide you references at any time.
Dean and Kathy Chimples
I am finally getting around to writing a note to thank you for the excellent service you’ve given us from the time we decided we were interested in a Keowee lakefront property, and even now; a month after closing escrow on the property. Living about 2,000 miles away, and as President of a fast-growing medical company, spare time is at a premium. You seemed to understand exactly what we were looking for, and only showed us those properties that fit our requirements. The bank you referred us to approved us for a jumbo loan within a week, and were delightful to work with. In advance of our visit, you helped us get the approvals for the septic tank and a dock. When we came out to sign our documents and see our property “live” for the first time, we were thrilled. The property was even more beautiful than the pictures we’d seen. And now as we move forward with plans for docks, decks and so on, you continue to support us by providing us with names of craftsmen that you use and that you know will give us good work for a fair price. We have recommended you to quite a few other people. The personal service you give your clients goes beyond expectations and apparently doesn’t end with the commission check. Steve and I both look forward to having you come visit us at our new lakefront home once we get it built!
President of Pegasus Biologics, Inc.
Matt and I want to thank you for all of the hard work and understanding that you put into helping us achieve Matt’s long time dream of owning property at Lake Keowee. We were both impressed with your thorough knowledge of the lake and the available lots when we first met with you. Even though we weren’t quite ready to buy at that time, you spent a day of your time to show us around the lake and discuss the lot features that we found ideal. After that afternoon, we both knew we’d be back to see you! When we recently decided it was the right time to buy a lot (just about a year after our first tour of properties with you!) you were able to quickly identify a great location that was coming up for sale, and worked tirelessly to help us close the deal. Your work and patience with us is even more impressive since we were negotiating while in Hawaii and California. Matt often commented that he appreciated the fact that you must have stayed up late into the night to finish communications with us despite the vast time zone differences. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to building our dock and house, and to the many years ahead of us being able to enjoy a quiet family retreat. We have already recommended you with great confidence to friends who have mentioned an interest in Lake Keowee.
Savannah and Matt
Just wanted to thank you for all of your help in purchasing property on Lake Keowee. From the first moments we spoke on the phone, I could tell that you were more interested in educating Leslie and I on all the facets of lake front living then selling us property. Your extensive knowledge of the lake made the process very smooth. Due to your patience and true eagerness to be responsive I feel I know more about lake property then I thought I would ever know. Once again thank you very much.
Joel and I wanted to send you a note thanking you for everything…….I can honestly say that if it weren’t for you, we would probably still be looking for the “one” lot for us. Every lot has its own unique features, which can be very overwhelming to someone looking from out of town. Some how, you were able to read between the lines and see what Joel and I were really looking for, even when we could not articulate it. Your de-brief after each lot defined our goal and your documented history of the market confirmed our decision. You have played a very large role in Joel and I realizing a family dream and for that you will always have a very special place in our hearts. We look forward to many summers, barbeques, football games, and most of all the memories.
Joel and Allison Adrian
Daniel Island, South Carolina
We were new to lake property ownership and Michael was a tremendous asset. His knowledge of Lake Keowee allowed him to have a methodical plan that made us feel we had seen everything we were interested in without wasting our time. He listened and watched our reaction while we viewed properties which allowed him to narrow the search quickly. He seemed to know what we were looking for before we knew. I never felt like we had any wasted trips. When he found the property we bought, Michael knew it would be the one and he was right. We would highly recommend Michael to anyone interested in Lake Keowee. We are extremely happy with our purchase and his guidance throughout the process.
Dr. George Shaak and Dr. Charlotte Shaak
Gwen and I had visited The Cliffs, initially in 2007 and then earlier this year and had concluded that the combination of lakefront property with a mountain view was not going to be available at an acceptable price point. Then we met Michael Martin, who came highly recommended by friends he had worked successfully with finding their lot on Lake Keowee. Michael’s initial approach was to show us a cross section of available lots from which he gauged the particular features that were important to us. At the end of our first day riding with Michael we were impressed by his knowledge of the Keowee market and convinced that he would do a good job in identifying a suitable lot, should one exist at our price point. We let Michael know that we were in no rush and that we were happy to look at property over the remainder of 2008, so that’s how we left it. Well, two weeks later, Michael calls with the message that he’d found a newly listed lot that met all our criteria and was priced attractively within our range. We hurried down from Atlanta, quickly agreed with his assessment of suitability and value and decided to move forward. However Michael’s service didn’t end there. He quickly put us in touch with excellent mortgage sources and attorneys and subsequently assisted in finding local help to construct a temporary pathway down to our dock. If you are considering purchasing on Lake Keowee we highly recommend Michael. His knowledge of the area is outstanding and he has built his business on a keen ability to understand, meet and exceed client needs/expectations and delivering superior service.
Gareth & Gwen Clarke,
I would like to share my buying experience that I had with Mr. Michael Martin.
First of all Michael came highly recommended by a good friend of mine to assist my husband and myself in finding a lot on Lake Keowee. We had been looking for several months to find one on our own (also with other agents). We were becoming very frustrated on not finding anything. Upon calling Michael and expressing to him what my husband and I were looking for, I think it took Michael 1 hour to find EXACTLY what we wanted. Long story short, Mr. Michael Martin found our property and we could not be happier. He made the entire experience a very easy one.
Pam and Jim Troutman
We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for representing us on the purchase of our beautiful waterfront home on Lake Keowee. We can’t thank you enough for all the time and effort that you devoted to us during this process. It was definitely a pleasant experience and we would recommend you to anyone. Thanks again!
Dr. TR Ravenel and Dr. Lisa Ravenel