I chose Michael because I had been using another agent who wasn't familiar with the area. Michael, because of his knowledge and experience in the area was able to find a unique piece of property that was extremely rare on lake Keowee. Michael was a consummate professional. His knowledge, experience and professionalism made the experience easy and trouble free. Thanks Michael!
Michael’s local experience, knowledge and personal regard to you as a customer was one of the best experiences in my 7+ Home purchases across the USA. I would bet my personal and professional reputation on any experience you have with him. 5+++ stars.
Michael was extremely helpful negotiating with the developer and helping us to execute the lot purchase while out of state. His direct and down to earth approach was really appreciated. Knowledge of the Keowee Lake area and the players involved is solid. Michael also helped get us on the right path with the various permits and search for a designer/builder.
Craig & Liesl Leopard
Baton Rouge, LA
We worked with Michael and are 100% glad we did! He helped us move quickly based on his knowledge of the competitive landscape in the area and our specific list of requirements for what we were looking for.
I can give Michael Martin a 5 Star review without reservation. From hiring a professional photographer to ideas to make the home more marketable, Michael did an outstanding job. Between Michael and his Assistant, Breayn, the entire selling process was very smooth.
Michael was extremely responsive from start to finish. Even when we were under contract, his team continued to be highly responsive! Michael listened carefully to our wish-list and was deliberate in showing us properties that matched what we wanted. There were even a few homes Michael steered us away from because of his knowledge of the area; He knew of pitfalls we hadn't thought about, saving us money and heartache in the long run. Michael worked hard for us, even getting us a few 'first in' showings in a highly competitive market filled with multiple bidders. In fact, that is how we ended up in our newly purchased lakefront home! Michael helped us negotiate a lower purchase price, appropriate repairs, and saw us through to the finish line. He made the very stressful process of buying a home in a low-inventory market very smooth. Even now he continues to help us with great recommendations for services around the area. We can't say enough positive things about how pleasant it was to work with Michael and his team. He makes things happen! We highly recommend Michael Martin for both buying and selling on Lake Keowee!
Indian Land, SC
Early in our conversations with Michael, we knew we had found a professional with a gift for listening and communicating a long-time local knowledge of the lay-of-the-land on Lake Keowee. During the week Michael never wasted our time showing us properties that were not right for us. At the 11th hour, after lots of looking, Michael found the right lot for us. As soon as we stepped on it, we knew. We are experienced buyers and sellers of real estate from MN to the FL Keys and points in between and Michael is just top notch. So glad we connected.
Teresa & Brad Gruss
Battle Lake, MN
It was a pleasure working with Michael. He is extremely knowledgeable of the Lake Keowee area and all that lake life entails. He educated us on important considerations in looking for a lake home and helped us navigate through the negotiation process. His staff is a delight to work with and on top of every detail. We would definitely recommend Michael Martin to help you find your dream lake home.
Nancy & David Nolan
Michael was our buyer’s agent and our experience was excellent in all aspects of the purchasing process. Not only is his local knowledge of Lake Keowee unmatched, we felt we were dealing with a highly ethical and honest person who was constantly placing our needs first. We would highly recommend choosing Michael for your Real Estate needs.
Bill & Andrea Pierce
Saint Helena Island, SC
Michael made selling our Lakehouse easier than I could have ever imagined. Michael made sure everyone in the transaction was well informed, and he has a great communicator. This is the second transaction Michael has done for us and I will definitely use him again. Highly recommend!
Todd & Carmen Ponder
Michael assisted us in purchasing a lot on Lake Keowee. We don't believe anyone has better knowledge of the Lake than Michael. His website has valuable information about the lake, life on the lake and the area. He listens to your requirements and desires but also gives you the reality of the market and inventory available. We really appreciated his approach and candor concerning the whole process. There were no surprises. His many local contacts in lending and building have helped make our dream a reality - Thanks Michael. We highly recommend Michael Martin for your realty needs on Lake Keowee.
John & Dawn Hager
Homer Glen, IL
Michael is very easy to deal with, and very responsive as well as honest and professional. We were able to find a good lot to build our retirement home and Michael helped negotiate an excellent price, all within a couple of weeks. Being new to the area Michael made us feel very comfortable and was able to provide a lot of good suggestions to help us achieve our goals. I have had experiences with real estate agents in the past that did not really listen however, with Michael it was clear from the beginning that he was committed to satisfying all our request and concerns. It made the whole experience stress free. I would highly recommend Michael to anyone looking to purchase a home or property.
Randy & Karen Denelsbeck
Patiently spent over two years working with us to help find what we wanted. Friendly, knowledgeable, respected in his trade. We'd use him again and recommend him to our friends.
Jim & Leslie Watzin
We've been on Lake Keowee for 10 years and know the lake well, but we decided to enlist Michael's help when we decided to upgrade to a bit larger home. Michael was incredible! He knows every inch of that lake and was so attentive to our likes and dislikes. After just one meeting he narrowed in on preferences and identified several options for us. In just a few weeks we found the perfect home and Michael held our hand every step of the way from negotiation, to inspection to close. It was as smooth as it gets, and we are not the easiest to please. We are huge fans and would highly recommend Michael Martin to anyone interested in a home on Lake Keowee. Thank you, Michael, for all your help!!
Adam & Adrienne Bruckman
Michael showed a great deal of experience and knowledge of the Lake Keowee real estate market. We appreciated his professionalism and insight of each property we looked at. Communication from Breayn was also excellent. We received constant updates in moving towards the closing date, as well as answers to various questions we had.
Michael from Day 1 demonstrated high levels of empathy for my specific needs. He was always very candid with his insights, which ultimately resulted in a wonderful selling experience. I highly recommend Michael and his team.
We found Michael’s website and videos on Keowee to be wonderful. Michael is very knowledgeable about Lake Keowee and did an excellent job showing us several homes meeting our criteria. We appreciated his honesty, helpfulness, responsiveness and follow up on recommendations for local area resources. We gained a neighbor in Michael. Highly recommend him.
Greg & Vickie Baker
Palm Coast, FL
I don't think you can find an agent more knowledgeable about Lake Keowee and the surrounding area. Michael is a very personable, no-stress, informed and reliable real estate agent/broker.
Mount Airy, MD
Excellent local knowledge of Lake Keowee, one of the best agents I have used to purchase a home. We have already recommended him to others for their lake purchase on Keowee.
Matt & Dawn Thatcher
We worked with Michael several years ago to acquire Keowee lake front property and subsequently built a lake home that we absolutely love! When we first connected with Michael, we selected him based on his online presence and excellent use of video to be able to review properties (given we were remote, it allowed us to almost feel like we were walking the property with him!). We initially were looking for a resale, but despite a lot of effort could not find the ideal package. Michael worked patiently with us, and eventually found the perfect property. Michael was careful to work within our budget while also making sure we understood what features were possible at different price points. Ultimately, we were very happy with our decisions.
I have bought two properties from Michael over the past 15+ years. He is responsible, professional and knows the market. His demeanor is laid back; not pushy as the product will sell itself. Further, I reach out to Michael here and there for local referrals, advice on market, etc. He is always incredibly responsive and helpful. I will continue to recommend Michael to my friends and colleagues. And, if I ever get to upgrade again (fingers crossed), he will be my agent.
We were out of state buyers and not very familiar with the area. Michael was very patient in showing us a significant amount of properties during several visits to get us a feel for the many different developments and options. His knowledge of Lake Keowee and the surrounding area was extremely beneficial. He was always available to provide suggestions, recommendations and names of people who could assist us with our transition to the area. He went well beyond what was necessary for a real estate transaction. Our experience could not have been better.
Michael was an expert on the buying process, particularly with some unique issues related to a multi-owner purchase, as well as very responsive to our requests. Even after the sale Michael has been very helpful in recommending service professionals, and others in the local market. A great experience.
We would highly recommend Michael Martin for your real estate needs. After speaking with Michael on the phone and discussing our wants and needs, we planned a trip to South Carolina from California. Before arriving, we studied his website and online videos to help us familiarize us with the area. When we arrived, Michael had a selected the best lots available that met our criteria. In the end, with the assistance of Michael's negotiating outstanding skills, we found a perfect lot and now plan to build our retirement home on the lake. Nobody knows Lake Keowee better than Michael Martin!! We look forward to our new adventure living on the Lake. Thank you, Michael!
Worked with Michael for several months as we tried to find the right lake house. We looked at a number of homes as we really did not know what we were looking for. Once we saw a few, Michael was able to zero in on what he thought we were looking for. He is very knowledgeable on Lake Keowee and has been doing this very a long period of time. He lives on the Lake, so he better know what he is talking about
Mike was great to work with! We originally thought we would buy a home on Lake Keowee, so he spent multiple days showing us many homes - and then we decided that we wanted to look at lots to build! He had no problem switching gears and showed us multiple lots before we finally made the decision to buy one. He helped us find local professionals (builder, lawyer) to work with to close on the property and get started to build. He's very knowledgeable of the Lake Keowee areas - and very patient and helpful as you go through the looking and then buying process! We've already recommended him to a friend who bought a property from him and would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a property on Lake Keowee!
We had an excellent experience selling our Keowee lot with Michael. He was very knowledgeable of the local market and sold our lot in a timely fashion. He gave us the necessary information to prepare our lot to maximize the sale price. We were very pleased with the entire experience and we highly recommend him!!
I first contacted Michael while inquiring about a lot listing that I felt would be good fit for my family. We ended up not being interested in that initial property, but Michael was attentive to what we were looking for. Through his knowledge of the area and current property owners, he was able to broker a deal on another lot that was not being actively marketed. I am thankful that I made the first random phone call Michael and that he was able to help us out. This real estate transaction was the smoothest one I've had to date. Thanks goes to Michael and his office staff.
Michael, recently sold a beautiful lot for us on the North End of Keowee and his knowledge of the market and persistence paid off in droves. Thanks, Michael, for getting this sold for us.
Mills & Carol Gallivan
We were very satisfied with Michael's efforts. Once we put our lot at a value consistent with the current marketplace, Mike was able to put together a deal very quickly. The closing of the transaction was seamless, timely, and very professional.
Jack & Deanna Moore
Coming from another state and unfamiliar with the area, we really relied on Michael heavily to provide information about the different parts of Lake Keowee. It is very clear that he is an expert in the area and we valued that given we were looking from a 100 miles away. I also valued his honesty in telling us pros and cons of different houses knowing what we were looking for in a house so that we did not waste time on looking at places that would not work. Even when he provided guidance that was contrary to what we wanted to hear, he still followed through on showing us homes... and he was right every time! Michael is very unlike any other real estate agent I have worked with and was a pleasure to deal with in helping us find the right place. His closing coordinator (Breayn) was also a pleasure to deal with and handled everything very smoothly and professionally. I liked that he has someone dedicated to helping to close on the house. Thanks again to both of them. We are very happy in our new home on Lake Keowee!
Julie Young & Greg Stevenson
Cedar Park, TX
Michael Martin is without a doubt, the most pleasant realtor that we have had the pleasure of working with. He is so knowledgeable about the area that he represents and is eager to please his clients. He educated himself regarding our wishes and desires in purchasing a lake property. At no time did he try to convince us to purchase. He was accommodating, professional, honest, and we truly felt that we had made a new friend. Michael is not only an expert in his field, but he has surrounded himself with a capable support staff. We will gladly refer others to Michael Martin and The Lake Company.
Dan & Carolyn Shirley
Working with Michael Martin to find a lakefront lot on Lake Keowee was a pleasure! Michael has a tremendous amount of knowledge about the lake. He worked diligently to find and show us several options that fit what we were looking for. In the end, we ended up successfully purchasing a lake lot that is perfect for us. In addition to the real estate transaction, Michael was also able to provide us with several contacts for builders and financing institutions. From start to finish, it was a seamless experience!
Michael was a professional throughout and quickly identified the best property match for us! He knows the area and didn't waste our time with properties that he knew we weren't likely to purchase.
We closed on our lake lot without ever meeting Michael until the day of closing!! About 4 years ago, I found Michael’s website for The Lake Company. We had little knowledge of Lake Keowee, and I found his website to be absolutely brilliant!! He had a ton of information such as details about lot listings, home listings, a separate section for subdivisions on the lake, plats of the subdivisions, covenants and restrictions, he had videos for all of them by car and by boat (so you could get a visual), he had videos about docks, and his monthly newsletters and videos about home and lot sales this year vs. last year. Everything you wanted to know about Lake Keowee was on his web page. We were hooked – we knew we didn’t want to live on any lake but Lake Keowee and we knew immediately, that when we were ready to buy, we would be calling Michael. My husband and I weren’t ready to buy a lot yet, however, we have been up there numerous times from Atlanta, looking at lots and driving through subdivisions for 4 years. I called and spoke to Michael a couple of times during that 4 years and liked him immediately. He was always quick to respond, and was always very professional, knowledgeable and honest. On a recent trip to Keowee, we actually found a lot, and decided we needed to put an offer on it before someone else did. We called Michael and asked him to put an offer in for us. They accepted, and we closed in May. His assistant provided detailed instructions on what we needed to do, and the closing was seamless. This was the first time we met Michael!! If you are looking for a lot or home at Lake Keowee, give Michael a call. You will be glad you did. :-)
Donna & George Colmant
Michael is the lake house expert. His knowledge of prices and locations is indispensable. He showed us properties in our price range and even went and found something he thought we would like but did not ask for. We bought the one he suggested. Highly recommended!
Johnson & Henny Au-Yeung
Fairport, New York
Michael knows Lake Keowee very well, provided helpful and clear advice, and located a buyer for my lake property. I was impressed with his communications and the support provided by his assistant, Breayn Johnson. I would highly recommend Michael.
Michael and his team are very professional and are committed to finding the perfect real estate for their clients. We worked with Michael for several years to find the perfect home and when he said "this was the place" he was 100% correct! I am sure there are other reputable agents on Lake Keowee, but the service that The Lake Company provides is beyond excellent in every way!
In researching available real estate in and around Lake Keowee, we found The Lake Company website. We came to realize that Michael's living on the lake for so many years has indeed made him an expert. We felt comfortable with him from the moment we met him. Everything he advised or showed us was with our best interests in mind. Michael's word is his bond, and we highly recommend him and would hire him again as our agent.
Dale and Tom Cleveland
Michael is an excellent Lake Keowee realtor. His years of knowledge from both living on the lake and transacting real estate was very helpful in setting realistic expectations for us as sellers, and also in procuring a buyer. Further, Michael communicated frequently throughout our sales process so that we were never left wondering what was going on. I highly recommend Michael.
My wife and I have utilized Michael's services for three transactions over the past 7 years - a lot purchase in The Reserve, the sale of the lot 6 years later, and the purchase of a lake cottage in The Reserve in 2018. Both the purchase and sales processes were executed by Michael with the utmost professionalism. I believe it's a great testimonial for Michael that we continue to come back and utilize he and his team's expertise with the Lake Keowee real estate market. Michael's style is very casual and stress free and will push on the other side when necessary - he's a great advocate for his clients. Additionally, his knowledge of Lake Keowee is second to none, he lives on the lake and seems to know every square inch of property that is for sale. A big thanks to Michael and his team for assisting our family in navigating the process over the last 8 years. I highly recommend Michael for both sides of the equation - buying and selling!
Michael helped my wife and I on two transactions - one was the sale of our existing Lake Keowee home - and the 2nd was the purchase of a new waterfront lot - to build our "retirement" home. What I really appreciated about Michael's approach were three things: 1) His straight-forward approach, 2) his integrity and 3) his ability to get the results we wanted. Our existing house sold very quickly - at a price we had all agreed was a great target for us - and then when we shopped for the new lot, he was able to help us negotiate a great deal and move through the process quickly and smoothly. I'm a big fan of Michael's and the work he does - and you won't find anyone that has a better grasp on real estate on Lake Keowee. Great resource for anyone looking to buy or sell...
Six Mile, SC
We had the pleasure of working with Michael some 10 years ago when we purchased a lot on Lake Keowee. He clearly was an expert on the lake and the properties surrounding. Having worked with many realtors over the years, I can testify that Michael is a professional and a pleasure to work with. You will be in good hands.
Lake Keowee Owner
We hired Michael because he was obviously the expert on the Keowee region. We were looking for a great realtor and once we landed on Michael we knew before we even met him in person that we were in great hands. His property videos helped us do preliminary research prior to taking a ton of our time, or his, to see our options. Michael worked late and on weekends to accommodate us. He even rented a boat in the rain on a freezing winter Sunday to show us our potential property from the water! All requests and questions were answered within hours. We will send all our friends straight to Michael at The Lake Company when they are ready for their slice of paradise.
Eric & Katie Skoloff
Michael was wonderful to work with. We were looking in the area for the very first time and he was able to pinpoint exactly what we were looking for and show us the best options. His wealth of local knowledge was impressive - we continue to call upon him when looking for a referral, be it a dentist, best BBQ, or vet! Fabulous individual - I continue to recommend him to friends looking in the area as well!
Michael was very helpful and knowledgeable in our search for our dream lake house. Not only does Michael know Lake Keowee like the back of his hand, he's also a really nice guy, great to work with, and great neighbor!
Palm Harbor, FL
Michael was great to work with on both the sale of a property and purchase on a new property. His knowledge of Lake Keowee and the people in the community was extremely helpful. If you are looking for a great realtor in the area you can't go wrong with Michael.
Peachtree City, GA
We purchased our lot on lake Keowee through Michael in 2016. I found him to be very knowledgeable and professional in every aspect of the sales process. Since that time, I've known Michael and I continue to be impressed not only with his expertise in real estate, but more importantly with his character!
Michael was very patient with me and my wife as we searched for the perfect lot for our family about 7 years ago. He had personally walked almost every available lot for sale on Lake Keowee and had notes to prove it. Michael got us in contact with a local builder to walk the lot to determine build feasibility. And then he marked out the septic boundaries for us after we purchased the lot. I would recommend Michael to anyone looking for lake property on Lake Keowee.
Riverstone Subdivision on Lake Keowee
Michael’s knowledge of the Lake Keowee market as well as his direction when it came to negotiating our new home was outstanding. It allowed us to get the lakefront home we desired at the right price. I would highly recommend him.
Michael did a great job for us. He was attentive to what we were looking for and followed up at the right intervals. On the actual purchase he represented the seller and not us (officially) but it all turned out good. We love our lake house!
Michael helped my husband and I find a home after we retired and decided to leave N.J. We knew what we wanted but did not know the area. We relied heavily on Michael's expertise to make sure we landed in exactly the right spot. He found us our dream home and we could not be happier.
Michael is very knowledgeable about Lake Keowee. He listened to what we were looking for and showed us numerous opportunities in the areas of the Lake we were interested. He was very patient and did not pressure us in our decision. His web site was very helpful on the front end of our search as it helped us decide what area of the lake we wanted to buy. I would highly recommend his services.
Michael has a wealth of practical information about the area. He guided us through the search and offer process. Once we found the right place, with the contract in place, he continued to work behind the scenes, keeping the deal moving forward. A buyer can get hung up on the nuances of the various permitting and contingency processes. It was so great to have a professional like Michael and his team working for us.
Henry & April Graham
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