If you’re researching lake houses on Lake Oconee, you already know it’s exhausting process trying to find the perfect place. We’re aware that there are lots of factors in deciding what lake home would be the best for you and your family. To help in your efforts, we’ve compiled an interesting interview with Kathy Phillips, a prominent Lake Oconee Real Estate Sales Director, who actually works at Harbor Club.

She could have chosen any other lake community, but here you’ll learn why she wanted to buy her lake home at Harbor Club. It shows that she not only “talks the talk,” but “walks the walk.”

Question: When you decided to work at Harbor Club, what attracted you to the community?

Kathy: “I was fortunate and was able to take advantage of a fantastic career opportunity back then. I’ve seen Harbor Club continue to grow as more folks realize the huge benefits of owning in a predominantly full-time community with all the lake, golf, fitness, dining and other recreational activities than they could ever possibly want or need. Membership levels range from Social to Full Golf. Also, the development of new homes in multiple price points provides options for buyers with various size and price point requirements, and who wish to be part of a gated neighborhood. Harbor Club is building new homes with quality finishes that cannot be duplicated in other area recreational communities for the same expenditure.”

Question: How do the new construction homes affect Harbor Club’s resale home transactions?

Kathy: “It actually fuels the resale market in Harbor Club. We have seen significant and consistent growth in resale values directly as a result of Harbor Club’s speculative building program with (our in-house builder,) Patriot Builders.”

Question: ...and the lake home you purchased at Harbor Club was a resale, correct?

Kathy: “Yes. As Director of Sales at Harbor Club, I felt it was necessary to demonstrate a financial investment in a property that I so highly praise… In other words… ‘to put my money where my mouth is.’ I recently sold my personal home in Atlanta and decided it was time to call someplace home again. Because I work in both new construction and resale homes I was torn between building exactly what I wanted or making an existing home work. This is the same struggle that my buyers go through when they visit Harbor Club. (However,) I felt it was good to demonstrate that buying an older home can be wise.”

Question: What are the factors that made your decision to buy a resale lake home at Harbor Club a wise one?

Kathy: “Well, I had always wanted a brand new home because I love all of today’s materials, colors, and finishes and wanted a plan that was good for long-term living. However, I got the bug for a lakefront Villa. I decided to invest there by purchasing and renovating it to today’s design choices. I plan to entertain neighbors and real estate guests whenever possible and inspire other homeowners to make update investments in their homes. Today’s buyer is generally not patient enough to do the updates themselves. But, if the update money is spent wisely, the return can be very favorable. I’ve seen a steady stream of updating on the older homes in the community, which has had a dramatic impact on (Harbor Club’s) property values overall.”

Question: Now that the renovations on your lake home are complete and you’re moved in and settled, do you feel you got a good value for the money you invested?

Kathy: “Absolutely. I love my villa, and I love Harbor Club. There is no other community on Lake Oconee in which I would prefer to live.”

Want to check out Harbor Club on Lake Oconee for yourself? Take a look at our home inventory, or better yet, plan a visit. You can meet Kathy herself and tour our Southern-Living inspired community. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with it just like Kathy did!