7 Ways to Increase the Number of Offers on Your Lake Oconee Home

7 Ways to Increase the Number of Offers on Your Lake Oconee Home

  • Riezl Baker
  • 10/10/22

Lake Oconee, Georgia
, located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, features magnificent homes and world-class recreational amenities in an idyllic setting filled with down-home charm.

If you’ve decided to sell a lovely luxury Lake Oconee property, one smart strategy that can bring you a faster sale at a higher price and more favorable terms is to generate multiple purchase offers. These seven steps will help you achieve this goal:

Choose the right realtor

If you were impressed by the realtor who represented you when you bought your Lake Oconee home, by all means, hire them as your listing agent. Otherwise, you should do careful research to find one who will work diligently to generate multiple offers for your home. They should have deep roots in the community and know Lake Oconee real estate from the inside out.

To find a realtor, ask friends and relatives who have recently sold local properties for referrals. Narrow your choices to three potential hires. Scrutinize their online presence and read their client testimonials. Meet with each candidate for in-person interviews. Make your final choice based on these criteria:

  • Which realtor has the best sales record in the Lake Oconee area?
  • Which realtor has the strongest work ethic?
  • Which realtor has the most sophisticated marketing skills?
  • Which realtor’s personality is most compatible with yours? You should hire someone with whom you can build a good professional relationship because you’ll be working together on an endeavor that’s important to your financial well-being. 

Price it right

One major way to increase the number of offers you receive for your home is to price it appropriately. A list price that is too low will likely generate multiple offers but could result in a sale that leaves thousands of dollars on the table. A list price that is too ambitious could leave you with no offers and cause your house to linger on the market. Eventually, your beautiful home could become stale inventory, and you’d be compelled to lower the list price.

To determine what list price would be likely to generate multiple offers, your realtor will do a comparative market analysis to determine your home’s fair market value. Then they will recommend a slightly lower price for your listing.

That price will spark the interest of a large number of potential purchasers and probably motivate more of them to make offers than a higher list price would. Having multiple offers will give you plenty of bargaining power to get higher prices and more favorable terms through counteroffers and negotiations. Or it might start a bidding war, which will get prospective buyers emotionally involved and drive up your sale price.

A Lake Oconee home's location and special features are important elements that impact its fair market value and realtors know how to adjust its comparative market analysis accordingly. These are the types of details they might scrutinize in their analysis:

  • Is the home located in a gated community? The area has three of them: Reynolds Lake Oconee, Harbor Club, and Cuscowilla.

  • If the home is situated on a lakefront lot, how long is the shoreline frontage? How deep is the dockside water? How many rooms in the house offer water views?

  • What are the style and condition of the swimming pool if the home has one?

  • If the home doesn’t have a pool, does the lot have a generously sized flat area where one could be constructed?

  • If the lot borders a golf course, how good are the views? If the property doesn’t have golf-course frontage, is it close enough to the course for the homeowner to drive there in a golf cart? 

Sell the lifestyle

Lakeside living at its best — this is Lake Oconee’s key selling point.

Show — and tell — people who are thinking about making an offer for your property that they could walk out the back door to their private dock, step onto their boat, and head for a lakeside restaurant. Let them know they could spend their leisure moments jetskiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, pontooning, fishing, and swimming. And on dry land, they could play golf on championship courses.

Make it move-in ready

Luxury homebuyers have high expectations. Your property must look picture-perfect when they see it in marketing photos and videos and, later, when they visit it for showings. Purchasers prefer residences that are ready to move into without their having to undertake repairs or remodeling. Getting your Lake Oconee home into move-in-ready shape is a good way to increase the number of offers you’ll receive.

First, you need to determine whether your beautiful residence needs any repairs. Have a pre-listing inspection done to uncover problems — so that if your house needs work, you can get started right away and complete any necessary jobs before your marketing campaign begins. A home inspector will check the condition of these systems and components and look for evidence of mold or water damage:

  • The heating and cooling equipment
  • The electrical wiring
  • The plumbing
  • The foundation
  • The windows
  • The doors
  • The roof
  • The building’s structure
This inspection will enable you to avoid unpleasant surprises that might otherwise surface after you sign a purchase contract and your buyer has their inspection done on the property. Also, if your pre-listing inspection report is positive, sharing its results in your listing can reassure prospective purchasers the property is in good condition, which could be a factor in increasing the number of offers you get.

As a second step toward making your residence move-in ready, you should undertake home improvements that are likely to yield a high return on investment. Your realtor can advise you on this subject. No matter how elegant your home already is, some minor fix-ups or stylish updates might be in order:

  • Repainting your rooms is an excellent way to freshen them up. Forgo the vibrant colors you might select if you were decorating your home to suit your personal taste and instead choose warm neutral shades of white, ivory, and beige paint.

  • The kitchen is the heart of your home. Are any appliances nearing the end of their lifespans, in which case you should replace them? And what about the condition of your cabinetry?

  • As a rule of thumb, bathrooms should be remodeled every five years to keep up with decorating trends. At the very least, is it time for new faucets, fixtures, and tile flooring? 

Sharpen its curb appeal

Another way to increase the number of offers on your Lake Oconee home is to boost its curb appeal. For this, too, you should enlist your realtor’s help in determining what improvements could yield the highest return on investment.

If your house is on a lakefront lot, you might have focused your attention on keeping the shoreline amenities at the back of your property in perfect shape. Some issues with the street-facing facade of your house or your front yard might have escaped your notice. Here is a partial checklist for assessing your home’s curb appeal:

  • Should you repaint your front door?
  • What about your home facade’s paintable surfaces — do they need to be freshened up?
  • Are your driveway and walkways in impeccable shape?
  • Do your trees and shrubs enhance your landscaping without impeding the views from inside the house — or is it time to call an arborist?
  • Do your lawn and flowerbeds need to be spruced up?

Stage it skillfully

Another way to increase the number of offers on your Lake Oconee home is to have it staged to make it look fabulous during photo and video shoots and showings. The purpose of home staging is to declutter and depersonalize your property so prospective purchasers can imagine themselves living in it.

The stager will rearrange your furniture, and if necessary remove some of it, so your rooms will show your best advantages. Your outdoor spaces should also be staged. On porches and patios and around the fire pit, seating should be arranged to look Instagram-worthy. Sports gear and children’s toys should be stowed away.  

Market it with videos

High-quality videos have become an indispensable sales tool for residential real estate. Using them to market your home can increase the number of offers you receive. Experts say property listings with videos generate four times the number of inquiries that listings without videos get.

Videos that are shot with a drone are especially effective in displaying Lake Oconee homes’ stunning waterfront settings and soaring trees as well as high-ceilinged interiors and expansive open-plan layouts. Your realtor will use videos in a comprehensive marketing campaign on their own website as well as on Facebook and Instagram

Are you ready to sell your Lake Oconee home?

When it’s time to sell your treasured Lake Oconee property, you need a trusted advisor with the marketing know-how to generate multiple offers and the negotiating skills to close a deal that maximizes your net proceeds.

Reach out to award-winning realtor Riezl Baker, a Lake Oconee real estate expert who closed more than 70 transactions amounting to $115 million in 2021. She is known for her empathy, integrity, and business acumen and is deeply devoted to her community and clients. Contact Riezl Baker Real Estate today.

Riezl Baker

Riezl Baker

Realtor® | Founding Principal

About The Author

Riezl Baker is an award-winning real estate agent with 22 years of real estate experience at Lake Oconee, Georgia. A resident since 1997, she is well-known for her business accomplishments and extensive community involvement. In 2020, she and her husband Ted co-founded Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group to combine their over 40 years of experience in the Lake Oconee market and with a mission to provide the highest level of service to clients.
In 2022, Riezl closed over $131 million in sales and was recognized as “Top Luxury Real Estate Leader'' by The Atlantan magazine and “Real Estate Newsmaker & Achiever'' by RIS Media. She was recognized as a 2021 Top Producer after closing over 70 transactions totaling $115 million and was awarded the Crystal Phoenix Award by the Lake Country Board of REALTORS®. 
She is passionate about her community and has been involved on a leadership level for many different organizations. She is the Past Chairman of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Board and was part of the original founding Board that steered the opening of the hospital in 2013. She co-chaired the successful 2023 Heart & Soul Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee which raised over $450,000 for the local hospital. In 2010, she and her husband co-founded the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival to benefit local education, which has evolved into a three-day destination event at The Ritz-Carlton. An advocate for the arts, Riezl is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS). She was the President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors® in 2016. The Atlantan magazine awarded her "Expert in Second and Vacation Homes" for 2020 and 2021. She was recognized as a "2021 Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leader" and was also nominated as "Best Bilingual" and "Best Community Impact" in Georgia.
Riezl holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and joined the Hyatt Hotels as a Corporate Management Trainee. She worked for the company for seven years in Operations Management and Hospitality Sales in Houston and Atlanta. She served as a Board Director for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Breakout, Georgia MPI's monthly publication that is distributed to thousands of members.
As the Director of Athens (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riezl developed strategic plans to attract conventions to the city. In 2000, she obtained her real estate license and worked for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties where she was a top producer for 20 years. 
Riezl is a public speaker and has spoken at several national real estate conferences and webinars. She was an invited speaker at a National Empowerment Conference in Las Vegas in 2022 where she spoke about “Successful Entrepreneurship in America.” She was also featured in a 2022 episode of Fox Business Network’s prime-time real estate show Mansion Global. 
She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have two children, Stuart, who is a junior at Yale University, and Remi, who attends Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.

Community Footprints

  • Co-Founder, LEAD Lake Oconee
  • Board Member, Oconee Performing Arts Society.
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Past Chairman, St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, 2017-2019.
  • Past President, Lake Country Board of REALTORS®, 2016.
  • Co-Founder, Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.
  • Three-Year Chair, Heart and Soul Gala Benefit, Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee.
  • Co-Chair, Heart and Soul Benefit Gala, 2022

Work With Riezl

A consistent top producer in the Lake Oconee area, Riezl has been recognized with numerous awards for her business accomplishments and community involvement. Contact Riezl today if you are thinking of selling or buying, or both.

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