Buying on the Lake

Why should you buy your new lake home with a lake specialist? Because using a lake specialist with the Living on Lake Lanier team isn’t expensive…it’s priceless! We live, work and play on the lake and understand all the unique intricacies you need to consider when purchasing a lake home.

Our team works with buyers in a variety of life stages—and with 692 miles of shoreline encompassing 5 counties, Lake Lanier has something to offer everyone! We know time on the lake with family and friends is invaluable. Together you can enjoy recreational activities that are sure to keep your loved ones coming back such as boating, tubing, fishing, camping, golfing and more! You can also wind down and enjoy a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, with fantastic restaurants just an easy boat ride away. Teresa has lived on the lake for 18 years and knows first hand that living on Lake Lanier keeps the kids coming back. No matter what lifestyle you are looking for, the team at Living on Lake Lanier will make your dream of owning a lake home a reality!

When you buy a home with us, it’s far more than just finding the right property for you. Our team will educate you on everything you need to know about Lake Lanier including:

The Home Buying Process

We understand purchasing the right lake home is a big financial and lifestyle decision. With over 19 years of expertise and expansive knowledge of Lake Lanier and the surrounding areas, the Living on Lake Lanier team will give you the confidence you need when buying the home of your dreams!

Be the First to Know

Be the first to know when new properties hit the market…and off-market opportunities, too!

We will create a custom search based on your wish list so homes that match your specified criteria will be delivered straight to your inbox as soon as they hit the market. Our team has sold many unlisted homes by matching buyers with sellers. Don’t you want to be the first to know?

Buying on a Lake

There are a few extra details to account for when buying a lake home. Lake Lanier is our backyard! With a close working relationship with the Army Corps of Engineers, we can offer additional insight regarding shoreline management, boat dock specifications and permits, and what can and cannot be done on Corp property. By the way, the Corp of Engineers are a bunch of really great folks!

Offer & Close

Once you find the home of your dreams, we will submit an offer. As skilled negotiators, we know how to get you the best price and terms on the home of your dreams. Once the offer is accepted, we will help you navigate inspections, appraisals, closing, and Corp of Engineers change of ownership process (quick note: dock permits are NOT transferable). We can’t wait to see you on the lake!

Preferred Lenders

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John BurrafatoJohn Burrafato
16:44 06 Dec 21
I am a BIG Teresa Smith advocate and I highly recommend her as your Real Estate Agent if you are looking for a home on/near Lake Lanier. Not only is she intimately knowledgeable of the lake and neighborhoods, but she also has a reliable network of professionals to help make an informed decision (Contractors, Architects, Core Rangers, etc). Teresa helped us find our new home in Flowery Branch after an exhaustive search in a very difficult pandemic market. She then turn around and sold our existing home at our asking price before it was even listed. Always patient, no pressure, and extremely thorough and responsive.
Steven WalkerSteven Walker
14:52 06 Dec 21
Teresa and her team were absolute professionals and absolutely "in our corner" as sellers. Teresa and her team were great about protecting our time and energy throughout the processes of selling our home - from scheduling the pictures, throughout the showings, and then when negotiating with the buyers. Even though I'm sure Teresa and her team had multiple clients while she worked with us, she made us feel as though we were her only concern - she was responsive to our calls, questions, and concerns - always providing timely and thoughtful responses. Truthfully, I'm glad she was on our "side" because she's a, tenacious, formidable agent that made us feel as though she would've gone into "battle" on our behalf. It's rare to experience this type of customer care any more these such it was a please to work with Teresa and her team.
Tate SmithTate Smith
19:50 07 Sep 21
My fiance and I were first time home buyers in the craziest market in history, and we couldn't have bought that first home without Mackenzie there to navigate us through the process. She was a joy to work with, as professional as they come, and one of the hardest working people we've ever met. We highly recommend working with Mackenzie if you are looking to buy or sell! You really will feel like a priority throughout the entire process. I am happy to say my fiance and I closed on a home in July, and we have Mackenzie and KW team to thank for that!

Zillow Reviews

  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Michelle did a great job making sure she knew what we were looking for; and help us find those homes. She was very patience with us. Michelle has a very... Read more


    Zillow 5 Star Review  Michele worked with us for well over a year, as we navigated a tight market and our changing criteria. She always had our wants and needs forefront and stayed patient... Read more


    Zillow 5 Star Review  Great experience. She comunicates very well and kept us informed every step. Pleasant to deal with and knowledgeable. She took the time to explain the process and discuss any... Read more

  • Zillow 5 Star Review  Michele is a great agent who has much knowledge on buying a lake house. We have very busy jobs where it is difficult to keep up with deadlines, inspection scheduling,... Read more

    Sook Yoon

    Zillow 5 Star Review  Mackenzie was incredible to work with. She took time to understand what kinds of properties my husband and I were interested in, and went out of her way to show... Read more


    Zillow 5 Star Review  Michele helped us 4 years ago, to find a home when we moved to Georgia. Recently we decided to move again and had no hesitation in calling Michele for assistance... Read more

  • Zillow 5 Star Review  After returning from working overseas for four years, we were blessed to find Michele in late 2016 to help us find our perfect home. She made our dream a... Read more


    Zillow 5 Star Review  Michele was our best advocate from the get-go in our quest to purchase a lake home. The market activity was frenetic and a sellers' market, so as buyers we... Read more


    Zillow 5 Star Review  Teresa helped my son and I purchase a home on Lake Lanier for short term rental property. She was very knowledgeable of lake property. We had specific request of location.... Read more


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