Life on Lake Oconee-"An Active Rain Newbie Contest - Jump into 2011 with a BANG"

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country

Life on Lake OconeeI am a huge fan of where I live. Lake Oconee in Georgia is one of the greatest places in the world. I would have never moved back here and transfered my real estate license from a town as great as Charleston, SC if I didn't have faith in Lake Oconee's ability to continue to grow. It's been two months since I've been back in the real estate business. I'm encouraged by the turnaround in the economy and as we continue to grow I would love to see new faces around here. Prestigious neighborhoods such as Reynolds Plantation & Great Waters, have previously been dubbed "retirement communities" and I'm wondering what my role will be in encouraging young people like me to come to this great place and call it "home."

I will be 30 years old this year and would categorize myself as a young adult (right!?). In an attempt to get a better understanding of what people my age, aside from myself, find to be important qualities in a town, I polled 8 to 10 friends my age to find out what they thought!

Life on Lake Oconee

1) The most important part of bringing young adults to a community is job opportunities. Yikes. You cannot be in the real estate business, or live in the United States for that matter, and not be aware of the shortage of jobs. The economic downturn has been tough on everybody but a true test for young adults graduating from high school or college and trying to start a career. Jobs are limited and competition is tough. Now people who were in or close to retirement find themselves back in the job market competing for positions. As I drive around Lake Oconee everyday I'm thrilled to see signs of companies moving their headquarters to the lake! One example would be Eyelevel Interactive, A Made Inc. Company. While not many details have been released, I do know that this means possible job opportunity in the area and that's a definite benefit to our community!

Meanwhile, Reynolds Plantation, established here in 1985, and it's sister neighborhoods employ anywhere from 500-1000 people annually. 

2) Life on Lake OconeeLocation. Location. Location. Ever heard that before? Luckily Lake Oconee happens to be in the perfect location. I still appreciate the small town atmosphere that we have to offer but even more so I appreciate NOT having to deal with traffic jams and rush hour! Just 75 miles east of Atlanta, 75 miles west of Augusta (home of the Masters Golf Tournament), and 33 miles southeast of Athens (home of the Georgia Bulldogs), a days worth of excellent shopping and top notch sporting events are never more than an hour or so away and then it's home to the peace and quiet!

3) Activities - no worries! We have them covered! There is nothing in the southeast that can beat a summer on Lake Oconee. 18,971 acres, 374 miles of shoreline, 118 holes of championship golf, and world class communities make it incredibly easy to fall in love. Young golfers like Rory McIlory, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson are encouraging more and more young people to take up the sport. How do you get them and those like them to realize Lake Oconee is one of the most prestigious areas for golfing in the world? 

Life on Lake Oconee

So, how do I help encourage young adults to come to the area? Social media is undeniably an incredibly important part of the real estate business. I have the opportunity to become the first realtor in the Lake Oconee area to thoroughly take advantage of online tools via Facebook, Twitter, several blogs, Activerain, and my up and coming Youtube channel featuring HD video home tours!


Margie Kopp

Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee



Comments (13)

Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Margie, What a great Localism post of your area.   Very thorough and thought out.  Good job on the links too!  I really, really like it!  Good job girl :)

Jan 22, 2011 01:57 PM

Elizabeth- thank you! I'm trying to utilize every opportunity I can to learn and promote! Btw, Elizabeth is my middle name : )

Jan 22, 2011 02:19 PM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Margie, what a positive post! And one can tell how passionate you are about Lake Oconee! I have no doubt that you will succeed!

Jan 22, 2011 03:03 PM
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Nice local spotlight Margie !  Good use of photos and links ! Nicely done ;o)

Cheers !

Jan 24, 2011 11:54 AM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Margie... nicely done.... you did this well enough that you have me sold on your area and if I could, I would move there. thanks

jeff belonger

Jan 25, 2011 02:06 AM
Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I'm far from retiring, but Lake Oconee sounds like a nice place to live!

Jan 25, 2011 02:44 AM
Karen Burket
Bank of Oregon a division of Willamette Valley Bank - Medford, OR
Valley Mortgage Grou, Conventional, FHA, VA, mortgages

Congrats, Margie! 




Jan 25, 2011 02:50 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Margie- Congratulations on your win and for a very informative post.  Keep up the good work.

Jan 25, 2011 03:39 PM
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

thanks to everybody for the encouraging words and support! hopefully all the hard work we put into our careers on a daily basis will give us all the chance to one day live in a place as great as Lake Oconee : )

Jan 26, 2011 05:02 AM
David O'Doherty
Raleigh Realty Inc - Clayton, NC
Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC

Margie, Lake Oconee sounds like a great place to live, I bet you could go fishing there! If someone is looking for a real estate agent who knows Lake Oconee you sound like the person to call.

Jan 26, 2011 05:54 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Nice post.  Your enthusiasm and love of your area are valuable assets.  Good luck.

Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, CA


Jan 26, 2011 06:46 AM
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Margie, what a great post and look into life on Lake Oconee.

Jan 26, 2011 11:12 AM
Jane Becker
Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge - Worcester, MA

Any place that has a body of water, got my vote

Feb 01, 2011 10:51 AM