For me, it's all about trying to walk closely with God everyday. That translates to serving everyone in my path to the best of my ability. Do I make the grade everyday....nope. Busyness is a pitfall, so call me on it if you catch on me on one of those crazy Real Estate days when it seems everything is happening at one time. Otherwise, I promise to listen to you carefully and try to serve your desires and needs well. What a career, anyway. Showing Lake Greenwood by boat ....how tough can it be on a beautiful day? Stomping through wooded lots, showing houses that are fabulous or just plain quaint, and meeting incredible people from all over the world. Our lake draws people from all over, because it's big, beautiful, and very competitively priced. We have million dollar mansions belonging to some of our country's important CEOs and CFOS, we have gorgeous golf courses on the water, and we have....well....shacks. I own one of those. My 83 year old Daddy is out there almost everyday trying to transform it into an adorable guest cottage where you can stay when you come check out our lake. Ask me if it's ready when you call! It will be less than a hotel and has a kitchen and laundry facilities. I got tired of picking up my poor clients at hotels when they just want to be on the water.
Lake Greenwood is a passion of mine. I grew up here water skiing in the evenings or early mornings when the lake is glassy. My brothers are much better than I am, with one of them learning to barefoot. My Grandpa's ring still lies at the bottom of Hidden Lake from the day I tried about twenty times slapping my face on the water and finally giving up. Today, our Kayaks glide across the lake in the early mornings to watch the sunrise or geese. We have bald eagles here too.
Lake Greenwood has always called me home. I was in North Carolina for 26 years, blessed to work with some tremendous people in broadcasting. Neill McNeill and I co-anchored First News at five for four years with our team winning an Emmy for best newscast. We stay in touch to this day. Roy Ackland was another awesome co-anchor for mornings. Lee Kinard, Sandra Hughes,....so many names you would recogonize...and so many you wouldn't but those behind the scenes people who worked so hard and were such fine people taught me many lessons and still march around in my mind today. All this to say the ache for home and family brought me back here. I hope you will come to know and love The Lakelands of South Carolina as much as I do. It's my pleasure to teach you about the great people, the great restaurants and places...the smooth coves on the lake...and where the marinas are. Just ask if I fail to mention something you want to know. We have great weather here, four seasons which leaving you trying to decide which is your favorite. We have great golf and plenty of it. We have a top rated hospital, arts, theatre, Lander University, Piedmont Technical College, Opera Houses, new libraries...and there so easy to get to. Folks who move here say they save hours a day in commute time with very little traffic or hassle. So bring you clothes for a weekend to visit us......and I'll help you find a haven for a lifetime. On this site you'll find find fabulous homes around our lake and our towns, a wonderful new developement with excellent - really excellent builders, The Piontek family.....and lot options for buying low now and building later. Just let me know how to help you, and I will:
Now that the dust has settled and we are holding the deed to the property, I have to drop you a note to say that you proved me wrong.
When we first met, I told you that I had a generally poor opinion of realtors, and I didn't have very high expectations for our efforts to purchase property on Lake Greenwood. I still dislike most realtors, but you proved to be a notable exception to the group!
Let me start by re-capping our quest:
Wendy and I came down and rented a place for our vacation and fell in love with the lake. It was exactly what I was looking for. We drove around looking at places for sale and finally realized that, despite our best efforts to avoid it, we needed help. So we called two of the realtors whose names appeared most often on signs as well as the internet listings. I figured they would know best, what was available and be able to quickly point us to the perfect property. Confirming my prior experiences and thus my negative feelings toward the profession....neither called back before we returned to Charlotte 4 days later. Apparently customer service is low on the priority list.
When we got home, I spent considerable time researching online and found several of your listings. I rolled the dice again and contacted you via email. What a shocker.....a return email came within a few hours....then a phone call. I don't know how much you remember of the conversation, but I won't forget it. You realistically set my expectations....sent some listings that reflected what I asked for (not the usual over budget game I've come to expect) and shared some knowledge of the lake that helped us focus our search. It took a few weeks to clear my schedule so we could visit Greenwood again, but you kept in touch and periodically shared new listings. By the time we made it down again, you had narrowed the choices and we found exactly what we wanted.
Every step of the way from the offer, through negotiation to settlement and even assisting with the surveyor, you have been our emissary. I can't believe how much you have done for us.
This year, we vacationed there again....same wonderful rental house....and brought the kids down to surprise them with our lot!
I ran in to one of the original realtors we had tried to contact and she told me all the services that she would not assist her clients with....a complete opposite of all you assisted us with. As an out of town buyer, we needed your help and you came through.
It was great to see you again...as we now consider you a friend. Hopefully we can break ground in the next few years and plan a permanent move to the lake.
Kim, we have purchased or sold more than two dozen properties in our lifetime and this rates as the best experience we have ever had.
Please feel free to have any prospective client call me for a reference. I'll be more than happy to share my experience with them (for a mere 50% of the commission of course)!
Thanks so much,
Joseph D. Bitzan
Disaster One, Inc.
4300 Barringer Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217
September 8, 2010
David and I want to thank you for all you have done to help us fulfill our dream of living on the lake. You were always so helpful, giving us direction on how and what to do in the different steps of the process. This certainly took a lot of the stress off of us. I appreciate all of the times you worked around our schedule, meeting us on weekends and holidays. You are definitely a cut above the rest and I appreciate your hard work. Thanks for everything..... Nancy McAbee
March 4, 2010
My husband and I recently retired and bought a house on Lake Greenwood using Kim Clark as our Realtor. We had limited time to look and with Kim’s excellent listening skills she found the exact home we had been searching for. Through her efforts, quick action and decision making, she was able to make arrangements with the owner and the other Realtor that same afternoon. We had the papers signed before 5pm that day. Kim is a very caring, friendly, courteous, concerned and professional woman who has become a good and close friend of ours. Even now, months after the sale of the home, she is still taking care of small incidentals on our behalf. She is still looking out for us to make sure everything in the house is set up comfortably for us when we arrive in South Carolina mid-April. Three cheers for Kim Clark!!!
Jay & Janet Schierman
John Mark Stroud, Broker from Asheville, NC:
"Kim is quite simply the best. She works tirelessly to make sure you're protected on every corner. She's not just a great agent. She's our friend now too."
Pat and Jimmy Lawson, Sellers from Newberry County:
"There's just something about her. Pat picked her as being "the one" to do the job. Sure enough, she put our marketing plan in place and in less than a month brought us more than we dared hope to see. The whole experience was great."
Jean and Ray Gayle, Delaware Buyers: "We talked by phone a few times. She must have really listened, because when we arrived she took us to the perfect lake house. We were so impressed with Kim, we also sent her both of our sons and a good friend."
If you want a Realtor who will take great care of you, just call Kim!
Lake Homes Realty4503 Highway 72/221 East
Greenwood, SC 29649