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When my wife and I gave serious consideration to possible locations for retirement it did not take us long to settle on the “Golden Corner of SC” and the Lake Keowee area. We became very discouraged though after making contact and appointments with 3 different real estate agents over the course of a year and we took no further action.  In the fall of 2000, our daughter called us from her home in Colorado with some interesting news. She had discovered a REALTOR on the internet named Diane Schlise Allen who offered a wide variety of properties on Lake Keowee from vacant lots to waterfront homes.  Although we were pessimistic, we decided to try one more time and scheduled still one more appointment over a weekend in the near future.

Within five minutes after we met her, Diane had established a warm professional rapport with us. For at least a half hour, she queried us concerning our expectations and desires.  She then spent the entire day with us showing us a tremendous variety of lakefront homes and vacant lots. By the end of the day, my wife and I had identified three properties which we found attractive --- two homes and one vacant lot.  After an evening of deliberation, we called Diane the next morning to make an offer on the vacant waterfront lot.
From this point on, Diane could not have been more helpful in completing the transaction.  Our initial offer was accepted by the seller, and Diane recommended an outstanding builder whom we subsequently engaged.  She facilitated our financing with a local lending institution. Thanks largely to her efforts, we are now enjoying retirement in our new home on the shores of Lake Keowee.


Jim Fairleigh

Dear Diane:

We have moved 11 times over the past many years and in doing so have used the services of a variety of real estate agents in four different states.  The assistance that you provided in our home purchase on Lake Keowee was simply unparalleled. Your professionalism and attention to detail are quite remarkable… and we remain in awe over your work ethic. We found your knowledge of such issues as future land development, schools, builders and 'local customs' incomparable and, of course, quite useful in our decision-making. Thanks to your thorough research and preparation we were able to buy our home in one weekend; and with your guidance closed on the purchase without having to make a separate trip down from Pennsylvania. Thank you Diane… thanks for being smart… fair minded… empathetic and so extremely diligent at your profession (and did we forget fun?). We have recommended you unequivocally to several of our friends who are considering the Lake Keowee area.

Donna Jean & Tim Cobb

"Thank you Diane S. Allen. Your in-depth knowledge of the real estate market on Lake Keowee certainly paid off for us. In just one weekend of looking with you, we found (and subsequently purchased) our ideal house.  This effort was certainly aided by the preparation that we did together in advance of our trip, sorting through property listings and prioritizing or deselecting them and using the internet to make the process easy and efficient.   Since we engaged you as a "Buyers Agent," we were able to rely on your skill and experience in negotiating the purchase with the seller, which proved invaluable through closing. We would highly recommend your services to anyone seeking a home in the Seneca - Lake Keowee area."

Paula and Ron Silverman

I am a local builder that specializes in custom waterfront homes on Lake Keowee as well as speculative homes.   I have worked with Diane for several years after working with several other REALTOR's over the past years. There is a tremendous difference in the quality of service she provides to her clients. When Diane can't find a home that suits her client's needs she contacts me and other builders to possibly build them a home. She also involves builders early in the lot selection process to ensure her clients have a good idea of the building cost prior to purchasing a lot. She has worked extensively on my behalf locating new home sites, marketing new homes and working with other Realtors to put deals together. She is intimately involved in the design and planning stages of speculative homes and successfully markets them upon completion.

In my opinion, Diane is very professional and offers a wide variety of services depending on the need. Her unique quality is that she listens to her clients needs and ensures they are 100% satisfied with the entire process. Diane follows through with the little details that can make the process of selling or buying a home or homesite as easy as possible with the least inconveniences.  I look forward to doing business with Diane for many years to come.

Gabriel Yoder, President
Yoderbuilt Custom Homes