Is There a “Best Time” to Put Your House on the Market?

Many folks often ask: when is the best time to put a home on the market here at Smith Mountain Lake? Conventional wisdom often suggests that waiting until Spring is the best option. As an experienced realtor, I’m not so sure that holds true for those of us in the Water’s Edge community. As Warren […]

Loan pre-approval explained

What is a loan pre-approval? How do you get one and why is it beneficial for home buyers? In this post we’ll give you all the things you need to know about mortgage preapproval. Approved vs. pre-approved There is a world of difference between a loan pre-approval and an actual, approved loan. The glaring difference […]

Title insurance explained

If you want to protect yourself from unanticipated or unforeseen claims, historical mistakes, and other events that could cause you to lose your home, getting a title insurance might put your mind at ease. Learn more about title insurance and how it can protect you and your Smith Mountain Lake property here. What makes title […]

All about escrow

The term “escrow” is a confusing yet familiar word that home buyers and sellers often hear during home sales, especially in Smith Mountain Lake real estate. This blog post is here to help you learn more about this real estate term. Multiple definitions Perhaps one of the reasons why we’re often confused about escrow is […]

The benefits of a home inspection

Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor that opens new doors (literally and figuratively) for all parties endeavor. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement, however, that we forget some things that can save us from heartbreak and unforeseen expenses in the future. We’re talking about home inspections. Check out […]

The benefits of purchasing a home warranty

Purchasing a home warranty has its own set of perks for both home sellers and buyers. Here’s a rundown of what’s in it for you if you’re interesting in getting one. First things first: what’s a home warranty? One of the most important things you need to know about a home warranty is that it’s […]

Preparing your home for sale

From simple fixes to room renovations, here are some tips that will help you make a fast transaction and earn top dollar for your property. Re-paint your home. A fresh coat of paint can help make your property look brand new. In choosing a color, consider the dominant scheme in the neighborhood. Areas with Mediterranean-style […]

Most popular home styles in the country

Mission Revival? Craftsman Bungalow? Mediterranean-style? Knowing a home’s architecture or style can easily help you zone in on your dream home. Let’s see if you can find these homes in and around Smith Mountain Lake! Tudor Tudors are easily identifiable because of their distinct looks and architectural components. Asymmetrical exteriors play an important part in […]

Living Donation

I once had to go through a life-saving procedure for a rare genetic kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis). My brother David was the one who donated a kidney in order to save my life. Ten years later, my 26-year-old son Trey was diagnosed with the same rare kidney disorder. This time, it was […]

For Sale: Country homes, farm and horse property at Smith Mountain Lake

Located just 45 minutes from Roanoke, Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake is a quiet lakeside community that is the epitome of country living. The real estate options at Smith Mountain Lake are varied. Among the most popular, however, are country homes, farms, and equestrian property. And it is not hard to see why. Living in Smith […]