Riding on the Winds

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SML is home to many sailing enthusiasts, and two sailing clubs (Blackwater Yacht Racing Association (BYRA) on the Blackwater River at Pelican Point and VISA (Virginia Inland Sailing Association) on the Roanoke near Bernard’s Landing—hold regular spring and fall races and regattas. Indeed, the months of April, May, September and October normally offer the best sailing breezes, whereas brisk sailing winds breezes are harder to find in summer months. Still, summer’s gentle breezes are perfect for fledgling sailors, and VISA offers a number of learn-to-sail programs for kids, using a fleet of Lasersand Flyhing Scots.

Pelican Point Yacht Club on the Blackwater has the most masts rising from its well-maintained floating slips, but sailboats can can be found in several other marinas as well. Vessels moored at home docks are often brought around to Pelican Point for  VISA’s class regattas, typically handicapped by the club’s race committees to ensure every crew has a chance to show on a given Saturday.

SML’s unusually deep water means even deep-keeled sailboats can roam without fear of grounding and find secluded anchorages for overnight stays or a cooling swim on a warm summer day.

The Smith Mountain Dam and Shoreline Management Plan

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The Smith Mountain Project began with the Army Corps of Engineers constructing an 816-foot-wide, 235-foot high, 30-foot thick (at it’s base) pump-back-storage dam across Smith Mountain Gorge on the Roanoke River near Huddleston. VA. Completed in 1963, with the resulting reservoir (Smith Mountain Lake) reaching “full pond” on March 7, 1966, SML is first and foremost a power-generation facility. To be granted it’s current license to operate the Project, American Electric Power (AEP) was required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to develop a Shoreline Management Plan to ensure that the flowage remains suitable for power generation.

Under the Plan, AEP retains authority over all structures and shoreline modifications below the 800-foot elevation contour (5′ above “full pond” water level of 795′). The approved Shoreline Management Plan places certain restrictions on dock location, size and configuration. Thus, dock construction and shoreline erosion control plans must be approved by AEP, and any non-complying aspects, unless grandfathered in writing in 2005, must be brought into compliance before property can transfer.          Properties must have at least 100′ of shoreline to qualify for construction of a dock.  On lots with 100′ to 300′ of shoreline, dock area may measure up to 1500 square feet, including slip space, roof overhangs and walkways greater than 6′ wide. Shoreline properties with over 300′ of shoreline may have docks up to 3000 square feet in area.  Storage enclosures are limited to 80 square feet.

A copy of the SML Shoreline Management Plan can be viewed at www.smithmtn.com.

This Is It – Design, Layout & Quality!

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You’ll walk in and say ”this is it”. The beautiful paver drive welcomes you upon entering. The design, layout and quality have everything you want-all on one level and the perfect downsizer home. Superior construction with crown moldings, hardwood flooring throughout (no carpet), granite counters, a paved walking trail around the pond and gazebo, what’s not to love? You can walk across the street to the local YMCA, and located just minutes to shopping, medical offices, pharmacies, the library and salon, its all at your finger tips.

How to Find Your Perfect Neighborhood

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Location, location, location. Half of buying a home is all about finding where you want to live. You may have found your dream house, but if it’s not in your dream neighborhood, then it’s not your dream home.

To find the neighborhood that is just right for you, start by making a needs and wants list and be sure to include activities, services, and hobbies that dictate the amenities you need nearby.

The internet provides an immense amount of information so do a little digging.

Check it out in person. Drive through the area multiple times and at different times of day so that you can get a true feel for the area. Consider taking long walks to truly absorb how it would feel to live there.

How far is your potential home from your job? For some, a long commute would be a deal breaker. What is your tolerance? Be sure to drive the route multiple times at the exact times you will be traveling to and from work.

Do your research on property taxes and any other special assessments, especially in new areas and areas that have associations.

Research crime statistics, school ratings, and any neighborhood noise or restrictions that would hamper your enjoyment.

Visit the local park and chat with neighbors to ask what they enjoy most about living in the area.

It’s easy to fall in love with a nice home, and it’s even better when a great lifestyle that is your perfect fit goes along with it.

Email me if you would like information and property searches, I will be happy to assist.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK AT AN INTERVIEW TO LIST YOUR HOUSE WITH A REAL ESTATE AGENT

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Whether you are preparing to list your home now or in the future, here are some questions to ask as you meet with your real estate agent/ advisor.

  1. What do you think makes our home distinctive and how will this influence how you market our home?
  2. How do you network with local realtors to increase their awareness of a home that you market?
  3. How do you market properties online?
  4. How many photos do you suggest for our home?
  5. What is your negotiating philosophy?
  6. How do you decide on the best pricing strategy?
  7. Can you give me examples of when you sold a property for significantly more than your fellow agents thought was possible?
  8. How do you determine the right marketing mix?
  9. What are the pros and cons to having open houses?
  10. What makes you and your company different from your competitors?
  11. Are you more focused on selling more homes, or selling homes for more?
  12. Do you provide staging guidance and if so do you charge for this service?
  13. What recommendations would you make that would make my home more attractive and more in demand to homebuyers?
  14. What sources of quality prospects do you have access to?

 

Smith Mountain Lake Market Overview

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The Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate Market

Curious about the Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate market?

Overall, 2016 is showing yet another year of growth and improvement. In both waterfront homes and water access homes, there was a 14% increase in total sales over 2015.

There continues to be a tremendous amount of pricing pressure on waterfront lots. With 5 years worth of inventory at the current absorption rate, sellers must remember that buyers have much to chose from and building rates continue to be higher than purchasing an existing home. Sellers must price competitively and aggressively.

Are you thinking about buying or selling here at Smith Mountain Lake?

I’d love the opportunity to be interviewed by you!