Simple Bathroom Updates

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If you want to spruce up your bathroom but you don’t want any remodeling involved, try a few of these simple updates to give your bathroom an updated look and feel.

1. New Hardware- replace your old towel bar, toilet paper holder, hand towel holder, and vanity knobs with new modern ones.

2. New Shower Curtain and Towels- By hanging a new shower curtain, towels and hand towels your bathroom will have a whole new look and feel. Try a pop of color to add some brightness to the room.

3. Paint the Walls- A new coat of paint is one of the best ways to create the biggest change.

4. Hang a New Mirror- Replace your old mirror with one that has a bit of character.

5. Add a Backsplash- A simple backsplash above your vanity will help give your bathroom that custom look.

You don’t have to go through all the work of a remodel in order to make a big difference!

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.

Water Sports For All

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You’re sure to be dazzled at the array of water sports you can enjoy at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Water temperatures typically reach 80 degrees by early June and stay swim-comfortable right through September. Water is see-your-feet clear in all but the upper reaches of SML’s feeder rivers and creeks, and somehow feels extra refreshing in the deep coves down where Smith Mountain plunges right to the lake shore. For an especially memorable outing, take along a swim-platform picnic or evening hors d’oeuvres and anchor to float on noodles, life jackets or swim rafts.

Tow sports like tubing, skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing are all the rage on SML: the adventuresome indulge and the more cautious enjoy watching from decks and docks. Tow-capable boats, both runabouts and pontoons, can be rented by the hour, day or week at nine different marinas. So can paddle boards and kayaks, but paddle craft often come with waterfront home rentals.

Sailing is popular and two sailing clubs host a series of spring and fall regattas for serious sailors. Power boaters can spend hours exploring SML’s many coves and creeks, poking in and out of countless coves and checking out lakefront properties.

Kids can enjoy catching sunfish right off the docks with no license required; professional guides will also help anglers find the lake’s great-eating striped bass. SML is home to some 24 on-water restaurants, and meal excursions by boat are popular. Fare ranges from fine dining to pizza, Mexican, burgers and other moderately-priced choices. An early-morning smooth-water run for pancakes and coffee is an absolute delight!

While there are a multitude of activities to beckon you out on and into the water, relaxing dock-lounging is also treasured activity here. Most lakefront properties have deep swimming water off their docks; some have gradual beaches. The SML Water Safety Council recommends that children wear life jackets whenever on, in or near the water.

 

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.

 

What Is In Your Real Estate Future?

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Are property prices going up or down?

Are rates going to stay reasonable?

Is now a good time to buy or sell?

Are we headed for another downcycle?

Are there still any great investment deals out there?

Americans are fascinated with real estate and are always eagerly seeking information to find the path to buying their piece of the American dream.

In fact, millions of consumers purchase educational materials, attend investment conferences, and obsessively watch real estate reality shows! All for a good reason. Real estate, when purchased correctly, can be the best opportunity to build long term wealth, and the potential of passive income can help boost retirement earnings and security.

Across the nation it truly is still a very opportunistic market if you have the expertise to find the gems and navigate the hurdles. While market trends and financial reports can help us identify market hot spots and downturns, no one has a crystal ball to see into the future and perfectly time the market.

Because purchasing real estate does have downsides as well as upsides, it is always wise to consider your next real estate step carefully. Be sure to do your homework by exploring your options and opportunities with a local experienced real estate professional while you are still early in the planning stages.

To assist my friends, family, and clients in making their buy and sell decisions and creating their real estate game plan, I have created two valuable educational resources: Becoming Financially Secure: The Real Estate Roadmap and Selecting the Right Real Estate Professional to Buy or Sell Your Investment Property.

These valuable reports offer a wealth of tips, worksheets, and answers to frequently asked questions. This guide is yours 100% free, no pressure, no obligation, just valuable information.  To request your reports simply reach out by email.

 

Do You Love Bright Colors But Are Afraid To Invest In Bright Furniture?

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Bold, bright colors are in style!

However it’s a little scary to buy a hot pink couch or a lime green chair, especially when they come with a hefty price tag and you worry you may tire of them or the styles may change. and no one wants to be stuck with a dated piece of furniture.

A great solution: choose neutral furniture and add your pops of color with inexpensive art work, bright scatter rugs, throws, and pillows. Even painting a wall or two in your current favorite shade can liven up a room and be easy to change when you are ready for a new look.

If you shop bargain sites like Wayfair or hit up TJ Maxx or HomeGoods, you can readily find fun pieces that allow you to go crazy with color and not break the bank.  Thrift stores and flea markets can offer fun vintage options that bring personality and pop, while also encouraging you to do a little DIY decorating to add your special touches.

Keep in mind that if you are planning to put your home up for sale anytime soon, keep the palette light and neutral (or be sure to change it back in the future) so your buyers can visualize their own décor and style in the space.

Essence of a “Lake Home”

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You’ll feel like you found the essence of a ”lake home” here, with everything from the heat pump, roof, kitchen and bathrooms updated and modern. Everything you need for one level living is available, with the master bedroom, cherry kitchen with granite, laundry, office, living room with cathedral ceilings and stone gas log fireplace found on the entry level. The lower level offers additional bedrooms, living space and a workshop. Located in a peaceful and quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake, off Craddock Creek. Everything inside and out has been diligently cared for and maintained, in pristine condition. Brand NEW AMANA Heatpump, with propane back up and roof replaced in 2012, move right in and enjoy all the upgrades that have been done for you.

A tempting buy at Smith Mountain Lake

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A tempting buy for the lake lover who’s seeking the part of Smith Mountain Lake that is in calm, shallow, prize winning fishing waters, ideal for both kayaks or canoes. Just minutes from Westlake amenities and deep water by boat. This home will become your ideal family gathering place, with many options for the full or part time resident, giving you space to entertain both inside and out. You chose whether to entertain indoors in the open, spacious kitchen and living area, the screened porch or outdoors on the expansive Trex decking that feels like you own your own personal park and place to escape, the fire pit area or on the dock. Explore the possibilities to care for guests and family with two living areas, five decorated bedrooms, and handicap accessible doorways with all the appointments and finishes that you could hope for including 9 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, granite, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile. You’ll feel the warmth of a decorators choice in paint colors and decor, which could be purchased if you desired- move right in, hassle free.