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 Wayne and I are boating safety nuts. When we lived in the Washington DC area, we were very active members of the Power Squadron and were part of the committee that put on boating safety courses.  A few years ago, there was a very serious accident at Smith Mountain Lake (our new home) and it stim...
Sunrise over Smith Mountain at Smith Mountain Lake Virginia-Are you an early riser and enjoy the peace and quiet time of early morning?  If so, living at Smith Mountain Lake can offer you some fantastic morning sunrise views as the sun rises over Smith Mountain.  See photo's below:
It never fails, nice weekend, no clients, plan to get the boat ready for summer and....unexpected call "I'm in town and want to come by to visit."  I love visitors...but it never fails, the second call comes in "Hi, I'm so and so and I was just driving by the property you have for sale. Can I see...
Smith Mountain Lake Waterfront Home with Georgous Wide Water and Mountain ViewsWaterfront home with deep water boat dock and mountain views5,073 sq ft104' rip rapped shoreline5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathroomsHome TheaterGourmet KitchenCovered Dock w/ boat house$1,599,000Property Information: Mountain, wi...
A non responsive agent to questions regarding the status of a contract offer gives our profession a bad name.  I recently submitted a contract offer that had to go to the government for approval. The agent was very responsive to my first phone call and provided all the documents I needed.  A cont...
Short sales -- a nightmare if you have to work with an uncooperative lender.  We experienced two short sales within the past 3 months.  In both cases, the borrowers wanted to work with the bank and did not want us involved with their negotiation process--understandable.  With the first client, th...
Long and Foster is on the move again -- our Westlake Office in Hardy was short lived.  With the decrease in buyers and change in managers, we once again are cruising the Hales Ford Bridge that "bridges" Franklin and Bedford county over Smith Mountain Lake (Roanoke River portion) to our old locati...
No Wake Fireworks at Smith Mountain Lake, VA Each year Smith Mountain Lake, VA celebrates the 4th of July with a wonderful display of fireworks sponsored by The Saunders Volunteer Fire Company.  Hundreds of spectators watch the fireworks from their boats.  So you can imagine what happens when the...
Pro Anglers came to Smith Mountain Lake from June 7-10th, 2007 for the Bassmaster Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.   An estimated crowd of 15,000 attended over the 4 days, according to local officials.  The winner of the tournament, Casey Ashley from South Carolina had a 4 day total of 57 pounds, 3...
Today is Smith Mountain Lake Clean Up Day!  At 8:30 this morning our lakefront community met for breakfast, hosted by Mary and Jim King's house.  Everything in our neighborhood usually turns out to be a party.  We each got "Clean the Lake"  T-shirts as well as tickets to Mangos (located at the Ha...

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