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Monthly Archives: August, 2010

Get your Smith Mountain Lake License Plate

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Be sure to get Your Smith Mountain Lake ‘Closer Than You Think!’ Virginia license plate.  We are excited about the program and equally anxious to meet the criteria needed.  Below is a condensed list of matters to be completed before final approval by the state of Virginia: The Chamber must collect 350 prepaid applications by […]

Prudential Dominates Industry in First-Half Media Coverage

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Prudential Real Estate dominated its major real estate brokerage competitors in media coverage during 2010’s first half, according to research provided by Prudential’s Global Communications group in Newark, N.J. Prudential Real Estate averaged 1,025 media mentions during the first half with spikes of 1,104 mentions in April and 1,408 in June relating post-Sales Convention publicity […]

Go Green, Get Close and Reduce Costs

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

A recent study by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) demonstrates there can be some real cost savings to going green, especially when it comes to the location of your home. The Housing + Transportation (H+T Index) Affordability Index offers the true cost of housing based on its location by measuring the transportation costs associated […]

Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour Gala

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

The Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour cordially invites you to “Come Dance Under the Stars” at the Platinum Charity Ball celebrating the tour’s 20th Anniversary on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 7pm – 11pm at Bernard’s Landing Resort Clubhouse Pavilion. $70 Per Person. NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS! Please visit the SMLCHT website at www.smlcharityhometour.com for […]

Priced to Sell – realtytimes.com

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Feature Article by Carla Hill It has long been a motto of real estate, and the saying goes, “location, location, location.” It’s what sells a property, they say. But recent times have brought to light that the real deciding factor on how fast, or even if, your home sells all comes down to price. It’s […]

Home is Still Where the Heart is

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

An overwhelming number of homeowners are happy with their decision to purchase their home, despite a challenging housing market. According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, 90 percent of respondents said they had no regrets about buying their current home. In addition, the survey revealed one positive outcome related to the current housing market – […]

All Eyes on American Real Estate

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Foreign buyers who understand the value of U.S. homeownership are taking advantage of the opportunities in today’s housing market. The NAR 2010 Profile of International Home Buying Activity survey revealed that international interest in U.S. real estate is currently driven by the strength of the dollar, the value and desirability of U.S. real estate and […]

Story by Catriona Tudor Erler  – Catriona Tudor Erler is a freelance garden writer, photographer and speaker who divides her time between SML and Charlottesville. She is the author of nine garden books, including “Design Ideas for Home Landscaping,” “Poolscaping: Gardening and Landscaping Around Your Pool and Spa,” and “Complete Home Landscaping.” There’s no denying […]

Mapping out the Neighborhood

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Check out this new tool! Realtor® Magazine Online has added something new to its Interactive Market Research Map feature. Not only can users find the latest quarterly median home price for their local markets – as well as any percentage changes from the previous quarter – they can now find out median commute times for […]

Make Sure You Have a Real Estate Marketing Plan

Posted on August 31, 2010 by cfinley

Only for the rare few sellers, simply placing a “For Sale” yard sign on the front lawn creates a line of traffic filled with potential buyers. If you want buyers to see your Smith Mountain Lake home, you’ve got to find them.  The key is marketing.  To get the most exposure for your home, you […]