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3 Tips to Help Cool Your Home This Summer

You’ve got the AC blasting while sipping on ice cold water, but you still can’t seem to shake off this intense summer heat. Before you have every fan on Amazon drop-shipped to your front door, check out these easy tips to help stay cool:

Close Doors to Unused Rooms

Leaving all of your doors open during the day will cause your air-conditioning to work extra hard to fill up all of that space. Close off the doors to rooms that you aren’t going to be in and stop sharing all of that precious cold air with empty rooms.

Switch to Cotton Sheets

Cotton stays way cooler than flannel sheets or blankets. Besides, who doesn’t love the thought of crawling into a bed with fresh, crisp linens?

Get Chilly from the Inside

It’s hard to believe that there was a time before air-conditioning, but your ancestors had to get creative if they wanted to cool down. Hop in the shower and lower your body temperature by skimping on the hot water. Keep a cool towel on your head. Some even swear by placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan so that the cold, misty air sprinkles your skin as you sleep.

If all else fails, get your HVAC checked by a certified HVAC professional.

-Source: Huffington Post, 15 Brilliant Ways to Keep Your Home Cool Without Air Conditioning

Smith Mountain Lake Market Report

The market at Smith Mountain Lake continues to improve in the waterfront home sector.  More buyers are coming into the market and the average sold price is just slightly higher.  The strongest part of the season is just getting started so if you are thinking about buying, now’s the time.  Inventory has stayed high as sellers who have been waiting are steadily coming on the market, so it’s still technically still a “buyers market”, but be ready to act as new, appropriately priced homes don’t stay on the market long.  If you are thinking about selling, don’t miss getting out there during this busy time of year.  Off water homes and condos & townhouses are still challenging for sellers, and the sales of water front lots is still the weakest part of the market with high inventory and continued price pressure.  Call me for complete details!

3 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

You’ve decided to put your home on the market. Almost immediately you fantasize about the mountains of offers that you’ll receive from motivated buyers who are dying to close on your home. But what if your home hasn’t set the real estate world on fire like you had hoped?

Here are three mistakes to look out for when putting your home on the market, and how to avoid them:

You Didn’t Hire a Real Estate Agent

Selling a home is not an easy job. Real estate agents are trained to navigate the complex inner workings of the market. They also have a network of contacts designed to help put your home in front of the right people. Search for a realtor who is experienced in selling your type of home and ask for a meeting to see if you’re a good fit for one another.

Your Photos Aren’t That Great

Just because you have a fancy lens on your camera doesn’t mean that every photo is going to be breathtaking. Make sure the rooms are clean and remove any dated or distracting items from the frame. Be mindful of the light in the room and find the most flattering angle of the room. Or consider hiring a professional real estate photographer. Check with your realtor to find the best ones.

You Refuse to Negotiate on Price

Being flexible in your asking price will benefit you, especially in a buyer’s market. This doesn’t mean that you should cave on a low offer just for the sake of selling a home, but rather that you should consider counteroffers from motivated buyers. Here is another example of why having an experienced realtor on your side is a must. Your realtor will tell you if your asking price is too high and will let you know what similar homes in your area are going for.

Source:, 8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People from Selling Their Home