Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate | Vicki Millehan

Vicki Millehan Sponsors the SML Charity Home Tour

Vicki Millehan will serve as one of the sponsors for the 2017 Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour, a community fundraising initiative that aims to support local charities in the area.

The two-day event allows ticket holders to tour eight beautiful homes on Smith Mountain Lake. Each tour home has a unique point-of-interest such as construction, décor, landscaping, or antiques, and all are accessible by car or boat. Most homeowners are on-site to answer questions from visitors and close to 1,200 volunteers work together to bring the event together.

The SML Charity Home Tour is scheduled for Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 2017. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit

Does Staging a Home Help It Sell Faster?

If you’re putting your house on the market, your real estate agent may suggest staging your home as means of enticing attracted buyers. Staging is the art of strategic interior design, wherein a professional redecorates your home to enhance its most attractive selling points. It creates an attractive ambience that allows prospects to imagine your living space as their own without distraction. This means that your mounted collection of Star Wars figures, as near and dear to your heart as they may be, will be replaced by a neutral piece of artwork that couldn’t possibly offend anyone who might be touring your home.

Why Is Staging Important?

The real estate market is incredibly competitive, and first impressions are of critical importance. You’re not just selling a home, you’re selling a lifestyle, and house hunters are deciding whether or not they’re interested before they even walk through the front door. If they’re on the fence, your hot pink accent wall might unintentionally push them over the edge.

A professional stager has no emotional attachment to your home. Their primary goal is to increase your home’s buying potential through design. You may not think that your comfy, oversized furniture creates a cluttered space, but a stager might…and they’ll be honest and upfront with you.

Also consider a few key stats released by the National Association of Realtors: 49% of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increases the amount offered, and 62% of sellers’ agents say that staging a home decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market.

How Do I Find a Professional Home Stager?

Ask your realtor for a referral. Your realtor will know which stagers have experience working with homes in your area. Most professional stagers offer complementary estimates as well.

Even though confidence in the real estate industry is on the rise, you still want to have every advantage possible when putting your home on the market. Hiring a professional stager to present your home in the best light will help you outshine your competition.

Vicki Millehan serves as one of the most prolific real estate agents at Smith Mountain Lake. With over twenty successful years of experience in connecting buyers and sellers, Vicki’s expertise in the real estate market is unparalleled. To browse current listings, visit

Should You Move to Smith Mountain Lake?

You’ve visited Smith Mountain Lake for what seems like an infinite amount of summers. You know exactly where to find your favorite restaurants, wineries, and gift shops. You know the best places to fish. You’ve even started saying “y’all.”  And every time you pack up your flip flops and swimsuits to head back home, you can’t help but notice that you’re already counting down the days until you come back.

If you find yourself thinking about Smith Mountain Lake on the regular, then you might also be considering relocating to the area permanently. But how do you start the process of finding that ideal Smith Mountain Lake property that best supports your desired lifestyle? Shuffling through the MLS or online real estate sources like Zillow or Trulia may seem enticing, but can quickly become overwhelming. You’re a real person who has real questions, and those websites may only offer you vague suggestions or opinions at best.

So where do you start? Here are some ideas to consider:

  1. Connect with a Local, Experienced Real Estate Agent: Buying property, whether it’s a first-time home or an investment property, is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. And while online real estate sites may help you zero in on options, there’s no substitution for the knowledge and experience that an actual real estate agent provides.An experienced realtor does more than offer guided tours of available properties. They represent your best interests across all transactions, from supplying the initial offer through closing.
  2. How Much House Can You Afford? Getting pre-qualified is a great first step in determining your real estate budget. Don’t forget to factor in your current mortgage, in case your home doesn’t sell right away, and property taxes.
  3. What Kind of Lifestyle Do I Want? If you dream of hitting the greens every day, then choosing a home that’s miles away from a golf course may not be your best option. Or if you’re planning on hosting large family gatherings, purchasing a two-bedroom condo might present a challenge. Do you want to have access to amenities, or do you prefer a more rural lifestyle? Make a list of all of your needs and wants and present them to your real estate agent BEFORE you start window shopping.

Now that you have a few starting points to ponder, you can begin your search for your new Smith Mountain Lake home. As an experienced resident realtor, I can help you find your ideal property and lifestyle. Visit my website to explore featured listings, or call me directly so that we can set up a time to meet face-to-face. (540) 520-2401.