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Checklist for New Home Buyers

Buying a new home isn’t something one does every day. With everchanging market trends and lifestyle tastes, even a seasoned real estate investor starts with a goal in mind. And if your goal is to find a new Smith Mountain Lake home, here’s a checklist to help you get started:

  • Where on Smith Mountain Lake Would You Like to Live? Are you partial to the Franklin County side, or the Bedford side? Do you prefer Penhook or Westlake? If you’re unfamiliar with all of the wonderful areas of Smith Mountain Lake, ask your realtor to take you on a guided tour of the most popular areas.
  • What Type of Home Are You Interested in Buying? If you’re downsizing, you might be more interested in a townhome or condo. If you want privacy and square footage, you might consider a waterfront estate. Let your realtor know what your intentions are in relocating so that they can show you properties that compliment your plans.
  • Are There Amenities That You Cannot Live Without? Does your ideal SML retreat include frequent golf games, or would you prefer to sip wine on your own private dock? Do you want an on-site clubhouse and maintenance-free living, or a home that’s closer to shopping and entertainment? Making a list of your non-negotiables helps your realtor keep an eye out for properties that closely match your amenities wish list.

Buying a home is perhaps the largest investment you will make in your entire life, and partnering with an experienced realtor is crucial when searching for a new home. With over 20 years of experience in luxury real estate, Vicki Millehan excels in pairing perspective buyers with the right listing. For more information, visit