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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. www.VickisLakeHomes.com (540) 520-2401.