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PRESORTED Lake Retreat Properties, Inc. STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID HUDDLESTON, VA PERMIT NO.24 Jeanette Childress Owner/ Broker 6760 White House Road Huddleston, VA 24104 540-309-6002 cell Phone: (540)297-6002 (800)421-6980 24-Hour Voicemail Email: email@example.com WE’RE ON THE WEB! WWW. LAKERETREAT.COM Sales and Rentals—Call for Brochure- On beautiful Smith Mountain Lake Are you considering selling your property? Call on the experienced staff at Lake Retreat Properties. Properties for sale……. 223 Shamrock Ct. Huddleston Ready to rent, Get more information and see lots of photos at www.lakeretreat.com ready to move in- the only thing missing is you! Thinking of buying an investment home? Why not consider Completely fur- one that already has a great rental history with our company… nished 3 bedroom, 3 bath modern ranch. Community pool, tennis and basketball 211 Driftwood Ct. 409 Heather Ln. courts are right across the street! 0.75 acre Moneta Huddleston lot adjoins community property for added Privacy and Desirable end privacy. Deeded covered dock with hoist convenience- unit, furnished and within walking distance. $9,700 in gross what every renter ready to rent! 3 rentals for 2007. $388,000. is looking for! bedroom, 3 bath Cozy 3 bedroom, home with gor- 220 Deerwood Dr. 2 bath ranch on geous wide water Huddleston 0.50 acre wooded lot near Marker R-27. views. Covered lakeside deck and patio. Country charm on Walkway leads to private dock with hoist, Community pool, beach, tennis and bas- three levels! 4 bed- storage, boardwalk and 148’ or shoreline! ketball courts. Deeded covered boat slip room, 3 bath home Pontoon, SeaDoo and Paddleboat included! with hoist just steps away! $7,000 in gross in desirable location. $13,900 in gross rentals for 2007. $469,000. rentals for 2007. $625,000. Covered porch and deck on main level and patio and screened porch on lower level. Walkway leading to Lake Retreat Properties is proud to intro- nice dock with party deck and covered boat duce our newest agent, Dale Wilson slip. Boat launch in community. Over Dale is a lake native and the owner of Dale Wil- We have many other $27,000 in gross rentals for 2007. $649,900. son’s Guide Service, a chartered fishing business homes for sale that that has served the lake for over 20 years! Dale is would make GREAT uniquely qualified to sell property on Smith Moun- rentals! Remember, rental income will help tain and Leesville Lakes as well as the surround- offset the expenses that come ing counties. Contact Dale at 540-874-4950 or with owning a second home! firstname.lastname@example.org. Spring 2008 Lake Retreat Properties, Inc. Volume 9, Issue 2 Since 1980... Our office is conveniently located at Serving Smith Mountain Lake and Surrounding Areas the intersection of Routes 626 and 608 at the White House Corner. Jeanette’s Jargon… TLC for your home It was mentioned to me by my staff that it Preventive maintenance is essential to keeping your home happy would be a great April Fool’s Joke to talk and in tip-top shape. Getting in the habit of performing these of the impact of a hypothetical situation simple, regular check-ups will ensure you will not have to deal where the power company decided to drain the lake. Ha Ha. I remember my with the headache of emergency repairs from season to season: father did not have a lot of faith back 1. Trim overgrown trees and hedges. Branches should be around 1960 when representatives from at least 7 feet away from the exterior of your house to prolong AEP came to him and began negotiations the life of your siding and roof. for the purchase of more than half of his farm. He only 2. Check your paint job. Look for chipped, cracked paint sold the right to flood the land, but kept the land un- along the exterior of your home and deal with any exposed derneath the water. What good is it? Well it gave my wood, which will begin to rot. Brighten your house with a good father comfort to know that the land would be his if the lake didn’t fill or if the dam didn’t hold, and, really, power washing. who can blame him? It was hard for us to imagine that 3. Inspect your roof. After the next rainy day, inspect your ceil- open fields, small creeks, hills and hollows could be ing for wet spots and ask a licensed professional to inspect your turned into a lake- a lake that we all know and love roof for wear and tear. today! My family still pays a small amount of tax on this 4. Divert water. Gutters do their job best when clean. Check land but I guess it’s minimal for the peace of mind it for leaf build-up and, while you’re at it, make sure your down- gave my father! spout is clean and pointing at least two feet away from founda- tion walls. 5 Things You Should Know About 5. Keep the air fresh. If you aren’t changing your air filters Virginia’s Real Estate Market monthly, start now- a unit free of dust and dirt runs more effi- 1. Virginia home values are stable: From October 2006 ciently. While you’re there, check the hoses for leaks and that the through October 2007, the average price of a Virginia drain pans are draining freely. home has grown 4.3%! Real estates markets are local so 6. Examine windows and doors. Check for leaks and drafts, pay close attention to your target region when buying particularly near the corners. or selling a home, not the national sales trends. 7. Inspect your plumbing. Check for leaky faucets, sweaty pipes 2. There are hundreds of reputable mortgage com- or clogged drains. On laundry day, look at the washing machine panies ready to lend: Good credit and a realistic view hoses for bulges, cracks and dampness. of what you can afford will enable you to successfully obtain mortgage approval. The VHDA and other or- 8. Tackle the tile. When you are in spring cleaning mode, pay ganizations are available to help those with damaged attention to worn grout between floor tiles. A small crack in the credit or limited means. grout or caulk can lead to expensive repair later. If necessary, 3. It pays to use a Virginia REALTOR: In 2006, the me- re-seal as soon as possible. dian selling price for a For Sale By Owner single family home was $249,500 compared to $313,400 for REALTOR Ham it Up! assisted sales. The difference speaks for itself! About 1/3 Everyday dishes can be 4. Housing demand is set to grow: Estimates show the of all home sales in enhanced by adding your Commonwealth’s population will increase by almost Virginia are second homes leftover Easter Ham: 500,000 by 2010. These new Virginians will need a place or vacation properties. -Eggs, Omelets or Frittatas to live! -Macaroni and Cheese Smith Mountain Lake 5. Now really is the time to buy: Inventory is high and -Pizza is a desirable location interest rates are low making this a buyers market. If you -Baked Potato topping with plenty have to sell your home first, be patient and price your -Soup or Beans of inventory! home correctly- well priced homes sell faster! -Scalloped Potatoes April Fool’s Day is commonly believed to have come about in 1582 when Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar. With the old calendar, the New Year was celebrated from March 25 to April 1. After the new calendar was adopted, some people refused to accept January 1 as New Years Day and would still celebrate on April 1- causing other people to play tricks on them and call them April Fools.
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