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Newer Dock Technology

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

Lori Wolak at The Lake Channel, has compiled some great information about building docks with newer technologies. Having the right dock for your boating needs is important, and makes this information of great interest to many who are considering adding or rebuilding their own dock this year. If you are thinking about building a new [...]

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Learn How To Water Ski

By | 2013-04-20T05:00:12+00:00 April 20th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

The water at Smith Mountain Lake may still be a little cold, but the warmth of spring brings anticipation of all the ways we will soon be enjoying the lake! One of the more popular water sports at any lake is water skiing, but I am told it is a bit more complicated than it [...]

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Learning to Photograph Landscapes

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 12th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

To put it simply, a landscape shot refers to scenery captured from one point of view. There are usually no children or animals or other objects in it, just scenery, like a sunset or mountain range. Once in a while, an animal or object may be used for composition or as a means of displaying [...]

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Life Out Loud Films Announces Plans For 2 More SWVA Movie Productions

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:46+00:00 April 6th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

Producer Sara Elizabeth Timmins of Life Out Loud Films, and a native of Virginia, says more SW Virginia filming is in the works.  Life Out Loud is rapidly gaining a reputation as a production company for quality inspirational films. It is their effort to keep costs down and quality up as they try to better [...]

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The Hope of Easter

By | 2013-03-31T05:00:06+00:00 March 31st, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

SOMETHING SAD: Everything living dies; there is much sorrow in this hurting world. SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: Everything that dies will be re-born! * Winter comes and everything turns brown and dies, but is reborn vibrantly in Spring! * A seed falls to the ground and rots and is reborn a life-giving green plant! * A worm [...]

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The Historic Poplar Forest….Thomas Jefferson’s 2nd Home

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:47+00:00 March 29th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, had one of his two homes near Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. While his home in Monticello was perhaps better known, Poplar Forest was his home away from home, and one of his favorite places to go to relax and escape the stress of politics. Jefferson had Poplar [...]

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Follow up: The cost of printing

By | 2013-03-21T05:00:06+00:00 March 21st, 2013|Real Estate|

In the December/January issue of Commonwealth we looked at the major types of printers and the pros and cons of each. (You did read it, right?) One of the things we pointed out was the high cost of making prints with an inkjet. If you use an ink jet [.] It’s not only easy to [...]

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How Water Affects Property Values

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:47+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Smith Mountain Lake|

Can a piece of land be deemed more desirable because of water quality? The answer is definitely yes. Excellent water quality is one reason people are flocking to Smith Mountain Lake. The vast majority of spots on more than 500 miles of shoreline have crystal clear water year-round. Several studies that have been done indicated that [...]

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More clarification on IDX and fair housing from NAR

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:47+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Real Estate|

We told you about Clearwater, Fla., Realtor Jeff Launiere’s legal scare when someone tried to hold him liable for listing that came through his IDX feed. All worked out well in the end — no, you’re not responsible for what’s on the IDX feed that appears on your website — but the incident has Realtors [...]

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IDX listings and your liability

By | 2017-03-15T18:49:47+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Real Estate|

Quick summary: No, you are not liable for listings that come to your site via an IDX feed.You may have seen the story that started with a blog post on Active Rain from Jeff Launiere, a Realtor in Clearwater, Fla.Distilled version: Like many Realtors, Jeff had an IDX feed coming into his website, with all [...]

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