"We appreciate the hard work and diligent effort David put forth in the sale of our Smith Mountain Lake home. In addition to the dead real estate market at the time we were selling, the final dock inspection had never been applied for when built. David spent an enormous amount of time convincing the county to resurrect the old building permit in order to get our final certificate of occupancy approved. If we are ever in the market to buy another lake property, we will not hesitate to call David again."
Bruce and Debbie Banning
My wife and I could not be happier with our decision to contract with David and Beth Simon as realtors to help us find and purchase a home at SML. We have been real estate investors for 35 years and knew the importance of hiring a buyers' agent. David has lived locally for years and Beth was born here so they both know all areas of the lake well. We were unsure if a condo, home or lot would serve our personal needs best. After extensive talks with us, and reviewing their fantastic web site, they had a good idea of our wants and needs and they previewed all the properties we had flagged as possibilities. They were able to tell us if each property was on good water, had a view, how far to the dock, how much work it needed, etc. As we were not area residents, we were able to narrow down the available properties to roughly 30 which we were able to view over a 2 day period. We finally chose a fixer upper that had been on the market for a while. David needed to negotiate a price that would leave enough room to renovate and still meet our budget. We soon found that negotiation is David's strong point. Even though we had extensive experience in real estate and were used to low ball offers, David's recommendations surprised us. His strategy was not only successful, but it was obvious to us that his concern for us was more important to him than his bottom line. As we were not from the area, we had to rely on David's recommendations for inspectors, Insurance, mortgage brokers, etc. David met with each inspector, appraiser and actually worked on the property himself to satisfy the bank. When there was a shoreline problem with AEP, David hired a contractor to remedy the situation and negotiated a solution that worked for all parties involved. He went far over and above what you would normally think of as the responsibility of a realtor.
Jim & Nancy Corp.
"First impression, Wow, available on Sunday to meet and acquire addresses and a better perspective of SML. So accommodating, willing to work at our convenience. A no pressure attitude and an email was sent weekly to view properties at our leisure. David's efficiencies were above any other realtors. No questions were left unanswered! If he didn't know the answer, a phone call or email was sent ASAP. We have never had a more concerned or attentive realtor. Our experiences have been vast, considering we have bought and sold many homes in our past. Professionalism was demonstrated in an almost pampering manner. From the start to even beyond the purchase, arranging and meeting with lawyers and county officials was above and beyond anything we expected. Thank you so much!"
Larry and Debbie Kirk
"David Simon was able to sell our lake home in the bleak 2007 real estate market. Not only was that a tough year for home sales around the lake, but our property had been on the market for a long time prior to listing it with David. When we switched to David, we noticed traffic/activity on the house pick up. While many other buyer agents showed the property, David was the one that identified a buyer through his marketing efforts. As a sales person myself, I was very impressed with David's integrity and the way he retained control of the sale for both parties while continuing to represent our interests as the sellers. He kept us abreast of the transactions, helped meet inspectors and contractors when we could not be around, and did a thorough job following through with the sale. In the end, it was a true win/win for all involved. We easily recommend David Simon as a fine and responsible Smith Mountain Realtor."
David and Terri Shea
"I am writing to provide a testimonial regarding the services that David Simon provided to two of my clients. The clients were eager to sell property they owned jointly at Smith Mountain Lake. I recommended that they approach David Simon because of his expertise in Smith Mountain properties. The clients met with David, were impressed by him, and signed a contract engaging his services. Although the market environment was difficult, David successfully obtained a sales contract within a short period of time at an attractive price. My clients were very satisfied with David's services, and I would be glad to recommend him again."
Margret K. Lippard
Vice President, Private Wealth Management SunTrust Bank
“The sale of our property at Smith Mountain Lake was facilitate by David Simon's professionalism. He spent an inordinate amount of time with us on each offer and counter offer. After selling the property he even personally helped us move some personal/houshold items we wanted to keep. David is so easy to work with. His sincerity, his compassion and understanding nature, his knowledge of the area, and his growing expertise makes him a proficient agent---whether buying or selling.”
Max and Ann Howard
"Our recent purchase of property at Smith Mountain Lake was a complete surprise. One Saturday morning we were out for a walk at the lake and saw a brand new 'For Sale' sign on a gorgeous lot. We were smitten. By Monday evening we were in frantic long-distance negotiations with the seller and several other potential buyers. Fortunately for us, David Simon was the seller's agent. While staying meticulously true to his obligations to the seller, David answered all of our questions and helped us through the process to a successful conclusion for both parties. Our first experience with David revealed his integrity and professionalism; since then we've become friends and he's even helping us look for more great properties at the lake."
Carter and Gail Hoerr
“David is a determined and enthusiastic Realtor with a concern for his client's satisfaction. When I decided to sell my lake home, I decided to contract with David to handle the transaction. Throughout the process, I appreciated David's openness and the sense of partnership that he brought to the table. David is a great listener and a quick reader of situations. In addition, David met my goals from a price and timing perspective. David even assisted my son in moving several large pieces of furniture out of the home. After selling my home, I decided to purchase a condominium and I asked David to represent my interests in that transaction. David did a great job assisting me in the negotiation. When things became difficult, his patience and calm demeanor were very helpful to me and it helped me re-assess my position. I look forward to our continued relationship”
"I put my house on Zillow under "make me move", and oh boy David Simon certainly made me move. Within a few days of it being on Zillow, David had a client that was interested in the area of the lake that my house was on, and a contract soon followed. David's knowledge of the lake, especially AEP's Shoreline Management, was a huge asset in working through the complete process. It was very refreshing to work directly with the buyer's agent to eliminate any of the confusion on things that may have been lost in translation. I would certainly recommend David to anyone that was either selling or buying. GREAT JOB MY NEW FOUND FRIEND!!
David, and his wife Beth, could not have been more helpful in the search for and purchase of our SML dream house. We spent numerous days driving around with them, seeing different properties and, most importantly, learning all the ins-and-outs about different parts of the lake and why certain parts are so much more desirable than others. Only someone who lives there could be so well informed. When we did find our dream home, almost immediately as soon as it went on Zillow as a sale-by-owner, David went right over to the owner and made arrangements for us to come visit and see it in person (we live 7 hours away). From there, the hard work REALLY started for David, acting as both our agent as buyers as well as handling all aspects of the sale for the seller. All the regulations, permits and dealings with AEP were handled with no problems and he smoothed over the whole process for all of us. We could not have been happier with David as he made a stressful process very easy and comfortable for us. You will NOT find a better agent anywhere.
JJ & Roseanne Mike
David helped my wife and I secure a lake front lot that required some extra up front research prior to finalizing the sale. In particular, there were questions as to whether AEP would approve a dock for this oddly shaped site. David had to work closely with the seller's realtor to guarantee that we could in fact get the necessary approval prior to purchase. There were many details regarding AEP regulations and expectations that David is aware of that helped with our decision-making process. Additionally, he helped walk us through Bedford County permitting details and expectations on their end as well. He helped with the initial layout of the proposed dock which to say the least was not an easy process. He proved to be a wealth of knowledge that made the rather cumbersome process more digestible. I would not hesitate to recommend David to anyone, friend, family or otherwise.
Steve & Marybeth Goode
"David is a true professional who cares about his clients. His background and knowledge is amazing in that he not only understands the real estate market, but his engineering background allows him to explain specifics regarding home structure, etc. Our experience with David was hands-down the best we ever had with a real estate professional. It was evident that he took time to prepare in advance for our showings based on our input. We did finally find the perfect home in a matter of a day and his communication and follow-up was just outstanding. Every question and concern we had was addressed. Anyone who is looking for a real estate professional who cares and understands the market must go with David!"
Joe and Lynn Ferrara
We had a great experience working with David to find a place at SML for our family. He is very knowledgable about the SML area and about the more complicated considerations involved in purchasing waterfront property. He was very patient working with us until we found just the right home. I would highly recommend his services.
Cory & Elaine Passman
David and Beth were amazing to work with, they were certainly a great help to our family while we were looking for a house in a new state. While looking at houses with young children can be a challenge, David and Beth are knowledgeable and kid friendly! They found a babysitter for us on one occasion and when we did take our children with us to look at a house, they entertained them so we could take our time looking at houses.
Eric and Mary Levesque
"David is very professional, knowledgeable, thorough, personable and honest and we would highly recommend him and his team. As we were looking for a lake home, he provided objective data regarding listings for homes in our price range and homes sold in the area. He is very thorough in his market
Scot and Wendy Podosek
David was always there for us if we had questions and responded to them very quickly. It is refreshing to be able to work with someone who you feel is really helping you to buy the home that you're looking for.
Dough & Ruth Puge
"David was an absolute professional in all aspects of the home purchase process. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the Smith Mountain Lake housing market. David's advice was thoughtful and deliberate, exhibiting his command of the market and the real-estate process. David was able to
Kylor and Susan Whitaker
"My wife and I were completely satisfied with David and would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home in the Smith Mountain Lake area. David found the perfect lake home for our family. We have a great house and dock with one of the best views on the lake. The whole process went smoothly. ."
Chip and Sabra Permar
"David Simon, complemented by his wife Beth, is at the top in representing Smith Mountain Lake real estate professionals. We had a very unique, niche waterfront property that on balance was a difficult "sell" under any market conditions except to a very narrow customer base. David was able to
After contacting several realtors we came to David through a referral from a friend. We initially started our search looking at lots and progressed to buying a home. David’s knowledge of the lake is unsurpassed. He helped us avoid many pitfalls that we were unaware of in buying property at the lake. His knowledge of land values, water quality, and property features really speeded up the process. Through the negotiations he was always there looking out for our best interests. He is very knowledgeable also on local businesses and contractors. In addition his wife Beth was also very helpful. Even after the sale David continues to help us. We feel comfortable asking David a question about anything at anytime. In short you can’t go wrong with David, we highly recommend.
Don & Jeanne Landis
"We had a wonderful experience working with David. We really appreciated his patience above all. Finding our retirement home was a process and he helped us find the perfect place."
Gif and Denise Swayne
"David was exactly what we needed when looking for a house. He took us to 16 houses in one day! Talk about dedication! He helped us narrow our search and find the PERFECT home for our family. A great negotiator, he was able to work with the seller to have them throw in the washer, dryer, piano,
Grace and Randal Zerkle
"David, Cliff & I wanted to let you know that you restored our faith in Real Estate Agents! You were very thorough and looked out for your clients as well as both of us. The colorful package that you put together on the house was great! The big bonus for us was the fact that you copied the current Survey and the original Septic Permit and had that as part of your presentation. This was a huge help to us, because we needed this information to obtain the Rental Permit through Bedford County. It was an absolute pleasure working with you, and I will not hesitate to contact you again when I am ready to place our house on the market. Thank you again for your professionalism and going above and beyond the job requirements to help us purchase the Lake House and move furniture! I’m sure we will be seeing you over the summer!"
Cliff and Mindy Sexton
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"David Simon at Front Door Properties exceeded our expectations! He helped us realize our dreams! We began our home search by contacting David after a friend strongly recommended him. His quick response and generous attention made us feel secure in our choice of realtors.
David really "listened" to our goals. He focused on every aspect we considered. His in depth experience and knowledge of lake front property was wonderful. From shoreline management, zoning restrictions and dock regulations, he guided us through the process, making sure we had the tools we needed to make informed decisions. David always went the extra mile on everything. He helped us look at each property with open and honest discussion.
While sorting out the details of our closing, David protected our interests. From negotiating the price and asking for extras like furniture and pressure washers, to shore line management details, David exceeded our expectations. He was always in front of the curve and went the extra mile! His professionalism and detailed knowledge made the experience informative and enjoyable. He has continued to provide us with assistance even after the closing. He has a vast array of contacts and readily provides information we need. We have no hesitation in recommending David as a realtor!
David & Mary Bailey