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Kim is the best of the best in reality!

She went above and beyond for us and we would reccomend her to anyone!

Sarah Grube

Kristi Rock was a pleasure to work with.

She made herself available anytime I needed something. This was the 4th home I have purchased and it was by far the easiest transaction I've experienced thanks to Kristi being so on top of everything. I highly recommend her

Angie Myers

Well when me and my sister came to meet Kim we both knew she was going to be great.

Kim took us to several places to make sure we got the feel of not just river ridge but other places we love this woman we have found our sister and we love her. Kim is great at her job and you are lucky to have her. Thanks kim you are the best ever, thanks for taken care of us.

Jennifer Outlaw (Sales HomeDepot)

It was a wonderful experience to work with Kim to purchase a home on Lake Gaston.

She has a strong understanding of the market and the area itself. Every step of the process went smoothly and she was always just a phone call away. Kim has many years of experience in real estate and is shows. Thank you so much for making us feel welcome and comfortable to purchase a home during a pandemic.

Kathleen Finley

Dora was creative in marketing and selling our property.

Her perseverance is second to none.

Stephen Hack (Realtor/ Asset Manager)

Dora was very easy to work with and was able to negotiate very well for our interests.

She was knowledgeable throughout the process and continues to help us even after closing. I would work with her again if given the opportunity.

Benjamin Andrew Brown (Buyer)

Dora Smith is truly exceptional; she has unsurpassed knowledge of all areas in Virginia and North Carolina surrounding Lake Gaston.

Dora listens, makes sound recommendations, and follows through. Her outstanding attention to detail allowed us to close on the lakefront property we bought within 30 days. She completely outshone all the listing agents at bigger brokerages for the properties we looked at.

Martin Brown

Patiently slogged through months of looking listings and pre-listings to meet our very specific needs.

Then more months of dealing with a contract with the slowest sellers ever. Didn’t give up but always willing to help us move on if we did.

Sandra Balmoria

Choose Kim as your realtor!

You will not be disappointed. Kim was absolutely exceptional! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to move rapidly on buying a house. Seriously, we were only able to give her about a two-week notice. Not only was Kim kind, patient, and understanding, she also worked long and odd hours to help us find the right place for us. She was responsive, returning every call or message within the business day, and very informative, empowering us to make educated and careful decision even within our short time window.

Jack Watson

Working with a true professional, with wisdom and knowledge of the real estate industry.

The experience is second to none. Working with her is like working with your best friend or family member, she really genuinely cares. She'll work 24 - 7.... for you and make sure you're aware from day 1 to closing that all your needs are met. I was truly bless to have her as my agent.

Hayward Walker

Garrett will be our realtor for life!

We are first-time home buyers and as such needed a lot of help and guidance on how the home-buying process works. We hadn't had much luck in negotiations in the 6 months that we had been looking but after we started working with Garrett we had a house within a month! He was always so quick to respond whenever we had questions or concerns. I especially appreciated that he took a lot of time to search and show us houses that checked all of our boxes. When it came time, he was also great in the negotiations and made sure to keep our interests at heart. We are so relieved to be moving into a house that checks ALL of our (many) boxes guilt and regret-free. This wouldn't have been possible without Garrett and we are so grateful to him!

Kaitlan and Cody Morazan

Dora worked with us as our ideas for what we were looking for changed over a few months.

Once we had a better idea of what we wanted, she helped us through the offers and contract process She was always there to answer questions, no matter how small, to help guide us through. I highly recommend her to represent you.

Christopher Blanchard

Kim was the best agent.

She was responsive and on top of things the whole way and I couldn’t have asked for better!!

Melissa Pearce

Buz was a true professional and handled all my needs.

He was very knowledgeable and always available

John Kennedy (Purchaser)

We thoroughly enjoyed working with Dora.

Her local expertise and construction background was perfectly suited for this crazy market. Dora will find the right house for you and do everything to make the deal happen!

Nicole Harriman

We had a great experience working with Kim, and would happily recommend her to anyone looking for a home around Lake Gaston.

We purchased a second home on the Lake, about an hour and half from our primary residence. For us it was most important to work with someone that knows the Lake well, who's advice we could trust, and could manage the process while we were back at our primary residence. It was import to use to move through the process quickly. Kim delivered! We contacted her on a Saturday, and she showed us homes that same weekend. We found the right home for us, and were able to move quickly from first viewing to closing in 4 weeks. Kim was very responsive throughout the entire process. We feel fortunate that he choose Kim, her knowledge and guidance really helped us get the right property for our family!

Rick and Kathy Finley (Home buyers)

I recommend Kim Wallace to anyone looking for a home.

She is an awesome real estate agent. She made the process easy for us. When I needed her she was a phone call away.

Elizabeth Robb

Dora was very knowledgeable about the property I purchased.

She stayed on the ball as far as obtaining everything necessary to close. She constantly keep me in the loop. I would highly recommend Dora as you realtor.

Terry L Saylor

Dora was an excellent choice of realtors.

In fact, she was recommended by the local Chamber of Commerce and very active in her community.

Celeste L Snidow

Words can't express how great a realtor Kim is.

. That's right I said Kim instead of Mrs. Wallace, because you become family. Kim is someone I would recommend to anyone, she makes your transition easy and takes time and care about your needs. She doesn't just do the job, she goes above and beyond the Call... Kim also sacrifice herself, meaning she give her all. The Crawford's Love You, so Glad we had you on Our Team.??????????

Michael Crawford (Buyer)

Dora was very friendly and professional.

She has lots of good advise and always answered or returned all my phone calls. Her suggestions when making an offer a on my new home saved me some $$$!!! Also made sure all repairs needed after inspection were 100% complete.

Simon Garcia

Kim Wallace a phenomenal agent.

She was very patient and understanding throughout the process. She contacted us and checked in to offer assistance whenever needed. She was the absolute best and God sent. If I could choose a realtor I would choose Kim all over again. If there is anyone looking for a realtor, Kim Wallace is the one to go to!

Terrell Newell (Truck Driver)

Kim was an exceptional agent!

She knew exactly what I was looking for and helped me find the perfect home! She was very responsive and patient to my million questions! Kim was very personable and has an amazing and caring personality! I couldn't ask for a better agent to walk me through a very important mile stone in my life!

Jessica Callahan (First time homeowner )

Kim is the best in the game.

She’s very professional and does her job as it should 10 ??

Kevin Obando

Dora is a fabulous, tenacious, committed agent for her clients.

Renee Faller

Garrett went above and beyond what was required.

He showed our property on the weekend which resulted in them buying. I hope he stays with nexthome 1st choice. Thanks Garrett and Dora, Pat Reese

Patrick Reese (Land Seller)

Kim dad a great job assisting me in listing and selling my home.

She was patient and helped me through the process as this was my first time selling a home.

Megan Hendrick

Easy to work with always accommodating and always early to showings

Louis Delozier

Dora was very good to work with and was able to walk us through the buying process, even negotiating to get us a great buy on our dream lake house!

She got the deal at a better price than we expected and pleasantly surprised us tremendously! Not only will we recommend our friends and family to Dora, but we will definitely call her next time we need a Realtor. Having had a 'bad experience' with our first agent as first time home buyers where nothing was explained to us and we had to call our agent to ask about scheduling things our lender told us needed to happen, we were amazed at Dora's care and concern for our needs and how she coordinated everything, removing our uneasiness and making it easy for us. We started looking a couple of years ago, and, after deciding where we wanted to be, we knew who to call. As expected, Dora returned our call almost immediately and restarted our 2nd home search. For your next agent, call Dora at NextHome 1st Choice realty. You Will be treated the way you want to be!

Michael Elgan (Buyer)

Dora helped us purchase a lake front property where we will build our retirement home.

The purchase was contingent upon us acquiring a permit for a boathouse. Dora facilitated the permit for the boathouse with her extensive local contacts. We are also not yet local to the area and were able to work with her from our remote location. We highly recommend Dora if you are looking for a very helpful, knowledgeable and well connected realtor.

Patrick and Carol Murphy

To whom it may concern, Ms.

Dora , kept me informed with the annual land reports and markets updates over our professional history, the customer service she shown is second to none i hope to work with Dora in the future!

Todd Reid

Kim was very helpful.

She is very knowledgable and knows the market well. I will definitely ask her to assist with future real estate transactions.

Eddie Hasty

Working with Kim was the best experience to have for buying or selling a home.

She is on top of her game!

Robyn Gray

Dora was great she found what we wanted in the price range we wanted made it a really simple .

Her knowledge of the lake is second to known and she is still helping us when we need it.


Dora was very helpful and thorough with helping us purchase our land.

She contacted us quickly with any questions or concerns and was very professional.

Amanda Vargas

Kim Wallace was a great realtor, she helped me and my family get into a home and communicated with us through every step of the way.

She was a great help and kept us informed with every process with getting us into our new home. I would highly recommend Kim Wallace as a realtor, as she will do her best for you and your family to get into a great home.

Latasha Hargrove & Jeffery Hargrove

Dora was instrumental in selling my property for me.

She understands the process and makes it easy for sellers. I was able to get more than I wanted for my property with her assistance in guidance. If you have property to sell, I would highly recommend Dora for your services.

Mike smith (Officer)

Really great to work with and very knowledgeable of the Gaston area.

She was always able to accommodate our schedule and walked us through the process. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to buy in the area.

Douglas Bell

Kim was an awesome realtor.

It was such a pleasure to work with her. She has extensive knowledge and provided good advice .. if I had to do it all over again she would be the realtor that I would choose. ??????

Latonya Fleming (Qualified Mental Health Professional )

Kim is very personable and helped us when we found a listing that was perfect for us!

She is kind, knowledgeable and willing to assist in any way needed. Kim is top notch!

Patricia Helmick Lambert (RN, home buyer)

Kim is a wonderful agent.

She has sold us two houses. She is quick to respond to emails and phone calls. She has a great personality which helps when she she hears from the buyer and seller so often.

Frances Allen (retired)

Five Stars.

Excellent service. I Highly recommended. am looking forward to work with Dora in future for other projects.

Prad P

Dora is an exceptional realtor and is focused on the needs and wants of her clients.

If 100 stars were an option that is what she would get from us! She is focused on her relationship with her clients, is an excellent communicator and very driven to provide an exceptional experience for both buyers and sellers. She knocked it out of the park for us even though we changed our path and direction she was eager to make sure we were happy. I have dealt with other realtors on multiple occasions and Dora is second to NONE. I highly recommend her and her company.

Tina Czysz (Director of Human Resources / Safety & Compliance)

Kim Did a great job for us, always on time, always pleasant.

Often had to do work the listing agent should have done. I would use her again.

Larry W Elliott (Owner)

I'm writing to express my pleasure with Real Estate agent Kim Wallace, who represented me in my recent purchase of a Lot at Lake Gaston Estates.

Making the offer and closing the deal. I credit Kim Wallace with a smooth, stress free Lot buying experience. This is my third purchase of property, and never had I had such a pleasurable experience. Kim Wallace is savvy, personable and knows the market inside and out. To reiterate I'm nothing but pleased with Kim Wallace and her expertise and I recommend her to everyone.

Ronald Dalpe (Semi-Retired)

Dora Smith made selling my mother’s house so easy.

She helped guide us through the whole process, provided recommendations that were in our best interest, and kept us informed every step of the way. Plus, she’s just a great person to work with. Thanks for all your help! I would recommend using Dora for any real estate needs.

Robin Champion

Dora was instrumental in working with me.

With her help, I was able to purchase a condo. She was knowledgeable in the market and a very good negotiator. I saved quite a bit by using her, as she was able to negotiate with the seller on my behalf effectively to win appliances and home furnishings, and well as negotiate further on the home repairs. I would highly recommend Dora if you are looking for a trustworthy real estate agent. She will use her knowledge and creative skills to save you money if you are a buyer. I'm sure she would be as effective as a seller's agent too. I'll keep her in mind next time around.

Michael Smith (Buyer)

As a first time home buyer, I must say that Ms Kim wasn't just trying to make a quick sale, But made sure you that you was happy with what you was viewing as well, I highly recommend.


Joshua Arrington

Dora was my listing agent and sold my property for me.

She was able to price our property with the correct market price that brought us a quick closing and at a price we were willing to accept! We would recommend Dora for you if you have a property to sell. We found her trustworthy and very knowledgeable, and she was available to guide us patiently through the entire process and keep us informed of what to expect next. When I am selling again (or buying), I will use Dora for my agent of choice. Thanks to her willingness to go beyond the call of duty, we closed our property quickly and within her recommended sales price range. Thanks Dora, for all your help!

Mike Ramsey (VP)

Dora was wonderful!

Kept us informed, returned calls promptly, checked the property for us (we were over an hour away) Helped with negotiations. Guided us through the closing process. I would recommend her to anyone,

Charles Earp (Buyer)

It was a pleasure working with Dora on our recent purchase.

Everything went smoothly and fast!!!

Elizabeth Brennan

The only word to describe Kim is AWESOME!

! She is a genuinely kind person who puts her clients first. She has a smile that is welcoming, and displays the heart of who she is. She is determined, focused, and knowledgeable in sales, and real estate, and offers the guidance and customer service that it takes to get your home sold. I could go on for days speaking of her talent and her integrity. If you have a home or property to sell, my first choice of a representative would be Kim. I appreciate all that she did for me, and my family.

Theresa Kaye Bagley (Friend and Client)


!!! If I could double the amount of stars to be given, I would!!! Kim is nothing short of perfection when it comes to real estate. My wife and family started our journey into purchasing a lake home and Kim was there to answer our call. Being over 90 minutes away, Kim was our eyes and ears for the whole process. She jumped on any house we were interested in, Face Timed us while at the properties and gave very honest and unfiltered answers about the market. With a market so hot, Kim was and is our first choice to purchase a house from. She got to know our family, not as clients, but as part of her family as well. And that helped the stressful process of putting in multiple offers on hoses. Kim is a workhorse and phenomenal at her job. She searched not only for a home, but connections for boats, cable/TV and internet, making our work a little less stressful. She even adds some personal touches when closing time happens........Thanks Kim!! I/we will recommend Kim any day!!!! Thank you so much Kim. She makes owning a lake house even better.

Ryan Braye

Kim was very dedicated to her job.

She did more to present our home than any other agent had. If you are looking for someone that will work fou Kim is the ONE

ralph k fletcher jr

Kim Wallace was very friendly, efficient, informative, and diligent.

My real estate transaction was a great experience due to her and the NextHome team.

Ronald Joe Wilkins (Construction Manager )

Dora was absolutely amazing to work with.

Very knowledgeable, hardworking, and a pleasure to deal with in every aspect. Thank you Dora for help making our dream a reality!

David Williams (Property Owner)

Kim is very personable and helped us when we found a listing that was perfect for us!

She is kind, knowledgeable and willing to assist in any way needed. Kim is top notch!

Patricia Helmick Lambert (RN, home buyer)

Kim was very helpful in every way and I would highly recommend her.

Customer service is everything to me and that’s why she gets a 5 star rating.

Patricia Rigsby

We loved working with Kim!

She gave so much of her time and expertise as we searched for a home in a new-to-us kind of community. She took the time to get to know us and our preferences, and was able to point out features and issues that were important for us to consider. We laughed a lot, and greatly appreciate all of the personal touches. Emails and texts were answered promptly and professionally, and she did all she could to help us find and fall in love with our new home.

Pamela McDermott

Dora is an excellent real estate agent.

She was very flexible, helped us find our perfect piece of land, and even continued to assist us after our purchase. We were lucky to find Dora and would strongly recommend her to anyone purchasing property in the Lake Gaston area.

Jason Repchak

Kim always did everything she could to keep me up to date on every step of the process.

I couldn't have asked for a better Realtor.

Kyle H Murphy (Critical facilities tech.)

We met Kim when a family member inquired about a home on Lake Gaston, Virginia.

I was in the area at the time helping my daughter with my grandchildren because it was harvest time at the vineyard. During the month and a half I was there, Kim was very available to show me properties. She would always keep me informed of new listings. She was very down to earth and honest. I really admired those qualities. When we found a home we eventually purchased, she would find the answers to any questions we had. She was a joy to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Terry Wineholt

Kim Wallace attended our needs.

The transaction was smooth and I would recommend her for property around the lake Gaston area

Tony White

Kristi is very patient and helpful and always keep you updated.

She takes her time to find what is best for you. I would recommend her for your next purchase whether it’s home or land.

Keyshae Simmons

Kim was wonderful while helping us find our property.

We did not live in the area and she went out of her way to meet us when we were in town to accommodate our schedule. She did her research and was able to find us the perfect place.

Sandee Waller

You will be thanking the universe for putting Dora in your life if you are purchasing a house.

She is available every step of the way with answers to help you through the stressful process. She works all hours getting you through the negotiations to providing all the documents and steps needed to get you completed and in your new home. We are already giving out her cards to anyone looking for a relator. She has a way of making you feel like family and we loved that about her.

Teresa Simon (Home Buyer)

Kim was fantastic in helping us list and sell 2 properties.

She went above and beyond and her experience definitely showed! She was always available to answer questions no matter the time or day. She has made selling our properties a much more pleasant experience and she took all the hard work out of it! I would highly recommend her for your selling or purchasing needs!

Melissa Adams

Kim Wallace is an exceptional realtor.

Her enthusiasm and energy is very refreshing. My property sold in a very short time! She was amazing! Go Kim!

Sandra Carpenter (Property Owner )

Dora was very easy to work with and very quick to respond to any questions we had.

She is always thinking ahead to make sure everything was done proper. I would recommend her for anyone looking to buy or sell in the lake Gaston area.

Loren Benedict

Very responsive to my questions and concerns any time, day or night.

Kathy (Landowner )

Dora did an unbelievable job for me and my family.

She knows so much about the area and was a vital resource in getting me the best price possible for a lakefront property. I can not recommend her enough. Thanks Dora.

Dennis T Johnson

Dora Smith was very helpful, kind and ready to help.

Friendly and help with all questions, made sure everything was complete before closing. Responds back to messages and calls within a hour or two at most. She always keep me in the loop with updates. Even had her boots on to go walk property mud and all. Thank you for making it easy and my next adventure easier. Stay safe and warm. I will work with her again. ????


Kin did a great job assisting us with the purchase of a house.

Very knowledgeable and prompt communications. We highly recommend her!


Kristi was wonderful!

My husband and I moved to the area from a distance and didn't know much about the 'rural' home life but she was on top of all our needs and helped us settle into our new way of life answering all our questions and, if unsure, finding the right answer. We highly recommend her!

Elizabeth Hayes

I would recommend anyone looking for a property to contact Dora.

She is the ultimate professional in every aspect. I will use her services again

Layne Rowland

Dora was always available to answer any questions we had.

When we first reached out to her she came by the house when it was convenient for us and talked through the process. In the end we got the lot that we wanted at a fair price.

Brian Roberts

Kim is very personable and helped us when we found a listing that was perfect for us!

She is kind, knowledgeable and willing to assist in any way needed. Kim is top notch!

Patricia Helmick Lambert (RN, home buyer)

Dora is the best I have been trying to sell this property for 10years and have been with 3 other listing agents.

She was awesome not only did she sell it fast but she got me more than the others where trying to sell it for. I will always use her services when need.

steven strome

There are not enough words to describe how deeply appreciative I am of Dora and her expertise.

Aside from being the most genuine, honest and integrity filled realtor I have ever met she has a solution to everything (even during what could be the most difficult sale of your life-and mine definitely came with its challenges right out of the gate). I never once felt pressured to do anything I did not want to and at the end of the day I was 150% confident she always had my best interest in mind. Everything stayed right on schedule despite external barriers beyond our control and selling my house was a easy and stress free. Having worked in sales for years I always pictured realtors to not be far from the car salesman demeanor (smoke and mirrors) but Dora was the complete opposite. She cares, she is compassionate, and has a heart of gold. She is by far the best that exists. I am so blessed to have had her as my realtor but more importantly I am so lucky to have an amazing new friend. Cheers to you Dora the Ultimate House Explorer!!!!

April Davis (Divisional Director )

Wonderful job!

Wonderful results ! Bough property through her . She is a great communicator and will promptly call back when messages left . She knew how to get in touch with the seller and help communicate changes to the closing date multiple times . No doubt we would have not gotten the property if it hadn’t been for professional attitude and drive to satisfy and help her clients . We are truly thankful to have had her help us ,and HIGHLY recommend her to others !

John Harris (Retired law enforcement )

I don't think I have enough space here to say enough good things about Kim,I moved my operation down here from NJ over a decade ago.

Kim has been my realtor in both acquiring and selling multiple investment properties for over a decade, since my arrival. Her familiarity with the lake area and S.VA area in general coupled with her families background in building in and around the lake area have proven invaluable to me. Her honesty and integrity along with her drive are unparalleled. So whether your looking to sell invest or acquire your dream HOME I highly recommend using Kim as your realtor. Knowledge is power and Kim definitely knows real estate and the lake area.God bless and best wishes to all.

Robert Pietraszewski (Carpenter/ developer )

Dora has done a great job on our new purchase.

She has been able to negotiate extensions due to our loan delays and helped locate local help work need done on the house. Dora also kept us informed throughout the process almost daily and our closing was hassle free.

Stephen Simon (CEO of GiniCorp)

She did a great job and got us our dream house.

Very thankful.

Jim Hayes

As out-of-area owners/sellers we were completely satisfied with Dora's services as our listing agent.

Her detailed understanding of the Lake Gaston marked helped us set competitive pricing. Her online listings and active engagement of potential buyers kept the property in the public eye. Once an offer was received, Dora helped facilitate all seller related administrative actions, an kept us informed on the status of the process. Then, when the first sale fell through at the 11th hour, she did it all over again with a second buyer, who ended up closing 6 weeks after making an initial offer. We will definitely secure Dora's services for future real estate transactions in the Lake Gaston region.

Dave Prothero

Dora was a great realtor to work with.

She was patient with us, as we waited several years to purchase a lake home from the first time we began looking. Dora’s knowledge of the area around Lake Gaston was very helpful. Also, her knowledge regarding home and dock repairs was helpful. She was quick with responses, whether it was emails, texts, or calls.

Melissa Brown (ICU Nurse)

She knew exactly what I liked.

We looked until I found it. She stayed patient no matter how many houses we looked at. Love her.

Krystal Person

This team made my first time home buying experience SUPER EASY!

!! Would Definitely Recommend! Now the hard part, PACKING!

Jason G

I think Kim has the perfect disposition to be in this job.

She is personable and knowledgeable of the homes and the area. In my case she went above and beyond to take pictures of a house and send them to me.Which I bought.

Debra Butler (Sales)

I have never had a more pleasant experience in selling a home.

Kim was wonderful. She kept me in the loop, helped me solve problems, and was always there ready to assist with anything that I needed. She also sold my home very quickly and brought buyers to view as soon as it was listed. I enjoyed working with Kim and I definitely would recommend her to others.

Natalie Coronas

I will take Kim over every one else that I spoke with.

She is attentative and puts you first every time.

Winston Monk

Dora is a on it type of realtor, which is great.

No worry needed because she is great at what she does. Highly recommend

Brenda J Pickell

Dora was our Easy Button.

From the time we engaged to the multiple different house visits through negotiation and into Closing on our wonderful Lake House, Dora was alongside and giving us really valuable local advice. Post sales she has been working with us on making sure our needs are addressed with trusted trades and servicers. Been a wonderful experience.

Steve Egan (VP, Global Alliances)

Can’t say enough about our great experience working with Dora!

She made the whole process of searching for and buying a lot on Lake Gaston very easy. Took the time to walk numerous lots with us and to help us pick the one that best fit our needs. She always kept us informed during the process and recommended a great law firm to represent us. Couldn’t have asked for someone better to work with!

Wayne Biemolt (VP, Business Development)

As Kim’s parents, we are perhaps her toughest clients, demanding the highest level of integrity and professionalism, and she delivers!

She is dedicated to helping her clients whether they are buyers or sellers. We are very proud of her and the job she does.

Joe and Pat Church

Kim took an entire day to show us the area.

She was organized and provided us with tons of information on the listings we were interested in viewing! Kim checked in regularly to ensure closing was on schedule and served as the contact to keep things in line! My husband and I greatly appreciate all of her hard work! If we ever need to sell our property, she will be our listing agent! And, if we ever wish to buy another property in the area, Kim will be who we call!

Abbie Ford

Kim was delightful, positive to work with and was always available when we had questions.

She helped us tremendously and all went smoothly.

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