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Dora did a great job of guiding us through what turned out to be a difficult real estate transaction.

She worked for us!

Greg Cooper

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

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)

Dora did such a great job helping us sell our home!

Her attention to detail and availability were the best. We highly recommend Dora and can’t say enough about her professionalism and kindness.

Karen Lyons

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

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. ????


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

Renee Faller

In 6 years of searching Sandy is the only realtor that stayed with us through the process of choosing our retirement home.

She’s exceptional , reliable ,friendly and patient .Should we have future real estate needs will be sure to contact Sandy. Highly recommended!

Brad and Ginny Austin

Dora was very helpful in the process of finding a house at the lake!

She responded quickly even up to our closing. Thank you Dora!


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 )

Sandy was a great help finding a property for my needs.

She continued to help me with items concerning the property even after the sale. I highly recommend her for any of your real estate needs !

David Keisel

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)

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)

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 )

Sandy was very helpful in the purchase of my home.

She is freindly, answers all questions and makes the process much easier. Highly recommended.

William Carey (Retired)

We really enjoyed having Sandy assist us in finding our home!

She worked with our schedule and gathered a lot of information for us on multiple properties. She really stuck with us to get us into a home, and make the process as smooth as possible. Sandy is a realtor you want to have on your team!

Brooke Conner

dora was great to work with.

kept me informed and made buying the property non stressful


Dora Smith was an absolute pleasure to work with!

She listened to our goals and worked diligently to meet those goals. She kept us informed and shared her expertise and experience to help us make informed decisions! We highly recommend her!

Harriett Sue Guy (Client)

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

Five Stars.

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

Prad P

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

We enjoyed working with Dora!

She was very responsive to phone calls and text messages. Dora helped us through the closing process, which we really appreciated! Thank you Dora!


We have used Dora to purchase two homes in the Lake Gaston Estates area and would highly recommended her to anyone looking for a delightful, hard working, incredibly thorough real estate agent who always goes above and beyond.

Marybeth Brown

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

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

Dora was completely professional, kind, courteous, prompt, and just a downright nice person and was a pleasure to work with.

She kept me up to date on the pricing, marketing and demand as the complete selling process took place. My next property transaction will be done by her again. If she didn’t answer the phone when I called, she phoned back shortly after I left a message. She is great to work with and again, she will be our agent for the next property that we buy or sell.

Scott Lambert

Susan Bishop was extremely easy to work with and consistently kept me updated with the purchase process.

Jack Misnick

Sandy knows the true definition of sales.

"Helping people make a good decision for themselves". We were both rather successful insurance agents in Florida. We have owned over 25 homes, 10 together at one time until we retired. We worked with dozens of realtors, extremely experienced, not experienced. everywhere in between, you name it. Sandy has the most natural ability, caring, empathetic and relaxed personality I have ever seen in the business. After going through two personal injuries within a week of each other and helping us trudge through the woods, she never complained of her condition. She always went out of her way to help us, referred professionals diligently, made calls for us, drove all over to help us with our two varying 1031 Exchanges and deadline. She calmed us down after some blunders from the three title companies at closing. All were out of her control. She communicated beautifully with rapid answers, etc. What Sandy lacks in experience she far exceeds with compassion and being there to make the transaction go smoothly. She knows her limits, has an innate ability and gets answers accurately. it was very refreshing to have worked with her. I hope you do. Believe me, Sandy is deserving of your business, truly.

Anonymous (Investor)

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

I can't thank Dora enough for the smooth way in which she handled the sale of my home.

From start to finish she was with me all the way---keeping in touch (almost daily) throughout the process. Her presentation and marketing strategies were top notch. I strongly recommend her for all your real estate needs.

Trudy K Rockwell

Sandy was a great help finding a property for my needs.

She continued to help me with items concerning the property even after the sale. I highly recommend her for any of your real estate needs !

David Keisel

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 is a professional Realtor with a warm and caring personality .

She is very hard working, responsive and goes the extra Mile to make her customer happy. Dora found my perfect next home to retire to and it wasn’t on the market! She spoke with the owner who was contemplating to sell and well, she made it happen. I’m so impressed that I will retain Dora to sell my current home. Dora has been such a blessing to work with and I look forward to our on going working relationship and friendship! Cathy W. NC >VA

Cathy Willis

She was the greatest and would highly recommend to anyone buy or selling a home, a true professional.

Both my wife and myself were very pleased with the personal contact and updates as the process went forward.

Robert Pierce

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

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

Jason G

Dora did a fantastic job helping me through the process of buying my first piece of land in Clarksville.

She was quick to respond and very helpful with all of my questions. The whole experience was a breeze, I highly recommend her for your real estate needs.

Laura Walter

Dora was easy to work with and very professional.

She got the job done and I recommend her to anyone needing a Realestate Pro.

Robert Hall

From our first conversation she made the process easy.

Highly recommend

James Ingle

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

Working with Dora Smith was an absolute pleasure!

She listened to our goals and worked diligently to help us meet those goals. She kept us updated on her progress and shared her expertise to help us make an informed decision! We highly recommend her!!

Harriett Sue Guy (Client)

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 great , she showed me the property negotiated with the owner.

Dora answered any and every question I had. If you're looking at the lake call Dora

Jay Strawser

Dora was very helpful with our second home/lake home search.

I had called several agents, and many were unresponsive or uninterested in helping, Dora was ready to help. I am a licensed agent in NC and purchased a lake home in Virginia. Dora was helpful in explaining the process, which is different than in North Carolina where I work as an agent. She recommended vendors for inspections and service we needed even after the purchasing. She was quick to respond and helpful in negotiating on our behalf. I would highly recommend Dora and would choose her again. I have already recommended her to others. She is very knowledgeable about the lake area and her expertise made for a fun and smooth transaction.

Wendy Steiner (Realtor/ Broker NC)

Sandy was accomodating and considerate while leading my search for a home.

Sandy went out of her way to drive outside of her routine district to view a home with me, which was much appreciated. Sandy is honest and offered her educated opinions on my options; she had my best interest in mind. I would recommend Sandy to anyone purchasing property in Virginia/Northern NC.

Tiffany Simon

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

Sandy was phenomenal!

She was able to face a bunch of curveballs and the process kept on going. Her positive attitude and diligence won the day. Her communication with me and all the parties involved was excellent. Hope to work with her again soon!

Claire F. Bonilla

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 amazing in helping our family get to the lake!

We initially met Dora on a rainy Sunday when we visited Lake Gaston for the very first time. Not only did she show us a listed home, but she taught us a lot about the Lake Gaston community. She listened to our goals and ultimately helped us secure a property that gets us to the lake sooner than later! I cannot say enough good things about Dora and her professional expertise!

Adria Dunbar

We had unimproved property on Lake Gaston on the border between Virginia and North Carolina.

She did research on comparable properties and helped us set a good price for our site. She made flyers to help advertise our property. She was successful in selling our property where previous realtors had not.

Kip and Joyce Norcross

Highly, recommend working with Sandy!

We came from out of state, and she met us and spent an entire day with us! We were able to find what we were looking for, and she helped us through the entire process, fantastic transaction start to finish.

Andrea Pettie
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"Susan is a very professional and knowledgeable Real Estate agent!!! She is honest and gets the job done! A pleasure to work with!!! I highly recommend her."
5 /5.0
by donna robinson1964
"She had more patience than any person I know. While dealing with one obstacle after another with our sale she never got flustered! She answered all questions I had and when she did not have the answer she sought out the correct one."
5 /5.0
by bcblage
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