Client Testimonials


"Penny helped make the entire selling process easy. She's a great communicator, knows "everyone" so can get needed professional help quickly, and has her pulse on the current housing market. Highly recommend!"

Cathy Moore

We recently purchased our home here in Hardy, VA. Penny Hodges is an energetic realtor that strives to meet your needs. She listened to what our needs were and walked us through the available homes in the area she felt we would feel comfortable living in. The home we chose is beautiful and we are very proud to call it our home. The neighborhood is absolutely beautiful. Our neighbors are friendly and have extended their hands out to welcome us into the neighborhood. Thank you Penny for taking the time to help us find our new home in Virginia.

Angela Crawford

Penny was awesome to work with. She not only professionally and timely guided me through the listing and sale process, but she also gets results. Got an offer on my listing in less than two weeks. The entire process was smooth and efficient. I could not have asked for a better experience. If you are looking for a realtor, she is the one!

Randy Borton

Penny is very knowledgeable about properties on smith mountain lake. She is very attentive with her clients keeping them up on the progress of the transaction. She is always quick to respond to your calls and concerns. I would use no other agent if I we’re interested in property at smith mountain lake.

Brian Greig

Penny is the consummate professional. She always gives 100% and really takes care of her clients. She did an excellent job for us and I would definitely recommend her as a real estate agent.

Maithili Chitnavis

This was my second time hiring Penny as a realtor, and she was able to get my house sold in two days with multiple offers! She is extremely professional and is an excellent communicator and negotiator. She is very friendly and easy to work with, and is honest with all of her feedback and advice. Thank you again, Penny!

Devin Francis

Penny was an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish. She put mine and my fiancé's minds at ease as we sold his previous home and bought our first home together. Penny is professional, kind, and organized. I'd confidently recommend her to anyone looking to sell and/or buy a home.

T Burton

If you want an average home buying experience , then find another realtor. If you want the best home buying experience in Southwest Va, then Penny Hodges is who you want. Honesty, integrity, clear and consistent communication is what you get with Penny. Penny has helped me buy every house I have ever owned. She is the best at what she does hands down.

Gregg Ketterer

I have used Penny to sell 2 of my homes because she is, hands down, the best realtor in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Her knowledge of the market is second to none and she is very detail oriented. She has the necessary resources and contacts to solve any issues that come up and makes the sales process go very smoothly. She stays with you from the beginning to the very end and she stays ahead of any problems that might arise.

Sandy Furick

Penny Hodges is the real deal! Anyone can list your property or walk you through a new home but Penny is with you the entire way. She was available to us 24\7, always positive, very honest and nothing was too big of a problem for her. She has an amazing, loyal cadre of craftsman who work with her and she knows AEP and community regulations. Our experience buying and selling a home at SML was a 10 out of 10 with Penny by our side.

Maithili Chitnavis

"Penny was an absolute pleasure to work with in the sale of my family's SML home. We have had mixed experiences with realtors in the past, and have been disappointed with the amount of dedication, thought and personal expertise they provide - but not with Penny! She was professional, extremely prompt in replying, excellent in communicating every step of the way, and realistic in expectations. She has connections throughout the community and is well-respected. She gave her sincere and honest advice at all times during the selling process. My family was thoroughly delighted when she helped us sell our home for over asking price."


Penny is very energetic and knowledgable about Smith Mt. lake and surrounding area. She works 7 days a week and always responds quickly to any request or emails. She will help you find reliable people to do whatever you need in the yard or house. She will help if you need APCO applications filed etc. highly recommend her and we would use her again.


Penny is an outstanding person who goes above and beyond for her clients. Even after closing she has gone out of her way to help us with filing paperwork with the county and helping to answer our questions. We were honored to have her as our agent and now as our friend.


When we decided to make Smith Mountain Lake our retirement home, we were advised to find a realtor that was intimately knowledgeable about the lake and surrounding area. We found that realtor in Penny Hodges. Penny initially started showing us homes and worked diligently to find one that would meet all of our requirements. When we decided to build a house, she turned on a dime and found us a lot that is now going to be the location of our dream home. Penny doesn't just sell real estate. From her knowledge of AEP regulations to contractor referrals, Penny is an invaluable partner with her clientele. She is at your side every step of the process. We have worked with realtors in different locations throughout the years and have never met another who is so dedicated. Several Smith Mountain Lake residents told us that we had the Best Realtor on the Lake. After working with Penny, we have no doubt that they were right!


Penny Hodges was truly fantastic as our realtor! Over the years we have purchased seven homes and two lots...this was by far our best experience ever. Penny served exclusively on our behalf as a buyer’s agent and she tirelessly fulfilled her obligations over and above our expectations. She immediately created a portal for us to review and categorize MLS listings, allowing us to quickly sort through hundreds of properties and create a list of properties that fit our criteria. From there Penny took us to view our selections and was invaluable in her knowledge of the Smith Mountain Lake area: from lot topography (flat lot vs. inclined lot) to location on the lake (main channel vs. cove) to water conditions ("good" water vs. "bad" water) to county (Bedford vs. Franklin). Not only was Penny brutally honest in assessing the aforementioned items she also provided an expert's point of view on countless items that a potential buyer should consider/needs to be aware turns out Penny was always right on the mark! - Penny is fully involved in the community, living here as well as working here...seems all the locals know who Penny Hodges is! As a result Penny is able to coordinate and arrange for the various components necessary in a real estate transaction at the lake: septic report, dock inspection, home inspection and the associated repairs for items needing attention. She is also able to refer what I believe is any kind of business that you might need/want once in your new home...we have personally used several such businesses already (interior design, painting) and are extremely pleased with the results. - Forty days elapsed from our first walk-through of the home we eventually purchased to closing...Penny never seemed to sleep during this time. She was constantly sending e-mail updates on how things were going, what she was doing and what was going to happen next. She also checked in like clockwork via telephone to say hello, see how we were doing and let us know how the transaction was progressing. It was difficult for us to keep up with Penny! - If you are interested in property at Smith Mountain Lake Penny Hodges is the realtor you must contact!


We found Penny to be very knowledgeable about the Smith Mountain Lake area. Penny only showed us homes that were within our budget and had the features we had reviewed with her. She is very organized and responsive. Buying our Smith Mountain Lake house was the most positive real estate experience we have had. We highly recommend Penny as a realtor. Tom & Julie Heller


When we started our search for a lakefront home we didn't have any knowledge of the area. Penny was able to narrow our search in a short amount of time and find us exactly what we wanted. She was always available to meet with us, even with our limited schedule. I still use Penny for referrals when I have a question or need some type of service at our home. She is great and I would recommend her to anyone.


Penny - thanks for all of your help, attention, professionalism and great company last year. You made a normally stressful process fun and enjoyable for us and we appreciated your time and conversations. Here is to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 for you. Thanks Penny.


Penny Hodges has been the best real estate agent we have ever dealt with. (we have dealt with many in the past) She knows the area and she knows the housing market. One of the things that impressed us is we told her what we were looking for and our price range and she did not try to go out of our price range and was not pushy at all. Closing of our property went very smoothly and she was sure there would be no snags as there usually are. After the purchase of our home was completed her expertise did not stop. Any type of service we needed and help with relocation (insurance utilities cable ect) she not only would help with giving us names etc. but would be on the phone helping to line it up. During the process everyone we met only had the highest of praise for her as well. She has made our relocation easy in every way.


Penny Hodges is a real estate professional who I would highly recommend. She listed my previous home and aggressively marketed it. She not only was the selling agent as well but also brought me buyers and negotiated a "swop" for their home which was in the community where we wanted to live. She tirelessly worked with all parties fairly and kept everyone abreast of third party relations, such as lenders, closing attorneys and inspectors. Penny accomplished all of this in under a month's timeframe. I have worked with Penny for years as a lender myself and knew that she has a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm for the real estate industry and witnessed first hand what she had accomplished for her other clients. I am thrilled with my new home and know that she is will work her magic for you!


Penny Hodges is a rock star! She helped us narrow down our initial list of 22 possible homes to 10. She was able to do this because of her years of experience and excellent knowledge of the area we were looking to buy. She is very responsive and patient with any questions or concerns we had. She also followed-up with all involved to make sure the closing went off without any problems.


You won't find anyone better to have on your side than Penny! She knows all the in's and out's of SML. She will get to know you and will effectively represent your interests throughout the process. And she has been there for us after the sale to learn the area and get us in contact with many services. Penny's the best!


She was very helpful in helping me make my first purchase. Penny was always there to answer whatever questions I had and if she didn't know the answer she would get it. I felt at ease with her through the process and would recommend her over and over.


Penny was outstanding from the beginning to the end. She knew the local real estate situation. She had a keen eye for what we desired. She was prompt in informing us of potential homes, courteous of our time and savvy in finding the lake house we were hoping for. The real estate transaction went incredibly fast and smooth. No regrets whatsoever. I would highly recommend her to anybody seeking a home in the Smith Mountain Lake market.

mertens kim

We were lucky to have Penny as our realtor when we bought our house just a few months ago. what we appreciate most about her, is that she puts her foot down for you, she wants to get the best for you and does anything it takes to find your dream home. she helped us tremendously through all our inspections and paperwork. Her connections got us the best "fixers", although everything was very short notice. even after closing when we needed advice, Penny did not hesitate to call and help us in no time. Any time any of our friends need a realtor, we make sure to pass her contact info on to them.


Penny is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Since we lived out of the area, she helped us by visiting the property and provided her opinion and pictures to help our decision making. She was fantastic in advocating for us and arranging closing details. Overall: Great to work with.. Highly recommended!!


We have purchased several houses in our lives and we found Penny Hodges to be the best realtor we ever had. She is energetic, knowledgeable, and professional. She is also very well connected in the local area which helped us make contact with the right people to assist us with our new house. Very highly recommend her if you're looking to buy a house in the greater Smith Mountain Lake area. Penny Hodges make herself available at any and all times to make buying a house much easier for those folks coming from out of town. She also went out of her way to ensure we had accommodations while we were in town. After our purchase, she had our house cleaned at her own expense prior to our moving in. Not many realtors would do that.


Our experience with Penny was absolutely spectacular. We were very picky in choosing a home, and she tirelessly kept up with finding us potential properties. Once we finally found a property we loved she fought to get our closing through and make sure we got everything we deserved, and had great recommendations for the other local pros we needed in that process. She is a person you'd want to work with and has the skills and knowledge to get the job done right. I would recommend her to anyone.


Exceptional. Penny Hodges is an exceptional professional in her field. My husband and I felt that Penny provided expert real estate advice and guided us through a challenging market with great confidence and exhibited a phenomenal knowledge of our specific location, Smith Mountain Lake in VA. Without reservation we would buy or sell another home with Penny.


Penny was wonderful to work with! She was responsive and helpful through the entire process. Any questions were answered promptly and she was extremely patient! You won’t find a better realtor!


I have purchased many homes during my thirty years spent in the service, but our home buying experience with Penny Hodges stands out as the very best. Purchasing a home on Smith Mountain Lake is a complex process due to the many regulatory covenants and the need for precise information regarding compliance. It also requires a discerning eye to evaluate the long-term value of properties based on our requirements. Penny’s experience and local knowledge guided us through the maze of houses and gave us the confidence to make a good decision. After the sale, she recommended several local merchants and contractors to help us with the modifications we wanted and helped secure their services. Even well after our purchase, she still is our go-to person for any advice or recommendations we may need. She makes a commitment to do the absolute best for her clients and she delivers!


Simply put, Penny is fantastic! Penny was instrumental on both the buy and sell-side of the equation. We found our dream home and closed within a month and equally as impressive, sold our property in less than one month (from listing to close). Not only is she a professional that gets things done, more importantly, she is fun. Thank you Penny for all of your great work!


She goes above and beyond what is necessary. Keeps you informed by email, text or phone consistently. Penny completes the sale from listing to closing. Always pleasant and positive. Highly recommend her.


Peggy is the best! Nothing is ever too much for Peggy to meet her customers needs She goes above and beyond.She listed our condo unit and provided brochures providing details of the unit along with all of the resorts amenities that are available to owners.


Penny did a awesome job selling our house and helping with all the details. I would recommend her to help sell or buy a home! Penny did a vital video of our house and had a professional photographer make a brochure that was very helpful!


Penny was tireless in making sure we closed on time and we enjoyed working with her. She made many calls & emails almost daily to keep the process moving!


Once again our Realtor Penny Hodges exceeded our expectations. Penny’s focus on detail and her years of expertise in the Smith Mountain Lake Real estate market bring a level of comfort and ease to buying or selling your home. We have been on both sides of the process with Penny and are grateful to have her as our trusted agent and friend. There is nothing to small or too big that doesn’t get her immediate attention. Thank you again Penny for everything!


Highly recommend Penny. She was everything we needed in a Realtor. She is very familiar with the properties and has contacts that know her and the answers to you questions. She knows the restaurants, the grocery stores, etc. Give her a call. You won’t be sorry.

Thomas Heller

Penny represented us in the sale of our SML home. We found her to be very professional and knowledgeable of the real estate market. She did an excellent job helping us establishing a list price for our house. She gave us advanced notice of all showings and provided us with timely feedback. Once the house was sold, she contacted and scheduled all of the inspections for which we were responsible. Once the home inspection was completed, she solicited bids for the correction work that was requested. Selling your house can be very stressful. Penny made what is usually a stressful process seem stress free. We highly recommend Penny.


Penny proved to be a top notch agent in a unprecedented real estate market. The challenges faced in locating desirable property along with winning a contract were tough and extremely competitive but were no match for this highly experienced realtor. She gets the job done and is a delight to work with.


I have worked with twice now and both times she sold my home in record time. She is honest helps you to her fullest. She has the most amazing ads and virtual tours. The photos are amazing and she helps with all the contacts and work. Amazing!


Penny did a superb job in selling our home. She is extremely knowledgeable about the local market, and knows how to set the price point to sell a home. Our home sold in 1 day with three offers at, or above the the selling price. Also Penny is very quick to solve any problems that may arise in the process. Another strong point is her willingness to go beyond what is expected. We had Covid 19 during the sale, and she made sure we had food, landscape cared for, and other needs taken care of. She is professional, and pleasant to work with. We would recommend her highly.


We interviewed four real estate agents who had facilitated sales in our neighborhood. The easy and fortunate (for us) choice was Penny. We have bought and sold houses in four states and have never had such a proficient, trustworthy, thorough, open/honest, and successful agent as Penny. She knows the market and advised us on the maximum, least and likely amount we could receive for our property, and she managed everything that we needed to do to maximize our investment. In a word she is tremendous. Thank you Penny for a job well done--way beyond our expectations. B. Johnson.


Friends who had purchased a home at Smith Mountain Lake through Penny recommended her to us when we decided to purchase a lake home there and it is one of the best referrals we have ever received. Penny has extensive knowledge of the area. She was able to focus in on the type of properties we were interested in, while being straight forward and honest about the pros and cons of a property's ability to meet what we were looking for. She is an excellent negotiator and puts the interest of her client ahead of her own. Beyond just finding us the right house, she knows who is who at SML and she was also always available to connect us with the right people for things we needed to get done, even after the closing of our house. We are very pleased and would strongly recommend Penny to anyone wanting to buy a home in the Smith Mountain Lake area.

- C. Wright | Union Hall, VA

“Friends who had purchased a home at Smith Mountain Lake through Penny recommended her to us. It is one of the best referrals we have ever received. Penny has extensive knowledge of the area. She was able to focus in on the type of properties we were interested in, while being straight forward and honest about the pros and cons of a property's ability to meet what we were looking for. Penny is an excellent negotiator and puts the interest of her client ahead of her own. Beyond just finding us the right house, she knows who is who at SML and she was also always available to connect us with the right people for things we needed to get done, even after the closing of our house. We are very pleased and would strongly recommend Penny to anyone wanting to buy a home in the Smith Mountain Lake area.”