About Rick

Twenty seven years as a teacher taught me that honesty is the best policy.

Kids can see right through attempts to mislead, hide or color the truth. As with my students, I will be honest with you. Your goals and aspirations will be formost as I work with you. Together we will take as much time as required as nothing of value comes easily. I will

share my knowledge with you and will strive to learn not only from my profession but from you.

A recommendation from past clients:


Please read my review as written by Art Schumacher in “Discover Smith Mountain Lake” magazine


“My wife Lisa and I met Rick Carroll from a referral and knew pretty quickly that he was going to be a realtor that we wanted to work with, someone we could trust that was really looking out for our best interest. Rick is knowledgeable, diligent, and hugely patient. We must’ve changed our minds on what we were looking for at the lake a thousand times. Rick took it all in stride and went way above and beyond the call of duty for us numerous times. In the end, Rick found Lisa and I exactly what we wanted and helped us every step of the way. Rick isn’t our active realtor right now but Lisa and I are grateful to call him & Bobbye friends.”


“We had already spent three years looking, in several states, for that perfect place to live, when we stumbled on Smith Mountain Lake. As soon as we saw it, we knew our search was over! Unfortunately, our vacation time was up, so we returned to New Jersey with several SML real estate magazines in hand.

On our next trip we explored the lake and asked lots of questions, but most agents offered only limited help unless we wanted to look at their properties, right away. One day after lunch, on our third trip to the lake, we met Rick when we stopped to look at listings posted in his office window. Lucky us!

Rick was a wealth of information and anything he wasn’t sure about, he checked and got back to us immediately. Over the next two years Rick took us to dozens of properties, emailed new listings he thought would interest us and gave us access to the MLS. If we found a property of interest on the MLS, he would go preview it for us and email pictures with a report of what he found.

As you may have guessed, we are very particular and maybe a little too compulsive, but Rick never gave up. One day we mentioned a particular listing we had seen in a magazine on the first day we were at the lake. We loved it, but it was gone when we returned on our next trip. Well Rick went back into the old listings, found the property, contacted the owners and put together a deal for us. He did it all! Now , thanks to Rick, we are living our dream here at the lake.

We couldn’t recommend anyone more highly than Rick. He is dedicated to his clients, is tireless, knows the market and most of all, is a lot of fun and a great friend.”