Hi Derek. You would be able to find a truly beautiful home for under 300K here in the Smith Mountain Lake VA. area and you would be mortgage free! We are only 60 miles from the NC border, have 4 seasons but mild winters, low taxes, friendly locals and of course a "huge" lake! Take a look at my web site http://www.smithmtnlakeproperties.com
for more information. By the way, I'm originally from NY and we are only about 8-9 hours drive away and the same goes to get to Florida from here! Our local airport is in Roanoke Va. which is about 30-45 minutes from the lake, depending on where you live. Best of luck to you and your Brother!
Edna Ledoux Jamieson
Lakeshore Rentals & Sales, Inc