10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

It’s Father’s Day weekend!
So, first of all Happy Father’s Day! We hope that you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends!
We recently held a Father’s Day giveaway on our Greenbrier Real Estate Service Facebook page! The winner won ribeye steaks and shrimp, grill tool set, and a GRES ball cap. Be sure to find us on social media to stay up to date on all of our promotions as well as New Listings!, SOLD! properties, Price Updates!, and local information!
Since it’s Father’s Day weekend we thought that we would share some great ways to spruce up your backyard for all those summer time BBQs and evenings enjoying the warm summer air!
Let’s take a look at some great tips on creating the perfect getaway in your backyard!

1. Dress Up Your Deck

Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck.

A pergola covered with luxurious vines and an abundance of plants in containers bring the surrounding garden up onto the deck and help blend the structure into the landscape.

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2. Create a Picture-Perfect Patio

A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun–or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room.

Patios are usually surfaced with brick or stone. If you opt for concrete, consider adding texture and color to imitate stone for a more natural look. Design the patio to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

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3. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and if you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen.

You don’t need a fancy grill, but a counter top for food prep and conveniences such as closed storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and cleanup even easier.

 

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Interested in Home Flipping?

It’s nothing new but it seems that house flipping activity is on the rise! We think that the Greenbrier Valley is a prime location for house flippers! Currently we have a few listings that we think would be excellent as flip properties! We love to see the transformations that these house flips give to any area. Though we aren’t on the list we found this article from Daily Real Estate News interesting!

Take a look!

The Best Housing Markets for Home Flippers

House flipping activity surged to an 11-year high this year, with more than 207,000 homes flipped, according to ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. But the key is knowing where to be and when. “The sweet spot for successful home flipping is finding the neighborhoods just emerging as the next hot neighborhoods in a city,” says Daren Blomquist, a senior vice president at ATTOM Data Solutions. The firm says the average profit for a housing flip in 2017 was $68,100.

Realtor.com® ranked the 200 largest metros according to the share of all home sales categorized as a flip (defined as any type of home that is bought and resold within a three- to 12-month period). Researchers limited their rankings to two metros per state for geographic diversity and only included markets where the average profit was at least $30,000.

The following are the best housing markets for home flippers, according to realtor.com®:

1. Nashville, Tenn.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 4.1%
  • Average flip profit: $87,200

2. Fresno, Calif.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.5%
  • Average flip profit: $53,200

3. Palm Bay, Fla.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
  • Average flip profit: $71,500

4. North Port, Fla.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.3%
  • Average flip profit: $85,300

5. Baton Rouge, La.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.2%
  • Average flip profit: $70,000

6. Chattanooga, Tenn.

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3.1%
  • Average flip profit: $65,800

7. Los Angeles

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 3%
  • Average flip profit: $169,400

8. Lubbock, Texas

  • Ratio of flips to all home sales: 2.7%
  • Average flip profit: $46,000

Source: “Flip It Good! Top 10 Home-Flipping Hotbeds Where Profits Are Through the Roof,” realtor.com® (May 23, 2018)


Contact us for any real estate needs! Buying or selling, one call does it all!

We would love to be part of your real estate journey and offer to you our expertise and dedication that we serve each client with.

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901

304.645.2255

Busy weekend in the Greenbrier Valley

This weekend is a busy time in the Greenbrier Valley. Festivals, Home & Garden Tour, and GRES is hosting an Open House! Check it out!

This time of year is always busy with family events, festivals, fairs and we can’t forget its a very busy time in real estate! This weekend in the Greenbrier Valley is jam packed with events. Not only is it a busy weekend in Greenbrier County but it sure has been a busy week in our real estate world! New listings and SOLD properties are keeping us busy, and for that we are very thankful! Stay tuned for a blog post next week about the many properties that have found their new owners! For now…take a look at a few events this weekend that we’d like to highlight.

rubber.jpgRonceverte River Festival kicked off Friday June 8th!  This isn’t a one day event at all, this festival offers so many activities including the Great Rubber Ducky Race held on Saturday June 9th at 4 p.m. The festival also offers carnival rides, food vendors and lots of live musical performances. Find more information from the link!
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On Saturday, June 9th, the 36th Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour will feature three homes and one garden in Lewisburg, WV and two homes in White Sulphur Springs, WV. These homes are absolutely beautiful and so very unique! You’ll want to participate in this tour! You may begin the tour at any home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available the day of the tour at all featured homes. Follow the link for more information and pictures of the homes featured.
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Greenbrier Real Estate Service and REALTOR® Jill Allman are hosting an OPEN HOUSE event for a lovely Cape Cod style home right here in Lewisburg. This home is absolutely full of character and is waiting for someone to make it HOME! This home on Court Street in Lewisburg, WV is the perfect place to make home, with quick access to all things downtown Lewisburg has to offer-you’ll love living here! You’ll want to see more.

The OPEN HOUSE event will be held on June 10th 1-3 p.m. Stop by and check it out!


For any questions or other real estate needs…Contact us!
304.645.2255

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Gregory Allman, Broker

Vacation Time? Prep your home!

June 5th marked the last day of school for public school students in Greenbrier County. Many other schools in and around our area have finished up school as well. Which means…it’s summer break and time for VACATION! Many families make time to take a vacation during the summer months. But what if your home is for sale and you want to take a vacation? You’re faced with two kinds of challenges.

1. The house needs to be secure but not look like a fortress.
2. It needs to stay tidy even though no one is home maintaining it.

You deserve a getaway, so here are the simple things you can do to protect your home, not worry about it, and help it maintain that fluffed up look.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE 

Keeping your home safe from troublemakers should be a primary concern. Some of these tips are obvious, but are still worth repeating.

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Look occupied. Stop the mail. Choose between having a neighbor save it for you, or notifying the postal service to hold it. 

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Go bright. Put timers on lights.
You could use times that have irregular intervals or predictable ones.
If you use a weekly timer, you can vary the times from day to day for a more convincing illusion. A radio set to come on for an hour in the middle of the night can deter a troublemaker, too. If you have a security system that is programmed to tinker with your

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Some valuables are safer hiding in plain sight. Devices like this container are called “diversion safes.” You can buy or make them. 

Hide valuables. Thieves, should they find a way to get inside, know where people customarily store things of worth.
The first place they look for small valuables is the master closet. So, think outside the box, and consider places like your cleaning closet or laundry room, using containers that look ordinary and generic.
Hide prescription medicines, jewelry, cash, debit and credit cards, flash drives, and personal information like bank records, school notices, billing statements, and tax returns.

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Stay low. Don’t announce or post about your trip on social media until you are back home. Remember that the more people know about your absence, the greater the likelihood of a break-in.

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Maintain appearances. Make sure the exterior of your home doesn’t look neglected. Hire a lawn service (or neighborhood youngster) to mow the lawn, sweep the steps or driveway, service the pool, or do whatever else will give the appearance that your place is occupied. Someone should pick up deliveries at your door or circulars stuck in your  mailbox. Encourage neighbors to use your driveway or parking space while you’re gone.

A HOME ALONE NEEDS ATTENTION

An untended home can become a problem on its own. A water heater malfunctions.  A tree branch falls on the roof. A screen door blows open. A pipe bursts.

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Stay safe. Unplug unnecessary electric appliances, except the ones you put on timers. This could protect your home from an electrical fire or power surge. Pull the plug-in the big stuff, like TVs, but also for your toaster, your coffee maker, and other small appliances. Unplug any electric fragrance diffusers, too.

Grant access. Give your house or condo key to a neighbor or friend. Hopefully, this is the person who will water any houseplants and check to be sure things are as they should be.

Comfort counts. Remember that people can be touring your home with an eye to buying it. Set your temperature where it will be comfortable but not waste energy.

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Open curtains. Leave your window treatments open. People on vacation will often pull all draperies closed, but from the outside this isn’t the look of an occupied home. And from the inside, your home looks darker to prospective buyers.  Yes, people can look in, but you’ll have already hidden or removed things of value.

Tell some people. Make sure your real estate agent knows you’ll be away from home. Your agent may be the person you ask to do periodic checks of the home to be sure it’s up to snuff.

Find a caretaker. Consider having a housesitter live in your home while you vacation. This plan is especially helpful if you have pets that don’t like kennel boarding or staying with friends. A housesitter can maintain the perfect staged but lived-in appearance if you choose the right one.

Schedule check-ups. People on home tours sometimes sit on beds, leave closet doors open, turn on lights, and even use toilets. It should be the job of your listing agent, housesitter, or friend to periodically walk through and make sure nothing has been messed up or is malfunctioning.

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Stay connected. Although it’s nice to go totally offline when vacationing, you’ll need to be reachable when your home is listed. Questions could arise that only you can answer or problems pop up that only you can solve. When you are staged to sell, that sweet purchase offer might be emailed to you while you are relaxing on the beach!


Hope that you found some of these tips helpful! Have other ideas or tips? Reply with a comment!

As always,”One Call Does It All!”

Your #1 source for buying and selling real estate in the Greenbrier Valley!
Contact us for any questions or needs.

304.645.2255
Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Gregory Allman, Broker

*Parts of article can be credited to DIY Home Staging Tips.com

5 Home Open House in White Sulphur Springs, WV

Greenbrier Real Estate Service is hosting a 5 home open house event in White Sulphur Springs! With 4 give-aways and great properties to view, you won’t want to miss out! Come and check it out!

IMG_3787.JPGNot one, not two, not three…but FIVE! Greenbrier Real Estate Service is hosting a FIVE home OPEN HOUSE! These homes are located in the beautiful and welcoming small town of White Sulphur Springs, WV. Each home has something special to offer!

Not only are we showing five great properties, but we’re also having 4 GIVE-AWAYS! Give-Away prizes are gift cards to B Sweet Confectionery, Route 60 American Grill, 50 East, and April’s Pizzeria…all amazing places to eat and treat yourself to in White Sulphur Springs! To be entered into the give-away drawings, one must visit all 5 properties!

Check out the properties…

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310 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

4 Bedroom 2 Bath home in a great neighborhood. Home has been well cared for and is in great shape.

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178 Rip Van Winkle Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

This cozy 3-bedroom home is perfectly located in the charming little town of White Sulphur Springs. This multi-bedroom home greets you with a wide-open floor plan, allowing plenty of room for entertainment. Stainless steel appliances create a modern feel to the kitchen. The master bedroom encompasses a large walk-in closet. The backyard creates an environment that welcomes relaxation, on looking a woodland view.

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366 Pine Gap Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

An absolutely adorable ranch, cottage style 4 bedroom, 2 bath home TOTALLY remodeled and in mint condition. You will love it before you even go inside and it is not in the flood zone. The yard is meticulously landscaped and it has a 24X32 detached garage. Sunshine abounds throughout, it’s in walking distance to town and its TRULY A MUST SEE!

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309 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

This beautifully maintained home has recently been REDUCED! This home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with white oak flooring and trim all on over a 1+/- acre lot! This home offers so much character, a lot of room and a great yard with beautiful views off the back porch. This home is well out of the flood zone! A must see!

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599 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

A beautifully landscaped one story brick home in Villa Park. On almost an acre lot, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has been well maintained and ready for you to make it yours. New HVAC, great curb appeal, level lot, back porch and much more! Property is not in the flood zone.


We hope that you will come out and enjoy a Sunday afternoon viewing these great properties!
Agents showing these properties:
Christi O’neil Lynch, REALTOR® 304.667.4193
Alisha Patterson, REALTOR® 304.647.4111
Ty Donovan, REALTOR® 304.646.1936
Jill Allman, REALTOR® 304.646.0523
Greg Allman, REALTOR® 304.646.1500

You can also find this event on our Facebook Page @ GreenbrierRealEstateService
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For all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Gregory Allman, Broker

Curb Appeal! 10 Tips that could help sell your home faster!

It’s no lie that first impressions are everything. That is especially true when it comes to real estate and selling a home! *Imagine*…you’re driving around town looking at homes…

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Simple, well maintained, and easy to maintain landscape is a huge hit with buyers!            MLS#18-621 Eloise Circle White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • Do you drive right by the one with shrubs so overgrown that you can barely see the walkway? Probably. Sure, you might be able to see yourself there but it looks like so much work already!
  • Do you start to slow down at the home with a clean flower bed, freshly cut grass, and possibly a bright welcoming door?  Yes, yes you do. You start picturing yourself planting your favorite flowers in those flowerbeds. Before you know it, you’re calling up your Greenbrier Real Estate Service REALTOR and scheduling a showing.

That–friends, is why curb appeal is so important if you are trying to sell your home! You want potential buyers to feel an immediate connection with the home. ((Keep reading! Tips below!)

Curb appeal can easily make or break a sale. Being an established real estate company in Greenbrier County, we’ve seen our share of properties and we can definitely say that when a home has good curb appeal it is much easier to show to home buyers. Home buyers want to feel welcomed to a property, and then they want to see more immediately!


What can help you as a seller achieve that? Let’s look at the top curb appeal tips from home professionals. Not trying to sell your home? These tips are great for any home owner!

  1. CURB APPEAL STARTS ONLINE! Over 88 percent of home buyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting home buyers to the front door! We as realtors can help you with that! We always make sure to have great pictures of our listed properties.

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    A welcoming and easy to follow pathway will lead buyers right to your door! MLS#18-697 Lamplighter Dr. Lewisburg, WV
  2. ACT LIKE A BUYER! Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen. Take notes of things that you need repair or updated.
  3. LOOK UP TO THE SKY! Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice, says Jean Miskimon of the Metal Roofing Alliance. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.
  4. SHINY, HAPPY NUMBERS! If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.
  5. GET A SECOND OPINION! A new set of eyes might help you prioritize what needs fixed and cleaned up. Homeowners often get used to certain defects –chipped paint on the front door from the keys banging against it, cobwebs on the porch ceiling, cracked or stained steps. Ask a friend to come over and act as if they were a potential home buyer.
  6. UNDER PRESSURE! Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.
  7. PLANT SOME COLOR! Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom, says Sheri Silver, a landscape designer and owner of Fiori Garden Design. “Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift,” Sheri advises. Never plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”

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    A clean front porch with fresh blooming flowers help buyers feel welcome!   MLS#18-739 Mayapple Trail Lewisburg WV
  8. OPEN UP! Open up those shutters, curtains, and blinds! Homes that feel brighter inside sell faster…it’s TRUE!
  9. LIGHT UP YOUR LANDSCAPE! Who knows, buyers might be driving past your house, scoping it out at 9 p.m. You want them to be able to see it! It also helps to set your home apart from the crowd, not everyone has landscape lighting. It also can help with security, which is an added selling point! Go on now, shine some lights on your property!
  10. ADD SOME POLISH! Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home. Get those brushes out and paint!
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    Freshly painted door, with a welcoming color is a great way to add curb appeal!       MLS#18-606 Wake Robin Trail Lewisburg, WV

    BONUS! Other easy and inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.

We hope that you enjoyed this post and found it informative!


For all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Contact us anytime!    Greenbrier Real Estate Service      304.645.2255

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Gregory Allman, Broker


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Memorial Day 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day often is a time to enjoy some company and maybe have a BBQ in your backyard, it’s the unofficial start of summer here in the Greenbrier Valley and across our country. People often enjoy a long three day weekend, pools opening, and other fun warm weather activities.

However, it is primarily a time for us to remember those that lost their lives serving in the American armed forces. We would like to thank those that served or are serving and honor those that died fighting for our country.

We are truly grateful to live in this beautiful country, our Wild & Wonderful WV, and mostly to live and work among the unmatched beauty of the Greenbrier Valley.
It’s a true privilege to work with wonderful people of our area. We appreciate your business and continued support!

We hope that you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!


Memorial Day Porch Decor Ideas:

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Check out these tasty Memorial Day recipes from All Recipes.com!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/1502/holidays-and-events/memorial-day/


Events in our area THIS WEEKEND!

  • Dandelion Festival in White Sulphur Springs, WV — May 25th-May 27th
  • Strawberry Festival in Alderson, WV –May 26th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Day Car Show at Greenbrier Valley Mall –May 26th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. presented by Throttle Throbs Car Club

As always, for all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Contact us anytime!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service

View Our Website

304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker

 

2018 Home Trends

Spring Time in the Greenbrier Valley!

We’re looking into the latest home trends!

We can’t believe it’s already May of 2018! Spring has definitely sprung in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. As we all know spring time is a time when we all feel the rush to weed those wintered flower beds, spruce up the exterior of the home, and of course the dreaded “Spring CLEANING!” Spring time often makes us think of new beginnings as all the beautiful spring flowers line our walk ways and flower beds and as the flowering trees show their flashy flowers throughout our town of Lewisburg and many others in our area.

Spring inspires home buyers and sellers alike, everyone seems to be ready for a change, a new beginning. It’s a wonderful time to buy and sell, and we feel especially that way here in Greenbrier County, WV. When selling your home you may begin to think of what potential buyers may like (and not like!) within your home. We decided to check in on just what the latest home trends are this year! What may buyers be looking for? What trends do we think will stick around and ones that we think need to go! Whether your home is due for a decor update or you simply prefer to keep up with the latest interior design styles, experts have revealed the decorating trends that will and have dominated 2018.


So, if you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not!

Let’s take a look at what design experts have come up with…

1. Mixed metallics

Silver and gold no longer need to be separated like sparring siblings. Not only can these metallics be mixed but also they can be joined by their pal, rose gold, which brings a softer, warmer hue to any room.

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2. Colorful appliances

If you believe stainless steel has lost its luster (pun intended), you’re not alone. The good news is 2018 is the perfect time to embrace a pop of color when it comes to your appliances. In addition to stoves in bright, bold shades, you’ll also find washers and dryers that are so decorative it’s almost a shame to relegate them to the laundry room.

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While we think it’s a great TREND, exactly how long are you going to love that blue stove? To each their own, but we feel like you just can’t beat the classic and true stainless steel. What do you think? Leave us a comment! Are you team stainless or not?

3. Patterned flooring

Goodbye, simple ol’ hardwood! Patterned flooring adds interest to a room and can pull it all together. Expect to see geometric shapes as well as exotic Moroccan-inspired designs that will make guests stop in their tracks and take notice.

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We know you’ve seen many DIY shows or Home Improvement shows that showcase patterned flooring! We love this trend! If the right decision is made on the pattern and colors, what could go wrong?! Although we do think it’s best to use in a smaller space such as a bathroom or laundry room.

4. Patterned fabrics

Say “See ya!” to solids when it comes to home furnishings as well. Don’t be afraid to juxtapose patterns, both geometric and florals, alongside neutrals for a one-of-a-kind look that shows off your personality.

Just remember, if trying to sell your home not everyone loves bold floral curtains…neutral could work more in your favor.

5. Velvet furnishings

Is there anything as luxurious as velvet? 2018 is the year to cozy up to this ultra-soft upholstery. Don’t be afraid to select an eye-catching color that makes the room as interesting as it is inviting.

Have you seen this trending in home design yet this year? Though possibly not for everyone this trend does definitely scream luxury, modern, contemporary home decor!

6. Color of the year: ultra violet

If you’ve always had a love for lavender, this is your year! The Pantone Color of the Year is ultra violet. The blue-based purple evokes both a modern and vintage feel at the same time. The best part is it’s extremely versatile. From the powder room to the bedroom, this soft hue can be dressed up with modern art and accent fixtures, or simply provide a stunning backdrop in an understated space.

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Once again, if you love it–go for it! Just keep in mind that not every buyer is looking for the hottest color of the year. We do love the paintings and rug pictured, what a great way to add some color to an otherwise neutral space.

7. Curvy furniture & natural accent pieces

Get ready to see curvier, rounder shapes in furnishings as comfort takes a front row seat in your living or family rooms. Adding to that more laid-back vibe, accent pieces add a more natural look, with woods featured prominently, particularly in the table arena. Because, let’s be honest, bringing a bit of the outdoors in never goes out of style.

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Enough said, we love it all! Here’s hoping this is a “trend” that sticks around a while! So comfy and cozy, who doesn’t want to feel that way in their home!

8. Spa-like bathrooms

Bathrooms get a fancy facelift in the new year. Transforming this space into a spa-like sanctuary may be simpler than you’d think. A new tub, luxurious black and white towels, floral arrangements, and candles all create an overall appeal that serves up an oasis in your very own home.

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Of course everyone wants to feel like their bathroom is their own spa oasis! Whether you have a large bathroom or a smaller one, by keeping the colors light and soothing you too can create your own spa oasis in your own home. Also, a great selling point to buyers!

9. Wabi Sabi

Not to be confused with the Japanese horseradish, wabi sabi is the Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. That means handcrafted items, including pottery, are going to be all the rage. So put them on display and embrace the notion that not everything needs to be flawless to be beautiful.

You’ve heard perfectly imperfect? We agree. Items incorporated into design that are necessarily perfect allow buyers to feel at home and comfortable, which might just help you sell that home!

10. Jewel tones

Beige and gray are taking a year off as jewel tones arrive on the home decor scene with a welcome flourish. These shades will help warm up any day by making your rooms more vibrant.17934359_834683113345611_176965432270389.jpg

They got it right when they said vibrant! Wow! Not so sure that this would fall in the great staging tips department. But as we said before, to each their own-if you love it, go for it! Nothing better than feeling at home right where you are. It would be easy to tone the colors down if you ever decided to sell your home.

We found so many of these surprising and interesting and hope that you did too. Let us know what you think! What trends are you seeing? What was your favorite trend listed? Least favorite?


We’d love to hear from you. As always, if you’re in the market for a new home or looking to find the right REALTOR to sell your home, we would love to work with you and for you.

 

 

 

 

Selecting the BEST Real Estate Agency and Agent

Looking to sell your property? Selecting the right Real Estate Agency and Agent may seem like a daunting task, but below are some questions to ask to help you find the best agency along with the answers from Greenbrier Real Estate Service.

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How long have you been in Real Estate?
As with any profession, years of experience does not always mean skill but many Real Estate skills are learned on the job.  Greg Allman, the broker for Greenbrier Real Estate Service, has over 28 years experience.  Combine that with the experience of 13 Realtors, Greenbrier Real Estate Service has the experience to know how to get your property sold.

What training, designations, or certifications do you have?
Becoming a Real Estate Agent requires 90 hours (6 credit hours) of education along with passing an examination.  After this is complete and licensure is obtained, agents must continue educating themselves with at least 7 hours of classes each year.  In addition to this education, agents can take specialized training to better serve particular buyers and sellers. Here is a list of the certifications and designations some of the agents at Greenbrier Real Estate Service have:
ABR – Acredited Buyer’s Represenative
CRS – Certified Residential Specialists
GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute
SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
CNHS – Certified New Home Specialist
GREEN – National Association of Realtors Green Designation
Read more about different designations at:  https://www.nar.realtor/education/designations-and-certifications

How many properties have you sold in the past year and how many days does it take to sell?
Both of these are important to know and compare with the other agencies you might be considering.  All Realtors should be able to pull these numbers from their local MLS and provide a comparison for you. During the past year(Oct 2016 to Oct 2017), Greenbrier Real Estate Service has sold 100 properties and they averaged 113 days on the market.

What percentage of listing price was the final sales price?
When you list your home you want to get as close to your list price as possible.  This percentage is a good indication of a Realtor’s pricing and negotiating skills. When looking over the past year, Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s final sales prices have on average been 93% of the listing price. The average for our local MLS (all area realtors) is 90.25%.

How will your property be marketed?
Your property will not sell if it is not advertised, so be sure to find out all of the avenues the agent will use to promote your property.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service uses the following and more to market your property:
-Listing on MLS which goes to other sites like Realtor.com and Zillow
-Registered agents on Zillow, this allows agents to modify details that might not transfer
-Listing promotion on Agent’s and Company’s social media accounts
-Ads run in monthly local Real Estate Magazine
-Company’s own magazine that is published quarterly.  It is placed in businesses and magazine boxes across Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Fayette counties, as well as inserted in local and neighboring county newspapers.
-Company’s own website

How will you communicate with your agent?
When you list your property, you want to be kept up to date on showings, offers and any issues that arise.  Make sure up front you know how this will happen.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s agents will ask you what is the best way to communicate, email, text message or phone call, and will always be available to address any concerns or questions you have.

Ready to list your home? Call Greenbrier Real Estate Service to schedule a listing appointment with one of our qualified agents today.

304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

Information adapted from National Association of Realtors Publication, 2015

Sweet Grass Meadows

When you think of living in Lewisburg, do you only think of historic homes or established homes with lots of continued maintenance? Now add new, custom built, low maintenance homes to you thoughts.

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Sweet Grass Meadows is Lewisburg’s newest community and is less than 2 miles from downtown.  This community offers homesites with beautiful long range views of the Greenbrier Valley! The gated community has all underground city utilities and all lawn and landscaping is maintained by the Homeowners Association.

You can choose from several home plans and then customize features to make it unique to you.  Home plans all feature one level designs with low maintenance exteriors.  The photos below are just a sample of the plans available.

Phase One is ready and waiting for you to start your dream home, with plans for phase two in the future.

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Call us today to get more details and get started on your home!!!
304.645.2255
Greenbrier Real Estate Service
Greg Allman, Broker
1047 Washington St E
Lewisburg, WV 24901