Top 10 Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

The holiday season from November through January is often considered the worst time to put a home on the market. While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed. First, decide if you really need to sell. Really. Once you’ve committed to the challenge, don your gay apparel and follow these tips from FrontDoor.

  1. Deck the halls, but don’t go overboard.
    Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.
  2. Hire a reliable real estate agent.
    That means someone who will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s. Contact our team of professionals, we are ready with snow boots and shovels to list and sell during this time! This will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.
  3. Seek out motivated buyers.
    Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Work with your agent to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, college students and staff, and military personnel, if you live near a military base.
  4. Price it to sell.
    No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced low for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, many real estate agents advise sellers to slash their prices before putting a home on the market.
  5. Make curb appeal a top priority.
    When autumn rolls around and the trees start to lose their leaves, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.
  6. Take top-notch real estate photos.
    When the weather outside is frightful, home buyers are likely to start their house hunt from the comfort of their homes by browsing listings on the Internet. Make a good first impression by offering lots of flattering, high-quality photos of your home. If possible, have a summer or spring photo of your home available so buyers can see how it looks year-round.
  7. Create a video tour for the Web.
    You’ll get less foot traffic during the holidays thanks to inclement weather and vacation plans. But shooting a video tour and posting it on the Web may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically see your home or would rather not drive in a snowstorm.
  8. Give house hunters a place to escape from the cold.
    Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features.
  9. Offer holiday cheer in the form of financing.
    Bah, humbug! Lenders are scrooges these days, but if you’ve got the means, then why not offer a home loan to a serious buyer? You could get a good rate of return on your money.
  10. Relax — the new year is just around the corner.
    The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. Take a moment to remind yourself that if you don’t sell now, there’s always next year, which, luckily, is only a few days away.


    As always, our team at Greenbrier Real Estate Service is always ready to help you with your real estate needs. We always offer FREE consultations, contact us today if you may be ready to sell your home. 304.645.2255

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Holiday First Fridays After Five & Girls Day Out

A busy, fun weekend in Lewisburg, WV

Don’t miss out on the fun this weekend in Lewisburg, WV. This Friday and Saturday are sure to offer a good time with friends and family, all while braving the chilly weather and enjoying all offerings of these events.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 7TH: HOLIDAY FIRST FRIDAY’S AFTER FIVE

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates a Holiday First Fridays after Five on Friday, December 8th!  Join the fun  … free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome! To start off your evening, bring the family to the downtown Lewisburg Branch of Premier Bank for a visit with Santa Claus from 3pm to 5pm.  1085 Washington Street East, 647-3216.

Then, The Shops & Restaurants of Downtown Lewisburg are excited to offer free horse drawn carriage rides from 5pm to 7pm along festive main street, filled with holiday lights & decorations.   Catch your ride in front of City Hall and enjoy!

Lee Street Studios welcomes West Virginia ceramic artist Sean O’Connell with a show titled “In It Together”, a solo show of new ceramic and mixed media sculpture.  Sean lives in Alderson and maintains a working studio at Lee Street Studios.  232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551.

“You’re an Angel” at Harmony Ridge Gallery.  Stop by to take a pic of yourself & your friends with the Wings of an Angel!  Enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments & wine specials!  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

The Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Greenbrier County Schools to present the 5th annual “Sharing the Gift of Our Talents” exhibit.  The exhibit, featuring artwork from middle and high school students.  Complimenting this year’s art show will be the display and silent auction of select historical school desks that have been transformed into functional and captivating works of art by partnering artists of Lee Street Studios.  Proceeds will go to the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s Project Apple Seed, supporting purchases of classroom supplies and basic student needs items.  Please join us as we celebrate the talented students of Greenbrier County Schools and the community that supports art programming in our schools.  905 Washington Street West, 645-1000.

WV Fine Artisans presents Rose Dobbins, well known for her portraits in pastel.  She will be demonstrating her techniques with oil paint.  Rose will be working on a Monroe county scene featuring Sunset View Farm and their llama, “Spooky” (affectionately known as Tony).  Please stop in for a complimentary cup of mulled apple cider and chat with an artist or two!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Wish List Party at Wolf Creek Gallery.  Prizes will be drawn throughout the evening.  Enjoy their special punch, while making your own holiday list.  967 Washington Street West, 645-5270.

Bella’s holiday tradition includes Jeff’s Breads Chocolate Cherry Bread and a sip of the new December wines added to Bella’s Shelf!  Talk about an elf on the shelf!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

The Asylum welcomes Iron Lion World starting at 9pm. Check out their new December cocktail list.  Make this your final stop on First Friday and enjoy some great tunes!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH: GIRL’S DAY OUT IN LEWISBURG, WV!

Go directly to the Girl’s Day Out Facebook Page!

Great fun for the girls, grab your friends and family and hit the town! Area shops offer discounts, giveaways, prize, complimentary items, and a slew of fun! Take a look…

A New Chapter: Free handmade French rolling pin or cheese knife to first 24 customers who purchase a cookbook(s) at $30+ and refreshments.

Amy’s Cakes & Cones: $1 off 5-Truffle Gift Box

The Asylum: $1 off any holiday cocktail and a drawing for an Asylum T-Shirt & a $25 Asylum gift card

Bella The Corner Gourmet: Hot ruby cranberry mimosa tastings! Surprise gift with purchases over $75!

Bodies in Motion: Myofascial Release Class/Workshop at 10am for $15

Corn + Flour: Complimentary cookie with every purchase

The General Lewis Inn: Make Your own signature scent with purchase of an advance $25 ticket Complimentary champagne included.

Greenbrier Valley Visitor’s Center: Win a $100 Visa Gift Card and refreshments served. If you win, we encourage you to spend it #LOCAL!

Harmony Ridge Gallery: Yes! Complimentary Champagne! A girlfriend photo selfie station with loads of fun accessories! And prizes all day!

High Country Gallery & Boutique: Enter to win 3 Chan Luu Skinny scarves with purchase

Lewis Theatre: Enjoy a free small popcorn with beverage purchase at “Can You Ever Forgive Me” at 7pm

Patina: Roll the dice and win a door prize; raffle for a basket of vintage stuff; and win a prize for the ugliest Christmas sweater

Plants Etc.: Refreshments, a drawing to win a fire & light recycled glass bowl, and fortune telling! What does your future hold?!

Stardust Café: ½ Off All Alcohol Purchases

Studio 40: Enter in 2 Drawings! 1.) Win a Sterling Tree-Of-Life Necklace and 2.) Win a Leather Wrap Bracelet

Sunflower Soul: Enjoy complimentary spiced Apple Mimosa and enter in a drawing for a Sunflower Soul & Pretty White Trash give-away

Suzanne P. Hancock Interiors: Try Color Street nail polish samples

WV Fine Artisans: Drawing for a Tote full of Brookstone Soap products and a hand-crafted Fabric Folio. Wine and artisanal cookies.

Wandering Bird Gallery: Complimentary glass of wine and register to win one of 3 mystery art grab bags

Wolf Creek Gallery: Enjoy famous sparkling punch and delicious treats. The first 20 customers will receive a gift with their purchase!

Yarid’s: Pull a candy cane to receive a 10% or 15% discount


Information from Hashtag WV and Harmony Ridge Gallery

Greenbrier Real Estate Service has a full team of professional REALTORS ready to serve you, if you’re ready to make this place your home- contact us!

304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker
http://www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

 

10 Simple Comforts Every Houseguest Will Adore You For

It’s Holiday time and you just might be expecting house guests in the coming days. Fun! It’s always nice to welcome friends and family into your home. You want them to feel welcome & comfortable–you can easily achieve this and impress them! Take a look at this list of 10 Simple Comforts for you house guests…

List of Upcoming Greenbrier Valley Events at the bottom…keep scrolling!

#1 Stock Up on Extra Chargers and Cords

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A dead phone equals getaway misery. Set out a bowl with power strips and cords, outlet converters, and even an iHome speaker. Your guests will thank you, especially if they forgot theirs!

Another great tip—Post your Wi-Fi name and password in the guest room so they don’t have to bug you.

#2 Offer Sample-Size Toiletries in Your Bathroom

Put your stockpile of samples and hotel toiletries to good use. Tiny shampoos and lotions arranged in a basket or vintage apothecary jar are as welcoming as they are practical. Guests will be relieved if they forgot their own, but even if they didn’t, they’ll love the luxury of washing their hair on the house.

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#3 Raise Your Cleanliness Standards

When you miss a dust bunny at home, you may not think too much about it- but to guests, it’s disgusting at best and insulting at worst.

So clean it all. Airbnb even tells hosts to scrub the entire bathroom, not once but twice, including the toilet, sink, bath, and floors after every guest.

One Airbnb host said, “We make sure you can smell the cleaner.” 

#4 Give It Your Personal Touch

Family and friends come to town and choose to spend the night at your house rather than sterile hotel rooms because, in part, they want an authentic, personal experience.

So give it to them!

Scatter pictures and family treasures throughout your space. Frame a couple of your childhood photos and hang them up alongside some mementos from your own travels.

#5 Put a Radio in the Bathroom

Your guests may like to sing along in the shower, but the real reason for putting some tunes in the bath is to provide them with plenty of, well, privacy. Add an essential oil diffuser — or poo-pourri drops — and you’re in business.

#6 Set Up a DIY Cafe

If your guests are early birds — or will just want some occasional alone time — put a coffeemaker in their room along with a well-stocked basket of coffee and tea. Maybe even blow their minds with a mini fridge full of snacks.

To pull this off right, ask how they take their coffee in advance, and stock up appropriately.

#7 Designate Drawer and Closet Space Just for Guests

If your guest room closet could be featured on Storage Wars, it’s time to rethink your stuff strategy.

Maybe donate your to-be-regifted pile and sell those designer jeans you’ve been holding onto since….highschool — to make room in the closet and dresser for guest to have plenty of space (and the key word is plenty).

Label a few guest drawers and crack the closet so they can see there’s space to hang their clothes.

#8 Fancy Yourself a Travel Agent

Give guests a local’s-eye view by filling a basket with menus from nearby restaurants, brochures from local businesses that cater to tourists, and a current issue of your community newspaper. It’s a great way for guests to feel like a local and customize their time in your town.

#9 Hang a Robe – or Two – in the Closet

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Help your guests feel right at home by hanging a couple of cozy (and freshly laundered), one-size-fits-all robes in the guest-room closet.

Not only can they wear their pajamas to breakfast without feeling self-conscious, but they’re also super-comfy and great to wrap up in after a shower.

#10 Expect the Unexpected with Extra Personal Supplies

And let your guests know where they are so they won’t feel guilty for bothering you (or worse, go without!). Here’s a list of things that great hosts always keep in stock:

  • Disposable razors
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • First-aid kit
  • Towels, pillows, and extra blankets
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Replacement light bulbs

Being the perfect host is perfectly achievable. With a little forethought, you’ll start racking up your own stellar reviews from your friends and family. Get ready to be the house everyone vies to visit.

Adapted from Lisa Rodak at HouseLogic.com


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE GREENBRIER VALLEY:

December 7th- First Fridays goes Holiday style! Come enjoy downtown Lewisburg with free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

December 8th- Girl’s Day Out in Lewisburg- Come enjoy a day out on the town with your favorite girls- Mom’s and Daughters, Friends and Family! Click here for more info!

December 6th-22nd- Greenbrier Valley Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol” Click here to get your tickets and for more information!

5 Tricks to Keep Your Pipes from Exploding This Winter

Even if you think they are already starting to freeze

The winter chill is here in the valley! It’s a busy time of year with concerts, events, family gatherings…it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead.

Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you’ve forgotten and all of a sudden you’re in the middle of a deep freeze, there’s still time to prevent disaster.

Here are some easy techniques to save your pipes from bursting:

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning on your faucets — both indoors and out — can keep water moving through your system and slow down the freezing process. There’s no need to waste gallons of water: Aim for about five drips per minute.

#2 Open Cabinet Doors

During cold weather, open any cabinet doors covering plumbing in the kitchen and bathroom. This allows the home’s warm air to better circulate, which can help prevent the exposed piping from freezing. While this won’t help much with pipes hidden in walls, ceilings, or under the home, it can keep water moving and limit the dangerous effects of freezing weather.

#3 Wrap Your Pipes

If your pipes are already on their merry way towards freezing, wrapping them with warm towels might do the trick. You can cover them with the towels first and then pour boiling water on top, or use already-wet towels — if your hands can stand the heat (use gloves for this). This should help loosen the ice inside and get your system running again.

#4 Pull Out Your Hairdryer

A hairdryer (or heat gun) can be a godsend when your pipes are freezing. If hot rags aren’t doing the trick, try blowing hot air directly on the pipes. Important note: You don’t want to use a blow torch or anything that produces direct flames, which can damage your pipes and turn a frozen pipe into an even worse disaster. You’re trying to melt the ice — not your pipes.

#5 Shut Off The Water if Pipes Are Frozen

Have your pipes already frozen? Turn off the water immediately. (Hopefully you know where the master shut-off is, but if not, now’s the time to find it!)

Make sure to close off any external water sources, like garden hose hookups. This will prevent more water from filling the system, adding more ice to the pile, and eventually bursting your pipes — the worst-case scenario. This also will help when the water thaws; the last thing you want after finally fixing your frozen pipes is for water to flood the system — and thus, your home.


Just a few quick tips for you to keep in mind when the meteorologist starts showing us those freezing temperatures. Stay warm out there!

Article adapted from HouseLogic-JAMIE WIEBE

For any real estate needs or questions- contact us 304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker

Support your local Small Businesses on Small Business Saturday!

shopSaturday, November 24, 2018 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. While you’re out and about in the Greenbrier Valley getting a start to your holiday shopping, support your local small businesses!

Lewisburg, Ronceverte, White Sulphur Springs, Alderson, Hinton, and many other of our surrounding communities have small businesses and stores that are a vital part to making the Greenbrier Valley area so unique. This Saturday take a while to explore those shops and small business. Shop Small and enjoy Small Business Saturday!

Take a look at some of the few events happening this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday…

Bella The Corner Gourmet #shopsmallwithus Event- with specials galore at Bella! Wine tastings & gourmet treats, too!

Shop Local Saturday Vendor Show Ronceverte River Festival is sponsoring a 2nd Annual Vendor Show for Shop Local Saturday at the Lion’s Club Gym. Food will be served, come and enjoy the morning browsing thru the different booths for that unique Christmas gift and support our LOCAL vendors!

Yarid’s Candy Cane Pull Shop Local on Small Business Saturday and Choose a Candy Cane worth 10-25% OFF One Item!* at Yarid’s in Downtown Lewisburg
*Some Exclusions Apply

Gillespie’s Flowers-Celebrating 95 years! Come celebrate 95 years in White Sulphur Springs! Plus Small Business Saturday! 9am-5pm in White Sulphur Springs, WV


For any real estate questions, ask us! 304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker
http://www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

 

 

Thanksgiving 2018: How family and friends can influence the home purchase

This Thanksgiving we look at how recent buyers are choosing their homes, and how their friends and family can influence their decision. While we don’t all get to see our families every day, for many home buyers having the option to do so can impact the home they purchase. Based on data from the recently released 2018 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, we can see how multi-generation homes are becoming more common and the importance of living close to friends and family.

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  • This year 12 percent of all buyers purchased a multi-generational home, and multi-generational buyers were typically 51 years old. Eighty-three percent of the multi-generational homes purchased were single-family homes.
  • Multi-generational homes were typically 2,070 square feet and were purchased for $264,100. Buyers of multi-generational homes typically expected to live in their home for 20 years. Forty-seven percent of buyers owned their previous home.
  • Thirty-nine percent of buyers of multi-generational homes had children under the age of 18 living in the home.
  • Among all multi-generational buyers, the desire to own a home of their own was the primary reason for purchasing (29 percent). The majority of multi-generational buyers were married couples (63 percent), and single females (19 percent).
  • The main reasons for purchasing a multi-generational home were for to care for aging family members (44 percent), and children or relatives over 18 moving back into the house/never left home (37 percent).
  • Ten percent of buyers of multi-generational homes purchased their home to be closer to friends and family. Single females (12 percent) and married couples (nine percent) purchased their homes to be close to friends and family.
  • The convenience to friends and family for single females (47 percent), married couples (38 percent), and unmarried couples (35 percent) was an influencing factor of their neighborhood choice.

Posted in Economist Commentaries, by Brandi Snowden, Research Survey Analyst on November 20, 2018


piegiveaway.jpgWe recently held our annual Thanksgiving Pie Giveaway on our Facebook page!
With over 300 likes and over 500 shares, our Facebook Followers were eager to win one of three pies made by Taste Of Heaven Bakery in Maxwelton, WV. Our followers were instructed to comment on our post with the they would like to win. Drawing was held November 19th, the lucky winners were Viola Pettry Plum, Mary Hager, and Carol Dolin!

 

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated!


For any real estate needs, our team of professional REALTORS are ready to serve you!
304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker
http://www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

Lewisburg Holds Annual Holiday Festival

The City of Lewisburg is gearing up for their annual Holiday Festival. Crews have been hard at work transforming the city streets with holiday lights and fixtures. If you’re looking for a fun weekend, come to Lewisburg and explore the area shops this weekend and enjoy all that the festival offers!

November 17-18th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More information from our Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau below…

The shops of Lewisburg will again transform the city into a holiday wonderland on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. And there’s so much to enjoy! From holiday caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling to trinkets and treats sprinkled throughout every shop, to cookies and/or cocktails….event goers are sure to find a remembrance or create their own holiday traditions.  And, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and to take note of Christmas wishes!

Many events are planned for the weekend:

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides ($10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under)
  • Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  • Ice Carving Demo
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Visits with Santa
  • Live Music
  • Native American Gift Blanket Ceremony
  • Caroling
  • Children’s Story Time
  • Children’s Face Painting
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Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides through Lewisburg!

 

Stay up to date by visiting the Holiday Festival’s Facebook Page


Greenbrier Real Estate Service
304.645.2255
Thinking of moving to the Greenbrier Valley, we can help! Give us a call!
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

Gregory Allman, Broker

20 Cold Hard Facts in Real Estate Home Selling

 

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20 Cold Hard facts about selling your home…read on through the list to see if there might be something that you could help you get your home sold!

  1. Know your local Real Estate Market –  What’s moving the market? If you don’t know, we can help. Real Estate will always be local and to be able to sell your home, it’s critical to know what the local trends are for your neighborhood.
  2. A clean, uncluttered home sells – A dirty home knocks thousands of dollars off of your profit.  It’s true, a big chunk of money can be lost for not putting in a little elbow grease.  Perhaps one of the greatest payoffs to home selling will be the time you spend cleaning and decluttering your home. 

  1. Homes priced right sell – Price your home to sell. From the very first day that you list your home for sale, you will attract the most qualified and most interested Buyers. The first few weeks of a new home listing shines brightest.  A fresh new listing draws the attention of Buyers waiting for a new home to hit the market and those Buyers who just started looking will see your home priced right, and will break down your front door to take a closer look.  A listing that stagnates on the market for weeks and months on end becomes stale and often stigmatized as to why has the home hasn’t sold.  Avoid the discounts, price it right, and increase your chances of having multiple interested Buyers. 

  1. Selling a home is inconvenient – Knowing up front that you’re going to be inconvenienced once you’ve decided to sell your home, will make the home selling process a lot easier to handle. You’re going to have to get your home ready to sell, you’re going to have to do some packing and you’re normal everyday living schedules will likely be interrupted by visiting prospective Buyers.  When you’re able to anticipate this, it can make the process a lot less painful.  Anticipate to be inconvenienced. 

  1. Repairs left undone will cost you more money than the repair itself – Repairs that you’ve been meaning to do will be a lot less expensive to complete if you do them BEFORE you sell your home.  Once the needed repair is evident to a Buyer, they’re going to pad the actual cost to repair as they’re adding a layer of emotion to the cost. What do I mean by this? When they see a simple repair that could have been fixed they wonder what else is in need of repair and they’ll wonder did you really maintain the home properly.  They’ll wonder what may be lurking beneath the surface, hidden and not visual to the naked eye.  They get a bit frightened in the unknown and will want a little bit more of a reduction, just in case something else pops up once they were to buy your home. 

  1. Overpricing your home helps to sell your neighbors home – It’s true!  Picture this. Buyers are qualified to buy a certain price range so they’re looking at homes that they can afford; your competition, your neighbors.  If your home is priced too high, they’ll never see it as it will not come up in the home search.  Your home will be coming up in a higher price range; likely homes that are larger with nicer features and more appealing.  This price range of home Buyers will look at your home but will skip over your home because they can buy a larger home with the same features for the same amount of money; why would anyone pay more for less space? 

  1. Buyers love to negotiate the home sales price after the home inspection – Oh yes, the time to nickle and dime for all the needed repairs. In an inspection there will always be a hundred of little things and hopefully, you aren’t blind-sighted with an unknown major needed repair.  If you have any needed major repairs, this should be known ahead of time and disclosed to any prospective Buyers prior to the presentation of their offer. This way you know the offer reflects the defect.  As discussed above, fix your repairs so as not to give a Buyer a reason to want a discount.  The inspection period will always welcome a skilled negotiator.

  1. Buyers love to grill Sellers present at home showings – When a Buyer has scheduled a visit to view your home, it’s important for you to leave for more reasons than one.  First of all, you want the Buyers to be able to stroll through your home and feel comfortable without you breathing down their necks, as you want them to envision themselves living in your home. Picturing themselves in your Kitchen around the dinner table, or relaxing in the family room listening to their favorite music or watching TV and also imagining your home to be the perfect spot to entertain friends and family.  And, even more important is that you don’t want them to try and wiggle out any details from you regarding why you’re moving that could give them a reason to offer you less money for your home.  A favorite tactic for Buyer’s Agents and Buyers is to try and find out valuable details that indicate you “need” to move. 

  1. Smelly homes sell for less money – Nothing is worse than a smelly home from pets, smoking or even cooking.  Sure we love our pets but they can leave behind those not so pleasant smells.  If you’re a smoker, you need to plan well in advance to take your smokes outside to freshen up your home’s interior. Perhaps you adore foods with very pungent spices, these favorite dishes that you cook should be put on hold until after you sell your home and get moved out. A thorough cleaning of your home, along with the fabrics, rugs and carpets will go along way in removing pet, smoking and food odors.  If you have carpeting where pets had accidents, replacing carpeting would be advisable. 

  1. Cash is not always King – Cash does not always rule the roost. When financing Buyers have to compete with Cash Buyers, they can make their offer look very appealing in a number of ways that can beat out the Cash Buyer. First, by making sure they’ve presented their offer without any errors, making sure it is accurate and complete. Next, they’ll want to make sure their Pre Approval letter indicates their strong ability to secure the mortgage to buy the Seller’s home. In addition, a Real Estate purchase contract has many different time frames, the Buyers can make sure that they’re going to be quick in adhering to speedy time frames and also, you’d be surprised how many Buyers and their stories of how they’d live in the Seller’s home can pull out a Seller’s heart strings, particularly if the Seller holds a lot of favorable memories from the home. 

  1. Well maintained homes sell for more money – A well maintain home provides a sense of well being to any prospective Buyer as they imagine that the home having been well cared for and likely will not provide them with too many worries down the road after they’ve bought the home.  Red flags are virtually non-existent with a well maintained home as compared to a home that appears to not have been maintained.  This peace of mind comes with a price tag that results in the Buyers willingness to pay more for a well maintained home. 

  1. Lollygagging and ignoring communication jeopardizes home sales – Once the decision has been made to sell your home, it’s critical for your communications to be prompt and timely.  Don’t ignore your Realtors requests for answers to questions that the prospective Buyer may have or to delay signing/initialing a contract update. This type of lollygagging can irritate all parties to the sale of your home.  Be available, prompt and courteous when selling a home. 

  1. Buyers must envision themselves living in your home – This involves taking the “you” out of your home. When you’ve decided to sell your home, it is now important to realize that your home now needs to read like it could welcome anybody to suit their family.  Begin your packing before you get your home listed for sale and remove all the memories on display and all the things that say “you” live there.  Neutrality must now be present in your home.  This is because too many Buyers can’t look beyond the “youness” of your home to picture themselves there, so it’s best if you make it easy for them, so it will be easy for them to buy your home. 

  1. Photographs and Videos can sell homes – When you had your home listed for sale and you didn’t get any Buyers, did you know that Buyers skipped over your listing due to limited photos or poor quality photos? Yes, photographs do matter. Over 90% of Buyers start their home search online and they want to “see” homes and not read about homes; they want to see high quality photos and videos. Poor quality photographed homes will have Buyers snubbing their noses at your home. 

  1. Trying to hide a defect will haunt you – You never want to get a call from an Attorney, indicating that the Buyers that bought your home are now suing you for not disclosing that home structural issue that you were aware about, yet thought you’d keep it to yourself so you can sell your home for more money. Being slapped with a lawsuit is never welcome news to a home seller.  Speak the truth. 

  1. Cooperation continues to be the name of the game – When an exchange occurs such as does with a home sale, a little bit of cooperation will go along way and quite often, ending with a favorable outcome for a home Seller.  Don’t fight the Buyer tooth and nail, as they’ll immediately withdraw to put on their boxing gloves and in this scenario everyone loses.  A little give and take, more times than not, results in superior results. 

  1. What you love isn’t what a prospective Buyer loves – neutralize your home of your purple passion, your bold reds, your mounted hunting treasures or your Woodstock beads. Some can look past these things, but most cannot.  Do not give a Buyer a reason to find distaste in what you desire. When you sell a home it is not the time to show the world what makes you tick, you want to show how Buyers can fill your home with what makes them tick. 

  1. Closing date is move out date – It’s important to understand that when the closing date comes around, all of your belongings must be packed up and moved out, leaving behind a clean home ready for the Buyers to move in once they’re given the key at the closing table.  Unfortunately, you won’t be able to stay a few days after closing to finish a few things you just never got to it. 

  1. Requiring that a Buyer meets financing eligibility increases your likelihood of selling your home – Make sure the Real Estate Agent that you hire, scrutinizes any incoming Buyer’s offer for their ability to actually be able to pay for your home. 

  1. Experience sells – Hiring a skilled, trusted, Real Estate professional gets homes sold in the shortest amount of time for the most amount of money. Your choice of a Real Estate Agent matters- take time to contact us and let’s get you on the right track to selling your home.

Contact us! 304.645.2255 For all your real estate needs!

Article adapted from Lynn Pineda-Imagine Your House

Programming Your Thermostat the Right Way for Each Season

Looking for a way to save money on energy costs? A new thermostat might just help.

thermo'.jpgBefore you get started, you’ll need to pick a programmable thermostat you’ll actually use. Here’s how.

According to a study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, nearly 90% of Americans say they’ve rarely (or never) programmed their thermostat because they’re not sure how to do it.

But it’s really not that hard, and it’s definitely worth doing because it can save at least 10% a year on heating and cooling costs.

The U.S. Department of Energy says you can achieve that 10% by turning your thermostat back 7 to 10 degrees F from it’s normal setting for 8 hours a day.

The first step is to pick the thermostat that best suits your scheduling needs so you can “set it and forget it,” an approach the Energy Department advocates to get the most savings.

Pick the Right Thermostat

There are four types of programmable thermostats, each with a distinctive scheduling style:

7-day programming. Best for individuals or families with erratic schedules, since this is the most flexible option. It lets you program a different heating/cooling schedule for each day of the week.

5-1-1 programming. One heating/cooling schedule for the week, plus you can schedule a different heating/cooling plan for Saturday and Sunday.

5-2 programming. Same as 5-1-1 programming, except Saturday and Sunday will have the same heating/cooling plan.

1-week programming. You can only set one heating/cooling plan that will be repeated daily for the entire week.

You’ll need a program for both the cooler months and the warmer months.

TIP: Before buying a programmable thermostat, identify the type of equipment used to heat and cool your home so you can check for compatibility. For example, do you have central heating and cooling, or just a furnace or baseboard heating? Otherwise, you may not reap the rewards of energy savings and may risk harming your heating and cooling equipment.


The Department of Energy suggests the following settings as an energy-saving rule of thumb:

Winter months:

  • For the hours you’re home and awake, program the temp to 68°F.
  • Lower at least 10 degrees for the hours you’re asleep or out of the house.

Summer months:

  • For the hours you’re home, program air conditioning to 78°F.
  • For the days you don’t need cooling, manually shut off the AC. Keep in mind, it will kick back on if the house gets too warm.
  • Program it to be warmer than usual when you’re out of the house.

Here are a few programming timing tips that can help you create the best set-it-and-forget-it heating and cooling schedule for your home:

  • Shut down heat or air conditioning 20 to 30 minutes before you leave home each day.
  • Turn on heat or air conditioning 20 to 30 minutes before you come home each day.
  • Reduce the heating or cooling 60 minutes before you go to sleep each night.
  • Increase heating or cooling about 30 minutes before you wake up each morning.
  • Spend time tweaking your program for a few days to make sure it feels right.

TIP: With a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature while on the go. That way, you’re not wasting energy if you’re running late or forgot to create a new program before going on vacation.

FYI: A furnace does NOT have to work harder to warm a house after the temperature has been set low during the day.


 Use a Wifi Thermostat to Make It Super Easy

Want something that’s simpler? Newer more high-tech models have simplified the process:

nest.jpgThe Nest Learning Thermostat: It creates a custom heating and cooling schedule for your home based on motion detection technology. Plus since it is Wi-Fi, it can be controlled remotely. Price: Usually a bit more than $200.

 

 

 

 

honey.jpgHoneywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat: This device makes it easy to create a custom heating and cooling plan. Unlike conventional programmable thermostats, it has a large color interface that displays a simple menu that walks you through all the programming steps. It also “learns” your home and will send you personal notifications if the temperature is not right, or if there’s a power outage. Price: Usually under $200.

 

Article by: DEIRDRE SULLIVAN-House Logic


Upcoming EVENTS:

TONIGHT! November 3rd- 6-9 p.m. at Greenbrier Valley Airport

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November 17-18 Lewisburg Holiday Event

The shops of Lewisburg will again transform the city into a holiday wonderland on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. And there’s so much to enjoy! From holiday caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling to trinkets and treats sprinkled throughout every shop, to cookies and/or cocktails….event goers are sure to find a remembrance or create their own holiday traditions.
https://greenbrierwv.com/events/4249/lewisburg-holiday-festival-1527620986

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Gregory Allman, Broker

Featured Post from Army Girl Travels

Explore the greatness of the valley through Army Girl’s adventure through The Coolest Small Town in America: Lewisburg, WV

Being able to live and work in Greenbrier County –so rich in everything that it has to offer is something that we are very grateful for. However, often times we get so busy and caught up in the day to day adventures in real estate, we might begin to take for granted the greatness that surrounds us.

It’s great to stumble upon articles such as this from “Army Girl” we wanted to share her adventures through our town and hope that you will find interest in all that Lewisburg, and surrounding area has to offer. You can find the link to her blog at the end of this page along with UPCOMING AREA EVENTS!

The Coolest Small Town in America: Lewisburg, WV

If you’ve never been to Lewisburg, WV or never heard of it, you’re missing out.  This tremendous small town has a plethora of fantastic dining experiences, culture, adventure, relaxation, and fabulous antique shops.  It really does have it all!  Lewisburg is near the historical and beautiful Greenbrier Resort, located in the lovely town, White Sulphur Springs.  Lewisburg is a home away from home for me, and I visit it multiple times throughout the year, so I’ve discovered what amazing things this town has to offer.

FOOD:  Believe it or not, but this town is loaded with amazing local and unique food finds!

  1. The French Goat.  This is my go-to dinner spot in Lewisburg.  Everything is delicious, and the menu is always changing.  The food is spectacular and rivals any major city’s restaurant.  Their wine list is solid.  They have lovely special events and menus, and this place is always busy, so ensure you book a reservation through their website.  This is the spot for a special dinner.  If you ask any local for their dinner recommendation, they will certainly respond with the French Goat, and with enthusiasm.
  2. Stardust Cafe.  You might think that this will just be some cute cafe, but it’s beyond that.  The food is legit and locally sourced.  It’s delicious, relaxed, but always refined.  Want an easy dinner that is still top-notch?  Eat here.
Stardust Cafe

3.  Thunderbird Tacos.  I love this spot.  I try to always fit in a taco stop AND homemade margarita here every time I’m passing through.  It’s such a cool vibe.  Colors and decor are hip, and locals love this place.  Everyone is so chill that works here.  Did I mention they make homemade margaritas?

4. The Wild Bean.  This is my go-to coffee shop and a great place to sit in the coffee-house and chill.  It’s always bustling, and they have a great vegan menu.

5.  The Livery Tavern.  Up the eastern end of Washington Street, this lovely restaurant is a relaxed spot for a great dinner.

6.  General Lewis Inn.  I really enjoy driving up to this spot for dinner or Sunday brunch.  It’s authentic, rustic, and delicious.  Cocktails are solid and the food menu doesn’t disappoint.

7.  Hill and Holler Pizza  This spot is located inside a beautiful, old log home, so the charm is through the roof before you enter the restaurant.  If you are in the mood for some delicious pizza, stop here and enjoy a nice casual night.

8.   Taste of Heaven Bakery.  Grab a loaf of their sourdough bread. It is indeed a taste of heaven.  You can’t go wrong with anything here.

9.  Jim’s Drive-In.  This is such a cool, must-try experience.  It’s an old-school drive-in, where they come to your car for your order and food.  If you’re in town during a pretty day, it’s a must try!

SHOPPING – Just walk up and down Washington Street, and you’ll find some great finds, but here are some of my faves that are on the main drag and beyond.

  1. Wolfcreek Gallery.  This is my favorite store on the main street.  It’s primarily women’s clothes, but they have other neat finds like jewelry, candles, home nick knacks, etc.  It’s trendy meets hippy-dippy, and it’s lovely in every way.  A must stop if you’re in the mood to find a cute bag or top.

    

2.  Harmony Ridge Gallery.  This is my favorite craft stop.  It’s funky, hip, random, unique.  It’s the only place where you can sit at one of the coolest wine bars and have a glass, purchase beautiful soaps, and buy a metal art frog all in one swoop.  Even if I don’t buy anything, I always stop by to see what their latest additions are.  It’s full of artists and crafters, and it highlights local artists.  Don’t miss it.

   

Harmony Ridge Gallery

3.  Patina.  You can buy the latest Yeti mug or find a vintage bag or jewelry.  It’s primarily an antique shop, but there is a little something for everyone in this place.     

4.  Robert’s Antique and Wine Shop.  You can buy antique furniture AND wine in the same spot. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Tattered and Worn Antiques.  This is my fave antique stop in the area.  The surprisingly large store has all individual vendors, and their goods vary and are always changing.  You can go full-blown Joanna Gaines in here.  I always ask myself, would Joanna like this?  She would most definitely say yes to this spot!

EXPERIENCES

  1. The Greenbrier Resort.  I LOVE THIS PLACE.  I could make an entire blog post just on the Greenbrier.  It is perfection.  It’s grand, beautiful, historical, and an absolute must stop while in the area.  Regardless if you are staying here or not (although I highly recommend you do for at least a night), make sure to include this place in your itinerary while visiting the area.  The restaurants are indulgent (along with the entire hotel).  My two favorites are Prime 44 West, an incredible steakhouse ode to Jerry West, and the traditional and fancy Main Dining Room.  You can’t go wrong with either spot. Ensure you go shopping through all the stores on both levels.  I always find a little something.  If you buy some cute dress or outfit, usually the seamstress can alter your dress for free.     

Ensure you come to the main lobby for high tea at 4:15pm.  You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy some light snacks, iced tea, and maybe even a lovely waltz.  I recommend going to the lobby lounge.  The cocktails are spot on.  Sit and just enjoy the sites.  It’s like you’ve been warped back into an era of total sophistication.  There are dress codes, so make sure to check them for each restaurant and location, depending on the time of day too.

GOLF.  I mean, if you like to Golf, you must do it here.  The Old White course is the renowned course, and the course played at the Greenbrier Classic, now called a Military Tribute, a PGA Tournament.  That’s also worth coming to watch.

Bunker tour.  If you haven’t heard about the bunker, then you’re in for a treat.  You can tour the bunker that was a secret location for Congress.  That’s just plain cool.

I mentioned the golf tournament, but they also have the Texans Football Training Camp you can come and watch in August and Tennis tournaments at their lovely tennis facility.  This year, they featured Serena and Venus Williams.

Ensure you walk around the grounds.  I suggest you do some research before coming here so that you can make the most of your visit to America’s Resort.  Check out the lovely church and view the gorgeous stained glass windows.

Bottom line – this place is old school glitz and glam.  If you stay here, you can enjoy the casino, which is classy and fun.  It’s a modern Monte Carlo Casino, and I know, I’ve been there.  There are some high rollers in here, but don’t be taken aback, because people are so friendly, and they have $10 minimums.  I really can’t say enough about this spot.  It has everything and more – spa, bowling alley, wine tastings, tours, carriage rides, fly fishing… the list goes on.  JUST MAKE THIS A MUST STOP!

2.  The Salt Cave and Spa  – This is one of my favorite spa experiences.  If you book a massage, for instance, you get the salt cave hydrotherapy experience included.  You can buy this by itself, but might as well get an amazing deep tissue massage.  This place is sooo unique and kind of in the middle of nowhere, which is why it’s so important to know about it.  Start off in the salt cave.  You lounge in a chair and are inside a cave that is filled with Himalayan salt (walls, floors, etc.).  It’s relaxing, and this definitely helps you get your meditation in for the day.  A MUST DO EXPERIENCE.

3. Smooth Ambler Distillery.  This place is a hidden gem.  You can visit and go on a tour, or just go and try some of their great whiskeys in the tasting room.  Make sure to try a chocolate bourbon ball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Greenbrier Valley Brewery.  Right across the street from the Smooth Ambler is the Greenbrier Valley Brewery.  A newer addition in the area, it’s a relaxed spot to grab a locally brewed beer.

5. White Water Rafting at New River/Gauley River.  It’s a bit over an hour and a half drive, but you can experience some of the best rafting in the U.S. and world.  Check out some of the outfitters and reserve a spot.  This is an experience you won’t forget!

6.  Tamarack – Spend a lovely afternoon in a craftsman mecca.  About an hour drive down I-64, visit Tamarack where local artisans display their beautiful creations.  The Greenbrier chefs are featured here, so the food is pretty tasty too!

7.  Greenbrier River Trail.  Every time I visit, I ensure I make my way down to the river trail to go on a run, walk, or float down the river.  Rent a bike and bike for miles and miles.  It’s beautiful, serene, and good for the soul!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Lost World Caverns.  Right in Lewisburg.  A great and fun experience to see some beautiful rock formations 120 feet below the Earth’s surface.  Simply breathtaking.   

Finally, Lewisburg also has a Carnegie Hall.  Only 1 of 4 in the United States, it offers cultural and arts 🎭 performances.

So, have I convinced you yet to visit?


She definitely explored some of our finest and most treasured places here in Greenbrier County! Thank you Army Girl for sharing your adventure!

Check out her site at Army Girl Travels


Upcoming EVENTS:

November 3rd- 6-9 p.m. at Greenbrier Valley Airport
Purchase tickets https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1938498029575278/?__tn__=HHH-R

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November 17-18 Lewisburg Holiday Event

The shops of Lewisburg will again transform the city into a holiday wonderland on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. And there’s so much to enjoy! From holiday caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling to trinkets and treats sprinkled throughout every shop, to cookies and/or cocktails….event goers are sure to find a remembrance or create their own holiday traditions.
https://greenbrierwv.com/events/4249/lewisburg-holiday-festival-1527620986

 

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