Home Tour Weekend in Lewisburg, WV

This weekend in Lewisburg, WV you can explore select homes, each with special characteristics and history.

The Home Tour Weekend organized by the Greenbrier Historical Society hosts three events:

  • Friday June 7th is a Garden Party
  • Saturday June 8th is the Tour of Homes 10 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday June 9th is a feature of 4 Cemeteries with an abundance of history

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We are happy to sponsor the event and have one of our listings featured in the home tour!
View property listing: https://search.greenbrierrealestateservice.com/idx/details/listing/a272/19-649/188-Wind-Haven-Ln-Lewisburg-WV-24901

For more information on the Home Tour Weekend Visit: https://mailchi.mp/b65af8843d58/home-tour-weekend?e=014fe84114

Check out our Facebook page to Enter for your chance to win tickets to the event!

 

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Strawberry season is in full swing!

Article courtesy of OnlyInYourState.com where you can find wonderful and informative articles about our beautiful state. We especially love when they feature a gem in the Greenbrier Valley.

Happening this weekend in Alderson- The Alderson Strawberry Festival!

You Can Pick Your Own Delicious Fruit At This Charming Farm In West Virginia

If you’ve never experienced the magic of picking your own strawberries, you owe it to yourself to visit the picturesque Sunset Berry Farm & Produce. Located right here in West Virginia, this family-run farm is known for producing the sweetest strawberries in the state. And there’s something about picking them yourself that makes them taste even sweeter. This beautiful farm in Alderson is bound to become your new favorite springtime destination. There’s no better way to celebrate a gorgeous spring day in West Virginia than by heading out to Sunset Berry Farm and picking your own fresh strawberries.

Located on Flat Mountain, this scenic 5-acre farm produces a bounty of strawberries. The farm was established in 2010 by a third-generation strawberry farmer.

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In addition to fresh strawberries, the farm is also known for its delicious watermelons and sweet corn.
Chances are, you’ve already tasted the delicious strawberries from this farm. They’re distributed to various markets and locations around southern West Virginia. And they’ve been recognized as the sweetest strawberries in the state by the Strawberry Festival in Buchannon.
At the height of the season, the strawberry patch will be open for visitors to experience the magic of picking their own strawberries. Take them home to bake with them, give to a friend, or enjoy them just as they are.

If you’re looking for even more sweetness, you should sample some of the chocolate dipped strawberries. They make for the perfect gift or souvenir from your visit to Sunset Berry Farm.
The berry patch is usually open from 7:00 am until dark. Just be sure to call ahead to make sure the supply isn’t sold out for the day!

No matter your age, you’ll find that your trip to this special “U Pick” farm is an experience you won’t soon forget. The special strawberry picking season only lasts for 5 weeks, so be sure to schedule your visit soon.
Sunset Berry Farm & Produce is located at 791 Laurel Creek Road, Flat Mountain, Alderson WV. For more information about this delightful farm, be sure to visit the website by clicking here. Have you visited Sunset Berry Farm before? If so, we’d love to hear all about your visit!

*All pictures credit to Sunset Berry Farm Facebook page.


Contact us if you want to make the Greenbrier Valley HOME!
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

Does the house you love already have a contract? Don’t let it stop you!

Everything you need to know about contingent vs pending and YES you can put an offer on the home! Read more!

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When searching the market for a new home, you’ll run across properties in several states of activity. What do you do when the home you’re interested in is marked as “contingent” or “pending”? What’s the difference between the two, and what are your options for making an offer?

What Is Contingent?

When a property is marked as contingent, an offer has been accepted by the seller. Contingent deals are still active listings because they are liable to fall out of contract if requested provisions are not met. If all goes well, contingent deals will advance to a pending state.

What Is Pending?

When a property is marked as pending, an offer has been accepted by the seller and all contingencies have been satisfactorily addressed or waived. Pending deals are no longer considered active listings. A home will remain in the pending state until all legal work has been processed.

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Can You Make an Offer on a Contingent or Pending Home?

It is important to remember that you can make an offer on a home at any stage of the process, and this is why having the most up-to-date information and a real estate agent who knows how to handle complex deals is essential. If you’ve fallen in love with a home that is contingent or pending, you should get in touch with one of our REALTORS® right away to explore your options for making an offer.

We encourage the buyers that we work with to consider making a back-up offer if they have found a home that they love -especially if the home is listed with contingencies-. We also like for our sellers to keep an open mind and continue to show their home even if they have a contingent offer. Sometimes things happen and offers can fall through, our suggestions help to protect the buyer and seller in those cases. A back-up offer could easily become the primary if the first buyer falls through.

If you are looking for your next home or considering selling yours, consider letting us help! We have a team of professionals ready to serve you.

Greg Allman, Broker
304.645.2255

www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

Article adapted from Redfin.com


Upcoming Events:

Thursday Morning May 23rd- Join the town of Rainelle as they roll out the welcome mat to veterans and families with live entertainment, Murbles Tournament, vendor expo, parade, veterans memorials, fireworks and much more.

“Run for the Wall” will ride through Rainelle on Thursday morning, May 23. This is a sight to see and you don’t want to miss it! More info > Click Here

WV Dandelion Festival– May 24-26 Downtown White Sulphur Springs welcomes the beginning of summer by honoring the ubiquitous dandelion. Enjoy a weekend chock full of events, activities and vendors — parade, children’s play area, arts & crafts, 5K and fireworks.

Alderson Strawberry FestivalMay 25 Come out and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun! Festivities abound with a punch card of crowd favorites including a 5k run, pancake breakfast, kids’ games, unicorn rides, contests, raffle, cornhole tournament, live music, great food and, of course… strawberries! Kids activities at the Visitors Center, yard sales throughout town, raffles for local shop gift cards, flea market at Johnson Memorial UMC, assorted vendors set up from the Train Depot near the Memorial Bridge, and more! Don’t miss it!

Info courtesy of Greenbrier Valley CVB

Gorgeous 1906 Historic Home in Lewisburg, WV

It’s no surprise to find historic gems in the small town of Lewisburg, WV. The town is home to abundant amounts of history and you will see it everywhere. Take a drive down Washington Street at the heart of downtown and you will find aged and finely preserved real estate start to finish. Just on the edge of downtown in a secluded setting sits a magnificently restored home that is a perfect mix of modern and historic. The 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sets on 2.16 acres surrounded by mature trees while still walking distance to downtown.

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Known as the Hunter House, Paul and Mary Lindquist purchased the home in 2015 and completed a full restoration and update. Features include refinished original oak hardwood floors, 3 original restored Wheatley tile fireplace surrounds. From top to bottom, this home has been restored, updated, and everything brought up to current building codes.

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Fully updated kitchen with custom cabinets and eat-at island.

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The master bath just off of the spacious master bedroom hosts the original platform tub and separate tiled shower, showcasing that modern and historic can mesh seamlessly. The master bedroom will make you feel like a King and Queen with two 2 walk-in closets that feature custom made shelving.

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Original windows have had interior storm windows installed. This allows the windows to be essentially energy efficient double glazed windows. Just another element to the home, preserving the history.
You won’t have the common worries with purchasing an older home, all the wiring and plumbing throughout the home has been updated to current code.
Take notice of the uniquely designed exterior of the home, the new roof with architectural shingles and a fresh new stucco exterior.

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4 bedroom 2 full bath 2 partial bath | 4,135 sq ft | 2.16 acres |MLS# 19-649
$795,000

For more information on this Historic Home, follow the link to the full listing to view all photos and information. 188 Wind Haven Lewisburg, WV

Contact us! www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

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The Greenbrier River- Host to Many Float Trips and Fun

The River Campground In West Virginia Where You’ll Have An Unforgettable Tubing Adventure

The arrival of summer in The Mountain State brings with it a bevy of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia. From a whole host of day trip possibilities to scenic drives and more, if you’re in West Virginia, you’re only a moment away from your next summer adventure.

And what better way to run away for the day than by hopping in an inner tube for a lazy coast down the Greenbrier River?
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We always say a day on the water is a day well spent!
You may also love the fact that a picturesque campground located right on the river will take care of all of the details of a tubing adventure you won’t soon forget.

If you’ve rafted down a West Virginia river, yet never floated lazily down one on your own inner tube, then you’re in for an unforgettable day of loafing in the sun.

Spend the night in one of the many campsites and then catch the campground’s shuttle to the launch spot up the river.

The shuttle from the campground is included with each tube rental, as is the return shuttle from the end point of the journey.

Mouth watering good tacos! Right here in Lewisburg!

This Tiny Mexican Restaurant In West Virginia Serves More Than A Dozen Types Of Tacos

Taco Tuesday in The Mountain State is about to become Taco Any (and every) Day once you sample the huge variety of tacos at this tiny restaurant that’s hiding in plain sight. This unassuming, come-as-you-are eatery serves an impressive 14 different flavorful tacos – and you may not be totally satisfied until you’ve returned again and again to eat your way through the complete list.

Located in the heart of Lewisburg, Thunderbird Taco is open seasonally (April to October) for lunch and dinner six days a week.

Just look for the signature Thunderbird affixed to the terra cotta facade and if you see an open table through the window, grab it

Once inside, the colorful decor will delight you in the best way possible. The few unique boating-themed booths are a cozy surprise and may seem a bit familiar to some.

The 14 tacos on the menu afford ample opportunity to satisfy any craving with fillings like traditional beef, local shredded chicken, vegetables, and more.

Affordable prices make this foodie adventure even more inviting! For about $10, you can fill your belly with tacos galore. Or, turn any taco into a rice bowl for a small additional price.

Want more options? Thunderbird Taco also has outstanding burritos!
You can’t go wrong at Thunderbird Taco! (Unless you arrive in the off-season and find them closed.)
It’s located at 1058 E Washington St., Lewisburg, WV 24901. Google maps has a bit of an issue with the location, so add your starting point to this link to get you to the right spot! Thunderbird Tacos is open seasonally from April to October. The hours are Monday through Thursday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Learn more on their official Facebook page, where they regularly post updates!


Lewisburg offers so many great dining options! Thunderbird Taco is just across the road from our Washington St. Real Estate Office. Pay them a visit if you’re in town!

Contact us for any real estate needs!
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

Preparing Your Lawn for Spring: 5 Simple Steps

Jump-start your lawn resuscitation as soon as the ground defrosts, and you’ll avoid a muddy disaster zone later — not to mention ignite your neighbors’ envy.

Here’s how to prepare your lawn for spring:

#1 Assess the Mess

Case your property for thrown branches, dead leaves, and other debris. Clear it away so you’re able to do a general inspection of your soil, lawn, trees, shrubs, and garden structures. See what grass is coming back — or not. Get rid of broken tree limbs; call an arborist if they look dangerous. Now’s the time to take stock and make a plan.

#2 Rake and Wake Your Grass

Just as you like to hunker down on those dark winter days, so, too, do your grass and trees. “As soon as the snow fades, vigorously rake that grass to wake it up and begin to get it to grow”, says Walt Nelson, horticulture program leader for the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County, N.Y.

Rake out areas of thatch — dried, dead grass that can be thick and deep. If you don’t, thatch will keep oxygen and sunlight from other plants and grass. Check for fungus and mold growth. Don’t worry if you run across “snow mold” — a pinkish or gray web over matted blades of grass, or possibly just a slimy brown mess. Despite its name, it’s rarely serious. Gently rake it out and it will dry.

The grass may be a bit brown, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead. There are two types of grasses. “Cool season grasses green up in early spring. Warm season grasses green up really slowly in spring,” Koski says.

#3 Weed Out Weeds

Finding a lot of crabgrass out there? It’s decision time. Will you avenge the scourge? If your crabgrass is out of control or you’re just hell-bent on getting rid of it, here’s what you need to know: Preventing crabgrass is all about timing. You want to nix the nasties before they start germinating. You need to use a pre-emergent crabgrass control before the soil temperature hits about 55 degrees and the crabgrass begins growing.

“But most people aren’t walking around with thermometers to measure their soil’s temperature,” Koski says. “Blooming forsythia is a good indicator you should put out your crabgrass preventer. That will be a different time in Michigan than in Virginia.”

You can choose a toxic or an organic preemergent such as corn gluten meal, but understand that with the organic, Nelson says, it will take two to three years of applications to be effective.

Oh, and if you’re eager to get seeding, note that you can’t put out grass seed until at least eight weeks have passed since you applied crabgrass control.

#4 Trim the Trees (and Shrubs!)

Move on to trees and shrubs as the world defrosts, but the garden is not yet growing. “Trim out the dead, and it’s off to the races on another growing season,” Nelson says. “You can do the shrubs on your own, but if you’re concerned about trees, hire a professional.”

The important thing about trimming is to “be careful about trimming growth,” Henriksen says. “You want new growth to get healthy enough to sustain itself in case of a second cold snap.” For flowering shrubs, wait until flowers bloom so you don’t cut off limbs that will be producing flowers or fruit.

#5 Don’t Forget the Mower and What-Nots

Winter is hard on other garden elements. Make sure your irrigation system works properly, and checking to see if there’s damage to any outdoor lighting. Fix broken or damaged patio furniture and any wooden structures. Even clean off and refresh your deck once it’s warm enough that power-washing won’t create a deck ice rink.

Don’t forget to tune up the lawn mower and string trimmer. Clean, sharpen, and oil your pruning shears so they’ll be ready when the temperatures start to rise.

Prepping the yard won’t be just a single weekend event, but if you get the heavy lifting out of the way early, it won’t be long before you’re leaving your socks and boots behind, and feeling the warm, soft grass between your toes.

Article adapted from Stacey Freed of House Logic


Spring has sprung in the Greenbrier Valley and it’s beautiful. Blooming trees, spring flowers popping up and showing their bright faces! It’s a great season, and a great season for real estate. If you’re looking for a dedicated team to help you with any real estate needs, we’re that team! Give us a call 304-645-2255 Greenbrier Real Estate Service

Chocolate Festival THIS WEEKEND! Will you be joining the many others that attend this festival yearly? If so, be sure to stop by and grab a chocolate house from our office on Washington Street!

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Chocolate Lovers, Right this way!

It’s the 13th annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival and the tastiest of fundraisers for the United Way of Greenbrier Valley. The day includes chocolate samplings of every kind, live music, face-painting, professional chef demonstrations, bake-offs, the 10K Chocolate Chase and more!

April 13th 11am – 4pm Come visit Lewisburg and indulge in CHOCOLATE!

CHOCOLATE. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center or the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival website. It’s advised to get your tickets in advance as they are limited by the number of tastings.

PARKING. On festival day, side-street parking is available along with public lots on either end of downtown Lewisburg. The municipal lot is on Lafayette and E Foster streets. The New River Community & Technical College lot on Court Street is also open to festival goers.

With your attendance, know that you are supporting the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.

*Above information gathered from Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Stop by our office on Washington Street to enjoy the best house you can find…made of chocolate!

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And end with this…to hand out to all of our visitors on the day of the festival! Come see us!

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 As always for any real estate needs, one call does it all. Call our team to help you with buying or selling!

304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

6 Things You’ll Love—and Hate—About Buying a Home This Spring

Welcome to the best—and worst—time to buy a home: spring! Yes, it’s peak home-buying season. However, it’s no bed of roses.

Knowing what to expect is half the battle, and can help you use these highs and lows to your advantage!

So consider this an essential prep course. Ready to dive into the best of times and the worst of times for home buying?buying-home-spring

You’ll love: All the inventory

One of the best things about buying a house during the spring is that you have a lot more options to choose from.

“New listings tend to flood the market in April and May,” says Kimberly Sands, a real estate broker in Carolina Beach, NC. Just keep in mind that with so much inventory out there, you’ll want to make sure to stick to your search and price parameters to avoid getting overwhelmed.

You’ll hate: All the competition

Busier times mean more buyers and, thus, more competition—which explains why bidding wars are more common during the spring, says Chris Dossman, a real estate agent with Century 21 Scheetz in Indianapolis.

As a result, you have to act fast when the right listing pops up, says Seth Lejeune, a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway in Collegeville, PA. Signing up for instant alerts, so you can see homes as soon as they hit the market, can help you stay a step ahead.

That being said, don’t expect a computer to do all the work for you. In hot markets, listings may be scooped up before they are even posted online, which is why most housing experts suggest working with a real estate agent throughout the home-buying process.

>>Contact one of our professional REALTORS to help you out! 304.645.2255<<

You’ll love: All the open houses

More homes on the market mean more open houses for you to attend. That’s exciting news for buyers who relish ogling homes in person. Going to more open houses means you’ll get a better feel for the neighborhood you’re interested in, while also giving you the opportunity to size up the other home buyers you’re going up against.

But with so many open houses to hit, make sure to plot out on a map the ones you want to see, with the times they’re open, in order to maximize your time.

You’ll hate: The time pressure

Great listings get snatched up quickly year-round, yet home buyers are under even more pressure when there’s more competition among buyers. You have to be prepared to make an offer fast, since indecision could potentially cost you your dream home. That’s why it’s crucial to zero in on what type of home you’re looking to buy and what your price range is before you start seriously looking, Dossman says.

Moreover, you should get pre-approved for a mortgage before you start your home search. Plus, having a letter from a mortgage stating that you’ve been pre-approved for a loan will speak volumes to a home seller, says Linda Sanderfoot, a real estate agent at Coldwell Banker in Neenah, WI.

“Sellers want reassurance that you’ll be able to obtain a home loan,” says Sanderfoot, “otherwise the deal can fall through.”

You’ll love: Shopping in warmer weather

You can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the season’s warmer weather makes for a more enjoyable house hunting experience. After all, who enjoys trudging through snow or suffering through cold weather to look at houses? No one! Also, clearer skies and warmer temps make for better moving conditions.

You’ll hate: Higher prices

Home buyers generally have more wiggle room to make lowball offers during the slower seasons, since there’s less competition. However, buyers have less negotiating power during the spring. Therefore, “be prepared to pay full list price for a house, assuming it’s been priced at fair market value,” says Lejeune.

Also, if possible, be prepared to offer a seller something that other buyers won’t, such as a longer closing period or a rent-back agreement so that the seller has extra days to move out. This is where having a great buyer’s agent comes in; a savvy agent will talk to a listing agent to find out what the seller is looking for—giving you the ability to make a more attractive bid.

The bottom line

Spring home-buying season has its pros and cons, but by preparing for them you’ll be in a much better position to clinch your dream home. And, if you don’t manage to buy a house this spring, summer is still a great time to buy a house, too.

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Call us to help you prepare for this buying season!
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

We agree that with great preparation, Spring can be a great time for buyers and sellers alike. If we can assist you with questions you may have, feel free to contact us.

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Upcoming Events!

April 13th Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

April 27th WV Craft Brew Fest

More events happening…check out Greenbrier County Visitors Bureau

Jim’s Drive In–The Best Hot Dogs Around

This Ramshackle Drive In Hiding In West Virginia Serves The Best Hot Dogs Around

Dining out in West Virginia (or anywhere, for that matter) often means popping in your car and heading to an old favorite – a place that’s tried and true, serves delicious food at reasonable prices, and always has the friendliest people around. In Lewisburg, that place is Jim’s Drive In.

But locals know it’s not the size of the restaurant that counts at this drive-in. It’s the food and the service! If you really want to sample the best thing on the menu, order up a hot dog smothered in your choice of toppings. Want to spice it up a bit? Get the Sausage Dog, you won’t be disappointed.
Jim’s also has other faves too: the burgers are a full eight ounces and each is hand-patted. Pair your burgers and dogs with their hand-cut fries for a meal you won’t soon forget.
If you can’t decide what to get, just order a little of everything! It’ll soon be delivered right to the comfort of your car. Weather permitting, Jim’s has some outside seating perfect for devouring their iconic burgers and hot dogs.