5 Myths (and 5 Truths) About Selling Your Home

Breaking down myths and truths when it comes to selling your home!

True or false: All real estate advice is good advice. (Hint: Well … it depends.)

Everyone has advice about the real estate market, but not all of that unsolicited information is true. So when it comes time to list your home, you’ll need to separate fact from fiction.

Below we’ve identified the top five real estate myths — and debunked them so you can hop on the fast track to selling your property.

Myth #1: I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling

Truth: While kitchens and bathrooms can increase the value of a home, you won’t get a large return on investment if you do a major renovation just before selling.

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Minor renovations, on the other hand, may help you sell your home for a higher price. New countertops or new appliances may be just the kind of bait you need to reel in a buyer. Check out comparable listings in your neighborhood, and see what work you need to do to compete in the market.

Myth #2: My home’s exterior isn’t as important as the interior

Truth: Home buyers often make snap judgments based simply on a home’s exterior. Therefore, curb appeal is very important.

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Great curb appeal! 409 Crowfield Circle home. MLS# 18-1019

A lot of buyers search online or drive by properties before they even enlist my services. If the yard is cluttered or the driveway is all broken up, there’s a chance they won’t ever enter the house — they’ll just keep driving.

The good news is that it doesn’t cost a bundle to improve your home’s exterior. Start by cutting the grass, trimming the hedges and clearing away any clutter. Then, for less than $50, you could put up new house numbers, paint the front door, plant some flowers or install a new, more stylish porch light.

Myth #3: If my house is clean, I don’t need to stage it

Truth: Clean and tidy is a good first step, but professional home stagers have raised the bar. Tossing dirty laundry in the closet and sweeping the front steps just aren’t enough anymore.

Stagers make homes appeal to a broad range of tastes. They can skillfully identify ways to highlight your home’s best features and compensate for its shortcomings. They might, for example, recommend removing blinds from a window with a great view or replacing a double bed with a twin to make a bedroom look bigger.

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Beautifully staged 529 Court St. in Lewisburg, WV

Of course, you don’t have to hire a professional stager. But if you don’t, be ready to some of these tips to get your home ready for sale — especially if staging is a trend where you live. An unstaged house will pale when compared to others on the market.

Myth #4: Granite and stainless steel appliances are old news

Truth: The majority of home shoppers still want granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Quartz, marble and concrete counters also have wide appeal.

Most shoppers just want to steer away from anything that looks dated. When you a design a space, you need to decide if you’re doing it for yourself or for resale potential.

She suggests that if you’re not planning to move anytime soon, decorate any way you like. But if you’re planning to put your home on the market within the next couple of years, stick to elements that have mass appeal.

Myth #5: Home shoppers can ignore paint colors they don’t like

Truth: Moving is a lot of work, and while many home buyers realize they could take on the task of painting walls, they simply don’t want to.

That’s why one of the most important things you can do to update your home is apply a fresh coat of neutral paint. Neutral colors also help a property stand out in online photographs, which is where most potential buyers will get their first impression of your property.

Hiring a professional to paint the interior of a 2,000-square-foot house could vary in costs depending on your area. You could buy the paint and do the job yourself for $300 to $500. Either way, if a fresh coat of paint helps your home stand out in a crowded market, it’s probably a worthwhile investment.

Article credit to Mary Boone at Zillow Porchlight


What’s going on in the Greenbrier Valley?

Houston Texans Training Camp at The Greenbrier July 26th-August 6th
Lewisburg Literary Festival August 3-4
State Fair of West Virginia August 9-18

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Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24957

Gregory Allman, Broker

 

Outdoor Landscape Lighting

With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening.

With carefully placed outdoor lights, you can enjoy the ambiance of your garden into the evening. This blog posts features one of our most recent new listings.

596 Crowfield Circle
Lewisburg, WV

ACCD_0951.jpgThis home has a beautiful exterior with so many wonderful features, the landscape lighting highlights all the greatness this home encompasses. Check it out along with some great lighting tips!

How do you create a yard that’s light years ahead of others? One way is to make the space usable at night. Since many people work or play till long after the sun goes down, they often don’t have time to enjoy their backyard until the evening hours. Add outdoor lighting, and your garden is immediately transformed into usable space.

ACCD_0903“Most people don’t realize this, but the backyard is a whole new room that they haven’t explored fully,” says outdoor lighting designer Michael Sestak. “You have the option to go beyond that light bulb at the doorway.” Good lighting can bring Zen-like qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeter of your property, make it fun to entertain and highlight points of interest, such as sculptures or fountains. 596 Crowfield Circle has a welcoming back yard with an amazingly designed outdoor space, you’ll feel like you have extra living space with this area!

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When choosing landscape lights for your home, it’s best to go with what works with your landscape and what you are wanting to highlight. No matter what you choose, highlighting your home will be a sure way to interest potential buyers if you’re trying to sell your home. Landscape lighting can also help with security of your home!

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Before buying, Real Estate Pros Insist on Doing These 4 Things

What you really need to know about buying — from the people who house hunt for a living.

One house you’re looking at has the wraparound porch you’ve fantasized about, but it’s on a high-traffic street. The condo you like has great amenities, but it has no dedicated parking. What to choose?

It’s not every day that you buy a home and make decisions about the next three, five, or 10 years of your life. Since you can’t exactly take a home on a test drive, how do you decide? That got us to thinking about real estate pros. When they’ve seen practically everything on the market, how do they choose?

Compromise for Your Priorities

Maybe you know exactly what you want in a home: ranch style, three bedrooms, high ceilings. But…you ended up with a colonial style home.

Huh? What about that wish list?

The home’s price and location could end up trumping the style you wish for.

Pros advice: Make sure your practical and functional priorities don’t get lost in all the home buying OOOO-la-la’s (sparkling granite counters, new hardwood floors, a steam shower!). Remember, you can always add the OOO-la-la’s, but you can’t make a home fit all priorities, such as location and price.

597 Dwyer Lane Lewisburg WV MLS # 18-719

Dig Into the Details (Dull, Yes, But Worth It!)

How many of you have thought of maintenance when looking for a home? Maybe that’s a priority, to minimize maintenance costs. You could keep in mind to look for a home with a newer roof, good siding, and a newer furnace. But its important you go even deeper to uncover a home’s not-so-obvious maintenance costs:

  • Scope out the sewer line — especially if you’re interested in an older home — to make sure there aren’t any tree branches or other debris clogging up the works. Otherwise, you might find some nasty sludge in the basement.
  • Look at the trees. How mature are they? Roots from older trees can invade the sewer line; untrimmed branches can pummel your gutters during storms.
  • Know what’s not covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Ask how old the appliances are. You might need to budget for something new in a few years. Sellers are only required to fix what the inspector finds is broken; they’re not going to upgrade working appliances for you.

    2198 Stonehenge Parkway Lewisburg WV MLS # 18-462

Seek a House That Matches Your Lifestyle

Are you ready for a house rather than an apartment? Maybe you’re tired of living in a relatively small space with no yard and you’re looking for a house you could “grow into in the next three to five years.” Multiple bedrooms and bathrooms for the family you plan on having. Related image

On the other hand, maybe you’re looking for a condo without a big lawn that you’re going to have to mow and just enough space for you, and virtually no maintenance.

Some pros say that millennial clients aren’t forward-thinking about their lifestyles. Some are childless and say they don’t care about schools, pools, and tennis courts. Then they become parents a few years later and have to move.

The pros’ bottom-line advice: Think of your lifestyle preferences and how those might change in the next few years. After all, the typical homeowner lives in a house for a median of 10 years before selling, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® data shows.

Look at the House Through the Lens of Resale

All real estate pros will most likely emphasized resale.

Pro advice: “Don’t buy or build something unique that you can’t resell. If you’re not in an area with log homes, don’t choose a log home. If you’re not in an area with dome homes, don’t choose a dome home.”

Likewise, Don’t Overspend for the Neighborhood–If you buy a home priced higher than average for the area, it’ll be difficult to resell at a higher price. Don’t buy a home that’s not in line with the neighborhood’s average price . When you go to resell, you’ll find yourself in an uphill battle to maintain your higher price.

Other advice from the pros: Watch out for unfixable flaws that could affect resale, like:

  • What’s next to the home, such as vacant land that could be developed, high-traffic businesses, noisy power generation stations, a cell tower, etc.
  • Lot issues, such as a steep driveway that could double as a ski slope in winter, or a sloped yard that sends water special delivery to your foundation.

Of course, a home isn’t just about resale. It’s just one factor to consider. Remember the first point: Be willing to compromise for your priorities. If the home meets your priorities and you’re going to stay there awhile, then resale might be where you compromise.

Article adapted from HouseLogic.com/Christina Hoffmann


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1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255

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4 Reasons For Home Sellers To Lower Their Asking Price

4 Reasons For Home Sellers To Lower Their Asking Price

Deciding on an asking price for your home is a difficult process. It’s always tempting to take the price you bought the home for, add a few thousand and call it a day. Unfortunately for many home sellers, the selling price of a home is determined by the climate of the local real estate market and the comparatives analyzed in the comparative market analysis. (We offer FREE Comparative Market Analysis) If you’ve staged your home and paid attention to curb appeal and are still not receiving any attention, it’s likely the asking price is to blame. Here are 4 reasons you may have to consider lowering your asking price.

1. Your Home Has Been On The Market Longer Than Average

It doesn’t matter if you are in a buyer’s or seller’s market, the comparables will show you how long similar homes are staying on the market before they are sold. Once your home has passed the threshold without any offers, it’s highly likely that the price is too high and is discouraging buyers from submitting an offer. If you’re unsure what a normal time on the market is for your area, we at Greenbrier Real Estate Service can help. We understand our local market reports and check out the average Days on Market. This is how long it has been taking, on average, for a home to sell recently in your local market. If you’re home is still on the market beyond that average, it’s time to consider lowering the price. This will attract the attention of buyers and their agents.

2. You’re Only Receiving Low Ball Offers.

You’ve received an offer! But, it is much lower than your asking price–and this keeps happening. If buyers are only submitting low ball offers on your home, the asking price for your home is too high for the value buyers are seeing in the home. Talk to your Greenbrier Real Estate Service REALTOR about how to handle these offers. It might be time to lower your asking price.

3. Many People Are Coming To Look At The Home But There Have Been No Offers.

Your home has everything going for it: location, layout, size, build. Buyers keep coming by to walk through the home and gush about how wonderful it is, but no one has made an offer. It’s time to take a serious look at your asking price. Is it really in line with the comparables in your neighborhood? If you haven’t already done so, have an appraiser check out the home to make sure its worth as much as you priced it.

4. You Can’t Make The Needed Upgrades To Attract Buyers.

Your home may not be receiving the right offers because it is not in the same state of repair as other homes in the same price bracket. If you are short on funds and can’t make the necessary updates, that amount must come out of the asking price. Buyers are going to be thinking about the cost of fixing and maintaining the house when they look at the asking price so you have to make it worth their time and money.

Tip: It’s not enough to just lower your price a little. Getting into a lower price bracket is the best way to attract a new audience for your home. Price brackets occur in 50K increments. this seems like a lot and maybe you don’t want to go down that much. Your agent will be able to help you make the right decision for your home. But, if you can switch brackets you’ll be part of a new set of competitors. This time, your home will be a catch for buyers and it could even inspire a bidding war.

 

Lewisburg Named One of “America’s Cutest Main Streets”

In an article by Fodor’s Travel– Barbara Noe Kennedy highlights Lewisburg, WV  as one of America’s Cutest Main Streets! If you haven’t visited our “small town”, it’s time to! Lewisburg AND all of our neighbors in the Greenbrier Valley offer so much.

See what Kennedy mentions in her Fodor’s Travel article…

The gracious, antique-filled General Lewis Inn sits along Washington Street on the edge of town, built around a brick residence dating from the early 1800s (when Lewisburg was just a small frontier outpost).

Photo courtesy of Fodor’s Travel – General Lewis Inn

But keep walking west on Washington and you’ll discover a town firmly planted in the 21st century, with cool art galleries and innovative eateries — many housed in Georgian and late-Victorian-style buildings.

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Popular stops Stardust Café for farm-to-table fare and Harmony Ridge Gallery for American crafts

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Photo courtesy of Harmony Ridge Galley (Fodor’s article)

Nestled in between all the greatness on Washington Street You’ll find us! Greenbrier Real Estate Service!

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1047 Washington St. E. Lewisburg, WV 24901

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How to Find the Right Person to Sell Your House

Your guide to hiring the listing agent who can set you up for success.

Your home is where you’ve lived and loved, where you’ve laughed and cried, where you’ve huddled and snuggled. You’re the pea, your home is the pod. And you’ve been through a lot together.

Now that it’s time to put it on the market, you’re likely experiencing some sadness, plus plenty of anxiety. Because really: How often does your future depend on selling your past? If you’re a little overwhelmed, we don’t blame you.

But there’s also good news: You don’t have to go it alone.

A listing agent has your back when it comes to the financials, like setting a listing price and marketing, staging, and making repairs to your house. He or she can also help you navigate more personal issues, such as your timeline, and what you’re hoping to achieve with the sale.

For all of those reasons, it’s important to find an expert who is right for you and your specific situation, and who can help you get what you want. Here’s how.

Know What a Listing Agent Can Do for You

Before you start interviewing prospective agents, have a clear sense of what you want to get out of the selling process. When so much money is on the table, it’s crucial to know what your goals are, so that you can find an agent who really speaks to them.

Contact us, we would love to fit you with the best REALTOR for the job. 304.645.2255 

Then, it helps to understand what a listing agent does (other than sell your most valuable asset — no big deal).

The listing agent will:

  • Work with you to price your home
  • Market your home (we’re talking pretty pictures, social media promo, cute staging — the works)
  • Negotiate with home buyers
  • Usher the home sale through inspection and closing

Now, let’s break all of that down …

Pricing your home. This is the BIG question, right? How do I set the price? The short answer is you’ll need to trust your agent to recommend a smart listing price.

So how can you tell whether an agent — a relative stranger to you — is choosing the best price for your home? You need to do two things:

  1. Know, generally speaking, what your property is worth. Do your own research on the prices of local comps, (but understand the limits of online property sites). Run your info by your agent for an informed perspective.
  2. Ask the agent for pricing information on homes he or she has recently sold.Specifically, what the differences were between their listing prices and how much the homes ultimately sold for.

When it comes to the agent’s pricing history, you’re looking for accuracy. Anyone could suggest a high price for your home, knowing it’s what you’d like to hear. But nobody (especially you) wants to have a house languish on the market, or to reduce a price repeatedly.

Marketing your home. The listing agent will also get the word out that your house is on the market, using a combination of old-school (but powerful) marketing techniques — such as direct mail, signage, and open houses — and the modern methods we know and love, like social media. Savvy agents will post pics of your house on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and any other platform that can get likes plus the attention of other real estate agents who can bring buyers to the table.

Negotiating with buyers. When offers start pouring in, your agent will negotiate with prospective buyers on not only the sale price but also on what contingencies (aka special circumstances) are attached to the contract. As with any negotiation, there could be some stressful, fraught moments with the buyers. You’ll want an agent who can step up for you, and who has a negotiation style that you’re comfortable with.

Closing the sale. Once you’ve signed a purchase agreement with a buyer (woo-hoo!), your agent will help you navigate the sale’s remaining steps. This includes negotiating home repair requests post inspection and dealing with any last-minute surprises before closing.

The average listing agent does all of the above. A great listing agent does all of the above, while also inspiring your confidence — that they’re getting the best price for you, and that they’re representing you and your home in the best possible light.

So, let’s talk about how to find and hire that kind of agent.

First of all, contact us. 304.645.2255 We know that the process of selling your home can be daunting. We are always willing to sit down and talk about what your goals are. We want to be the ones that you choose to list and sell your home. 

Click here to see a list of our expert REALTORS® that will be ready and willing to help you!

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Lewisburg, WV 24957

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Article adapted from HouseLogic.com


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Ultimate Backyard BBQ!

Host a great backyard BBQ this July 4th with these tips!

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Get ready to gather your friends and family with some of these great recipes and decor tips! Greenbrier County is popping with adventure and events this time of year! Whether your floating on the Greenbrier River, hiking the Greenbrier River Trail, or experiencing the PGA Golf-Military Tribute at the The Greenbrier –we’re sure that you are outside and enjoying this time of year!

Check out these links and pictures to get your backyard BBQ ready!

22 All-American Eats for the 4th of July!

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And we can’t forget dessert!

15 Best July 4th Cakes!

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Now for the decor!

Go all out with your Americana and Patriotic decor with inspiration from these great July 4th outdoor decor pictures!

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Complete your private porch decor with bright red and white flowers.
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A variety of fabrics with different prints can really make your porch POP on this July 4th!
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Nothing more traditional than flying Old Glory! What a beautiful, simplistic sight!
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Bring out all that red, white, and blue to make your table very festive at your July 4th party!

 

All of us at Greenbrier Real Estate Service hope that you have a wonderful and safe July 4th!

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


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Alderson’s July 4th Celebration!

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