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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 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

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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.

 | Mar 20, 2019 http://www.realtor.com


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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.

A fresh new feel (AND TASTE) to one of Lewisburg’s oldest buildings

Lewisburg has a long standing reputation of a “cool” small town. Not only does it offer a rich history but also a rich arts community and a thriving dining scene. Recently, a new restaurant opened in downtown Lewisburg, they’ve settled into one of the city’s oldest buildings that dates back to 1790.

To read a full feature article from 59 News David Horak, follow the link to learn more about The Humble Tomato!

Lewisburg's newest restaurant revitalizes one of city's oldest buildings
Photo credit to 59 News

Fun events happening in the Greenbrier Valley!

 

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Gregory Alllman, Broker
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