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

HOME TOUR

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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!

 

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.


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Greg Allman, Broker
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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

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Lewisburg Continues to Grow!

Lewisburg is defying the odds
Stratton Alley Project, Five commercial spaces being added to downtown Lewisburg Photo by Jenny Harnish/Register Herald

In a recent article from The Register-Herald, Lewisburg’s Mayor John Manchester comments that ever popular town’s population continues to grow.

“Lewisburg has been fortunate in that the efforts it has made to create an attractive environment have paid off,” Manchester said. “Visitors have seen a well-designed town, concentrating on walkability, cleanliness and downtown beautification. Many of those visitors have been impressed enough to sink down roots and become business and property owners, bringing new life into our community.

To read the full article follow the link!
Lewisburg is defying the odds…


Don’t forget, this Friday March 1st is Friday’s After Five in downtown Lewisburg!
Come enjoy downtown, some great food and shopping!

Check out Lewisburg’s newest restaurant…The Humble Tomato!

As always, if you’re considering selling or buying a new home– Contact us! We’re ready to help!
304.645.2255
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Greg Allman, Broker

 

 

 

First Fridays are BACK! February 1st!

First Fridays after 5 in Downtown Lewisburg Is Back! Friday, February 1st, 2019

Take a look a a list of what our area shops and restaurants will be offering!

Downtown Lewisburg celebrates First Fridays after Five on Friday, February 1st!  Join the fun  … live music, art events and tasty treats …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

Visit the WV Fine Artisans Gallery to see the newest Pamela Gatens paintings and Rose Dobbin’s newest masterpiece:  The Monroe County landscape, featuring Sunset View Farm’s Tony the Llama!  There will be some tasty valentine treats too to get you in the mood for romance!  1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320.

Love is in the Air!  Stop in to check out the alluring fragrances for Valentine’s Day at Harmony Ridge Gallery … Tainted Love, Dead Sexy and French Kiss!  Enter a drawing to win one along with a “Dead Sexy” Tote.  886 Washington Street West, 645-4333.

At The Lewis Theatre the WVSOM Diversity Committee invites the public to a free showing of RARE,  a one hour documentary that follows an extraordinary mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter’s rare genetic disease.  Movie starts at 7pm.  865 Court Street North, 645-1223.

It’s Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate at Bella the Corner Gourmet!  3 new brands for you and your Valentine sweetheart to swoon over!  Or perhaps to treat yourself…all paired with a fabulous couple of wines!  1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921.

Stop by Patina for creative complimentary beverages and whimsical door prizes!  1046 Washington Street East, 520-4962.

The Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center partners with The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine to present an evening in celebration of the talents of WVSOM students and faculty.  During the fall of 2018, the school provided open art studios for the students to take a break from their mental marathon and enjoy the process of art creation.  The Visitors Center’s February “Art in the Valley” display will feature “Study Break II”-works of art by WVSOM students using mixed medium art to answer the question “Diversity is…?”.  Live entertainment during the event will include a student duo performing pop standards and contemporary Spanish language favorites, and a faculty brass ensemble.  A compilation of video highlights developed by Rich McMahan will also be presented.  In addition to WVSOM student work, members of Greenbrier Girls’ Academy Drum Ensemblewill perform traditional and reimagined rhythms inspired by indigenous African drumming.  Don’t miss this fun evening of unique music and art!  905 Washington Street W  645-1000.

Edith’s Store will be sampling out mocktails, using Floral Elixir flower syrups, handcrafted all natural flower syrups for cocktails and sodas.  Made from real flowers and botanicals, this would make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!  1035 Washington Street East, 645-7998.

The Asylum presents the Krista Hughes Band, starting at 9pm!  399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515.

First Fridays after 5 takes place all year long, except January, in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 8pm serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank.  Downtown Lewisburg, America’s Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169.  The town center is located at Washington Street (I-60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219).  For more information go to www.downtownlewisburg.com or become a fan on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/lewisburgwv or call 304-645-4333.


Make Lewisburg your home!

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Greg Allman, Broker

4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Winter

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insight report revealed that home prices have appreciated by 5.6% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.7% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase 

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4.8%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase in 2019.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You are Paying a Mortgage

There are some renters who have not yet purchased homes because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person building that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Source: Keeping Current Matters

Contact us to start your home search today!

304.645.2255 Our team of professional REALTORS can help you find your next home!

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Gregory Allman, Broker


Upcoming Events:
January 24th- Free Movie “The Last Waltz” at The Lewis Theatre 7:30 p.m.

January 26th- Support Our Local Farmers Market Saturdays 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  located at the Gus R. Douglass Annex, State Fairgrounds

January 26th- WV Winter Music Festival Events begin at 2 p.m. Complete schedule at www.wvmusicfestival.org or on their Facebook page!

 

WV Winter Music Festival-January 26th

Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed, the Annual WV Winter Music Festival adds yet another amazing event to attend in the Greenbrier Valley.

The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.

Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.

This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.

Head over to HashtagWV.com to view the full 2019 WV Music Festival Schedule!

To find out more information about the festival:  www.wvmusicfestival.org

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Article from HashtagWV <Our amazingly informative city paper!


For any and all real estate needs, contact our team! We are ready to serve you with the best knowledge and expertise in the area!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
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Greg Allman, Broker

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The Holidays have come and passed, and chances are you’re thinking of those New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to finish them early in the new year, it’s best to get a head start. Check out seven resolutions to get started on now!

Declutter

downloadA popular resolution, centered around getting your home in order. But, when it becomes a challenge it may fall to the wayside. To keep  yourself on track, get started now. Schedule time for this task just like you would any other. Plan to declutter, even if you can only block out twenty minutes for the task, do it! This will help make it feel less daunting, you don’t have to complete it all in one day!

Planning a room renovation

You may not have had the time –or money– to renovate a room this year. But next year, may be just the right time for a freshen up. If you’re thinking about it, start planning, budgeting, and scheduling contractors now. Often times electricians, plumbers, or other licensed contractors can become heavily booked, it’s a good idea to reach out a few months in advance.

Putting holiday decorations away early

Do you choose to leave your decorations up a little longer after Christmas? That’s totally fine, this can allow your family to enjoy the holidays a while longer. Professionals suggest that when you do decide to start taking down the decorations, look at what you have and what you plan to buy. Make sure you have the right size containers for your decorations and a good place to put them, this can make the task a little easier.

Tackling Little Projects

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You know that little list you’re always adding to? Have you ever considering putting it all on your resolution list? You may find that the little tasks you consistently ignore or keep adding to really aren’t that difficult and that you may be able to tackle them all at once and mark them off for good! So, get to hanging those photos, clearing the gutters, patching the holes in the walls, or installing that ceiling fan. Mark them off!

Organizing a specific space

Narrowing your organizational resolution to a particular problem in your house may be a more achievable goal. Master closet, home office or garage sound familiar? You want to create a better system in the space but follow these few steps before running out to get those fancy bins and storage containers.

  • Focus on the function of the bins and containers rather than how they look
  • Look at what you’re keeping in the room, what will stay and what will go?
  • Measure and establish a plan for the best way to maximum your space for functionality and organization

Preparing your house to sell

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You’ve decided that 2019 will be the year that you decide to sell, but don’t wait until the New Year comes. Contact a real estate agent to go over just what needs to happen to your home before you list it- whether it’s refinishing the floors or finishing the paint job you started last month. Often the number of listings continue to rise after the first of the year, so the sooner you list–the less competition you’ll have. Any of the professional REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service can you help you with the listing and consultation process.

 

Putting your house on the market

2018 is coming to a close but if your house is ready, you may be able to go into 2019 with offers coming in! With an enthusiastic REALTOR from our team, your home could sell faster than you might expect. Make sure that you’re ready to sell because buyers during this traditionally slower time of year are ready to make a deal!


Contact us if you’re ready to start your house hunt or if you’re considering listing your home. There’s no better time like the present! 304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

 

5 Holiday Hosting Disasters and How to Avoid Them

Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home — and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner.

That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily can be avoided. We collected five of the most prevalent issues and give you preventative tips to keep your holiday party on track.

Problem: The Oven Doesn’t Heat

For any holiday occasion, the oven is the most important appliance in your house. If it fails to work, the centerpiece of your meal could go from roasted beef, ham, duck, or Tofurky to Peking Duck from the local Chinese takeout joint.

How to avoid:

  • There are any number of reasons a stove can break, but one common cause of disaster is easy to prevent. Don’t self-clean your oven until AFTER the holidays. You risk blowing a fuse or a thermostat, and tracking down an oven technician around the holidays can be tough.

Problem: The Kitchen Sink Clogs

The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest of the year for plumbers. The prime cause of this clog-a-thon is the mistreatment of drains when cooking holiday feasts. We hope your Thanksgiving went well, and that you avoid clog-a-thons for the rest of the holidays.

How to avoid:

  • Fats and cooking oils can solidify in your pipes, so never dispose of them in your kitchen sink.
  • If you have a garbage disposal, make sure it’s running before anything goes in it, and never feed it any stringy, fibrous, or starchy foods like poultry skins or potato peels.
  • To fix, don’t rely on chemical drain-clearing products that can harm your pipes. Use a snake instead, available for $15 at your local hardware store. Best to keep one on hand.

Problem: The Heat Goes Out

As the party’s host, you’re supposed to hang guests’ coats — not apologize to them for having to keep them on. A lack of heat can stop a holiday party dead in its tracks.

How to avoid:

  • The key to avoiding freezing your party to a standstill is regular maintenance of your HVAC. Every 90 days, a new one-inch pleated furnace filter should be installed. If you haven’t done it in a while, now’s a good time to replace it.
  • Also inspect insulation on refrigerant lines that are leading into your house. Replace them if they’re missing or damaged.

Problem: The Toilet Stops Up

Toilets have a way of clogging up at the worst times, such as during parties and when you have overnight guests. This is especially true if you have a low-flow toilet from the early 1990s.

How to avoid:

  • Don’t flush anything other than sewage and toilet paper down the toilet. And there’s nothing wrong with putting up a polite note to remind your guests to do the same.

Problem: The Fridge Doesn’t Cool

Without a properly functioning refrigerator, your meat could get contaminated, your dairy-based treats could go sour, and you may not be able to save your yummy leftovers. To avoid discovering a warm fridge after it’s too late, take these simple precautions.

How to avoid:

  • Get a thermometer for your refrigerator to make sure each shelf stays below 40 degrees and you can be aware of any temperature changes.
  • Also make sure the condenser coils located on the back of the unit or beneath it are free to breathe. Coils blocked from circulating air by cereal boxes atop the fridge, or dirtied by dust or pet hair can prevent a fridge from keeping cool.

Article from HouseLogic.com we hope that you found these good tips helpful!

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