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!

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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

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304.645.2255
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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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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

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!
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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

 

 

 

Welcome Home, Honey! How to Feng Shui Your Decor for Love

Feng shui, as you may have heard, teaches you how to arrange your home furnishings for maximum harmony. But there’s another perk to this ancient Chinese philosophy: It can be harnessed to improve your relationships, too.

“Feng shui in your home affects how you connect in existing relationships, or—if you’re single—your openness to meeting new potential partners,” explains Anjie Cho, an architect, feng shui expert, and author of “Holistic Spaces: 108 Ways to Create a Mindful and Peaceful Home.”

So if you’re hoping for some more lovin’ feelings in your future, here’s how feng shui can help make that happen.

Open the Bedroom

Arranging your bedroom is key, of course—and you can start as Cho has by moving your bed away from the walls. True, you may want your bed’s headboard against one wall, but at least make sure both sides of the bed are clear so they are as open and accessible as possible.

“This simple shift opened up the space both emotionally and physically so I could invite a new partner into my life,” Cho explains.

And don’t forget art in this room. “Hang pictures that represent what you want—so no frozen tundra or desert images here,” adds Kim Julen, a feng shui coach.

Ping Deters, a certified feng shui consultant, suggests a picture with two objects, such as Mandarin ducks. “This symbol is popular because these ducks are known to mate for life,” she explains.

Match the bedside tables

Equality matters when it comes to feng shui—and this includes bedside tables. Be sure your boudoir has two nightstands with matching lamps on top.

“If there isn’t room for two, then no nightstands should be used, because having only one creates an imbalance in the relationship,” reports Julen.

Pick up your stuff

Clutter is feng shui’s enemy, say the experts. If you have too much stuff, you can’t welcome your partner properly, confirms Cho.

Take out anything that makes you think of people from your past, offers Trisha Keel, a feng shui educator.

Decorate your foyer mindfully

A neat mudroom or foyer sets a welcoming atmosphere for all the inhabitants of a home—and making this space more personal can set the right tone for once you both get home.

“Adding art or physical objects that both partners love at the entry point is helpful for harmony,” says Julen. You might consider a photo you both admire or a souvenir from a recent trip taken together.

Empty a couple of drawers

If you’re looking for a new mate, good feng shui dictates that you clear out part of your closets and drawers to make mental room for them, says Keel.

“And if you’re newly married or have recently moved in together, it’s recommended that you perform a major clearing to delete any vibrations from previous relationships,” she adds. (Translation: Consider repainting the room a new color, or replacing old rugs or linens so you can make a fresh start.)

Get cookin’ in the kitchen

Guess which body part represents romance in feng shui? No, not the heart, but the stomach. As such, “it’s vital that the kitchen be used and that couples spend time here cooking, because a cold kitchen is like a cold heart,” notes Katie Weber, a feng shui practitioner and creator of Red Lotus newsletter.

You should also nurture your union with a stocked freezer and a bowl of fresh fruit.

“All people eat and if they don’t eat at home, they’ll eat out—the same goes for getting love,” warns Keel.

Set your partner a place

It seems like a small gesture, but setting the table correctly can set the stage for love, say feng shui experts.

“A place mat for you and your partner—whether you have one or would like one—shows that you honor his or her presence,” explains Julen.

Lay in bathroom supplies

Outfit your loo so your partner doesn’t have to search for the TP. Baskets for laundry, plenty of paper goods, and a trash can are musts.

If you have two sinks, make sure the mirror is one piece of glass above them, as separate mirrors bring a disconnect to the relationship, points out Julen. And while you may feel very close to your lover, respect each other’s privacy for the most harmony.

Add the fire element

Encourage love by highlighting the fire element with shades of red in your furnishings. Is a fire engine–red couch too much? Start small, like with throw pillows. Or else add the actual element of fire by lighting a candle.

Tackle the garage

Yes, even your garage could improve your relationship if you try a little feng shui! For one, not everyone can conjure up a two-car garage out of a single bay, but if you have space for two vehicles, make enough room for your partner to park, notes Keel.

“If this is your garage and it’s packed with your junk, your new love may feel ignored or disrespected,” she says.

 | Feb 12, 2019


Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy all things lovely!

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5 Trends in Exterior Home Colors

Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can seem like a crazily daunting task. So many options! So crucial in making the right first impression on guests or potential buyers!  Should you go with basic beige, white, or (way) outside the paintbox?

Thanks in part to influential designers like Joanna Gaines, more homeowners today are stepping away from the traditional and choosing less common modern palettes, like cheery teal or moody charcoal gray.

“We’re seeing homeowners go a bit bolder when it comes to curb appeal,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of color and creative services at BEHR. “While variations of white traditionally make a popular exterior paint color choice for many different types of housing styles—and are an easy way to play it safe—dark grays and browns are increasing in popularity this year … [or] painting the body a bold color like green or blue, or adding a pop of red on the front door.”

Sue Kim, senior color designer at Sherwin-Williams, agrees.

“Accent colors and colorful pastels are suggesting that homeowners are taking a step outside of their comfort zone,” she says.

Here’s a look at some of the top trends in exteriors right now.

1. Sea blues

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Eager to venture beyond a neutral palette but antsy about committing to too much flash? Watery hues are a charming way to settle the conflict.

From faint skylike shades to rich jewel tones, blues can make a big splash without requiring the learning curve of more outspoken colors.

2. All black

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It might feel like a scary choice, but a dark exterior can really make your home (and the trim) stand out.

“An interesting trend we’ve been seeing is all-black exteriors,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “It makes a statement and is a marked departure from the light neutrals of Scandinavian design.”

It’s no surprise the look has proven a go-to for certain top-tier celebs. Whether it’s Calvin Klein’s all-black-and-glass mansion in the Hamptons or, just down the road, Madonna‘s moody black farmhouse-style compound, a black exterior demands a certain degree of chutzpah. But if you can pull the trigger, it’s a contemporary look that conveys a fearless sophistication.

3. Taupe

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If you’re looking for an alternative to gray, Woelfel recommends taupe—a cross between dark brown and gray.

“Grays remain a key neutral for exteriors, but warmer tones in taupe and brown are on the rise,” she says. “Taupe is a great foundation that looks stunning on a variety of architectural types and pairs well with white trim and a bright-red front door.”

But a word of caution: When going with taupe (or any shade of brown or gray, really) be sure to consider your home’s position in relation to the sun.

“It will drastically impact how the color appears,” Woelfel says.

4. Spanish moss

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Even if you live in the ‘burbs, a nature-inspired color can make your home look and feel more like a retreat. That’s why Vincente Wolf, a spokesman for PPG paints, recommends going with a woodsy green, like Spanish moss.

“It has all the brownish tones of tree bark, which allows the house to slip into nature and makes the greenery pop, too,” Wolf says.

5. Neutral with a bold front door

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Not ready to take the plunge on a new coat for your home? Consider a fun front-door color to change the entire look of your exterior. Try a bright red, blue, or even pastel to show off your home’s personality.

“A bold color makes an impression on anyone who walks through the front door,” Woelfel says.

Article adapted from Jane Chertoff of realtor.com


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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

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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!

 

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
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Advice for People Putting a Home on the Market in the Winter

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The internet is rife with real estate advice, some of it true and a lot of it false. One idea that tends to pop up is that summer is the best time of year to list a home for sale. This is largely based on data collected by online real estate database company Zillow from 24 large real estate markets in the United States, and while that is a decent representation, it’s not at all definitive. The truth is, there is no “best time” to sell a property — there are pros and cons to every season. While putting your home on the market in the winter may present some challenges, with the right preparations you can sell your house faster and for more money.

Price it Right
You don’t have to price your home lower just because it’s the off-season, but also don’t go crazy with that asking price. It’s easier than ever for people to research real estate market trends, so potential home buyers know if you’re overpricing. If you want to sell your house quickly in the winter, educate yourself on trends and home prices in your area to find reasonable asking price that won’t necessitate too much haggling to settle.

Be Hospitable
One of the cons of selling a home in winter is that traffic tends to be a bit slower. Fewer people are out looking at properties because they’re either distracted by the holidays or prefer to stick to the indoors because the weather is bad. However, the people who are browsing homes this time of year are more likely to feel a sense of urgency to make a decision on where they will live, as it is the time for first-quarter job transfers and there is less inventory on the market. Because of this, it is important to be very hospitable to anyone who comes through that door. A good first impression and a warm welcome can make a positive association in their mind, which improves your chances of getting a serious offer.

Here are some helpful tips when showing your house:
● Light a fire. Not only does it create a cozy atmosphere, but it also smells divine.
● Play soft music.
● Turn on all the lights in the house and open up drape and curtains.
● Run a humidifier to make your home’s air less dry (just make sure to change filters
regularly).
● Don’t pressure or hurry the potential buyer.
● Provide light refreshments.
● Leave note cards that detail vital information about home features.
● In the end, supply them with pens and a stack of questionnaire cards for feedback.

Stage with the Season in Mind
Staging your home to sell in the winter isn’t too different from other parts of the year. You want it to be clean and decluttered while highlighting the property’s best features. However, there are a few differences. For one, the home’s curb appeal may not be as eye-catching as the plants and grasses in your yard may be dormant. Laying down mulch in the front yard can help with this problem. Not only does it help your yard look more polished, but it also insulates the soil that protects plant roots from the winter chill. Furthermore, a layer of mulch is an effective barrier that keeps mud off your shoes and by proxy your floors.

Putting your home on the market in winter may mean less traffic, but people who are shopping during this time of year are more serious about making a purchase in a timely manner. Accurately pricing your home so there isn’t a need to haggle makes it more likely that you’ll snag a serious buyer. Be hospitable with everyone who walks through your door — the right first impression can lead to a sale. And while home staging in the winter isn’t really that different than summer, your curb appeal may suffer due to the season. Making adjustments like laying mulch in the front yard can make up for a lack of vegetation in the chillier months.


Article by Suzie Wilson ⎸info@happierhome.net  ⎸Happier Home

While you may not think that listing a home in the winter is a great idea, with proper guidance from your trust real estate agent- it can be successful. Contact us if you are thinking about selling your home 304.645.2255
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Gregory Allman, Broker

Top Kitchen Trends We’ll Keep Seeing in 2019

Image may contain: people sitting, kitchen, table and indoorWe recently posted a picture (see left) on our Facebook page of a kitchen that featured black cabinetry and asked our followers if they loved it or not.  A few said no, but safe to say that the majority loved it! This sparked our curiosity to find out more about kitchen trends and what might stick around for the coming new year! Take a look…

 

 

 

 


Because a kitchen is such a big-ticket item, it’s one area of our homes where we’re generally more risk-averse. “There are always going to be trends we hold onto [in the kitchen],” says Sarah Fishburne, director of trend and design at The Home Depot. “We think of our childhood, of how are parents lived. There are certain pieces of we just aren’t willing to get rid of.”

But that doesn’t mean a kitchen is a boring, trendless spot. You can incorporate some of the year’s biggest trends into elements—like a throw rug or even a paint color—that are easier to swap out. And if you’re planning a major overhaul, you can count on these more sweeping changes to be relevant into 2019 and beyond.

1. Bare minimalism

Clean and uncluttered kitchens are still hot, but busy homeowners have realized that function does need to come first in a kitchen, says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry. In 2019, you’ll see the trend continue with a better balance between enclosed storage for everyday essentials. “Open shelves will continue to be an attractive and functional feature—in moderation—especially the floating shelf style.”

2. Quartz countertops

“Quartz has become the most popular of countertops, because it has the natural stone look, but has the indestructibility of a man-made material,” says Fishburne. Today most countertops have straight edges to create a safer, more timeless look, she adds.

3. Contrasting colors

“We’re seeing people play with contrasting color combinations, and the social nature of kitchens make them perfect spaces for having fun with color,” says Ashley Banbury, senior designer of HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. “It’s all about creating a contrast that will hold someone’s attention.”

4. Unique Wood Finishes

“Stained or natural wood will always have a spot in many kitchens, but unique textures, grains, and finishes will make the statement, whether using specialty wood veneers or a multi-step treatment of solid wood,” says Jennifer Howard, owner of JWH Design & Cabinetry.

5. Integrated finger pulls and appliances

Integrated finger pulls, the chamfered edges of a cabinet door or drawer that you grab with your fingers to open it, are here to stay, says Anderson Kenny, owner of Anderson Kenny Architecture. “Really chic kitchens [also] have refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, hoods, and other appliances behind panels that allow them to blend with the millwork.”

6. Two-toned cabinetry

“Families are using these colors not only on the walls, but also on kitchen islands and shelving,” says Sue Kim, senior color designer for Valspar Paint. The colors may change, but the general concept will remain relevant.

7. Mixed metals

“You don’t have to stay with one color across fixtures, hardware, and lighting,” says Fishburne. You might see stainless steel, satin brass, and chrome all in one kitchen—and that’s perfectly acceptable. “Mixing colors lends sophistication.”

Article from apartmenttherapy.com


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