10 Simple Comforts Every Houseguest Will Adore You For

It’s Holiday time and you just might be expecting house guests in the coming days. Fun! It’s always nice to welcome friends and family into your home. You want them to feel welcome & comfortable–you can easily achieve this and impress them! Take a look at this list of 10 Simple Comforts for you house guests…

List of Upcoming Greenbrier Valley Events at the bottom…keep scrolling!

#1 Stock Up on Extra Chargers and Cords

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A dead phone equals getaway misery. Set out a bowl with power strips and cords, outlet converters, and even an iHome speaker. Your guests will thank you, especially if they forgot theirs!

Another great tip—Post your Wi-Fi name and password in the guest room so they don’t have to bug you.

#2 Offer Sample-Size Toiletries in Your Bathroom

Put your stockpile of samples and hotel toiletries to good use. Tiny shampoos and lotions arranged in a basket or vintage apothecary jar are as welcoming as they are practical. Guests will be relieved if they forgot their own, but even if they didn’t, they’ll love the luxury of washing their hair on the house.

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#3 Raise Your Cleanliness Standards

When you miss a dust bunny at home, you may not think too much about it- but to guests, it’s disgusting at best and insulting at worst.

So clean it all. Airbnb even tells hosts to scrub the entire bathroom, not once but twice, including the toilet, sink, bath, and floors after every guest.

One Airbnb host said, “We make sure you can smell the cleaner.” 

#4 Give It Your Personal Touch

Family and friends come to town and choose to spend the night at your house rather than sterile hotel rooms because, in part, they want an authentic, personal experience.

So give it to them!

Scatter pictures and family treasures throughout your space. Frame a couple of your childhood photos and hang them up alongside some mementos from your own travels.

#5 Put a Radio in the Bathroom

Your guests may like to sing along in the shower, but the real reason for putting some tunes in the bath is to provide them with plenty of, well, privacy. Add an essential oil diffuser — or poo-pourri drops — and you’re in business.

#6 Set Up a DIY Cafe

If your guests are early birds — or will just want some occasional alone time — put a coffeemaker in their room along with a well-stocked basket of coffee and tea. Maybe even blow their minds with a mini fridge full of snacks.

To pull this off right, ask how they take their coffee in advance, and stock up appropriately.

#7 Designate Drawer and Closet Space Just for Guests

If your guest room closet could be featured on Storage Wars, it’s time to rethink your stuff strategy.

Maybe donate your to-be-regifted pile and sell those designer jeans you’ve been holding onto since….highschool — to make room in the closet and dresser for guest to have plenty of space (and the key word is plenty).

Label a few guest drawers and crack the closet so they can see there’s space to hang their clothes.

#8 Fancy Yourself a Travel Agent

Give guests a local’s-eye view by filling a basket with menus from nearby restaurants, brochures from local businesses that cater to tourists, and a current issue of your community newspaper. It’s a great way for guests to feel like a local and customize their time in your town.

#9 Hang a Robe – or Two – in the Closet

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Help your guests feel right at home by hanging a couple of cozy (and freshly laundered), one-size-fits-all robes in the guest-room closet.

Not only can they wear their pajamas to breakfast without feeling self-conscious, but they’re also super-comfy and great to wrap up in after a shower.

#10 Expect the Unexpected with Extra Personal Supplies

And let your guests know where they are so they won’t feel guilty for bothering you (or worse, go without!). Here’s a list of things that great hosts always keep in stock:

  • Disposable razors
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • First-aid kit
  • Towels, pillows, and extra blankets
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight
  • Replacement light bulbs

Being the perfect host is perfectly achievable. With a little forethought, you’ll start racking up your own stellar reviews from your friends and family. Get ready to be the house everyone vies to visit.

Adapted from Lisa Rodak at HouseLogic.com


UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE GREENBRIER VALLEY:

December 7th- First Fridays goes Holiday style! Come enjoy downtown Lewisburg with free horse drawn carriage rides, a Santa visit, artist receptions and tasty treats throughout town …. all free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!

December 8th- Girl’s Day Out in Lewisburg- Come enjoy a day out on the town with your favorite girls- Mom’s and Daughters, Friends and Family! Click here for more info!

December 6th-22nd- Greenbrier Valley Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol” Click here to get your tickets and for more information!

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Lewisburg Holds Annual Holiday Festival

The City of Lewisburg is gearing up for their annual Holiday Festival. Crews have been hard at work transforming the city streets with holiday lights and fixtures. If you’re looking for a fun weekend, come to Lewisburg and explore the area shops this weekend and enjoy all that the festival offers!

November 17-18th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More information from our Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau below…

The shops of Lewisburg will again transform the city into a holiday wonderland on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. And there’s so much to enjoy! From holiday caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling to trinkets and treats sprinkled throughout every shop, to cookies and/or cocktails….event goers are sure to find a remembrance or create their own holiday traditions.  And, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and to take note of Christmas wishes!

Many events are planned for the weekend:

  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides ($10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under)
  • Jingle Bell Jog 5K
  • Ice Carving Demo
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Visits with Santa
  • Live Music
  • Native American Gift Blanket Ceremony
  • Caroling
  • Children’s Story Time
  • Children’s Face Painting
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Enjoy horse drawn carriage rides through Lewisburg!

 

Stay up to date by visiting the Holiday Festival’s Facebook Page


Greenbrier Real Estate Service
304.645.2255
Thinking of moving to the Greenbrier Valley, we can help! Give us a call!
www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

Gregory Allman, Broker

Featured Post from Army Girl Travels

Explore the greatness of the valley through Army Girl’s adventure through The Coolest Small Town in America: Lewisburg, WV

Being able to live and work in Greenbrier County –so rich in everything that it has to offer is something that we are very grateful for. However, often times we get so busy and caught up in the day to day adventures in real estate, we might begin to take for granted the greatness that surrounds us.

It’s great to stumble upon articles such as this from “Army Girl” we wanted to share her adventures through our town and hope that you will find interest in all that Lewisburg, and surrounding area has to offer. You can find the link to her blog at the end of this page along with UPCOMING AREA EVENTS!

The Coolest Small Town in America: Lewisburg, WV

If you’ve never been to Lewisburg, WV or never heard of it, you’re missing out.  This tremendous small town has a plethora of fantastic dining experiences, culture, adventure, relaxation, and fabulous antique shops.  It really does have it all!  Lewisburg is near the historical and beautiful Greenbrier Resort, located in the lovely town, White Sulphur Springs.  Lewisburg is a home away from home for me, and I visit it multiple times throughout the year, so I’ve discovered what amazing things this town has to offer.

FOOD:  Believe it or not, but this town is loaded with amazing local and unique food finds!

  1. The French Goat.  This is my go-to dinner spot in Lewisburg.  Everything is delicious, and the menu is always changing.  The food is spectacular and rivals any major city’s restaurant.  Their wine list is solid.  They have lovely special events and menus, and this place is always busy, so ensure you book a reservation through their website.  This is the spot for a special dinner.  If you ask any local for their dinner recommendation, they will certainly respond with the French Goat, and with enthusiasm.
  2. Stardust Cafe.  You might think that this will just be some cute cafe, but it’s beyond that.  The food is legit and locally sourced.  It’s delicious, relaxed, but always refined.  Want an easy dinner that is still top-notch?  Eat here.
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3.  Thunderbird Tacos.  I love this spot.  I try to always fit in a taco stop AND homemade margarita here every time I’m passing through.  It’s such a cool vibe.  Colors and decor are hip, and locals love this place.  Everyone is so chill that works here.  Did I mention they make homemade margaritas?

4. The Wild Bean.  This is my go-to coffee shop and a great place to sit in the coffee-house and chill.  It’s always bustling, and they have a great vegan menu.

5.  The Livery Tavern.  Up the eastern end of Washington Street, this lovely restaurant is a relaxed spot for a great dinner.

6.  General Lewis Inn.  I really enjoy driving up to this spot for dinner or Sunday brunch.  It’s authentic, rustic, and delicious.  Cocktails are solid and the food menu doesn’t disappoint.

7.  Hill and Holler Pizza  This spot is located inside a beautiful, old log home, so the charm is through the roof before you enter the restaurant.  If you are in the mood for some delicious pizza, stop here and enjoy a nice casual night.

8.   Taste of Heaven Bakery.  Grab a loaf of their sourdough bread. It is indeed a taste of heaven.  You can’t go wrong with anything here.

9.  Jim’s Drive-In.  This is such a cool, must-try experience.  It’s an old-school drive-in, where they come to your car for your order and food.  If you’re in town during a pretty day, it’s a must try!

SHOPPING – Just walk up and down Washington Street, and you’ll find some great finds, but here are some of my faves that are on the main drag and beyond.

  1. Wolfcreek Gallery.  This is my favorite store on the main street.  It’s primarily women’s clothes, but they have other neat finds like jewelry, candles, home nick knacks, etc.  It’s trendy meets hippy-dippy, and it’s lovely in every way.  A must stop if you’re in the mood to find a cute bag or top.

    

2.  Harmony Ridge Gallery.  This is my favorite craft stop.  It’s funky, hip, random, unique.  It’s the only place where you can sit at one of the coolest wine bars and have a glass, purchase beautiful soaps, and buy a metal art frog all in one swoop.  Even if I don’t buy anything, I always stop by to see what their latest additions are.  It’s full of artists and crafters, and it highlights local artists.  Don’t miss it.

   

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3.  Patina.  You can buy the latest Yeti mug or find a vintage bag or jewelry.  It’s primarily an antique shop, but there is a little something for everyone in this place.     

4.  Robert’s Antique and Wine Shop.  You can buy antique furniture AND wine in the same spot. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Tattered and Worn Antiques.  This is my fave antique stop in the area.  The surprisingly large store has all individual vendors, and their goods vary and are always changing.  You can go full-blown Joanna Gaines in here.  I always ask myself, would Joanna like this?  She would most definitely say yes to this spot!

EXPERIENCES

  1. The Greenbrier Resort.  I LOVE THIS PLACE.  I could make an entire blog post just on the Greenbrier.  It is perfection.  It’s grand, beautiful, historical, and an absolute must stop while in the area.  Regardless if you are staying here or not (although I highly recommend you do for at least a night), make sure to include this place in your itinerary while visiting the area.  The restaurants are indulgent (along with the entire hotel).  My two favorites are Prime 44 West, an incredible steakhouse ode to Jerry West, and the traditional and fancy Main Dining Room.  You can’t go wrong with either spot. Ensure you go shopping through all the stores on both levels.  I always find a little something.  If you buy some cute dress or outfit, usually the seamstress can alter your dress for free.     

Ensure you come to the main lobby for high tea at 4:15pm.  You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy some light snacks, iced tea, and maybe even a lovely waltz.  I recommend going to the lobby lounge.  The cocktails are spot on.  Sit and just enjoy the sites.  It’s like you’ve been warped back into an era of total sophistication.  There are dress codes, so make sure to check them for each restaurant and location, depending on the time of day too.

GOLF.  I mean, if you like to Golf, you must do it here.  The Old White course is the renowned course, and the course played at the Greenbrier Classic, now called a Military Tribute, a PGA Tournament.  That’s also worth coming to watch.

Bunker tour.  If you haven’t heard about the bunker, then you’re in for a treat.  You can tour the bunker that was a secret location for Congress.  That’s just plain cool.

I mentioned the golf tournament, but they also have the Texans Football Training Camp you can come and watch in August and Tennis tournaments at their lovely tennis facility.  This year, they featured Serena and Venus Williams.

Ensure you walk around the grounds.  I suggest you do some research before coming here so that you can make the most of your visit to America’s Resort.  Check out the lovely church and view the gorgeous stained glass windows.

Bottom line – this place is old school glitz and glam.  If you stay here, you can enjoy the casino, which is classy and fun.  It’s a modern Monte Carlo Casino, and I know, I’ve been there.  There are some high rollers in here, but don’t be taken aback, because people are so friendly, and they have $10 minimums.  I really can’t say enough about this spot.  It has everything and more – spa, bowling alley, wine tastings, tours, carriage rides, fly fishing… the list goes on.  JUST MAKE THIS A MUST STOP!

2.  The Salt Cave and Spa  – This is one of my favorite spa experiences.  If you book a massage, for instance, you get the salt cave hydrotherapy experience included.  You can buy this by itself, but might as well get an amazing deep tissue massage.  This place is sooo unique and kind of in the middle of nowhere, which is why it’s so important to know about it.  Start off in the salt cave.  You lounge in a chair and are inside a cave that is filled with Himalayan salt (walls, floors, etc.).  It’s relaxing, and this definitely helps you get your meditation in for the day.  A MUST DO EXPERIENCE.

3. Smooth Ambler Distillery.  This place is a hidden gem.  You can visit and go on a tour, or just go and try some of their great whiskeys in the tasting room.  Make sure to try a chocolate bourbon ball!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Greenbrier Valley Brewery.  Right across the street from the Smooth Ambler is the Greenbrier Valley Brewery.  A newer addition in the area, it’s a relaxed spot to grab a locally brewed beer.

5. White Water Rafting at New River/Gauley River.  It’s a bit over an hour and a half drive, but you can experience some of the best rafting in the U.S. and world.  Check out some of the outfitters and reserve a spot.  This is an experience you won’t forget!

6.  Tamarack – Spend a lovely afternoon in a craftsman mecca.  About an hour drive down I-64, visit Tamarack where local artisans display their beautiful creations.  The Greenbrier chefs are featured here, so the food is pretty tasty too!

7.  Greenbrier River Trail.  Every time I visit, I ensure I make my way down to the river trail to go on a run, walk, or float down the river.  Rent a bike and bike for miles and miles.  It’s beautiful, serene, and good for the soul!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Lost World Caverns.  Right in Lewisburg.  A great and fun experience to see some beautiful rock formations 120 feet below the Earth’s surface.  Simply breathtaking.   

Finally, Lewisburg also has a Carnegie Hall.  Only 1 of 4 in the United States, it offers cultural and arts 🎭 performances.

So, have I convinced you yet to visit?


She definitely explored some of our finest and most treasured places here in Greenbrier County! Thank you Army Girl for sharing your adventure!

Check out her site at Army Girl Travels


Upcoming EVENTS:

November 3rd- 6-9 p.m. at Greenbrier Valley Airport
Purchase tickets https://www.facebook.com/commerce/products/1938498029575278/?__tn__=HHH-R

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November 17-18 Lewisburg Holiday Event

The shops of Lewisburg will again transform the city into a holiday wonderland on Saturday and Sunday, November 17-18. And there’s so much to enjoy! From holiday caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides and storytelling to trinkets and treats sprinkled throughout every shop, to cookies and/or cocktails….event goers are sure to find a remembrance or create their own holiday traditions.
https://greenbrierwv.com/events/4249/lewisburg-holiday-festival-1527620986

 

5 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell.

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot.

But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right.

Here are the best seven home remodeling projects with equity-building might:

#1 New Roof

If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1 to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool.

The cost: $7,500

The return: 109% at $8,150

Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer.

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout.
  • The sun’s shining through your attic.
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

#2 Hardwood Floors

You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s.

They make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good reason.

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000

#3 New Garage Door

No surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this #winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s curb appeal at a relatively modest cost.

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality.

#4 Better Insulation

Insulation is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold.

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

#5 New Siding

In any color! And never paint again.

Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value.

But if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties.

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000 — it has one thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.

And quality matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “quality” was the one of the most important traits that home buyers focused on when house hunting.

Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com Author: ANNE ARNTSON


Taste Of Our Towns- TOOT October 13!

Experience all the flavors of Lewisburg and surrounding areas this Saturday during the 34th annual Taste of our Towns event to benefit Carnegie Hall!

Find helpful links and map below:

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TOOT Map Link

Carnegie Hall WV Facebook Page

Take a break from the food and take the kids to story time at A New Chapter – Find Event Information here!


Read on our favorite Lewisburg’s City paper Hashtag WV for more information about the event!! 

“Throughout the day, there will be 3 entertainment stages, a climbing wall, dunking booth, children’s activities, traveling performers, an Adopt-a-thon, guided tours of Carnegie Hall, etc. Bands include Long Point String Band, The Long Shots, and Thomas Taylor playing on the Lafayette Street stage; and the West Virginia Renaissance Festival will perform on the Church Street stage. The Lewisburg Elementary fifth grade Choir, Greenbrier Valley Optimistic Ukulele Band, Heartstrings Academy, and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Band will all perform on Carnegie Hall’s upper terrace, located on Church St. The Appalachian Reverend John Wyatt, will roam the street with his guitar. Wyatt’s music and storytelling celebrates the common bonds of faith and family and what it means to be Appalachian. Keith Taylor will play banjo at the Green Space.”


Have a great weekend in the Greenbrier Valley!

Want to make the GBV home?
View our listings here!
Gregory Allman, Broker

How to Sell Your Parents’ House With Your Siblings’ Help—and Avoid a Family Feud

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When your parents pass away, you might find yourself tasked with selling their house—and if you have siblings, hopefully they will offer help on this front. Problem is, in the same way you all squabbled over who had the better bedroom or more toys growing up, you may find yourself embroiled in a whole new kind of family feud as you attempt to unload this baggage-laden piece of real estate.

At best, the sale could turn into a major headache. And at worst, unresolved issues from childhood might resurface and tear your family apart.

Here’s how to navigate selling a house with your siblings without drama—or wrestling each other to the floor like you did when you were kids.

First things first: Should you sell it or keep it?

Michael Mazek, an attorney in Chicago, says the most common problem when it comes to an estate is that there’s usually one sibling who doesn’t want to sell. This sibling may prefer to have the property remain in the family or rented out.

“The challenge is that essentially puts all the siblings into a business partnership,” says Mazek. And things can quickly go south.

If siblings agree to keep the home, what usually happens is that the workload isn’t even—maybe one sibling lives in a different state than the home—and soon brothers and sisters find themselves battling over money or time spent looking after the house.

“That’s why it’s usually best to sell the property and use those funds to purchase individual investments or simply keep the profits,” says Mazek.

What to do if one sibling refuses to sell

If one sibling wants to keep the home, he or she can buy the others out for their share of the home’s fair market value. However, if a buyout isn’t an option, even just one sibling generally has the right to force a sale even if the majority are against it.

The process is called “partition by sale,” and the net proceeds are divided among the owners.

“Generally the property will be sold at a sheriff’s sale, which is a court-ordered sale most frequently used in foreclosure auctions,” says attorney Richard Winblad of WinbladLaw.com, in Edmond, OK. The minimum winning bid must usually equal at least two-thirds of a home’s value. For instance, a property worth $200,000 can sell for $133,333.

Still, a partition by sale is hardly ideal, since you could have sold the house at market rate and made a whole lot more! This is why siblings should do their best to cooperate in order to avoid a courtroom drama.

Determine if you want to sell the house as is or for top dollar

Real estate agent and attorney Bruce Ailion with Re/Max Town and Country in Atlanta advises siblings to have a discussion to decide what condition to sell the house in—as is or renovated.

Selling a property as is means skipping upgrades and settling for a lower asking price. It can make sense to sell the home as is if the siblings live far away and can’t oversee home improvements prior to the sale.

Another consideration is how much of an outdated wreck the home is.

“When only a top-to-bottom renovation makes sense, as is is the better option,” says Ailion. Major renovations take time, money, and patience, for which some or all of the siblings may have limited capacity.

If the renovations are easy and can nab a higher asking price, do them. If only a small number of repairs is needed—e.g., painting or swapping out appliances—it makes sense to make them, says Ailion. Whoever pays for the upgrades should get a refund at closing.

Can’t agree on a price? Get an appraisal

The sentiment surrounding a family home may cloud any given sibling’s idea of how much the home is actually worth. The solution? Have the home’s value appraised to avoid a family “debacle,” says Paige Arnof-Fenn, founder and CEO of marketing consulting firm Mavens & Moguls.

Appraisers typically work for lenders in the home-buying process to decide if a property is worth backing with a mortgage. But they can work for home sellers, too, coming up with a fair price for the home.

Granted, the real estate agent you’re working with can also suggest a number based on comparables. But an objective appraiser, who works for neither buyers nor sellers, will come up with the actual value of the home in a bank’s eyes, all for around $300 to $400. It could be worth the expense.

If you decide to sell, pick a point person

We all know the saying about too many cooks in the kitchen. So siblings should decide on a point person who will communicate with both the family and the real estate agent, and generally manage the transaction from the selling side. If multiple siblings give instructions, your agent and potential buyers may get conflicting information that could derail the transaction.

“When my mom died, she left me and my two siblings a condo in Florida that no one wanted,” says Arnof-Fenn, who, as the eldest, became the point person. She advises overly communicating with the family to avoid conflict or misunderstandings.

Article by By  from Realtor.com


As always, in any real estate situation– call on your trusted professionals at Greenbrier Real Estate Service.

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker

Memorial Day 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day often is a time to enjoy some company and maybe have a BBQ in your backyard, it’s the unofficial start of summer here in the Greenbrier Valley and across our country. People often enjoy a long three day weekend, pools opening, and other fun warm weather activities.

However, it is primarily a time for us to remember those that lost their lives serving in the American armed forces. We would like to thank those that served or are serving and honor those that died fighting for our country.

We are truly grateful to live in this beautiful country, our Wild & Wonderful WV, and mostly to live and work among the unmatched beauty of the Greenbrier Valley.
It’s a true privilege to work with wonderful people of our area. We appreciate your business and continued support!

We hope that you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!


Memorial Day Porch Decor Ideas:

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Check out these tasty Memorial Day recipes from All Recipes.com!

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/1502/holidays-and-events/memorial-day/


Events in our area THIS WEEKEND!

  • Dandelion Festival in White Sulphur Springs, WV — May 25th-May 27th
  • Strawberry Festival in Alderson, WV –May 26th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Day Car Show at Greenbrier Valley Mall –May 26th 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. presented by Throttle Throbs Car Club

As always, for all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Contact us anytime!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service

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304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker

 

Selecting the BEST Real Estate Agency and Agent

Looking to sell your property? Selecting the right Real Estate Agency and Agent may seem like a daunting task, but below are some questions to ask to help you find the best agency along with the answers from Greenbrier Real Estate Service.

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How long have you been in Real Estate?
As with any profession, years of experience does not always mean skill but many Real Estate skills are learned on the job.  Greg Allman, the broker for Greenbrier Real Estate Service, has over 28 years experience.  Combine that with the experience of 13 Realtors, Greenbrier Real Estate Service has the experience to know how to get your property sold.

What training, designations, or certifications do you have?
Becoming a Real Estate Agent requires 90 hours (6 credit hours) of education along with passing an examination.  After this is complete and licensure is obtained, agents must continue educating themselves with at least 7 hours of classes each year.  In addition to this education, agents can take specialized training to better serve particular buyers and sellers. Here is a list of the certifications and designations some of the agents at Greenbrier Real Estate Service have:
ABR – Acredited Buyer’s Represenative
CRS – Certified Residential Specialists
GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute
SRES – Senior Real Estate Specialist
CNHS – Certified New Home Specialist
GREEN – National Association of Realtors Green Designation
Read more about different designations at:  https://www.nar.realtor/education/designations-and-certifications

How many properties have you sold in the past year and how many days does it take to sell?
Both of these are important to know and compare with the other agencies you might be considering.  All Realtors should be able to pull these numbers from their local MLS and provide a comparison for you. During the past year(Oct 2016 to Oct 2017), Greenbrier Real Estate Service has sold 100 properties and they averaged 113 days on the market.

What percentage of listing price was the final sales price?
When you list your home you want to get as close to your list price as possible.  This percentage is a good indication of a Realtor’s pricing and negotiating skills. When looking over the past year, Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s final sales prices have on average been 93% of the listing price. The average for our local MLS (all area realtors) is 90.25%.

How will your property be marketed?
Your property will not sell if it is not advertised, so be sure to find out all of the avenues the agent will use to promote your property.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service uses the following and more to market your property:
-Listing on MLS which goes to other sites like Realtor.com and Zillow
-Registered agents on Zillow, this allows agents to modify details that might not transfer
-Listing promotion on Agent’s and Company’s social media accounts
-Ads run in monthly local Real Estate Magazine
-Company’s own magazine that is published quarterly.  It is placed in businesses and magazine boxes across Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, and Fayette counties, as well as inserted in local and neighboring county newspapers.
-Company’s own website

How will you communicate with your agent?
When you list your property, you want to be kept up to date on showings, offers and any issues that arise.  Make sure up front you know how this will happen.  Greenbrier Real Estate Service’s agents will ask you what is the best way to communicate, email, text message or phone call, and will always be available to address any concerns or questions you have.

Ready to list your home? Call Greenbrier Real Estate Service to schedule a listing appointment with one of our qualified agents today.

304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker

Information adapted from National Association of Realtors Publication, 2015

Sweet Grass Meadows

When you think of living in Lewisburg, do you only think of historic homes or established homes with lots of continued maintenance? Now add new, custom built, low maintenance homes to you thoughts.

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Sweet Grass Meadows is Lewisburg’s newest community and is less than 2 miles from downtown.  This community offers homesites with beautiful long range views of the Greenbrier Valley! The gated community has all underground city utilities and all lawn and landscaping is maintained by the Homeowners Association.

You can choose from several home plans and then customize features to make it unique to you.  Home plans all feature one level designs with low maintenance exteriors.  The photos below are just a sample of the plans available.

Phase One is ready and waiting for you to start your dream home, with plans for phase two in the future.

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Call us today to get more details and get started on your home!!!
304.645.2255
Greenbrier Real Estate Service
Greg Allman, Broker
1047 Washington St E
Lewisburg, WV 24901

 

It’s Fall, a perfect time to buy a home!

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All Summer you have thought about buying a home, maybe even looked at a few but never took the leap.  Now it is Fall and you think: I will just wait till spring or next summer.  We are here to give you some reasons now is the perfect time for you to buy!

Home Prices Continue to Appreciate
Over the last year, Home Price Index reported that home prices appreciated by 6.7% and that report predicts that prices will continue to increase over the next year at a rate of 5%.  The price of property will continue to appreciate, that is one reason it is called an investment, so it makes sense to purchase now rather than wait.

Mortgage Rates are Predicted to Increase
Currently interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have been holding about the 4% range. Experts such as The Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors are predicting that by this time next year these rates will rise.
If you will be financing your home purchase, this increase would greatly impact the amount of your mortgage payment and the amount you could borrow.

If you Rent, you already Pay a Mortgage
Maybe you are hesitant to buy because you don’t think you could handle the obligation of a mortgage. Well unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere rent free, you are probably already paying a mortgage – your landlords.
Buying a home with a mortgage might seem a lot more intensive than renting but the benefits will always be great. As an owner, your mortgage payments help you build equity in your home that you can use later for a variety of uses.  Also when you own it is yours to do with as you please; paint or full remodels are options.

If you have been thinking about buying a home, why wait? Interest rates and home prices are predicted to rise, so now is the time to make the move.  We are here and ready to help you find the home of your dreams now!!

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