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
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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!!

Busy Weekend!

From new listings to price reductions and 3 properties close to being under contract, it was a busy weekend for Greenbrier Real Estate!!

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8 New Listings in 6 Days!!

Our agents have been busy the past week!  In the last 6 days, we have had 8 new listings go live, we have at least more 2 we are working on to go live this week, and we had 4 sales!! Some say this is the time of year in the real estate market that activity starts to slow because: families like to be moved and settled before school starts or the seasons are starting to change from Summer to Fall.  Well that is not been the case here are Greenbrier Real Estate!  We are as busy as ever and our agents are out there working hard with sellers to get homes sold and with buyers to find their dream home.  If you are looking to sell your home or land or are looking to buy your dream home or place to build it, look no further that the Realtors here are Greenbrier Real Estate Service!

These are our new listings from the last 6 days:

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Click here to get the details on all our listings, including these new ones!

Safety Tips for Vacant Home While Vacationing

b882bcbf0960c7ca9942d9e815bec54dVacation season is upon us!  Kids are nearing their last days of school, the weather is getting warmer and we just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand or go to our favorite theme park.

While packing your bags and making sure you have everything ready is very important, what are you doing to make sure your home is safe while you are away?

We have done some research and have made a small list of things to do (or not do) while on vacation to make sure your home will be protected.

  • Ask a friend or neighbor to come over and periodically check on the house.
  • If possible, hire a “House Sitter”.
  • Keep the curtains open!  May sound strange, but it gives the persona of someone being home.
  • Have a friend or neighbor turn a light on at night or set a timer.
  • Call the post office to stop the mail from being delivered or have someone pick it up.
  • (This one can be hard) Do not post on Social Media that you are on vacation.   Post the pictures the week after you come home from vacation with a heartfelt Thank You to whomever watched the house while you were away.
  • Make sure to Unplug your Televisions and Computers while you are away, just in case of a storm.

Wherever you go and whatever you do this Summer, we wish you a safe and wonderful time with family and friends!

Facelift Gives Historic Sweet Springs Resort a Second Life

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Selling Your Home in the Winter

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Selling your home in the winter presents a unique set of challenges.   There are buyers out there, which means you can sell your home, and for a great price.  Bur to do so, you need to avoid the common mistakes sellers make in the season of snow and cold temperatures.

Here are some mistakes to avoid as a Winter Home Seller:

  • Going at it alone.   Choosing the For Sale By Owner route may sound like a good idea, but by hiring an Agent you can ensure that you are doing everything right and improve your odds to make sure you sell your home properly.
  • Trying to save on your utility bill by keeping the house cold. Buyers need to be drawn in, not frozen.  You always want the buyers to feel warm and cozy, a safe haven even in the coldest of winters.  Keep the thermostat at a comfortable temperature!
  •  Not clearing the sidewalk. Winter weather may make your walkways treacherous and difficult to use.  You want potential buyers to have an easy time getting in and out and around the home.  Shovel the snow, put some Ice Melt where necessary and keep up if the snow and ice are still accumulating.
  • Not using photos  from a more attractive season for your listing.  If snow is piling up, icicles are hanging and trees are bare, your seasonal pictures of your home could be a big help to the potential buyer.   Make sure you give your agent some seasonal photos for buyers to be able to imagine their life there the entire year.
  • Failing to spruce up our house with color and scent.  Summer brings its own appeal, but when it comes to winter, sometimes you need to add some warmth to your home, something to make it more welcoming.  Use seasonal decorations, pops of color and seasonal scents.
  • Being too busy to show your home.  Just having your home on the market can put you under considerable stress.    There is a lot on the line and naturally you want to sell your home for the best price you can.  Every time you deny a showing, you are lessoning the chance of achieving your ultimate goal.

The REALTORS at Greenbrier Real Estate Service are here for you and all of your Real Estate needs.  We can offer you our professional advice and opinions on selling your home during any season.  When you are ready, feel free to call us.

Creating the perfect Holiday front door

 

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Nothing gives a home a more welcoming feel than an elegantly decorated front door. Other than the Christmas tree it is the most important element to decorate.

Here are some ideas for a Holiday inviting inspired front door:

  1. With any front door, pay attention to scale. Centralize everything into a small space to give a bigger impact. You will have one large focal point rather than several randomly decorated areas.
  2. Pay attention to the entire entry area. Make sure you create a multidimensional effect while creating visibility.
  3. Use swags of live cedar garland to create a nature inspired look. When hanging garland over the door, make sure to use florist wire to secure garland over the nails without the nails being conspicuous. For a dramatic effect, cut the live garland a little longer so it drapes to the ground. Don’t forget to mist the live garland periodically to keep it fresh looking throughout the Holiday season.
  4. Use large pine cones that could easily be picked up anywhere in the Greenbrier Valley or you can go to most craft supply stores and pick them up in bundles.
  5. Stay away from real fruits or berries, which can rot and attract pests.   Berries can also be highly poisonous to household pets. As an alternative, artificial fruit can hold up well to harsh winter conditions and is lightweight so it will not weigh down the garland.
  6. Incorporating magnolia or pomegranate leaves within your design of garland and topiaries will certainly add a decorator’s touch to your holiday decorations.
  7. If adding lights, remember to hang them loosely so they will not snap or break the garland.
  8. Choose ornaments in a variety of complimentary shapes, sizes and colors.
  9. Lastly, pay attention to detail.   Make sure the door wreath matches the rest of the decorations.   If lights are added to the garland, make sure you hide the extension cord. Also make sure the extension cord is either green or brown to be less conspicuous, as opposed to a yellow or orange cord. The details add up and makes a perfect front door for the holidays.

Most importantly, the Realtors and Staff from Greenbrier Real Estate Service wish you the very best this Holiday season.

Never Forget Pearl Harbor

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Did you know that Lewisburg has a park named after someone who fought in Pearl Harbor?
Dorie Miller Park:
Dorie Miller became Famous for firing a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun for 15 minutes during the attack until he ran out of ammo. (Ordinarily this is not unusual – except that Dorie was the Ships Cook!) He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions.
Dorie was also the ship’s heavyweight boxing champ on board the USS West Virginia.
Dorie was awarded the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, on board USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor, 27 May 1942, for heroism on board USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941.