How to Find the Right Person to Sell Your House

Your guide to hiring the listing agent who can set you up for success.

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Your home is where you’ve lived and loved, where you’ve laughed and cried, where you’ve huddled and snuggled. You’re the pea, your home is the pod. And you’ve been through a lot together.

Now that it’s time to put it on the market, you’re likely experiencing some sadness, plus plenty of anxiety. Because really: How often does your future depend on selling your past? If you’re a little overwhelmed, we don’t blame you.

But there’s also good news: You don’t have to go it alone.

A listing agent has your back when it comes to the financials, like setting a listing price and marketing, staging, and making repairs to your house. He or she can also help you navigate more personal issues, such as your timeline, and what you’re hoping to achieve with the sale.

For all of those reasons, it’s important to find an expert who is right for you and your specific situation, and who can help you get what you want. Here’s how.

Know What a Listing Agent Can Do for You

Before you start interviewing prospective agents, have a clear sense of what you want to get out of the selling process. When so much money is on the table, it’s crucial to know what your goals are, so that you can find an agent who really speaks to them.

Contact us, we would love to fit you with the best REALTOR for the job. 304.645.2255 

Then, it helps to understand what a listing agent does (other than sell your most valuable asset — no big deal).

The listing agent will:

  • Work with you to price your home
  • Market your home (we’re talking pretty pictures, social media promo, cute staging — the works)
  • Negotiate with home buyers
  • Usher the home sale through inspection and closing

Now, let’s break all of that down …

Pricing your home. This is the BIG question, right? How do I set the price? The short answer is you’ll need to trust your agent to recommend a smart listing price.

So how can you tell whether an agent — a relative stranger to you — is choosing the best price for your home? You need to do two things:

  1. Know, generally speaking, what your property is worth. Do your own research on the prices of local comps, (but understand the limits of online property sites). Run your info by your agent for an informed perspective.
  2. Ask the agent for pricing information on homes he or she has recently sold.Specifically, what the differences were between their listing prices and how much the homes ultimately sold for.

When it comes to the agent’s pricing history, you’re looking for accuracy. Anyone could suggest a high price for your home, knowing it’s what you’d like to hear. But nobody (especially you) wants to have a house languish on the market, or to reduce a price repeatedly.

Marketing your home. The listing agent will also get the word out that your house is on the market, using a combination of old-school (but powerful) marketing techniques — such as direct mail, signage, and open houses — and the modern methods we know and love, like social media. Savvy agents will post pics of your house on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and any other platform that can get likes plus the attention of other real estate agents who can bring buyers to the table.

Negotiating with buyers. When offers start pouring in, your agent will negotiate with prospective buyers on not only the sale price but also on what contingencies (aka special circumstances) are attached to the contract. As with any negotiation, there could be some stressful, fraught moments with the buyers. You’ll want an agent who can step up for you, and who has a negotiation style that you’re comfortable with.

Closing the sale. Once you’ve signed a purchase agreement with a buyer (woo-hoo!), your agent will help you navigate the sale’s remaining steps. This includes negotiating home repair requests post inspection and dealing with any last-minute surprises before closing.

The average listing agent does all of the above. A great listing agent does all of the above, while also inspiring your confidence — that they’re getting the best price for you, and that they’re representing you and your home in the best possible light.

So, let’s talk about how to find and hire that kind of agent.

First of all, contact us. 304.645.2255 We know that the process of selling your home can be daunting. We are always willing to sit down and talk about what your goals are. We want to be the ones that you choose to list and sell your home. 

Click here to see a list of our expert REALTORS® that will be ready and willing to help you!

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

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24957

304.645.2255

Article adapted from HouseLogic.com


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June-National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month! Great tips for those first time home buyers and the steps it takes to achieve those goals.

Did you know that June is National Homeownership Month?

The follow post describes what exactly it takes to be a homeowner and the steps that it takes to get there!
We would love to offer our expertise and knowledge of Real Estate to you to help you achieve your home ownership goals!

Contact us for any help needed!
304.645.2255

The Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

What you need to know about going from full-time renter to homeowner and the process in between.

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You have a lot of logistical and financial hurdles to clear before you can celebrate the biggest purchase of your life. (Getty Images)

Owning a home is a major milestone many Americans expect to achieve in their lifetime. It’s not simply about having the ability to stay in one place for years – it’s also about taking advantage of the incentives to homeownership, including the financial security to make a major investment and see it grow over time.


Even for the millennial generation, which has been slower to become a major part of the homeowner pool than previous generations, buying a house remains a key goal in life.

 

While buying a house for the first time may be intimidating, no homeowner started the process feeling confident every step of the way. Here’s what first-time homebuyers need to know.

 Are You Ready to Become a Homeowner?

Long before you start looking at houses, you have to be sure your finances are in order. The process of saving and making strategic financial decisions to ensure your credit history is more appealing to a lender can take more than a couple months if you haven’t already been working toward buying a house.

“I would say a year plus – and make sure you’re saving toward that goal over a period of time,” says Amin Dabit, director of advisory service for Personal Capital, an online financial advisory and wealth management company.

 

1. Credit history. Run a credit report on yourself – which is free to do once a year and doesn’t affect your credit by going to annualcreditreport.com and receiving a report from each the three major credit-reporting agencies – and focus on the areas you can improve. You may have credit card balances to pay off, or a few missed student loan payments from a couple years ago. You may also simply need more time to pass from a recent borrowing mistake. The more time that passes from the last blemish on your credit report, the less likely a lender is to consider it a red flag to give you a loan.

2. How much house can you afford? How good your finances look from a mortgage lender’s perspective isn’t the only thing to examine. You should also look at savings that can be used toward a down payment and determine how much you’d be able to afford on a monthly basis for your principal mortgage payment, interest, taxes and insurance, which Dabit recommends calculating as 28 percent of your gross income.

3. Savings for down-the-road expenses. Of course, you also have to take into account maintenance and other potential costs that may come up as a homeowner.

4. Who to consult. Once you’ve examined your financial history and expected future cash flow, it’s time to start talking to the professionals who will be able to help you throughout the process of buying a house.

A natural start is with a real estate agent. You can contact our home office at 304.645.2255, we are conveniently located on Washington St. E. in Lewisburg, WV. We enjoy offering our expertise to our clients. We can help you find a financial advisor if needed, a loan officer connected with a lender, real estate attorney, title insurance representative, home inspector and many more faces that will be part of your transaction.

 

Approach the process as assembling a team of people who will help you achieve homeownership.

What Mortgage Options Are Best for You?

When it comes to finding a mortgage, explore options with different lenders and the various products offered. Major banks, credit unions and nonbank lenders offer a variety of options to better fit your specific needs as a homeowner.


 How Can You Prepare to Look at Houses?

At last, Greenbrier Real Estate Service can help you start looking at houses, condos, townhouses – whatever your homeownership preference may be.

Work with your agent to determine your list of must-haves in a home, whether it’s based on the number of bedrooms for kids and guests, the neighborhood that’s near your favorite restaurants and bars or a yard for your pets.

Take care to also get a realistic understanding of what your budget allows in your market.


What Should You Include in the Offer?

It may be the first house you tour with your agent – or it may be the 30th – but when you’re ready to make an offer on a house, it’s time to determine how much you’d like to offer, your needs and the seller’s as well. The latter might include a quick closing date, necessary repairs or covering closing costs.

 

Your preapproval for a mortgage will be an important part of formulating an enticing offer, so be ready with the preapproval letter from your lender when it comes time to determine your bid price and overall offer with your agent.

If you’re house hunting in a popular neighborhood, you’ll need to move quickly in making a decision and formulating an offer. If your agent expects there to be multiple offers on the property, be ready to put your best and final price on the table from the get-go.


Next Steps Toward Owning a Home

Once negotiations have finalized, the contract has been signed and you’ve provided a small amount of cash as a deposit or earnest money, you’ll have a few days to conduct your due diligence on the property. That includes the home inspection, which will tell you if there are any issues with the property that could affect the amount you’re willing to pay or if there’s anything that should be repaired before you move in.

 

You should also have funds ready for the closing costs, which typically account for between 2 percent to 5 percent of the sale price.

Your mortgage lender will also be working on the underwriting for the loan, including an appraisal of the property to ensure the purchase price matches its value, based on other sales of similar properties in the area. If the appraiser determines the house isn’t valued at the agreed-upon sale price, you may have to come up with cash to make up the difference, or try to negotiate the price down with the seller. You’ll likely have to provide updated proof of income, details on your existing debts and assets, information about your tax return and, of course, the address of the property you’re buying along with the price of the house and amount you’d like to borrow.

Just before closing, you’ll visit the home one more time, the final walk-through helps ensure there hasn’t been any additional damage to the house, and anything you expect to be gone has been removed before you get the keys.

The last step is the closing itself, which transfers the down payment to the seller, finalizes the mortgage and, with a few signatures including title clearance, transfers the deed into your name. You have the keys, and you’re officially a homeowner.

By Devon Thorsby US NEWS

If Greenbrier Real Estate Service can be of any help during your home buying process, please contact us.

We value our clients and enjoy giving our dedication and expertise of Real Estate to them!

Contact us!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
304.645.2255

Greg Allman, Broker

 

Busy weekend in the Greenbrier Valley

This weekend is a busy time in the Greenbrier Valley. Festivals, Home & Garden Tour, and GRES is hosting an Open House! Check it out!

This time of year is always busy with family events, festivals, fairs and we can’t forget its a very busy time in real estate! This weekend in the Greenbrier Valley is jam packed with events. Not only is it a busy weekend in Greenbrier County but it sure has been a busy week in our real estate world! New listings and SOLD properties are keeping us busy, and for that we are very thankful! Stay tuned for a blog post next week about the many properties that have found their new owners! For now…take a look at a few events this weekend that we’d like to highlight.

rubber.jpgRonceverte River Festival kicked off Friday June 8th!  This isn’t a one day event at all, this festival offers so many activities including the Great Rubber Ducky Race held on Saturday June 9th at 4 p.m. The festival also offers carnival rides, food vendors and lots of live musical performances. Find more information from the link!
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On Saturday, June 9th, the 36th Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour will feature three homes and one garden in Lewisburg, WV and two homes in White Sulphur Springs, WV. These homes are absolutely beautiful and so very unique! You’ll want to participate in this tour! You may begin the tour at any home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available the day of the tour at all featured homes. Follow the link for more information and pictures of the homes featured.
Lewisburg Home & Garden Tour


Greenbrier Real Estate Service and REALTOR® Jill Allman are hosting an OPEN HOUSE event for a lovely Cape Cod style home right here in Lewisburg. This home is absolutely full of character and is waiting for someone to make it HOME! This home on Court Street in Lewisburg, WV is the perfect place to make home, with quick access to all things downtown Lewisburg has to offer-you’ll love living here! You’ll want to see more.

The OPEN HOUSE event will be held on June 10th 1-3 p.m. Stop by and check it out!


For any questions or other real estate needs…Contact us!
304.645.2255

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901

Gregory Allman, Broker

5 Home Open House in White Sulphur Springs, WV

Greenbrier Real Estate Service is hosting a 5 home open house event in White Sulphur Springs! With 4 give-aways and great properties to view, you won’t want to miss out! Come and check it out!

IMG_3787.JPGNot one, not two, not three…but FIVE! Greenbrier Real Estate Service is hosting a FIVE home OPEN HOUSE! These homes are located in the beautiful and welcoming small town of White Sulphur Springs, WV. Each home has something special to offer!

Not only are we showing five great properties, but we’re also having 4 GIVE-AWAYS! Give-Away prizes are gift cards to B Sweet Confectionery, Route 60 American Grill, 50 East, and April’s Pizzeria…all amazing places to eat and treat yourself to in White Sulphur Springs! To be entered into the give-away drawings, one must visit all 5 properties!

Check out the properties…

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310 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

4 Bedroom 2 Bath home in a great neighborhood. Home has been well cared for and is in great shape.

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178 Rip Van Winkle Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

This cozy 3-bedroom home is perfectly located in the charming little town of White Sulphur Springs. This multi-bedroom home greets you with a wide-open floor plan, allowing plenty of room for entertainment. Stainless steel appliances create a modern feel to the kitchen. The master bedroom encompasses a large walk-in closet. The backyard creates an environment that welcomes relaxation, on looking a woodland view.

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366 Pine Gap Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

An absolutely adorable ranch, cottage style 4 bedroom, 2 bath home TOTALLY remodeled and in mint condition. You will love it before you even go inside and it is not in the flood zone. The yard is meticulously landscaped and it has a 24X32 detached garage. Sunshine abounds throughout, it’s in walking distance to town and its TRULY A MUST SEE!

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309 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

This beautifully maintained home has recently been REDUCED! This home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with white oak flooring and trim all on over a 1+/- acre lot! This home offers so much character, a lot of room and a great yard with beautiful views off the back porch. This home is well out of the flood zone! A must see!

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599 Rowan Rd. White Sulphur Springs, WV

A beautifully landscaped one story brick home in Villa Park. On almost an acre lot, this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home has been well maintained and ready for you to make it yours. New HVAC, great curb appeal, level lot, back porch and much more! Property is not in the flood zone.


We hope that you will come out and enjoy a Sunday afternoon viewing these great properties!
Agents showing these properties:
Christi O’neil Lynch, REALTOR® 304.667.4193
Alisha Patterson, REALTOR® 304.647.4111
Ty Donovan, REALTOR® 304.646.1936
Jill Allman, REALTOR® 304.646.0523
Greg Allman, REALTOR® 304.646.1500

You can also find this event on our Facebook Page @ GreenbrierRealEstateService
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For all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
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

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!!

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!

On top of the world…and herding cattle

18342616_10213271225878652_4796085983945255617_nI called into work and told them I had to watch the fog rise, I couldn’t imagine being behind my computer.
They laugh, tell me to have fun and be careful…I promise to send some pictures, and I’m off.
Today I am particularly grateful to be able to work at a company that understands my need to enjoy The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding counties.
On beautiful mornings like this, they automatically expect the text or call saying “I will be in later, the fog on the mountains are too beautiful to miss.”
Real Estate is a fast paced business and we work very hard to make sure each and every one of our clients are taken care of.
Our goal is to help you sell and find your perfect home in a timely manner.
As a Marketing Director, I am not always the one that you see or talk to, and if I do answer the phone, I have probably accidentally hung up on you because transferring a call is nearly impossible!
I’m the calm behind this business, the one driving around in my car at 5:30am because the sunrise is too beautiful and I can’t sleep in.
I’m the one who gets a text message from Jill asking me if I am out getting pics of the Greenbrier Valley Sunset!
We at Greenbrier Real Estate Service don’t just want to Market your home or show you the perfect piece of property, we actually care about this sublime part of West Virginia.
We can tell you where to find the perfect sunsets, the best hiking trails, or give you directions to the nearest restaurant.
We will always be there to answer any question you have about this beautiful piece of Almost Heaven. 18402636_10213271226718673_876128545750808326_n
It’s funny what can happen when you sit on top of a quiet mountain by yourself;
I could quite possibly have the best job in the world, even when you have to perform an impromptu cattle herd.

Crystal Adams Faulkiner, Marketing Director

New Listing

Immaculate and Updated home in Lamplighter Valley Lewisburg. Features a 2 story foyer, Formal Living and Dining area. Gourmet Kitchen and Family Room with gas Fireplace. Huge master suite on 2nd level with large walk-in closet and master bath. Hardwood flooring, crown molding, custom built-in cabinets and wainscoting are some of the extra details through-out this home. The unfinished basement is great storage area or ready for you to finish for additional living space. Easy access to downtown Lewisburg’s restaurants, shopping and more!

Offered at $349,900

At Greenbrier Real Estate we work hard to assist buyers and sellers with all of their Real Estate needs in the Greenbrier Valley and surrounding areas.

When you are ready, feel free to call us at 304.645.2255 and one of our professional REALTORS will be happy to help you in any way!

1047 Washington Street East
Lewisburg, WV. 24901
304.645.2255
Greg Allman, Broker
http://www.GreenbrierRealEstateService.com