Get ready to gather your friends and family with some of these great recipes and decor tips! Greenbrier County is popping with adventure and events this time of year! Whether your floating on the Greenbrier River, hiking the Greenbrier River Trail, or experiencing the PGA Golf-Military Tribute at the The Greenbrier –we’re sure that you are outside and enjoying this time of year!
Check out these links and pictures to get your backyard BBQ ready!
Maybe you’re thinking of selling your home, and maybe you’ve heard of “staging” your home and you’ve probably wondered if it’s really necessary.
It is necessary! Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and for some people a blank space or a space with all of your things makes it very hard to do just that. But, don’t just take our word for it…
77% of buyers’ agents said staging makes it easier for their buyer to visualize the property as their future home. It’s like helping the buyer dream it so they can achieve it — and so you and your agent can make the sale.
39% of sellers’ agents said staging a home greatly decreases the amount of time a house is on the market. For you, time saved could mean moving into your new house even sooner.
21% of sellers’ agents said staging a home increases its dollar value between 6% and 10%. Simply put, that may lead to more money in your pocket
Put into action these few tips that will help those potential buyers start falling in love with your home!
Ask your agent if they can help with staging or know someone who can. This could affect the price of what it might cost you stage the home. Staging costs vary depending on where you live and how many rooms you’re staging. If your house is empty because you’ve already moved, you might also have additional expenses for renting furniture and other homey decorations to make it look lived-in.
It’s probably a given, but really– no one wants to walk into a messy home. So, take time to clean and declutter your home. Organize everyday household items into crates and keep them out of sight. Stow away seasonal decorations. Make time for — or invest in — a whole-house cleaning, including carpet shampooing. Change lightbulbs, finally make those minor repairs, and add a fresh coat of paint to any room that needs it. Clean out those closets! (Consider renting a storage unit if needed)
Also worth considering? Removing personal items from view, such as family photos, artwork, or religious keepsakes. The concern is not that home buyers will be offended by you or your lifestyle. The goal is to neutralize the space and help home buyers imagine themselves living there. (But don’t go overboard. You don’t want rooms to feel sterile, either,
Focus on the Rooms that Count the most!
Staging the rooms where people tend to spend the most time usually makes the biggest impression on buyers. Start with the Living Room, followed by the master bedroom and the kitchen. Keep in mind that you’re not going for an HGTV-worthy overhaul: Even small touches, like putting fluffy towels in the bathroom or replacing shabby throw pillows in the family room, can make your home that much more attractive.
Stage your yard too!
Your house has to look its best — inside and outside. After all, buyers form their first impression when they pull up in front of your home. It’s no surprise, then, that curb appeal — how your home looks from the exterior — can increase your home’s sales value up to 17%, a Texas Tech University study found.
Professional landscaping, however, can cost a lot. If budget is a concern, start with these DIY improvements:
Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery. Even if it’s winter, you can add colorful winter blooms and seasonal touches such as garland or lights.
Mow the grass.
Reseed bare patches of lawn and add fresh sod, as needed.
Then move on to these easy upgrades to your home’s exterior:
Wash the front windows.
Power wash siding and walkways.
Repaint or stain porches and stairs, as needed.
Make sure house numbers are easy to see, visible, and pretty.
Make sure important outdoor features such as the front door, porch, and sidewalks and paths are well lit. (If not, install new fixtures or lighting.)
Even basic upgrades — like laying fresh mulch, changing porch lights, or installing a new mailbox — can help a buyer fall in love at first sight.
Just wait ’til they come inside and see what else you’ve done with the place!
Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com
Staging a home can and will make a difference when it comes to selling your home! Greenbrier Real Estate Service is ready to help you sell your home, contact us for more tips and assistance during the process!
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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!
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The Guide for First-Time Homebuyers
What you need to know about going from full-time renter to homeowner and the process in between.
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
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We absolutely loved this article featured on Reader’s Digest website! They posted the question “Do You Live in the Nicest Place in America?” And this article sure shows that yes we just might! –Article credit to Valerie Pritt
Coming upon the two-year anniversary of a devastating flood to our area, what better time to focus and reflect on just how great our community is. This truly is a wonderful article showcasing many wonderful events in our area but mostly it shows just how caring and compassionate the people of the Greenbrier Valley are.
We enjoyed this article and hope that you will too!
You can also go to Reader’s Digest website to comment on the article and let them know just how nice the Greenbrier Valley is!
Greenbrier Valley, WV
“OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES HOPE” NOMINATED BY VALERIE PRITT
People describe the Greenbrier Valley as nice. They complement the beauty of the mountains, the genuinely friendly people, and the quaintness of its towns. Walk down any street, and it’s likely that someone will smile and say hello.
With a population less than 40,000, the Greenbrier Valley has a strong sense of community. Most of the families that live here descend from a long line of Appalachian resiliency and compassion. When residents are faced with hardship, community rallies. The Greenbrier Valley thrives on neighbors helping neighbors. Through floods, fires, and the current opioid crisis, residents are there to step forward and ask, “How can I help you?” Together they have rebuilt neighborhoods, organized benefits, and created programs to help friends in need. Every community experiences hardships, but it’s how a community works together that reveals its true character and genuine hospitality.
Stories About Greenbrier Valley
A Fresh Start and New Beginning
In 2016, a 1,000 year flood swept through the Greenbrier Valley, devastating the towns of Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs. In the wake of tragedy, 4,600 volunteers stepped in, totaling 62,000 hours to help rebuild the areas impacted. We’ve yet to reach full recovery, but communities finally feel a sense of hope for their future. As the water receded from Greenbrier County, it revealed the harsh realities of the disaster underneath. While most were still reeling from its aftermath, Tom Crabtree and Rob Vass were formulating a recovery plan to rebuild the community of White Sulphur Springs.
Tom is the owner of 50 East, a restaurant and gathering spot in town. Although his home was not directly impacted, the destruction was personal, as employees’ homes and his Main Street business incurred significant damage. Rob is an architect and contractor in the area and lives in White Sulphur Springs with his wife and young son. The two men wanted to give hope to this close-knit community that is now displaced. It was realized in the form of Hope Village. With land gifted by the city of White Sulphur Springs and an operational childhood-home-turned-office-space hub donated by Frank Alderman, founder of MedExpress Urgent Care, the project took less than two years from concept to completion. Today Hope Village is filled with energy and activity, giving 42 families a new start as they discover the meaning of home once again. Although the impetus for the project falls squarely on Tom and Rob, the vision would not have been realized without the support and contributions made by countless community members and other organizations. Special thanks go to Frank Alderman, Maggie Hutchison, Storm Aid, Mennonite Disaster Service, Brad Paisley, pharmaceuticals company Mylan, United Way of Greenbrier Valley, and Appalachia Service Project.
A Fire Sparks a Festival
Musicians are bound by the beat; it’s what drives a song forward. Just as they are bound to the beat, they become bound to each other, creating a community. So when one of their own needs help, they unite around them.
When an electrical fire engulfed Tim and Tammy Pynes’ home in December 2012, the family was left with few possessions. Days before Christmas, the Pynes were homeless. Close friends took action, helping them find housing, clothing, and other day-to-day household items that were lost to the flames.
Tim is a drummer for the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra and has been a part of Greenbrier Valley’s music scene since he graduated high school. Fellow musicians suggested a benefit concert to fundraise for the family. As multiple local bands offered to perform, the concert-turned-festival was taking shape. John Foster and Jim Snyder spearheaded the benefit, orchestrating 25 bands and five venues for the first TNT Winter Music Festival, a nod to Tim and Tammy. On a cold snowy evening in February, Lewisburg was beating to the spirit of its community.
John and Jim have kept the festival going, changing to West Virginia Winter Music Festival. The event has expanded to two nights, seven venues, and more than 50 performing acts. Despite all the changes, the event stays grounded in its missionof providing financial help to musicians in crisis.
Fruits of Labor, Fruits of Hope
While the Greenbrier Valley is full of nice residents, it has not gone untouched by the opioid crisis. The effects have brought a darkness to the community. While some neighbors are struggling, one woman is trying to help people get back on their feet.
It all began in 2009 with a visit to the women’s prison not far from Tammy Jordan’s home in Greenbrier County. As she sat in the waiting room, she watched the women pass by and noticed their despondence. She could see it on their faces and in their quiet posture. With each return visit, the feeling got stronger: what could she do to help these women re-enter society with a renewed sense of hope?
Tammy runs her own local restaurant. It’s not just a dining experience, but encompasses all phases from soil to service. It took three and a half years from her observations at the prison to transform her cafe and farm into an educational training center with a certified culinary curriculum.
From the outside, Fruits of Labor Cafe & Bakery is a quaint downtown diner in the heart of Rainelle. Behind the scenes, Tammy gives women going through the county’s drug court system new purpose and a career path, which become vital components of long-term recovery.
For Tammy and her staff at Fruits of Labor, it’s about supporting and nurturing their students as they learn life skills to recover from addiction. She offers the program free of charge, with 80% of the cost absorbed by her cafe. It’s now in its sixth year and has realized a 75% graduation rate, with 90% of the women completing their drug court requirements.
With Tammy’s faith firmly rooted at the center of her life and business, she has expanded the training center to include an at-risk youth and young adult prevention program. She and her team have found one way to abate addiction while opening new doors for the next generation.
A Whacky Start to the New Year
Throughout the year, many parades come marching down the center of the Greenbrier Valley towns, though none more unique than the first of the year.
Downtown Lewisburg’s year starts with the Shanghai Parade. With no rules or guidelines for participation, the only requirement is to show up! The lack of limitations and day-of signup process make the parade a unique curiosity, like llamas in pajamas, a pack of dog lovers and their canine friends, and a life-sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots float have been known to march in the bitter cold on the first day of January. While the participants can be whacky wild cards, a few traditions hold constant.
Everyone who marches receives a crisp $2 bill. The judges award prizes to specific categories, but the judging can be skewed with participant bribes. Leading the parade is Baby New Year in an oversized diaper. For years this role went to the local fire chief with the police chief playing the nursemaid. After their retirement, the oversized diaper has been passed on to other pillars in the community. In recent years, Lewisburg’s very own mayor donned the diaper. Closing the parade are the Super Duper Pooper Scoopers who, as indicated by their title, serve as cleanup crew. The origins of the parade are a mystery, as are most of its traditions, but the unknown is half the fun.
From the Outside Looking In
It’s easy to brag about your hometown, but someone else’s perspective can truly make you proud of where you live.
In 2014, the Greenbrier Resort opened its doors to new guests: NFL teams. The Sports Performance Center originally brought the New Orleans Saints to train in White Sulphur Springs. When the Saints training returned to Louisiana, the Houston Texans were quick to step in. Looking for relief from the heat, a sports facility in the cool, mountain air of West Virginia was sure to be the right fit.
Sports writers journeyed 1,200 miles from Texas to cover the day-to-day training, but they were covering more than just football. Their stories were being peppered with the hospitality of the Greenbrier Valley. They found themselves captivated by the natural beauty of the region and how genuinely friendly the residents were. Chris Baldwin for Paper City noted, “Visitors are treated like royalty.”
John McClain for the Houston Chronicle quickly fell in love with the area. In his first article recapping the Texans training camp, he ended with an unexpected call to action — visit the Greenbrier Valley. McClain wrote, “If you’re thinking about coming to the Texans’ training camp or just looking for a cool place visit, I’d highly recommend this charming part of West Virginia. It’s beautiful, the food is great, and the people are friendly.”
As always, for any Real Estate needs, buying or selling, please contact us.
We would love to offer our expertise and knowledge of the area to you during your home buying or selling process.
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Lewisburg, WV 24901 304.645.2255
So, first of all Happy Father’s Day!We hope that you have a wonderful time spent with family and friends!
We recently held a Father’s Day giveaway on our Greenbrier Real Estate Service Facebook page! The winner won ribeye steaks and shrimp, grill tool set, and a GRES ball cap. Be sure to find us on social media to stay up to date on all of our promotions as well as New Listings!, SOLD! properties, Price Updates!, and local information!
Since it’s Father’s Day weekend we thought that we would share some great ways to spruce up your backyard for all those summer time BBQs and evenings enjoying the warm summer air!
Let’s take a look at some great tips on creating the perfect getaway in your backyard!
4. Ensure Privacy
Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.
5. Create Shady Spots
Even sun worshippers welcome a little shade. You’ll enjoy your deck or patio more if you can provide relief from the sun. Choices for providing shade include mature trees, umbrellas, retractable awnings, or even pergolas and arbors planted with vines.
6. Furnish for Comfort and Durabililty
You have more choices than ever when it comes to furnishing your outdoor rooms. Wrought iron and cast iron, wrought or cast aluminum, and traditional wood are classic options. New synthetic, weatherproof patio furniture and fabrics are also now available, offering the same style and comfort as anything you would have inside your home.
There are even weatherproof floor lamps and table lamps that match their indoor cousins for stylish good looks.
7. Define Spaces with Outdoor Structures
A gazebo adds another level of luxury to your outdoor oasis. Whether attached to the deck, set near a pool, or planted in the landscape, a gazebo is an outdoor room in its own right and offers a protected spot for dining, cooking, or relaxing.
Pergolas, trellises, and arbors can also be used to define activity zones in your backyard paradise. Use them to create focal points, separate areas according to function, or provide transitions from one area to another.
8. Add a Hot Tub or Spa
For long, relaxing soaks at the end of the day, a hot tub or spa out on the deck is a must-have luxury. To determine the best location for the spa, consider privacy, access to the house, and whether you want the tub in sunshine or shade.
A typical round hot tub is 6 feet in diameter and takes up about 30 square feet. A rectangular tub requires about 48 square feet. You’ll also need additional room for sitting and walking around the tub.
Bear in mind that a hot tub full of water may weigh 2 tons, so it will need a foundation independent of the deck’s foundation.
9. Plan Outdoor Lighting
To enjoy your backyard getaway after the sun sets, include outdoor lighting. At its most basic, this consists of porch lights that illuminate access to the house and provide ambient lighting.
For outdoor kitchens, you’ll need good task lighting over the grill and work areas. For the dining and conversation areas, candlelight, wallmount downlights, or dimmable electric lamps create a relaxed mood. Steps and walkways should be illuminated for safety.
You can also use solar-powered accent lights or low-voltage lights to add drama and interest to the landscape and to highlight paths. Combine a mix of lighting sources to make your backyard getaway a magical place after dark.
10. Layer on the Amenities
Fountains, fireplaces, and fire pits enhance the beauty and usefulness of your outdoor rooms.
Fountains add the soothing sound of trickling water and can serve as the focal point of an outdoor space.
Fireplaces make a natural focal point and can help define space and provide privacy for an outdoor room. They’re also a starting point for an outdoor kitchen.
Fire pits, whether built-in or moveable, also serve to draw people together and can extend the usefulness of an outdoor living room into cooler weather.
Finally, accessorize your outdoor rooms with garden statuary, weatherproof art (such as plates, garden plaques, or decorative wrought iron), and pillows covered in weatherproof fabrics. These touches will turn an ordinary patio or deck into a welcoming, personal space for outdoor living.
Article Credit to Better Homes & Garden website.
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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.
Ronceverte 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! Ronceverte River Festival
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!
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Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
It’s no lie that first impressions are everything. That is especially true when it comes to real estate and selling a home! *Imagine*…you’re driving around town looking at homes…
Do you drive right by the one with shrubs so overgrown that you can barely see the walkway? Probably. Sure, you might be able to see yourself there but it looks like so much work already!
Do you start to slow down at the home with a clean flower bed, freshly cut grass, and possibly a bright welcoming door? Yes, yes you do. You start picturing yourself planting your favorite flowers in those flowerbeds. Before you know it, you’re calling up your Greenbrier Real Estate Service REALTOR and scheduling a showing.
That–friends, is why curb appeal is so important if you are trying to sell your home! You want potential buyers to feel an immediate connection with the home. ((Keep reading! Tips below!)
Curb appeal can easily make or break a sale. Being an established real estate company in Greenbrier County, we’ve seen our share of properties and we can definitely say that when a home has good curb appeal it is much easier to show to home buyers. Home buyers want to feel welcomed to a property, and then they want to see more immediately!
What can help you as a seller achieve that? Let’s look at the top curb appeal tips from home professionals. Not trying to sell your home? These tips are great for any home owner!
CURB APPEAL STARTS ONLINE! Over 88 percent of home buyers begin the process on the Web, fabulous photos are critical to getting home buyers to the front door! We as realtors can help you with that! We always make sure to have great pictures of our listed properties.
ACT LIKE A BUYER! Walk around your entire home’s exterior with a critical eye and a notepad and pen. Take notes of things that you need repair or updated.
LOOK UP TO THE SKY! Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second glance, but the roof is an important curb appeal item that buyers do notice, says Jean Miskimon of the Metal Roofing Alliance. Is yours missing any shingles, or is it dingy and streaked? A good cleaning or, if necessary, a roof replacement will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously.
SHINY, HAPPY NUMBERS! If your house numbers aren’t easy to see or if they’re dirty and dingy, replacing them carries a tremendous impact.
GET A SECOND OPINION! A new set of eyes might help you prioritize what needs fixed and cleaned up. Homeowners often get used to certain defects –chipped paint on the front door from the keys banging against it, cobwebs on the porch ceiling, cracked or stained steps. Ask a friend to come over and act as if they were a potential home buyer.
UNDER PRESSURE! Budget-conscious homeowners will love this tip: Pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from your local home improvement store for the day.
PLANT SOME COLOR! Except for the dead of winter, some types of annual plants are always in bloom, says Sheri Silver, a landscape designer and owner of Fiori Garden Design. “Spruce up your porch containers, window boxes and front beds with some colorful flowers for instant lift,” Sheri advises. Never plant artificial flowers – a few inches of dark mulch will brighten up the beds without screaming “fake.”
OPEN UP! Open up those shutters, curtains, and blinds! Homes that feel brighter inside sell faster…it’s TRUE!
LIGHT UP YOUR LANDSCAPE! Who knows, buyers might be driving past your house, scoping it out at 9 p.m. You want them to be able to see it! It also helps to set your home apart from the crowd, not everyone has landscape lighting. It also can help with security, which is an added selling point! Go on now, shine some lights on your property!
ADD SOME POLISH! Paint is only about $25 per gallon, and painting the front door, trim and shutters is a great way to polish the look of your home. Get those brushes out and paint!
BONUS! Other easy and inexpensive fix-ups: a new mailbox, a new porch light fixture and a cheery new welcome mat.
We hope that you enjoyed this post and found it informative!
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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:
Check out these tasty Memorial Day recipes from All Recipes.com!
We can’t believe it’s already May of 2018! Spring has definitely sprung in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. As we all know spring time is a time when we all feel the rush to weed those wintered flower beds, spruce up the exterior of the home, and of course the dreaded “Spring CLEANING!” Spring time often makes us think of new beginnings as all the beautiful spring flowers line our walk ways and flower beds and as the flowering trees show their flashy flowers throughout our town of Lewisburg and many others in our area.
Spring inspires home buyers and sellers alike, everyone seems to be ready for a change, a new beginning. It’s a wonderful time to buy and sell, and we feel especially that way here in Greenbrier County, WV. When selling your home you may begin to think of what potential buyers may like (and not like!) within your home. We decided to check in on just what the latest home trends are this year! What may buyers be looking for? What trends do we think will stick around and ones that we think need to go! Whether your home is due for a decor update or you simply prefer to keep up with the latest interior design styles, experts have revealed the decorating trends that will and have dominated 2018.
So, if you’re planning to put your place on the market and want it to appear like the freshest spot on the block, you need to know what’s hot and what’s not!
Let’s take a look at what design experts have come up with…
1. Mixed metallics
Silver and gold no longer need to be separated like sparring siblings. Not only can these metallics be mixed but also they can be joined by their pal, rose gold, which brings a softer, warmer hue to any room.
2. Colorful appliances
If you believe stainless steel has lost its luster (pun intended), you’re not alone. The good news is 2018 is the perfect time to embrace a pop of color when it comes to your appliances. In addition to stoves in bright, bold shades, you’ll also find washers and dryers that are so decorative it’s almost a shame to relegate them to the laundry room.
While we think it’s a great TREND, exactly how long are you going to love that blue stove? To each their own, but we feel like you just can’t beat the classic and true stainless steel. What do you think? Leave us a comment! Are you team stainless or not?
3. Patterned flooring
Goodbye, simple ol’ hardwood! Patterned flooring adds interest to a room and can pull it all together. Expect to see geometric shapes as well as exotic Moroccan-inspired designs that will make guests stop in their tracks and take notice.
We know you’ve seen many DIY shows or Home Improvement shows that showcase patterned flooring! We love this trend! If the right decision is made on the pattern and colors, what could go wrong?! Although we do think it’s best to use in a smaller space such as a bathroom or laundry room.
4. Patterned fabrics
Say “See ya!” to solids when it comes to home furnishings as well. Don’t be afraid to juxtapose patterns, both geometric and florals, alongside neutrals for a one-of-a-kind look that shows off your personality.
Just remember, if trying to sell your home not everyone loves bold floral curtains…neutral could work more in your favor.
5. Velvet furnishings
Is there anything as luxurious as velvet? 2018 is the year to cozy up to this ultra-soft upholstery. Don’t be afraid to select an eye-catching color that makes the room as interesting as it is inviting.
Have you seen this trending in home design yet this year? Though possibly not for everyone this trend does definitely scream luxury, modern, contemporary home decor!
6. Color of the year: ultra violet
If you’ve always had a love for lavender, this is your year! The Pantone Color of the Year is ultra violet. The blue-based purple evokes both a modern and vintage feel at the same time. The best part is it’s extremely versatile. From the powder room to the bedroom, this soft hue can be dressed up with modern art and accent fixtures, or simply provide a stunning backdrop in an understated space.
Once again, if you love it–go for it! Just keep in mind that not every buyer is looking for the hottest color of the year. We do love the paintings and rug pictured, what a great way to add some color to an otherwise neutral space.
7. Curvy furniture & natural accent pieces
Get ready to see curvier, rounder shapes in furnishings as comfort takes a front row seat in your living or family rooms. Adding to that more laid-back vibe, accent pieces add a more natural look, with woods featured prominently, particularly in the table arena. Because, let’s be honest, bringing a bit of the outdoors in never goes out of style.
Enough said, we love it all! Here’s hoping this is a “trend” that sticks around a while! So comfy and cozy, who doesn’t want to feel that way in their home!
8. Spa-like bathrooms
Bathrooms get a fancy facelift in the new year. Transforming this space into a spa-like sanctuary may be simpler than you’d think. A new tub, luxurious black and white towels, floral arrangements, and candles all create an overall appeal that serves up an oasis in your very own home.
Of course everyone wants to feel like their bathroom is their own spa oasis! Whether you have a large bathroom or a smaller one, by keeping the colors light and soothing you too can create your own spa oasis in your own home. Also, a great selling point to buyers!
9. Wabi Sabi
Not to be confused with the Japanese horseradish, wabi sabi is the Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in imperfection. That means handcrafted items, including pottery, are going to be all the rage. So put them on display and embrace the notion that not everything needs to be flawless to be beautiful.
You’ve heard perfectly imperfect? We agree. Items incorporated into design that are necessarily perfect allow buyers to feel at home and comfortable, which might just help you sell that home!
10. Jewel tones
Beige and gray are taking a year off as jewel tones arrive on the home decor scene with a welcome flourish. These shades will help warm up any day by making your rooms more vibrant.
They got it right when they said vibrant! Wow! Not so sure that this would fall in the great staging tips department. But as we said before, to each their own-if you love it, go for it! Nothing better than feeling at home right where you are. It would be easy to tone the colors down if you ever decided to sell your home.
We found so many of these surprising and interesting and hope that you did too. Let us know what you think! What trends are you seeing? What was your favorite trend listed? Least favorite?
We’d love to hear from you. As always, if you’re in the market for a new home or looking to find the right REALTOR to sell your home, we would love to work with you and for you.
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!!