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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Staging your home: TIPS!

With these tips, your house will feel like home to those buyers in no time!

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…

A recent survey from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® revealed that:

  • 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!

Budget accordingly

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.

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Staging the living area can help potential buyers vision how to fill the space.                             Pictured: 529 Court St. Lewisburg, WV

Declutter!

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.

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Pictured: 225 Tommy Ln. Lewisburg, WV

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.

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Clean flower beds, well trimmed shrubs will make a difference in a buyer’s eyes!                Pictured: 597 Dwyer Ln. Lewisburg, WV

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!


For all your real estate needs, contact us!

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


Happening now in Greenbrier County!
Renaissance Festival This weekend!


Coming up in the Greenbrier Valley!
Alderson, WV’s Famous 4th of July Celebration! June 29-July 5 Alderson, WV 4th of July
A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier July 2-8 A Military Tribute

 

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

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

Ready to List your Home?

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You may be ready, but is your house ready to be put on the Market?   As a REALTOR, we want to share some tips with you based on buyer feedback that will help sell your home quickly and get top dollar asking price.

Here are some things that a homeowner may miss, but a potential buyer notices immediately.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME: 

  • Clean Windows
  • Fresh Paint
  • Clean Grout in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Have the carpets professionally cleaned
  • Replace furnace filters

SPRUCE UP THE LANDSCAPING:

  • Mow the lawn
  • Plant flowers
  • Trim bushes and trees
  • Fresh Mulch
  • Pressure wash home and deck

START PACKING:

  • Pack away winter clothes
  • Sell or donate items that you don’t use
  • Pack personal cherished belongings and valuable items
  • Stage the cabinets, shelves, and closets

COLOR COLOR COLOR:

  • Buy new bedding with pillows that incorporates fresh bold color
  • Replace the old heavy drapes with light curtains
  • Add pops of color by painting older furniture
  • Replace towels, shower curtains and bathrugs
  • Beige is OUT….It is ok to go a bit bold with color (just don’t go overboard!!)  Make sure the colors compliment each other and flow throughout the home.

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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.