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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Ultimate Backyard BBQ!

Host a great backyard BBQ this July 4th with these tips!

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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!

22 All-American Eats for the 4th of July!

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And we can’t forget dessert!

15 Best July 4th Cakes!

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Now for the decor!

Go all out with your Americana and Patriotic decor with inspiration from these great July 4th outdoor decor pictures!

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Complete your private porch decor with bright red and white flowers.
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A variety of fabrics with different prints can really make your porch POP on this July 4th!
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Nothing more traditional than flying Old Glory! What a beautiful, simplistic sight!
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Bring out all that red, white, and blue to make your table very festive at your July 4th party!

 

All of us at Greenbrier Real Estate Service hope that you have a wonderful and safe July 4th!

For all your real estate needs, contact us! We’d love to offer our expertise and experience to you!

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


Happening now in the Greenbrier Valley!

Alderson’s July 4th Celebration!

Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

 

10 Ways to Create a Backyard Getaway

It’s Father’s Day weekend!
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!

1. Dress Up Your Deck

Make your deck a destination by defining different activity zones within the space. Multiple levels carve out spaces for dining and relaxing on this deck.

A pergola covered with luxurious vines and an abundance of plants in containers bring the surrounding garden up onto the deck and help blend the structure into the landscape.

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2. Create a Picture-Perfect Patio

A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun–or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room.

Patios are usually surfaced with brick or stone. If you opt for concrete, consider adding texture and color to imitate stone for a more natural look. Design the patio to be an extension of your home’s architecture, and use planting beds, container gardens, and weatherproof furniture to decorate the outdoor space.

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3. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

If you grill at least twice a week from spring through fall and if you love eating outdoors, you need an outdoor kitchen.

You don’t need a fancy grill, but a counter top for food prep and conveniences such as closed storage and a separate side burner will greatly enhance your outdoor cooking experience. Add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and cleanup even easier.

 

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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

Curb Appeal! 10 Tips that could help sell your home faster!

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…

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Simple, well maintained, and easy to maintain landscape is a huge hit with buyers!            MLS#18-621 Eloise Circle White Sulphur Springs, WV
  • 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!

  1. 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.

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    A welcoming and easy to follow pathway will lead buyers right to your door! MLS#18-697 Lamplighter Dr. Lewisburg, WV
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”

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    A clean front porch with fresh blooming flowers help buyers feel welcome!   MLS#18-739 Mayapple Trail Lewisburg WV
  8. OPEN UP! Open up those shutters, curtains, and blinds! Homes that feel brighter inside sell faster…it’s TRUE!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
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    Freshly painted door, with a welcoming color is a great way to add curb appeal!       MLS#18-606 Wake Robin Trail Lewisburg, WV

    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!


For all your real estate needs, one call does it all!

Contact us anytime!    Greenbrier Real Estate Service      304.645.2255

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Gregory Allman, Broker


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2018 Home Trends

Spring Time in the Greenbrier Valley!

We’re looking into the latest home trends!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.17934359_834683113345611_176965432270389.jpg

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.

 

 

 

 

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!!

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!