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Sunday, October 28 2018
White Sulphur Springs Open House Event

White Sulphur Springs Open House Event

Looking for a home in Greenbrier County? We are featuring four homes in an open house event, each offering something different to buyers. Come and view four homes in White Sulphur Springs, home to the Greenbrier Resort and a unique small town that continues to grow.

Monday October 29th From 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Greenbrier Real Estate Service will host a four home Open House Event in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Professional REALTORS will be ready and willing to answer any questions potential buyers may have.
Scroll down for all listings featured! Links to properties!

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309 Rowan Rd.
White Sulphur Springs, WV- 3 BEDROOM 2 BATH

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Well-built house is located in the Huddleston Hills section of Villa Park and is well above the flood zone. Sitting on 1.25+/- acres, it features a huge master bedroom, white oak flooring, Vermont slate hallway, 2 fireplaces, split level garages, and spectacular views from the 39 foot, covered back balcony. Outstanding potential and a must see.Seller is offering a home warranty plan with an accepted offer!

Listed by Christi O’Neil Lynch christi@gregallman.net


445 Rowan Rd
White Sulphur Springs, WV- 3 BEDROOM 3 BATH

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This solidly built and maintained home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and hardwood flooring. Nestled in Huddleston Hills, it sits on a gorgeous lot with manicured landscaping. Walking distance to the Greenbrier Resort, White Sulphur Springs and a short drive to Lewisburg!


Listed by Christi O’Neil Lynch christi@gregallman.net


544 Mapledale Rd.
White Sulphur Springs, WV- 4 BEDROOM 3 BATH

IMG_6857 (Edited)If privacy is what you’re looking for this home offers it! This beautiful 4 bedroom, 3 bath home has a lot of room! Master suite and 2 bedrooms are on the first floor and the 4th bedroom is upstairs with an extra living room and bath. This home is just a few short miles to White Sulphur Springs, the Greenbrier Resort, and Lewisburg. It has beautiful hard wood flooring, granite countertops in the kitchen and an open floor plan! The area is rich in natural resources with great hunting, fishing, cycling, hiking and skiing. Snowshoe Mountain Resort is 1.5 hours away! Monongahela National forest is a very short drive away. A lot of square footage for the price and it is priced to sell, sitting on 2.3 acres of land!


Listed by Christi O’Neil Lynch christi@gregallman.net


103 Elm St
White Sulphur Springs, WV- 3 BEDROOM 1 BATH

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This 3 bedroom house has oak cabinets with appliances, 1 bath, new flooring, radiant heat, utility room. The sidewalks are done to each house and the topsoil is in and the picnic shelter is done but the parking lot is not paved it has gravel all the way up to the first house driveway will be paved.


Listed by Marie R. Goodwin marie@mariegoodwin.com


Gregory Allman, Broker

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Wednesday, October 24 2018
What is Causing Those Spooky Sounds and Smells

What’s Causing Those Spooky Sounds and Smells

Are you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy.

 Greenbrier Real Estate Service

Haunted? Or NOT? As the Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg and all of our other great communities are gearing up for Halloween festivities we found this article interesting and wanted to share! Have you ever wondered what those creaks and cracking sounds may be? Maybe they keep you up at night wondering, take a look at some common concerns homeowners may have–and this article may just allow you to sleep a little easier tonight!

Creaking and Popping in the Night

The many materials that make up your house — wood framing, plywood, glass, metal ducts, nails, plumbing pipes — all expand and contract at different rates.

When a house cools at night, these materials may move slightly, rubbing against each other and making noises. Occasionally, they’ll contract with an audible pop.

These sounds tend to be more noticeable in fall, when warm days give way to rapidly cooling nights. The bad news, Not much you can do about it. The good news? Those sounds are harmless and normal.

Zombie Odor

It’s either time to throw out the garbage, or you’d better call your gas utility to check on your gas lines and connections.

Natural gas is odorless, but natural gas suppliers add a foul-smelling odorant — butyl mercaptan — to alert occupants to any leaks. The smell is like rotten eggs.

Leaks can occur at your gas-fired water heater, fireplace, clothes dryer, and any gas line. Leaking natural gas is potentially dangerous — leave the house and call your natural gas provider to assess the situation. Most utility companies perform safety checks for free.

Footsteps in the Attic

Amplified by an unfinished attic space, a raccoon or even a good-size squirrel on your roof might sound like an ax murderer is doing the polka overhead.

These rooftop transits are normal for critters — roofs offer a nice long unobstructed highway.

Make sure your sofit, rafter, and gable roof vents are covered with screens and in good shape, or your rooftop buddies might find their way into your attic for real. Trim back branches that provide critters easy access to your roof.

Something is Burning

You can smell the odor of burnt wood, but the smoke detectors aren’t going off and there’s no smoke in the house. The culprit could be your fireplace — even if you haven’t had a fire for days.

The probable cause is a drafty chimney and negative air pressure in your home, meaning that outside air is infiltrating down your chimney, bringing stale burnt smells with it.

Stop drafts by making sure your damper has a good seal. Regulate air pressure by adding more cold air return ducts to your HVAC system. You’ll get rid of the odor and save on your energy bill, too.

Moaning and Clattering

These classic spooky sounds often show up when the wind blows and there’s a storm brewing.

Vents for clothes dryers, bathrooms, and water heaters exit out the roof or the side of the house. To prevent backdrafts, these vents have dampers — flaps designed to let vented air out and prevent outside air from coming in. These flaps sometimes move and rattle in high winds.

Because dampers often are located in attics or in between floor joists, the sound can be difficult to pinpoint. You may need a new damper.


Article by John Riha

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Tuesday, October 16 2018
5 Home Remodeling Projects with Top-Dollar Returns

5 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

Not all home improvements are created equal. These will reward you the most when it comes time to sell.

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot.

But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right.

Here are the best seven home remodeling projects with equity-building might:

#1 New Roof

If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1 to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool.

The cost: $7,500

The return: 109% at $8,150

Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer.

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout.
  • The sun’s shining through your attic.
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

#2 Hardwood Floors

You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s.

They make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good reason.

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000

#3 New Garage Door

No surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this #winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s curb appeal at a relatively modest cost.

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality.

#4 Better Insulation

Insulation is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold.

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

#5 New Siding

In any color! And never paint again.

Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value.

But if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties.

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000 — it has one thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.

And quality matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “quality” was the one of the most important traits that home buyers focused on when house hunting.

Article Adapted from HouseLogic.com Author: ANNE ARNTSON


One thing for sure is that you’ll never regret adding value to your home whether you’re trying to sell it or not!

For any real estate help or questions, feel free to contact us!

www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com

304.645.2255

Gregory Allman, Broker

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Friday, October 12 2018
Taste of our Town

Taste Of Our Towns- TOOT October 13!

Experience all the flavors of Lewisburg and surrounding areas this Saturday during the 34th annual Taste of our Towns event to benefit Carnegie Hall!

Find helpful links and map below:

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TOOT Map Link

Carnegie Hall WV Facebook Page

Take a break from the food and take the kids to story time at A New Chapter 


Read on our favorite Lewisburg’s City paper Hashtag WV for more information about the event!! 

“Throughout the day, there will be 3 entertainment stages, a climbing wall, dunking booth, children’s activities, traveling performers, an Adopt-a-thon, guided tours of Carnegie Hall, etc. Bands include Long Point String Band, The Long Shots, and Thomas Taylor playing on the Lafayette Street stage; and the West Virginia Renaissance Festival will perform on the Church Street stage. The Lewisburg Elementary fifth grade Choir, Greenbrier Valley Optimistic Ukulele Band, Heartstrings Academy, and Eastern Greenbrier Middle School Band will all perform on Carnegie Hall’s upper terrace, located on Church St. The Appalachian Reverend John Wyatt, will roam the street with his guitar. Wyatt’s music and storytelling celebrates the common bonds of faith and family and what it means to be Appalachian. Keith Taylor will play banjo at the Green Space.”


Have a great weekend in the Greenbrier Valley!

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Monday, October 08 2018
How to Sell Your Parent's House with your Siblings' Help and Avoid a Family Feud

How to Sell Your Parents’ House With Your Siblings’ Help—and Avoid a Family Feud

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When your parents pass away, you might find yourself tasked with selling their house—and if you have siblings, hopefully they will offer help on this front. Problem is, in the same way you all squabbled over who had the better bedroom or more toys growing up, you may find yourself embroiled in a whole new kind of family feud as you attempt to unload this baggage-laden piece of real estate.

At best, the sale could turn into a major headache. And at worst, unresolved issues from childhood might resurface and tear your family apart.

Here’s how to navigate selling a house with your siblings without drama—or wrestling each other to the floor like you did when you were kids.

First things first: Should you sell it or keep it?

Michael Mazek, an attorney in Chicago, says the most common problem when it comes to an estate is that there’s usually one sibling who doesn’t want to sell. This sibling may prefer to have the property remain in the family or rented out.

“The challenge is that essentially puts all the siblings into a business partnership,” says Mazek. And things can quickly go south.

If siblings agree to keep the home, what usually happens is that the workload isn’t even—maybe one sibling lives in a different state than the home—and soon brothers and sisters find themselves battling over money or time spent looking after the house.

“That’s why it’s usually best to sell the property and use those funds to purchase individual investments or simply keep the profits,” says Mazek.

What to do if one sibling refuses to sell

If one sibling wants to keep the home, he or she can buy the others out for their share of the home’s fair market value. However, if a buyout isn’t an option, even just one sibling generally has the right to force a sale even if the majority are against it.

The process is called “partition by sale,” and the net proceeds are divided among the owners.

“Generally the property will be sold at a sheriff’s sale, which is a court-ordered sale most frequently used in foreclosure auctions,” says attorney Richard Winblad of WinbladLaw.com, in Edmond, OK. The minimum winning bid must usually equal at least two-thirds of a home’s value. For instance, a property worth $200,000 can sell for $133,333.

Still, a partition by sale is hardly ideal, since you could have sold the house at market rate and made a whole lot more! This is why siblings should do their best to cooperate in order to avoid a courtroom drama.

Determine if you want to sell the house as is or for top dollar

Real estate agent and attorney Bruce Ailion with Re/Max Town and Country in Atlanta advises siblings to have a discussion to decide what condition to sell the house in—as is or renovated.

Selling a property as is means skipping upgrades and settling for a lower asking price. It can make sense to sell the home as is if the siblings live far away and can’t oversee home improvements prior to the sale.

Another consideration is how much of an outdated wreck the home is.

“When only a top-to-bottom renovation makes sense, as is is the better option,” says Ailion. Major renovations take time, money, and patience, for which some or all of the siblings may have limited capacity.

If the renovations are easy and can nab a higher asking price, do them. If only a small number of repairs is needed—e.g., painting or swapping out appliances—it makes sense to make them, says Ailion. Whoever pays for the upgrades should get a refund at closing.

Can’t agree on a price? Get an appraisal

The sentiment surrounding a family home may cloud any given sibling’s idea of how much the home is actually worth. The solution? Have the home’s value appraised to avoid a family “debacle,” says Paige Arnof-Fenn, founder and CEO of marketing consulting firm Mavens & Moguls.

Appraisers typically work for lenders in the home-buying process to decide if a property is worth backing with a mortgage. But they can work for home sellers, too, coming up with a fair price for the home.

Granted, the real estate agent you’re working with can also suggest a number based on comparables. But an objective appraiser, who works for neither buyers nor sellers, will come up with the actual value of the home in a bank’s eyes, all for around $300 to $400. It could be worth the expense.

If you decide to sell, pick a point person

We all know the saying about too many cooks in the kitchen. So siblings should decide on a point person who will communicate with both the family and the real estate agent, and generally manage the transaction from the selling side. If multiple siblings give instructions, your agent and potential buyers may get conflicting information that could derail the transaction.

“When my mom died, she left me and my two siblings a condo in Florida that no one wanted,” says Arnof-Fenn, who, as the eldest, became the point person. She advises overly communicating with the family to avoid conflict or misunderstandings.

Article by By  from Realtor.com


As always, in any real estate situation– call on your trusted professionals at Greenbrier Real Estate Service.

Greenbrier Real Estate Service
304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker

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Tuesday, October 02 2018
5 Reasons to House Hunt This Fall

The frenzy of the summer real estate market has cooled by the seemingly very same breeze sweeping leaves off the trees across much of the country. But now may be a better time than ever for you to start house hunting.autumn

According to RealtyTrac and realtor.com®, October is the best time to snag a deal on a house. RealtyTrac analyzed more than 32 million sales of single-family homes and condos between 2000 and 2015, finding that those who purchased in October paid 2.6 percent below the average estimated full market value for their property. Oct. 8, specifically, seems to offer the best deals for buyers with an average 10.8 percent discount.

If you need more reason to start or continue your home search this fall, here are five additional reasons to shop for a home!

1. Less focus on landscaping. While the spring and summer bring green grass and plant life, fall may actually allow buyers to concentrate on the condition of a home’s exterior better. Viewing houses in the fall, you can spot exterior flaws and even landscaping problems, setting you up to deal with these issues before you buy the house.

2. The pressure is off. Less competition from other buyers who are pressed by deadlines, such as the start of the school year, means a stress-free pace for buyers.

3. Agents have more time. Ok, some agents have time- while we stay busy- we’re always ready to give our clients the attention they deserve, often times in the fall we may have fewer buyer clients so this could be a big advantage to you!

4. Better deals. Those who are selling in the fall likely have personal deadlines they’d like to meet, such as relocating for a job. Sometimes, sellers are more willing to lower their asking price than they would be during the summer months.

5. Fewer bidding wars. By taking advantage of the seasonal hiatus by other buyers, there’s less chance that your clients will be outbid by someone else.

If you’re ready to start your home search, call us, email us! We’re ready and now is a great time to buy!

http://www.greenbrierrealestateservice.com
304.645.2255
Gregory Allman, Broker

Article adapted from Realtor Magazine

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