Lewisburg, WV Real Estate News

By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  I recently wrote a post, Did You Know there are Four Carnegie Halls?  If you had read the post, you would know that Lewisburg, West Virginia, has one. For 25 years, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg has operated as a regional center for the visual and performing arts.  Such notable performers as Taj Mahal, Gillian Welch, and Issac Stern have performed on its historic stage.  The next big event will be the 2009 Fantasy in White Fundraiser. Mark your calendars for the next Garnegie Hall's Fantasy in White Costume Gala Event.  The event will be on Saturday, July 25th from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM at the West Virginia School of Ostheopactic Medicine's Alumni Center. The evening will feature: an elegant dinner, music by the Tony Hayworth Quartet, costume contest, champagne toast , a chance to win a d...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  Did You Know there are Four Carnegie Halls? And, one is in my town.... Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains lies this rare, historic treasure!  Lewisburg, West Virginia is home to one of only four Carnegie Halls still in continuous use in the world.  The other three are located in New York, Scotland, and Pennsylvania.      Music has been heard through the halls of this stately Georgian Revival structure for nearly a century. The WV Carnegie Hall was built in 1902 by steel baron and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie as a classroom building for the Lewisburg Female Institute, later the Greenbrier College for Women. WV Carnegie Hall was incorporated in 1983 as a regional not-for-profit arts and education center. Today, the cultural center annually serve...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
I had a very smooth closing on Thursday.  No glitches at all.  The house sold for $390,000 and both the sellers and buyers were very happy.  The lender was USAA Federal Savings Bank.  The listing agent only talked once to the lender. Unblievable, I know!  Both the sellers and buyers were happy with the closing. But, after reading Martha Brown's post, Famous Last Words... Don't Worry...We Will Close On Time... Yeah Right, ..... I realized that I was very lucky to have a smooth closing.  The listing agent, Lynn Tuckwiller, and I kept each other informed on all transactions, it was simply the best transaction to date. I was lucky for two reasons:  (1) Great listing agent and lender; and (2) even though I was sick, there were NO glitches, and the deal was a success.  See my post, Just When ...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  If you haven't been to Historic Downtown Lewisburg on the first Friday of the month, you are missing out on some fun.  First Fridays after Five is a Lewisburg tradition and takes place all year long with shops, galleries and restaurants that stay open until 9 pm serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment.  June 5th  starts the summer with outdoor and indoor live music, artist receptions, fun and refreshments!  The event, as always, is free to the public.  Everyone is welcome!    Here are a few events going on, and remember to check out all the shops .... and enjoy the refreshments. Downtown Lewisburg's Green Space sets the stage for Izzy & Chris, the award winning West Virginia Blues Duo, who will be "Preachin' the Blues" from 6 pm to 9 pm. Izzy and Chris were the main stage...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
On May 2, My husband and I attended the wedding of Jessica Roczniak and Paul Grist.  Jessica is a young artist, and Paul is an Auctioneer and a Realtor for Foxfire Mountain Properties.  The couple were married in the beautiful gardens of the General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Since it had rained the past few days and the weahter forecast was calling for more rain, a tent was erected for the wedding.  It was beautifully decorated from top to bottom.  The flowers throughout the garden and on each table in the tent were prepared by Gillespie's Flowers Productions, Main Street, White Sulphur Springs, WV. And, OMG, the cake was absolutely delicious. The cake was made by Fruits of Labor, located on Morris Branch Road in Dawson, WV. The weather cooperated nicely during the ceremon...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
Talk about a busy person....then meet my hairdresser .  Julie Hansen, is the best. She cuts and colors my hair perfectly.  I found Julie 2 years ago and didn't think I would find anyone in Lewisburg, West Virginia, who could cut and color my hair like my hairdresser in Alexandria, Virginia, did.   Well, Julie proved me wrong.  She listens to what you want ... the style, cut, and color.....and that is what you get. Julie, and her husband Dean, have one of the biggest cattle operations in the state with 4000 head of cattle and sheep; as well as, a local stockyard.  Julie is an amazing person, with a great attitude on life.   Not only is she a mother of three children, ages 11, 4 and 2; a cosmetologist at Hair Design for 24 years, she also does direct selling for Jockey Person to Person. J...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
    For the past few years the students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM), have supported CASA's annual fund raising event, "A Child's Hope".   This year's CASA event was no different.   Ten students from WVSOM donated their time and services to this worthy cause to help the abuse and neglected children in West Virginia.   The WVSOM students who helped with this year's event were:  Thuy Nguyen, Cullen Herout, Angela Rims, Gloria Santayana, Aileen Ruffino, Vidhi Patel, Kendra Stone, Derek Ballas, Patrick Antonio, and Jane Donovan.   Lewisburg is home to the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.  It is one of 26 osteopathic medical schools in the United States.  WVSOM is one of three medical schools in West Virginia and the sole institution that grants th...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  Heather Roques, Mortgage Specialist, for City National Bank, provided the below information on a brand new 3-2-1 Buy-down program. This program is designed to help stimulate economic growth by allowing licensedhomebuilders the ability to offer a very affordable mortgage loan utilizing a temporaryinterest rate buy-down plan on homes that are newly constructed (never occupied) or tobe constructed. Financing is for the end loan only, not for the construction phase of thehome. ► Single family, owner occupied homes and new double wide manufactured homes► No home price limits, loan limit of $417,000► Only 5% down - mortgage insurance required► No first time homebuyer requirement► 10, 15, 20 or 30 year terms The borrower's payment would be equivalent to rate being 3% less the first year, 2% ...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  The Ride for the Refuge is an event to raise public awareness about domestic violence with the ultimate goal of ending the generational cycle of family violence. By joining Ellen Allen, Executive Director of the Family Refuge Center, Lewisburg, WV, you will be demonstrating your support for ending intimate partner violence through increased education and community awareness. It is not a fund raising event, nor is it a typical organized bike ride. No registration required and no fee. There are no refreshment stops, mechanical assistance or sag support. You should bring all the water and energy you need for the duration of the ride.  The event starts on May 7 and ends May 11. Ride for the Refuge Schedule: Thursday, May 7:  12 noon send off by Mayor Manchester at in the Green space, Lewi...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
CASA hosted its third annual "A Child's Hope" benefit wine and cheese reception on Friday, April 24th at the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This year the event featured a performance by young pianist Carter Woodson, a ninth grade student at Greenbrier East High School (GEHS), Lewisburg, West Virginia.    Britt Ludwig, CASA President, introduced Carter who played a collection of Chopin Preludes. Carter's music teacher Mr. Philip Fife says that Carter is self motivated and excels in both his academic and music studies. Carter studies piano and organ with Mr. Fife, and plays marimba in the GEHS band.  What is a marimba ? Carter participated in the 2008 West Virginia Solo and Ensemble Festival and received a superior rating for his performance of the Hungarian Dance by Brahms ...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the Eleventh Judicial District will host its third annual "A Child's Hope" benefit wine and cheese reception on Friday, April 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Cooper Gallery in Lewisburg, West Virginia. This year the event will feature a performance by young pianist Carter Woodson, a ninth grade student at Greenbrier East High School. Tickets are available at $50.00 per person, and may be purchased from the CASA office in Lewisburg (304) 645-5437, or at the door on the night of the event.  Local support for this important non-profit organization is crucial, and all proceeds from "A Child's Hope" will benefit CASA, which currently serves 29 abused or neglected children in the Eleventh Judicial District, including Greenbrier and Pocahontas Cou...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  I would like to introduce a new member to the Active Rain community, Heather Roques.  Heather is a mortgage specialist for City National Bank in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  Heather is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she lived for 25 years.  She and her husband, Ned, moved to Lewisuburg in July, 2007. I first met Heather when she was a Realtor.  Now as a mortgage specialist she assists buyers and sellers with their financing.  And, provides Realtors with financing flyers for listings, as well as for open houses.  Heather, in fact, assisted me in my open house on Saturday, which was a big success. Heather has a great personality, and is so personable, with a great business sense.   So, if you need a loan, stop by and see Heather. She will help you with all your financing ne...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  I held an open house on Saturday, April 18th the same day the Third Annual Chocolate Festival in Lewisburg, West Virginia was being held.  It was a hectic morning, putting up open house signs, and trying to find some extra signs for the main roads.  I was really hoping to go to the festival, but time was against me.  The open house was a success for two reasons: (1) we received an offer from a couple attending the open house; and, (2) the mortgage specialist signed on to be a member of active rain. It was a good turnout, considering it was on a beautiful sunny Saturday and the festival was ongoing.  We actually had four couples attend the open house.  Three were really good possibilities who just loved the house; the other couple was just looking.  One couple from North Carolina was t...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
If you are attending the Third Annual Chocolate Festival in Lewisburg, add this open house to your list of things to do on Saturday. The open house is at 121 Old White Drive, Lewisburg, WV, on Saturday, April 18, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Heather Roques, Mortgage Specialist, City National Bank of West Virginia, will also be there to answer your financing questions. This home is located in Greenbrier Pines, and is Lewisburg's finest subdivision, and is situated on fifty acres. Leave the hurry of the city behind without leaving the advantages it has to offer.  Enjoy the tranquility of this exclusive community located inside Lewisburg city limits....approximately one mile from the historic downtown area. Lewisburg, West Virginia is nestled in the heart of the Greenbrier Valley, and i...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  In March of 2009 there were 9 residential homes that closed within the month for Lewisburg WV, and ten residential homes that closed in the month of March of 2008 and 2007.  This is a decrease of only 1 unit, and shows the market is not declining much in this area.   The chart also depicts the average sale price went up in 2009.  But, that the average days on the market for 2009 is up slightly. as noted in the below chart:   March 2009 March 2008 March 007 Number of residential homes that closed 9 10 10 Average List Price for homes that closed $154,795 $172,510 $233,820 Average Sale Price for homes that closed $159,250 $152,045 $218,790 Average DOM for homes closed 219 190 192     Below is the Real Estate Listing Information for Greenbrier County for 2009:   Greenbrier County: Mar 09 ...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
As a child growing up in Bluewell, WV, I remember my mother getting me and my sisters and brothers ready for church on Sundays, as well as for the Wednesday night service. My mother was a founding member of Bluewell United Methodist Church (BUMC) and her family attended regularly and sat in the same pew each Sunday.  My mom sang in the church choir, taught a number of children and adult classes, and was a member of the women's circle.  We were faithful church members of the BUMC. The Rev. John Mendez was our pastor. We lived on a hill in Bluewell, WV, and could see the church from our house.  At my brother Donald's funeral last year, a former neighbor and church member said, "I can remember looking up and seeing the Vasvary family coming down the hill all dressed for church on Sunday". ...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
When I first moved to Lewisburg, WV, my neighbor, Maribeth Irwin, asked if I could "Be a Friend of CASA" and be on the fund raising committee.  Of course, I said yes, and have been helping to raise money since moving here in 2006.  We support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes. In 1977, a Seattle judge conceived the idea of using trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. So successful was this program that soon judges across the country began utilizing citizen advocates. In 1990, the US Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA programs with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, CASA has grown to a network of more than 5...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
  As the nation collectively watches for signs of recovery in the real estate sector, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC today began the multimedia roll-out of its 2009 marketing campaign highlighting the company's experience and innovation, while offering consumers messages of hope about the future of real estate.  Elements of the campaign will appear across a wide range of mediums, including television, print, online and mobile devices. The first spot, "Iconic Homes," features notable properties - from the historic White House and Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater to the space-age Jetson's residence - mixed in with homes of different architectural styles. The announcer says, "For 103 years our agents have helped people find the houses they'll call home. Now, more than ever, it's importan...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
    On March 26, Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts had their grand opening on the new subdivision, Pinnacle.  It was a huge success.  There were approximately 125 in attendance for this grand opening event.  Coldwell Banker Stuart and Watts would like to thank everyone for coming out for this event.  Special thanks to the following: Chamber of Commerce for hosting this Business After Hours Event.Leisa Campbell for furnishing all the decor and for staging this house; The Mason Jar for the delicious food and,Gillespie's for the flower arrangements. This event made the local news (Channel 59), and as you see below, there was a lot of traffic coming into the subdivision.          The door prizes were from the local Lewisburg businesses:  Ruby Tuesday  Neathawks Wal Mart  Jockey Person to Per...
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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
I will be holding an open house on Sunday, March 29 From 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Location:  121 Old White Drive, Lewisburg, WV.  This beautiful brick home is great for entertaining in the large gourmet kitchen w/granite counter tops, island w/Jenn-Air gas cook top w/grill, wall oven & microwave; just relaxing in the private backyard; or enjoying the large rec room with fireplace in the finished basement.   Located within walking distance to town, & WV Osteopathic Medical School.  Aprox. 3800 sqft., 5 BR, 3.5 BA, Finished basement w/RecRoom, built-in cabinets w/fireplace, BR, & oversized tiled shower/steam room. Lots of storage space & beautiful landscaped yard. Surround sound system & MORE! STOP BY and take a peak..............        --------------------------------------------------...
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