A Message from Paul Grist, Broker

Thank you for visiting our website!

I have worked in real estate full time for over 10 years here in the Greenbrier Valley, where you can find everything from country living to luxury homes.  My goal is to run a successful company that provides first class service for our clients and has a positive impact in the community where we live.  Many of our clients are discovering Lewisburg and the Greenbrier Valley for the first time and we want to introduce them, and you, to this wonderful community.

I grew up here, attended local schools and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005.  I went into the real estate business with my father, Richard Grist, in 2006 and created Foxfire Realty.  In 2015, I created a second company, Grist Real Estate Associates, which focuses on homes, commercial, and luxury properties in the Greenbrier Valley, and maintains a strategic partnership with Foxfire.  My wife, Jessie, and I live in Lewisburg with our son Moses and our dogs.  You’ll see Cadbury, our Wire Fox Terrier, in our advertising – he’s the agency mascot and official greeter.

Welcome, and please let us know how we can help you in the Greenbrier Valley!

Paul’s Specialized Credentials:
  • Graduation from the WVU Real Estate Institute
  • Graduation from the Nashville Auctioneers School
  • Graduation from the Certified Auctioneers Institute
  • Graduation from the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing
Paul’s Community Service and Honors:
  • Past President of the Lewisburg Rotary Club
  • Past President of the United Way of the Greenbrier
  • 2007 Rotary District Representative in Japan
  • Recognized in 2010 by The State Journal asone of 40 Under 40 – forty younger West Virginians making a significant difference in their communities


Our team of associates have close to 75 years of experience between them.

We work hard to dedicate our time and energy into helping people, learning more about client’s needs,

and putting our best foot forward in their purchase or sale of a property.

Ann Bell, Associate Broker

Representing buyers and sellers for 38+ years, Ann has become a well recognized master at matching people and properties in the Greenbrier Valley.

The breadth of her real estate knowledge, deep understanding of the area, and professional connections within the community enable her to provide buyers and sellers valuable support in identifying real estate opportunities and negotiating agreements.

Donna Stoner, Realtor, GRI

A real estate veteran of 13+ years, Donna’s knowledge of the market and her insight into people have been foundational to her success in marketing fine quality homes and country estates.

Whether you’re buying or selling a starter home – or a second home, Donna’s extensive experience and welcoming communication style make her an indispensable resource to local and out-of-state clients alike.

Paul Jacoby, Realtor

Recently retired as a media and communication specialist, Paul managed the media services and production needs for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for the last 13+ years.

Paul has also nurtured a lifetime love of architecture and historic buildings that began when he was growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, a leader to the now famous “Iron Front” architectural style (making skyscrapers possible), as well as the Arts and Crafts movement. This passion, in addition to his experience in the antiques businesses for 25 years, sparked his interest in real estate.

Paul brings knowledge and a high level of professionalism to all his endeavors. Working for Grist Real Estate provides an opportunity for him to use his unique skill set to meet client needs.

Hope Cunningham, Realtor

Hope brings her experience working as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney, preparing deed, title and closing documents. A West Virginia resident for more than a decade-and-a-half, Hope is enthusiastic about Lewisburg and the Greenbrier Valley, and excited to be part of a team that strives to offer streamlined, efficient, creative services. She especially appreciates Grist Real Estate Associates’ dedication to serving the community by aiding local nonprofits and sponsoring charity events and she looks forward to being involved.

Sofia Crowell, Executive Assistant

Often the first point of contact for clients and visitors, Sofia is responsible for coordinating all the agency's activities. After living in South Florida for 20 years, she fell in love with the Greenbrier Valley when she visited in 2015. She and her family (husband Richard and son Theo) relocated here in 2017. A new puppy has since joined them.

With a background in theatre administration and years of experience in office management, Sofia is the upbeat, organized, helpful professional you want to meet when you walk in the door.

"I love working here," she comments. "Paul is a great leader and mentor, and things never slow down. It's an exciting place to work."

Sarah Ream Driggers, LiveGreenbrier

Armed with a degree from WVU in Communications and Strategic Social Media, Sarah is excited to work with Grist Real Estate Associates as LiveGreenbrier blogger. Having grown up in Lewisburg, her knowledge and love of the area is plentiful. She looks forward to helping Grist Real Estate and the Greenbrier Valley flourish and prosper.

Cadbury Grist, Unofficial Greeter and Lead Chaser