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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Selling your home can be a great move this fall, especially with inventory still hovering around the lower end of the spectrum. You will want to take all of the necessary steps to prepare the property for sale, including cleaning clutter, boosting curb appeal, and finding the best price to intrigue buyers all across West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. However, there are a few deal breakers that can easily turn away buyers in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town and as your local experts, we have listed them below to help you avoid doing so!

Pet Odors
Of course you love your pets, but remember that not all buyers in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will. There are many buyers that do not want to purchase a home with lingering pet odors or signs of pet damage like scratches on the floors or on the trim. Try your best to eliminate any pet odors prior to listing your home and if possible, take your pets with you during showings.

Tight Kitchens
It is no secret in the real estate market that kitchens and bathrooms can sell homes— so how do yours present themselves? If your kitchen is on the small side, take the necessary steps to help it appear bright and airy. Clear the clutter, make sure all small appliances are put away and not crowding countertops during showings, and ensure there is plenty of light. If the space is outdated, you might consider making small improvements to help intrigue buyers.

Extra Maintenance 
Homebuyers in Jefferson and Berkeley County want a smooth transition into their new home. If you've recently replaced appliances like the furnace or water heater, make it known to your listing agent so they can tell buyers. If the roof was replaced, they will want to know that too! Any improvement where buyers don't feel like they are inheriting extra maintenance costs can help you avoid losing the deal. 

Give the Kable Team a call today for more information about selling your home in Jefferson or Berkeley County WV! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:12 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 22 August 2017

When buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, you're likely looking to find the best deal. After all, who doesn't like to save a little money when making the biggest purchase of their life? There are dozens of ways to go about it, from looking for Price Reduced signs to noting the number of days on the market, and with the Kable Team on your side, you can rest assured that you will find your dream home at a price you can afford.

Below are three ways to score a deal when shopping homes for sale in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town:

1. Look for Price Reductions
As we mentioned above, looking for price reduction signs can help you spot a deal in Jefferson and Berkeley County WV. And even if the price has already been cut, sellers may be more likely to work out a deal with buyers depending on the number of days the home has been for sale. Remember, your agent will be able to help you find homes for sale in specific areas that fit with your budget.

2. Look for Days on Market
When shopping for homes in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, it's important to note how many days they have been for sale. Sellers are much more willing to cut a deal to buyers if the property has been sitting on the market. They may have already purchased another home and need to be out quickly.

3. Offer the Seller an Incentive
Even if your offer is on the lower side, Eastern Panhandle home sellers could accept it in the right scenario. Offer to move up your closing date— as we mentioned before, the sellers may need to be out in a certain amount of time to move into their new home. Or on the other hand, maybe the sellers need to stay for a few extra weeks after the closing to tie up loose ends. You never know what incentive will prompt them to accept your offer, so work with your agent on finding the best course of action.

Do not hesitate to contact the Kable Team for more information on buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:00 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

As we come up on the middle of August, our minds start to turn to the fall season ahead! Pumpkins, leaves, apple picking and cider— and not to mention, cooler weather! There are dozens of events planned for September in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle to kick off autumn and as your local real estate experts, Kable Team Realty has listed a few of them below!

Labor Day Breakfast
Monday, September 4, 2017; 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
War Memorial Park
Martinsburg WV


This long-standing tradition is sponsored by the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Rec and includes grilled steak, sliced country ham, and more! Held at the Main Pavilion in War Memorial Park, this is the perfect way to spend a September morning!

Super Decathlon
Saturday, September 16, 2017; 8:30 AM to 6 PM
Martinsburg WV

Join in this fun, friendly team competition that brings together the communities of Jefferson and Berkeley County. Co-ed teams of four people will go head to head in events like dodgeball, relay races, mini golf and more!

Fall Fun Farm Days
September 23-24, 2017; 9 AM to 5 PM Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM Sunday
Orr's Farm Market

Martinsburg WV

Celebrate fall's arrival at this Martinsburg orchard and weekend festival! There will be pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, live local bluegrass music, baked goods, craft vendors, kids activities and more!

6th Annual Mini Fair
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 10 AM to 3 PM
War Memorial Park
Martinsburg WV

You won't want to miss this fun-filled mini fair at War Memorial Park, featuring your favorite characters like Daisy and Donald Duck, face painting, games, food, arts and crafts, demonstrations, and inflatables!

Do not hesitate to reach out to the Kable Team for more information about moving to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle or for a list of homes for sale in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 08 August 2017

When deciding to buy a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, you will need to take a long, hard look at your finances. You will want to make a budget, meet with a lender and ultimately get pre-approved to ensure you are fully prepared to make a home purchase in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town. However, many new homeowners often find they didn't consider every cost involved and as a result, may end up feeling a sense of buyer's remorse.

Below are three hidden costs of homeownership that many buyers tend to overlook during the home buying process in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle

Maintenance costs
Once you've been handed the keys to your Eastern Panhandle home, the responsibility of maintaining the property becomes completely yours. That means mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, tending to landscaping, and making any unexpected repairs that can arise over the years. Be sure you factor in expenses like purchasing a lawn mower if you don't already have one and begin building a "rainy day fund" so you are somewhat prepared when the roof begins to leak or the HVAC suddenly stops working.

Closing costs
Did you know most homebuyers are unaware of closing costs? These cover many necessary fees surrounding your purchase like your home's title, loan processing fees, and the like. Ask your lender what your estimated closing costs might be so you can plan for them accordingly and avoid a surprise at the closing table. The last thing you want prior to getting your keys is learning that you need to write a large check! It helps to have the funds ready in advance!

Routine costs
There are certain costs that every homeowner must pay each month— including homeowners insurance, taxes, and utilities—so be sure to factor them into your overall budget. Once you've covered the down payment and earnest money, the costs do not stop there! Every home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will have these routine costs and new homeowners should be well aware of them prior to walking through their new front door!

You can count on Kable Team Realty to make sure there are no surprises or obstacles surrounding your home purchase and if there are, we will help you address them as easily as possible! Give us a call today for more information about buying a home or available properties in Jefferson and Berkeley County West Virginia!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:39 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 01 August 2017

It's a new month! That means it's time to take stock of your Eastern Panhandle WV home, carefully looking for anything that can stand to be repaired before we head into a new season in just a few short weeks. Below is a handy checklist of tasks to complete around your home in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town this August— we keep them simple so you can get back out to enjoy the beach and the rest of the dog days of summer! 

Clean the gutters
Summer is full of sunshine in Jefferson and Berkeley County West Virginia, but the occasional thunderstorm does come through! What these summer showers leave behind is debris and standing water in gutters if they are not properly cleaned to allow for drainage. August is the time to get up on the roof and to inspect the state of your gutters and drains. 

Get rid of bugs and yard pests
Did you know that wasps tend to ramp up in volume in late summer? If you have wasps or other stinging bugs around your Jefferson or Berkeley County home, now is the time to spray or eliminate them altogether. First identify where the wasps are coming from, usually close to the ground or under gutters and eaves, then spray their point of entry and exit. You can repeat this step every few days until you no longer see them.

Prep your furnace
With the sun shining, it can be hard to think ahead to the colder months, but you will thank yourself later! Have your furnace inspected now during the summer so you can avoid the system breaking down when you need it most. HVAC companies typically run specials before the winter so keep your eyes peeled so you can take advantage of them!

Give Kable Team Realty a call today for more information about your home value in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle or selling your property in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown or Charles Town!

Enjoy your summer!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The summer is a busy time for the real estate market— the weather is ideal for getting out and looking for homes in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, mortgage rates are still low, and with inventory lacking, you may be feeling the urge to make a move on your dream houseKable Team Realty is here to walk you through the process every step of the way this year and remember, while the idea of settling into the perfect house in Jefferson County or Berkeley County WV may thrill you, there are also a host of things you should avoid as you take those next steps.

Below are three things homebuyers in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown and Charles Town should never do:

Don't: Shop for Homes without an Agent
It may seem like a simple task to shop for Eastern Panhandle homes on your own, but when it comes to closing the deal, you want a professional on your side. Someone who works with your best interests in mind—from finding the right home to putting together an offer that will win you the property to negotiating credits and repairs at the closing table—is invaluable for buyers, especially during this busy time in the real estate market.

Don't: Ignore Your Budget
It may be tempting to tour a West Virginia home that is beyond your price range, but it will only harm you in the end. The last thing you want is to get attached to a property in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Ranson, Shepherdstown or Charles Town and then learn that you cannot secure a loan for that amount. Sit down and write out your budget, including costs like maintenance, property taxes and insurance, and then set search parameters for properties that meet what you are able to reasonably pay each month. It is also helpful to use a mortgage calculator when figuring your potential monthly payment.

Don't: Take the First Mortgage Quote You Receive
Homebuyers leave so much money on the table by settling for the first mortgage quote they receive from a lender. It is important to shop around for mortgages before you decide on which suits you best. After all, not all mortgages are the same— you may find that a 5 year ARM (adjustable rate mortgage) is a better fit for you given your timeline and down payment situation.

Ready to purchase a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle this year? Give Kable Team Realty a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:03 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 18 July 2017

When shopping for a mortgage, there are several options to choose from, including an ARM (adjustable rate mortgage), FHA or VA loan, and of course, the standard 30-year fixed-rate loan. It is a common practice to choose the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, but there are a few instances in which you may find that this loan type is not for you. 

As your real estate experts in West Virginia's Eastern PanhandleKable Team Realty has included three signs that a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage may not be the right one for you:

You Plan to Move Soon
Perhaps one of the most practical reasons to not choose a 30-year mortgage is that you plan to move in the near future. Consider your timeline for staying put in this particular home in Jefferson or Berkeley County— Do you think you'll be somewhere else in the next five years? If so, it may be a better idea to choose an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) that comes with a lower interest rate and when the term is up, you will be ready to move on!

You Plan to Retire Soon
Having little to no debt is ideal for those on the edge of retirement and taking out a new, 30-year mortgage on an Eastern Panhandle home may not be the best fit for your plans— or your budget. Consider a 3 or 5 year ARM instead as the term will allow you a lower rate, smaller payment than a 30-year mortgage, and the ability to sell when the term ends, so you can relocate or move back into a renting position.

You Don't Have 20 Percent to Put Down
For those that do not have a 20 percent downpayment saved for a home in West Virginia, buying a home may seem out of reach. But don't let that be the only reason you hold back! There are other options for homebuyers, including FHA, VA, and ARM loans. 30-year mortgages will often require you to put 20 percent down and if you don't have this cash reserve on hand, consider it one sign that route may not be for you.

We have helped numerous buyers in Jefferson and Berkeley County become homeowners and we are happy to help you do the same! Contact the Kable Team today for more information about buying a home in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown or Charles Town and local lender recommendations in the area!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 10:47 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 11 July 2017

It's hard to believe we are already mid-way through the summer, but there is still so much left to see and do in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. For instance, did you know that there is a farmers market in Martinsburg every Friday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM? It's a great time to enjoy the summer weather, listen to the Fridays at Five concert series, and support your local vendors by purchasing their meat, herbs, eggs, fruits, veggies, baked goods and more!

As your local real estate experts in Jefferson and Berkeley County, we've included a few events coming up this summer in Martinsburg!

Martinsburg Farmers Market
When: Through September 1st, 2017; 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Where: East King Street, Town Square

Fridays at Five Concert Series
When: Through August 18, 2017; 5 PM to 7 PM
Where: Town Square

Low Country Boil
When: July 27, 2017; 5 PM to 9 PM
Where: 108 West Stephen Street

Come enjoy live music and a traditional low country boil featuring shrimp, potatoes, corn, crawfish, smoked sausage and more! 

Disney Under the Stars
When: July 29, 2017; 8:30 PM to 11 PM
Where: Boydville Inn, downtown Martinsburg

Join in this showing of Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast at the Boydville Inn. 

Martinsburg Bike Night
When: August 19, 2017; 5 PM to 11 PM
Where: Downtown Martinsburg

A police-escorted ride, food, and dancing are just a few of the many features of this annual motorcycle night in Martinsburg!

Do not hesitate to contact the Kable Team with any questions you have about the local real estate market, buying a home or selling a home in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown or Charles Town.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:15 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, 05 July 2017

If you flew your American flag outside of your Eastern Panhandle home this Fourth of July, the in's and out's of flag etiquette may have crossed your mind. For instance, how should you position your flag if you display it with another state, city, or country flag? According to etiquette rules, you should not fly another flag above or to the right of the American flag. As your local real estate experts, Kable Team Realty has included a few more rules below that you may not be aware of, so you can show your patriotism all year long without worrying if your flag is in the right place!

When displaying with another flag
If displaying your flag with another in a cross-staff position, the American flag should be placed above the other and the flag should be on the right (or the viewer's left).

When displaying on a wall or window
If you are displaying your flag vertically or horizontally on a wall or in a window, the union should be in the uppermost position and to the flag's own right (or the viewer's left).

When displaying with a state or city flag
If you are flying your flag with another state or city flag, as we mentioned above, the American flag should be placed above the others, with no other flags to its right. If displaying with a flag from another country, the other nation's flag should be flown from a separate staff of the same height.

When displaying at night
If you are displaying your American flag at night in Jefferson or Berkeley County, it should be well lit. 

Do not hesitate to give the Kable Team a call today for more information about your home value, buying or selling a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! We can also provide a list of homes for sale in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, Inwood, or Falling Waters!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 08:54 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Summer is officially here and next up on the list of events is the Fourth of July! Lucky for Martinsburg WV area residents, there are plenty of fireworks displays, parades and BBQs to attend and as your local real estate expertsKable Team Realty is happy to share a few with you! Below are several July 4th events taking place in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle this year, so be sure to mark your calendars!

Martinsburg July 4th Fireworks
When: July 4, 2017
Where: Townsend Field, War Memorial Park, Martinsburg WV

Why not spend the day at the park, swimming from 12 PM to 5 PM or playing a round of mini golf from 11 AM to 8 PM, before the big fireworks display at dusk or approximately 9:30 PM! War Memorial Park will be open to the public all day long!

Shepherdstown Picnic and Parade
When: Parade begins at 11 AM, German Street, Downtown Shepherdstown WV
Picnic runs from 12 PM to 3 PM, Morgan's Grove Park 

Admission is free to this family-friendly Fourth of July event! There will be live music, kids activities, and the Rotary Club will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, ice cream and more!

Jefferson County Fireworks
When: 5 PM
Where: Sam Michael's Park, Shenandoah Junction, WV

Free admission, free parking, and food and craft vendors are just some of the features of this Fourth of July event in Jefferson County WV! Gates will open at 5 PM and get there early as there are 10,000 to 12,000 expected to be in attendance!

We wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July! And as always, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about the local real estate market, buying or selling a home in Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, Hedgesville, Shepherdstown, Inwood, or Falling Waters!

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