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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

So you're ready to sell your Eastern Panhandle WV home, but aren't sure which repairs to make ahead of time.  Making repairs is a good idea.  Homes that have been recently repaired generally look better and can be sold more quickly and for more money.  Which repairs are worth making to your Eastern Panhandle WV home?  Here are a few details to take into consideration:

Remodeling

Unless you are skilled enough to do it on your own, remodeling is generally a very expensive undertaking.  Maybe you have always thought the living room was too big and the dining room too small, but moving that wall might not be a good idea.  The new home owner could turn around and move it right back!  Because of the cost involved and because you don't know the potential buyers' plans for the house, it is best to skip remodeling unless there is an extreme situation that calls for it.

Plumbing

Plumbing is something that buyers will check out while walking through the house.  They will turn faucets on and off to see how quickly the water warms up, flush the toilet, and check the shower's water pressure.  If any of these things are not working, it will make them suspicious that more of the house is in disrepair and will be costly to them later.  Plumbing issues are often low cost and worth fixing.

Electrical

Electrical problems are similar to plumbing issues in the sense that fixing them is often low cost and will pay off.  Potential buyers will flick light switches on and off, ring the doorbell, turn on appliances, and open and close the garage door.  If anything does not work, they might use that to try and negotiate a lower sale price.

Walls, floors, and ceilings

These are what buyers see first and they should look clean and in good shape.  Paint walls, have carpets professionally shampooed, and replace missing bathroom tile as needed.  These small efforts will pay off.  If the walls or ceilings have water stains due to a problem roof or a plumbing issue, however, be sure to fix the underlying problem so you don't end up paying for it later.

Hopefully these tips will help you as you prepare to sell your Eastern Panhandle WV home.  If you have any further questions about selling or about real estate in general, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Posted by: AT 10:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Have you spent some time outdoors in Harpers Ferry this spring?  Many people choose to take advantage of the nice weather by getting fit and enjoying nature.  Running, playing sports, and even taking a stroll with the dog are all popular activities that can boost your mood while helping you look your best.  If you're wanting to take your fitness to the next level and meet some like-minded people from the local Harpers Ferry community, check out these upcoming Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival river rafting and running events.

Doah Cup Race

This is a river raft race held on May 24th, 2012.  The cost is $50 per raft (not supplied) and $5 per rafter (for insurance).  All money raised goes to keeping the rivers clean. You may have as many or as few people on your raft as you would like.  Have your raft gear ready and be prepared to race by 6:30 pm at the River & Trail Outfitter Put-In at Millville.  For more information, email lisakara@gmail.com.

3.4+ Mile Trail to River Run

This is a run that begins at 9 am on the actual day of the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, which is Saturday, June 16th, 2012.  It is a "scenic and challenging trail run" that involves several trails throughout the park.  There are hills, bridges, and river crossings so be prepared to get dirty if I join this race.  The cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of and that includes a t-shirt.

The Tim Gavin Down River Race

Another June 16th, 2012 event, this is a river raft race that runs around six miles through "the best white water in the Eastern Panhandle."  The cost is $25 (free for children 12 and under) and that includes a t-shirt.  A shuttle will be arranged to bring participants back to the starting point.  For more information, call Mike at 304-676-6853.

The Attainment Race

The attainment race is a challenging river raft race on the Potomic, also on June 16th, 2012.  It will involve difficult rapids such as "Mad Dog" and "Wake Up Call" as well as at least half an hour of upstream paddling.  It begins at 3 pm and costs $25 to register.  There is no shuttle scheduled to bring attainment racers back after they are finished so that will need to be arranged by the individual participants.

If you join in on the fun of any of these races, let us know about it in the comments!  More detailed registration information is available at the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival website.  As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions about local real estate or the area in general.  Have a great Spring and Summer in Harpers Ferry!

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Posted by: AT 08:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Are you looking to buy Berkeley County Real Estate?  Right now is a great time.  Mortgage rates are low and home prices are still low, but on the rise.  In most US markets, buying is cheaper than renting.  Buying Berkeley County Real Estate is becoming very popular right now.  Don't let a bad credit score keep you from making a worthwhile investment.  Here are tips on how to clean your credit score:

Order a free credit report

You have to see your credit report in order to know what needs fixing.  Everyone is allowed one free report from the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union) each year.  Free reports are availabe at AnnualCreditReport.com.  Obtaining your actual credit score, however, costs money.  Depending on your situation, you might want to order both.

Dispute any inaccuracies


Sometimes credit reports contain errors.  If you see anything untrue, such as a credit card late payment or a loan that you never took out, dispute it with the credit reporting agency.  Carefully look at your credit limits on each account and make sure they have been updated recently and are accurate.  Lower credit limits will hurt you.  Also keep in mind that anything over seven years old should not appear on the report.  If something negative but true is present, dispute it if it is also over seven years old.

Fix what you can

If there are debts that have gone to collections, pay them off.  If you cannot afford to pay them in full, call the lenders and inquire about settling.  Often times lenders will accept half of the due amount (or even less) if it means getting some money instead of nothing.  It will still show up on your credit as having been paid late, but removing all items currently in collections will help your score immensely.

Open a line of credit

As backwords as it sounds, opening a credit card can actually increase your credit score.  Credit scores are partially calculated based on one's debt to credit ratio.  Although you might not be able to significantly reduce your debt, you can probably increase your credit limit, thereby increasing the ratio.  (Just make sure you don't rack up more debt on the new card--that defeats the purpose!)

Hopefully these tips help you clean up your credit score and obtain the best mortgage (and home) possible.  Feel free to contact us with any questions as you are shopping around for Berkeley County Real Estate or real estate nearby.  

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

As your Shepherdstown, WV real estate agents, we like to keep an eye on all of the fun and interesting activities going on in the area.  There are a lot of them!  Shepherdstown, WV is the oldest town in the state and has a unique history and vibrant community.  This year is the 250th "birthday" of Shepherdstown, which means there is even more than usual going on in celebration.  Whether you're moving to Shepherdstown or a long-time resident, we hope you take some time this month to get out there and check out the happenings.

Birthday Party at Canterbury

Tonight there will be an official "bithday party" for the town at the Canterbury Center.  Cake will be served (of course!) and historian Jim Price will talk about the history of Shepherdstown.  Photos taken over the past 250 years will be on display for people to look at and see how the town has changed over time.  This event is free.

When: Tuesday, May 8th, 7 - 9 pm

Where: 80 Maddex Drive, Shepherdstown

The Shepherdstown Farmers Market

The Farmers Market opened for business last month.  Each Sunday local farmers will gather to sell fresh produce, flowers, herbs, honey, local meats and cheeses, baked goods, and more.  There will also be entertainment on hand each week.

When: Every Sunday until 12/16, 9 am - 1 pm

Where: Behind the Sheperdstown Library off of German Street in the town's center

Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon

May 12th is the 20th annual International Migratory Bird Day.  In celebration, there are many bird-related events happening.  The Birdathon is an event that can be done individually or in teams.  Participants track how many different kinds of birds they can discover within a 24-hour period.  Pledges are made and funds are raised for the Ruth Ann Dean Memorial.  This event is free.  For more information, visit the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's website.

When: May 12th - 13th

Where:  Shepherdstown

We hope the spring time is treating you well, and you are enjoying what Shepherdstown, WV has to offer.  Feel free to contact us with any questions about buying or selling real estate in Jefferson or Berkeley Counties. 

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Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Home buying can be a stressful process, especially if it's your first time.  As a Berkeley County real estate agent, I have many home buyers tell me that they feel confused or nervous that they are forgetting something, or aren't asking all of the correct questions.  That's why I've put together a few tips to help you out as you buy a Berkeley County home. 

When you find a home you want to make an offer on, be sure to ask about the condition of the house.  Of course you should have it inspected, but in addition to the inspection there will be other things you want to know.  How old is the roof?  Even if it is in good condition, knowing how old it is can help you estimate how soon you'll need to repair it.  Are the walls insulated?  What about in the attic?  How old are the appliances?  What kind of foundation does it have?  These types of questions will help you have a better picture of what sort of maintenance will be involved so there are fewer surprises later on.

Ask the home seller, your realtor, and neighbors about the neighborhood the house is in.  Where a house is located is just as important as the house itself.  Is the house near a highway or train?  If you're easily irritated by loud noises, that might bother you and is something you want to know ahead of time  If you have children (or are planning on having them), the school district the house falls within will be of utmost importance.  Visit the neighborhood at different times of day and night to get a feel for it and, again, prevent surprises later.

Ask questions before you name your offering price.  The more information you have, the better.  How much did the seller pay for the home?  This will help you determine if the property values have risen or dropped.  How much have nearby homes sold for recently?  Do the sellers have multiple offers right now?  The answers to these questions, along with consultation from your realtor, will help you determine exactly how much you want to start your offer with and how low you're ultimately willing to go.

Hopefully these tips are helpful.  Buying a home can go very smoothly when you relax, don't rush, and ask every question that comes to mind.  If you are currently looking to buy a home in Berkeley County, feel free to contact me!  I love helping people find wonderful places to live.

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