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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The higher the home prices, the more West Virginia homes will be sold, a new study conducted by two senior economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found. In fact, at this time of year where there are typically shortages of housing inventory, the rising prices in Eastern Panhandle real estate are contributing to more home sales by enticing Jefferson County and Berkeley County homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home prices have edged up 11.7 percent in the past year. And yet these rising home prices we've seen over the past few months have some home sellers waiting out the market in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville until they rise even more. 

"For some this is because the value of their home is still below the outstanding balance on their mortgage, meaning that sellers would have to bring cash to the closing," reported Mortgage News Daily. "For others it may be that their equity is not back to a level that motivates them to sell."

It is the home sellers in local real estate that are deciding when the time is right to sell as they are factoring in all elements of the sale— brokerage fees, closing costs, repairs and updates that may be necessary for their homes. As a result, it has them waiting out the market, waiting for the right time to sell when the prices rise just enough and they can see the benefit of listing their home.

However, these increases are pushing homebuyers to make the jump now. Homebuyers are realizing that the time is right to purchase homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle as prices will only continue to rise as we move further toward 2014. And while many may have expected the rising prices of West Virginia homes for sale to stall buyers in purchasing new properties, this new study out of San Francisco has found that's just not the case.

Eventually, home sellers will come around to the idea of selling while the timing—and prices— are right and inventory will rise along with home values. "Current home owners may be making a rational choice to postpone selling in the hope that prices will rise further. However, this behavior tends to be short run. In the longer run, the link between the level of house prices and for-sale inventories is strong," said Mortgage News Daily. "If prices continue to rise, inventories for sale should eventually rise too."

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:56 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Celebrate Halloween on the Eastern Panhandle with these fun events in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville

Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry
Open Year Round, Monday through Saturday
175 High Street; Harpers Ferry, WV

Come just in time for Halloween to hear the ghostly tales of Harpers Ferry lore and legend as they are recounted on an evening tour through the lower town. While the tours are open year round, it is the perfect time of year for a scary tour of the town.

Haunted History and Legends Tour of Martinsburg
Open through October 31, 2013
Tours begin at the Adam Stephen House
Downtown Martinsburg, WV

The week of Halloween they will run every night and on Halloween night both tours will be offered. Tours start at 8:00 pm and are $12.00 per person. Please wear comfortable shoes, there is a fair amount of walking involved. Flashlights are welcome.

Dread the Undead Zombie Run at the Martinsburg Mall
Saturday, October 26, 2013; Registration ends October 24
The Zombie Run is a 5K fun run ending with a military style obstacle course. The catch is there will be Zombies all over the course trying to pull flags off the runners. The object is to finish the course with at least one or more flags to stay alive at the end. If the runner at any point during the run does not have any flags left, they can still finish the race but will not be eligible for any awards. You're not running against the clock, your running from flesh-eating zombies to stay alive! This is the ultimate zombie apocalypse survival training course! All ages are welcome to attend this event. Click here for more details.

Murder Among Friends Show
Friday and ​Saturday, October 25 and 26, 2013
The Old Opera House, Charles Town, WV

Director Susan Thornton, who most recently directed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the Old Opera House, has assembled a fresh group of comic scoundrels to bring this comedy/thriller to the OOH stage.

Shepherdstown Halloween Fest
Friday, October 25, 2013 through Halloween
129 East German Street, Shepherdstown, WV

This year, for the first time, the historic town of Shepherdstown, WV will celebrate Halloween with a week-long "Boo! Fest." The Boo! Fest will begin with a "Vampire Ball" at the Community Club the evening of Friday, October 25, and conclude with the town's traditional trick-or-treating on German Street on Halloween night, October 31.

Fall Festival at Blue Ridge College
October 26, 2013
13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, WV

Enjoy a flag football tournament, chili cook-off, pumpkin painting, face painting, trick or treat, costume contest, and much more at this FREE fall festival in Martinsburg. 

Join in the seasonal Halloween fun with the Jefferson County and Berkeley County areas! Not yet a part of these great communities? We can help you find a home in the right location for you and your family. Contact the Kable Team today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 12:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 October 2013

You're always hearing the phrase, "location, location, location." It's true— location is everything in West Virginia real estate. But do you know why? When you're buying a home on the Eastern Panhandle, you're going to be looking for a great area and neighborhood, especially to see the long-term investment in the purchase. Looking to buy a home this fall? Perhaps looking for one on the best block is in your best interests and will benefit you in a big way when it comes time to sell your home. Here's what makes a great location:

A Great Neighborhood
Jefferson County and Berkeley County real estate buyers want to feel safe in their homes and will likely pay extra for the security. One element that makes an Eastern Panhandle home especially great is a safe neighborhood, with low crime, and walkable streets. A special neighborhood will encourage new homeowners to walk around, be outdoors, and interact with their neighbors.

The School Districts
School districts are a major selling point for many buyers looking for homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville. Even if you don't have children or if yours are out of the school-aged group, buying a home in an area with great schools often means higher home values for properties in the area. The better the school district, the higher the home values will be and that will be important to you when it comes time to sell.

Easy Access to Shops and Such
With a home in a desirable area, meaning easy access to shops, entertainment, restaurants, and such, the property will attract more buyers when the time comes to sell. When buying real estate on the Eastern Panhandle you should always think like a future home seller. Many times buyers are prepared to pay more to be close to locales that matter to them.

Transporatation Access
Another major element that homebuyers look for in a home is its proximity to transportation— major roads, highways, and bonus if the property includes a short commute time to their workplaces. Is your home positioned in an ideal location? Homebuyers will take note of this and may place your property at the top of their lists simply for the location factor. Looking to buy? Be sure to take this element into account.

Location is important to those searching for homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle and if you're one of them, let the Kable Team steer you in the right direction! With the real estate expertise and knowledge of the Jefferson County and Berkeley County areas, we can help you find the home that's in the right location for you!

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Posted by: tracy Kable AT 04:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

Fall is a great time for real estate, especially since the hubub of the busy summer buying season has died down. Now that the new season has arrived, so have a new set of West Virginia real estate elements— for instance, low inventory but equally low competition. Are you planning to sell your home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville this fall? The following tips could help you score big with those in the Jefferson County and Berkeley County real estate game and attract homebuyers to purchase your property in no time.

De-Clutter Your Spaces
You may have heard about spring cleaning, but de-cluttering your spaces in the fall is just as important. Homebuyers easily are turned off by alot of furniture, papers, decor, and clutter as they are not able to visualize their own belongings in the home. When the space is open and de-cluttered, homebuyers will be able to view its full potential. Clear the spaces and find everything item and trinket a home— every item does have one! Once this is done, those searching for homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle may put yours in the running.

Deep Clean
Do a deep cleaning of your West Virginia home. That means scrubbing windows, cleaning glass, clearing out every nook and cranny for potential homebuyers. Take a walk through your home and document each area that needs the most work. If it's too big of a job, like a basement or garage, consider hiring a crew to come in and help.

Let in the Light
Update lighting fixtures, replace old or dim light bulbs, and make sure all windows are in proper working order. If you have a dark room, it may be the time to paint the walls a brighter color and add wall sconces to make the room appear larger. You'd be surprised at how much light this can bring into a space and the simple act of replacing a light bulb from low to high wattage can do wonders.

Spruce and Stage
Walk around your home and see which areas need the most sprucing up— adding color, decorating, repairs. Homebuyers will take note that homes are updated and staged in a way that makes it feel inviting and cozy. For instance, Better Homes and Gardens advises to "try placing some beautiful books, pillows, fresh fruit, a cozy blanket or other items around the house as well. Little touches will go a long way when buyers are envisioning life in their new house."

It's a great time to consider buying real estate on the Eastern Panhandle and if you're a home seller, the new season can mean great things for you too! Take care of your properties and show the spaces the love they need to attract homebuyers and sell your home before the cold weather is upon us. 

Ready to start your search for homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle or make the decision to sell? Contact the Kable Team today for more tips and tricks for your Jeffesron or Berkeley County real estate journey and advice for finding your next dream home. 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 12:13 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

The beginning of fall was last week and we're now into October. It may be hard to believe that we're just a couple months away from the holidays now, but there are plenty of events to enjoy on the Eastern Panhandle to celebrate this great season! From the Apple Harvest Festival to the many Haunted Trails and Tours, fall in West Virginia will let you enjoy everything Jefferson County and Berkeley County have to offer.

 

9th Annual Martinsburg Chili Cookoff
Main Street Martinsburg, Martinsburg WV
October 5, 2013; 2 PM to 6 PM

The 2013 annual Chili Cook-Off will offer great chili vendors, live bands, trophies and cash prizes.

Hedgesville Heritage Day
Downtown Hedgesville, Hedgesville WV
October 12, 2013; 9 AM to 4 PM

Hedgesville’s annual Heritage Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Festivities will include handcrafted Arts and Crafts, Church Tours, History Presentations, Children’s Area with Bounce Houses and Magic Shows (featuring Magical Michael T), Tasty Food and treats, including: Apple Dumplings, Baked Goods, Sandwiches, Soups, and more. Live music by the Back Creek Valley Boys. Admission is FREE! 

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
Berkeley County Youth Fairgrounds, Martinsburg WV
October 17 through 20, 2013

The annual Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival includes the grand feature parade, an apple pie bake-off, fireworks, car shows, pancake breakfasts, live entertainment and much more. What a great fall event to enjoy in Martinsburg!

Apolloween
The Apollo Civic Theatre, Martinsburg WV
October 4 through 27, 2013; November 1 and 2, 2013

The Apollo Civic Theatre is opening to the public for haunted theatre tours, paranormal investigations, trick or treating (including a lights-on tour through the theatre), and screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Participate in this October-inspried event all month long, as well as into November, and visit apolloween.com for more information.

Fresh Feast on the Farm
Clay Hill Farm, Ranson, WV
October 5, 2013

A unique, fall dining experience highlighting delicious, locally produced foods in a beautiful farm setting in Jefferson County, WV.

Halloween Happenings
Jefferson County Community Center
October 25, 2013; 6:30 PM to 9 PM

Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses and Pumpkins await you with fun and thrills. Enjoy games, costume contests, prizes, hayrides and much more at this family friendly event. Concessions will be available for additional cost. All ages / $5 per person.

Trails and Trees Studio Tour
Berkeley County, WV
November 2 through November 3, 2013; 10 AM to 5 PM

Spend the weekend in beautiful and historic Berkeley County, WV visiting some of the area's finest artisans in their studios. Trails and Trees Studio Tour is a great way to see fall foliage & fantastic arts.

Ready to start your search for homes for sale on the Eastern Panhandle and move to our great area? Contact the Kable Team today for more tips and tricks for your Jefferson or Berkeley County real estate journey and advice for finding your dream home. 

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