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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Can you believe that February is almost gone? That means a couple of things: soon enough, the weather will start getting warmer and spring is just around the corner. It also means that the Eastern Panhandle real estate market is about to pick up the pace!

Housing isn’t the only thing that is revving up in activity around springtime. Once the weather starts to warm up, several of the Eastern Panhandle’s communities start throwing more town-wide events and festivals for our area’s residents to enjoy. If there’s one thing that is fantastic about this particular area it’s that our towns know how to have a great time.

There are several upcoming events in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle that will help you celebrate the imminent arrival of springtime. Here are a few of the highlights:

The 4th Annual Common Ground International Book Fest

Saturday, March 2nd, Shepherd University Wellness Center
Calling all book lovers! This is one book festival that celebrates difference, diversity and local talent. Featured authors, playwrights and filmmakers celebrate the differing ideas and philosophies that are found in books, film and theatre. Musical artists and cultural vendors are also invited to participate each year. This is a book festival that those with artistic interests will love and appreciate, and it allows the area’s literary talent to really shine.

Potter’s Bowl and Auction

Saturday, March 2nd, 6:00pm, Sheperdstown Fire Hall
Come outside from the winter chill and enjoy some hot soup donated by local restaurants! Select one beautiful bowl handcrafted by some of the area’s most accomplished potters. It is yours to keep! Dig in and enjoy. From there, peruse the items up for bid in the silent and live auctions and get yourself an amazing Deep Creek vacation or other gorgeous works of art from local artisans. Good Sheperd Caregivers will receive the proceeds and use it to continue to provide free, nonmedical caregiving services to aging Jefferson County residents.

The Eastern Panhandle Home Builder’s Association’s 18th Annual Home Show

March 8th-10th, Martinsburg Mall
Is it your dream to buy or improve your Eastern Panhandle home? This is the home show that you’ll want to attend! The theme is “Build on Your Dream”, so you can bet that there will be an abundance of information about how to both improve and buy the home of your dreams. There will be over 200 vendors in attendance with thoughts, ideas and products to help your vision come to life. This is one home show that you won’t want to miss, even if you’re not thinking of buying a home right now.

These are just a few of the many amazing community events happening around the Panhandle right now. As always, Kable Team Realty is here to help you stay in the know about what’s going on and help you with all of your Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate needs. Contact us if you ever need anything!

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Much has been made about Robert Schiller’s latest assertion that the notion that buying a home for financial and investment purposes is a fad. Some agree that the financial benefits of being a homeowner aren’t as strong or forceful as they once were, while others believe that investing in a home is a great way to build up your assets and gain wealth. We tend to agree with the latter.
As one of the premiere teams of real estate agents in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, we have supported many home buyers through the process of finding and investing in a home. Many of our clients have seen financial gain and tax benefits from actually owning a piece of property instead of renting.
Still not convinced? Not to worry-we’ve compiled a few reasons that being a homeowner IS a wise financial decision:
1. You’re rerouting your investment in a smarter way. When you rent a home, you’re ultimately just paying a monthly rate to someone else for their investment in a property, thereby building their wealth and return on investment. When you buy a home, you’re applying that same investment principle into a mortgage, which in turn benefits your bottom line. There’s a much higher potential for return when you’re investing in yourself. Despite the notion that renting is cheaper than buying, that isn’t true in the majority of the country in today’s market.
2. Homeownership really does create wealth. Harvard University’s The Joint Center for Housing Studies recently figured out the correlation in family wealth between homeowners and renters. The findings suggest that even after the recession, many homeowners still have over 20% of the personal wealth that renters do. That’s because paying a mortgage creates what’s called “forced savings.”
3. The tax advantages can’t be beat. The capital gains that come into play when you sell your home are not as bad as you’d think. You can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain on the sale of your home if you meet some basic requirements, including an ownership test, a use test and if during the 2 year period ending on the date of the sale, you did not exclude gain from the sale of another home. This could avoid the tax you’d have to pay on the financial gain of your home, allowing you to reap even more benefits and gain more financially from the sale of your home.
These are just a few of the many reasons why owning a home could benefit you financially. While this is a personal decision that every West Virginia home buyer must make for themselves, just remember: Kable Team Realty has your back! We’re happy to help you assess your needs and determine whether or not now is the time for you to invest in a brand new home. Feel free to contact us with your questions! We hope to hear from you soon!
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Tuesday, 12 February 2013
You’re ready to successfully complete your real estate goals in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Congratulations! Now, how do you find the right real estate agent for you?

Fox Business recently posted an article with the qualities that you should look for in an agent. These were experience, location, time and protection.

As Jefferson County real estate agents, we fully agree that these qualities are important when looking for an agent to help you buy a home or sell a home in the Jefferson/Berkeley County Real Estate market.

We also want you to know that we can achieve all of these qualities for you if you choose us as your Eastern Panhandle real estate agents! To prove it, we’re going to help you get to know us a little better.


If there is one thing the Kable Team exceeds at, it’s experience!  I, Tracy Kable, have been working in real estate since 1999. I have numerous designations that allow me to broaden my knowledge in real estate, such as ABR, ASP, CDRS, CRS, e-PRO and SRES. You can learn more about these designations and me in our bios!

The experience of my team members is just as impressive. Carol Kable earned her real estate license in 1979! All of my team members have been working in Western Virginia real estate for at least seven years.


Carol Kable was born and raised in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, as was I and multiple members of our team! You couldn’t find a team with more knowledge on this location. This is our home, and we know it like the back of our hands. Therefore, we can help you find the ideal neighborhood for you, with homes in your price range and with your desired features!


The great part about working in a team is that there is always someone available at any given time. Give us a call and we will answer your questions, send you information and work personally with you as your Jefferson/Berkeley County agents. Whether you are looking to a buy a home or sell a home here in the Eastern Panhandle, we are always available to help you achieve those goals!


One of our most important jobs as real estate agents is to help protect you and your decisions when making the largest purchase of your life, or when selling your home at the best possible price. We do your homework for you so that you can feel rest assured that everything is taken care of. Whether it’s helping you make a financial decision, getting you the best deal on a mortgage, looking through HOA documents or negotiating a price, we will stand behind you the whole way.

Read each of our bios to learn more about us. When you’re ready to buy a home, sell a home or just browse the West Virginia Eastern Panhandle real estate market, contact us! We are experienced and available to help you achieve all of your real estate goals.

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Tuesday, 05 February 2013
By the end of 2012, it was clear that the real estate industry is finally recovering from the dip in the economy and looking towards a great year in 2013. Buyers are ready and able to find great deals on financing, sales percentages are rising, and the holiday season is over. Where are all the sellers? Sales are higher than they have been since 2007. The only thing keeping a house from selling - is not listing it!

Usually there is a dip in new listings towards the end of the year with the holiday season and then a rise after the first of the year. This year, home listings were down 30% this January compared to 2012! So, where are all the sellers? Recent surveys reveal that some homeowners are still cautious about listing their home. But, this is exactly when they should be listing their home for sale! With inventory down and sellers on the lookout now could not be a better time to list a home. While the number one concern among homeowners is missing out on future gains due to the price increase, as supply rises the prices will even out. In addition, as the supply rises, so will the competition.

2013 will also see a lot of new houses on the market, as the home construction and development industry is recovering.  New subdivisions, condos and projects that have been on hold will be back on track and finished by this summer. Brand new houses are huge competition for homeowners looking to sell an occupied home.

If you are thinking of selling your home on the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and would like to discuss your options, please contact us. As the leading real estate team in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, we can offer the expertise and knowledge to make sure you get the most out of your home selling experience.

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Tracy Kable, Broker
873 E Washington St, Suite 200
Charles Town, WV 25414-1520
Phone: (304) 725-1918
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