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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Eastern Panhandle real estate market has undoubtedly heard many details about the upswing of housing prices, mortgage and interest rates— but in a new survey, it seems West Virginia homebuyers are generally upbeat and feeling good about the future of these prices.

In a recent national poll by Bankrate, as part of their monthly Financial Security Index, "a majority said they expect the value of American homes to increase over the next 12 months. Fifty-five percent say home prices will go up, compared to just 9 percent who think they will fall and 27 percent who say they will stay flat."

This news from West Virginia real estate comes shortly after another Bankrate survey that showed real estate ranknig ahead of stocks as the preferred way for Americans to invest money over the next ten years. These findings show that despite rising rates and a previously sluggish housing recovery hasn't dimmed enthusiasm in purchasing homes for sale in Jefferson County or Berkeley County.

"It appears that Americans' love affair with real estate is back," said a Bankrate analyst. "Even though the housing bust shows that housing prices don't just go straight up, people just don't have the same risk aversion to real estate and homeownership that they do to stock ownership."

And with the financial experts predicting housing prices to continue to rise over the coming years, it may be safe to say that Eastern Panhandle homebuyers are feeling optimistic that buying a house in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville is still a sound decision.

"We got past that wave of the foreclosure crisis and banks trying to dump all their homes on the market," an investment strategist told Realtor Magazine. "Lower mortgage rates have had an undeniably positive effect on not just household balance sheets, but also the housing market generally. It makes it much easier to buy a house if you're so inclined."

Optimism in buying real estate in Jefferson County and Berkeley County may be stemming from the realization that despite these increases, prices are still well below where they were in 2008. In fact, the healthier the housing market, the more benefits for the entire economy— rising home values may now allow homebuyers and current homeowners to feel more confident in their decisions to purchase and in turn, they will also contribute to the success of the economy by purchasing other things. Happy housing market, happy economy.

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

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

The end of the summer is often a busy time for moving to West Virginia and into a new home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville. But along with an exciting new journey through local real estate comes many decisions, options, and boxes! You've sifted through homes for sale in Jefferson County and Berkeley County, found your dream property and piece of Eastern Panhandle real estate, but how do you go about organizing a move? The following tips will save you time, money, and energy during your move.

Create a List and Check It Twice
You might like to get a binder and organize it into segments or categories like Checklists, Utilities, Loan Documents, Receipts, Movers, Inventory, and Schedules. This will help you keep all of your information in one place when you're looking for that last contract or piece of paperwork. Create a checklist of everything that needs to be done, everything associated with your move, and keep it in the front pocket or attached to the binder's cover to keep you on track. Once you move, you can easily move these items and your binder into your home office for safe keeping. 

Create a Legend
Start a moving legend with colored stickers or circular colored labels to represent each area of the house where boxes will go. For instance, use a red sticker for the kitchen, a green sticker for the garage, a blue sticker for the bathroom, and so on. You can also create a color-coded stock sheet to keep track of which colored sticker represents which category or area of your Eastern Panhandle home. These sheets are helpful for your movers so they know which places to drop boxes and can reference these sheets if you hang them throughout the home on doors.

Moving Labels
These will be a great help in your move to a new home. Place them on boxes with the contents written on the stickers so movers know which to be extra careful handling. Avoid packing loose items in the moving truck or in your car due to lack of time or space— instead pack all of your items in like-sized boxes to keep them organized.

Moving Caddy
During your move to your new West Virginia home, you may get sidetracked or take a day off of packing. You will save yourself time searching for packing tape, stickers, and all of the essential moving supplies by keeping them in one basket or caddy. When you move from room to room to package your things, just bring the basket with you. 

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

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:05 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 10 September 2013

For many members of the Baby Boomer generation, retirement has been delayed. Why's that? A lot of it has to do with the inability to sell their homes on the Eastern Panhandle. As a result, many have been stuck in their current homes, many much larger homes than necessary, in areas with higher property taxes. But now the West Virginia real estate market is changing— Baby Boomers are again faced with the chance to move to another home in Jefferson County or Berkeley County, but which type of home is the question.

According to the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home-price index, "the number of existing homes sold is up more than 8 percent from a year ago, and average prices have climbed 12 percent since this time last year."

The good news is that the current real estate market is recovering to a point where the buyers are in charge. Many more homebuyers are entering the real estate market, sellers are gaining confidence, and more homes, in turn, are being sold. Owning a home is still very much the American dream, just as it was for much of the Baby Boomers generation and the generation before them. The only question now is when the time comes to buy a new home on the Eastern Panhandle— which way do you go?

With retirement looming and perhaps the inability or dwindling interest in home maintenance, Baby Boomers are turning to different types of homes. Many Baby Boomers have made money by owning their homes over the past years and in today's new real estate market, they are looking for the next best investment. The answer? Downsizing.

If low maintenance homes are on the docket for your real estate plans and dreams, perhaps a West Virginia townhome or villa might be the best option. Not interested in one of those? Perhaps moving to a smaller home, with less of those home features to maintain (yard, repairs, etc...) is best for you. According to AOL Real Estate, "the rule of thumb [has been] that it is better to own than to rent, as long as you plan to stay in your house for at least five years."

Not sure where you're headed with retirement? Don't rush into anything. The best advice for a Baby Boomer is to take your time in your home search for Eastern Panhandle real estate. You might feel pressured by into buying a home quickly before rising prices kick you out of the game, but do not rush. "Remember, buying and selling a house costs a lot of money— not just the down payment, but the mortgage, the lawyer, the insurance and taxes," says AOL Real Estate.

The choice does come down to lifestyle. The type of home you're seeking, the area you'd love to be in, and how long you plan to stay. Know where you'd like to spend your retirement? Buying is a wise choice for you and smaller real estate options may come along, and really benefit you and your future, in that decision.

Thinking of buying a home in Charles Town, Ranson, Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Falling Waters, or Hedgesville? Contact the Kable Team to discuss finding your next dream home.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 03 September 2013

Now that fall is here in the Eastern Panhandle area, along with it comes back to school season, back to hectic schedules, and piles of accumulated paperwork. Kids bring papers home from school, sports schedules scatter on tables, with busy schedules, mail doesn't always make it into one organized place— so what do you do? How do you manage to keep your homes on the Eastern Panhandle organized and clear paper clutter? With these tips, your home can be free of unwanted papers and especially if you're looking to sell your home in West Virginia, a clean and organized home can help entice homebuyers when they come to view your piece of Eastern Panhandle real estate.

Prioritize Your Mail
Deal with mail right away when it comes in— discard what you know you do not need and keep what you do. It's easy to throw the mail on the counter when you get home and toss it into the "I'll Do It Later" pile, but dealing with it right away can cut down on unncessary clutter. One great tip is to sign up for online bill pay and paperless statements to cut down on this type of mail.

Paperless Schedule
One way to cut down on paper schedules is to manage a centrally-located calendar, maybe a dry-erase type for easy editing, and compile all events, tasks, and appointments onto the calendar. This is a great way to cut down on many different papers by compiling them all into one easy-to-locate place and an easy way to visualize one's schedule in the context of other events.

Really Organize Your Life
Invest in a file folder and really get down to organizing tabs by types of mail— taxes, receipts, statements, insurance, utilities, credit cards, and the like. The important step here is to have a go-to place for each type of mail and paper and a place to keep back records of past bills, statements, and receipts. For any papers that aren't file-worthy, create one more file for shredding and recycling.

Clear the Magazine Clutter
Magazines and newspapers can quickly take over your Eastern Panhandle home. One rule of thumb is to read them once, cut out what you want, file it away, and throw them out. Another is to swap them with friends or co-workers to keep them cycling out of the office, rather than sitting and collecting dust and other papers.

Want more tips for attracting buyers to your homes for sale in Jefferson County or Berkeley County? Contact The Kable Team today to discuss finding your dream home in West Virginia and what steps you can take now to become a homeowner. We're ready to help you start your home search and explore West Virginia real estate.

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