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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

According to a recent Harvard study, there has never been a better time to invest in real estate. In fact, buying a home on the Eastern Panhandle is considered a great investment for five solid reasons— ranging from the cost between renting and owning a home to tax benefits. Don't wait until the spring and summer seasons to begin looking for homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville, now is the time to invest before mortgage rates and housing prices rise even more and before more homebuyers flood the market to spark additional competition for homes.

In this new study out of Harvard University, entitled The Dream Lives On: the Future of Homeownership in America, four prominent reasons that Eastern Panhandle homebuyers should buy a home are discussed:

Housing Is The One Leveraged Investment Available
When homebuyers consider buying real estate in West Virginia, undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons that arises is staking claim in a home and how much of an important investment real estate is. The study agrees, saying: 

"Homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. Even a hefty 20 percent down payment results in a leverage factor of five so that every percentage point rise in the value of the home is a 5 percent return on their equity. With many buyers putting 10 percent or less down, their leverage factor is 10 or more.”

The Cost of Renting Vs. Owning
This is also commonly one of the biggest reasons homebuyers agree to buy homes on the Eastern Panhandle. Whether you rent or own the home you live in, you're still paying for it— and chances are if you're renting, you're paying too much. When you buy a home on the Eastern Panhandle, you are paying toward your own principal, when you rent, you don't have that option. In fact, you are paying toward the principal of the landlord, more often than not with nothing to show when the time comes to move.

Saving Can Be Troublesome
When you think about saving for a new home or saving to make the switch from renting to owning, it can be hard to force yourself to put the money away. When you own a home, it can help stop you from putting off saving for another day. As the study says, you have to make a housing payment one way or the other, owning a home can help you overcome that tendency to procrastinate on saving.
Owning Has Tax Benefits
Tax benefits can not be seen in renting, but are available when you become a homeowner in Jefferson or Berkeley County. You are able to deduct mortgage interest and property taxes from your income when you own as well as other benefits for both single households and married couples when you decide to sell your West Virginia real estate for a gain.
As you can see, homeownership has many pros, especially if you act on the rates and housing prices this time of year. Avoid the spring and summer buying frenzy— with the Kable Team, you can become a homeowner this year, move into your dream home, and start reaping the benefits of homeownership. Have questions? Contact us!
Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 06:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Are you on the move this year? According to Realtor.com, 2014 will be known as the "Year of the Big Move." Jefferson County and Berkeley County homebuyers, and those across the country, are preparing to move to new homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville for many reasons— new jobs, cost of living, trading up, and of course, those who have just stepped into positive equity again. If you're one of these homebuyers who's going to be settling into a new home this year, here are a few tips to make that Eastern Panhandle house feel more like a home.

Ask yourself:

Has my home been inspected properly?
All homes on the Eastern Panhandle will receive some kind of inspection, but for peace of mind, you may want to do an extra thorough run through. Items to inspect include paint, flooring, windows, doors, and any areas that might not have been directly accessible during the first inspection. Everything from garage doors to light fixtures should be inspected to help you settle in.

Do I like the color of the walls?
This is an easy fix that can really help transform a space from house to home. Don't like the color of the walls in a space? Now is the time to change that! Depending on your budget, you can hire someone or DIY the painting project yourself— either way, this will make a big difference in your home.

What can I do to save money and improve my home?
Upgrading appliances to energy-efficient and swapping out light bulbs can help you save money in the long run when it comes to home expenses. If you have the budget, you can even go so far as to replace windows, furnaces, doors, air conditioners, and even qualify for a tax credit.

What is my goal with this home?
What is your goal for the decor of the home? What do you want it to look like? Many times, this can be answered with new furniture, paint, or hardware. Is your home outdated? Replace doorknobs, light fixtures, doors, and trim. Is your furniture all wrong for the space? Replace it! Bringing in new furniture and decor can really bring your home into the new year and satisfy your tastes.

For current homeowners in the Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville areas, buying a new home might be on the top of your new year agenda. 2014 is shaping up to be a great year to buy a home in Jefferson or Berkeley County and these tips just may help along your transition out of your old space and into your new home.

Think you're ready to buy a new home? Have more questions? Contact the Kable Team today! 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 04:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Listing photos are similar to profile photos on social networking sites— it can make or break your image (or, in this case, your home) to another person. For instance, with more and more Eastern Panhandle homebuyers in West Virginia real estate searching for homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters, and Hedgesville online, your listing photos are the first thing they will see. The photos will also be the one factor that helps them decide whether to turn their "viewing" of your home online into a "viewing" of your home in person. Listing photos make all the difference to homebuyers and here's how you can make yours stand out:

Time the Lighting
A photo taken at the wrong time of day can make a big difference in how the photo is perceived. For instance, those with dark, dingy lighting or taken during an overcast day or stormy weather can give the homebuyer a negative perception right off the bat. A photo taken with glowing, natural light during the morning or on a sunny day can instantly boost the home's perception to the homebuyer and peak their interest.

Highlight What's Important
Have you ever seen listing photos that highlight the wrong parts of the home? Maybe they are taken from the car or the backyard and do not feature flattering angles. When taking listing photos, be sure they are of the home itself and highlight its features that will be important to the buyer. Trees in the yard are not what is going to sell the home to the buyer, so focus on the structural aspects instead.

Show the Room
Eastern Panhandle homebuyers want to see the size of the room, not just one corner. Take listing photos from doorways and showcase the entire room, rather than one corner or angle of the specific space. Also, be sure there is no glare from a TV, mirror, or large window as it will skew the image of the photo.

Take Clear Photos
There is nothing worse when looking at listing photos in Jefferson or Berkeley County real estate and finding blurred images or camera flare-ups. Hold your camera steady and stabilize your hand, stand completely still and level to avoid fuzzy photos. You can also use a tripod if you don't trust your hand to take a steady picture. Be sure to clear your lens of all dust, debris, bugs, and watch the images to make sure there are no camera blemishes in them.

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Posted by: tracy Kable AT 05:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 07 January 2014

310 Washington St E
Charles Town, WV 25414
5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 1 half bath
Square Feet: 4,139 
Price: $525,000

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Original 1830 home w/brick addition ca 1900. Very bright w/lots of windows. Updated utilities. Raised garden & flower beds w/stone walls. 4 porches, brick patios/walkways, private, double lot enclosed by mature hemlock hedges. Restored working fireplaces, air-tight wood stoves. Huge eat-in kitchen w/granite & butcher-block, custom built-ins, & wood stove. Vestibule, pocket doors, hardwood floors.

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66 Shepherd Lane
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms |
Square Feet: 2,988
Price: $425,000

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Grand brick Colonial on 5 private acres of mature trees/landscape. Quality amenities, hardwood throughout, family rm w/fireplc & built-in shelving, open kitchen w/stainless appliances, mstr bedrm w/fireplc, walk-in closet, & dressing rm, & much more! New HVAC, water heater, appliances. Many upgrades in last 5yrs. Meticulously maintained. Horses allowed. Close to MARC train & historic Shepherdstwn.

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2909 Old Leetown Pike
Ranson, WV 25438
2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 1 half bath
Square Feet: 2,906
Price: $325,500

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Grand brick Colonial w/lots of history on a beautiful lot w/mature trees. Interior features rustic hardwood floors, fireplaces all rooms, zoned heating, formal living & dining, family room w/wood stove & stone hearth, 2 master bedrooms, walk-up attic, & lg screened-in porch. Finish the bsmt for even more living space! Lg storage shed & smoke house. Year built, lot size, & house sq footage approx.

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1124 Deer Mountain Dr
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 1 half bath
Square Feet: 2,388
Price: $269,500

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Unique floor plan w/lg family room w/brick hearth & pellet stove, lg kitchen w/sunny brkfst nook, formal living/dining, & sep laundry rm. Jetted tub in mstr bath, walk-in closets in all bedrms, hardwood & tile floors, & more! Exterior features: front porch, covered rear patio, fenced in-ground pool, shed/workshop w/electricity, & beautiful landscaping perfectly placed to offer tons of privacy.

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Interested in learning more about these properties in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry to discuss a future purchase? Interested in buying Eastern Panhandle real estate? Contact the Kable Team today! We're here to help you along your real estate journey and help you in finding homes on the Eastern Panhandle.

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