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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

With the current mortgage rates, still on the rise, and housing prices only continuing their climb, many may be wondering about homebuyer opinions of Eastern Panhandle real estat. It may come as a surprise that despite all of the rising rates and costs, Americans still find homeownership to be the best long-term investment they can make. In fact, a new study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University found that not only are Americans still confident in the future of West Virginia real estate, but they believe it's still part of the American Dream and they are looking forward to purchasing a Jefferson County and Berkeley County home in the future. The study also found the following factor to be the most important among its potential homebuyer participants:

Homeownership Over Renting
The costs of owning a home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg still do outweigh those associated with renting and homebuyers are taking note of that. Even with rising mortgage rates, they still prefer homeownership:

“Even after the dramatic loss of equity and the high foreclosure rates, the early evidence suggests that people seem to believe that, over the long run, owning is still preferable to renting…The long term cultural preference for owning seems to have weathered the recent housing crisis.”

Potential Eastern Panhandle homebuyers believe in the investment of real estate so much that HousingWire reported 90% of renters expect to buy a home in the near future: “the vast majority of renters believe owning a home is better is better when it comes to privacy, security, and raising a family.”

The survey also found that 51% of renters, when comparing the financial and lifestyle benefits of each housing choice, believe owning makes more sense than renting. In addition, 71% of those who currently own their homes found their homeownership to be a positive experience for themselves and their families. And yet when renters were asked that same question, only 34% believed renting had a positive effect on themselves and their families.

Are you looking to make the move from renting to homeownership this year? The Kable Team is happy to help and provide details on purchasing homes on the Eastern Panhandle. Let's chat about how a real estate purchase this year can benefit you for years to come.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 07:20 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Winter seems to be long behind us now and the coming months are shaping up to be promising in both Jefferson County and Berkeley County. There's something for everyone to enjoy in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, this spring and below are just a few of the many events you can visit. From events centered around food, music or even upcoming holidays like Memorial Day, take a look at the following ways you can experience the Eastern Panhandle this year.

Martinsburg Chocolate Festival and Book Fair
April 24-26, 2014; Varying times and locations
Martinsburg, WV

The chocolate festival kicks off Thursday the 24th with a chocolate cocktail hour at Les's Station Grill and continues through the weekend with various events like chocolate tastings, chocolate tours, a cupcake contest and more. On Saturday, guests can experience historic downtown Martinsburg including a chocolate tasting, connecting with authors at the event's book fair and taking an exclusive peek at an actual chocolate manufacturer's kitchen. The book fair aspect of the event will feature author, political reporter, TV personality Eleanor Clift. Guests can meet her at the McFarland House on Friday evening at 6:30 PM for $25/ticket. Tickets for the Chocolate Walk can be purchased the day of the event for $5.

Heritage Days
May 9 and 10, 2014
Downtown Martinsburg, WV

The event kicks off on Friday, May 9 with a dedication to the Adam Stephen Memorial and continues with the following list of activities:
Walking tours, overnight ghost tours, Civil War Tableau at Aspen Hall, a Norwalk car on display, historical reenactments of the Civil War spy Belle Boyd, tours at the RoundHouse by retirees, open admission for the public to the Rose Garden and Herb Garden at the Belle Boyd House and Historical Archives building. The History Mobile Museum will also be open for tours from 10 AM to 4 PM that day and tours through the town by trolley are available. Don't miss this chance to get to know the Martinsburg history at Heritage Days.

15th Annual Norwalk Soap Box Derby
June 7, 2014
Downtown Martinsburg, WV

Beginning on the corner of King and Queen streets in Martinsburg, the annual soap box derby will kick off its 15th year and returns after a long break. The event will feature many area vendors and entertainment for kids, making it a great learning experience for everyone who attends. You can come and spend the watching local children speed down the Queen street hill in this fun race. Traditionally, the derby race has always been a family affair as creating the cars often involves the entire family, even friends and neighbors. With everyone involved in making a winning and speedy car, watching the cars on race day is unparalleled on the Eastern Panhandle.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 08:19 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Warmer weather is on its way on the Eastern Panhandle, along with more homebuyers ready to purchase homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg. But many of them may be unaware of how Eastern Panhandle real estate works on both ends of the transaction, including the side of the West Virginia home seller. There are a few real estate rules of the road to keep in mind and one of the first steps involves teaming up with an Eastern Panhandle real estate expert to navigate you through the entire process. Below are a few tips for buying (or selling!) your homes in West Virginia this year, each one of them listed to keep you on the right side of all parties involved. 

Be Upfront with Your Agent
If you're ready to buy a new home in Jefferson County and Berkeley County, you've probably started searching for available properties. As you get more serious on your journey, that may come to involve many home tours along the way. However, if you are just “window shopping” for homes in the area, be sure to tell your agent. Your agent will appreciate knowing exactly where you stand on your homebuyer or seller journey, your price range, your wants and needs in a home and more. They can better help you if they know what to expect, including your timeline.

Mind Your Home Tour Manners
A home may fit your wishlist and on your home tour, you may be to the point inspecting every feature and how it applies to that wishlist. But for some homebuyers, home tours can turn into an event. To avoid stepping on any homeowner toes, keep your crowd to a minimum, especially if it’s your first time through a home. If you're farther along on your road to purchasing a home on the Eastern Panhandle, by all means, bring more people to help you make your choice.

Be On Time
During the entire real estate process, it’s important to be on time for both the agent and the seller (or buyer, if you're on the other side of the transaction). Going to be late to your home tour of the property? Be sure to let them know. Not going to be able to make that appointment to sign necessary paperwork or documents? Let me them know. Being on time is probably one of the best ways to stay in positive territory with all parties in a real estate transaction.

Don’t Overstep Your Boundaries
Your homebuying process will evoke many questions and your best move is to run them through your Eastern Panhandle real estate agent. You should view your agent as the hub of communication for everything involved in this process— all things must go through them, everything with regard to your new home in Inwood. “Even if you’re under contract, don’t just show up at the property unannounced or lurk around the yard planning your herb garden,” advises Yahoo Finance. “The place isn’t yours until you’ve closed and have keys in hand.”

Ready to buy but don't know where to begin? The Kable Team can help you make all the right decisions from the very beginning. Contact us today to begin the process during this promising time in the real estate market.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 10:13 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 08 April 2014


 

Spring is finally here and homeowners on the Eastern Panhandle may be looking for a fresh start! From cleaning out the garage to bringing in new furniture, the time (and now the weather!) is right to spruce up your spaces for the new season. The first place to start? The exterior of your homes in Jefferson County and Berkeley County. Especially if you're preparing to sell this spring, spring cleaning will help prime the home for buyers and present your home's best possible image. From simply cleaning up the yard to replacing hardware, here are a few tips for spring cleaning your homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, and if you're ready, even attract the right West Virginia homebuyers!

Begin with the Yard

First impressions are everything for homes in Jefferson County and Berkeley County. Is your yard less than tidy? Homebuyers will notice and enter your home with a not-so-sunny disposition from the very beginning. Even if you're staying put, your neighbors will appreciate the new and improved exterior impression. Make it a point to clean up your yard this weekend— mow your yard to a short length and be sure all flowers, shrubs, and trees are trimmed properly. While you're at it, you should also remove all weeds and debris that may have fallen in front of your home.

Plant Flowers

As it seems, money does grow on trees! Or at least, it can if you plant the right flowers and trees in your yard. Landscaping is one of the first aspects of a home that an Eastern Panhandle homebuyer will notice, especially if they begin their home search for Eastern Panhandle real estate online. And now that there is a rising level of confidence in the real estate market and as a home seller, landscaping is one of the steps you can take to make your home stand out among the rest. Be sure to plant flowers at your home this spring (or at least make sure the ones you have are healthy) and make the necessary improvements to your own landscaping, upgrading the look to something you would be impressed by if you were a homebuyer.

Clean From Top to Bottom

Spring cleaning is on the minds of many this month— from homebuyer to home seller— and that means cleaning the outside of your West Virginia homes too! Grab your garden hose, turn it to the strongest setting and clean the dirt off of your sidewalks, driveways, and front of your home. “If you do use a power washer, don’t put it close to windows or doorways,” a maintenance expert told HGTV’s Front Door. “The pressure can remove caulk and other materials sealing your home.”

Spruce Up the Lights

You can transform the exterior of your Eastern Panhandle homes this spring simply by replacing light fixtures. Over the winter, bulbs may have burnt out or dulled in wattage which can darken the outside of your home. Replacing these fixtures can instantly brighten up your property, and in turn, prime the place for any homebuyers that may drive by your home after dark. With the chance that they do, your home will be lit up, clean, and present the best possible impression no matter the time of day!

 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 04:54 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 01 April 2014

Spring will soon see many homebuyers become serious about purchasing Eastern Panhandle real estate and home sellers grow increasingly confident in their abilities to sell and move to new homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg. But no matter what stage of the homebuying process you're in, it's important to keep a few specific real estate rules in mind. Beginning with enlisting the help of your Eastern Panhandle real estate agent, here are a few rules and steps to follow to make your West Virginia homebuying process that much more enjoyable.

Get Pre-Approved
When purchasing a home on the Eastern Panhandle, do some research on your budget and know what you can afford. It all starts with a pre-approval, which means that a mortgage lender has checked your credit and finances and is willing to move you along in the homebuying process. A pre-approval letter will also tell your real estate agent, as well as the home seller, that you are able to commit to the purchase and detail how much you can afford in a new home in Jefferson County or Berkeley County.

Team Up With A Real Estate Agent
The Kable Team will be on your side through your entire homebuying journey— from home search to home closing. We will work with you to make sure every step in the process is to benefit you as a West Virginia homebuyer. This is likely the biggest and most important purchase you will eve rmake, so team up with a trusted, local professional team that has been there before and can get the job done. And while the internet may be helpful in answering your questions as a homebuyer, nothing compares to having an agent in your corner. For instance, "nearly 90% of homebuyers use a real estate agent or broker," says the National Association of Realtors.

Tour the Home
With today's homebuyer beginning their search for homes in Jefferson County and Berkeley County online, it is always helpful to tour the home in person. If you're able to tour Eastern Panhandle homes in person and see for yourself what the property looks and feels like, you'll be able to make a more educated decision on purchasing. Homebuying is often a very emotional experience for homebuyers and one you will want to begin with an in-person home tour.

Show You're Committed
You're pre-approved, now take the extra step to showing you're serious about purchasing a home on the Eastern Panhandle by putting down earnest money. Your real estate team will be able to determine the right amount of earnest money, but typically this deposit is 1-2% of the home's purchase price. Coupling this deposit with your pre-approval letter not only shows the seller that you're interested in the property, but also that you've done the work and prepared your finances to make the sale happen.

Have questions on the homebuying process or ready to begin your home search? Contact the Kable Team today!

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