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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

When it comes to buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and other interior features are not all that matter— or more importantly, not all that you should take notice of when house hunting. There are many exterior aspects of a home in Charles Town, Martinsburg, Ranson, Inwood, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry and Falling Waters that homebuyers should consider while shopping around this summer and as your local real estate experts, we've included a few of them below!

As you begin your home search in the Eastern Panhandle, make note of each of these factors before you head indoors:

Trees and landscaping
Mature trees may be on your wish list for the shade they provide in the hot, summer months as well as the character they can lend the exterior of a home, but be sure to look at how close they are to the home's foundation. Trees that grow too large, too close to the foundation of a property can cause issues as far as roots are concerned, but also with towering limbs that hang over a roof. 

Foundation
While you're outside of a potential home in Jefferson or Berkeley County, it's also worth walking around the property to look for any cracks in the concrete foundation or grading problems. You can easily spot these problems as there should be a slope away from the house—with landscaping, mulch, soil and the like— to avoid water pooling against the foundation.

Pool
If the home you're considering has an in-ground pool, there is another set of questions to ask— including the age of the pool, the age of the equipment and if it has been resurfaced. A pool may also be on your buyer wish list, but it's important to factor in the upkeep before you purchase the home or you may find you've taken on too much.

A thorough home inspection will cover many bases prior to your buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, but it doesn't hurt to be aware of potential problems from the beginning. If you have questions about buying or selling this summer, or would simply like a list of available homes in the area, do not hesitate to contact Kable Team Realty!

We are here to help!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:32 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 24 May 2016

The unofficial beginning of summer will arrive this weekend and there is no better place to spend it than in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! Memorial Day weekend marks the start of weekend barbecues, afternoons spent in the sun, trips to the beach or pool and gatherings with friends. It's also a great time to celebrate with a parade or two!

If you'll be in Jefferson or Berkeley County WV this Memorial Day weekend, below are a few events you will want to add to your calendar:

Wine and Art Festival. May 28-29, 2016; Begins at 11 AM Saturday, Ends at 6 PM Sunday. Historic Boydville, Martinsburg WVThe Annual Wine and Art Festival will be held this Memorial Day weekend on the historic Boydville Mansion grounds. Attendees to this year's festival will enjoy West Virginia wine samplings in a complimentary glass, vendors, and entertainment including a variety of bands from jazz to blues to folk and rock. And if you happen to find a West Virginia wine you love, why not purchase a bottle to enjoy while listening to the live music under Boydville's large shade trees?

9th Annual 14-Mile Yard Sale. May 28, 2016, 8 AM to 4 PM. Martinsburg, WVThis is a one-day sale you won't want to miss! Grab your walking shoes and prepare to scout bargains all along a 14 mile stretch of Berkeley County. The event begins at I-81 Exit 12 in Martinsburg and follows WV State Road Signs on Route 45 West the entire way! But remember, there are no turn-offs on the route, so if you want to reach every home on the Yard Sale path, you will need to start at Exit 12!

Bluegrass Weekend. May 28-29, 2016; 11 AM to 4 PM. Martinsburg WV. This Memorial Day weekend is full of live music in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! Grab your lawn chairs and head over to Orr's Farm Market on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a free, live bluegrass performance by Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge Band and Friends. 

As always, do not hesitate to contact Kable Team Realty with any questions about the local Eastern Panhandle real estate market, available homes in Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Inwood or Falling Waters or with questions about buying or selling this year! We are here to help!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 02:29 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Summer is almost here in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and it's time to look forward to the warmer temperatures and beautiful weather! However, along with those rising temperatures, often comes higher utility bills as your cooling system works harder. There are many ways to keep these higher utility costs at bay this year and as your Eastern Panhandle real estate experts, we're sharing some of them below!

Keep the following ideas in mind as we get closer to the summer season in Jefferson and Berkeley County:

Block the window heat
The majority of the summer sun's heat will enter your home through the windows, so it's important to take precautions to block it out. Consider installing curtains, blinds or even window film to keep your West Virginia home cool. Homeowners in Charles Town, Martinsburg, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, Inwood, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville and Falling Waters can easily measure their windows, cut the film and adhere it directly to windows to begin blocking the heat.

Conserve rain water
The summer months can be much drier than usual here in the Eastern Panhandle, but using the rain water provided by storms and showers is a great way to cut down on utility costs. Homeowners can purchase a rain barrel that connects to your downspouts, catching water as it flows, to re-use in watering their gardens or flowers throughout the summer.

Install a new thermostat
Programmable thermostats work wonders when it comes to lowering heating and cooling bills in the summer. For instance, you can set your thermostat to lower temperatures at night when you're sleeping and during times when you're out of the house. By controlling the temperature at various times of day, you can also better control the rising costs!

Ready to start your home search in Jefferson or Berkeley County WV this summer or put your home up for sale? We're here to help! Contact the Kable Team today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 02:53 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 10 May 2016

If you've been thinking about selling your Eastern Panhandle home this year, the question of when to list may have entered your mind. While we are now entering the busy real estate season, it's important to note that May is one of the best times for you to make a move.

But why list in May, of all months? Below are three reasons to consider listing your home in Jefferson or Berkeley County West Virginia this month:

Buyers are getting serious
There has indeed been an influx of homebuyers to the market this year—with foot traffic higher than it has been in past months—despite lower inventory. This month, buyers are beginning their home search, are hopeful and determined to find the perfect property. Many buyers are also timing their move to summer and may bid more agressively to make it happen.

School is almost over
Both homebuyers and homeowners with children tend to focus their moves around the school calendar and with this year now wrapping up, they are free to make a move without having to change districts. Selling your Eastern Panhandle home this month could prompt a June or July closing and will allow you to settle into your new property before school starts again. 

The weather is ideal
Not many West Virginia residents plan to move during the winter, but for the next few months, the weather will be ideal for moving into a new home in Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Martinsburg, Sheperdstown, Hedgesville, and Falling Waters. Not to mention, perfect for enjoying the outdoor space and summer ahead at your new property!

Kable Team Realty is happy to answer any questions you have about selling your home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, from timing to staging and beyond. Do not hesitate to contact us today!

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:51 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 03 May 2016

The upcoming spring and summer months will be a lucrative time for homeowners in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle to boost their property value and attract the wave of buyers now entering the local real estate market. But how can you fund that growing home project to-do list? You will want to look into your equity situation and if you're able to tap into your home-related wealth, a home equity loan may help you accomplish everything you have in mind.

Below are three do's and don'ts of securing a home equity loan in Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood, Hedgesville, and Falling Waters:

DO Make Home Improvements
A home equity loan should be used for home improvements that will increase value. One-time projects like installing a new roof or replacing plumbing or an HVAC system are great reasons to apply for a home equity loan. But if you need access to money to fund ongoing projects, you might like to consider a home equity line of credit which allows you to pay as you go. Do keep in mind that while equity loans are ideal for making improvements, what they should not be used for is funding a lifestyle you couldn't otherwise afford.

DO Pay Down High Interest Debt 
Eastern Panhandle homeowners can use their home equity loan to pay off high interest credit cards. Just keep in mind that while this route can help you save potentially thousands in interest, you will need to be disciplined to make it work or you could risk running up your balances again. 

DON'T Pay Your Expenses
Everyday expenses like groceries, gas, utilities, clothing and phone bills are not the best use of a home equity loan. If these items do not currently fit into your budget, it may be time to rework where you are spending and cut down on extraneous spending.

You can count on Kable Team Realty to provide you with advice on everything from buying a home in Jefferson or Berkeley County to selling your property to relocating to a new area in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Give us a call today!

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