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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

When buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, you might think it's smooth sailing to the finish line after you've found "the one." However, there are many hiccups in the process that can stall the closing process. Keeping your home closing on track in Jefferson and Berkeley County requires organization and communication and with the following tips from the Kable Team, you can ensure no obstacles on your way to becoming a homeowner!

Communicate with your agent
Your real estate agent in the Eastern Panhandle will be an asset throughout the buying process. Staying connected to your agent, keeping them informed of each milestone you accomplish (for instance, getting loan approval from your lender) and having them scout for problems will help you to avoid as many issues as possible. Agents on both sides of the transaction should be able to spot problems before they occur and put a plan in place to solve them.

Keep your lender informed
Just like with your agent, you will want to keep your West Virginia lender informed. Check in with your lender often to make sure they do not need any additional information or paperwork from you. After all, lenders today require more and more information and you may find they are missing an essential piece of the puzzle. Any missing form or signature can delay the process, so be sure to stay on top of what the lender asks.

​Don't make any changes to your finances
While you are awaiting your home closing, it is wise to keep your finances stable. Avoid taking out any additional lines of credit, making big purchases on credit cards, or falling behind on bill payment. Any change to your finances, especially acquiring new debt, can cause you to lose the loan entirely or cause a major delay in closing. A job change or loss during this time is often unexpected, but unfortunately can have the same effect. 

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about buying a home in Martinsburg, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Inwood, or Falling Waters this year! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Fall is officially here in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! Soon enough, the temperatures will begin to cool, the leaves will begin to fall and we will all begin to embrace the coziness of the season. But there are just a few more tasks to check off of the to-do list before we can dive head first into the months ahead— including preparing the exterior of your Jefferson or Berkeley County home for the change in weather.

If you haven't yet, it's time to get out a notepad and jot down the following tasks to complete yet this month or in early October:

Tend to the gutters
Cleaning your gutters should be completed in both the spring and fall to ensure there are no issues with drainage around your Eastern Panhandle home. Clogged gutters can cause problems like water damage to walls, rodent infestations and if left long enough, leakage through your foundation and flooding in your basement. After you've cleaned your gutters, you can run water with a hose through them to ensure there are no blockages and even consider adding waterproof mesh over them to keep leaves away.

Protect your plants
With colder weather, certain plants like newly-planted trees and roses will need to be covered in order to be kept alive. You can wrap or cover your plants with burlap or other breathable material when fall temperatures arrive and remove the material when the weather warms again.

Shred leaves with a mower
You may be tempted to rake and pull every last weed in your yard, but think twice! Landscaping experts now suggest that fallen leaves should be kept on your lawn and shredded with a mower. These will decompose and feed your lawn all winter long and well into spring! You should also consider leaving dried plant stems in your Jefferson or Berkeley County yard as pollinating insects like bees can settle into them for winter and emerge to do their work again in spring.

Swap out your screen door
Fall winds and cooler weather can wreak havoc on a lightweight screen door— even frequent rains can cause the metal on the door to rust. Now is the time to swap it out for a heavy-duty model. If you wish to keep the old screen door, be sure to clean the screen and store it in a dry place for the winter.

Are you preparing your Eastern Panhandle home for fall in order to sell? Let the Kable Team help walk you through the steps to home sale success in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood and Falling Waters. Give us a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:58 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Preparing to sell your home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle is so much more than agreeing on a listing price and putting a For Sale sign in your yard. In fact, setting yourself up for a successful sale comes long before you've even officially listed your home in Jefferson or Berkeley County. Now is the time to make sure your home is in tip-top condition for the many buyers who may arrive for a look inside and with just a few simple tasks, you can both intrigue buyers and boost your property's value.

The Kable Team is happy to share three important tasks below that can boost your home value and bonus, without breaking the bank!

Conduct a deep cleaning
There is nothing that will turn off a buyer quicker than a dirty home. This prompts buyers to wonder what else you've not been tending to inside the property! So whether you do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning crew, a deep cleaning is almost mandatory if you'd like to spark interest in today's buyers. You will want to tend to baseboards, vents, cabinets, cabinet hardware, blinds, ceiling fan blades and even doorknobs. Clean windows, rid appliances of grime and fingerprints, shampoo carpets, and replace any broken window screens. It's important to be thorough with this deep cleaning to ensure your home presents its best self.

Make your kitchen shine
Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important spaces to today's homebuyers and they will be looking for those with an updated feel. But that doesn't mean you need to take on an entire kitchen overhaul! Just giving your cabinets a new coat of paint, changing out cabinet hardware, or even installing new fixtures like a new sink and overhead lighting can make a big difference. 

Brighten your home
Dull lighting can make a space feel closed off, small and uninviting. Be sure to change out any dim lightbulbs before buyers arrive, replace outdated light fixtures, and even replace outlet covers. You'd be amazed at how an old outlet cover can date a room, while replacing them typically only costs around a few dollars!

You can count on Kable Team Realty to provide you with all of the necessary steps toward selling your home successfully and for the right price. If you've been thinking about selling your home, do not hesitate to reach out! 

Give us a call today! 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 06 September 2016

Once you've decided to buy a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, it's time to hit the ground running. There are so many steps involved from beginning your home search to crossing the finish line with the home closing and it can be challenging to know which to tackle at what time. Kable Team Realty has included a list of the four most important stepping stones to buying a home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood and Falling Waters, so you can be sure you're on the right track to making the American Dream of homeownership your reality!

Decide what you want and need
Before you begin your home search in Jefferson or Berkeley County, sit down and make a list of what you want and need in a new home. Consider factors like the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, outdoor space and garage size. Other features like stainless steel appliances and updated bathroom fixtures may be best filed under your want column, in case you find an ideal home without and decide to compromise.

Look in person
Many homebuyers today browse properties online which can lead to finding the ideal home. But before you can confirm this is the one for you, you will need to visit the home in person. Remember, the typical buyer sees a dozen homes before deciding on one to purchase. It's always wise to dive further into your research by visiting open houses or setting up showings.

Find a great agent
The homebuying process is one that is best navigated with an expert on your side. Finding a great agent who knows the area, the market and what properties might meet your requirements will be an invaluable asset as you embark on this journey. You can count on the Kable Team to assist you, regardless of how far you are into your search!

Trust your feelings
You should never feel rushed into buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. In fact, rushing into such a big purchase can lead to buyer's remorse. Express your concerns to your agent and listen to your instincts. If the home just doesn't feel right, it may not be the one. 

No matter what stage of the homebuying process you're in, the Kable Team is here to help! Contact us today for more information about available homes in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood or Falling Waters

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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