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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

With all of the beautiful spring weather we've been having here in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, it's time to get outside and enjoy it! Two opportunities to do so are taking place this weekend in Jefferson and Berkeley County— Downtown Martinsburg's Chocolate Fest and Book Faire and the Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council House and Garden Tour!

Chocolate Fest and Book Faire
April 29, 2017; 10 AM to 4 PM
Historic Downtown Martinsburg

This year marks the fifth annual Chocolate Fest and Book Faire in downtown Martinsburg and for one day only, you can taste wonderful chocolates, view chocolate creations throughout the downtown businesses and explore the local shops. You can even speak with authors from right here in West Virginia as the Book Faire portion of this popular event will feature both local and out of state authors signing their books inside downtown businesses. 

As for the Chocolate Fest, there will be over 25 businesses preparing a different chocolate item to enjoy on the Chocolate Walk. Showings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will be held at the Public Library on the corner of King and Queen Street, and the annual cupcake competition will offer $500 for the best cupcake creation. If you're up for more, you can take a tour of local chocolatier, DeFluri's Fine Chocolates, large 10,000 square foot factory and attend the wine pairing on Friday night.

Shenandoah-Potomac Garden Council House and Garden Tour
April 29, 2017; 10:30 AM to 5 PM

This year will be the 62nd annual House and Garden Tour featuring historic homes throughout Jefferson and Berkeley County. There will be guides on hand from various local garden clubs to show guests through both the homes and gardens, allowing you to learn more about their history, architecture, furniture, plants and of course, the families that lived in them. This year's tours will feature seven homes, including the Smallwood House, the Gibson-Dodd House, Falling Spring, Buddy's House, the John Evans House, Patterson Distillery House and Lick Run Plantation. Tours are scheduled at the peak of the spring season to showcase the gardens' true beauty, so don't miss out!

Let Kable Team Realty be your guide to all that the Eastern Panhandle has to offer! Give us a call today for more information about available homes in the area, the home buying or selling process!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 07:26 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

It's every home seller's goal to have the most eyes on their property. After all, more interest equals more offers! But remember that it all starts with you and how well you prepare your Eastern Panhandle WV home for the market. In most cases, a home is not simply ready for a For Sale sign in the yard, there are a few problems to fix, walls to paint and flowers to plant— not to mention, the research you need to do before setting a listing price!

You can count on the Kable Team to assist you with your West Virginia home sale this year, starting with providing the following three ways you can attract more buyers to your listing:

Put an emphasis on the visuals
Remember that first impressions are everything for buyers, so your listing photos should present your home in the best possible light. To get ahead of the game and help your home generate interest, take a look at the marketing materials being used and ensure that the photos included are high quality. With fuzzy photos it can be difficult for a buyer to get a good idea of what the property looks like.

Make the character stand out
Every Jefferson and Berkeley County buyer wants a home with unique features, charm and character, so be sure to emphasize yours! Point out all of the ways your home is different from others to your real estate agent so they can use it in their marketing. You can also take a look at other properties on the market to identify the ways your home is unique— from landscaping to lot size to number of bathrooms.

Study your asking price
One of the best ways to get more buyers interested in your Eastern Panhandle home is to present a competitive asking price. If you price too high, you risk missing buyers who've set up search parameters in specific price ranges and worse, turning off those who recognize that they can get more for their money elsewhere. If you price too low, you risk leaving money on the table. The property should be priced similarly to other comparable homes on the market and your agent can help you determine that number.

Looking for more ways to help your home stand out in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters? Give Kable Team Realty a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:10 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

If the warmer weather has you running outdoors this spring, it's time to focus your attention on your lawn in order to become the envy of the neighborhood— or at least, your street. There are a few tasks you'll need to take on to fully prepare your lawn for the spring season, including pruning plants, choosing a fertilizer and even re-seeding to promote that lush grass every Eastern Panhandle homeowner desires.

Below are three ways to prepare your lawn for spring in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle:

Re-seed and re-sod
If your lawn seems as though it's beyond repair, you might like to consider starting from scratch. You can remove that ugly old sod with a sod cutter and then move on to replacing the soil and choosing a grass type that is ideal for our area. Laying down new seed or sod will likely take you around one to two days, so be sure to account for the time needed. Next, you'll need to remember to water it often until the new grass begins to grow!

Prevent weeds
Naturally, both watering and mowing your lawn will help to prevent weeds, but it does not hurt to take extra precautions! You can use an herbicide to stop them from growing before they have a chance to start and remove existing weeds from your lawn to make sure their seeds don't find their way into your lawn. If you notice any bare spots in your lawn, fill them in now to prevent weeds from growing!

Tend to your lawnmower
As mentioned above, your lawnmower plays an important role in clearing out weeds and creating a beautiful Jefferson and Berkeley County yard. However, if you don't tend to it regularly, it won't have the right effect. Make sure you've replaced the oil and gas in your mower, as well as old spark plugs and filters. You will also want to make sure the blade is sharp and the tires are filled.

Prepping your home (and lawn) in order to sell this year? Give Kable Team Realty a call today for more ideas on boosting curb appeal and your next steps to listing your home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters. We look forward to helping you move on to a new property!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 04 April 2017

We may only be four months into the year, but a smart Eastern Panhandle homebuyer always thinks ahead! There are numerous factors to take into account when researching whether now is the right time for you to buy a home, including mortgage rates, but a few will have more of an impact on shaping your decision. So regardless if buying a home is on your immediate agenda or if you're still on the fence about making the move, you will want to consider the following three reasons why 2017 is your year.

Mortgage rates are rising
As we mentioned above, interest rates are rising and in order to make sure you won't be paying much more for the same home down the road, it's imperative to act while they are low. Interest rates are still hovering around historic lows, currently standing around the four percent mark, but they won't stay that way for much longer. Rates have been climbing slowly and within the next two years could jump up to six percent. 

Inventory is lower
When compared to previous years, the amount of homes for sale in Jefferson and Berkeley County is trending lower. What does that mean for you as a homebuyer? Ultimately, you will have much less to choose from in your home search as time goes on, especially as this decline in inventory is expected to continue at least for the foreseeable future. Starting your search now means you will have more properties available to you.

Prices are rising
On a similar path as mortgage rates, home prices are also on the upswing. That means you will end up paying more in a potential mortgage payment if you wait until next year to buy a home, than if you made the purchase right now. In fact, in just one year—from 2015 to 2016—home prices rose five percent. Experts predict another two to three percent jump in 2017.

Still unsure about buying a home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters this year? The Kable Team can clear up any questions you may have and help you to arrive at the best possible decision.

Give us a call today!

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