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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

You are going to buy a home and you have settled on West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.  How to decide exactly where to move?  There are many things to take into consideration when home shopping.  Here are tips on choosing the West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle home you will be happy with for years and years to come.

Figure out your budget

Sometimes home buyers are so eager, they rush out and look at homes "just for fun" prior to figuring out what they can actually afford.  Don't do this!  If you find something you really like that turns out to be outside of your price range you will either end up struggling with payments that are too large after buying something too expensive, or feeling disappointed before your home shopping has even started because lower-priced homes don't compare to the one you first fell in love with.  Figure out your budget based on how much you can give for a down payment and how much you can afford for monthly payments.  Be sure to factor in property taxes and home maintenance costs. 

Choose the home type you prefer

Now that you know more or less how much you can afford, decide the home type you want.  Do you want a single family home with a large yard that you can garden?  Or, does a condominum where you are not responsible for yard maintenance better fit your lifestyle?

Narrow down the neighborhoods

Different neighborhoods appeal to different people for different reasons.  Perhaps you have young children so a good school district and low crime rate are of utmost importance.  Maybe you know you'll be working at your current job for quite a while and want to live only in neighborhoods that offer short commute times.  Compile a list of the neighborhoods in which you will conduct your home search in order to narrow it down.

Make a list of "must haves"

Create a list of features your home must have in order for you to choose it.  If you have two children and want a third, four bedrooms could be a "must have."  If you are big on the outdoors, being walking distance from a park or forest preserve could be a necessity.  Don't go overboard, however.  This is not a wish list.  You don't want the list to become so long that it eliminates all of the houses in your price range and neighborhoods.

Hopefully these tips help you as you search for that perfect home in the West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.  Please contact me if you want to enlist the support of a professional with expert experience buying and selling in the area.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle residents enjoy having a variety of types of local events to choose from when they feel like exploring the region year-round.  There are regularly outdoor activities, musical performances, and everything imaginable in-between.  The tail end of June is a particularly busy time in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and provides many opportunities for enjoying local culture.  Here are a sampling of events coming up over the next week-and-a-half:

Saturday and Sunday, June 23th-24th: Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights 1862

Come see demonstrations of field artillery used in the Battle of Bolivar Heights in 1862.  Each day there will be firing demonstrations at 1, 2, and 3 pm.  This is an exciting way for both children and adults to learn a little local history.  This will be held at the Bolivar Heights Battle Field in Harpers Ferry. For more information, click here.

Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26th-27th: Coal Country Tour

This is an overnight tour that will depart from Charles Town, WV.  It will stop at the Tamarack Cultural and Convention Center where there is art, music, crafts, shopping, and dining.  Next the tour will go to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and learn about the "pick" miners who worked there while it was open from 1890 to 1910.  For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 30th: Shepherdstown Street Fest

This will be the second annual street fest held in Shepherdstown and will run from 10 am to 9 pm.  There will be dozens of artists and vendors selling handmade goods.  Additionally, food vendors will be on hand and musicians are scheduled to play throughout the day.  This fest really has something for everyone.  For more information, click here.

Saturday, June 30th: Ices and Creamed Ice Workshop

There will be ice cream making and molding classes available at Roeder's German Confectionary Exhibit on High Street in Harpers Ferry from 11 am - 1 pm and again from 2 pm - 4 pm.  The workshop fee is $5.  All ages are welcome, although children under six years old need to be with an adult.  Everyone gets to eat their treats at the end of class!  For more information, click here.

If you go out and enjoy any of these events, feel free to comment about it!  I love staying connected locally and knowing what is going on in the community.  If you have any events you'd like to let me know about, feel free to contact me.  As always, you can also contact me about anything real estate-related.  Have a good week!

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Posted by: AT 01:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 12 June 2012

After searching high and low, you've found your perfect piece of Jefferson County real estate.  Congratulations!  New home buyers are usually looking to cut costs in any way possible after making such a big ticket purchase.  With a little planning, there are many ways to save money while moving.  Here are tips:

Don't buy moving boxes

If you start looking for cardboard boxes ahead of time, you can avoid paying hundreds of dollars to buy them.  Ask friends and family members if they've bought any larger items recently and have boxes you can have.  Stop by local grocery and retail stores and ask if you may pick up boxes before they are crushed.  Many towns have recycling centers that will give away cardboard boxes for free when asked.

Don't buy packing peanuts or butcher paper

There are cheaper ways to protect your fragile items than buying packing peanuts or butcher paper.  Do you receive a daily newspaper?  If not, does one of your neighbors?  Save those papers and use them to wrap the wedding china.  Also, think creatively about how you can use other belongings to cushion the breakables.  For example, a bath towel can be used to protect glassware and t-shirts can protect crystal.  This option also reduces your total number of boxes because you are combining items that would've been packed separately otherwise.

See if you qualify for a tax credit

Are you starting a new job after your move?  Is your new home more than fifty miles closer to that job than your old home was?  As long as your move and the start date of the job are within one year of each other, you will probably qualify for a tax credit.  That means you can claim moving expenses as a deduction.  Be sure to keep track of all moving expenses, whether you hire movers or rent a moving van and do it yourself.

 Get rid of everything you don't need

Before a move is the perfect time to go through everything you own and evaluate whether or not it is still useful to you.  Have you used it in the past year?  Do you enjoy looking at it?  Is it in working order?  It is better to get rid of things before you move rather than during unpacking because then you will have fewer things to move and lower moving costs.  Lightening your load could even make you money if you sell some things on ebay or throw a garage sale.

Move at an unusual time

Most people move at the very beginning or end of the month, June through September.  If possible, move sometime between October and May to get lower prices on movers.  If you can move mid-month, even better.  If the moving company doesn't seem very busy, don't hesitate to try and negotiate a bit on the cost.  They just might go for it.

Hopefully these tips help you save money as you move onto your new piece of Jefferson County real estate!  If you have any questions about the local community or about buying or selling real estate, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2012

Do you know how you're going to celebrate Father's Day in the Eastern Panhandle, WV yet?  Father's Day is coming up in just a little over a week away, on Sunday, June 17th, 2012.  According to History.com, Mother's Day existed first and was the inspiration for Father's Day.  The governor of Washington state announced Father's Day in 1910, but it did not become an official national holiday until 1972 when President Woodrow Wilson declared it so.  During the 1920s and 1930s a movement to combine both days into "Parents' Day" arose, but failed.  In the United States, dads still get their own day and that day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year.

The Eastern Panhandle, WV has a lot to offer for families and fathers so there is no shortage of ways to celebrate dad.  If dad is more of an adventurous type, consider the Father's Day Adventure Special in Harpers Ferry.  Dads can go river rafting on the Shenandoah River with the family or zip line throughout the natural area on a beautiful canopy tour for half-price with a paying guest.  The zip line tours are up to three hours long and include the opportunity to rappel.  For more information, click here.

Perhaps dad would rather celebrate his day by taking a break from the kids and doing something more adult-like.  Live music at Breaux Vineyards could be fun for him.  Althought not in the Panhandle, the vineyards are not too far of a drive in Purcellville, Virginia.  The music is by local group Steele & Oglevee.  Admission is free to all.  Those who would like to try wine tasting can do so for ten dollars.  For more information, click here.

If the dad in your life is more old fashioned, rafting down a river or sipping wine in a vineyard might not be his style.  In that case, why not just take him to a special local restaurant?  The Bavarian Inn is perfect for a fancier day.  Located in the Greystone Mansion in Shepherdstown, the stone fireplaces and dark wood of The Bavarian Inn make it clear that dining there is a unique treat.  On Sundays, brunch is served from 11 am to 2 pm and is the perfect way to treat dad on his day.

If you end up checking out any of these Father's Day events, do not hesitate to let me know!  As always, I am also here if you have any other questions about the Eastern Panhandle WV real estate market or the area in general.  Happy Father's Day! 

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

So you're ready to sell your Eastern Panhandle WV home, but aren't sure which repairs to make ahead of time.  Making repairs is a good idea.  Homes that have been recently repaired generally look better and can be sold more quickly and for more money.  Which repairs are worth making to your Eastern Panhandle WV home?  Here are a few details to take into consideration:

Remodeling

Unless you are skilled enough to do it on your own, remodeling is generally a very expensive undertaking.  Maybe you have always thought the living room was too big and the dining room too small, but moving that wall might not be a good idea.  The new home owner could turn around and move it right back!  Because of the cost involved and because you don't know the potential buyers' plans for the house, it is best to skip remodeling unless there is an extreme situation that calls for it.

Plumbing

Plumbing is something that buyers will check out while walking through the house.  They will turn faucets on and off to see how quickly the water warms up, flush the toilet, and check the shower's water pressure.  If any of these things are not working, it will make them suspicious that more of the house is in disrepair and will be costly to them later.  Plumbing issues are often low cost and worth fixing.

Electrical

Electrical problems are similar to plumbing issues in the sense that fixing them is often low cost and will pay off.  Potential buyers will flick light switches on and off, ring the doorbell, turn on appliances, and open and close the garage door.  If anything does not work, they might use that to try and negotiate a lower sale price.

Walls, floors, and ceilings

These are what buyers see first and they should look clean and in good shape.  Paint walls, have carpets professionally shampooed, and replace missing bathroom tile as needed.  These small efforts will pay off.  If the walls or ceilings have water stains due to a problem roof or a plumbing issue, however, be sure to fix the underlying problem so you don't end up paying for it later.

Hopefully these tips will help you as you prepare to sell your Eastern Panhandle WV home.  If you have any further questions about selling or about real estate in general, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Posted by: AT 10:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Have you spent some time outdoors in Harpers Ferry this spring?  Many people choose to take advantage of the nice weather by getting fit and enjoying nature.  Running, playing sports, and even taking a stroll with the dog are all popular activities that can boost your mood while helping you look your best.  If you're wanting to take your fitness to the next level and meet some like-minded people from the local Harpers Ferry community, check out these upcoming Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival river rafting and running events.

Doah Cup Race

This is a river raft race held on May 24th, 2012.  The cost is $50 per raft (not supplied) and $5 per rafter (for insurance).  All money raised goes to keeping the rivers clean. You may have as many or as few people on your raft as you would like.  Have your raft gear ready and be prepared to race by 6:30 pm at the River & Trail Outfitter Put-In at Millville.  For more information, email lisakara@gmail.com.

3.4+ Mile Trail to River Run

This is a run that begins at 9 am on the actual day of the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival, which is Saturday, June 16th, 2012.  It is a "scenic and challenging trail run" that involves several trails throughout the park.  There are hills, bridges, and river crossings so be prepared to get dirty if I join this race.  The cost is $30 in advance and $35 the day of and that includes a t-shirt.

The Tim Gavin Down River Race

Another June 16th, 2012 event, this is a river raft race that runs around six miles through "the best white water in the Eastern Panhandle."  The cost is $25 (free for children 12 and under) and that includes a t-shirt.  A shuttle will be arranged to bring participants back to the starting point.  For more information, call Mike at 304-676-6853.

The Attainment Race

The attainment race is a challenging river raft race on the Potomic, also on June 16th, 2012.  It will involve difficult rapids such as "Mad Dog" and "Wake Up Call" as well as at least half an hour of upstream paddling.  It begins at 3 pm and costs $25 to register.  There is no shuttle scheduled to bring attainment racers back after they are finished so that will need to be arranged by the individual participants.

If you join in on the fun of any of these races, let us know about it in the comments!  More detailed registration information is available at the Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival website.  As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions about local real estate or the area in general.  Have a great Spring and Summer in Harpers Ferry!

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Are you looking to buy Berkeley County Real Estate?  Right now is a great time.  Mortgage rates are low and home prices are still low, but on the rise.  In most US markets, buying is cheaper than renting.  Buying Berkeley County Real Estate is becoming very popular right now.  Don't let a bad credit score keep you from making a worthwhile investment.  Here are tips on how to clean your credit score:

Order a free credit report

You have to see your credit report in order to know what needs fixing.  Everyone is allowed one free report from the three major credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union) each year.  Free reports are availabe at AnnualCreditReport.com.  Obtaining your actual credit score, however, costs money.  Depending on your situation, you might want to order both.

Dispute any inaccuracies


Sometimes credit reports contain errors.  If you see anything untrue, such as a credit card late payment or a loan that you never took out, dispute it with the credit reporting agency.  Carefully look at your credit limits on each account and make sure they have been updated recently and are accurate.  Lower credit limits will hurt you.  Also keep in mind that anything over seven years old should not appear on the report.  If something negative but true is present, dispute it if it is also over seven years old.

Fix what you can

If there are debts that have gone to collections, pay them off.  If you cannot afford to pay them in full, call the lenders and inquire about settling.  Often times lenders will accept half of the due amount (or even less) if it means getting some money instead of nothing.  It will still show up on your credit as having been paid late, but removing all items currently in collections will help your score immensely.

Open a line of credit

As backwords as it sounds, opening a credit card can actually increase your credit score.  Credit scores are partially calculated based on one's debt to credit ratio.  Although you might not be able to significantly reduce your debt, you can probably increase your credit limit, thereby increasing the ratio.  (Just make sure you don't rack up more debt on the new card--that defeats the purpose!)

Hopefully these tips help you clean up your credit score and obtain the best mortgage (and home) possible.  Feel free to contact us with any questions as you are shopping around for Berkeley County Real Estate or real estate nearby.  

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Tuesday, 08 May 2012

As your Shepherdstown, WV real estate agents, we like to keep an eye on all of the fun and interesting activities going on in the area.  There are a lot of them!  Shepherdstown, WV is the oldest town in the state and has a unique history and vibrant community.  This year is the 250th "birthday" of Shepherdstown, which means there is even more than usual going on in celebration.  Whether you're moving to Shepherdstown or a long-time resident, we hope you take some time this month to get out there and check out the happenings.

Birthday Party at Canterbury

Tonight there will be an official "bithday party" for the town at the Canterbury Center.  Cake will be served (of course!) and historian Jim Price will talk about the history of Shepherdstown.  Photos taken over the past 250 years will be on display for people to look at and see how the town has changed over time.  This event is free.

When: Tuesday, May 8th, 7 - 9 pm

Where: 80 Maddex Drive, Shepherdstown

The Shepherdstown Farmers Market

The Farmers Market opened for business last month.  Each Sunday local farmers will gather to sell fresh produce, flowers, herbs, honey, local meats and cheeses, baked goods, and more.  There will also be entertainment on hand each week.

When: Every Sunday until 12/16, 9 am - 1 pm

Where: Behind the Sheperdstown Library off of German Street in the town's center

Ruth Ann Dean Memorial Birdathon

May 12th is the 20th annual International Migratory Bird Day.  In celebration, there are many bird-related events happening.  The Birdathon is an event that can be done individually or in teams.  Participants track how many different kinds of birds they can discover within a 24-hour period.  Pledges are made and funds are raised for the Ruth Ann Dean Memorial.  This event is free.  For more information, visit the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's website.

When: May 12th - 13th

Where:  Shepherdstown

We hope the spring time is treating you well, and you are enjoying what Shepherdstown, WV has to offer.  Feel free to contact us with any questions about buying or selling real estate in Jefferson or Berkeley Counties. 

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Tuesday, 01 May 2012

Home buying can be a stressful process, especially if it's your first time.  As a Berkeley County real estate agent, I have many home buyers tell me that they feel confused or nervous that they are forgetting something, or aren't asking all of the correct questions.  That's why I've put together a few tips to help you out as you buy a Berkeley County home. 

When you find a home you want to make an offer on, be sure to ask about the condition of the house.  Of course you should have it inspected, but in addition to the inspection there will be other things you want to know.  How old is the roof?  Even if it is in good condition, knowing how old it is can help you estimate how soon you'll need to repair it.  Are the walls insulated?  What about in the attic?  How old are the appliances?  What kind of foundation does it have?  These types of questions will help you have a better picture of what sort of maintenance will be involved so there are fewer surprises later on.

Ask the home seller, your realtor, and neighbors about the neighborhood the house is in.  Where a house is located is just as important as the house itself.  Is the house near a highway or train?  If you're easily irritated by loud noises, that might bother you and is something you want to know ahead of time  If you have children (or are planning on having them), the school district the house falls within will be of utmost importance.  Visit the neighborhood at different times of day and night to get a feel for it and, again, prevent surprises later.

Ask questions before you name your offering price.  The more information you have, the better.  How much did the seller pay for the home?  This will help you determine if the property values have risen or dropped.  How much have nearby homes sold for recently?  Do the sellers have multiple offers right now?  The answers to these questions, along with consultation from your realtor, will help you determine exactly how much you want to start your offer with and how low you're ultimately willing to go.

Hopefully these tips are helpful.  Buying a home can go very smoothly when you relax, don't rush, and ask every question that comes to mind.  If you are currently looking to buy a home in Berkeley County, feel free to contact me!  I love helping people find wonderful places to live.

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

West Virginia's Eastern PanhandleIn honor of Earth Day, I thought I'd focus in on a local organization that is protecting the environment in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.  The West Virginia Conservation Agency works hard here and throughout the entire state to promote conservation efforts.  Many of their efforts involve protecting and restoring water sources and educating children and teens on issues related to the environment.  Last month the conservation agency partnered with local and federal government agencies to help residents dealing with flood damage after severe storms hit in other parts of the state.

The West Virginia Conservation Agency has a West Virginia Eastern Panhandle district that is active.  They recently hosted an Earth Day 5K run and 1-mile walk in Berkeley County.  The purpose of the event was to bring people together on Earth Day and raise money for high school students wanting to attend the Conservation District's "Envirothon" event.  Environthon workshops are held in each district, and their stated purpose is "to help young people develop the skills, knowledge, and desire necessary to achieve and maintain a balance between quality of life and quality of the environment."

The Conservation Agency offers many educational events and opportunities.  The Eastern Panhandle Conservation District posts updates of local events and opportunities on their page.  Their next board meeting is on Wednesday, May 16th at 7 pm in the Martinsburg USDA Service Center at 151 Aikens Center.  This meeting is open to the public and citizens living in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties are encouraged to attend.  Attending a board meeting is a good way to learn how the District operates and what sort of work they do.

If you decide to get involved in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle conservation efforts, I would love to hear about it.  Also feel free to contact me with information on any other environmental efforts you know about in the area.  As your West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle real estate agent, I understand how important having a healthy natural environment is to local residents.  Happy Earth Month!

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