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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

You've just purchased a new home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, but what comes next? Moving! It can be a stressful process for anyone, no matter how many times you've changed homes. Don't wait until the last minute to organize your belongings and timeline for your Jefferson or Berkeley County move, start now and avoid problems later.

Add these three to-do's to your moving checklist to help smooth out the journey of relocating from one home to the next.

Change Your Address  
There are many people and places you'll need to inform of your new address— schools, friends, family, banks, subscriptions, doctors— so plan ahead. Change your address a few weeks prior to your true moving date to make sure it's had time to be processed. 

Declutter Your Home
What better time than moving to declutter your home? As you're packing up your Eastern Panhandle home, consider each item that you are sending to the new house. Start a separate box for items to giveaway, items you no longer wear or use, and those you can give to friends or family members. Be diligent during the decluttering process— you'll want to start fresh in your new home, not wind up finding space for more unnecessary things.

Prioritize the Boxes
When packing up each room of your home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville, it can be easy to overlook what items you'll need right away. Start a box specifically for those first days in the new house— what you'll need right away, items such as pillows, toothbrushes, dishes, blankets, chargers for electronics and laundry essentials. Now when you begin the unpacking, you'll know exactly which box your phone charger is in!

Avoid packing different items from different rooms in the same box. Instead, use a color-coding system and place the same color sticker on the box and the specific room's door. If any one of your boxes gets lost in transit to your new home in Jefferson or Berkeley County, you will know which one and where it belongs. Also, keep corresponding items together— for instance, your desktop computer with all of its cords or your lamps with their bulbs. 

Whether you're ready to purchase a new home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville this fall or start the process of selling your current property, the Kable Team can help! We can work with your unique wants and lifestyle to achieve your real estate goals in the Eastern Panhandle

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 07 October 2014

The first week of October has already come and gone and now it is time for Eastern Panhandle residents to begin preparing for the heart of the fall season. Fall festivals, haunted tours, apple-themed events— it's a great time to visit or even better, live in Jefferson and Berkeley County! This month brings a host of events to the communities of Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Charles Town and Inwood, some of which will begin this weekend.

While you may be a little down over the end of summer, the local fall happenings in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle will more than make up for it. Here are a few events planned for the area, beginning this weekend:

1st Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Taylor's Farm Market
178 Pilgrim Street
Inwood, WV


The quintessential West Virginia fall event! The FREE Fall Harvest Festival in Inwood will go on rain or shine and include the following:

  • Wine tasting
  • Live music
  • Candy apples and baked goods
  • Kettle corn, ice cream and other local treats
  • Antique tractor display
  • Fresh apple cider
  • Kids activities and more!

Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
Friday, October 17th through Sunday, October 19, 2014
Martinsburg, WV

This 3-day-long event in Martinsburg will feature apple activities and tastings of all kinds, with an apple pie, apple arrangement and apple growing contests. The Apple Harvest Festival will also include a 5K, parade, car cruise-in, square dance, pancake breakfast and arts and crafts show.

Postmortem— A Thriller
October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26, 2014
The Old Opera House
Charles Town, WV


Get in the spirit of the season with this thriller at the Old Opera House in Charles Town. It's a Sherlock Holmes kind of murder mystery production that will have you both laughing and on the edge of your seat!

Shepherdstown Fire Department Apple Butter Festival
October 25, 2014
Shepherdstown Fire Department
Shepherdstown, WV


The annual Apple Butter Festival is a major fundraising event for the Shepherdstown Fire Department. With arts and crafts, a local bake sale and homemade apple butter— what's not to love? The Apple Butter Festival is fun for the whole family as you can come watch apple butter being made and help stir the large kettles!

There is always something to enjoy in Jefferson and Berkeley County West Virginia and this fall is no exception. Contact us today for more information on the local real estate market and what makes the communities of Charles Town, Inwood, Ranson, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, Falling Waters, Harpers Ferry and Hedgesville such great places to live.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:10 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Many homebuyers today are interested in buying a home that needs a little work, something they can make their own— a fixer upper. Taking on this remodeling project might seem like fun, but the truth is that it's a major commitment and one that can require a lot of money. There are a few key questions you need to ask before signing on the dotted line and, if all matches up, it could turn out to be a great investment for Eastern Panhandle homebuyers.

Ask yourself if you have the time
Purchasing a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle is a committment of its own, but completely remodeling the place is another. One important question to ask yourself before you buy is if you have the time to devote to it. You'll be spending the majority of your time sanding, painting, staining, demolishing— do you have that time to spare? If you're ready and willing, then you can proceed.

Ask yourself about the home's problems
What makes the home a fixer upper? Outline exactly what issues the home in  Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville has and keep a log of them. If they are mainly cosmetic, something paint or a new appliance can fix, that's a great sign. If the home's problems are structural, that can end up costing you more money and time in the long run.

Ask yourself where you will go
Remodeling your home in Jefferson County or Berkeley County can leave you without a place to live for a few months. Make sure you factor this into your plan! Where will you live while your home is under construction? If the construction process will not bother you, then finding an alternate home may not be something you need to cross off the list.

Ask yourself about the budget
This is perhaps the single most important factor when it comes to buying a home and a fixer upper at that. Do you have the budget to make it happen? Taking on a complete overhaul of a property in Martinsburg, Inwood, Shepherdstown, Falling Waters or Hedgesville can drain your bank account. Be sure to configure your down payment, the mortgage payment, the utilities and taxes on a home before you decide to send more money toward renovations.

The Kable Team has the experience and local knowledge to help you find a home that's right for you, whether that be a new property, a move-in ready home or one that needs a little love. Contact us today to see what's available right now!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Homeownership is still viewed as the American Dream and a strong achievement to be proud of in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville. And while some homebuyers in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle may be ready to buy a home, they fear they don't have the downpayment to make it happen. 

According to a new survey exploring views on homeownership, nearly 65 percent of respondents believe you must have a very good credit score to buy a home. Along the same lines, nearly half of all respondents believe you need at least 20 percent down to buy a home. 

It's what potential homebuyers in Jefferson County and Berkeley County do not know that is likely holding them back from making their homeownership dreams come true. For instance, the 30 percent of survey participants that believe only those with high incomes can be approved for a mortgage.

One of these easy homebuyer myths to debunk is the downpayment amount— you do not need 20 percent down to purchase a home! Mortgage giant Freddie Mac recently addressed this misinformation among buyers, stating that 40 percent of today's buyers who finance their homes make down payments of less than 10 percent! Over the past five years alone, the number of buyers who have put down less than 10 percent to purchase a home has tripled. 

West Virginia homebuyers are by no means alone if they plan to make a smaller down payment. Not only do these smaller down payments make up for a large portion of home purchase across the country, but they are an option for local buyers too! Do not let your previous ideas about down payments hold you back from becoming a homeowner this year.

As your local real estate team in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, we are happy to provide recommendations and resources for mortgage lenders and local service providers to make your homebuying process as smooth as possible! Contact us today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 07:54 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 16 September 2014

For those who know the area well, West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle boasts a wealth of history. Colonial and Civil War sites abound, in addition to great shopping for antiques. This weekend, another opportunity for exploring West Virginia's deep history will take place in Charles Town— the Charles Town Heritage Festival! 

The Charles Town Heritage Festival will host the best the community has to offer, including the arts and culture of the region. Whether you're a local Eastern Panhandle resident, heritage and history enthusiast, or simply visiting, this family-friendly festival is the perfect way to get to know the area.

From 10 AM to 5 PM in downtown Charles Town, you can enjoy the following:

Heritage Quest Scavenger Hunt
Registration: 10 AM to 11 AM, Game: 11 AM to 2 PM, $5 per team
Play an exciting scavenger hunting game in historic downtown Charles Town. The scavenger hunt will be a family-friendly, clue-solving game of history. Trophies will be awarded!

3rd Annual Heritage Festival Pie Bake-Off
Set up and registration: 11 AM, Judging and tasting: 12 PM
The Pie Bake-Off returns to the Heritage Festival this year and will be judged by the members of the Farmers' Market! All pies must include one local ingredient, so this is a great chance to taste the local flavor of West Virginia! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places as well as "People's Choice," "Prettiest Pie," and "Most Creative."

Tractor and Engine Show
North George Street
Showcasing the community's agricultural heritage is this year's new addition, the Tractor and Engine Show. The planning committee has reserved plenty of space for guests who would like to bring out their antique tractors, steam engines or other heritage equipment.

As your real estate experts in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, we are happy to recommend local resources to help make your transition into a new home more enjoyable. Contact us today for more details about the communities of Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:51 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Did you know real estate is highly linked to the weather? When you think about it, you will notice how the local real estate market in the Eastern Panhandle gets busier during the summer months when moving conditions are ideal and tends to slow down during the colder, winter months. As we approach the fall season, it's important that home sellers make this distinction— especially if you're planning to sell your home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville

Selling your home in Jefferson County or Berkeley County before winter is a wise decision. There will soon be many distractions for homebuyers to lead them away from house hunting —holidays, travel, weather— and thus, your home sale may feel the impact. Other important reasons to consider selling your West Virginia home this fall include:

Buyers are ready now
The latest real estate market data suggests there are more homebuyers searching for properties now than there have been in the past year, including the most recent spring and summer markets. These motivated homebuyers are not only ready to buy, but able to buy and this may not be the case if you decide to wait until the colder months arrive.

It's easier to close now
Similar to the distractions that occur for West Virginia homebuyers around the holidays, holding up the real estate process, the act of selling your home during the winter months tends to see delays. Banks are indeed requiring more paperwork from buyers to obtain a loan and the slow pace of the holiday season does not do the speed of the sale any favors. Selling your home and closing now would make for a much smoothier and speedier sale than later on.

Competition is starting to increase
One of the biggest obstacles for Eastern Panhandle home sellers is the competition from other available and comparable properties. Right now, the real estate market is experiencing low inventory so that obstacle is already out of your way. However, both the inventory of existing homes and new construction properties is about to increase and buyer choices will grow. We can help you sell your home now while the competition is still low in Jefferson and Berkeley County.

The Kable Team has helped both homebuyers and sellers meet their goals in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle for many years. We will take into account not only your wants and needs in a potential home but also the lifestyle you hope to achieve in the area.

We'd love the opportunity to exceed your expectations and move your home sale (or home purchase) along while the market conditions are right. Contact us today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

When you buy a home in the Eastern Panhandle, chances are you're invisioning ways to make it your own. Perhaps as a West Virginia homebuyer, you toured available properties thinking of how you can remodel the kitchen or bathrooms and brainstorming what you can add to make the spaces feel more like home. If you've done this, it seems you're not alone— a new survey recently found that only 2 percent of homeowners admit to being happy with the current design of their homes. 

More homeowners in West Virginia are ready to remodel as, in accordance with the new survey, they do not believe they've achieved the perfect design just yet. 44% of the surveyed homeowners say they'd like to do a complete overhaul of their home's design and decor while 36% say they just want to replace existing decor.

What's driving them? It is not current design trends, according to home remodeling website Houzz. The main driving force is simply the homeowner's own personal style and their visions of what will make the home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville more comfortable.

Popular design and remodeling choices include:

  • White paint
  • Accent walls in the home office, kids rooms and master bedrooms
  • Solid furniture colors, followed by stripes
  • The incorporation of chevron patterns for homeowners under the age of 45
  • Hardwood flooring through Eastern Panhandle homes
  • Carpet in the master bedroom
  • Living rooms in the master bedroom— including a fireplace and seating area
  • Dining spaces (now getting more use) with seating from at least six people

Homeowners in the Eastern Panhandle are interested in existing homes for this very reason— they are ready to remodel and ready to bring their own style into their home. Are you looking for a new home in Jefferson County or Berkeley County? The Kable Team can help you find a property that fits your wish list and yet one that leaves room for you to make these design choices for yourself.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 04:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

While the majority of Americans own their homes— 67% according to the National Multifamily Housing Council— there is still a good amount who are wondering when to make the journey to homeownership. Your finances will ultimately help you make the decision to buy a home in the Eastern Panhandle, but here are a few more signs that you might be ready:

You want to take charge of your home 
Summer is a popular time for home improvement projects and if you're not yet a homeowner, you might not have been able to tackle them. One strong sign you're ready to buy a home in Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville is that you're ready to truly make the spaces your own. You want to put your own spin on the home's design, paint walls and just do with the place what you please. 

You want to live in a specific area or school district
Now that school is back in session, school districts are on the minds of many Eastern Panhandle homebuyers. If you have a specific neighborhood in mind, school system or town where you'd like to put down roots, it might be time to purchase a home. Real estate is an investment in your future and if you know where you'd like to be, that is one sign to make the move.

Your family is growing
Growing families tend to give a much needed boost to potential West Virginia homebuyers. Have you outgrown your home? Are you in need of more storage? All strong signs to start your home search for something bigger and more accomodating to your family's needs. Start by making a home wish list and then contact your local Eastern Panhandle real estate agent!

You found the one
If you're not yet a homeowner but have been eyeing properties in Jefferson County and Berkeley County, it could be time to take the next step. Mortgage rates are still low and with rising housing prices, waiting will cost you in the long run. Do you see your dream home for sale? Don't hesitate! This could be your chance to settle in. 

The Kable Team is ready to help you with the purchase of your first home in the Eastern Panhandle! Contact us today for a list of properties in your price range and we can help you join the leagues of other happy homeowners in the area.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 06:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The summer heat may be winding down in the Eastern Panhandle, but it will be back in full force at the 3rd Annual Martinsburg Wing Cook Off this Saturday!

Sponsored by the Martinsburg Mall, the 2014 'Burg Wing Off is a fun community event put on to help two local charities in need of support— the Children's Home Society of West Virginia and Christmas Cash for Kids. Now in its third year, this family-friendly community event continues to grow and expand each year with its vast group of supporters, participants, Wing Off contestants, musical entertainment, voluntees and attendees. 

This year, attendees can expect to find more fun and excitement with the following 'Burg Wing Off activities scheduled:

  • Wing Cook Off
  • Wing Eating Contest
  • Wing sampling
  • Live music
  • Beer Garden
  • Kids Korner
  • The Living Room's Annual Car Show
  • Numerous local vendors and more!

If you will be in the Martinsburg area this weekend, join in at the 3rd Annual 'Burg Wing Off or simply come to see participants battle for the title of "Best Wings" in the 'Burg. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 or purchased in advance for $8 (which includes entry and 5 wing sampling tickets) at the following locations:

  • Martinsburg Mall
  • City National Bank, on King Street
  • Children's Home Society of West Virginia

The event begins Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Martinsburg Mall (800 Fox Croft Ave, Martinsburg) and runs from 12 PM to 4 PM. Proceeds will benefit Christmas Cash for Kids and the Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 08:53 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Living in the Eastern Panhandle, there are many things to smile about— one of them being your home. Whether you've just purchased a new home, have been in place for years or are looking to move to another West Virginia property, being happy at home is on every homeowner wishlist. But you don't have to take on new activities or even renovate to be happy at home, these tips will help put a smile on your Eastern Panhandle homeowner face before you know it:

Load the Dishwasher Before Bed
Waking up to a clean home is the best way to start the day, don't you agree? Take a few minutes before bed each night to load the dishwasher. This will save you a big sigh in the morning and time in the evening when it's time to start cooking.

Make Your Bed Every Morning
One of the easiest ways to feel happy in your Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Martinsburg, Inwood, Falling Waters and Hedgesville. home is to get organized. It all starts with making your bed every morning— it only takes a few minutes and by accomplishing this one task in the morning, it sets the stage for productivity for the rest of the day. 

Do the Cleaning at Night
Not everyone has the time on the weekends to devote to cleaning their home, top to bottom. Instead, take on little projects each night. Start with dusting, washing windows, putting away laundry, whatever else might be on your list. Choose a new spot every night so you can cover more surface area as the week goes on. 

Clean the Windows
Not sure what it is about a certain room in your home that is just bringing you down? Clean the windows. By removing dirt and grime from the glass, you'll let in more light and thus, brighten and freshen the space. This one task can help your home feel worlds cleaner, especially during these late summer months.

Don't Ignore Projects
Leaky faucet, squeaky door, chipped paint. All of these are common problems for the Eastern Panhandle homeowner, but ignorning them can cause a serious headache later. Tackle a project as soon as it arises and you'll avoid the mountain of repairs that could stem from putting it in the back of your mind. One of the main causes of homeowner stress is a long maintenance list, but taking on projects as soon as they pop up can help!

With all of the sunshine these summer months bring, it's certainly not difficult to find something to sing about. With these easy tips, you can bring that happiness into your Jefferson County or Berkeley County home this season. 

Ready to take on your next homebuying adventure? The Kable Team is here to help! Contact us today for a list of available properties or details on how you can sell your current home in today's market.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:43 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

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