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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

No matter if you're hosting two people or twenty this Thanksgiving, every Eastern Panhandle WV homeowner should strive to save as much energy as possible in the kitchen. Just think about all of the times you will open and close the oven door this holiday season! As your local real estate experts in Jefferson and Berkeley CountyKable Team Realty is happy to share a few of the many ways you can keep energy costs down all weekend long— trust us, they are easier than you think!

You will want to consider making the following adjustments in your West Virginia kitchen this Thanksgiving:

Keep the oven door closed
You will likely be spending hours preparing your Thanksgiving feast and undoubtedly, tempted to open and close the oven door dozens of times! However, keep in mind that every time you do so, the temperature in your oven is reduced by as much as 25 degrees! Instead, consider using the oven light and let the feasting begin a little quicker.

Turn down the heat
While you're baking and roasting up a storm this holiday season, the temperature in your Eastern Panhandle home is bound to rise. You can turn down the thermostat to save on energy as the heat from your oven will succeed in warming your guests. 

Plan dishes accordingly
If you're prepping your meal today or even tomorrow morning, why not plan dishes that can cook right alongside your turkey? By cooking these dishes at the same temperature and the same time as your turkey, you can reduce the amount of time the oven needs to be on— and save on energy costs!

Use the dishwasher
Who knew that cleaning up can actually save on energy in your Jefferson and Berkeley County home? Consider using your dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes after your meal as the dishwasher uses less water.

As always, do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions about the local real estate market, buying or selling a home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, and Sheperdstown

We wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 10:01 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 15 November 2016

The holiday season is just around the corner in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! Soon enough we will be decking the halls, baking seasonal treats and welcoming family into our homes for festivities galore, but before we get started, there are many events to enjoy right here in Jefferson and Berkeley County! Kable Team Realty is happy to suggest the following events to add to your calendar this holiday season in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, and Sheperdstown!

Holiday Art and Craft Show
Through December 30, 2016; 11:30 AM to 5 PM
116 North Queen Street
Martinsburg WV


A great place to shop for everyone on your list! Shop local artists' unique wares at this downtown craft market.

Back Creek Valley Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 26, 2016; 9 AM to 2 PM
Jr. Orders Lodge
Hedgesville WV


With craft vendors and other products from makeup to candles and kitchen gadgets, you can check off the gifts you still have yet to buy!

Doors to Christmas
December 1-7, 2016; 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Main Street
Martinsburg WV

25 holiday wreaths beautifully decorated by local businesses will adorn antique doors in this "Doors to Christmas" display. The wreaths will then be auctioned off on December 7 at an evening reception.

The Nutcracker
December 10-11, 2016; Shows Saturday 12/10 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM, Sunday 12/11 2-4 PM
Frank Arts Center, Shepherd University
Shepherdstown WV


The Sheperdstown School of Dance presents their performance of "The Nutcracker" this holiday season with three performances over the December 10-11 weekend.

If you need more infomation about calling West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle home, from the real estate market to available properties and everything in between, do not hesitate to contact the Kable Team

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:37 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 08 November 2016

No matter if you're a first time homebuyer in West Virginia or have simply been out of the market for a while, you may find that there are a few terms of the industry that you just don't understand. As you shop for a home in Jefferson and Berkeley County, you will hear these terms time and time again, so as your Eastern Panhandle real estate experts, Kable Team Realty has taken up the task of explaining them for you! 

Below are ten real estate terms every homebuyer should understand as they navigate the market this year:

1. APR
Stands for Annual Percentage Rate. Refers to your interest rate each year. 

2. MLS
Stands for Multiple Listing Service. This service allows real estate agents to view all homes currently on the market, as well as all details relating to a home. 

3. ARM
Stands for Adjustable Rate Mortgage. This type of mortgage often begins with a lower rate set in place for a specific amount of time, then changes according to market conditions.

4. Closing Costs
Costs associated with buying a home, including title and escrow fees, appraisal fees, loan origination fees and more.

5. Contingency
A contingency allows a buyer an "out" if certain terms are not met. 

6. Earnest Money
A certain amount of money paid by the buyer that shows they are serious about the purchase. 

7. Escrow
With home purchases, a third party can become involved to handle the funds. Money is often held in an escrow account so the seller is aware you have the funds and are ready to purchase the property.

8. Equity
The amount of ownership you have in your Eastern Panhandle home. You can calculate this amount by subtracting the amount you owe on your home from its current market value. 

9. PMI
Stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. If you do not have a down payment of at least 20 percent, you will be required to pay PMI each month.

10. Appraisal
The process through which the value of your home is calculated, based on a variety of factors including location, condition and the sales prices of similar properties in the area. 

If you have more questions about buying a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, do not hesitate to give the Kable Team a call! We're here to help buyers in the Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, and Sheperdstown areas!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 01:49 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 01 November 2016

Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean your projects for the season are too! Winter will be here before we know it and there are still a few final projects to cross off of your list before you can cozy up in front of the fire. Paying attention to maintenance this time of year will allow your Eastern Panhandle home to both look its best and function properly as the weather changes. What's more, they will prevent problems before they occur— saving you money!

Below are four final fall projects to complete this weekend in Jefferson and Berkeley County:

Inspect your roof
As you may have read in our previous blog post, fall is a great time to clean the gutters. Many times, this will require you to climb up onto the roof. Consider being proactive and inspecting the roof while you're up there, looking for any damaged shingles or holes that will need to be repaired before winter.

Do a walking tour
Take some time to walk around the exterior of your home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Sheperdstown and beyond this weekend. Take note of any cracks or damage in the pathways where someone could slip and fall, windows that may need to be sealed from the elements and damaged siding or foundation issues.

Store all summer tools 
From tools to garden hoses to bicycles and patio furniture, all of these summer items need to be properly cleaned and stored before winter. Since you won't be spending as much time outdoors in the winter months, now is the time to put each of these away. It's also wise to shut off water to your exterior faucets after you disconnect garden hoses. 

Clean your dryer vent
With cooler weather comes more static electricity, meaning the lint build-up in your dryer vent can spark more easily. Clean out your dryer vent this weekend to keep the appliance running properly and to reduce this risk.

We hope you enjoy your November here in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Falling Waters, Hedgesville, and Sheperdstown. As always, do not hesitate to reach out to Kable Team Realty with any questions about the real estate market, from buying to selling!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:45 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Halloween is here! Soon you will hear knocking on your door, the bell ringing and footsteps heading up and down your pathways all in the pursuit of tricks and treats! But that doesn't mean you can simply fill your candy bowl and switch on the exterior lights of your Eastern Panhandle West Virginia home! There are a few tasks you might consider taking on to be sure your home is fully prepared for trick or treaters this Halloween.

Kable Team Realty has included four important steps to take to avoid any spooky mishaps over the next few days— After all, your jack-o-lanterns may not be enough to light the way for your Halloween guests!

Light up your pathways
Your Jefferson or Berkeley County home should be bright enough for trick or treaters to approach. Now, that doesn't mean you need to install new light fixtures just for the occasion, but you can use luminaries, tea lights and glowing pumpkins to light the way.

Remove yard obstacles
With an influx of visitors sprinting to your door this Halloween, you don't want anything getting in their way! Take care to remove any obstacles like sticks, branches, extension cords or even cracks in the cement. If you can't easily remove an obstacle—for instance, driveway or sidewalk cracks—simply block access to the area.

Stay away from flammable decor
Halloween is a fun holiday for which to deck your Eastern Panhandle home, but steer clear of flammable decorations. Paper items, cornstalks or even dried hay can wreak more havoc than you realize. If you must use them, keep them far away from any hot lights or flames. You can also use LED lights to illuminate your pumpkins instead of open flame candles.

Keep your pets calm
The ding dong of doorbells throughout the night can send your pets into a tizzy. Not to mention the costumes in which kids will be dressed! Keep your pets in a safe and secure area during trick or treating hours where they can remain calm and comfortable. 

Ready to list your home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, Ranson, Inwood, Falling Waters, Shepherdstown, or Hedgesville this year? Let the Kable Team provide you with more information the current real estate market and how you can ready your property for today's buyers!

Have a happy and safe Halloween! 

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:35 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 18 October 2016

With the fall season here, you may be feeling the urge to spruce up your Eastern Panhandle home. There are many easy ways to give your home a boost without spending too much money and one of those is through painting. Giving rooms a fresh coat of paint is a quick and inexpensive method that can instantly transform a space.

But how can you be sure you're not breaking the bank? Below are three ways to update your Jefferson or Berkeley County home and still save:

Look for mistinted paint
Every store stocks mistinted paint— whether that means the wrong color was mixed, the customer returned the paint or ordered the paint and never picked it up. Because of this, the store marks the cans down at a steep discount so they can move them out quickly. However, if you are looking for a highly-specific paint color or are going with a specific color scheme in your home, mistints may not be the best answer.

Find the right paint the first time
To avoid spending more than necessary on paint, choose the right paint the first time! Pick up several samples of eggshell, flat, satin, semi-gloss and gloss paint to ensure you find the right finish for your rooms. What's more, you can paint several squares of your tinted paint on the walls you intend to paint and check back at different times of day to see how the paint looks in different lighting. 

Touch up instead
Sometimes a simple touch-up job can do the trick rather than painting the entire room. Remember to use the same applicator that you used the first time—for instance, a roller versus a brush—to get the same finish and a close match. If you have small areas to touch up, use the paint sparingly and feather it into the existing paint. If you have large areas to touch up, consider just repainting that entire wall for the best result.

Simple home improvements can go a long way for Eastern Panhandle WV homeowners, especially if you plan to sell in the near future! Give Kable Team Realty a call today for more information about listing your home and preparing to sell. We're happy to help!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 10:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 11 October 2016

In just a few weeks, trick-or-treaters will descend upon the neighborhoods in Jefferson and Berkeley County, West Virginia and Halloween will officially make its way into the Eastern Panhandle. But even if you haven't decided on your costume or carved your jack-o-lanterns just yet, there is still time to fill your calendar with all of the festive themed events planned for the days leading up to All Hallows Eve.

Kable Team Realty has included four Halloween events taking place this month in Inwood, Hedgesville and Martinsburg, so you can participate in all of the spooky fun taking place right here in the Eastern Panhandle!

Old McDonald's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
Through November 1, 2016; 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday, 12 PM to 6 PM Sunday
1597 Arden Nollville Road
Inwood, WV

This 175-acre farm has been in the McDonald family since the late 1700s! Visit the farm animals, play in the kids corn castle, walk through the 5-acre corn maze, slide down the 60 foot tube slide, take a hayride and more! Admission is $5. 

The Haunted Asylum at Camp Frame
Through October 29, 2016; 10:30 PM
1362 Camp Frame Rd
Hedgesville, WV

This haunted attraction has it all— from extreme lighting to fog, moving floors and special effects! Tickets are on sale at 6:30 PM through 10:30 PM when the event begins and your $12 donation for admission goes directly to Relay for Life!

Haunted History and Legends Tour
Through October 31, 2016
309 E John St
Martinsburg, WV


These ghost tours are held on Friday and Saturday evenings all month long and feature the General Adam Stephen House before taking a walking tour of the town. Admission is $15 per person and $5 of each ticket will go to the Adam Stephen House.

Haunted Trails
Through October 29, 2016; Saturdays 7 PM to 11 PM
284 Izaak Walton Road
Martinsburg, WV


The Izaak Walton League will lead haunted trail tours every Saturday night this month from 7 PM to 11 PM. Admission is $15, 12 and younger are $7. 

We wish you a happy Halloween in Jefferson and Berkeley County and as always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about buying or selling a home in the Eastern Panhandle!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 08:20 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 04 October 2016

It can be easy to get swept up in the homebuying process, so much that you tend to overlook certain features and aspects of an Eastern Panhandle property. After the fact, you may find that the property is completely wrong for you and you should have continued on with your home search. You can count on Kable Team Realty to point out these real estate dealbreakers in Jefferson and Berkeley County WV, so there are no feelings of remorse after you've been handed your keys!

Below are three dealbreakers to watch for as you browse available homes in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle this year:

Location
You've heard the phrase "location, location, location" countless times— and for good reason! Unless you plan to have a home moved to another part of town—which is highly unlikely—this should be the first factor you're scouting for when viewing properties in West Virginia. Take note of the home's surroundings, in terms of busy streets, shopping centers and entertainment attractions. Is it noisy? Is there alot of traffic? Remember, homes located in these areas may have a lower value than others. 

Layout
Reality shows can make it look easy, but tearing down walls in between rooms is not always the easiest, nor the most cost-effective plan for fixing a home's layout. If you find yourself touring a home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Ranson or Falling Waters and wishing the bedrooms had been placed elsewhere or the kitchen was not so closed off from the rest of the home, then it may be best to keep looking. 

Placement
If it is a more private home you're looking for in Jefferson or Berkeley County, then the specific lot placement will need to be considered. Does the property have close neighbors? How close is the home to the others in the neighborhood? Is the home closer to the street or set back farther on the lot? It is wise to first decide what your ideal home looks like in terms of the lot itself and its surroundings before you begin to think seriously about purchasing a home. 

Whether you have considered the above dealbreakers for a certain property or are just beginning your home search, we are here to help! Contact us today for more information about buying a home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Shepherdstown, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Inwood, Ranson and Falling Waters

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 08:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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

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