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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.

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 02:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, 27 March 2017

You've decided to sell your home on West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle and have begun prepping the property to appeal to Jefferson and Berkeley County homebuyers. Your list is likely getting long with staging, cleaning out the clutter and even researching where you will go next, but amidst all of the selling hustle and bustle, there are often a few things sellers forget to do.

Before you get caught up in the process of selling your West Virginia home, keep the following often forgtten tasks in mind.

Remember all updates and repairs
Especially if you've lived in your Eastern Panhandle home for a while, all of the updates and repairs you've made may slip your mind. Make a list of everything you've done to the home, including any issues that were fixed or even if they went unresolved. Disclosing all of these to buyers can give them peace of mind and may help your home sale along.

Clean inside everything
When buyers arrive to tour your home in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters, they will likely look inside everything. If you've neglected areas like the inside of cabinets or closets, know that buyers could easily be turned off. Take care to overturn every nook and cranny while cleaning in preparation to sell.

Pay attention to detail
Even the smallest of details can make a big difference to today's homebuyers, For instance, if your doorbell doesn't ring, buyers may wonder what else is on the fritz. First impressions are everything when selling your home and it starts with curb appeal! Work your way indoors from the home's exterior, checking off every box as you tour the home with your "buyer eyes." 

Let Kable Team Realty help you stay on track with your home sale this spring and ensure no balls are dropped as you navigate the process. We're here to help, so give us a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 09:56 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

With the busy spring real estate market here again in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, you may be feeling the urge to get out and start exploring available homes. But if you're a first-time home buyer or have simply been out of the market for some time, there may be some terms you find you do not understand as you begin to dive further into listings in Jefferson and Berkeley County.

But don't worry! You can count on the Kable Team to make sure you have no uncertainties during your homebuying journey. Below are five important terms you will need to know this spring as a home buyer in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters

1. Under Contract
This means the seller has agreed upon a contract with a potential buyer. This does not mean that the deal is done as it could still fall through pending financing and other factors.

2. Contingent
When you see a contingent status, that means the seller has accepted an offer and it is under contract. However, as mentioned above, there are certain factors that will affect the sale moving forward and criteria that needs to be met. This criteria is known as a contingency and can include everything from the home inspection to the appraisal and financing.

3. Pending
When a seller has an accepted offer and contract and there are no longer contingencies, you will see a pending status on the Eastern Panhandle listing. However, keep in mind that sellers will still take showings during this time in case the sale should fall through.

4. Active
This listing status means a property is currently on the market and available. Regardless of if offers have been submitted, none have been accepted if you see this status and it is open to you!

5. Closed
Just the opposite of the term above— you guessed it, this property status means the home is sold and no longer available on the market.

Have more questions about buying a home in Jefferson or Berkeley County, West Virginia? Give Kable Team Realty a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 03:14 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

It's that time of year again! Yes, the official beginning of spring is here, but tax season is also upon us and if you're a homeowner in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle that means trying to save as much as possible. Now that doesn't mean you have to jump through hoops to cut down on your tax bill, but rather there are certain deductions that are available to all homeowners— if you remember to take them!

Below are three tax deductions you can take this year. You won't want to file your return without them!

Mortgage interest
Did you know that all of the interest you pay on your mortgage is tax-deductible? For loans up to $1 million, you can deduct what you've paid in interest for the year, although you do need to itemize your deductions to take this one.

Private mortgage insurance (PMI)
If you made less than a 20 percent down payment on your Eastern Panhandle home, your lender likely required that you pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). While this is an added expense, you can still deduct it on your taxes as long as your adjusted gross income is less than $100,000.

Energy efficient upgrades
If you installed any energy efficient upgrades like a new roof, insulation, solar panels, solar water heater, doors, windows or skylights, you may qualify for this 30 percent tax credit. There is a lifetime cap on certain items like furnaces and hot water boilers, so if you've already claimed up to $500, you won't be able to deduct any more.

If you're a homeowner in Jefferson or Berkeley County and are ready to make a move, do not hesitate to contact the Kable Team! We are happy to help you find your next dream home and make sure the right buyer finds your current property

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 05:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 07 March 2017

It's time to think spring and enjoy the many events planned for our area in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. Below is just a sampling of those that you won't want to miss both this month and next in Jefferson and Berkeley County!

Disney's High School Musical
March 10-12, 2017
Apollo Civic Theatre
Martinsburg, WV


The popular musical takes the stage in Martinsburg! The whole family will love this story of a basketball captain and brainiac, not to mention the catchy songs that you've likely heard a time or two before!

Danceworks Festival
March 25-26, 2017
Musselman High School
Inwood, WV


This fourth annual festival is now a tradition in Berkeley County, allowing dozens of dance students to learn from instructors and their specialties over two days. On the final day, local students from area dance companies will come together for a gala performance.

Home Show
March 25-26, 2017
Berkeley Plaza (New location!)
Martinsburg, WV


From 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, the Eastern Panhandle Homebuilders Association Home Show will be held at Berkeley Plaza. Hundreds of vendors will be present to inspire your home projects, in addition to a silent auction!

Primitive to Prepper
April 1-2, 2017
North American Bushcraft School
Inwood, WV


Don't miss this family-friendly festival where you can learn primitive skills like fire making and archery! There will be food vendors on site, as well as demonstrations in food preservation, gardening, traps and snares, butchering, brandy making, packing an emergency first aid kit and more.

There is always something going on in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood and Falling Waters and that's just one of many reasons why we love the Eastern Panhandle! Give us a call today for more information about available homes in Jefferson and Berkeley County, selling your property or local recommendations.

Happy spring!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 02:39 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Now that March has arrived in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, the weather is warming up and it's time to start thinking spring! Not only does that mean filling the calendar with outdoor events and activities, but sprucing up your home for the season ahead. There are a few tasks to cross off your Jefferson and Berkeley County homeowner to-do list this month, including cleaning your gutters and tending to your yard, and we've included them for you below!

Consider the following your March to-do list for your Eastern Panhandle home:

Clean your gutters
Over the winter months, debris has taken up residence in your home's gutters and it's high time to clean them out! Without doing so, you will find that overflowing gutters and downspouts can cause serious water issues both inside and outside of your home.

Tend to your yard
Spring is on its way and your yard may need a bit of maintenance before it's back in tip-top condition. Remove any branches or sticks from the yard, prune rose bushes, and remove dead leaves.

Power wash your siding and deck
Just like your gutters, your home's exterior needs some cleaning before the spring arrives. You can hire a professional to power wash the siding and deck or do it yourself for an inexpensive facelift and quick curb appeal boost.

Inspect the walkways
Cooler weather can cause cracks in walkways around your home, so make sure you've identified those that may have popped up. You can fill these in with sealant to prevent further cracking and of course, trips and falls.

March is a great time to tackle the above tasks at your Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters home! It's also an excellent opportunity to begin your home search or list your home as the spring season approaches and more buyers enter the Eastern Panhandle real estate market

We can walk you through it all— just give the Kable Team a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:47 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The spring season is indeed just around the corner, but that doesn't mean that these final days of winter are to be ignored. Now is the time to get the ball rolling if you're planning to buy a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! As you may know, spring is considered one of the busiest times of year for real estate and you will be met with a wave of new buyers in the market— or in other words, more competition. Below are three ways to get ahead of the curve now, so you will be well on your way when the season heats up.

Find your agent
One of the greatest assets you can have when buying a home in Jefferson or Berkeley County is your real estate agent. If you have not reached out to yours yet, give them a call and let them know your plans! The more information you can give them ahead of time—what you're looking for in a new home, your price range, your desired location—the better, as they can keep an eye on the market as new listings start to roll in.

Prepare your finances
You don't want to risk losing your West Virginia dream home due to a delay in financing, so start talking to lenders now. You can find out everything from how much house you can realistically afford to which loan programs may suit you best. Having all of this squared away now before you even lay eyes on a new Eastern Panhandle home will make your purchase process proceed much quicker.

Determine location
Have you decided where you want to live in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters? There is a reason real estate uses the term "location, location, location." Each area and neighborhood comes with a different price range and set of home values, so do your research. Take into account what you can get for your money in each location in addition to factors like commute time, schools, proximity to entertainment and more.

The 2017 real estate market is shaping up to be lucrative for both home buyers and sellers, so don't waste any time! Kable Team Realty is here to help you navigate every obstacle from starting the home search to finding the right lender to get pre-approved. Give us a call today for more information about next steps to get ahead of the spring real estate market in Jefferson and Berkeley County!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 11:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 14 February 2017

According to a new study, there is another influence at work for homebuyers and sellers as we enter the 2017 real estate market— pets! You would be surprised at the emphasis these two groups are putting on their furry friends—a whopping 81 percent say they consider their pets—when deciding on where to live or where to move, even how to renovate their homes!

It seems that pets ultimately play a big role in the home that Eastern Panhandle buyers choose, with many reporting they consider the needs of the entire family in making this major decision. The study found that 99 percent of pet owners consider their pets part of their family and 89 percent would not give up their pet due to housing restrictions or limitations.

But it's not just West Virginia buyers— it's home sellers too that put their pet on the top of their priority list! According to the study, 12 percent of pet owners have moved to accomodate their animal, while 19 percent said they would consider moving to accomodate their pet in the future. So what can you do as a home seller to ensure pet owner buyers are attracted to your home? We've come up with a few suggestions below!

For Sellers

1. Remove any animal scents
While buyers will be looking for pet-friendly homes in Jefferson and Berkeley County, they don't want to smell yours. Consider having your home professionally cleaned, or at least the flooring, to remove any pet odors that are lingering.

2. Take pets out of the home during showings
Just as you would create a neutral palette when staging your home, the same applies to pets. You want to appeal to the majority of buyers and if they cannot envision themselves in the property, they may not move forward. If possible, make arrangements for your pets during showings so buyers can look without being distracted.

3. Replace pet-damaged items and features
Did your dog chew up the trim in your kitchen? Be sure to replace it before buyers arrive for a showing!

4. Play up pet-friendly features
If your Martinsburg, Charles Town, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood or Falling Waters home has a fenced yard or easy-to-clean floors, don't forget to point that out to buyers in your marketing! 

When you're ready to make a move this year, whether you're planning to buy or sell a home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, do not hesitate to give us a call! Kable Team Realty is happy to help you sell and find the best home for your needs!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 04:07 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 07 February 2017

When it comes to buying a home, it may feel like there are obstacles around every corner and if you're not paying close attention, you could trip and fall over them. First-time homebuyers are experiencing this in today's market, while seasoned homebuyers in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle have a few well-kept secrets that can help you navigate the process a little easier.

You can also rely on your local real estate agent to pass down a few tricks of the trade as you prepare to buy your first home in the Eastern Panhandle. Below are three well-kept secrets of buying a home in Jefferson and Berkeley County:

Secret #1: Don't move money around prior to buying
Lenders will be carefully analyzing your finances as you go through the pre-approval and later, mortgage application process. They will want a paper trail and explanations for any income coming in, as well as large amounts of money going out. Be careful not to make any big purchases or move any money around at least three to six months prior to your home purchase. You don't want to jeopardize your credit profile!

Secret #2: Research the neighborhood
One of the best ways to avoid buyer's remorse on your Jefferson or Berkeley County home purchase is to research the neighborhood thoroughly. The last thing you want is to move in and find the noise is too much, the neighbors are too close, the work commute is longer than you'd like or your favorite spots are too far away. Visit the neighborhood at all hours of the day—morning, noon and night—taking note of the neighbors, sounds, schools, and travel times to your frequented locales.

Secret #3: Don't try to time the market
Can you imagine finding your perfect home in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle only to lose it because you wanted to wait until mortgage rates fell or prices dropped? That is every buyer's worst nightmare— but one you can avoid! Toss out your idea of trying to time the market as it's nearly impossible to track the up's and down's. Remember that the best time to buy a home is when you find the right property and can afford it!

Don't let the uncertainties of buying a home hold you back from purchasing your dream in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Ranson, Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Hedgesville, Inwood or Falling Waters. You can count on the Kable Team to walk you through anything that feels overwhelming and explain each step as you go! We've helped numerous first-time buyers become homeowners and we look forward to helping you do the same!

Give us a call today!

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Posted by: Tracy Kable AT 02:53 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email

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