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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Let’s face it: the Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate markets are not exactly easy to navigate at the moment, particularly if you’re a seller. That’s why, as your Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia real estate team, we create creative, outside-the-box selling strategies. In order to stand out in today’s market; you have to go to lengths that are a bit unconventional in order to grab the attention of buyers in the area.  Gone are the days where placing a batch of freshly baked cookies on the counter during an open house will be enough. Now, you have to rack your brain and do something different in order to make your Berkeley or Jefferson County home stand out from the rest.

Our many years of combined experience in Berkeley and Jefferson County real estate has demonstrated that when it comes to selling a home, sometimes you have to be willing to try something new. It has also given us a few creative ideas for grabbing the attention of homebuyers early-on in the selling process. In the interest of helping West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle sell their homes quickly and for the best possible value, we thought that we’d share a few of our most creative ideas with you.

1. Hosting an open house? Make it a party. If you can get a steady stream of people to attend your open house, then the likelihood that you’ll get an offer quickly is much better. Would you rather attend an open house with your typical cookies and punch, or one with some live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and prizes? If you picked option two, then you’re thinking the same way we are right now. Even if you don’t attract a bunch of serious buyers with this approach, you’re getting more people into the home to see its potential. The more people come in, the higher the chance that you will find a serious buyer. This approach is more fun, and it’s a way to get people to notice your home.

2. Let serious buyers give your house a try. If you come across buyers who seem serious about buying your Jefferson or Berkeley County home, then why not let them spend a weekend or a night there before closing? You and the family can pack up and stay at a hotel for the night and let potential buyers see what it’s like to live in your home before they make an offer on it. It could be the extra push that they need to decide they want your house. It sounds a bit strange, but people tend to make a more confident decision after they’ve had a chance to try something out first.

3. Offer to help with financing. This might sound off-the-wall and a bit crazy, but many home buyers are having trouble obtaining financing for a mortgage loan. While interest rates are low at the moment, lending restrictions are incredibly tight, so many sellers who are anxious to get their home off the market have been offering to lend a helping hand with financing. You can get creative by offering lease-to-own agreements or agreeing to pay closing costs. Going above and beyond like this will show buyers that you’re serious and that you are holding them in high regard, and it will likely lead to an offer and a closing.

These three creative, outside-the-box selling strategies will place your Berkeley or Jefferson County home in a high regard with buyers, and it will allow your property to stand out from the competition. Our many years of experience as West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle’s real estate team has allowed us to deal with clients in a variety of different transactions, and it’s been part of our job to help them come up with creative solutions to any issue that might arise. Using some of these unconventional selling strategies will help get your listing noticed early-on and get offers rolling in quickly.

If you have any questions about how you should prepare your Jefferson or Berkeley County home for sale, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d be happy to help in any way that we can. I hope to hear from you soon!

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Posted by: The Kable Team AT 03:57 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
As Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate agents, we service multiple areas in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Since we serve as both real estate and community experts, we make it a priority to know everything that we can about each town in the area that we live and work in. That way, when people relocate to the Eastern Panhandle, they can rely on us to let them know about what there is to see and do in their new neighborhood. One of the many areas that we service is Charles Town, WV.

One of the best things about living in Charles Town is that it has an interesting, rich historical background. As a result, there is an abundance of things that you can do all over town that are conducive to learning about the area’s history. Whether you have recently relocated to the Charles Town, WV area or have lived there your whole life, we can guarantee that every time you embark or visit one of these local attractions, you will experience or learn something new. As your Berkeley and Jefferson County real estate agents, we make it a priority to let newcomers know about what there is to do around town. Here are a few of Charles Towns’s main attractions.

See a show at the Old Opera House.
This performance arts center was constructed in 1910 and revitalized in 1970 as the city of Charles Towns’s center for the arts. Each season, six main stage shows, a summer children’s production, dinner theatre and black box theatre are just a few of the many types of performance productions  that this historic attraction offers. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, so as you enjoy each stage show, you can do so knowing that you’re in a building that is full of local history.

Take a walk on the Washington Heritage Trail. This is one of the best timelines of American History that there is. Encompassing colonial towns, industrial sites, Civil War locations and railroad landmarks, you have miles of historical attractions to enjoy should you choose to embark on the trail. There are 48 historical points of interest all along the trail, so you can experience a little slice of our country’s history over the course of several different days.

See the sites on Charles Towns’s Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Thirty two pieces of history will come to life before your eyes in Charles Towns’s historic downtown area. The Jefferson County Courthouse, the Flagg House and the Brown house are only a few of the many highlights that you would be able to experience on this walking tour. This particular attraction is perfect for newcomers because it gives you a fantastic introduction to the Charles Town community, and it gets you out and walking around our downtown area.

As your Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate agents, we feel that it’s important to keep our community in-the-know about all the fantastic things that there are to do in the areas that we service. In Charles Town, WV, each attraction does what it can to showcase the town’s rich and interesting history. It allows you to really get a feel for what life in Charles Town was like in the past while seeing what it’s like in the present.

If you have any questions about Charles Town or any other area in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to tell you all about the area. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Posted by: The Kable Team AT 02:53 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Whether you are searching for your first home or are a seasoned Jefferson County home buyer, there is nothing like the thrill and excitement of finding the perfect property. We, as an experienced team of Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate agents, have seen many buyers enter each transaction with enthusiasm and eagerness, which is wonderful. Sometimes, however, people can get so caught up in the prospect of moving somewhere new that they can forget to consider important factors during their search. This can create buyer’s remorse, which is something that nobody wants to have after making such a large investment in a property.

Just as with most things in life, there are a few “dos” and “don’ts” that should be considered as you embark on your Berkeley or Jefferson County home search. We used our past experiences and knowledge of how home buyers behave to compile a list of the few most important things to do, and not to do, when you decide to buy a home. Let’s start with the “Dos”:

1. DO research the neighborhood. The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia has several wonderful communities that are perfect for raising families. The key is to find the one that suits you best. Whether you want to settle in Charles Town, Ranson, Inwood or Hedgesville, it’s important to make sure that you do your research beforehand. Find out everything you can about the community and school districts. Think of it as becoming a detective. Gather data, review it and make your final decision based upon what you research.
2. DO look at a few houses before deciding on one. Don’t find yourself falling for love at first sight. It’s important to compare a home you really like with other listings in the area. If you don’t, you could end up overpaying or missing out on a great property.
3. DO invest in a professional inspection. Even if a property is pre-inspected, you should still get your own inspection to ensure that there are no major, undisclosed issues with the home. The majority of issues with any house aren’t visible to the naked eye, so hiring a professional inspector to go through the home with a fine-tooth comb will bring any potential issues to the surface early-on.
4. DO buy based on need, not want. Sure, those fancy upgrades and luxurious amenities may sound enticing, but it’s more important to buy based on your fundamental needs. Will you be expanding your family? Do you need to be in proximity to a major city? These aspects of a home are far more important than what you want.

All of these things are what you should be focusing on as you begin your Berkeley or Jefferson County home search. The next things, however, you should avoid.

1. Buying a home through an auction? Don’t overbid. It is possible to find your dream home at an auction, however bidders can often drive the price way above market value. Don’t overbid! You could be grossly overpaying for a property that may not end up being up to your standards. Proceed with caution at an auction!
2. DON’T buy a home based on its décor. Sure, the pristine decorating at the showing might be what draws you in, but keep in mind that you’re going to have to fit your own decorative pieces into the home after closing. Instead, focus on the physical space of each room and determine whether or not it’s functional for your lifestyle.
3. DON'T take real estate ad copy for what it is. Think about it: advertising is meant to make things sound as enticing as they possibly can. That’s why it’s important to know how to decipher what certain words really mean. “Cozy” most likely means small and “as-is” could mean that there may be a lot of work that needs to be done on the home. If you know how to read between the lines, you won’t be in for an unexpected surprise at showing time.
4. DON’T buy the most expensive house on the block. While everyone wants to try and keep up with their neighbors, it’s important not to outdo them. Chances are, you won’t get the same return on investment that you put in to the home, and you could end up losing money on the deal. Think about whether or not the house is on-par with the rest of the neighborhood before choosing to buy it.

If you keep these common home buyer dos and don’ts in mind as you begin the search for your dream home in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, then we’re fairly confident that you will be a happy homeowner after closing. Buyer’s remorse is something that nobody wants to go through, so although you might be excited to find your dream home, it’s important to keep a clear, logical head as you go through the transaction.

If you need help beginning your home search, don’t hesitate to contact us! As a Berkeley and Jefferson County real estate team, we’re very happy to help. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Posted by: The Kable Team AT 03:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
As a Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate team, we have many years of combined experience with assisting buyers and sellers in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Particularly in today’s tough real estate market, sellers need to stay on top of their game. They need to consult with the right real estate professional to come up with a plan to successfully market and sell their home. We make it a point to emphasize the importance of impeccable marketing to our seller clients. After all, the right marketing is what gets buyers to come through the door. The more buyers that come, the more likely it is that you will find the one who will purchase your Berkeley or Jefferson County home.

Since we also work with home buyers in the Jefferson and Berkeley County areas, we have a good idea of what people are looking for when they start shopping for a home. We also know exactly what sellers need to do in order to attract buyers and have a successful, stress-free real estate transaction. Here are a few tips that we have picked up over the years that should prove helpful:

Maximize every room’s potential by using staging. Staging serves many purposes, but there are two that are incredibly important to getting your home sold. The first is to neutralize each room by de-cluttering and de-personalizing the space. The more neutral each room is, the more that a potential buyer can imagine themselves and their belongings in your space as they walk through your home for the first time. The second purpose of staging is to maximize the space available in each room. The more multi-purpose each area of the home looks, the more attractive it will be to buyers, as they won’t be pigeon-holed into using a room the same way that you did.

Make sure you buff up your curb appeal.
Think about it: when you walk up to a home for the first time, elements such as landscaping and paint play a large part in your first impression of the property. This is what we in the real estate industry call “curb appeal.” The better your home looks from the sidewalk, the more interested buyers will be in going inside. Make an effort to have impeccable landscaping and a fresh welcome mat, and if need be, do a few paint touchups. The extra effort will go a long way in getting Berkeley and Jefferson County home buyers to walk through the door.

Work with the right Jefferson and Berkeley County real estate agent.
Since the real estate market is ever-changing, it can be incredibly difficult to keep up with the changes to policies, laws and marketing strategies. Even the most seasoned of home sellers can’t always keep up with the intricacies involved in a real estate transaction. Hiring a real estate agent is in your best interest because they have the experience and knowledge required to help you successfully sell your home. Since they work in real estate transactions for a living, they will know how to look out for your needs and ensure that everything goes smoothly. Making a mistake during a real estate transaction can have expensive consequences, and the right Berkeley and Jefferson County real estate agent will help make sure that doesn’t happen!

If you have any questions about getting your Charles Town or Falling Waters home prepared and ready for sale, don’t hesitate to contact us! We will use our many years of real estate experience in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia to help you. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Kable Team
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Posted by: The Kable Team AT 03:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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Tracy Kable, Broker
873 E Washington St, Suite 200
Charles Town, WV 25414-1520
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