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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
The Berkeley County Youth Fair is coming up in less than five days! The Youth Fair officially begins on Saturday, August 4th and wraps up on Saturday, August 11th. The location of the fair is 2419 Golf Course Road in Martinsburg, West Virginia of Berkeley County. The opening ceremonies of the Youth Fair are at 6:30 pm on Saturday, August 4th. Entry to the Fair is free that day, making it a good one to attend for those wanting to check it out. Miss Youth Fair 2012 will be crowned at the opening ceremonies.

Throughout the week, there are many exhibits open to the public. This Youth Fair is a great place for families to come for entertainment and involvement in the local community. Kids will love watching the tractor contest, dog show, or sheep show on Sunday. There is also a carnival at the fair that will open Sunday evening.

On Monday, there will be rabbit judging and swing judging. A beef barbecue will make for great dinner, and begins at 4 pm. That evening there is a tractor pull and 4H showings. Tuesday brings goat judging, horse showmanship, poultry judging, drill team, an ice cream eating contest, "Livestock Jeopardy," "Cow Chip Bingo," and more. Wednesday the fun continues with a chicken barbecue, a donut eating contest, a wood carving competition, and an evening concert. Thursday there is dairy judging, a horse show, a watermelon eating contest, the drill team, a "pretty" animal contest, and more. Friday features Barnyard Olympics, a horse costume contest, a livestock sale, and many awards.

Even though Saturday is the final day of the Berkeley County Youth Fair there are many fun events that day too that will not disappoint. The carnival is open, there is a kiddie pedal pull, a band ("Mark and the Country Bunch") will play, and there is a demolition derby. 

Click here to see the full Berkeley County Youth Fair schedule of events. This event is an annual tradition that delights adults and children alike. There is something that will capture the interest of all ages. 

If you have any questions about other local happenings, or would like to talk to me about local real estate, please contact me. I hope to hear from you soon! 

The Kable Team
RE/MAX 1st Realty
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Posted by: AT 06:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
There are many mistakes sellers commonly make when selling their houses, particularly if they have never sold a house before. Selling a home can be a difficult and emotional process. Knowing what not to do ahead of time can make a big difference in how smoothly the selling process unfolds.  Read this before selling your Jefferson County real estate so you know which mistakes not to make. 

Setting too high of a price

Home owners develop an emotional attachment to their homes. This is why it is generally best to seek outside help when setting a price for your home. You will be thinking of how much you paid for it, how much money and time you put into renovating it over the years, and the memories you have when you set the price of the house. A professional will kindly remind you that selling the house is a business transaction and none of those things really matter when it comes to setting the price. You want the listing price of your house to be based on the location, the size and amenities of the house, and the current market. That is it.

Not making needed repairs

Many home sellers make the mistake of not making needed repairs. You might think that a minor repair is no big deal and can easily be taken care of by the buyer. It probably can, but that will cost you. Buyers will use any needed repairs are bargaining chips for negotiating a lower price. Making the repairs yourself will most likely net you the most money in the long run. Not only will you be able to sell the house for more, it will most likely sell faster, which saves you the costs associated with having it on the market longer.

Not hiring a professional seller

Enlisting an experienced professional will help the entire process run more smoothly and help ensure you get the most you can for your home. Do your research and find someone who is experienced in your area. Find out what they sold other nearby homes for and have a frank discussion upfront about how much they think you can get for your house. Research the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor in order to determine who you should hire.

Not advertising the house properly

The way you advertise your for sale home matters big time. Photos are of utmost importance. The rooms should be clutter-free, already staged, and very well lit. If you have a good eye, photos you take yourself might work. Ask a professional and others for their opinion on the photos. It is often best to have someone else take them. Putting up a sign in your yard is also important. Print advertising and online advertising are both good options. Open houses can help draw people in.

These tips should help you sell your Jefferson County real estate more quickly and easily. If you have any further questions about home selling, or Jefferson County real estate in general, do not hesitate to contact me.

The Kable Team

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Posted by: AT 03:30 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Although not all local residents take advantage of it, Harpers Ferry is a very good place for kayaking, canoeing, and other types of boating and paddling. Events are available weekly at River & Trail Outfitters. They offer a variety of affordable events for all ages and levels of experience. Here are Harpers Ferry paddling and boating events coming up in July: 

Paddle to the Hooch
This event takes place on Saturday, July 21st. Paddlers can canoe or kayak and the ride will be 3 to 7 miles depending on the water levels. Paddlers will wind down the Shenandoah River to the local Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charlestown where they may taste limoncello among other liquors. Animals often seen on this route include beavers, deer, otters, egrets, and blue osprey. The price is $87 per person. This price includes a tour of the farm as well as samplings of several Italian dishes.

Civil War Kayaking Tour & Brunch
This is a recreational kayaking trip on Antietam Creek, a creek that was named one of the top sixty paddling streams in North America by Canoe & Kayak Magazine. Paddlers will pass Antiem Battlefield, one of the most well-known cites from the Civil War. An instructor will give historical information about the site. Brunch will be had at Cookie's Cooking Company. The total cost for the entire event is $110 per person.

Boating & Beer
This July 28th event is in partnership with Barley & Hops Brewery. Paddlers will enjoy a relaxed guided tour down the calm Monocacy River. The ride will end up at the brewery where participants will go on an educational tour and sample handcrafted brews. Snacks such as mozzarella sticks, veggies, and onion rings will be provided for free and other food can be ordered. The total cost is $86 per person and that includes the cost of renting a kayak or canoe.

I hope you're enjoying the Harpers Ferry area to the fullest this summer! If you have any questions about the local community or real estate in general, please contact us!

The Kable Team
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Posted by: AT 04:44 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 10 July 2012

When selling your West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle house, taking your emotions out of the equation is absolutely necessary if you want to obtain the most money possible. Your West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle house probably holds a lot of special memories for you and is near and dear to you. Maybe this was your first home purchase, or the first place you lived after getting married. Maybe you raised children here. Although those memories will always remain special to you, it is time to detach them from the property. You have made a decision to sell the house and move somewhere else. Don't let your emotions get in the way of your best sale possible.

Distance yourself from the house mentally

Real estate agents often refer to a property as a "home" when talking to home buyers and as a "house" when talking to sellers. There's a reason for this and you should start doing the same. This house is property of yours that you are selling and want to make a profit on. Wherever you are moving is now your new "home." Making the distinction mentally can help you deal with buyers calmly and rationally, which will help the selling process move more smoothly.

Depersonalize the house

It will be easier for you to distance yourself from the house mentally and emotionally if you depersonalize. An added bonus is that it might also be easier for you to sell the house after depersonalizing it. Home buyers want to imagine what the house would look like as their home. When all of your things are in it, it's hard to do that. Depersonalize by putting all unnecessary personal items in storage while the house is on the market. This includes framed family photos, your kids' craft projects, books, DVDs, magazines, and more. You want the house to look clean, nice, and also neutral--the way a hotel looks.

Do not attend open house events

Enlist a professional and allow that person to handle the open house. Having the home seller at the open house events can make things uncomfortable for both the buyers and seller. You might feel offended if you hear them calling the carpeting ugly or saying they have to tear down the wall you remember building. They might feel awkward if you're watching or listening to them, and it could keep them from openly discussing things. It's best to have a neutral party such as a real estate agent handle the open house. 

Do not directly negotiate prices

Most people start off bidding low. A home seller that is offended by an initial offer and reacts in an unfriendly manner can color the entire negotiation process. Be involved in the negotiation process in the sense that you have final say on how much you will accept, but do not be the one that directly discusses prices with the buyer. That's what real estate agents are for!

Hopefully these tips help make selling your West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle home go more smoothly. If you would like my professional help with your home sale, do not hesitate to contact me. Have a good week!

The Kable Team
RE/MAX 1st Realty
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Posted by: AT 02:26 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 03 July 2012

                                                                               Tomorrow is the day we celebrate our country's independence.  If you are looking for something fun to do with your family, look no further.  There are many fun things going on in Shepherdstown, WV.  Check them out!

Dedication of the Beeline Marker

This event is a celebration of our nation's and local history.  A marker will be placed to commemorate the "Beeline March."  The march occurred during the Revolutionary war and soldiers walked over 600 miles in 24 days. The ceremony starts at noon and will take place in front of town hall.

Concert by 249th Army National Guard Band

This free concert will last 45 minutes and is open to the public.  It will take place in front of McMurran Hall in Shepherdstown at 1 pm, immediately after the Beeline Marker dedication. 

Fourth of July Parade

The event all the kids have been waiting for!  This 4th of July parade is special because it will also celebrate the 250th anniversary of Shepherdstown.  The parade will begin at the top of German Street and end in Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street. 

Fourth of July Picnic

Immediately following the parade will be a picnic in Rumsey Memorial Park.  It is perfect for families with children.  There will be many activities, including games and crafts.  Burgers, soda, and other foods and drinks will be available for sale.  Live music will provide entertainment.  The picnic is free, but donations will be accepted.

I wish you a fantastic Independence Day in Shepherdstown, WV!  As always, feel free to contact me with any questions about the local community or buying or selling real estate. 

Happy Fourth of July!

The Kable Team
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