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KLM's REALTOR of the Month, Colin Ware

Colin Ware - Realtor of the Month    What makes you stand out compared to other realtors? What makes you stand out compared to other people?  I’ve found the realtors I’ve had the opportunity to work around at KLM to be a universally kind, helpful, and accepting bunch! In that regard, I hope that I can call myself the same.  One uniqueness I bring is that I’ve spent almost my entire life emerged in real estate. With one parent as an agent and the other as a contractor, it probably would have been impossible not to pick up some of both. That upbringing has made me unafraid to jump into learning new skills and calmly solving the problems that inevitably arise.   Do you have any hobbies outside of real estate?   I love to be outside! My free time is spent mountain biking, trail running, paddle boarding, etc. If I can be outside and moving, I’m at my happiest. When I’m home, I love to read and occasionally find time to write.   Listing or selling? Why?  Definitely listing! I really enjoy getting to take photos and videos of all the beautiful homes I have the opportunity of working in.   What’s your favorite Tik Tok?  Ohh no! I’ve actually never used Tik Tok. Does that mean I’m not one of the cool kids?   What makes Morgantown special?   Morgantown just has a great combination of small-town kindness blended with the progressiveness that WVU brings to the community. You can run into an old friend at the store in the morning, then see a world class show or sporting event in the evening.   What’s the best day on the calendar?   That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.   Guilty pleasure?   Kettle Corn and the Harry Potter Franchise!   Why are you a real estate agent?  My family has been very influential in steering me towards real estate. With one parent a real estate agent and the other a residential contractor, I’ve straddled the line, finding work in both professions.    What is more important pricing or good photos?  Both are important but good photos are critical! We live in digital times, and first impressions are crucial. Great photos grab viewers, while poor photos get good listings overlooked.   Jelly beans or chocolate?  Chocolate!

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Mar 23rd, 2020

To Our Valued Clients

To Our Valued Clients: Due to the increasing concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close our office to the public. We apologize for this inconvenience.  Our Staff is working remotely and on site, if you need assistance, please call us at (304) 296-1533 at our Mileground office or at (304) 933-3002 at our Bridgeport office or feel free to contact your KLM Agent. During these difficult and uncertain times, our goal is to be mindful of the ever changing landscape caused by this virus and to keep the communication lines open to our clients.  It is our goal at KLM Properties, to help you with any and all your real estate needs.  Please take care of yourselves and each other, we will get through this!  We are West Virginia Strong!   All of us at KLM Properties, Inc.

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Mar 5th, 2020

KLM Properties Agent of the Month

Realtor of the Month – Lisa Ware March’s Realtor of the Month at KLM Properties is Lisa Ware! Here’s a little about Lisa!      1.       What makes you stand out compared to other agents? My knowledge of new construction is what makes me different.  Looking through floor plans, color choices and finishes is easy and fun for me to do, I like sharing my knowledge with others!   2.       What makes you stand out compared to other people? I’m outgoing…. I say what I think!   3.       What makes Morgantown special?  I went to college here and I knew this is where I wanted to live and raise my family.  The people are what make Morgantown special!   4.       Listing or selling?  I like both, but I like to sell better than listing a house.  I take it personally and selling is honestly less pressure for me!   5.       What’s the best day on the calendar?  August 8, 1987 – that’s the day I married the love of my life.   6.       Guilty pleasure?  Peanut M&M’s.   7.       Why are you a real estate agent?  I just love my job! I have made so many life-long friends by being a REALTOR I find a great sense of satisfaction helping people find a home.

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Feb 27th, 2020

Top Mistakes Home Sellers Make

Top Mistakes Home Sellers Make               You need to be savvy and not fall prey to the common mistakes that home sellers often make. Here are four to avoid.   1)      Asking Too Much – The single best mistake folks make is setting their asking price too high. In a competitive market homeowners need to price conservatively or they risk turning off potential buyers.   How should you set the price? Gone are the days when you can expect to sell your home for more than your neighbor did last year. So rather than looking at how much homes in your area sold for six to 12 months ago, compare prices for similar properties currently on the market. If you see a listing for a house that’s just sitting unsold for a few months, chances are the owners are asking too much and you’ll want to set your price a bit lower. The average days on market for the Morgantown area is 90 days.   2)      Questioning the First Offer – Too many sellers say no to their first offer, even if it’s close to or at full asking price. Holding out for more money is a strategy that rarely works.   The reality is that in any market a home’s first offer is often its best. Educated buyers will pounce on a property they like with a competitive bid as soon as it comes onto the market. And don’t forget that the longer a home sits unsold, the greater chance a seller will have to reduce the price to sell.   3)      Not Responding to All Offers – What if you get an offer that’s simply too low? Many homeowners will reject it outright. But it’s a mistake not to respond to all offers. Here’s why. First, you can’t blame someone for testing the market, after all in today’s market many buyers are confident that they will have the upper hand. Second, just entering into negotiations with one party gives you leverage with other potential buyers. Most importantly, it allows you to tell brokers that your property is in play and sends a message that if someone is interested they had better act quickly and present a competitive bid.   4)      Picking the Wrong Buyers – Now more than ever, sellers need to select their buyers carefully. It’s critical to find a buyer who’s not only pre-qualified for the loan, but is willing to negotiate on time frame or other factors that are important to you.   If you have any questions, contact our team of Realtors. Morgantown Office (304) 269-1533 Bridgeport Office (304) 933-3002      

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Feb 19th, 2020

Keep Your Heart Healthy!

Heart Healthy Foods     February is heart health month! Here are some heart healthy foods to keep your heart in good shape!     1.      Leafy Green Vegetables   2.      Whole Grains   3.      Berries   4.      Avocados   5.      Fatty Fish and Fish Oil   6.      Walnuts   7.      Beans   8.      Dark Chocolate   9.      Tomatoes   10.  Almonds     Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/heart-healthy-foods#section9  

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Feb 13th, 2020

MORGANTOWN OPEN HOUSE EXTRAVAGANZA 2/16 from 12-4:30

KLM Properties will have 18 homes open this Sunday Feb 16 from 12-4:30 for you to tour! Register at any open house hosted by KLM Properties and you could win a free home inspection. Must purchase by April 16, 2020.

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Feb 4th, 2020

Getting to know KLM's REALTOR of the month Marcelle Widmer

Realtor of the Month – Marcelle Widmer     February’s Realtor of the Month at KLM Properties is Marcelle Widmer! Here’s a little about Marcelle!   1) What makes you stand out compared to other agents? I appreciate strong communication, and I expect it when working with any professional. I give that to my clients. I keep them totally informed and continuously updated on the progress of the sale. They don't have to ask me. I'm keeping them updated constantly. We're in it together. They're not alone.   2) What makes you stand out compared to other people? I'm FAR more interested in OTHER people than I am myself. I could be Barbara Walters, I'm VERY curious about you. Tell me more.... like this questionnaire....I could have written it.   3) What makes Morgantown special to you? First of all, Morgantown is my hometown. I'm very proud of the success of Morgantown, and its ability to continue to grow commercially, residentially, and economically. We're a VERY diverse city, but, we're also VERY inclusive. There's more to do in Morgantown whether it be outdoor activities, the theater, volunteering, or unique businesses evolving all the time to entertain the community. We're VERY LUCKY to be the home of West Virginia University and all the benefits this powerhouse brings to our community.   4) What is your hidden talent?    I can play the Alto saxophone.   5) Listing or selling? Why? Selling. Most buyers are EXCITED about buying a new home, investment, whatever, and are so optimistic about the future. It's rewarding to be a part of that. They don't usually HAVE to buy, they WANT to buy. When they share with me their home improvements AFTER the sale (like one of my buyers is currently doing) I am thrilled. I helped them GET THAT. I made a difference in their life!   6) What is the best day on the calendar?  Tomorrow--I always want a tomorrow!   7) Who is your favorite Real House Wife? Why? Lisa Vanderpump: She's beautiful. Her husband adores her. She has an "ark" full of assorted animals, she makes them her personal "cause", and she is a TRUE business woman BEFORE becoming a real house wife. She's the real deal in glamour. If you are looking to buy or sell property, give Marcelle a call at (304) 290-5366. Or email her at mlsofaz@frontier.com

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Jan 31st, 2020

The New Pantone Color for 2020

New Year, New Color     The Pantone Color Institute has announced the color of the year is Classic Blue! Here are some tips about using this color in your home décor.   Decorating with Classic Blue Classic Blue is often seen in more traditional home décor setting but it can also feel modern and fresh, depending on the material and colors which it is paired with. Whether part of a graphic pattern, infused into accessories or art work, Classic Blue can be incorporated in many different ways. It’s not hard to make a solid and timeless choice.    Where to use Classic Blue Think of Classic Blue as a great accent color. Consider using it in accessories such as toss pillows, throws, art work, area rugs and accent furniture such as side chairs.   Tips for using Classic Blue 1.      Mingle blue accents through elements such as rugs, accent walls and furniture. 2.      Look to accessories such as toss pillows, throws and cases to infuse Classic Blue into any space. 3.      Don’t be afraid to pair it with lighter shades of blue. 4.      Pair Classic Blue with neutral colors to create a sense of contrast such as white, taupe and gray. 5.      Consider using Classic Blue as a foundation color. It can be used as a base color; similar to black or brown.    

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Jan 27th, 2020

What is the Difference between Earnest Money and a Down Payment?

When buying a home, many have no idea what role earnest money plays in a real estate transaction. The earnest money payment forms part of almost all real estate contracts and agreements. It is a payment that you make to the Listing brokerage in good faith to show your sincere interest in the purchase of the property. The idea is to show you are serious about buying the property. The money will be held in an escrow account. If this is the first time you are purchasing a home, it may seem like you are handing over money and getting nothing in return. That, however, is not the case. Once the earnest payment has been received, the listing agency r will announce the property is Under Contract, and the earnest payment will go towards the cost of the home. It forms the financial cement indicating you’re a sincere home buyer. Does it always work out that way? No, it doesn’t, and since the earnest payment can be rather large, it is a good idea to understand what can go wrong before you hand over the cash. It is also vital not to confuse a down payment with an earnest money deposit. A house down payment and earnest money are not the same things. In the simplest form, the earnest money deposit is the promise to the Seller of the property and a down payment is the promise to the lender.

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