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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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Jan 13th, 2020

Senior Living Communities are Getting a Makeover

The market for housing communities intended for those ages 55 and older recently got a big makeover, marked by a much wider selection of amenities, homes and target buyers than in the past. Developments featuring hiking and biking trails, big-name entertainment, athletic sports, community gardens and upscale and solar-powered homes are in. Golf courses and country clubs are no longer required features. Top developer Del Webb continues to build massive projects with resort-like features, adding in more modern perks like a BMX pump track. Smaller developments target niche populations, such as equestrians, small plane hobbyists or retirees from specific professions. Private beaches, pickleball, film festivals, RV clubs and serious cooking classes are popular. Safety—most developments are gated—continues to be a key sales driver. Rules defining these “active adult communities” are changing too. In addition to traditional 55-plus developments that prohibit younger buyers, the market now includes more developments that cater to older residents but don’t dictate ages of residents or visitors. Meanwhile, the nation’s baby boomers have aged into willing and able target buyers. The generation holds about $8 trillion in home equity—an almost two-thirds cut of the entire nation’s—and it has made 55-plus developments one of the hottest markets going for U.S. home builders. Today’s developments are attracting buyers that never would have gone for traditional golf and tennis communities.

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Dec 19th, 2019

Easy Tips for a "Stress Free" Holiday

As festive and joyous as the holidays are, preparing for the brightest season of the year can drive us up the wall. We often feel more than our fair share of pressure. We have to find the "right" gift for a long list of loved ones, decorate as grand (if not grander) than our neighbors, and throw the greatest dinner ever. Breathe. You don't have to do any of this. It's possible to enjoy the holidays without giving yourself a migraine. Our seasonal experts offer their top tips for helping you celebrate the season with a minimum of stress. Pick one piece as the focal point, then decorate around it. If it were just about the tree, Christmas decorating would be a snap. But if you're like a lot of holiday hosts, you long for a house that looks worthy of a glossy cover on the latest home magazine – but without the sweat and tears. Julieann Covino, founder of Jace Interiors, says your ultimate priority should be not to overdo it. "In each room have one decorated focal point, whether it be the fireplace in the living room, dining table or foyer," she says. "Every inch of the room does not need to be visually overloaded." Create a theme to keep you focused and less stressed, Covino adds. It's quicker and easier to pull together a room if you have a theme such as snowflakes, a color or a particular atmosphere (for example, rustic or modern). Lastly, pull out your calendar and pick a decorating day. "Put on festive music, light some holiday scented candles and actually enjoy the process," Covino says. "You will be happier with the one day than trying to do a little at a time." Need a few easy, breezy decorating ideas? "These are quick and stress-free decorating tips that will have all of your guests talking," Covino says. Swap a few framed pictures with scenic holiday cards. Hang them with sparkly wire for a festive touch. Next, add energy to the family room by facing the sofa in front of the Christmas tree instead of the television. In place of a traditional table runner, center a holiday placemat on the table with vases of varying heights. Fill them with leftover ornaments that tie into your color scheme and theme. For a rustic look, use berry twigs to fill the perimeter of the vase, and in the middle, fill it to the top with pinecones. Choose one dish you do well. It's your turn to host the holiday celebration. In years past, you've nearly pulled out every hair follicle trying to put the pieces together—but this year is going to be different. "Take care of your stress by not putting the pressure on yourself," says Bethany Boles, an event designer in Savannah, Ga. For dinner, she recommends picking what she calls "the confidence booster"— a dish you cook so well that it's a sure hit with your guests. "If it's something simple your family loves, select it," Boles says. Base everything else around that one entrée. Get creative with presentation. Take a page from trendy restaurants by serving sushi in a martini glass or dessert in wine goblets. Think ahead. What can you prepare the day before? "Roasted vegetables work for any holiday and you can make them the day before." Refrigerate the vegetables overnight and warm them for five minutes the day of your dinner, she says. Plan your beverages in the same manner. Try to please everyone, and you may end up with three different cases of beer the next day. Instead, select one alcoholic beverage – maybe a holiday concoction – and a wine with a water option, Boles says. With dinner décor, Boles advises to go for simple elegance. "Using a stemmed glass creates a stunning table, without forcing you to have an elaborate first course to get the wow effect as guests are seated." Remember the emotional spirit of your affair. "If your heart is in it, it will be the best experience you and your guests have." Make your tablecloth a solid color, Boles adds. For your centerpiece, line up three 3" pillar candles (using the same color pattern as your tablecloth) in clear 9" cylinder vases. (For a Thanksgiving table, paint four miniature gourds with metallic craft paint and place in between each vase. For Christmas transition, do the same but with large, painted pinecones.) Choose a solid 12" charger plate, create a tri-fold with your napkin and place it vertically on the plate, allowing the napkin to hang 3-4" on the table. Next, place a salad plate over the napkin to serve as a liner for a martini glass. Here's a nice treat: Drop a miniature pumpkin or pine cone inside the glass with each guest's name written on a leaf for Thanksgiving or a gift tag for Christmas. This lovely holiday table setting includes three red pillar candles, several pine cones, and loose mistletoe. Host one big open house instead of lots of smaller events. So you can't quite afford to host the big, holiday shindig you want? Etiquette expert Lesley Carlin says it's quite acceptable to have a buffet-style, open house. "Open houses are much less stressful for both hosts and guests," she says. "And you won't have to sweat it if a friend brings a few extra people (though, that in itself is not polite)." Keep it simple with finger foods and appetizers. Better yet, make it a dessert party, she suggests. "Have people over for holiday pastries and coffee," Carlin says. "The treats can come from your local bakery, but do hide the boxes!" The gift-giving department can be a bit trickier. What if your friends want to swap presents with you, but they weren't exactly in your budget? Be creative. Think one gift to share with many, such as homemade goodies. A Christmas centerpiece incorporates greenery, a mint green candle, and several frosted Christmas cookies. "A nice box of homemade cookies is very thoughtful," Carlin says. "Make a big batch, divide them up, and put them in small, decorative bags. That way, you can take care of several friends at the same time." In the event that you've got plenty of cash to spend, don't go overboard with buying expensive gifts, especially in an office environment. "When everyone else is exchanging candy and books and candles, your presenting someone with an iPod will not make you look generous — it'll make you look silly." A collection of shiny and festive Christmas gift wrap includes rolls of red, green, and gold paper. Select seasonal items for can't-miss gifts. Santa's got his work cut out for him. But at least the jolly guy gets a list to work from. Sometimes you just don't know what to choose from the vast array of options, and that's when the insanity begins. First things first, "be organized," gift guru Susan Hook says. "There is nothing worse than wandering aimlessly through the mall or perusing a website in the eleventh hour without a clue about what gifts you want to buy." Before you begin the hunt, sit down and make a list that includes who you're shopping for, what you think each might want, their interests and hobbies and stores you know they frequent, she adds. If you're absolutely clueless, sift through holiday catalogs for creative ideas. Don't ignore the obvious. If you think a fitness buff wouldn't love a new exercise outfit or gadget, you're probably wrong. Music lover friends may not have the latest CD. For the person who volunteers his/her time to a specific charity, Hook suggests gifts that give back. "Many companies are offering products where a portion of proceeds are donated to a charity," she says. "This is a great way to make your recipient feel even more special about the gift they receive." But for gifts that can't miss, pick up fun, seasonal items that can be used during the festivities. "Holiday décor is a great way to go," Hook says. "Festive candles, a set of holiday-themed guest towels or monogrammed guest soaps make great hostess gifts. Also, consider a colorful set of tumblers for serving their special eggnog recipe or giving yummy gourmet treats that they can share with visitors."

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Dec 5th, 2019

The Season of Giving

Giving Tuesday – December Calendar     As you may know, December 3rd, 2019 was Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is typically the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is an international day of charitable giving as the holiday season begins. In the spirit of giving, the @GivingTuesday twitter account put a calendar of small acts that are great ways to give back and make the world a little brighter. Just imagine if we ALL just did a couple of these things.... We are devoted to making our community the best it can be!   December 1: Leave a kind notes on random cars.   December 2: Hold a blanket drive.   December 3: Giving Tuesday   December 4: Leave quarters at the laundromat.   December 5: Donate your old cell phone.   December 6: Send toys to the children’s hospital.   December 7: Bake cookies and drop them off at places people have to work at on Christmas.   December 8: Donate blankets to an animal shelter.   December 9: Send a card or care package to a solider overseas.   December 10: Let the person behind you have the parking spot your both looking for.   December 11: Help a neighbor carry groceries or packages to their door.   December 12: Offer to take someone’s shopping cart back inside.   December 13: Give blood.   December 14: Offer to give someone a ride home.   December 15: Help someone put up their Christmas lights.   December 16: If you know someone with small kids, offer to babysit for free.   December 17: Bring hot chocolate to the office on a cold day.   December 18: Volunteer to wrap gifts for friends and family.   December 19: Leave a dollar taped to the vending machine. December 20: Compliment a stranger.   December 21: Leave a gift for your mail person.   December 22: Pay for someone’s coffee.   December 23: Volunteer to read holiday stories at your local library or nursing home.   December 24: Make your family member breakfast in bed.   December 25: Smile at EVERYONE you cross paths with.   December 26: Put sticky notes with positive messages in public places.   December 27: Over tip the waitress.   December 28: Volunteer at the soup kitchen.   December 29: Send a card to someone who’s sick.   December 30: Offer to shovel and salt a neighbor’s walkway.   December 31: Be kind to yourself!       Source: @GivingTuesday on Twitter    

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