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Apr 17th, 2019
4 Questions to Ask When You are Selling Your Home Yourself
FOUR Simple Questions You Should Ask When Selling Your Home Yourself Can I pre-qualify the buyers looking at your home? Do I have the TIME to show your house when a buyer wants to see it? Can I negotiate like a pro? Can I have a contract prepared, take care of the inspection/repair process? If you are thinking of selling a house in the Morgantown, Bridgeport, Clarksburg or surrounding areas, give KLM Properties a call. Morgantown Office (304) 296-1533 or Bridgeport Office (304) 933-3002. List with KLM Properties, we will handle everything!Read More →
Mar 15th, 2019
St. Patrick's Day OPEN HOUSE
Don’t miss the fun this weekend. KLM Properties is having a St. Patty’s Day Open House on Sunday March, 17. Check out the open house tab here OR go to our Facebook page for a complete list!Read More →
Feb 28th, 2019
The SPRING Market in Morgantown, WV Starts NOW!
The SPRING Market in Morgantown, WV starts NOW! It’s still snowy and cold.The blustery winds are howling, but make no mistake, in Morgantown the Spring Market is already heating up. It’s time to “spring” into action and get your home ready to put on the market. Here the two essential steps you need to take to get your house SOLD: STEP ONE: Clean, de-clutter and de-personalize. Make any repairs to items that you have on your “to do list”. Wash your front door, sweep the walk, hang a new wreath on the door, tidy up around the outside to make your home look inviting! STEP TWO: Call KLM Properties! We are in need of listings to sell to buyers who are actively searching. KLM Properties can help you price your home right from the start, and guide you through the selling process. Call our Morgantown Office (304) 296-1533 or the Bridgeport Office (304) 933-3002 and one of our REAL ESTATE Professionals would be happy to help you get your house SOLD!Read More →
Jan 30th, 2019
3 Simple Reasons Your House Hasn't Sold
Has your home been on the market longer than you expected? Here are three simple reasons you might not have gotten an offer: OVERPRICING.Overpricing your home is not the way to go.Research tells us that the first three weeks are the most critical.Overpricing your home could deter Buyers from making an offer. UNRESOLVED HOME REPAIRS. Believe me; all the little things that don’t work can add up to a BIG thing to a Buyer. Make a list and fix all the things that you know are not functioning properly. POOR PRESENTATION. Clutter, dirt, too much stuff! This will make your house look smaller than it is .Rent a storage unit and put all your extra items there. Move furniture and clean! Make the house sparkle. Organize your closets and cabinetry. Need help selling your house? Call our team of professionals!Morgantown Office (304) 296-1533 or in Bridgeport (304) 933-3002Read More →
Jan 18th, 2019
January is National Radon Action Month
Did you know that Radon Gas is the second cause of lung cancer after smoking? Take a moment and educate yourself on what radon gas is and how it can have an effect on your health! Read more: https://rismedia.com/2019/01/06/radon-action-month…Read More →
Dec 17th, 2018
Should you save or should you pay off debt?
Simple math suggests it’s probably better to pay off debt before saving for retirement or adding to your emergency fund. Generally, if you’re paying more interest than you’re earning in interest, you’re losing money. But personal finance decisions are rarely so simple, and wiping out debt first isn’t the right choice for everyone. For example, having no emergency savings to fall back on sets you up to incur more debt when an unexpected expense comes up, such as a medical bill or a pricey car or home repair. Here are scenarios for when each choice—paying down debt or saving—makes more sense. When to Pay Debt Before Saving When you have high-interest consumer debt, paying it down first can help you solve ongoing problems with managing your money. You’ll get a guaranteed “return” by cutting your interest payments. It’s typically more than you’d earn in the stock market, and definitely more than you’d earn in a savings account. Identify your expendable income, create a budget based on that number and include paying down debt as a significant part of the equation. Consider opening a balance transfer credit card, which can allow you to consolidate all of your credit card debt onto one low-rate card and save you money on finance charges. Kevin Smith, executive vice president of Wealth Management for Smith, Mayer & Liddle, says it usually makes sense to prioritize debt reduction, but there are exceptions. “Paying down a traditional loan like a mortgage or student loan only reduces the outstanding principal and related interest costs,” Smith says. Making extra payments will save you money in the long run, but in the short term, it doesn’t cause your lender to recalculate and lower your monthly payments. When deciding whether to pay off tax-deductible debt versus saving, don’t worry about losing a tax deduction if you pay off the debt. The deduction is probably worth less than the annual interest you would have paid on the loan. When to Save Before Paying Debt There are a number of good reasons to save first and pay later, but the top reason is to build your emergency fund. If your debt has a very low interest rate, it may make sense to save first, says Melissa Joy, certified financial planner and founder of Pearl Planning, a financial planning and wealth management practice in Dexter, Mich. “If you don’t have any savings, focusing solely on paying debt can backfire when unexpected needs or costs come up,” Joy says. “You might need to borrow again, and debt can become a revolving door.” Experts recommend building an emergency fund of three to six months’ worth of expenses and stashing it in a savings account. Compare savings account rates to find the best fit. Another situation where it makes sense to save before paying debt is if you have access to a retirement savings plan through your job, especially if there’s an employer match available. Try to contribute at least enough to get the maximum employer match. Putting off saving for retirement until you are debt-free could cost you your most valuable asset: time. With compound interest, even small contributions to your retirement plan can grow significantly. The Ideal Approach The best solution could be to strike a balance between saving and paying off debt. You might be paying more interest than you should, but having savings to cover sudden expenses will keep you out of the debt cycle. Additionally, having sufficient savings provides peace of mind. Some people are unlikely to feel at ease with any strategy that causes their savings to fall below a certain level. For them, saving and paying down debt at the same time might be the best approach. ©2018 Bankrate.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLCRead More →
Nov 29th, 2018
Kris Kullman named REALTOR of the Year
REALTOR of the Year is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon one of its members.The Award is presented annually to a REALTOR nominated by their peers and then selected by the REALTOR of the Year Committee.The Committee reviews all nominations taking into consideration the member’s involvement in civic affairs and participation in local, state and national committees.The committee also considers the member’s REALTOR spirit and business accomplishments. KLM Properties, Inc. wishes to congratulate Kris Kullman who was chosen as the 2018 REALTOR of the Year by the Morgantown Board of REALTORS.Krisi has been in the real estate industry since 1995 and this is the second time she has been awarded REALTOR of the YEAR by her peers.Kris chairs the Community Service Committee of the Morgantown Board of REALTORS and has been has been very active.She dedicates her time and energy to the betterment of the organization by attending WVAR State Conventions and volunteering her time on other various local committees. Congratulations Kris! Check out Kris Kullman’s video at: :klmproperties.com/videosRead More →
Oct 22nd, 2018
Teal Pumpkin Project
Keep in mind this Halloween some children have allergies. The best way to support this is by jumping on the teal pumpkin movement. The teal pumpkin project was created in an attempt to make all trick or treaters feel included and bring awareness to all allergies they may have. Providing small toys instead of candy can help keep all children included🎃💙Consider painting a teal pumpkin and displaying it on your porch this Halloween!Read More →
Feb 9th, 2018
Thinking of Selling Your Home? Step 1 - Get in in shape!
1. Tally the age of various items No matter how great your home looks at first glance, any savvy buyer will point to various parts and pop the question: How old? And since guesstimates won’t cut it, it’s time to gather some paperwork. If you’ve purchased your home in the past few years, check your home records or seller’s disclosure for the age or last repair of big items (namely your roof, HVAC system, water heater, and gutters), or dig up copies of your own maintenance records or receipts. How long items last depends on a lot of factors such as the model and how well it’s been maintained, but you can get a general idea of average life span from the National Association of Home Builders. For example: Wood shingle and shake roof: 15 to 30 years Central air-conditioning unit: 15 years Electric water heater: 14 years Gutters: 30 years 2. Do your own walk-through Channel Sherlock Holmes and go through your home, room by room. Look for signs of damage that might drag down its value. Chandler Crouch, broker for Chandler Crouch Realtors in Forth Worth, TX, suggests looking for these common problem spots: Wood rot around outside door frames, window ledges, and garage doors. Condensation and rain can cause these areas to weaken and rot. Water stains on the ceiling or near doors and windows. This can indicate a leaky roof or rain seeping in from outside. Leaks under sinks or around toilets. Bulges under carpet or discoloration on hardwood floors, which can indicate flooding problems or an uneven foundation. Next, test what’s called the “functionality” in every room. For example, “Cracks visible in the walls and floor, doors that don’t shut right, broken handles on cabinetry, basically anything that doesn’t work perfectly should be repaired,” Crouch says. And don’t forget to inspect the outside. “A lot of sellers skip the outside, but it is so important. That is where buyers will make their first impression,” says Darbi McGlone, a Realtor® with Jim Talbot Real Estate in Baton Rouge, LA. 3. Bring in the pros Once you’ve done your own walk-through, you may want to have a pro take a second look. These people can spot flaws you overlooked, because either you’re used to them or you didn’t realize they could cause trouble. You can enlist a Realtor or hire a home inspector to do an inspection (or pre-inspection) to pinpoint problems from bad wiring to outdated plumbing. While the cost varies, people pay $300 to $500 for a home inspection. Go to the National Association of Home Inspectors to find an inspector in your area. It may cost a bit, but it will buy you the peace of mind of knowing you’re not in for any surprises down the road. In fact, having a home inspection report handy to show buyers can inspire confidence that they (and you by association) aren’t in for any nasty surprises as you move toward a deal. 4. Decide what needs renovating Once you know what in your house could stand for repairs or upgrades, it’s time to decide where to infuse some cash. Don’t worry, not everything needs to be done before your home’s on the market. And while you’re probably not jumping at the idea of renovating a property you’re going to sell, certain fixes will give you an edge over the competition, which means more/better offers. Remember, real estate is an investment! But don’t just obsess over the obvious—e.g., your kitchen could stand for new cabinets. After all, many buyers will want to tweak cosmetic details to their own tastes, so you could be throwing money down the drain. Instead, focus on fix-its that are less susceptible to personal preferences that buyers like to know are in good shape. For example, a recent study by the National Association of Realtors® found that upgrading hardwood floors reaps an estimated 100% return on investment, essentially paying for itself. Upgrading your insulation can net you a 95% ROI, a new roof a whopping 105%! Because what buyers don’t like to know they’ve got a solid roof over their heads?Read More →