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OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT BARTON COMMONS

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE AT BARTON COMMONS! Located next to Interstate 81 in Inwood, WV. Only five minutes from Tabler Station Industrial Park and New Proctor & Gamble facility, and ten minutes from Virginia State Line and Recently announced location of Amazon Fulfillment facility. Several units available including ground and upper level. All include ADA bathroom, Ample Parking, and access to common area conference room. 800 sq ft or 1600 sq ft units available. Pricing starting at 12.00 square foot.

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Aaron Poling

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

Direct: 304-283-0214

Office: 304-263-7800

M.Margie Bartles Broker

FOR SALE: FOUR UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING

FOR SALE: 322 Pendleton Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25401

All Brick Apartment Building with Four Two Bedroom One Bath Units. Located near hospital, and I81 in area with low vacancy rates. Paved parking lot. Separately metered Electric. Within the City Limits. These units do not become available often, don’t miss your opportunity!

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Aaron Poling

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

Direct: 304-283-0214

Office: 304-263-7800

M.Margie Bartles Broker

PRICE REDUCED! FOR SALE: JOHNS CAFE in RANSON WV

John’s Cafe in Ranson WV FOR SALE! Founded in 2010 serving Greek and American Food, this Restaurant has been a favorite spot in the Ranson Area. Located in Jefferson Crossing, facing Route 9. Sharing the area with Kohls, Weis Grocery, Dunkin Doughnuts, Subway, and Many more store’s, this is the perfect area for traffic! All trade fixtures, signage, menu, recipe’s, convey. This is your chance to own your own Restaurant and be successful on the First Day! Turn Key Operation. No Real Estate Conveys, 11 Years left on current lease. Any purchaser must be approved by landlord.

YOUR CHANCE TO OWN A SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANT

REDUCED $119,000

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Aaron Poling, REALTOR

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinburg, WV 25401

Cell: 304-283-0214

Office: 304-263-7800

M.Margie Bartles Broker

Charity Event Oct 17,18, & 19th 2014

Please Help EPBR Support this Great Event. On Oct 17,18, and 19th the Ruby Tuesdays in Ranson and Martinsburg WV will be Participating in the Dine to Donate Program to Benefit Local Back Pack Programs. To Join in just take the appropriate flyer, have dinner, give the server your flyer, and a percentage of your bill goes to help local kids! If you forget your flyer please stop by Long & Foster Charles Town or Martinsburg, we will have a flyer box outside both locations. I look forward to seeing you!

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Aaron Poling, REALTOR

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

Office: 304-263-7800 Ask For Aaron

Cell: 304-283-0214

www.aaronpoling.com

M.Margie Bartles Broker

Should You Have a Buyers Agent If You Buy a New Home

A common question that I hear from buyers that are looking for a new home is “Do I really need my own agent if I am purchasing a new home from a builder?” It is a common thought that it isn’t like a traditional transaction and the new home sales person is there to help them. It is true that most new home sales people are very helpful, but they work directly for the builder, by law they cannot represent the buyer too. In most cases builders already have compensation worked out for buyer’s agents, and it will not cost the buyer any more to have one. Below are a list of items that having your own agent can benefit you while you’re purchasing new!

• Most builders use their own contracts. A buyer’s agent can review and advise if there is anything out of the ordinary that an attorney should review.
• During the building process there will be several meetings and inspections of your new home. Agents have been through these meetings many times and know what to expect, and know if something isn’t being handled correctly.
• Buyer’s agents that sell new homes will know what all the builders in the area are offering. This is beneficial when you are negotiating, to ensure you are getting the Best Deal!
• Do you need a home inspector? An agent will be able to tell you if this is necessary, and if it is they can know which local inspectors specialize in this area.
• Is there special financing needed to purchase new. Some builders require large nonrefundable deposits to build, some require the purchaser to get the construction loan.
• How much Earnest Money Deposit should you put down? Is it more or less than a traditional sale?
• Are there any hidden costs, fees with building new? Is it more or less than buying a resale?

Why should you chose ME as your buyer’s agent? The answer is Experience. I spent over 13 years as a new home builders myself. I am still a licensed general contractor. I know what I am looking at during the inspections and can help explain the process, from start to finish. I have also worked directly for the builders as a new homes sale person. I have been on the other side representing the builder and I know their process, how they operate, and how to negotiate with them. I have earned the highly regarded CSP Designation (Certified New Home Professional) from the National Association of Home Builders.
If you are considering the largest investment of your life; a new home. Give me a call, I will give you the insight to make the best decisions throughout the process.

Thanks Aaron
Aaron Poling, CSP
Long & Foster
976 Foxcroft Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Office: 304-263-7800 / Ask For Aaron
Cell: 304-283-0214 / Call Anytime
M.Margie Bartles Broker

Bridge Replacement in Berkeley County, WV

I am excited to give this update about two bridge replacements in Berkeley County. The first is on North Tennessee Avenue over Tuscarora Creek. The second is the most significant to this area is the replacing the Van Metre Ford Bridge on Golf Course Road. Van Metre Ford Bridge is one of the oldest bridge’s in West Virginia, and is very unique in its arched stone design. They will build the new bridge upstream and keep the old bridge for foot traffic. Check out the Herald Mail article below or follow the link at the bottom for the full article. Thanks Aaron

 

Work to replace a small North Tennessee Avenue bridge over Tuscarora Creek in Martinsburg is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, Troy M. White, an area construction engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said Friday.

Highway officials have estimated the bridge replacement would take about three months if the road is completely closed during the work, requiring detours.

North Tennessee Avenue provides a connection from West King Street past War Memorial Park to Berkeley Medical Center.

The new structure, slated to replace one that was built during the Great Depression, meets the criteria to qualify for federal funding, officials have said.

The bridge is on state-maintained county Route 13.

Among other projects, construction of a new Golf Course Road bridge east of Martinsburg in Berkeley County is in the design phase and work to acquire approval for utility relocations continues, White said Friday in an email.

The new bridge will replace one of West Virginia’s oldest spans, the one-lane Van Metre Ford Bridge that was built in 1832, according to state transportation officials.

The new bridge is to be built upstream from the historic one-lane, stone-arch structure, which officials have said is the second oldest in the state.

The bridge spans the creek on what was the old road from Alexandria, Va., to the Warm Springs.

Although the older structure will be closed to vehicles, transportation officials have said it will remain open to foot traffic.

 

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Aaron Poling, REALTOR

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

304-283-0214

M.Margie Bartles Broker

Yard Blunders to Avoid

If you are working on your yard this summer, this is a great article to check out. 7 Yard Blunders to Avoid. Below are the bullet points from the original article, or click on the link at the bottom for the full MSN.COM article.

1. Don’t be random: It’s easy to go overboard at a garden center or plant website, especially if things are on sale. But don’t buy a bunch of random plants. Your flower bed or lawn will end up a confusing mess of different shapes and colors.

 

2. Trees aren’t Mount Vesuvius: Judging by office-park lawns, many landscaping services specialize in turning mulch into two-foot-high volcano cones around the trunks of trees.

Resist the urge in your yard. They may look attractive, but these mulch cones can block off the oxygen that the inner bark of the tree needs, invite rodents to build nests or create excessive moisture that can rot roots or lead to growth of bacteria and fungi that can attack the bark.

 

3. Neatnik mowing: Many people think it’s better for the lawn to rake up the clippings after mowing. For those of us with a compulsive streak, it seems to make perfect sense.

But it is healthier for the grass to let the clippings be (not to mention a big time saver). They will decay naturally in a few days, returning nutrients to the soil in the process — a much better way to fertilize the lawn that dumping chemicals on it.

 

4.Hello darkness, not my friend: The majority of flowers, trees, vegetables and shrubs need plenty of sun, at least six hours a day. Plant them in shadier spots and they’re likely to limp along. Flowering trees may barely flower, pepper plants won’t produce peppers and shrubs will be stunted.

 

5. Living too large: If a 10-foot-by-10-foot garden is nice, why not double its size to give it twice the presence in your yard? That’s the way I thought early on as I began land

But then reality set in. Twice the garden means two times the weeds, two times the plants whose spent blooms need to be snipped off during the growing season, and two times the dead plants to clean up each fall.

 

6. Vegetables for a lifetime: Vegetable gardens have become a major trend over the past few years, but many beginners don’t realize how much produce they can create. Just one tomato plant can put out up to 20 pounds of tomatoes in a season, according to the University of Missouri. Multiply that by the six-packs of plants sold at some big-box stores and you may be headed for a ketchup competition with Heinz.scaping around my house.

 

7. Feeding to death: Plants need nutrients to thrive. But some people casually douse their flower beds and shrubs with fertilizer without bothering to measure it. Too much plant food, or the wrong kind, can end up prompting flowering plants to create mostly leaves, not blooms. And you even can kill a plant by overfeeding it.

 

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Aaron Poling

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

304-283-0214

www.aaronpoling.com

M.Margie Bartles Broker

Shortage of Homes For Sale

In the Past few years we have dealt with an oversupply of homes. So many foreclosures and short sales, at any given time you could find a dozen homes that fit your criteria; but that has all changed. I found this great article at Inman News that explains why this is happening. Check it out, Clink link at the bottom for the full article. Thanks Aaron

Underwater homeowners

An excellent report published by Zillow’s Svenja Gudell documents the large number of U.S. homeowners who are still underwater, owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. While down from the peak of 31.4 percent in 2012, 18.8 percent of homeowners are in a negative equity positionEqually problematic, as the report points out, is that many homeowners who have escaped from being underwater are barely treading water: 36.9 percent of homeowners with a mortgage are “effectively underwater,” according to Zillow, since they simply don’t have enough equity in their homes to consider selling the property and moving up to a new, larger house.

New-home construction hasn’t recovered

New-home inventory has improved marginally since bottoming out in 2012, but is still nearly at the lowest levels in the 40 years that this information has been reported, according to NAHB data compiled by Calculated Risk.

Current inventory levels are roughly half of what there would be normally, and about a third of what they were at the peak in early 2007. Builders overbuilt as the housing boom passed its peak, and stopped building almost entirely when faced with the daunting task of trying to compete with their own recently built inventory that had been foreclosed on and was now available to buyers at a significant discount. Builders shifted their strategy towards building fewer new homes, but larger and more expensive ones.

Foreclosure activity has slowed

Distressed homes made up a significant part of the home sales inventory, peaking with the sale of over 1 million lender-owned properties in 2010. But foreclosure activity has been slowing down for the past few years.

A recent report from RealtyTrac notes that foreclosure starts have declined for 22 consecutive months. Foreclosure activity, while still between two to three times higher than normal, is at its lowest levels since 2006, and running at about 50 percent of where it was at the peak.

 

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Aaron Poling

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

304-283-0214

www.aaronpoling.com

M.Margie Bartles Broker

 

 

Market Mend

Here is a very interesting article that came out this week in the Martinsburg Journal. Lots of local experts were consulted and quoted in the article, including myself. Gives a great overview of where the local real estate market came from, is currently, and where it is headed.

 

“In today’s market … it’s still a buyer’s market, but we’re close to a normal market. You always want to strive for a normal market,” said Aaron Poling, president of the Eastern Panhandle Board of Realtors.

 

“The reality for homeowners was that it was confusing. The reason it was confusing was, for homeowners, one of their largest investments is their home. Even though they could sell and make a decent sum of money, it was confusing in that people, as with the stock market, try to time the real estate market,” Bartles said.

 

“I’m a lifer, done it for 35 years, and for someone even like me, and I pride myself on giving consumers the best advice I can so homeowners can make a prudent decision, (and) it was extremely hard to give advice to consumers,” she said.

“There were some tremendous numbers in 2004 to 2007. From 2004 to 2013, there were 40,000 lots put through to sketch plan. 21,000 of those went to preliminary, but out of preliminary, only 12,000 have been final platted, and most of those were during the first four years when (developers) thought stuff was going to happen,” said Mike Thompson, Berkeley County planning director.

 

During the housing bubble, Thompson said average subdivision plots would consist of 300 to 400 units, to all be plotted simultaneously, with infrastructure bonds around $2 million.

 

“One of this area’s selling points has been the price of housing compared to other areas; we’re on the lower side of the scale, especially in Berkeley County. Even though Jefferson County has impact fees, their housing is still affordable compared to Loudoun County and parts of northern Virginia,” Hartley said.

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Aaron Poling

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

304-283-0214

www.aaronpoling.com

M.Margie Bartles Broker