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!
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.
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.