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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas at Kline May Realty

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Are your stockings hung by the chimney with care? Take any long winter's naps lately, or are you too busy in the evenings scrambling to get your Christmas (or Hanukkah) shopping and wrapping done?

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at the Kline May Realty main office, and even at a few of our listings.

Christmas time at Kline May Realty is a festive time. There have been all sorts of goodies on the kitchen table like chocolates, cupcakes, cookies, fudge, and even a Kline May Realty Gingerbread House.

And boy, oh, boy...the decorations. Here's an example:

Curt Laster has a blinking Sierra Mist Christmas tree on display. Greg Pfaff hung colored icicle lights above his cubicle and has a sad-looking Charlie Brown Christmas tree resting on a cubicle panel. There's a binder clip on the tree and a broken ornament, too. Someone even placed a bright pink Christmas tree in Carole Persinger's cubicle so there were three festive cubicles in a row. It's a magical, yet tacky, sight, let me tell you.

The magazine-quality tree is downstairs, decorated by the one and only Rebecca Funkhouser. Rebecca is the Martha Stewart of tree decorating at Kline May Realty and I'd be willing to argue the greater Shenandoah Valley. The first picture in this post is of Rebecca's tree!


Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - November, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for November 2014.

As colder weather and holiday planning arrived in November, our area's typical slowing of the real estate market began. The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service (HRAR MLS) recorded 65 residential sales in November. This is a significant, but expected, drop from the past six months in which monthly totals consistently exceeded 100 sales. Not to fear, though, this is normal for November, and YTD sales are ahead of last year. Some highlights from the month are:

  • The 65 residential sales in November increased the annual total so far in 2014 to 948, which is 22 (2.38%) more sales than the total at the end of November 2013. In addition, the number of sales in the past 12 months increased to 1035, the highest 12 months sales figure since September, 2008.
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Soupfest 2014 Is a Week from Thursday

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents.

During this frigid day in late November, I want to remind you about a fundraiser we announced on our Facebook just last week. On Thursday, December 4th, Kline May Realty will be hosting our first themed Pot Luck. The theme this year is soup.

From 11AM-1PM on the 4th, please come to the office and warm yourself up with a bowl (or several cups) of hot soup. Our agents and staff will be offering a smorgasbord of homemade soups, homemade breads, homemade desserts, and delicious drinks. Some soups that will be offered include Cream of Crab, Potato Soup, Spicy Thai Peanut Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, and Chicken and Rice Soup, plus several more.

Please offer your donation at the door. Whatever you can give is greatly appreciated. All money donated will go to our local United Way. Let's make Soupfest 2014 a great boost for the United Way's holiday fundraising efforts. Hope to see you there!

Stone Port Update

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Today we're going to talk about a couple different construction projects going on in the Stone Spring Road area, including information on The Reserve at Stone Port.

If you're traveling from Port Republic Road to Route 11 or Route 42 any time soon, the new Stone Spring Road is now open. If you're traveling toward Harrisonburg, you can access the newly finished road from Port Republic Road just after you pass the hospital. What a smooth drive! An office source says that the connector road from 33 to Port Republic Road will be finished shortly, and the progress you see from the side of the road on Route 33 suggests that same thing.

The Stone Port concept, which includes luxury non-student apartments, is envisioned to be a 27-acre village. The village is set to include a restaurant, pharmacy, grocery store, and several other community staples, but the only project completed currently is the Bojangles. The luxury apartments will be available at the end of this year, though. Several other retail businesses are coming to Stone Port, but the names of those businesses will not be released until some time in 2015.


Harrisonburg (and the Valley) Cares

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Today we're going to offer up some examples of why Harrisonburg is the Friendly City!

As you may know, Harrisonburg made Movoto's list of the 10 Most Caring Small Cities in America. To read the blog click here. You can find a full list of Harrisonburg's Awards and Designations at this Harrisonburg Tourism web page.

After the announcement, some members of the Kline May Realty family volunteered their stories about why they agree Harrisonburg (and the Valley, in general) is so friendly. Read on to learn more.

But first, check out this picture of the casserole my neighbor made me because she found out my husband wasn't going to be home for dinner tonight. For this post, we're going to pretend I don't live in Grottoes. :)


Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - October, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for October 2014.

October brought nice weather, beautiful Fall colors and a continuingly strong real estate market to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. At a time of year when sales historically slow down (see our sales by month chart in this report), our market continued at more of a "summer" pace, recording the sixth consecutive month with over 100 residential sales. As interest rates remain low and local inventory of homes for sale at higher levels than the past few years, Buyers are continuing to take advantage of good market conditions. Some highlights form the month are:

  • Very strong October sales of 107 homes pushed the 2014 year-to-date (YTD) sales total to 884, exceeding 2013 YTD figures for the first time this year.
  • Buyers ratified contracts on 94 residential properties in October, another strong number compared to prior years. While activity has slowed a bit, we expect good sales figures for November and December based upon the number of contracts already in place.
  • Continuing the good news, the average sales price of homes sold in the past 12 months jumped to $201,441 representing a 3.2% increase over the average sales price at this time last year. This will be very welcome news to Sellers, who have been watching prices stay essentially flat for the past couple of years.
  • The inventory of homes for sale as well as the average time on the market are also heading in the right direction, nicely rounding out one of the most positive market reports this year!

Click here to view or download our Market Activity Charts for October 2014.

Two Wheels Squared Driving Course Challenge

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents!

Today we're going to blog about a great cause, which is very close to a Kline May Realtor's heart. Since October 1st, Basil Hangemanole, an avid cyclist and bicycle safety advocate, has sent a reminder to all of our agents and staff to remind them to vote in Farmers Insurance's Dream Big Teacher Challenge. The challenge runs from October 1st to November 30th of this year.

Basil's friend, Ms. Cindy Ferek, a physical education and driver's education teacher at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, VA is competing in the Farmers Insurance challenge. The prize? A $100,000 grant awarded to the teacher to complete their project! Only 15 finalists were chosen out of an "extraordinary" amount of submissions, according to Farmers, and Ms. Ferek is one of those 15 teachers who are eligible to win the grant.

image courtesy of Bridgewater Current

A recent article in the Bridgewater Current spotlighted Ms. Ferek's admirable work. The author of the article wrote, "Should Cindy receive this grant, it will be used to build a one-mile paved trail on school property behind Turner Ashby. It will be a multi-purpose trail for walking, biking and roller blading. Students in wheelchairs will be able to access parts of the property that they have never seen before. Golf carts can be used in conjunction with the driver education program. Lines like the yellow, white, broken and solid lines found on our public roadways will be painted on the course and there are even some plans to have a traffic circle to blend converging roadways."


Make Your Overnight Guests Comfortable: Part Two

Hello all! Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Last week, I wrote about preparing a welcome basket for your guests, and this week, I'd like to continue chatting about guest rooms. The focus will be on sofa beds!

Recently, my husband and I purchased a sofa bed from Grand's Home Furniture, complete with an ottoman. It's a very comfy couch, especially because of the ottoman, but the sofa bed had a lot of room for improvement. You could feel the coils in your back when you slept, and you kind of sunk towards the middle of the bed in your sleep. But alas, there's hope for even the most uncomfortable of sofa bed mattresses, and the solution won't break the bank!

In our possession, we now have a 1.5 inch Sleeper Sofa Memory Foam Mattress Topper that fits right on our sofa bed mattress. Sleep Master makes the topper, and it's just under $55! Best news is: Our most recent guests reported that they slept like a charm. I won't say "sleep like a baby." I have one at home, and I'm not convinced the person who came up with the "sleep like a baby" saying is sane.

The best thing about the topper? You don't have to store it when it's not in use because it folds right into your couch on top of the mattress. How cool is that?


Make Your Overnight Guests Comfortable: Part One

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Today I'm going to be blogging about entertaining guests!

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This weekend, my husband and I will be hosting two couples for an overnight visit. We have a 3 bedroom home, and a baby that seems to have taken over every room of the house, so we don't have a ton of extra space. Over the past few days, I have been working on the Kline May Pinterest account, and I created a board based off of something I think we all need help with from time to time, helping guests feel welcome in our homes, however big or small.


Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Halloween is right around the corner. It's hard to believe, isn't it? It seems like just yesterday the snow was melting. Now we're adorning our front porches with straw bales, pumpkins, and mums and stocking up on candy at our favorite retail stores.

I think it's safe to say that Halloween night is one of the most fun nights of the year for many kids, and this Halloween is extra special because it falls on a Friday night. No school the next day! I remember trick-or-treating as a kid, and the steps my mom and dad would take to make sure that I had a safe night. Here are five tips to keep your loving little goblins safe on All Hallows' Eve.

1. Make sure your child is easily visible to motor vehicles. Reflective tape and a flashlight helps!
2. Say no to texting and driving, talking and driving, Facebooking and driving, etc.
3. Do not let your child trick-or-treat alone. Travel with them or make sure they use a buddy system if they're old enough to trick-or-treat without an adult.
4. Plan a trick-or-treating route that is familiar to your children in case you get separated. Also have a designated meeting spot in mind.
5. Discard of any candy that has open wrappers. And resist the urge to open a few Kit Kats and Reese Cups on purpose so you have to "discard" them.

Happy Halloween, y'all!

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