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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!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - September, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for September 2014.

As Summer winds down and we head towards Fall, we expect a seasonal slowing down in residential real estate sales. In September, however, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County recorded 106 residential sales (as reported by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service) – an increase over Augusts' 101 sales! Now, this doesn't mean the top has blown off the local real estate market, but it is encouraging to see steady activity continue through September. Here are a few other highlights:

  • Regular readers of this report know total sales Year-to-Date have lagged behind 2013 all year, but that the gap has narrowed every month since April. That trend continued in September, with the gap narrowing to less than 1%. Based upon contracts placed on homes in the past two months versus contracts placed on homes last year in August and September, I expect YTD sales to overtake 2013 figures by the end of October.
  • Speaking of contracts placed on residential properties in September, Buyers and Sellers ratified new contracts on 102 properties in September, a decrease from August but still a very strong number for September.
  • Pricing again remained steady, with the 12-month average sales price increasing slightly to $198,453 and the 12-month median sales price staying even at $175,000. These benchmarks have remained fairly steady since June, 2013 despite strong Buyer activity.
  • Inventory declined in both the City and County during September. This is to be expected, as far fewer homeowners choose to enter the market by offering their home for sale in the Fall and opposed to Spring or Summer. Since sales have remained strong, it is logical to see a decrease in overall inventory. If Buyer activity remains strong, this may put upward pressure on prices.
  • Finally, the average Days on the Market continues to drop, with the 12-month average now standing at 165 days. As I have mentioned before, many homes (37% so far this year) go to settlement within 90 days of entering the market. This number will continue to drop as the luxury market recovers, and the "stale" homes which have been on the market for an extended amount of time sell and leave the market.


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

Kline May on the News at Noon

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

Did you know that Kline May is now featured on the WHSV News at Noon every Tuesday?



We're answering real estate questions about a variety of topics like what's going on in the market, the use of drone photography in real estate, what to expect at your home inspection, the benefits of home staging and professional photography, and everything in between. Be sure to tune in to keep up with our local real estate market!

Do you have any topics that you'd like us to address? Send Karl Waizecker, our principal broker, an email at Karl.Waizecker@KlineMay.com.

Until next time!

Fall Maintenance On Your Home

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

In honor of my husband, who spent 45 minutes yesterday sweeping acorns off of our patios and paths, we would like to post a few fall maintenance to-do lists for you to browse! We hope that these lists help you figure out what small projects you need to tackle at your home this fall.



Fall Maintenance To-Do Lists

- Fall Maintenance From Better Homes and Gardens
- Fall Maintenance From Kiplinger
- Fall Maintenance from The Seattle Times

Good luck with your fall home maintenance, folks. Stay safe on the ladders and with your tools and enjoy the gorgeous weather when you're cleaning out those gutters or sweeping those acorns.

Local College Football Home Games

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

Are excited that college football season is now in full swing? We've got great local football right here in the Valley! Here is a list of JMU Dukes and Bridgewater Eagle home football games for 2014.



JMU Dukes

-Saturday, September 27th at 4:00PM vs. Delaware
-Saturday, October 11th at 12:30PM vs. Towson (Family Weekend)
-Saturday, November 1st at 3:30PM vs. William & Mary (Homecoming)
-Saturday, November 22nd at 12:00PM vs. Elon

Click here for the full schedule, including away games.

Bridgewater Eagles

-Saturday, October 4th at 7:00PM vs. Shenandoah (Family Weekend)
-Saturday, October 25th at 2:00PM vs. Washington & Lee (Homecoming
-Saturday, November 1st at 1:00PM vs. Hampden-Sydney (Hall of Fame Weekend)

Click here for the full schedule, including away games.

Go Dukes! Go Eagles!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - August, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for August 2014.

August was another strong month for our local real estate market, with sales and new contracts remaining at healthy levels. Here are a few highlights:

  • There were 101 residential sales in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in the month of August, a strong number for our area, equaling May as the third best month of the year so far.
  • August's sales continued the strong trend we have been experiencing since May, although overall sales are still a bit (4.72%) below last year's sales at the end of August.
  • Buyers and Sellers ratified new contracts on 122 properties in August, representing the third best month of the year and an encouraging 8.9% increase from July.
  • Pricing remained steady, with the 12-month average sales price dipping less than $100 from last month to $199,062; and the 12-month median sales price climbing slightly from last month to $176,750.
  • Inventory has remained strong in both the City and County, with Harrisonburg inventory climbing slightly to 217 homes for sale (identical to inventory at this time last year) and Rockingham County inventory dropped slightly to 448 homes for sale, 5.9% more than last August.
  • The average Days on Market for homes sold in the past 12 months now stands at 168 days, although many homes sell much more quickly. This overall number takes into account homes which sell and have been on the market for a very long time, keeping the average up. So far this year 48% of the homes that have sold were on the market for more than 120 days, while 38% of the homes sold were sold in less than 90 days. This reinforces the notion that we have an active market and homes that are priced and presented properly are selling relatively quickly, while homes that have been on the market for a long time due to pricing or condition issues are now likely "chasing the market down" by lowering their asking price until the home finally sells.
Click here to view or download our Market Activity Charts for August 2014.

New and Improved Market Report

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

If you didn't catch our real estate market report for July 2014, we'd like to clue you in on some changes that we made to the report.



Thanks to Swartz Photography, the professional photography company contracted by Kline May Realty to photograph all of our listings, we now have incorporated gorgeous Valley images into the monthly real estate market report. We hope that you enjoy looking at the pictures every month!

In addition to the new photography, we also have an informational page dedicated to each area of the county, where you'll be able to quickly determine whether the 12 month average sales price, units sold year to date, and months supply of inventory is up or down.

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Fun Fall To-Do List

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



Can you believe that we're talking about fall already? Fall in the Valley is a special time of year for many. Are you looking for something fun to do this fall? Check out this Top 10 list for inspiration.

1. Drive Skyline Drive and enjoy the fall foliage. Remember, the leaves turn up in the mountains before the leaves turn down here in the Valley. Our leaves are already starting to turn a bit in Grottoes! Crazy, right?
2. Tailgate a JMU home football game. Click here for their schedule. 3. Take a hike and enjoy the leaves from the woods instead of the road. 4. Help support Shriner's Children's Hospitals and attend the 29th Annual Grand Caverns Bluegrass Festival on September 4th-September 6th at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, VA.
5. Visit the 48th annual Mennonite Relief sale on October 3rd-October 4th at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.
6. Go pick a pumpkin at a local farm.

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New After Hours Phone Service

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



We have something new that we're trying out, and we'd love to tell you all about it. Kline May Realty now has an after hours phone service.

If you would call Kline May Realty after hours this evening, you will no longer get an automated message. Say goodbye to pressing 1 for an agent or pressing 2 to leave a voicemail because now Kline May Realty is working with the Harrisonburg-based People's Choice Answering Service to make our customer experience more personable and pleasurable.

Nights, mornings, weekends, holidays, and snow days, you can call Kline May Realty with your real estate questions, and the People's Choice Representative will get you connected with a Realtor.

Please let us know if you have any questions!

Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - July, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for July 2014.

Wow, July was an amazing month for the local real estate market! Here are a few highlights:

  • There were 120 residential sales in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in the month of July, the highest monthly total since August of 2007.July's sales continued a recent trend of very high activity after a much slower than normal first quarter. After being over 20% behind last year's sales at the end of March, the year-over-year deficit has been reduced to 3.9%.
  • Buyers and Sellers ratified new contracts on 112 properties in July. While not as strong as the past couple of months, this still represents very good buyer activity in our market.
  • Pricing remained fairly flat, with the 12-month average sales price rising slightly to $199,160, and the 12-month median sales price falling slightly to $175,600.

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