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Lunch Break Carnival Fundraiser

Come one, come all!

On Thursday, April 30th from 11AM-2PM, Kline May Realty is hosting a Lunch Break Carnival to benefit our local American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Please come to our parking lot at 1962 Evelyn Byrd Avenue and enjoy food truck fare ( Mashita and Rocktown Slops), a dunk tank, ladder ball, corn hole, a pie eating contest, and more...

This fundraiser is for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, and this event is a life-changing experience that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to:
Celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer,
Remember loved ones lost,
and Fight Back against the disease.


Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - March, 2015

Click here to download Market Update charts for March 2015.

There were 71 residential sales recorded by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors during March. This is a healthy number of sales for this time of year, and capped off a 1st quarter that saw sales increase by 18% over last year.

Buyers were very active in March, ratifying contracts on 119 residential properties. This is a very strong number for March and is further indication Buyers are very active in the market and will continue to be throughout the Summer.

Total sales for the past 12 months were 1,071, an increase over February and a continuation of the generally increasing trend since April of last year.

2015 sales are more than 18% better than last year, and roughly equal to sales through the first three months of 2013.

Click here to view or download our Market Activity Charts for March, 2015.

Community Spotlight: Broadway, VA

The Shenandoah Valley is formed by the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and the western Appalachian range. While many European settlers followed the valley south between the mountains others sought ways to cross the mountains to make their way to Ohio and lands west, with mountain passes providing these opportunities.

One of these roads, following a Native American footpath, passed through the Massanutten Gap in the Massanutten Mountains and crossed the Valley following the North Fork of the Shenandoah River to Brock's Gap in the Little North Mountain of the Appalachians. The road was an important thoroughfare of east-west settlement and commerce.

Near the road was a place where Linville Creek joins the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. In the early 19th century a man named Conrad Custer built a mill near where the two waters joined. A community that grew up on the east-west thoroughfare near the mill became known as "Old Custer's Mill." Many of the settlers in the area were German immigrants of the Dunker faith (later known as the Church of the Brethren). They met in local homes until the Linville Creek church was built in 1828.


Learn More About How The Cinderella Project Is Helping Local Teens

Hello all, Aimee here, and I'm not blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents today because today's blog post is brought to you by our very own Karen Stevenson Carpenter, who is an agent out of our Fishersville office:

The Cinderella Project is gearing up for this year! For those of you who may not know about this cause, The Cinderella Project helps provide young adults in the Shenandoah Valley with attire for their Junior and Senior Proms, all free of charge. We offer this service to high schools throughout the our area, from Central and Stonewall up north all the way to Rockbridge in the south.

Prom-going teens in need of assistance are screened by the guidance departments of their local high school and then given an invitation that gets them into the Project. Young ladies are offered a dress, jewelry, shoes, evening bag, and makeup; gents are offered a shirt, pants, jacket, belt, shoes, ties, and personal hygiene products.

All the stock for this project is acquired by donation of goods and cash. This is the first year, though, that The Cinderella Project is a 501c3, which means all donations are tax deductible. Did you know that Kline May Realty on Evelyn Byrd Avenue in Harrisonburg and Kline May Realty on Jefferson Highway in Fishersville will be a drop-off point for donated goods? So, as spring cleaning commences, I ask that you might take the time to clean out your closets for items that might be appropriate for donation.


Is the Housing Market Back? Ask Lowe's and Home Depot

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

A recent Bloomberg Business article reports that both Lowes & Home Depot experienced fourth quarter profits that beat revenue projections by the most in six quarters. So what does that mean to the housing market?

Consumer Confidence

Lowe's Chief Executive Officer Robert Niblock said,

"Consumers are feeling better about their jobs, their wages and certainly feeling better about the value of their home, they are re-engaging in projects that they have put off."

Sales to professional contractors have increased significantly as well, and were a driving factor in the quarter. Home Depot's Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome calls this a "sign of health. If they are putting more items in their basket, it means they have work coming at them."


Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - February, 2015

Click here to download Market Update charts for February 2015.

In spite of very strong winter weather during the month of February, our local real estate market really heated up, with contracts ratified on 98 homes. In my opinion, many more contracts would have been placed on homes if additional inventory was available for Buyers to consider. Buyers are out in force, and are racing to see each new listing due to the lack of inventory.

Overall, residential sales are up almost 7% compared to last year at this time, and February's total of 63 sales is higher than the February sales in 4 of the past 5 years. The most dramatic increase has occurred in the Southwest part of Rockingham County (Bridgewater, Dayton, Belmont Estates), where sales have nearly doubled from the first two months of last year. I don't see this necessarily as a sudden increase


Thinking of Buying? Why Wait Until Spring?

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

Last year, I became a homeowner. Being a homeowner comes with many responsibilities like removing the big branch from the driveway when it falls during dinner and Googling instructions to fix the garage door when it won't go up.

My husband and I, though, couldn't be more pleased with our decision to buy a home. It provides our small family with stability. My husband and I both relocated often as kids, and it felt good for us to plant roots for our son. Planting roots is a great reason to become a homeowner, and there are many other great reasons too!

If you are planning on becoming a homeowner, or moving up to the home of your dreams in 2015, here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting until the spring market really heats up.


Indoor Activities for a Snowy Day

Hello all, Aimee here, blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. I'm not a big fan of these sub-zero temperatures, and with rumors of another snow storm approaching our already-snow-blanketed Valley this weekend, I've already started thinking about what types of fun activities will keep my outdoorsy little family from going stir crazy this weekend.

Here's a list of 5 Indoor Activities for a Snowy Day:

1) Puzzles - When I was pregnant, my husband took me up to Shenandoah National Park and bought me a puzzle from Loft Mountain Campground to help pass the time when I was no longer allowed to hike. Brad and I never got around to completing the puzzle, but this weekend would be the perfect opportunity to finally start working on it.

2) Arts and Crafts - Crafting is a great indoor activity for a snowy day. Knitting, painting, drawing, crocheting, scrapbooking, the opportunities are endless. My most recent crafting activity was creating a strand of balloon garland for our banister to help spruce up the house for my husband's birthday! Balloon garland is a super cute and easy decoration that looks great, and costs less than $3.00 to create! Instructions available via our friend, Google.

3) Read a Book - Whether you read a book with the kids (my new favorite is Boss Baby) or re-read To Kill a Mockingbird in preparation for the sequel being released by Harper Lee in July (sigh...July), there is just something special about curling up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, reading a book, and watching the snow fall outside your window.


Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - January, 2015

Click here to download Market Update charts for January 2015.

After finishing 2014 strong with a very busy December, we have high hopes for the 2015 residential real estate market in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. While January's sales were slightly lower than last year's, activity overall seems to be much stronger than at this point last year, with contracts being ratified on 76 homes. Agents are reporting they are busy and our web traffic is high, it seems we are going to have a busy Spring!

January's residential sales of 47 units is 4 (7.84%) fewer than last January. Be aware though, that in our market, until we have several months of sales history in a year, comparing monthly changes can be misleading. With only 47 sales in all of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in January, you can see how small variations, especially


3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Buy a Home

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. The spring real estate market may be a month or two away, but our Realtors are always abuzz with excitement when it comes to helping the folks in our community to find a home to call their own. Are you considering buying this year?

Here are 3 questions you should consider asking yourself before purchasing your very own home sweet home in today's real estate market:

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with finances. A study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University reveals that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of the space

What non-financial benefits will you and your family derive from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.


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