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Rocktown Beer and Music Festival

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. The holiday weekend is over, and it's back to the daily grind. However, we live in a great city with lots of fun things to look forward to!

On Mondays, we now feature an "around town" topic, where I post about a Valley Happening going on this week/weekend. We're chatting about the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival today! It's being held this Saturday, April 26th from 2:30PM-8:00PM at the Turner Pavilion.


image courtesy of BlueRidgeLife.com

To bring people together (3,000 last year), the Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance along with lots of dedicated volunteers and organizers and their biggest sponsor, Blue Mountain Brewery, create a day of community, great beer, and fabulous music.

Don't drink? No problem! According to event organizers, there will be a

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Looking for things to do?

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

In honor of the upcoming holiday, we're forgoing the Weekend Projects theme to tell you about a few things you might want to put on your calendar in the near future. The events are listed in chronological order:



1) Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny Activities

Click here for a list of some of the Easter Bunny appearances and Easter Egg Hunts being held tomorrow, Saturday, April 19th. This list was compiled by Derik Trissel, Jeremy Litwiller, and Marsha Thomas of Kline May Realty's Valley Roots Team.

2) Melissa Martin Benefit Dinner

This is a topic close to our very own Ann Marie Wenger's heart. Help support her childhood friend, who is recovering from Viral Cardiomyopathy. Spend $20, help a community member in need, and dine on a feast of prime rib, scalloped potatoes, country green beans, yummy desserts and more. Tickets must be purchased by April 23rd so organizers know how many people to prepare for. Event is on Friday, April 25th at Dayton Mennonite Church from 5:30PM-8:00PM. Click here for more information.

3) 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

According to their website The Bloom, The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is very large and popular Winchester-based festival that celebrates spring with "a series of more than thirty events [that] includes: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, circus, dinners, luncheons, a 10k race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters' events, and celebrities. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy." And it starts Friday, April 25th! Click here for more information.

Enjoy your weekend with family and friends. Happy Easter!

Kline May Agents Go Skydiving

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. It's the middle of the workweek, and some of us are getting really antsy for consistently warm weather so we can get outdoors! No matter your adventure of choice, we'll feature a variety of recreational topics on Wednesdays that may peak your interest and maybe even your adrenaline.

Today's topic is Skydiving, and a huge shout out goes out to

Curt Laster

and

Eva Ferrell

for helping me write this post!


In August of 2004, a group of courageous Kline May Realty agents went on an adventure. That group included Eva Ferrell, LaDawn Knicely, Curt Laster, Derik Trissel, and two others.

"What did these folks do?" you ask? You guessed it! This adventurous crew went Skydiving in Orange, VA. Kline May agent Cleva Rodeffer and her husband, Carl, went along for the fun and pictures, but they didn't jump.



Curt said, "I was excited but not really nervous. Once up in the plane you are jumping out. No refund. It cost about 200 dollars per person." For more information on Skydiving in Orange, click here.

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10th Anniversary Episode of the Kline May Realty Showcase

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Instead of taking a look at what's going on around town this week, we're instead going to take a quick walk down memory lane with a fun game of true or false.

This game of true or false focuses on our 10th Anniversary episode of the Kline May Realty showcase, which aired over the weekend. Get your pens and pencils ready, and let's see how you fair! No peeking ahead.


Chris Swecker, television show produce and male voice-over artist

Questions


1. There have been 5 versions of the Kline May Realty showcase.
2. It would take 9 days to watch all of the Kline May Realty showcase episodes back-to-back.
3. The episode count is at 450!
4. It takes 35 minutes of footage and four hours of work to create a 3-minute featured home segment.
5. Roger, the previous host, filmed 320 episodes as the host.

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3 Reasons to Sell This Spring

Hello all, Aimee here, and I'm blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Today we'd like to share a post from our friends at Keeping Current Matters that explains why now is the time to list your house!

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are three of those reasons:

1) Demand is about to skyrocket...
2) There is less competition...for now
3) There will never be better time to move up

Read on to learn more!

1. Demand is about to skyrocket

Most people realize that the housing market is hottest from April through June. The most serious buyers are well aware of this and, for that reason, come out in early spring in order to beat the heavy competition. We also have a pent-up demand as many buyers pushed off their home search this winter because of extreme weather. Sellers in markets where seasonal weather is never an issue must realize that buyers relocating to their region will increase dramatically this spring as these purchasers finally decide to escape the freezing temperatures of the winters in the north.

These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy...and are in the market right now!

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - March, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for March 2014.




As we wrap up the first quarter of 2014, we find ourselves facing a residential real estate market somewhat lagging when compared to last year's numbers. Through the first three months of this year, 157 residential properties have sold in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, as reported by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. These 157 sales are 13.3% fewer than last year's first quarter sales of 181 properties. So what's going on? What happened to that recovery?

Fear not, I believe the recovery is real...it has just been temporarily delayed by a harsh (for our area) winter, and a shortage of saleable inventory. Contracts placed on homes for sale totaled 91 in March – a 38% increase from the average of the prior three months. Further, we have seen extremely high traffic on our website, www.KlineMay.com , which tells us Buyers are actively looking.

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Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Projects

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

Congratulations, you made it to Friday, and it's almost the weekend, which is a perfect time to get some projects done around the house.

On Fridays, our blog theme will be "weekend projects" to help get those creative do-it-yourself juices flowing! The old adage is, "A parent's work is never done." The same can be said for homeowner's.

Do you want to make your house look great while not breaking the bank? Sounds like a win-win to me... Read on to learn more.

HGTV's Front Door website has written a great article, which details for you 8 budget-friendly curb appeal projects. Project ideas include sprucing up your front door, manicuring your lawn, tending your flowerbeds, and more.

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HeartChase in Harrisonburg

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. It's the middle of the work-week, and some of us are getting real antsy to go out and do something. No matter your adventure of choice, we'll feature a variety of recreational topics on Wednesdays that may peak your interest and maybe even your adrenaline.

Today's topic is the HeartChase event in Harrisonburg on April 5th. Since we missed Monday's post, this recreational topic also happens to be something going on "Around Town."



For those of you who are unfamiliar with HeartChase, it is a fundraising adventure game held to raise money for the American Heart Association. Registration starts at 8:30AM on Saturday morning. The games start at 9:00AM.

When I spoke to one of the organizers, Kathy Thompson, about the event, she said, "It's going to be a great time!"

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Tax Return Projects for $500 or Less

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Congratulations! You made it to Friday, and it's almost the weekend, which is a perfect time to get some projects done around the house.


image courtesy of House Logic

On Fridays, our new blog theme will be "weekend projects" to help get those creative do-it-yourself juices flowing! The old adage is, "A parent's work is never done." The same can be said for homeowner's...am I right?

Tax returns (if you're lucky) are starting to trickle in! This means you may have some extra money in your budget to get some things done around the house that you've been waiting to get done all year.

We have a few things on our list currently--new roof, lots of furniture, and a walk-in shower in the master bath. Believe me, I wish we were lucky enough that our return would cover all of these projects. Alas, it's not, and of all the trees we have in our backyard, none of them grow money. Shucks.

Marsha Thomas, of the Valley Roots Team, recently brought to my attention a great post by House Logic, titled "Invest a Tax Refund in your Home: $500 Projects." According to the article, "The average tax refund fluctuates, but in recent years it's come in around $2,700. That's a nice chunk of change to receive from the IRS. Not everyone is so lucky, of course, but even if you only get back $500, there are many great ways to spend your tax refund on your home."

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Visit Our Local Caverns

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. It's the middle of the work-week, and some of us are getting real antsy to go outdoors. No matter your adventure of choice, we'll feature a variety of recreational topics on Wednesdays that may peak your interest and maybe even your adrenaline.

Here is a riddle for you. Locally, I am thinking of a place where the weather is always 54-56 degrees and it never rains. What place am I thinking of?--our Shenandoah Valley caverns.


image courtesy of Grand Caverns in Grottoes, VA

So, if you've got the exploring bug and don't want to worry about Mother Nature's temperamental weather patterns this year, consider an outing to one of our local caverns.

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