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Zillow Acquires Trulia



Yesterday, Zillow announced the acquisition of Trulia, and since that news broke, there has been a lot of talk about what will happen when two large real estate websites join forces.

At Kline May Realty, we pride ourselves on building relationships and educating our buyers and sellers about the real estate process, and that can't be done through a computer screen. Searching for homes is easily done online; however, there is so much more to a real estate transaction than finding a home on the Internet.

A popular real estate blog shared this story: "A few years ago, my older son and his wife bought their first home. They found that home on Zillow and told their agent, "this is the home we'd like to live in". The agent helped them decide on a target price. She helped them negotiate that price with the seller. She found the industry professionals they needed and coordinated the inspections, the walk-throughs and the appraisal. She helped them work with an attorney and a mortgage professional.

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Kline May Realty's YouTube Channel

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



I just wanted to remind you that Kline May Realty has its very own YouTube channel. You can find it at YouTube.com/KlineMayRealty.

As some of you may know, one service we offer to our sellers at Kline May Realty is the opportunity to have their home featured on an exclusive weekly television show that airs on a variety of local channels. The show, which has been running for over 10 years, airs in the following counties: Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, and Pendleton.

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Upcoming Lawn Parties

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

Who doesn't love delicious food, rides, local music, and a chance to have a great time?! Read on to learn more.



Like hot days spent riverside and chicken barbecues, lawn parties are a Valley summertime staple. Last year, we blogged about the McGaheysville lawn party, and it's hard to believe it's that time of year again! Time for more info on lawn parties! Mark your calendars for July, folks. It's a busy month for lawn parties.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the local tradition of lawn parties, they are like a fair but on a smaller scale. If you're from the north, lawn parties are quite similar to the church carnivals you may have attended in your community.

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Harrisonburg Real Estate Market Report - June, 2014

Click here to download Market Update charts for June 2014.




I think it would be fair to say the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County real estate market has really hit its stride for 2014, with great activity from prospective homebuyers in June. Those buyers found sufficient inventory to place contracts on 145 homes, the highest monthly total in several years! In addition to the new contracts, residential sales in June totaled 108, the highest monthly total so far this year.

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Learn More About Harrisonburg's Valley Fourth!

Hello all, Aimee here blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. We're going to keep this 4th of July theme going for the week. Today's post is about downtown Harrisonburg's Valley Fourth festivities! Come spend the day with your friends and neighbors celebrating our nation's independence!!


image courtesy of DowntownHburg.Wordpress.com

In the words of Karl Waizecker, our principal broker, Valley 4th has "Fun stuff for kids and adults, and the Judy Chops are a blast!" Sounds like two thumbs WAY up to me!

At the Valley Fourth there will be...a charity run, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, face painting by the great folks at Larkin Arts, inflatables, a watermelon seed spitting contest, vendors, a puppet show, music (including the Judy Chops & Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run) plus dancing, a cook-off, fireworks, and more!

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Want To See Fireworks This Weekend?

Hello all, Aimee here, blogging on behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. Would your family like to see fireworks this weekend? Here are your options!



-Thursday, July 3 at Massanutten Resort in Massanutten, VA at 10:00PM
-Friday, July 4 at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton, VA at 10:00PM
-Friday, July 4 at the pavilion in downtown Harrisonburg, VA at 9:30PM
-Friday, July 4 at the Lawn Park in Luray, VA at 9:20PM

Click here to learn more about any of these events!

The Cupcake Company's Special Treat for Kline May Realty

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


image courtesy of CupcakeCompany.net

As you all may know, today is Hump Day. Just get to quitting time on Wednesday, and you're closer to Friday than you are to Monday. In honor of Hump Day, a local Shenandoah Valley business celebrates its loyal fan-following with a cupcake drawing. The Cupcake Company of Penn Laird, VA is a favorite among many Valley residents (including myself), and every Wednesday scores of people comment on the weekly Cupcake Company status, "What day is today?" The answer is always Hump Day, and one person from the hundreds who comment correctly is the chosen one, and that lucky winner gets 2 dozen cupcakes delivered to his or her place of employment.

I enter the drawing almost every week, and I haven't won...yet, which sometimes makes me a little sad because I love cupcakes, so much so that we had Cupcake Company cupcakes at my husband's and my wedding in November. But today, Wednesday, June 25th, was different from most Hump Days. I lost the drawing again, but Angela Dove, one of our agents with Kline May Realty won, and she very graciously shared her cupcakes with her office mates.

When Angela presented her cupcakes to me and the agent I was meeting with, I had a difficult choice to make. Which kind of cupcake shall I try today? After some careful deliberation inside my own head, I had a Raspberry Merlot Truffle cupcake. Valrhona chocolate raspberry cupcake filled with a creamy chocolate raspberry truffle center, topped with whipped merlot-infused buttercream frosting and chocolate curls.

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Rainy Day Ideas in Harrisonburg

Hello all, Aimee here blogging behalf of Kline May Realty and our family of agents. It's almost the weekend, but it looks like the weather isn't planning on cooperating with any outdoor plans you may have had planned for Saturday. There is a 60% chance of Thunderstorms most of the day.

To combat any rainy day blues you may have in your future forecast, check out our list of 10 things to to on a rainy day.



5 Things To-Do Around Town

1. Visit one of the caverns in the Shenandoah Valley.
2. Stop by the Explore More Discovery Museum with the kids.
3. Take a trip to the Shenandoah Heritage Market or the Dayton Farmers Market.
4. Plan a 4-course meal at 4 different downtown Harrisonburg restaurants. Just don't forget your umbrella!
5. Go see a movie at Regal Cinemas. Click here to see what's playing.

5 Things To-Do Around the House

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Fridays on the Square

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

The photo below is courtesy of Brandy Somers of ilovemyburg.com.



On Mondays, we now feature an "around town" topic, where I post about a Valley Happening going on this week. This week the topic is the Summer 2014 Music Series in downtown Harrisonburg. It's the 24th season of Fridays on the Square, a lively, melodious, musical affair presented by the Citizens for Downtown and sponsored by many great local businesses, including our very own Phil Updike of the Harrisonburg Homes Team with Kline May Realty. Concerts are held on the Court Square lawn every other Friday during the summer. Click link to read more.

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June is National Homeownership Month!



Hopefully, your Friday the 13th has gone off without a hitch. Today on the blog, we wanted to bring a unique holiday to your attention. June is National Homeownership Month!

National Homeownership Month actually started as a week-long celebration of homeownership during the Clinton administration in 1995. In 2002, President George W. Bush proclaimed June as the National Homeownership Month. Here is an excerpt from his proclamation:

"Homeownership is an important part of the American Dream...A home provides shelter and a safe place where families can prosper and children can thrive. For many Americans, their home is an important financial investment, and it can be a source of great personal pride and an important part of community stability."

"Homeownership encourages personal responsibility and the values necessary for strong families. Where homeownership flourishes, neighborhoods are more stable, residents are more civic-minded, schools are better, and crime rates decline."

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