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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.

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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. :)

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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."

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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?

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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!


image courtesy of DreamFunInterior.com

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.

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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!

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