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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
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    West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Starts Today!     What:        WV Pumpkin Festival Date:         Oct 3, 2013 - Oct 6, 2013 Where:      Pumpkin Park, Milton, WV    Directions to WV Pumpkin Festival Contact:   304-638-1633 Web site:  http://www.wvpumpkinpark.com/ Hours:      Thursday-Saturday, 9 am-9 pm     Sunday. 9 am-6 pm   Admission for the festival is $7.00 per person, free for children 5 and under.  Check out the Schedule of Events for the WV Pumpkin Festival. Started in 1985, the festival was designed to help farmers with the raising and selling of pumpkins. Located in Milton, WV between the two cities of Huntington and Charleston along the I-64 corridor. The festival attracts attention from throughout the region. The festival features a variety of activities aimed at great fami...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
Comments 12
The West Virginia BLAZERS will take on Team Habitat and an All-Star team of local personalities, including Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.,Winner of "Americas Got Talent".  All proceeds of the Slam Dunk 2012 go to building the Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia  “Raising the Bar” House in Huntington. Date:  Thursday, March 15 Time:  6:30pm Location: Huntington High School in Huntington, WV.   Tickets:     Adult -  $10 for 13 years or older Kids  -   $5 for 6- 12 years Children 5 and under FREE!   Purchase tickets: online at the Blazer’s website or online at Habitat for Humanity of WV Tickets may also be purchased at the following locations: Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity at 240 Third Avenue in Huntington First Sentry Bank's Main Office at 823 Eighth Street in Huntington Mug and P...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
Comments 15
Milton, West Virginia is the home of the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival.  Its strategic location between West Virginia's largest metropolitan areas of Charleston and Huntington, has contributed to its rank as one of the fastest growing festivals in the state. Started in 1985, the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival was designed to help farmers with the raising and selling of pumpkins.  The festival is held at the West Virginia Pumpkin Park in Milton, WV on October 6 - 9, 2011 and features a variety of activities for the entire family. Below are dates for the different events for the WV Pumpkin Festival: Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM  (Note: Rain Date October 2, 2011)   West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Parade Celebrating 27 Years Theme for 2011: "WV Pumpkin Picken Party" Held on the St...
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
Comments 0
It would be a challenge to find a recent national television newscast that doesn’t have a segment that focuses on or references the current housing market. As the President of the Huntington Board of REALTORS®, I answer questions about our real estate market on a regular basis. I get questions about staging a home to sell. I get asked how the new tax credit works for homebuyers (FYI: this can save you thousands of dollars. Ask your REALTOR® for details)! However, the most popular question I receive is simply “How’s the real estate market?” My answer to any real estate question is based upon local data and experience. After all, it would not make sense to advise a potential home seller in Barboursville to spend $15,000 remodeling their basement because it worked on a TV reality show for ...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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We decided to do a  Chili Fest in our local town today.  WOW   Lots of work ahead of time but did we ever have fun!  We made white chili and red chili.....mexican corn bread too.  All of the agents joined in and families too.  My daughter commented on how our company and agents are like family......very true.  We would do anything for them. It takes a lot of work but we had the best time this week.  I will do it again.
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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We planned a parade for our company this year in the local town.  WOW!!!  Lots of work but what a success.  We dressed up like pirates.....Caribbean theme and the local town is known as the pirates...... some of our agents were pirates and some were flowered shirts.  We made a float with banners....tiki hut....skeletons and had kids on the float passing candy.  We made the front page of the community section in the local paper too.  We passed out about 75 pounds of candy and had a great time.   I would recommend this to anyone.  Giving back to the community is the best you can do.
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
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In 2002, the only choice for movie theaters were the same ones that existed from my childhood in the 1970's & 1980's.  When they started the rollout of Pullman Square and the new Marquee Cinema complex, I couldn't believe how many people made negative comments that it didn't make sense to build the theaters because they couldn't fill the old ones, that no one would pay an extra buck for stadium seating, digital sound, blah, blah, blah.  Well, the Marquee was built at Pullman Square and the movie fans have continued to show their approval by keeping the theaters full as they enjoy the digital movie experience.  Almost two years ago, the dated Carmike theaters at the Huntington Mall were shut down.  The good news is a 12-screen Cinemark theater will open next spring in the same location. ...
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
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Lieutenants Hank Dial and Mike Albers were promoted to captains within the Huntington Police Department.  I've known Hank and Mike for years.  Hank and I used to work together at Stewart's Original Hot Dogs in the '80's.  Mike and I have known each other since we went to Meadows Elementary waaay back in the 70's.  Both of these outstanding public servants will be excellent leaders to the police force and I feel they will help continue the momentum against crime within the Huntington area.  More to come...
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
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I just read an article that 11.5 BILLION videos were viewed on the internet in March 2008 alone.  Nationally, more and more stories are covering the effect of video in real estate.  It's definitely the next wave in real estate.  If you check http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqx_sEJtGc you can see that one of our community spotlights (for Applewood, WV) has been watched almost 4,000 times in just 6 months!  We recently sold a Southside home that had over 8,000 views in the four months it was on the market.  Since September 2007, homes above $200,000 in the Huntington MLS have a sold rate of 53% (the other 47% have either expired or are still waiting on a buyer).  Homes with videos on the web sell at a rate of over 80%.  Anyone selling their home can post a video on the internet using a di...
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
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Huntington has received the power to request to levy a one percent "occupation tax" on income.  I've talked to more than one person who has commented it's just another way to drive people out of the city.  Hopefully, I can clarify the situation. Huntington would repeal the much-hated "user fee" and reduce the business and occupation (B&O) tax currently in place and would start the occupation tax so the city doesn't see a loss in revenue.  Huntington officials are trying to emphasize this isn't an additional tax punch but that it's just a fairer way to raise revenue.  They also say the amount taxed would be roughly the same the city gets now.  This occupation tax has to be approved by Huntington's city council before it's implemented.  Mayor Felinton hopes to have it in place by January ...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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It seems when we got to homes that have Expired the main topic is how the other agent never communicated.  We all have failed one time or another on this....yes....even us.  We have now put a system in place that will get the feedback and send reports to clients that keeps them up to date on feedback.  It is working perfectly and clients are loving it.  This is something I wish I had in place for years now.  Sometimes as agents we do not realize how important feedback is rather find it difficult to get and just don't do it because of that.  We all need to remember that this is the only transaction the seller is doing and they do not care you have 30 listings to take care of. Today...not tomorrow....stop and take a look at what you are doing to stay in touch with your clients and then pu...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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I met a client in the office today that is relocating to this area.  He said something to me that changed the way I think from now on.  He said that he almost never came to town because of all the negativity he saw online and in the newspaper.  He called the police stations and some others and decided to make the 12 hour trip.  Once he got here he decided it was well worth the trip.  :-) He opened my eyes that we always need to be positive and stay upbeat about everything we do....from the blogs to the print ads.  Some of the blogs I read are not on the positive side and after speaking to him today I believe I always will from now on. We do live in a great neighborhood and all of us should look more at the good things and focus our energy on this.  Trust me.....I fail at this every day ...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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When I signed up to be on Active Rain I never thought I would get anything from it other than information from fellow agents to help me with my business.  Never in my dreams would I have thought I would receive leads from agents or customers finding me on here and then becoming a client.  Active Rain has given me leads, clients and agents coming to my company. AR keep up the great work!  I look forward to working with the company and also the referrals and clients from this system.
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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Have you ever raised a garden or flower beds?  I am sure all of us have and know how time consuming it is to constantly weed, feed and cultivate the plants.  I bought my wife a bunch of flowers yesterday for Mother's Day  and started planting them throughout the yard.  They are beatiful and full of life but the work has just begun. Raising plants is so much like leads, business contacts, family and friends.  You have to cultivate them as well....just more expensive!  lol  Leads need immediate attention and help with service.  Family need the constant phone calls, text messaging...I have a teen ager  lol...., love, support and all the birthday parties and lots of presents. Friends need much attention to keep the relationship good and to be there even when they do not realize they need yo...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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We started opening our pool this past weekend and a couple of weeks ago we cleaned up the yard from all the winter twigs and thatching the grounds.  This reminds me of how you need to take care of things everyday and not wait until the last minute.In your business, job or your personal items you need to always stay on top of things and not procrastinate doing things.  In your business you need to be the first to call the client instead of the client call you.  In your job you need to think ahead and have it done before your supervisor comes to you to ask you to do it.  At your home you need to get things done before your wife, husband or neighbor asks you to do it.  This one is funny because if you live in a subdivision the neighbors will come to you.  lolIf people would only, at a mini...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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We recently started going to another church.  The church we used to go to was very good and some of the best people you would ever meet.  Why did I leave you ask?  We wanted praise and worship music.  The church we found is awesome and we like it very much.  The preaching is great and the music is worthy of paying to see.  Just what we were looking for.  Sometimes you get comfortable where you are even though you are not happy and not growing.  We have gone from not wanting to go to not wanting to miss.  Sometimes this is what you need in business too.  Just because you work where you do does not mean this is where you should be. An example of this is when I left the biggest company in the area and went to the company with a balloon.  I was comfortable there making good money and not lo...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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I feel we provide good service and do what we are supposed to do so when I go to another company I expect the same service.  Recently we opened a real estate company and have been buying quite a bit of items and asking for service from others.   It is a shame that most all the purchases we have made rather they be $10,000 or $10 the service is just not there.  This makes me check myself with what I do.  I have thought about some items that maybe I do not do as well as I should therefore I am implementing several things to improve my service.We all should look at what we do and see where we neglect to provide the service our clients deserve.  If we can not improve the service then we need to find someone that can do it for us.If you do something that stands out in your service please pro...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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I show quite a bit of property to my clients and the one thing I notice from home to home is how some people clean so well and others evidently just do not care how their home looks to the buyer, who I might add holds the money.  I was in one yesterday that had new carpet but there were several places that looked to be pet puke not cleaned up.  Yuck!!!   The other had mold growing in the master bath glass shower.  These people actually take showers in here.  Yuck again!!!!  I would never want to step foot in there WITH shoes on let alone WITHOUT.  lolIt amazes me how my clients want me to sell their homes but they do not want to do things to make them sell.  One of most important items is cleaning the home with a tooth brush and making it as fresh as possible.  Another would be to paint...
By W.G. Bunch
(Realty Exchange)
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Within the next 4-8 weeks, construction should begin on a new Towneplace Suites by Marriott hotel here in Huntington, WV.  It's the latest addition to the city's Kinetic Park area.  Many insiders were expecting the H&W Hotel Brokerage to build a Fairfield Inn in the location off of the Hal Greer Blvd. exit of Interstate-64, but the firm felt an extended stay facility such as Towneplace Suites was a better fit partly due to Marshall University, St. Mary's Medical Center and Cabell Huntington Hospital.  Currently, the area doesn't have a hotel which markets to guests who schedule a prolonged visit.  If you haven't been a guest at a Towneplace Suites (I stayed at one in Knoxville), they are very nice with a kitchen in each room.  Plus, the room's are larger than the average hotel room and ...
By Bradley S. Sanford
(Open Sky Real Estate)
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We recently started a new real estate company, Open Sky Real Estate, LLC.  We are very excited and have agents coming to work on our team.  We left a well known company with a balloon and felt there was a different way of running a business.  It seems most companies treat agents like little kids and instead of the adults we are.  We are doing things to to encourage growth with the agents and to teach them the marketing techniques they need in today's market.If you have something you do in the market that sets you apart from everyone else we would like to hear what you do.  Please either post to this blog or send us a private email to brad@openskyre.com.  We would also like to hear what you do not like about your company policies.  I feel the best way to grow is to listen and change in t...

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