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By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
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  World Habitat Day: October 6, 2014   In 1985, the United Nations declared the first Monday in October to be World Habitat Day in recognition of the need for simple and decent shelter for people around the world. Habitat for Humanity knows that good housing and good housing policies are the key to creating safe and strong communities and that adequate shelter is a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. Now more than ever, we need sustainable solutions to housing problems. Habitat for Humanity’s tried and tested partnership approach helps families acquire simple, decent homes they can afford, as a hand up, not a hand out. On Oct. 6, World Habitat Day 2014, we invite individuals and organizations to join us in changing the reality of poverty housing and creating opportuni...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
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    HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WEST VIRGINIA Joins in Recognizing "WORLD HABITAT DAY 2014" World Habitat Day is not a day established by Habitat for Humanity International. In 1986, the United Nations established “World Habitat Day” as a time to reflect on the housing conditions across the world. It is estimated that over 30% of the world population lives in poor inadequate housing. These conditions lend to poor health, poor education, and broken families.   As world leaders continue to pour money into these areas in order to react to the results of inadequate housing, the United Nations Agency for Human Settlements has a goal to promote sustainable towns and cities that provide adequate shelter for all.       Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia, and r...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Why Are Lenders So Meticulous? Give Me My Money Already!! Why are lenders so darn difficult to get along with? You found the perfect house and just need MegaNational Bank to fork over some dough so you can get moved in and start picking out drapes. Every day it feels like they need this documented or that form filled out, even so much as proof you paid back the .50 you borrowed from Johnny in 6th grade. Having been through a couple purchases and a refi, I can feel your pain. I know lenders are everyone's favorite punching bag (and sometimes for good reason) but you must remember that MegaNational Bank is a business and businesses need to make money. Handing over several thousand, or hundreds of thousands of dollars, with the promise you will pay them back because you are an honest guy d...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Sold! Lake Chaweva Cabin Has New Owner Situated on 1/2 acre wooded lot, this charming rustic cabin is great for a get-away without really going away. The home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath with a loft that could be 3rd bedroom. Best of all, it is located in Cross Lanes, WV which is classified as a rural area by the USDA. If your annual income is less than $73,000 and a credit score of 620 or greater, you can qualify for the USDA Rural Development Loan. Prepaid items and closing costs can be rolled into the mortgage, allowing you to make only one payment. 694 Ridge Drive, Cross Lanes, WV has been sold and has a new owner. Contact me if you have a home in Lake Chaweva that you would like to sale.
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
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Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure - May 3, 2014   Another reminder about the Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure -  May 3, 2014 the largest 5K race in the State bringing in people from 17 different states.   When:   May 3, 2014  Where:  WV State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia  Time:     9:00 am   The Annual Race for the Cure is the largest fundraiser that helps to bring in much needed funds for breast cancer screening, treatment and education for uninsured and underinsured West Virginians. WV SGK has raised and distributed $2 million to non-profit organizations, health care providers, hospitals, educational institutions and breast health advocates who manage breast health programs in West Virginia.  WV SGK has also raised and invested over $500,000 in Susan...
By Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate
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  Save the Date for the 2014 Susan G. Komen West Virginia Race for the Cure.    The West Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (WV SGK) is happy to announce that the 2014 Race for the Cure website is now open for registrations!  The Annual Race for the Cure is the largest fundraiser that helps to bring in much needed funds for breast cancer screening, treatment and education for uninsured and underinsured West Virginians.  WV SGK has raised and distributed $2 million to non-profit organizations, health care providers, hospitals, educational institutions and breast health advocates who manage breast health programs in West Virginia.  WV SGK has also raised and invested over $500,000 in Susan G Komen research awards.  We are proud to say that we live in West Virginia.  We rais...
By Bret Nida
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Whether you are going to be buying a home for the first time or not, the following tips will help you to ensure that what you end up buying is what you need and want.  The whole process of buying a home can be a very scary one; by following the tips listed below you can make it more exciting! Step One – Know how much you can afford This is the most important factor, you do not want to be excited by a home and believe it to be the perfect home for you and your family, only to realize that it is quadruple the amount you can afford to spend!  Most sellers are negotiable on their price, but no one is going to negotiate lower than their base, which could be way higher than your ceiling!  For example, a home for $450,000 is not going to drop down to $200,000 just because you cannot afford mor...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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26th Annual Dagger's Toy Run for Tots The 26th Annual Dagger's Toy Run for Tots will take place on December 8th, 2012. The annual toy run collects toys for area children who otherwise would not have anything come Christmas day. The run starts at 10AM and meets at the Harley Davidson of West Virginia in South Charleston, WV. For more information please call (304) 768 1600.
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Marmet WV October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 0 Median Sales Price: $0 Homes Currently on the Market: 26 Homes Currently Under Contract: 10 Average Days On the Market: 127   The Marmet WV home market saw a tough October in comparision to the same period in 2011. 4 Homes were sold for an average price of $30,750. Marmet is a neighboring small town to Charleston, offering that small town feel with large city amenities only 5 minutes away.
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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October 2012 Cross Lanes WV Townhouse Sales Report Townhouse and condo living is for individuals that want minimal exterior upkeep, but yet don't want to live in an apartment. Townhomes are a good combination of house and apartment, with the best of both worlds. One of the best places to live in the Kanawha Valley if you are looking for a townhouse is Cross Lanes, WV. Cross Lanes is an unincorporated area 15 minutes from Charleston and 15 minutes from the Teays Valley/Scott Depot area. In October, 2012 2 townhomes were sold for an average price of $114,000 and only stayed on the market for 90 days. 8 townhouses/condos are available as of this writing. If you are looking to buy or sell a townhouse in the Cross Lanes area, please give me a call!  
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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One Reason NOT to Buy Your Dream Home Buying a home for the first time can be very intimidating. So many possibilities. Whether on paper or mentally, lists are made of what you want in your first home. Since this is such a major purchase, and something you are going to be living in for at least a few years, you want to make sure you find that perfect house with all the features you have dreamed of. But there is one reason you shouldn't wait to buy your dream home. It may not exist! Often times, either the budget is too small for the features desired or the list is so long that finding everything in one house would be impossible for Sherlock Holmes. By holding out for the dream home, you could be passing up many houses for sale that would be a great fit for you, dragging your search on f...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Avoid the Fine and register your rental property in Charleston, WVSince July 1, 2010 the City of Charleston, WV has required all landlords who offer houses, apartments, or rooms for rent to register with the city. This is an effort on part of the city government to maintain all available rental property is up to code and safe for potential tenants.Each individual unit has to be registered within 30 days of being made available to rent. Once you acquire the property, you only have to register once, and not once between each tenant.Registration is simple and can be done online by clicking here: https://rentalregistration.cityofcharleston.org/login.phpThere is no cost to register, and once completed they will send you a license each year per unit.If you do not register your property and yo...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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2012 Charleston & Teays Valley Christmas Parade Schedules The Christmas season offers a host of activities and events to soak in and enjoy the spirit of Christmas. Saturday, December 8th offers multiple chances to do just that. The City of Charleston will be hosting their annual Christimas parade downtown. The parade starts at 10AM on Court Street. Bring a chair and setup anywhere along the parade route that will run from Court Street to Virginia Street East to Capitol Street then take a turn north on Capitol to Washington Street where it will end. If one parade isn't enough, then don't miss the City of South Charleston's parade beginning at 12 Noon near the Mound. Perhaps you prefer a little unconventionality in your parades, then visit Valley Park in Hurricane for the annual Rein Dog ...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Charleston WV October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 8 Average Sales Price: $182,325 Homes Currently on the Market: 70 Homes Currently Under Contract: 12 Average Days On the Market: 133   The East End and areas surrounding the Downtown of Charleston saw some improvement in sales over last year same period, but lingered on the market for longer. The average sales price in 2011 was $164,833 but only took 83 days to sale. The East End is a historic district with stately homes and great amenities like the Charleston Town Center, downtown Charleston, the State Capitol Complex and Haddad Riverfront Park.
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Elkview WV October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 3 Average Sales Price: $134,666 Homes Currently on the Market: 35 Homes Currently Under Contract: 8 Average Days On the Market: 90   Located about 20 minutes or less from Charleston, Elkview offers a nice rural retreat without being too far from the city amenities you like. Elkview is also a USDA Rural Loan approved area.  In comparison, the market is about the same year over year same period. In October 2011, 5 homes sold for an average price of $123,780.  
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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2012 Christmas Light Display Charleston Teays Valley WV Area With dinner over, many families are piling into the car for the annual tradition of looking at Christmas lights. Instead of driving up and down neighborhoods, many are opting for the light displays that cities and counties are now putting on.   Families in the Charleston WV area have three options for local Christmas light displays this year. First of all, the original, the City of Saint Albans will be continuing their light display at Saint Albans City Park, as they have done for over 20 years. Come view old favorites and new additions daily from 6pm until 9pm until December 26th. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. The City of Charleston will be hosting their own light display from 5:30pm until 10pm daily at Coonskin ...
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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North Charleston WV October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 7 Average Sales Price: $133414 Homes Currently on the Market: 47 Homes Currently Under Contract: 7 Average Days On the Market: 80   North Charleston showed some sluggishness compared to other markets, but did show improvement over same period in 2011. Only 4 homes for an average price of over $67,000 were sold, staying on the market for 60 days.
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Charleston South Hills October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 18 Average Sales Price: $281,237 Homes Currently on the Market: 102 Homes Currently Under Contract: 32 Average Days On the Market: 62   Charleston's South Hills neighborhood showed a great improvement over same period last year. The sales price did not differ much, $238,240 in 2011, but the days on the market was almost double at 103. All in all, only 10 homes sold in October 2011. The South Hills community offers beautiful views overlooking downtown Charleston and is home to George Washington High School, a National School of Excellence.
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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West Side of Charleston October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 12 Average Sales Price: $96,608 Homes Currently on the Market: 94 Homes Currently Under Contract: 20 Average Days On the Market: 109   The historic West Side of Charleston is a good community for first time home buyers, or buyers who need more affordable housing. The average sales price was $96,608 in October, while for the same period last year the average price was $70,160. Located across the Elk River from downtown Charleston, the West Side is convenient to all of Charleston's amenities.  
By Dale Samples, REALTOR -Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virgini
(304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com )
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Kanawha City WV October 2012 Home Sales Report October 2012 Real Estate Report Homes Sold: 4 Average Sales Price: $193,750 Homes Currently on the Market: 52 Homes Currently Under Contract: 7 Average Days On the Market: 102   Kanawha City is a planned neighborhood in Charleston. As recently as the 1930's it was largely undeveloped, even though it was located just across the river from downtown Charleston. For last year, same period, Kanawha City market had 4 homes sold, but at a price of $290,750 and only 63 days on the market.  

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