Veterans Day 2016

Just a couple days from now, most of us will celebrate Veterans Day.

But many of us won’t.

We’ll get caught up with work, family, chores…the very freedoms secured by veterans.

November 11 will simply fade out quicker than it arrived.

But a few of us will screw in a green light bulb on our front porch.

A few of us will visit the grave of our loved hero.

A few of us will enjoy a parade in our hometown.

A few of us will fly the flag they so valiantly fought for.

Yes , Veterans, we remember your selfless sacrifice.

We remember your bravery and courage.

We remember the freedom you secured for us.

On behalf of the staff at Boggs & Associates, Inc.,

We thank you for every day you’ve lived, placing yourself last and your country first.

By Justin Waybright

2016 Best Home Improvement Projects

With Spring right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of what home improvements can help yield you the best bang for your buck.

In 2015 folks spent a record $325 billion on upgrades to their homes, and 2016 they’re predicted to spend even more. Here’s a look at which home-improvement projects add the most value to your home.

The common misconception is you must pay a lot to get a lot.  This is not true.  Believe it or not, according to a survey conducted by Remodeling Magazine, an easy attic insulation project yields the best return on investment.

Simple enough right?

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About 60% of homeowners launch a remodeling project within six months of moving in, according to statistics from the National Association of Homebuilders. These remodeling projects will likely boost your home’s resale value, its overall appeal and reduce the time it’ll stay on the market.

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How to Beat the Storm

It’s winter in West Virginia and, big surprise…Snow is coming.

But the white stuff doesn’t have to miserable.

A little preparation now will go a long way when the temperature and the snowflakes drop.  Wouldn’t you rather be the dude flipping burgers, sippin’ on a cold drink in the snow than waiting in line at Wal-Mart for overpriced milk that you’re not even going to consume?

We thought so. So, without further ado, the list…

Don’t be This Guy

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 Don’t wait until hours before the snow storm to grab milk, bread and your sanity.  You should’ve already been there, done that and got the T-shirt during last year’s blizzards. So, don’t be a snowstorm stooge. Stock up with food and drinks at the first mention of a winter storm in the forecast. The lines are smaller, the selection is better, and people are actually sane.

When you’re done, open Facebook and make fun of people buying said products during the storm.

Watch & Learn, Well maybe not from Him

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Gotta Admire the Thought Process Here….

 Snow plow and salt truck drivers know a thing or two, hence their job titles.  Learn from them. Grab a bucket of road salt and a snow shovel from your local hardware store during the summer and stash them in the garage or outbuilding.  The small investment now will help you greatly in the future.

Remember, if you have a lot of snow to move, a snow blower is mighty handy, and pretty fun too.

Your Ride has Feelings too

Cold Car 2016

We Feel Your Pain, car…

 Make sure your tires are aired up, your brakes are good and your radiator is full of anti-freeze.  If the weather allows, put on one more coat of wax to help protect your vehicle from the elements.

If sub-zero temperatures persist, it’s always a good idea to allow your vehicle to idle a few minutes before taking off.  Keeping a bag of kitty litter in the trunk is also a smart idea: you can use it to free a tire stuck in the snow.  Also, keeping a couple blankets, gloves, toboggans and other wintertime essentials in the trunk is smart in case you become stranded behind incompetent drivers along the interstate.

 Warm the Home & Yourself

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Or when it’s warm, or lukewarm or room temperature…

Keep your doors and windows shut.  You own storm doors for a reason.  You know that guy who always leaves his main door open so he can look out his storm door?  Don’t be that guy. That guy’s losing money in wasted heat.  Shut both your storm door and your main door.

Use heavy/thick curtains to help keep heat from escaping through windows.  Make sure your heater has a working filter.  Set your thermostat to a stable temperature and leave it there.  Shut off rooms that aren’t being used as this will make it easier for your furnace to heat the other areas of your home.

 Get Ready & Enjoy the Storm

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You Enter This level of Awesomeness Deep into the Storm…

 Make sure you have extra batteries, lighters, candles and flashlights.  Keep an external phone charger handy just in case you lose power.  If you do lose power, having a large cooler nearby is essential in saving your freezer/refrigerator items.

Once you’ve done the prep work, you’re not going anywhere.  So, you might as well sit back and enjoy yourself.  Extra blankets are a must along with some comfy house shoes, a couple movies and your favorite beverage on standby.

By WV Real Estate Photographers Justin Waybright & WV Real Estate Agent Chuck Boggs

2016 West Virginia Housing Market Uncertain…

Falling Gas Prices, Rising Unemployment Rates, a Hurting Coal Industry:

What Does This all Mean for West Virginia’s Housing Market?

The near year is upon us and with it, our local economy is at a crossroads.

Gasoline prices continue to fall, unemployment rates rise, local population numbers decline and coal mine layoffs increase.

Yea, we smile when it costs only costs us $20 to fill up the tank. But, like anything with the economy, there’s give and take. And West Virginia can only take so much.

Coal is Hurting

Coal. The Mountain State is built on this sustainable energy source.

But, coal prices have fallen by 15 percent since 2015, and coal production is now at its lowest level since the Reagan administration. All this while layoffs and shutdowns continually plague area mines.

When our state’s foundation is shaken this way it creates a domino effect that eventually trickles down to the local housing market.

In his talk about the economy, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin addressed the downturn in the coal industry.

“We cannot ignore the unprecedented shift that has taken place in our state and our nation,” he said. “Forces beyond our control have severely damaged our coal industry, and even the most optimistic among us realize it is unlikely coal will ever reach production levels of the past.”

Putting it all Together

If West Virginia’s main energy resource continues to suffer then area coal companies lose money, which causes workers to lose jobs, which causes the local economy to lose momentum. In other words, less people will have less money to buy houses.

It’s simple supply and demand. This will drive West Virginia home prices down.

Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors., explains:

“Fewer jobs means less home buying demand and that will naturally soften the housing markets in those job-impacted areas,” he said.

Yun practically called out West Virginia with that statement.

Unanswered Questions

Don’t get us wrong, this is great for financially stable home buyers as their dream home becomes more affordable.

But, will there be fewer home buyers in 2016 due to the state’s high unemployment rate?

Will the coal industry make a comeback once the country gains a new president?

These are the questions to answer.

WV Real Estate Photographer Justin Waybright & WV Real Estate Agent Chuck Boggs

Roofing Brings Most Value to Homes

 

Ever wondered what home improvement would bring the most bang for the buck?

Turns out new roofing, although costly, brings the most value to a home. After all, a home is first and foremost a shelter.

Two of the biggest reasons homeowners remodel their home are to add value and add enjoyment. Turns out, you guessed it, roofing takes the cake on both of these.

Roofing brings most value to homes

Home Projects that Bring Top Value

Buyers and homeowners see great significance in a roof.  According to stats from the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, on average during resale, homeowners recover 105 percent of the cost to complete a new roof. Not only this, but the same survey revealed new roofing to be in the “Top 5” list for greatest buyer appeal. New vinyl windows, new garage doors and new vinyl siding followed.

So, save up and replace that old, worn roof to add better aesthetic appeal, protection from the elements and better resale value to your home.

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