Study Reveals Americans’ Rising Faith in Housing Market

Study Reveals Americans’ Rising Faith in Housing Market

 

Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) say they feel more comfortable purchasing a home today than at any other time in the past five years, according to results of a recent survey by Mayflower. And nearly a third say they are now ready to make a move.

Compared to 2012, residential moves were up 18.9 percent in the historically slowest moving months – January through April. 

The survey data is also consistent with other national data showing continued rises in existing home prices and sales. Growth appears to be the strongest in the West, where data showed 54 percent of survey respondents are now comfortable purchasing a house. 

The data reflect an easing of the wariness Americans have felt in recent years in the aftermath of the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. Although the average American reports moving six times throughout their adult life, nearly half of Americans (49 percent) say they have put off moving since the bubble burst nearly five years ago. 

Among those now interested in searching for a new home within the next year, the survey showed the desire for a new or better home is the leading motive. Other important motives include a desire for a more attractive neighborhood and the desire to become a homeowner. 

Most mobile are the young, with half of Millennials (18-34 years old) more receptive to buying a home than renting and looking to move within the next year. While younger consumers would be more likely to move due to a change in employment or a growing family, half of adults over the age of 65 would consider moving in the next year because of retirement.

The peak moving season begins in May and will continue until September. Here are some tips to help consumers save time and money throughout their move:

• Move on a weekday. Weekends are the time when most people want to move, but on weekdays, moving trucks often go unused. Book a truck on a Monday or Tuesday and use the weekend to prep for the movers’ arrival. 
• Move in the early part or middle of the month. A lot of household moves happen at the end of the month, which means prices will be higher. 
• If given a choice, avoid moving in the summer, especially June and July. You can save big on your moving costs. 
• Book in advance. Once you know the date of your move, book your mover right away. 
• Do some of your own packing. You can easily pack clothes, blankets, pillows and other non-fragile items yourself. For the breakable items, consider letting professionals pack them to avoid having to replace broken items. 
• Consider a do-it-yourself option like a container. Portable moving and storage containers allow you to pack and load your things at your own pace. A professional will pick up your loaded container and deliver it to your new home, so you don’t ever have to drive a truck. 
• Bundle other services into the price of your move. Look for a carrier that can arrange for services like cleaning, PC and network assembly and disassembly, and ID theft protection. Bundling these services with the cost of your move can help you save hundreds of dollars compared to hiring separate companies for each service. 
Source: Mayflower

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2013. All rights reserved.

Sweet Frog Charles Town, WV

Sweet Frog Charles Town, WV Scoop and Cookie are coming to Jefferson County.  That’s right; the frozen yogurt craze is taking over taking over a vacant store front.  Sweet Frog in Charles Town, WV is set to open on June 1, 2013.  Liberty Realty has you covered on all the information you need to know to be prepared for what will hopefully be “the best frozen yogurt experience you’ve ever had.”

            Scoop and Cookie are the names of the adorable frog mascots for Sweet Frog.  If you have never been to a location before, you don’t know what you are missing.  First, you choose your flavor of frozen yogurt from a wide variety that is constantly updated for new flavors that are sure to please every taste bud.  Next, you move on to the toppings bar where you can pick from tons of different kinds of crumbled cookies, candies, nuts, syrups, and more.  Don’t forget to add the sprinkles.

            The location is set to open in the Jefferson Crossing Shopping Center next to Martin’s Food Market off of Flowing Springs Road on June 1, 2013.  While there is no official word on the location’s hours of operation, they answered on the Sweet Frog Charles Town, WV Facebook page that the hours will most likely be Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, and Sundays from 1:00 to 9:30 PM.  Hours will be updated after opening.  You can also enter contests on the Facebook page to win free merchandise and free yogurt.

            With such a fun place opening, many are wondering about working there.  On May 8th, there was an announcement on the Facebook page for management positions to send their resume to sweetfrogmart@gmail.com.  Open interviews for all other positions are to occur any day now.  Keep checking the Facebook page for more information on jobs, giveaways, and more.

            On or after June 1, 2013, make sure you check out the frozen yogurt sensation for yourself.  This is a great treat for the family in the spring and summer, and a great addition to the community.  So stop by Sweet Frog Charles Town, WV and get your first taste of frozen yogurt fun.

Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market

Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market Something you may be unaware of in our area is the Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market. This is a great place to find new or gently used items for a great place, and often times you can find antiques that are of a great value. There is also a concession stand, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you are searching for something in particular or something unique, go check it out during the weekend. You might be surprised with what you find.
From the beginning of March to the end of November, the flea market is open on Saturdays and Sundays. Tables are available for rent at the low cost of fifteen dollars per table on a first come first serve basis. Larger pavilions are also available. There is even enough space for you to park your vehicle right by your table. This takes out the inconvenience of hauling your items back and forth. If you are looking to sell, stop by the concession stand on that and make your payment to one of the owners, Dan and Ron. If you are looking to get rid of your unwanted items, the flea market gets immense traffic compared to smaller neighborhood yard sales. The only rules for what you can sell is no food, drinks, produce, fake sunglasses, fake pocketbooks, fake tapes or DVDs, and no pornography.
If you are looking for collectables, children’s clothing or toys, antiques, furniture, or anything else you can think of, then visit the Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market. Some of the same vendors are set up every weekend, while one-time sellers are also available. You can shop there for whatever reason, be it a gift, luxury, or necessity, the flea market has something for everyone. There are three acres full of vendors to pick through and five acres worth of parking spaces.
The snack bar is open from 6 AM to 4 PM and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A wide variety of foods and snacks are served, as well as ice cold beverages to quench your thirst. Restroom facilities are also on site near the concession stand. The snack bar is open to both shoppers and vendors. The flea market is open from dusk to dawn.
The Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market is located between Charles Town and Harpers Ferrry and is conveniently situated right off of Route 340, just one and a half miles from the Harpers Ferry National Park entrance. It has been open for over 31 years. This is a great stop for a weekend morning before spending a day at the river or strolling through historical Harpers Ferry. You could even stop by Liberty Realty to purchase your next home after your day of shopping at the Harpers Ferry WV Flea Market.