Berkeley Springs Market Insider

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, here’s some housing market information that you might find helpful.

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The median list price in November for single family homes in Berkeley Springs is $178,500. The price per square foot for listings in this area is $63.

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Median household income in 25411 is $44,687 with 253 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

43
Median Age
50%
Married
5,429
Number of Homes
1,413
Homes with Children

If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Berkeley Springs, click here.

Color Psychology

Ever wonder how colors affect mood? This helpful article from Yahoo! Homes gives us an insight on just how big of an impact the right colors do when designing a room.

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1. Create the illusion of space with bright colors: If you want your home to look bigger, use bright and vibrant colors like yellow hues. Try to avoid white, for although it can add space, it can make a room look plain.

2. Build appetite in your kitchen with red: Red has been shown to increase appetite in most people – one of the reasons that many restaurants choose red patterns in their dining rooms.

3. Warm up your home with deep tones during the winter: Using reds, oranges and yellows in your home paint decor can make the home seem more welcoming from the outside or warmer on the inside – especially during the winter.

4. Cool off in the summer with colder colors: Along the same lines as warm colors in the fall, cool colors, especially blue, can make your home seem fresh, cool and clean during the summer.

5. Blend brown for a natural look in your den: If you love the look of wood or leather or already incorporate this earthy natural look in any room of your house, adding some brown paint can amplify the appearance.

6. There’s a reason bathroom fixtures are usually white: White not only symbolizes fertility and cleanliness, but it also makes cleaning easier in the bathroom. You don’t want stains to be hidden so they go without being cleaned. Knowing that the bathroom is clean and fresh with lovely white paint can put your mind at ease and inspire relaxation.

7. Orange is healthy!: Orange is often associated with improved lung function as well as increased energy. As well as working well in any workout room, a mild orange can be very helpful to those recovering from illness or with lung problems.

Hope that gave you some ideas for when you decide to repaint your home!

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Happy long weekend!

Hey guys! How was everyone’s long weekend? I hope you all had a great time last Thanksgiving and Black Friday! With November coming to a close, I’m sure some of you are already preparing for Christmas! BHG.com can give you a head start with some easy-to-make Christmas holiday projects to get you and your home in the mood for Yuletide!

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Add some cheer to the back of a chair with a simple swag. Tie a wide ribbon around the chair and add sprigs of greenery and a hanging ornament as a colorful bauble.

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 Holiday Dining Table with Lanterns and Greenery

Make your holiday table cheery in a pinch with this easy decoration. Place white pillar candles in clear glass lanterns with metal frames. Place them on the table amidst a fresh evergreen garland and pinecones.

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 Holiday Cheer Bedside Lamp

Transform a clear glass lamp base or a large vase into a festive still life with a few accents. Fill the bottom with sea salt (a stand-in for snow) and arrange a scene with small ornaments, pine branches, and old photographs or cards.

For more ideas, read the rest of the article here!

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Martinsburg Market Insider

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Martinsburg, West Virginia, here’s some housing market information that you might find helpful.

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The median list price in November for single family homes in Martinsburg is $129,900. The list prices increased by 5.86% from the previous month.

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Median household income in Martinsburg is $36,174 with 251 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
32%
Married
6,269
Number of Homes
1,924
Homes with Children

If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Martinsburg, click here.

The perfect turkey!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, surely everyone is scrambling to make the perfect holiday  dinner! Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey, so if you are looking to perfect your course, check out this ground-breaking French recipe from Allrecipes.com!

Ingredients for the “Perfect” Turkey

  • 1 (18 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry white wine

Directions

  1. Rub the turkey inside and out with the kosher salt. Place the bird in a large stock pot, and cover with cold water. Place in the refrigerator, and allow the turkey to soak in the salt and water mixture 12 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly rinse the turkey, and discard the brine mixture.
  3. Brush the turkey with 1/2 the melted butter. Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with 1 onion, 1/2 the carrots, 1/2 the celery, 1 sprig of thyme, and the bay leaf. Scatter the remaining vegetables and thyme around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the white wine.
  4. Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Carefully turn the turkey breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining butter. Allow the bird to stand about 30 minutes before carving.

Sounds like an amazing recipe indeed!

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