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Historic property real estate workshop scheduled for Sat. in Martinsburg

April 30, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A training session for real estate professionals on how to guide potential buyers of historic properties will be held Saturday in Martinsburg, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History State Historic Preservation Office announced.

Myths and facts about historic buildings, typical architectural styles found throughout the state, sustainability and green energy in historic buildings and financial incentives available to historic property owners will be among the topics discussed in the eight-hour training session, the state agency said in a news release.

Participants will earn seven hours of continuing education credit from the West Virginia Real Estate Commission from the session, which will be held in Berkeley County Council Chambers at 400 W. Stephen St.

The workshop, which is being held in conjunction with the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission, begins at 9 a.m.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m., but seating is limited and registration in advance is strongly recommended, officials said.

The workshop speakers are Robin Zeigler and State Historic Preservation Office Assistant Director Jennifer Brennan, who works with property owners on the financial incentives available to historic property owners.  Zeigler is a former senior historic preservation planner for the Planning Division of the Salt Lake City Corp., and former preservation planner for Bowling Green, Ky.

Funding for the workshop in Martinsburg and two others across the state was awarded by the State Historic Preservation Office through the National Park Service’s Certified Local Government program, according to the news release.

The Certified Local Government program is a preservation partnership between local, state and national governments that focuses on promoting historic preservation at the grass roots level, according to the news release.

Certified Local Government communities are responsible for enforcing state and local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties.

Individuals may register for Saturday’s workshop by contacting Todd Funkhouser of the Berkeley County Historic Landmarks Commission at  304-267-4713 or bchs@bchs.org. More information about the CLG program or Saturday’s workshop be obtained by contacting Brennan at Jennifer.L.Brennan@wv.gov or 304-558-0220, ext. 156. 

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