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Kids - Want to Win Tickets to Carnival of the Animals in Williamsburg?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 @ 03:17 PM

ecycler-crayons.jpgShow us your coloring talent!!  Kids...enter our coloring contest and you could win tickets to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra's Carnival of the Animals concert taking place at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on April 29th at 3pm.

You can download the coloring page here, or pick one up at our New Town office (5350 Discovery Park Blvd.).

Download the Coloring Page

Return your entry to our office making sure the artist's name and age, as well as an email address, is on the coloring page.

The winners will be decided on April 14th and all entries will be on display at the concert.  

Carnival of the Animals - a variety of animal-themed musical pieces will enchant the audience with artist Bob Oller and dancers from Virginia Regional Ballet interpreting the music. A whimsical classic written over 150 years ago, Carnival of the Animals includes 14 movements representing different animals, including a lion, donkey, and elephant, as well as fossils, an aquarium and an aviary. The music will also be accompanied by the poems of Ogden Nash narrated by Elisabeth Reiss.

Local art...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Home Page, Williamsburg

2017 Real Estate Market Watch: sell your home quickly & for top dollar in a complex real estate market

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 02:18 PM

verena.jpgCome join Williamsburg experts on Thursday, March 23rd at 3pm for a panel discussion including a Q&A session to get your questions answered by area experts!

Liz Moore & Faith Heinen of Liz Moore and Associates
• Walt C. Zaremba of Zaremba Center Estate Planning & Elder Law
Mike Rock of Nationwide Insurance
• Jerry Sullivan of Door to Door Solutions

This event is being held at Verena at the Reserve, Williamsburg's premiere 55+ community.

Please RSVP to Verena at 757-345-2995 by Monday, March 20th.

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Tags: Seniors, Home Page, Williamsburg, verena

Shamrock the 'Burg 2017

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 02:28 PM

shamrock_01_png_by_clipartcotttage-d7979dj.pngLooking for a way to celebrate St. Patty's Day?  Check out the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg's Shamrock the 'Burg.  This event is sponsored by ESGI and features live Irish music by The Donnybrooks, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness Draught and Harp Lager.

Shamrock the 'Burg will be held at the Williamsburg Community Building on Friday March 17, 2017. Doors open at 5:30pm. $10 cover, $5 drinks, $5 plates. 21 and over event. Proceeds benefit Avalon, Bacon Street, Dream Catchers and Home for Good, a United Way program.

Visit www.WilliamsburgKiwanis.org for more information and tickets.

Shamrock the 'Burg...just another reason why we love where we live! 

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Williamsburg

5 Cleaning Hacks to Keep Your Home Looking Show-Ready

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 03:09 PM

blog_cleaningSoul_900.jpgWhen you’re selling your home, you must be ready for people to pop in at a moment’s notice.  A squeaky clean home is a must, but how do you accomplish that while you are still living there?

REALTOR.com came up with five cleaning hacks to get the job done quickly and easily, so you can free up your time and save your sanity. 

1.  Work the Room
While your instinct might be to clean everything, you might also go crazy trying to pull it off before every showing. Instead, zero in on what the potential buyer is likely to notice, Haynes recommends cleaning it every day or two, and then doing a deeper clean once a week.

2.  Use Mobile Storage
As soon as you know you’re going to show your house, pack up everything you don’t normally use. Once you’re down to the stuff you actually need, find a way to quickly and easily hide it when it’s time to show the house.

3.  Fake the Good Habits
By taking small steps throughout the day, you’ll save yourself a ton of time and keep the house clean around the clock. In the living room, pick up as you go (or at least as soon as your kids leave the room). In the bathroom, make it a habit to keep your toiletries under the sink and not on the counter. In the kitchen, unload the dishwasher as soon as the drying cycle is done so you can start loading again right away.

4.  Give the Illusion of Clean
Running short on time? You can easily make a room look clean without actually having to clean everything as long as you focus on the stuff people notice the most.

Focus most of your effort on two rooms: the kitchen and the bathroom.

If you have time, give rooms an extra boost by wiping down the fixtures and faucets, running a dry mop over the floors, and dusting the window treatments. Fold white towels neatly on the towel rack in the bathroom for a classic look.

5.  Add Flair
Don’t forget those little touches that make your house look clean and presentable. Throughout the home, create inviting sitting areas and intimate spaces. In the bedroom, make sure the bed is made evenly every day lumps and wrinkles in the comforter can make the whole room look messy. Put out a bottle of wine and a couple of wineglasses in the master bedroom or living room. And in the kitchen, add a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers to the countertops to give a touch of color and freshness.

You don’t want to do too much or you’ll be heading back into clutter territory but a few little touches here and there can create a scene charming enough that no one will notice the spots you forgot to clean.

If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell this winter, email us at concierge@lizmoore.com, or click below, and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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Newport News One City Marathon Is a Go This Blustery Weekend

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 02:49 PM

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The 3rd annual Newport News One City Marathon, featuring the Nautical Mile Fun Run presented by the Daily Press, the Maritime 8K presented by Anthem, the One City Marathon Relay, and the One City Marathon presented by Newport News Shipbuilding will be taking place on Sunday, March 12th.  

After several days of uncertainty because of potential snow in the weather forecast, Newport News One City Marathon officials announced on Friday morning that the event will go on as planned. 

The marathon and marathon relay start at 7 a.m. at Newport News Park and ends at Victory Arch at 25th Street and West Avenue in downtown Newport News.

The 8K begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Nautical Mile begins at 10 a.m. both at the Victory Arch.

The One City One Celebration event takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday in Victory Landing Park, adjacent to the arch.

Extra precautions are being added to deal with the cold weather and related hypothermia concerns including:

  • Additional busses at the start line to keep runners warm prior to the race;
  • Schools along the route that host water stations and relay exchange zones will be open;
  • Busses stationed on the course in locations that are not near a school to serve as warming stations; and
  • Extra resources added throughout the course and at the finish line such as electric blankets, emergency blankets and disposable outer layers.

Click here for a list of road closures.

One City Marathon...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

 

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Newport News

Julie Casey Helps to Raise $110,000 at Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 04:13 PM

IMG_7807.jpgJulie Casey, agent in the Liz Moore Williamsburg office, competed in "Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars" on Saturday, March 4th at Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the Campus of William and Mary.

In total, this event raised $110,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life! Thank you to everyone who supported Julie and all of the other dancer's in this year's event.

Julie was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and moved to Hampton Roads 23 years ago! She is an Associate Broker with Liz Moore & Associates and specializes in residential real estate sales in Williamsburg, Virginia. Julie is the proud Mom to son Mason, currently studying film and photography in Los Angeles, California, and daughter Cora, a sophomore and Honor Role student at Lafayette High School.

Julie is honored to be invited to participate in Williamsburg Dancing with the Stars and looks forward to raising lots of money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life.

She is appreciative of the support and encouragement she has received from the Williamsburg Dancing with the Stars committee, family, friends, co-workers, and the “Real Stars”, those truly on the front line of these worthy programs who make a huge impact on the lives of so many each year!

Julie would like to thank the community for supporting these amazing organizations. She is honored to be a part of the cast this year and hopes to see you there! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Home Page, Williamsburg

2017 Cupcake Wars was a Sweet Success!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 03:45 PM

CupcakeWars_Sticker-1.jpgThank you to all who helped make this year's Cupcake Wars fundraiser the most successful yet!!  In just four hours we had 2,354 cupcakes donated and raised a total of $5,800 for CHKD and Comfort Zone Camp!

Cupcake Wars is an annual fundraiser for Liz Moore and Associates, so be on the look out for when the 2018 date is announced!

CHKD and Comfort Zone Camp...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Home Page

The Best Brunch Spots In Virginia - Richmond and Hampton Made the List!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 02:53 PM

Pavilion_cafe_breakfast.jpgVirginia.org recently published a list of the 13 best brunch spots in Virginia.  The list contains spots known for quality food, service, atmosphere...and maybe most importantly, quality cocktails!  Restaurants from Northern Virginia down to Virginia Beach are known to be crowd pleasers, and a few are even located in our backyard!

Venture Kitchen & Bar—Hampton

Sunday 10am-2pm

At Venture Kitchen & Bar, brunch is serious business. Not only does the restaurant have a regular brunch menu that is reliably tasty, but they also have a rotating menu that changes every week so that you can try something new. When it comes to Sunday brunch cocktails, you’ll find some “old faithfuls” like mimosas, but there are many intriguing options as well, like the French 75 and the Queen’s Cousin.

Local Favorites: Fried Eggs Benedict, Orange Blossom Cocktail, Corned Beef Hash

Millie’s Diner—Richmond

Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 9am-3pm

This popular Richmond spot has been around for over 25 years, but their tasty brunch menu never gets old. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Richmond residents flock to Millie’s Diner for one of the best brunches in the city. Although the wait can sometimes be over an hour to get in, the food is more than worth it. Plus, the bartender will fix you up with mimosas or Bloody Marys that will make the time seem to fly by.

Local Favorites: Devil’s Mess, Huevos Rancheros

The Jefferson Hotel—Richmond

Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm

If you’re planning on eating brunch at The Jefferson Hotel, make sure you are ready to “tuck in”, as they say. Sunday Champagne Brunch at this historic Richmond location has seemingly endless tables of some of the finest food imaginable, including a platter of smoked salmon and a full seafood raw bar, an impressive ham carved to order, an omelet station manned by several chefs, a lavish dessert display, and so much more (Including bottomless mimosas and coffee!). We could go on and on about this brunch, but you need to experience it yourself to understand why every Richmonder will recommend The Jefferson as a must-visit brunch destination.

 Local Favorites: Raw Seafood Bar, Omelet Station

Next time you find yourself asking, "where should we eat brunch", consider one of these local favorites!

Great restaurants...just another reason why we Love Where We Live!!!

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Tags: Hampton, Locals - 101 Reasons, Richmond

Julie Casey, agent with Liz Moore & Associates, Dancing to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

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Julie Casey, agent in the Liz Moore Williamsburg office, is competing in "Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars" on Saturday, March 4th at 7pm.  The event is being held at Phi Beta Kappa Hall on the Campus of William and Mary, and all proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life.

Three ticket options are available:
*VIP Package($115.00 per person): mingle with the Stars during a pre-show,5:30, cocktail reception at The Muscarelle Museum, then enjoy premier seating for the event and unlimited drinks during intermission. *Only a limited number of VIP package tickets will be sold*
*General Seating 1 ($60.00 per person): View the show from a floor level seat.
*General Seating 2 ($35.00 per person): View the show from a balcony or floor level seat.

Click here to purchase tickets.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support Julie by making a donation (click here).  Every little bit helps!

Julie was born and raised on the Eastern Shore and moved to Hampton Roads 23 years ago! She is an Associate Broker with Liz Moore & Associates and specializes in residential real estate sales in Williamsburg, Virginia. Julie is the proud Mom to son Mason, currently studying film and photography in Los Angeles, California, and daughter Cora, a sophomore and Honor Role student at Lafayette High School.

Julie is honored to be invited to participate in Williamsburg Dancing with the Stars and looks forward to raising lots of money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Literacy for Life.

She is appreciative of the support and encouragement she has received from the Williamsburg Dancing with the Stars committee, family, friends, co-workers, and the “Real Stars”, those truly on the front line of these worthy programs who make a huge impact on the lives of so many each year!

Julie would like to thank the community for supporting these amazing organizations. She is honored to be a part of the cast this year and hopes to see you there! Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Dancing with the Williamsburg Stars...just another reason why we love where we live!

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Williamsburg

Liz's Crystal Ball for the Peninsula Housing Market

Posted by Liz Moore on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 02:50 PM

crystal.jpg2016 was a solid year for local real estate. Here on the Peninsula, closed sales finished up
9.5% for the year, with pending sales up just under 10% in December, which is activity higher
than we typically see during the holidays. The New Year has started off with a bang, which I
believe is indicative of another strong year for our market.

We are entering 2017 with only slightly over 5 months of active inventory, and homes selling,
on average, in only 97 days. That is good news for sellers who are priced properly and in good
condition. The exception here is the luxury market, where sellers need to be significantly
more patient – there is currently 10 months of inventory priced at $750,000 and up.
Prices remained remarkably steady during the past 12 months, with the median sales price on
the Peninsula hovering right around $180,000 for most of the year.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

Consumer confidence has been our biggest challenge in recent years, especially
during the contentious presidential election. With that behind us, activity levels have
definitely regained momentum.

My expectation is that there are many sellers who have been waiting for more favorable
market conditions to list – and that should begin to happen as we move toward Spring.
We saw a 30% jump in new listings in December, signaling that wise sellers recognize the
importance of beating the competition to the Spring market.

As prices begin an inevitable rise, consumers will realize that moves need to be made ASAP
in order to take advantage of a 7 year streak of historically low rates and home values. It’s
important to note that the market can shift quickly, and the pendulum is likely to continue its
swing toward lower inventory levels, creating a more competitive environment than we’ve seen
in recent years.

Interest rates will begin a slow and steady climb this year.
Interest rates began their inevitable ascent in the final quarter of 2016, and we are expecting at least 2 more increases in 2017, according to our friends in the mortgage industry. The good news is that this is a sure sign of a strengthening economy, but the bad news is that each hike raises the bar on home affordability. My prediction is that this will add some urgency to the market this year, particularly in the lower price ranges.

We recently got some great news for home buyers as FHA lowered mortgage insurance premiums, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now offering low down payment mortgage products (3%) in order to compete with their government counterparts. That, combined with underwriting restrictions which are finally beginning to ease, should encourage first time buyer activity that has been priced out of the market.

Prices will finally begin to show improvement in many neighborhoods.
Prices are neighborhood specific, and some areas are definitely improving faster than others. I expect the market to continue to trend toward more normal appreciation rates in 2017 and beyond.

My overall message here remains the same as last year: If a home purchase is on your New Year resolution list, buy early in the year, as interest rates have a much greater impact than most realize. For instance, waiting for prices to drop 5% to save $12,500 on a $250,000 purchase may cost you an extra $225 per month in payments; if rates increase from 4% to 5.5%, then your payment increases from $1194 to $1419. For most buyers, the affordability index of monthly payments is a more critical consideration.

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*All stats based on Broker Metrics for REIN Area 101-113 residential home sales in 2016.

If you’re a seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email us at concierge@lizmoore.com, or click below, and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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