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Indicators Point to an Active Williamsburg Spring Real Estate Market

  
  
  

The real estate market statistics are in for March and are pointing toward an active Spring selling season in Williamsburg, Virginia.Williamsburg real estate market

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.2
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market. 
  • Current Median Sold Price - $295,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.5%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 60
     
  • Closed Sales - down 10.5%

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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Liz Moore & Associates Finds Creative Way to Raise Money for Heritage Humane Society

  
  
  

Local real estate brokerage, Liz Moore and Associates, got creative to help raise money for the Heritage Humane Society.Liz Moore and Associates

Liz Moore and Associates held a “Lucky Dog” open house at their almost complete model home, “The Kenmore Park”, in the Oaks at Fenton Mill Community in Upper York County.  Visitors were encouraged to bring their dogs along for free pet portraits and treats, in addition to the opportunity to tour the home.  Raffle tickets were sold before, during, and after the event for a chance to win a custom built dog house and bed by Wayne Harbin Builder, builder of the Kenmore Park in the Oaks at Fenton Mill.                                                  (Liz Moore and Kimberly Laska, Heritage Humane Society)     

$500 was raised from raffle ticket sales and was donated to The Heritage Humane Society in Williamsburg.  The Heritage Humane Society serves as the compassionate steward of companion animals that are in transition from stray/surrender to forever homes. Heritage Humane Society also educates the public about humane animal care and treatment, advocate animal welfare, and provide affordable adoption and spay/neuter services to measurably reduce overpopulation of unwanted companion animals.

Are you looking for new homes for sale in Williamsburg?  The Oaks at Fenton Mill has many affordable options surrounded by a beautiful setting. Click here to view the aerial video of this communtiy.  

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 Contact Liz Moore and Associates at TheOaksAtFentonMill@lizmoore.com or 757.645.4106, and we’ll put you in touch with one of our new homes experts who can point you in the right direction!

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Are you Looking for a Home in Newport News, Virginia?

  
  
  

We are excited to bring you the latest issue of the Liz Moore Newport News Homes MagazineClick the image below to flip through the magazine featuring our newest Newport News homes for sale.

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LOVE is Coming to Colonial Williamsburg

  
  
  

The LOVEworks sculpture, which you may have seen through out the state of Virginia, will make its first stop in Williamsburg next week.  The artwork will be on display on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square from April 17th - 23rd.  LOVE letter Colonial Williamsburg

The LOVE letters are a campaign from the Virginia Tourism Corporation that uses social media to encourage people to travel to Virginia, whose slogan is “Virginia is for Lovers.”

Merchants Square is running a contest where people can post their photos of the LOVE letters to the Merchants Square website and Facebook page using a form to enter for a chance to win one of three $800 prize packages, which include a $500 shopping spree in Merchants Square and two
statewide passes to the 2016 Garden Club of
Virginia Historic Garden Week.                                (Photo Source: Virginia is for Lovers)

Click here for full contest details.                    

The schedule for the event is as follows:
April 17 - LOVE Letters arrive, Sweepstakes begins
April 20 - Letters to be decorated by Williamsburg Garden Club for Historic Garden Week Williamsburg display
April 21 - Historic Garden Week Williamsburg
April 23 - Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. All entries must be in.
April 24 - LOVE Letters removed

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Open House Tour this Weekend in Brickshire, Virginia

  
  
  

Are you looking for a home in New Kent, Virginia?  Join us for the "Best of Brickshire", Saturday, April 11th from 12-4pm.  15 beautiful homes will be open to tour represented byhomes for sale in Brickshire five different area real estate brokerages.  Register to win a $100 gift card, wine basket, or a round of golf for two!

Located in Historic New Kent County, set half way between Williamsburg and Richmond, is one of the area’s best kept secrets.  Brickshire is a golf community offering the amenities todays home buyers want, with, price points ranging from the upper $200’s for villa style homes and smaller semi-custom homes to well over $1,000,000 for large custom homes.

Want to Get the Scoop on Brickshire homes for sale?  Simply click below to fill out the form, designating Brickshire as your selected neighborhood, and you’ll receive automatic e-mail alerts when any new listings come on the market in Brickshire, or when any closings take place, so that you can monitor home values in Brickshire.

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Liz Moore Military Team Sends Girl Scout Cookies to Troops Overseas

  
  
  

The Military Team at Liz Moore and Associates, with help from other agents and clients, recently sent over 150 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops serving overseas.  In addition to Girl Scout cookies, the care packages were filled with personal hygiene items and EasterLiz Moore Military Team candy. 

“A box of thanks” is sent to the troops overseas twice a year by Liz Moore agents Vic and Diana Rondinelli, with help from the Liz Moore Military Team.  The military life engrained in their own lives, they are parents of a career Army Captain who served in Iraq and Kosovo, and Diana spent 20 years as an Army wife and Civil Service employee.  

In November, they will begin collecting Christmas cards to send to troops overseas so they have something to send back to their family and friends in the states.  Christmas cards are not something available to them while they are stationed overseas.

For more information on ways you can help, email us at pcs@lizmoore.com or click below.  

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The Gift That Keeps on Giving in the Southern Living Showcase Home

  
  
  

If you’re like me, keeping up with wrapping paper (and assorted wrapping extra’s) can be an ongoing challenge. What if a seldom used closet doubled as a wrapping station? The wrapping station in the Southern Living Showcase Home located in Ford's Colony, Virginia, is complete with rollers for frequently used papers and ribbon, a counter for wrapping, hooks to keep track of gift bags in addition to storage for boxes, and more.  Check it out:

(Video by Chris Conway)

For more information on the Southern Living Showcase home, email us at showcasehome@lizmoore.com, or click below to download the brochure and floorplan.

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10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

  
  
  

Keeping your home well maintained is a year-round job.  If you are thinking about selling your home this Spring, it is critical that your home is in the best condition possible.  HGTV shared ten home maintenance tips from a home inspector for keeping your home in tip top shape in the Spring.  selling my home

1.  Check for loose or leaky gutters. Improper drainage can lead to water in the basement or crawl space. Make sure downspouts drain away from the foundation and are clear and free of debris.

2.  Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil. Spring rains can cause yard flooding, which can lead to foundation flooding and damage. Also, when water pools in these low areas in summer, it creates a breeding ground for insects.

3.  Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Make repairs now before the spring rains do more damage to the exposed wood.

4.  From the ground, examine roof shingles to see if any were lost or damaged during winter. If your home has an older roof covering, you may want to start a budget for replacement. The summer sun can really damage roof shingles. Shingles that are cracked, buckled or loose or are missing granules need to be replaced. Flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and chimneys need to be checked and repaired by a qualified roofer.

5.  Examine the exterior of the chimney for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney sweep.

6.  Inspect concrete slabs for signs of cracks or movement. All exterior slabs except pool decks should drain away from the home's foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler or silicone caulk. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete.

7.  Remove firewood stored near the home. Firewood should be stored at least 18 inches off the ground at least 2 feet from the structure.

8.  Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you're at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

9.  Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor clean and service the outside unit of the air conditioning system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

10.  Check your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment to make sure it is ready for summer use. Clean equipment and sharp cutting blades will make yardwork easier.

Are you thinking about selling your home this Spring? 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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8 Tips for Organizing Your Stuff

  
  
  

When your home is on the market for sale, the struggle to keep it in "show condition" can be overwhelming, especially when your family is still living inside.  Houzz.com has some great tips for organizing your stuff.  Keeping your home organized makes a great first impression!

1. Below-bench baskets.organizing your home
If you need to find a little extra storage space, try looking down 
— a row of baskets can easily fit beneath most benches (and even some sofas). To keep the baskets looking neat, choose a matched set and don’t let them overflow with stuff.

2. Coded entryway bins and buckets. 
Avoid the entryway pileup of scarves, baseball hats and random papers by giving each member of the household (including the dog) one or more bins, buckets or baskets labeled with a number (or letter or color). Even if folks aren’t perfect about stashing their stuff, at least you will know where to toss it when doing a quick tidy-up.

3. Countertop condiment basket. 
Keep your go-to cooking oils and condiments close at hand without letting them take over the counter. A wire basket keeps items corralled while still letting you see what’s inside; a tray with a lip would also work well.

4. Top-of-cupboard storage baskets. 
Fill wasted space above upper kitchen cabinets with attractive woven storage baskets. Since this spot is usually accessible only by ladder, it’s a good place to keep less frequently used items 
— think holiday dishes and fondue pots.

5. Back-of-the-door organizer. 
Using an adjustable organizer on the back of the door is a good way for kids to learn to put away their own things. Keep a hook for a backpack, a rack for shoes and a basket for library books.

6. Craft closet. 
A small closet fitted with shelving and labeled bins makes the perfect home for craft supplies and in-progress projects. Use the top shelf to hold a row of mason jars filled with smaller supplies that could otherwise easily get mixed up.

7. Labeled grab-and-go buckets. 
When warmer weather beckons kids outdoors, it’s inevitable that plenty of stuff will make its way out, too. Be proactive and dedicate a few shelves near the door to hold buckets of favorite outdoor play items 
— bubble bottles, balls, digging tools. Buckets are even better than baskets, because little ones can carry them outside by the handle, making cleanup easier.

8. Wheeled laundry baskets. 
Especially useful if your laundry area is on the same floor as the bedrooms, wheeled laundry baskets make it easy to roll heavy loads to the washer and back — and make it more fun for kids to “help.”

Are you thinking about selling your home this Spring? 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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Green Features Popular Among Recent Home Buyers

  
  
  

The National Association of REALTORS recently released information on green and energy-efficient home features that are popular among recent home buyers. The data comes from their 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and the 2015 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report.

Some important environmentally friendly features mentioned in the report include:

  • heating and cooling costs - 86%
  • energy efficient appliances - 68%
  • energy efficient lighting - 66%
  • environmentally friendly community features - 47%
  • landscaping for energy conservation - 46%
  •  solar panels on home - 11%
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Are you looking to start the home buying process?  Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com, we'd love to help! Or, click below to download our free Home Buyer's Handbook.

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