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Introducing the Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest!

  
  
  

photo contestWho doesn’t love to take photos of the things that make them smile?  Whether you know your way around a sophisticated camera, or you just enjoying taking photos of your cat with your iPhone, we’d love for you to enter!  
Enter photos in categories such as Recreation, Community, Pets, Special Places, and more. 

The photo contest will run through October 15, 2015, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded including a family portrait by Sigmon & Taylor Photography, an iPad Mini, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  We will also be running “mini contests” each month – stay tuned for details.

Enter as many times as you’d like!  Visit lizmoore.com/love to enter and to view our photos entries so far.

 

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Hampton Roads

  
  
  

Have you made your Independence Day plans yet?  Whether you are looking for fireworks, concerts, or a parade, there is no shortage of July 4th celebrations in Hampton Roads, Virginia:

Chesapeake – July 3 –   Celebrate Freedom – Celebrate America’s Birthday! Fireworks will4th of July in Hampton Roads illuminate the night sky after sunset. Enjoy lively music and family entertainment. Bring your own chairs/blanket – Event starts at 6pm. FREE admission – $5 fee for onsite parking

Chesapeake – July 4 –  35th Annual South Norfolk Parade & Picnic in the Park – Parade, entertainment, food, games, petting zoo and paddleboat rides. – Parade starts at 10am. FREE

Fort Monroe – July 4 – Fourth at the Fort – You and your whole family can spend Independence Day at Fort Monroe! Family fun activities will be offered in the Wherry Quarter of Fort Monroe. Added to our usual popular attractions and special events this year, Pyrotecnico of New Castle, PA will present a close proximity light show at 9:15 pm on fortress wall. FREE

Newport News – July 4 –4th of July Stars in the Sky – Victory Landing Park – 7pm-10pm – Enjoy spectacular views of the James River and dinner hot off a food vendor’s grill. Then sit back and relax with a concert by a nationally-known entertainer. As the music ends, the sky over the James River explodes into kaleidoscope of color in a spectacular fireworks show. FREE

Newport News – July 4 – 4th of July in the Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America – Virginia Living Museum Abbitt Planetarium – Spirit of America celebrates our nation and her heroes with a dazzling mix of music and laser fireworks. Shows at 5pm, 6pm,7pm, 8pm, 9pm. Evening Show Cost$3 VLM members, $6 non-members.

Norfolk – July 4 –  33rd Annual AT&T Fourth of July Great American Picnic & Fireworks – 5pm – 10pm – Leave the grilling to us on the 4th of July and bring your family and friends down to Town Point Park! Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.! FREE

Norfolk – July 3 – The Shore Thing Concert and Independence Day Celebration – 7pm – 10pm – Ocean View Beach Park –  This Patriotic beach party is family fun that includes great music, food, beverages, children’s activities and more! Then experience a spectacular fireworks display over the Chesapeake Bay at 9:30pm. FREE

Portsmouth – July 4 –  Independence Day Celebration – 9:30 p.m. – Fireworks light up the sky in celebration of our Nations birthday.  View the fireworks from the Seawall or along Crawford Parkway. The right side of the river!

Portsmouth – July 4 – Historic Cradock’s 97th Children’s Bike Parade and Patriotic Salute – 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – 45 Afton Parkway Portsmouth, Va. – Come watch the bike parade and patriotic salute sponsored by the Cradock Civic League. FREE

Portsmouth – July 4 – Patriots Day: 4th of July Celebration: World War II Patriotism in Portsmouth! – 10am – Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum – Celebrate America’s independence 1940s style. Learn about life on the home front in World War II Portsmouth. Sign up to become a W.A.V.E., fly a target kite, or learn how to make a mock apple pie. Live 1940s music throughout the day, plus swing dancing demonstrations and beginner’s lessons. FREE

Suffolk – July 4 –  Stars and Stripes Spectacular – 5:30pm – 9:30pm  -Enjoy the Stars and Stripes Spectacular, as the skies of Suffolk light up with the firework show over the Nansemond River at Constant’s Wharf Park & Marina. The park will open at 5:30pm with entertainment, children’s activities, local merchandise vendors and food choices available. The firework show will begin at 9pm, for the whole family to enjoy!–  FREE

Surry – July 5 –   Fourth of July Fireworks and Entertainment – Surry County Community Center –  4pm – 10pm – Celebrate the 4th with fireworks and entertainment

Virginia Beach – July 4 – 4th of July Celebration at First Landing SP – 10am – 9pm – Come out for a day full of fun events celebrating our Independence Day! All activities will begin under the big tent at the end of the main boardwalk on the beach. This fantastic day of fanfare will end with our annual fireworks display. FREE

Virginia Beach –  July 4 –  July 4th Celebration at Mount Trashmore – 4pm -10pm – Celebrate America’s independence with live music by local musicians, delicious foods, and of course, booming fireworks! When parking lots at Mount Trashmore Park are full, Edwin Drive between Independence Boulevard and South Boulevard may close.  FREE with on-site parking (fee).

Virginia Beach – July 4 –  Stars and Stripes Explosion – Virginia Beach Oceanfront – 8pm – Close – Multiple performance venues at the oceanfront attract thousands of out-of-town visitors and local residents for a “star-spangled” salute to this great country of ours!  FREE

Virginia Beach – July 4th – 4th of July Fireworks at Sandbridge Beach – 6:30pm – 9pm -At 6:30 pm on July 4, the annual Boat Parade will begin. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Island Style.” The Fireworks display will start at 9:10 pm and be set off from the Mill Pond at Sand Bend Road and Back Bay Crescent. FREE

Williamsburg – July 4 – Independence Day Celebration at Colonial Williamsburg – 10am – 10pm – Celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s birth in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City for a vibrant and patriotic celebration. With a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, a leisurely picnic, a performance by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, and a dazzling display of fireworks – you’ll want to come early and stay late into the evening. VARIOUS TICKET OPTIONS

Yorktown – July 4 – Yorktown Independence Day Celebration – 9am – 9:30pm – Come to historic Yorktown and salute America along the waterfront beginning with a 9 a.m. patriotic parade on Water Street and during its evening Independence Day Celebration, featuring a bell-ringing ceremony at 7 p.m. and patriotic entertainment at 8 p.m. at Riverwalk Landing, followed by spectacular fireworks on the York River at 9:15 p.m. FREE

Yorktown – July 4-6 – Liberty Celebration at Yorktown Victory Center – 9am – 6:30pm – This Fourth of July, salute the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence during “Liberty Celebration,” July 4-5, at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution. Visitors can observe tactical and artillery drills, take part in a variety of military exercises, and learn about the challenges that faced our nation’s founders, including those who signed the Declaration of Independence. VARIOUS TICKET OPTIONS

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Can VA Buyers Really Buy a Home for Just One Dollar?

  
  
  

Yes, you CAN buy a home for a dollar!  Thanks to the Liz Moore & Associates $1 VA Move In program, qualified VA buyers in Hampton Roads, Virginia can make their homeownership dreams come true with no money down!

Here is how it works:  Participating Liz Moore listings with sales prices up to the VA loan limitva buyer of $458,000 have partnered with 5 of our preferred lenders and Lytle Title to pay all of the buyer’s closing costs and prepaid items, including a survey and owner’s title insurance.  What does that mean for VA eligible buyers?  That you can put just one dollar down as an earnest money deposit, and move in after closing with no more money out of pocket!

For example, you can buy a $300,000 home with 0 down will have a monthly house payment of $1333 (principal and interest only), for a 30 year loan with a fixed interest rate of 3.25% (APR 3.434%).  Hurry – rates may change!  In this example, the seller will pay $6,700 of costs on your behalf, enabling you to move in for a dollar.

Relocating to Fort Eustis or Langley AFB, VA?  We have a military team who is specially trained to serve your needs as a relocating military family.  Our VA $1 Move In program is just one of the many benefits available to our military clients who are in PCS mode to the Historic Triangle of Virginia.

How do you learn more about the program, see if you qualify, and check out which listings are participating in the campaign?  Just visit www.OneDollarVAMoveIn.com, click below, or call a Liz Moore office at 757.873.2707 (Peninsula) or 757.645.4106 (Williamsburg) for details!

 

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Survey Finds York County, Virginia 5th Happiest in the U.S.

  
  
  

A recent article in the Daily Press reports that SmartAsset, a financial technology company that tracks national real estate and financial trends, found York County to be the fifth-happiest county in the nation because of its marriage rate.Yorktown homes for sale

York County boast's a 62.3 percent marriage rate — the 11th highest in U.S. Other metrics used in the survey include physical health, personal finances and economic security, which also help the county's ranking.

The survey also highlighted the county's low poverty rate of 5.7 percent, which ranks as the 23rd lowest out of any U.S. county with a population over 50,000.

Overall, York County joins two other Virginia counties — Loudon, the happiest county in the country, and Fairfax, which ranked third — as among the happiest in the nation, according to the survey.

Are you thinking about moving to York County? Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com.  One of our York County experts would love to help you find a home!

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Steady Inventory Forecasts a Strong Williamsburg Real Estate Market

  
  
  

The statistics are in for May and they point toward a strong real estate market in Williamsburg, Virginia.Williamsburg real estate market

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.1
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market. 
  • Current Median Sold Price - $291,480
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 98%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 60
     
  • Closed Sales - down 10%

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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55+? Check Out Our Latest Savvy Senior Magazine!

  
  
  

We are excited to bring you the latest issue of the Liz Moore Savvy Senior Magazine!  Click the image below to flip through the magazine featuring our newest "Senior friendly" homes for sale.

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What is a 1031 Exchange?

  
  
  

Putting Your Money to Work

By Brian D. Lytle, Esq. 1031 exchange

Typically when a property owner sells his or her property, he is taxed on any gain realized from the sale. However, when a Section 1031 exchange is utilized, the tax on the gain is deferred until some future date.

1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges

Section 1031 provides that no gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in the trade or business, or for investment. A tax deferred exchange is a method in which a property owner trades one or more relinquished properties for one or more replacement properties of “like-kind”, while deferring the payment of federal income taxes and some state taxes on the transaction.

If you own investment property and are contemplating a sale then you should consider a Section 1031 exchange. Lytle Law, my law firm, can help you plan your strategy for the exchange, and then locate what is known as an intermediary to hold the money until such time as the exchange is completed with the purchase of the replacement property. Sometimes, particularly in a volatile real estate market, it can be hard to find a replacement within the 45-day designation time period, so you can also consider a reverse exchange whereby you actually purchase the replacement property first and then sell the relinquished property afterwards.

For the savvy investor, this tax deferment strategy should be a part of your arsenal.

If you are interested in finding out if a 1031 Exchange is the right fit for you, email us and we'd be happy to help! 

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9 Questions to Ask When Planning a Kitchen Pantry

  
  
  

How many times a day to you go in and out of your pantry?  Do you ever wish it worked better for you?  Or, maybe you are getting ready to sell your home.  Pantry space can be a big perk for many home buyers.  Houzz.com came up with nine questions to ask when planning your kitchen pantry:

1. Which way will the door open? kitchen pantry
A common mistake when planning a pantry is installing a door that gets in the way. When space is at a premium, the best options are sliding or folding doors. An outward-opening door gives more room for pantry shelves and is the next best option — but only if there is plenty of space to swing the door wide. 

A door that opens inward can work, but be aware that it might make an already small space smaller. It can also compromise the space behind the door of your pantry, limiting the amount of stuff you can store there.

2. Will there be enough light? 
Another typical mistake is to have either poor lighting in the pantry or none at all. Your pantry will more than likely be built without a window or with just a small one. One way to make sure that you have enough light in there is to install quality LED lighting. Also, the light switch should be reachable and in an accessible spot by the pantry door.

3. How can top shelves be accessed? 
There is no point in planning a pantry with floor-to-ceiling storage if you can’t access the items on the top shelf. If your pantry is large enough, park a ladder on a sliding rail to access the infrequently used items on the top shelves. Store things you regularly use farther down.


If your pantry is small, store a step ladder in a handy spot for easy access. Inexpensive plastic single steps also can be folded flat and hung on a hook.

6. How will the shelves be arranged so that common items are easy to see? 
Obviously put the items you use the most on the shelves that are in front of you when you walk into the pantry. Make sure the shelves are not too deep, and that you can see everything at once by placing smaller items at the front and larger items at the back. Heavy dishware and servingware can be stored on shelves that are wider and lower down.
7. Does the pantry need any special features? 
It’s really only in the planning stage that you can incorporate special features that will become permanent but useful fixtures in your walk-in pantry. Special features could include pullout baskets for root vegetables, narrow cubbies for large platters, and spice or wine racks.
8. How can free wall space be used effectively without overcrowding the pantry?
Every bit of space can be used to solve a storage problem, and a pantry wall is no different. Whatever you decide to do with it, keep it simple and slim. Ideas include hooks for aprons and utensils, and a household calendar to note important family events. A chalkboard painted on a section of the wall could also serve this purpose.
9. What larger items will be stored, and where? 
Appliances and cookware dishes and pans often are kept in the pantry instead of in a kitchen drawer or cabinet, mostly because it’s easier to access them. To accommodate these bulky items, create some large but uniformed cubbies.

Are you thinking about selling your home? 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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Closing Sales Up on the Virginia Peninsula

  
  
  

Increases in sold prices and closings on the Peninsula are pointing toward a strong Summer market.  What is currently going on in the real estate market?

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 6.9real estate market
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - up slightly to $168,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.15%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 96.3
     
  • Closed Sales - up 3.2%

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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Casual Beach Style and Sleek Elegance in the Southern Living Showcase Home

  
  
  

Many special touches in the Jack and Jill bath in the Southern Living Showcase Home by Wayne Harbin Builder provide a great blend of casual beach style and sleek elegance. Walk through this unique space with us:

(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 floor plan.

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