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Can You Guess the Price of the Southern Living Showcase Home?

  
  
  

Southern Living Showcase HomeThe 2014 Southern Living Custom Builder Program Showcase Home is the latest home on the Liz Moore and Associates' online contest, Guess the Price. Guess correctly and you could win a free lunch at  Opus 9.  Playing is easy!  Go to www.lizmoore.com/guess , check out the featured home and submit your guess for what you think the list price will be.  Can you price it like a pro?

The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on sale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome Home.  12 passenger shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Fords Colony Country Club, where you can learn more about the community named the number one master plan in America, and touted year after year as one of the top places in the country to retire.

For more information on the Harbin Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony or building your dream home in Williamsburg, call our new homes team at 757-645-4106 or email us at newhomes@lizmoore.com.

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9 Things to Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

  
  
  

There are many things to consider when buying a home, in addition to things like number of bedrooms and overall square footage.  REALTOR.com has a list of topics you should do your homework on before you sign on the dotted line.buying a home

1. Search for neighborhood information online.
If you already live in the community, you may be able to skip this step, but it’s always a good idea to find out as much as you can about the neighborhood.

2. Check the crime report.
Your local police station will have statistics on crime and you can also go to www.crimereports.com to find information according to a particular address or ZIP code.

3. Check on the schools.
Even if you don’t have children, buying a home in a good school district is an important way to make sure your home maintains its value. You can find information on each school district website or go to www.GreatSchools.com for ratings.

4. Check for local amenities.
You can go to Google Maps for a Street View of a community to see what’s nearby, or visit www.WalkScore.com to find out what is within walking distance of the home. If you have a particular activity that you enjoy, such as tennis or golf or swimming, find out how far you’ll have to go to get to a facility.

5. Check for neighborhood amenities.
If you’re buying within a homeowners association, you can usually find information online about community activities, but even in areas without an association some neighborhoods have frequent community-wide gatherings or sports leagues.

6. Visit the home at different times of day.
If you want to know what it will be like to live somewhere, visit on a weekday, a weeknight and a weekend to see how quiet or active the area will be.

7. Test your commute.
If you only visit a home on a weekend you’ll have no idea what the traffic pattern is like during rush hour, which could have a big impact on your enjoyment of the property.

8. Talk to the sellers.
If the sellers are willing to share information with you, they’re the best resource of all to learn about the community and the house. You can ask the sellers about renovations they’ve done and even talk to them about whether your plans for the house are possible.

9. Ask about taxes, homeowner association dues, homeowners insurance and utility bills.

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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Trick-or-Treat at the Liz Moore Offices

  
  
  

Liz Moore and AssociatesBring you ghouls and goblins to the Liz Moore and Associates offices on October 31st for Trick-or-Treat! Our offices have been decked out in Halloween decor and we are fully stocked with candy and treats.  

Trick-or-Treat will take place at the Newport News office (11801 Canon Blvd.) and at the Williamsburg office (5350 Discovery Park Blvd.) from 1-3pm.

Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com with any questions you might have.

 

 

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Trick-or-Treating in Hampton Roads, Virginia

  
  
  

With Halloween just one week away, you are probably putting the finishing touches on costumes, buying candy, and marking your calendar for the neighborhood trick-or-treat event. Below are the trick-or-treat times for Hampton Roads cities:

trick or treat in Hampton Roads

Hampton: Dusk until 8 p.m.

Newport News: Dusk until 8 p.m.

Yorktown: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Williamsburg: 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Portsmouth: Dusk until 8 p.m.

Suffolk: Ends at 8 p.m.

Virginia Beach: Dusk until 8 p.m.

Chesapeake: 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

In addition to neighborhood trick-or-treating, there are several other Halloween events taking place around the area.

Trick or Treat at Bass Pro Shops 
Address: Bass Pro Shops, 1972 Power Plant Pkwy, Hampton
Time: 4-8pm
Activity: Trick or Treating for kids 12 and under.  Costume parade at 6pm. 

Trick or Treat at Patrick Henry Mall
Address: Patrick Henry Mall 12300 Jefferson Avenue Newport News
Time: 6-8pm
Activity: Trick or treating at the mall, no masks please. 

And for the older ghosts and ghouls, check out Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. This event offers chills and thrills to guests brave enough to venture into this park. Stroll through Wendigo Woods, attend a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp, or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark.

Please note, at 6 p.m. Busch Gardens becomes a seriously scary place and may not be suitable for little ones. Please use discretion when bringing children into the park at this time. Howl-O-Scream is open weekends through Oct. 26.

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Housing Market Holds Steady in Williamsburg, Virginia

  
  
  

The numbers are in for the month of September, and the real estate trends are showing a steady Fall market in Williamsburg, Virginia.Williamsburg real estate market

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.2
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  Inventory levels remain level, so we are expecting a steady early Fall market.
  • Current Median Sold Price - $289,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 98%
     
  • Average Days on Market - decreased slightly to 56 
     
  • Closed Sales - down 11.5%

 

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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Fall Open House Tour in Ford's Colony, Williamsburg

  
  
  

Looking for homes for sale in Ford's Colony, Williamsburg?

The annual Fall Ford’s Colony Open House Tour will be held this Saturday, October 25th from 11am to 4pm.  Come check out the exquisite Liz Moore listings and be entered into a drawing for an Opus 9 gift card.  Click here to download a copy of the brochure with a list of participating homes, or call the office at 757.645.4106.  See you there! 

homes for sale in Ford's Colony

Grab the Attention of Home Buyers with a Kitchen Face Lift

  
  
  

When selling your home, a nice kitchen can be a huge plus for home buyers.  If you are feeling like your kitchen isn't up to par, there are plenty of ways to make it more appealing to buyers on a low (or even no) budget. kitchen

Below are five tips and tricks from HGTV to give your kitchen a quick makeover.

1.  Kill the Clutter in Storage Areas
Clear all that clutter out, even if you have to store some stuff in boxes.  Same goes for the counter.  The eye is drawn to counter space.  Maybe sure you have some!

2.  Help Traffic Flow
Make sure people can easily move throughout the area.  Take out extra chairs, rolling carts, etc. to maximize the flow.

3.  Color the Counters
If you can't afford a trendy new granite or stainless steel counter, consider painting your tired laminate in an updated shade like a terra cotta color.

4.  Cover up Floor Flaws
Make sure you clean all of the floors and carpets.  If the floor is worn in spots, consider an area rug.

5.  Wash the Windows
Emphasize your kitchen's natural light with freshly washed windows and extend the effort to the window coverings, too, by dry cleaning fabric treatments and washing wood blinds.

Curious to see the checklist that home stagers use when they visit a property? Download one below, or email us at concierge@lizmoore.com to learn more.

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Help Us Collect Christmas Cards for our Troops

  
  
  

Every year the Liz Moore & Associates’ Military Team collects Christmas cards to send to troops overseas so they have something to send back to their family and friends in the states. Christmas cards for the troops Christmas cards are not something available to them while they are stationed overseas.  In 2013, over 100 boxes of cards were sent to our troops, along with eight care packages, and the Military Team is working to send even more this year.

You can help by bringing boxes of new Christmas cards to one of our Liz Moore offices by November 7th.  For more information, email us at pcs@lizmoore.com or click below.  Help us spread the word and collect more cards than ever!

 

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Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival

  
  
  

Are you looking for something to do this weekend?  Head over to Yorktown Market Days & Fall Festival on Saturday, October 11th, from 8am - 3pm at Riverwalk Landing in Historic Yorktown.yorktown market days  

In addition to the usual array of fresh produce, meat and seafood, baked goods, specialty cut flowers, quality art, and entertainment at Yorktown Market Days, there will be hayrides, a pumpkin patch and children’s hay maze, face painting, and other children’s activities, as well as chef demonstrations by the Culinary Institute of Virginia.

For more information, visit www.yorktownmarketdays.com.

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Should I Let the Buyer Have Early Possession of the Home?

  
  
  

Q:  As a seller, should I let the buyer have early possession?selling my home

A:  There is ALWAYS a risk when you allow a purchaser to take possession of your home prior to closing.  Using a carefully drafted possession agreement helps, but read the document carefully. Our widely used REIN agreement, for instance, states that the buyer is responsible for anything and everything that might go wrong, EXCEPT those issues covered by the seller's hazard insurance. This can be a very sticky situation and you should really know the answer to the question as to what you (the sellers) are going to be responsible for when the buyers move in early.  Always take a sizeable deposit, and insure that the buyers are pre-approved and all contingencies are removed prior to early possession.

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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