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Join Us for Our New Homes + Art Tour in Ford's Colony

  
  
  

Liz Moore & Associates and the Linda Matney Fine Arts Gallery have teamed up to bring you Williamsburg’s first ever New Homes + Art Tour on Sunday, July 26th from 1- 5 pm.  Tour 6 brand new custom homes in Ford's Colony, view a variety of amazing work from popular local artists, and enjoy complimentary wine and light hors d’oeuvres. new homes and art resized 600

Why new homes and art?  “It’s a natural fit,” says Lee Matney, owner of the Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery on Richmond Road.  “Artists are always searching for new venues, and this gives us the opportunity to display our work in a natural setting, so that patrons can easily envision how the pieces will look inside their own homes.”

Liz Moore & Associates is known for innovative ways to market its portfolio of fine properties.  “The Art Tour offers us the chance to welcome a new prospective audience to see our new home inventory in Ford's Colony, and at the same time, benefit the local arts community,” says Liz Moore, owner and President of Liz Moore & Associates. “Our marketing theme this year is Love Where You Live, and the burgeoning arts community is definitely a draw to Coastal Virginia, and Williamsburg, in particular.”

Popular local artists Bob Oller and Martha Jones, along with others, will be on hand inside the homes to discuss their work and inspirations.  A wide variety of pieces chosen by Matney will be on display, featuring artists ranging from Anil Thambai, an artist living and working in India to Paul Light, an abstract artist from Atlanta.  Tom Wessells, a furniture artist from Newport News who has shown his works at the Renwick Gallery, will discuss his many works which will be on exhibit. Newcomer to the Williamsburg scene Tobin Karicher will present his classically rendered landscapes and Newport News’ favorite Gloria Coker will showcase a diverse series of her works.

Christi Harris, head of the art department at CNU, and Bruton High School art teacher Helen Lowery, along with her husband, Jayson Lowery, a professor at William & Mary, will also have their work featured.  Artists range from new on the scene, like Kristen Peyton, a William & Mary grad with a full scholarship to an art school in New Hampshire to Art Rosenbaum, a storied muralist whose work was recently selected for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian.  

There is something for every taste, with work ranging from Appalachian landscapes by Jeff Surace to photographs by Rob Hunter, and small figurative works by Kent Knowles of Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Homes on tour range from $590,000 to $875,000, and include the 2014 Southern Living Showcase home built by Wayne Harbin Builder, this year’s Southern Living Builder of the Year, as well as the newly completed Blue River Cottage, built by Stephen Alexander Homes, who also recently was honored as the builder of the 2015 Coastal Living Idea House.  Westmoreland and Marquee Homes each have stunning masterpieces of their own inside Eaglescliffe, a special enclave of luxury homes within Ford's Colony.  The tour will be rounded out with 2 distinct homes built by Mike Carroll of award winning Hallmark Builders, including his signature cape cod overlooking the Blackheath golf course in the Killarney section of Ford's Colony.

There is no charge to attend the tour, but you will be able to buy 50/50 raffle tickets on the day of the show to benefit the Williamsburg Symphonia.

“If this year is as successful as we anticipate,” says Moore, “we are hopeful that it will grow into an even bigger event next year, and become a generous fundraiser for an arts related cause.”

Visit lizmoore.com/art to download a map of participating homes and artists today!

 

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We invite you to visit WilliamsburgFallArts.com to see additional arts opportunities in the Arts Triangle – Williamsburg, James City County and Yorktown. 

 

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood Spotlight - The Greenlands, York County

  
  
  

Welcome to The Greenlands! The Greenlands is located in York County near Newport News and Hampton, and just minutes from historic Yorktown and the beautiful Colonial Parkway toWilliamsburg.The Greenlands

There are nearly 300 single-family homes in the neighborhood that range in price from $485,000 to $525,000, some with views of five ponds. There are both ranch and two-story style homes, 3,373 to 3,827 square feet in size, that were constructed by three different custom builders.

Many beautiful trees native to the area remain within its designated “common areas.” The Greenlands is less than a mile from the York County library, theYMCA, and a walking path through a common area to theThe Greenlands Coventry Elementary School.  The Greenlands is winner of York County’s Neighborhood of The Year Award for Beautification in 2006 and for Safety in 2005, and is part of the York County School District.  

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July is "Community" Month for the Liz Moore Online Photo Contest!

  
  
  

Congratulations to Becky Hurst, Shannon Schojan, Joseph Vonusa, Christopher Jenerett, and Diane Holloway, the winners of the first round in the Liz Moore and Associates Love Where You Live Photo Contestphoto contest

Remember, the photo contest will run through October 15, 2015, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  Feel free to enter as many photos as you’d like over the next three months. Visit lizmoore.com/love to enter.

July is “Community” month!  Enter your best photos of your community, if you haven’t done so already, and we will select a winner from that category at the end of the month.

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10 Common Mistakes Real Estate Investors Make, and How to Avoid Them

  
  
  

Despite what you may watch on late night TV infomercials, don’t expect to “get rich quick” in real estate.  There are many ways to build wealth by creating a profitable real estate portfolio, but it takes investment savvy, patience, research, and time.  We would love to help you get there!investing in real estate

Here are the 10 most common mistakes that novice investors make:

#1    They begin their investment adventure without a plan. 
They buy a piece of property, convinced that it’s a “good deal” and then go about figuring out what to do next.  That’s working backward, and it’s likely to result in trouble.

Begin by creating an investment strategy, based on your individual goals.  That might be building long term wealth, or it may be realizing some quick profits in return for some sweat equity, flipping houses.  Our investment experts can guide you in establishing a plan based on your particular objectives. 

#2    They tend to be emotional. 
Investing in real estate is very different than buying a home as a personal residence.  It’s important as an investor to be detached, and stick with the formula that produces the return on investment objective that you’ve set.  If you find yourself in a bidding war, you should be able to walk away when the price exceeds the established parameters in your formula.

#3    They fly solo. 
Novice investors try to pinch pennies by wearing all the hats in a transaction.  Successful investors work in teams, where they have surrounded themselves with a circle of professionals who are all working together to deliver a common goal.

At a minimum, you’ll need an experienced investment REALTOR, an accountant, an attorney, a lender, and access to a reliable network of contractors, including a home inspector and a handyman.

#4    They pay too much
Again, stick to your formula.  A carefully prepared analysis can tell you exactly what your return will be, based on certain criteria.  You must be willing to walk away if the seller is unrealistic or unwilling to work within your parameters.

#5    They avoid doing homework. 
You wouldn’t think that you’re qualified to perform brain surgery without years of education and specific training.  So, why is that so many would-be investors jump right into major financial purchases without investing any time at all in research and knowledge?

There are many great books available on the subject, many on our bookshelf.  There are also hundreds of great articles and case studies available to you online.

#6    They skip due diligence. 
No matter how sweet the deal appears, you should always perform due diligence before getting so far into the transaction that you’re committed.  At a minimum, that means getting a qualified home inspector to do a thorough review of the property, to alert you to any condition issues that you’ll need to account for in your proforma.

#7    They underestimate tax consequences. 
There are many different ways to build wealth through real estate investing.  Understanding the ways that you can capitalize on tax benefits is an income stream in and of itself.  You should thoroughly understand the ramifications of capital gains, as well as the opportunities presented by 1031 tax deferred exchanges, before you pull the trigger.

#8    They ignore timing. 
Although the buzzwords in real estate have long been “location, location, location”…savvy real estate investors know that the real key to building wealth is “timing, timing, timing.”  All real estate is cyclical, and understanding the dips and peaks can mean the difference of thousands in your pocket.

Be a student of the market.  Understand inventory levels, absorption rates, days on market, and appreciation percentages for the areas that you’re focused on.

#9  They don’t do their financing homework. 
Having the right lender on your investment team is an ace in the hole.  By understanding your long term investment objectives up front, an investment lender can make sure that you are qualified for the right loan programs to meet your objectives, as well as making sure that you have funds available when you need them.  Sometimes an investor is better served by a banking relationship, and sometimes a mortgage loan officer is a better fit…all depending on the scope of the investment plan.

#10  They don’t have a Guide. 
Creating a team, resources for knowledge and case study review, help to determine investment goals, and a plan to get there, access to a network of experienced professionals…all of those things add up to successful investing.  And, all of those things are delivered by a seasoned investment counselor, someone who is experienced and knowledgeable and connected.  We would love to be your Guide!

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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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