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Dog-Friendly Virginia Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

Whether you are a craft beer expert or just a social taster, it is only fair that your best friend get to enjoy the unique environment of a craft brewery with you.  Virginia.org recently published a list of dog-friendly Virginia craft breweries, with Yelp reviews, a few of which are right in our back yard!5652496789_70e6f301e9_z

Starr Hill, Crozet — “Great beer, easygoing vibe in the tap room, and they allow dogs! Love this place.” – Patti T.

Three Notch’d, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg — “… you can bring your well-behaved dogs inside to the taproom too!” – Christine M.

James River Brewery, Scottsville — “Great outdoor beer garden out back. Dog friendly for well behaved dogs.” – Collette B.

Hardywood, Richmond — ” … a couple food trucks and some picnic tables for people to enjoy their food. Dogs and kids running around enjoying the space.” – Abbie A.

Wild Wolf, Nellysford — “We sat out on the patio as we had our dog with us.  This is a very dog friendly establishment that allows you to drink and eat outside with your dog.” – Maura G.

Parkway Brewing, Salem — “Dog friendly to the max!” – Caitlin J.

Blue Mountain, Afton — “During the summer you can sit outside on one of the picnic tables, play games, bring your dog, and shoot the breeze.” – Jessica H.

Triple Crossing, Richmond — “This place is fantastic! Great beer, casual atmosphere and dog friendly.” – Lemonjello J.

Smartmouth, Norfolk — “I often bring my dog along with me and enjoy my drink on the patio with her.” – Sarah N.

Lickinghole Creek, Goochland — “This is the only brewery that I’ve brought my kids to … lots of people bring their families and dogs …” – Katie B.

Back Bay, Virginia Beach — “They had me with the beer,  but the dog friendly environment and live music kept me around!” – Sal H.

Belly Love, Purcellville — “Outdoor seating and dogs welcome, our golden doodle Enzo is a huge fan.” — Tyler A.

Ardent, Richmond — “We pulled up on Sunday Afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised to see an awesome biergarten, which BTW is dog friendly.” – Tara S.

Crooked Run, Leesburg — “… friendly staff and homey feel plus they are dog friendly!  There is even brewery dog on premises you (and your pup) can play with.” – Joanna M.

Young Veterans, Virginia Beach — “Dogs are also welcome here and since they do not serve food, they encourage you to bring or order your own!” – Jesse P.

Brass Cannon, Williamsburg — “Beer was good. Tasting room was dog friendly.” – Christine L.

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What is an SRES REALTOR?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 02:22 PM

What is an “SRES?”  That’s a great question!  SRES stands for Seniors Real Estate Specialists, who are local REALTORS (here in Williamsburg, Newport News and Hampton, VA) uniquely qualified to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+.  The SRES Council of the National Association of REALTORS awards the SRES designation to those agents who have successfully completed an extensive education program.  Liz Moore & Associates’ Senior Team has a number of REALTORS who hold the designation of SRES.elderly-people-on-computer

SRES REALTORS have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions involved in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home.

Seniors often have a more complicated set of needs than their younger counterparts when it comes to real estate transactions.  Accordingly, for older adults making home buying, selling, or financing decisions, there are many benefits of working with a senior specialist.  

Here are just a few examples:  SRES agents have lots of experience with downsizing.  Selling the family home can be extremely challenging, if mom and dad have lived in the same place for 30+ years.  Seniors often accumulate a wealth of “stuff” and disposing of it can be both physically and emotionally challenging, not to mention overwhelming.  An SRES is armed with many resources to help mitigate the stress of this task, and has plenty of experience in this area.

Another common challenge faced by many seniors who are selling their family home is that they haven’t updated in many years.  Outdated kitchens and baths, carpet and wallpaper that is out of style, and other similar issues can be overwhelming and hard for the prospective senior seller to understand.  Again, a compassionate SRES can guide them through making wise financial decisions about the cost to upgrade versus simply pricing the property to sell “as is.” 

SRES agents are also up to speed in senior friendly financing options.  Everything from how to leverage pensions, IRA and 401k accounts, to helping their senior clients pick out the right resource for a reverse mortgage product.  Because these types of loans are unique, few REALTORS are qualified to give advice; an SRES agent can help older clients steer clear of loan schemes and scams.

When it comes to choosing a new place, SRES agents are well versed in the range of 55+ communities, as well as local senior housing communities.  For first time retirees, it is extremely helpful to consider homes that will “age” with them – in other words, practical floor plans and options such as first floor bedrooms  and potential caretaker suites that can be adapted to meet their needs as they grow older.

Are you look for an SRES REALTOR? Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com, or click below, to meet with a Senior Specialist!

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Announcing the Liz Moore Super Summer Open House Extravaganza Winners!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

LMA_openhouse-1Congratulations to the first round of winners in the Liz Moore Super Summer Open House Extravaganza!

All house hunters who visited a Liz Moore open house between May 30th and July 31st  were entered into a drawing for some great prizes.  Without further ado, our winners are…

Michelle Davidsen – free appraisal

Bonita Iyon – free home warranty

Carole Braund – free settlement

Joan and Lou Siegel – free home inspection

Beth Berry - $250 Lowe’s gift card

Heather Walls - $250 Lowe’s gift card

We had such a great response to this contest that we decided to extend it another couple of weeks.  There is still time to enter before we give away another round of prizes!

Visit a Liz Moore open house between now and September 15th and your name will go in the hat.  The more open houses you visit, the better your chances are.  Visit lizmoore.com/openhouses for a list of participating properties. 

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Closed Sales Up 8% on the Virginia Peninsula

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

The number of closed sales continues to rise on the Peninsula forecasting a strong end-of-Summer market.  What is currently going on in the real estate market?LMA_info-nn-7-15

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 6.8
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - up slightly to $173,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.7%
     
  • Average Days on Market - down to 94.5
     
  • Closed Sales - up 8%

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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Lower Inventory Forecasts a Hot Real Estate Market in Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 02:14 PM

The statistics are in for July and they are pointing toward a hot end-of-Summer real estate market in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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  • Months Supply of Inventory - dropped slightly to 6.9
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market. 
  • Current Median Sold Price - $291,050
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 98.1%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 58
     
  • Closed Sales - down 3.7%

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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What inspections or building permits do I need for new construction or major remodeling?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:02 PM

Q: What inspections or building permits do I need for new construction or major remodeling?

A:  There are a wide variety of different inspections, many of which may not be required for your particular project. Many building departments will tell you specifically which inspections you'll need to request, but if they don't, be sure that you ask when you pick up the permits.8328940554_48349089cb_z

Here are some of the more common inspections, as well as when they occur and what the inspector will be looking for.

Footing Inspection: This is typically the first of the inspections, and occurs after the grading has been done and the forms have been laid for the foundation, or at least for the footings. The inspector is looking to see that the footings are the proper size and depth, that any reinforcing steel is in place, and that the location of the foundation does not violate any setbacks.

Underfloor Inspection: This occurs after the foundation has been poured and the floor framing is in place, but before the subfloor is installed. This gives the inspector the opportunity to look at the floor framing, as well as any plumbing or mechanical systems that might be in place under the floor. The inspector will be looking at the size and spacing of the framing; that proper materials have been used wherever the wood meets either the concrete or the soil; and that plumbing and mechanical systems are properly sized, installed and supported.

Rough Inspections: These inspections occur after the rough framing has been completed and all the rough wiring, plumbing and mechanical components have been installed, but before any finished wall and ceiling covering is installed. These are typically the most extensive and complicated of all the inspections, since there is a lot to review and it will all be covered and inaccessible in the future.

The rough framing inspection includes an inspection of all the structural components. The inspectors will be checking that the proper size and type of lumber was used, and that the spacing is correct; that hangers and steel connections are the correct type and are installed with the proper type and quantity of fasteners; that flashings and other weatherproofing measures are in place; and that the roof, windows, exterior doors and other components are in place to make the building weather-tight.

Rough electrical inspections include checking the size and installation of all the wires; the service panel; grounding; installation and location of boxes; installation of can lights; and whether the wires are properly routed and protected. Rough plumbing inspections look at the size and type of pipe that was used; proper slope for drain pipes; vent pipe sizes and locations; size and location of water lines; and that everything is secure and well supported. Rough mechanical inspections include the size, location, and installation of all ducts and vents; installation of furnaces and ventilation fans; and the proper ducting of fans to the outside of the building.

Insulation Inspection: This inspection occurs after the wall insulation has been installed and checks to see that it is complete and of the proper R-value.

Drywall Inspection: Some cities include a drywall inspection, which occurs after the drywall has been installed but before it is taped. The inspectors are checking to see that the proper number and type of fasteners have been used to secure the drywall to walls and ceilings.

Final Inspections: When everything is done, the inspectors will make their final inspections of all systems to ensure that everything has been completed correctly. They will test different systems, check for compliance with manufacturer's specifications, and ensure that everything is operating properly and the house is safe for occupancy.

Remember that this is just a brief overview of the inspection process, and that the actual number, timing and details of the inspections can vary widely. Be sure to talk with your building department to get the specific details of the inspections for your particular project, and to get any of your questions answered before you begin.

Are you thinking about new construction?  Tell us a little bit about your dream home, and we’ll arrange for a complimentary consultation with a new homes expert who can point you in the right direction!

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Will I Get to See the HOA “Rule Book" Before Buying the House?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Q:  I am considering buying a home that is in a neighborhood with a homeowners’ association.  Will I get to see the “rule book" before being obligated to making the purchase?barrio-suburbano-de-clase-media-canada

A:  If there is a homeowners’ association, part of the standard contract for this area requires a property owners’ association addendum. After the initial terms of the contract are agreed upon, prior to closing the seller must provide a current copy of the all of the association rules, as well as the financial disclosures for that neighborhood to show the current financial status and if there are any big projects (special assessments) pending, etc.

Once this disclosure packet is received by the buyers' agent, there is a three day review period for the buyer. If the buyer doesn't like something that is contained in that packet, the buyer has a right to void the contract. After three days, the contract proceeds forward.

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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9 Things You Should Consider Before Making an Offer on a Home

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

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.offer

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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7 Key Decorating Tips to Make Any Room Look Better

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

If you are thinking of selling your home and want it "show-ready", but you lack decorating skills, fear not! Unbeknownst to many, designers don’t follow a secret rule book.  They do, however, follow some basic tried and true guidelines and principals.  According to Houzz.com, here are 7 key decorating tips to make any room better:colores-lavabos

1. Pick the paint color last.
You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug and whatever else. You can pick that color only if you have decided on the stuff that will actually be in that room.

2. Give your furniture some breathing room.
Resist overcrowding a room. Gracious living means space to maneuver with ease. This is really great news if you are working with a tight budget. You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. 

3. Hang artwork at the right height. 
Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. (The average human eye level is 57 inches.) And you should do the same. 

If you’re not sure, take a picture. It’s remarkable how much a photo can reveal. Print it out or use Photoshop or an app to draw on the photo. This can give you a sense of whether a larger or smaller piece of art is needed or a tall plant might be best to fill a vacant spot.

4. Know how to arrange furniture on a rug. 
There are basically three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug. 

All on: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Just be sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders. 

All off: If you have a small room, keeping all legs off the rug is a great cost-effective choice. You don’t want to pick too small a rug, though, or it may look insignificant, like an afterthought. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This approach is best suited when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.

Front on: Put just the front feet of all your seating pieces on the rug to tie the arrangement together visually and create a well-defined space while lending a feeling of openness.

5. Resist the urge to be too theme-y. 
For example, the Cape Cod look is a very popular request. You know the hallmarks: beadboard, a blue and white nautical palette, some sailboat paintings. But this has been done so many times.  Try something like a coastal vibe that is achieved through a palette, artwork and materials that give the effect without drawing on the obvious clichés.

6. Create a focal point. 
There are leading roles and supporting cast members in any production. The same holds true in design. Choose your star and make it the focal point to anchor a room. Allow other items to take a secondary role. Don’t ask everything to have a leading role; it will just result in visual noise. 

7. Vary the scale. 
What looks good in the store may look like an elephant in the room when you bring it home. Or it’s too tiny to be of any significance. So always vary scale and proportion. 

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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River's Bend at Uncle's Neck - Spectacular Waterfront Property

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:41 PM

Just 15 minutes from town, down a relaxing drive off Forge Road, you’ll find this special community of waterfront homes along the shores of the Chickahominy River.

Bordering the Chickahominy River with riverfront and creek front sites available, Rivers Bend at Uncle’s Neck offers a rare opportunity to own acreage on navigable deep water.  Residents can enjoy the various recreational opportunities including boating and fishing on Uncle’s Neck Creek or the Chickahominy River, nature trails and wildlife meadows. 

This is an unparalleled opportunity to own waterfront property in a highly desirable location. Our preferred builders would be happy to walk lots you and answer any questions you may have about this special community. Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com to arrange a tour, or click below to request a River's Bend at Uncle's Neck Info Packet.

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