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Hampton, Virginia - Military, Technology, Tourism, Education & More!

  
  
  
The City of Hampton, established in 1610, has its roots as America's first continuously occupied English-speaking settlement. That year, the settlers founded St. John's Episcopal Church, which remains the country's oldest Anglican church.homes for sale in Hampton

With a population of about 140,000, the city's location has the advantage of being midway between two Hampton Roads tourism meccas -- Williamsburg and Virginia Beach. Hampton is well known as the home of NASA Langley Research Center, the Hampton Coliseum concert venue and Hampton University.

Regionally, the city provides shoppers with the new Peninsula Town Center, the Peninsula's largest; major entertainment events such as Hampton Bay homes for sale in HamptonDays and the Hampton Jazz Festival; and sports draws including NASCAR races at Langley Speedway and the Hampton Cup Regatta.

Locals know about the city's more subtle charms: several beaches that remain relatively uncrowded, the beautiful downtown waterfront, and the historic area of Phoebus, newly streetscaped to highlight the quaint shops.

On the Chesapeake Bay, Buckroe Beach is a local favorite for sunbathing, swimming, and fishing. The nearby Grandview Beach at the Grandview Nature Preserve has over two miles of beaches in a 578-acre preserve and estuary.

Hampton, Virginia has continued to focus on projects to revitalize itshomes for sale in Hampton downtown area, where the Virginia Air and Space Center, with more than 100 historic, aeronautic and space exhibits and a giant IMAX movie screen, draws about one-quarter million people each year.

The historic Phoebus area boasts the 400-seat American Theatre. This venue was recently renovated to reflect its original 1912 décor - featuring internationally renowned performers.

The city boasts a strong military and technology presence. Fort Monroe, established in 1819, is headquarters for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. Langley Air Force Base is home of the First Fighter Wing. NASA Langley Research Center, where America's first astronauts were trained, is now a major center for aviation research. Technology centers of employment include companies such as Gateway 2000, Howmet Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation and Nextel Communications.

The city is home to Hampton University, a private school on the city's waterfront offering numerous bachelor, master and PhD. programs, as well as Thomas Nelson Community College, a two-year institution offering associate's degree curricula.

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What is the Difference Between a Condominium and a Townhome?

  
  
  

A condominium is a form of real estate ownership; a townhouse generally describes a style of structure.

A condominium, condo for short, is a single unit that is usually attached to other units within acondos and townhomes larger complex. Condos come in a wide variety of architectural styles, from two- and three-story buildings arranged apartment-complex style with carports, to luxurious high-rise properties with sweeping views of the surrounding city or natural landscape. However, not all condominiums are attached units. In fact, detached homes are now being sold as condominium ownership.

In a condominium, the purchaser owns only the interior, while the building itself is owned by a condominium association. The association is jointly owned by all the owners, and charges them fees for general maintenance and major repairs. Condo communities may provide such shared facilities as a pool, gym, tennis courts and clubhouse, all maintained by the condo association, which takes care of all day-to-day management tasks. The common areas, such as the land and parking areas, are also owned by the condominium association. Each condominium complex has a master deed which outlines the percentage of ownership each unit in the development has invested in the entire complex. That percentage determines residents' monthly dues to the association.

A townhouse  is a type of attached dwelling unit normally having two or more floors connected to other units in a row. The terms townhome, row house, and townhouse are often used interchangeably. A townhouse can be either owned outright similar to a detached home, known as Fee Simple, or it could be owned as a condominium. In most cases, people who own a townhome in Fee Simple not only own the home’s interior and exterior, but they also own the land beneath, and in front and back of the property, as well as having some rights to the air space above the property. If there are common areas, they are usually owned by the townhouse development’s association which maintains them for the benefit of and use by all the owners of townhouses in that development.

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Summer Real Estate Market Continues to Sizzle in Williamsburg

  
  
  

Williamsburg area market stats

The Williamsburg area real estate stats are in for June, and the market is still proving to be hot this Summer!

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 6.9
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  Inventory levels remain steady, so we are expecting an active Summer market.
  • Current Median Sold Price - $295,000
    This number has increased slightly.
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.9%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 56 days
     
  • Closed Sales - up 3.1%

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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2014 Southern Living Showcase Home in Fords Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia…coming soon!

  
  
  

Southern Living Showcase HomeInspired by the pages of Southern Living magazine, the award winning team at Wayne Harbin, Builders is building “Harrison Place,” a 3,500 square foot, fully furnished and decorated show home, outside the gate on Fords Colony Drive.  Preferred subcontractors are featuring the latest and greatest trends in home design, interior finishes, and home electronics.  Unleash your inner chef with on-site cooking demonstrations in our fabulous kitchen, discover imaginative landscaping and outdoor space ideas, and find design inspiration and style tips in every room!

The Southern Living Showcase Home will open to the public for tours beginning November 7th, Friday through Sunday from 10-5.  Tickets are on Southern Living Showcase Homesale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Finally 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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Welcome to The Oaks at Fenton Mill: Urban Convenience, Rural Beauty

  
  
  

We invite you to discover one of Williamsburg’s hidden gems, The Oaks at Fenton Mill, a new construction custom home community. This neighborhood features a mix of large wooded and cleared lots and many family-focused amenities, all just minutes from Interstate 64.The Oaks at Fenton Mill

Located near the intersection of Virginia State Route 199 and Interstate 64, The Oaks at Fenton Mill is one of Williamsburg’s most conveniently located neighborhoods. This community’s close proximity to one of Virginia’s major interstates grants quick and easy access to local military bases and neighboring cities. Within two miles of The Oaks at Fenton Mill you can find Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Great Wolf Lodge Resort, and much more!

The Oaks at Fenton Mill is a picturesque neighborhood set in an undulating landscape, all surrounded by 40 acres of forest that will never be developed. This cozy neighborhood offers 82 oversized lots ranging from one-third of an acre to over one acre, each with at least 2-3 mature trees, some completely wooded. The entire neighborhood has rolled curb and gutter completing the polished look of the community.

The Oaks at Fenton MillWayne Harbin Builder, one of Williamsburg’s premier custom builders, is offering The Oaks at Fenton Mill 11 of their most popular floor plans, including several Southern Living plans, that can be customized to fit each individual family’s lifestyle and preferences. Every sought-after feature imaginable is available from this quality builder including basements, first-floor masters, bonus rooms, transitional floor plans, and more. With ranchers, two-story, and three-story homes available, there is something for everyone!

The Oaks at Fenton Mill offers many amenities for the whole family to appreciate. Residents can observe the natural setting and wildlife on the one-mile walking trail that meanders around the neighborhood, or fish the two-acre pond from the elevated observation pier. There is also a soccer field, playground, and picnic pavilion to enjoy.

Located in upper York County, The Oaks at Fenton Mill is in the well-regarded York County School District. Students in this neighborhood attend Waller Mill Elementary, Queens Lake Middle, and Bruton High School. This County also enjoys low taxes and low utility fees.

At The Oaks at Fenton Mill, residents enjoy value, convenience and beauty. This unique, quality custom neighborhood is located in a peaceful, natural setting that’s only minutes away from all of the entertainment, culture, and convenience Williamsburg has to offer. You can truly have it all at The Oaks at Fenton Mill.

Come visit any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and let us help you create a home to fit your lifestyle.

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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Stay or Go? Real Estate Decisions for Seniors

  
  
  

As we age, one of the most difficult and emotional decisions we face is whether or not to move from our current home.  The answer to this question is not the same for everyone and will vary depending upon the individual situation.  Statistics show that most decide to stay put, but is this really the best choice for you?senior moves

Many people do not want to leave their family home because of the memories they have there.  You moved into your current home for a reason. You built many memories and you will do the same in a new neighborhood.  Another reason is that many feel that moving into a retirement community forces them to give up some of their independence.  This is a misconception.  Most active adult communities have tons of things for seniors to do.  As a matter of fact, many seniors claim that they became more “active” after choosing to move.

Family is another factor.  It is much easier to age when we have the support of our loved ones.  This is much easier for everyone if the kids and/or grandchildren are nearby.  Many will choose to relocate closer to family members as they age.

For many of us, the design of our current home is simply not conducive to aging.  Maybe your bedrooms are upstairs.  Maybe it is simply too large to keep up with the cleaning and routine maintenance.  Maybe the yard work is becoming a burden.  Having these things taken care of for you, and having a floor plan that makes life easier, is the number one reason why people choose to move.  With all of these things being done for you, it frees up your time to do more travelling or leisure activities.

Can I afford to move?  This is a common question among those trying to decide if they should move into a retirement community.  Most communities have regular fees to cover some of the extras you are currently paying for, which makes it easier to budget your monthly expenses. You will not have to worry about unexpected repair costs, etc.   Things such as monthly lawn care and routine maintenance costs can be expensive. 

I believe that making the move to a retirement community should at least be considered by all.  There are many types of adult communities from active, to assisted living, to full time care.  The type you choose depends upon your needs.  Once you decide to make the change¸ you should first decide on a location.  Next you will want to find something that suits your lifestyle and provides all of the amenities you want and need.  It can make your aging years much more enjoyable!

The Liz Moore Senior Team understands the special needs of those who are downsizing, and we have a variety of resources to help you with auctions, estate sales, consignment, de-cluttering and every phase of getting your home ready to sell.  Be sure to ask us about our free e-book for seniors interested in downsizing!

Find out what the best decision is for your situation! Email us at concierge@lizmoore.com, or click below, and we'll be happy to connect you with someone who specializes in this senior moves!

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Luxury Townhomes are Coming to Williamsburg, Virginia

  
  
  

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A New Revolution Comes to Williamsburg!

They’re coming! Luxury townhomes with 2 car garages designed and built with pride by HH Hunt Homes, one of the region’s most respected homebuilders.

Off the beaten path, and yet close to everything, the City’s newest community will be nestled on rolling terrain between the new Riverside Doctor’s Hospital and nearby shopping, banking and dining at Quarterpath.

Two minutes in one direction and you’re on 1-64 for a painless commute to the Virginia Peninsula or Richmond. 5 minutes in the other and you’re strolling in Colonial Williamsburg or through the tree-lined campus of William & Mary.

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The Cost of Waiting to Buy a Home

  
  
  

Often times home buyers put off buying a home for various reasons such as a possible job transfer, hoping mortgage rates to go down, taking that dream vacation, and more. Keeping Current Matters recently analyzed the actual "cost of waiting". 

Prices
Over 100 economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists were recently surveyed and asked to project where home prices were headed.  The average value appreciation projected over the next twelve month period was approximately 4%.

Interest Rates
In their last Economic and Housing Market Outlook, Freddie Mac predicted that 30 year fixed mortgage rates would be 4.8% by this time next year.  Currently, the Freddie Mac rate is 4.14%.

What does this mean for you?
If you are a first time buyer currently look at a home priced at $250,000, the below is a comparison of what it will cost you on a monthly basis right now versus waiting to buy next year. 

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Image source: Keeping Current Matters

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Now Open - The Eldridge Model Home at The Oaks at Fenton Mill

  
  
  

You’re invited to come experience The Oaks at Fenton Mill by visiting the custom model home, which will be open Friday through Sunday from 1 until 5, beginning July 11th.  Located at 501 Marks Pond Way in Williamsburg, Virginia, this model is located at the front of this tranquilhomes for sale at The Oaks at Fenton Mill
community in upper York County.  The Oaks at Fenton Mill is a friendly community with spacious wooded lots and is convenient to interstate 64 and nearby shopping, businesses, and Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center.

The Oaks at Fenton Mill offers unique homes by Williamsburg’s premier custom homebuilder, Wayne Harbin Builder.  As the sole Southern Living® Custom Builder Program builder on the Peninsula, the Harbins offer classic Southern designs and contemporary living arrangements in affordable, quality-constructed homes.

The 2,544 square-foot Eldridge model home features five bedrooms and three full baths and showcases many unique features and customizations available in this neighborhood.  Hardwood floors, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances are a few of the gorgeous and durable finishes featured in this model.  The desirable first floor master bedroom suite is truly a retreat offering dual vanities, a luxurious soaking tub, a separate tile shower, a private water closet, and a spacious walk-in closet.  Also featured is a versatile bonus room that could be used as a fifth bedroom.

homes for sale in Oaks at Fenton MillIn addition to the Eldridge plan, Wayne Harbin Builder offers 10 other floor plans including single story homes, transitional floor plans, and walk-out basements to name a few, all in a variety of exterior finishes.  Liz Moore and Associates along with the Harbins’ knowledgeable and experienced staff are eager to help buyers select the model that best suits their lifestyle.  Our team takes the time to educate each buyer on the options available and help them customize their home with thoughtful features making their home reflect their personal style.

The Oaks at Fenton Mill is truly a family community offering soccer fields for versatile play and use, a picnic pavilion large enough for birthday parties or multi-family events, miles of walking nature trails, a scenic lake with floating pier for fishing, and a modern playground for children of all ages.

The Oaks at Fenton Mill offers custom homes in a tranquil yet convenient location at affordable prices starting in the low $400,000’s. You must visit this neighborhood and tour the model to truly appreciate the beauty, charm, and tranquility offered here. 

Come visit any Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. and let us help you create a home to fit your lifestyle.

Are you looking for new homes for sale in Williamsburg?  The Oaks at Fenton Mill has many affordable options surrounded by a beautiful setting. 

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10 Things to Check Off Your List Before You Finish Your Home Remodel

  
  
  

Many sellers tackle a remodel, big or small, in order to get their home ready to sell.  Remodeling and updating your home can help you tremendously when you go to sell, but you want to make sure you “finish strong”.  According to houzz.com, there are ten things to make sure you check off your list before you close the books on your remodel. how much is my home worth

1Keep the old stuff. Remodeling an older home often means replacing older fixtures and finishes with new. However, keeping original light fixtures, a few shingles or worn hardware can be a blessing down the road if you or a future homeowner wants to know what the original home looked like, or perhaps even wants to restore the old stuff and reinstall it.

2.  Make sure everything works. Before you send your contractors home on the last day of work, be sure to carefully check that everything works as it should.

3. Send in warranty cards. Those gorgeous new appliances or floors may come with a good warranty, but it’s only valid if you activate it — so be sure to send in those cards right away.

4. Update your homeowner’s insurance policy.  Anytime you make a major purchase for your home, you should also contact your insurance agent to update your policy so you can be sure you are properly protected. 

5. Open every cabinet, drawer and door. Can you fully extend every drawer and open all the cupboards and doors without knocking into anything? Are the handles affixed properly? Do they open easily? Hopefully you won’t find any problems, but if you do, it’s better to find them right away.

6. Learn about proper maintenance. While you still have the ear of your architect or contractor, be sure to ask about how to care for each of the materials used in your remodel.

 7. Keep all extra materials. Unless you speak up, your contractor may be planning to toss out all of the leftovers from your project.  Having that extra tile, grout or section of countertop can be a lifesaver when you need to repair or replace something.

8. Save and label paint. Even tiny amounts of paint can be used for touch-ups, so make sure you keep it all. Keeping a master list of colors used in each room will help down the road if you need to repaint.

9. Take care of the legal stuff. Have forms that need to be filed with the city? Even if your contractor or architect told promised to take care of them, it wouldn’t hurt to double check at the end of the project.

10. Keep all of your reno info in one place.  Remodeling, no matter the size of the project, generates a lot of little bits of information.  Dedicate a box or file to documentation from your remodeling project so it will be easier to find exactly what you need in the future.

While renovation projects can be stressful at times, chances are you will win points with potential buyers.  Making sure everything is done right the first time will save you time and grief, and will allow for your focus to be on the sale of your home.

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