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Win a Pair of Tickets to Yorktown's Blues, Brews, & BBQ!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 03:00 PM

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Win two FREE tickets to Blues, Brews, & BBQ (a $60 value)!

Liz Moore and Associates will be sponsoring the Wine Garden at this year's event at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown and we'd love to see you there, too! Click the link below to enter and tell us why you love where you live. The winner will be drawn on May 3rd.

Enter to Win

Sample more than 25 different craft beers, dig into some amazing BBQ, and listen as some of the best Blues musicians in Hampton Roads take the stage at Riverwalk Landing. This year’s Blues, Brews & BBQ on May 5th, 2018 promises to be the best yet! At 12:30, The Jukes will deliver an entertaining performance steeped in swing, boogie, and down-home blues. Then, at 3:30, the Michael Clark Band will take the mic to blend the Blues with a little soul, rock, jazz and fun. NEW this year – a wine garden included in admission. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door

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10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR, Part 10: Why?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 @ 02:33 PM

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By Liz Moore

Hiring the right real estate professional is probably the single most important decision you’ll make when you put your home on the market for sale. I recommend interviewing a few agents from different firms before making a choice. There are 10 questions you should ask before you hire a real estate agent - part 10: why?

Question 10: Why should I list with you?

In most real estate markets, only a small percentage of agents sell more than 4 or 5 homes per year. While experience isn’t the ONLY key to a great agent, it is important. Your agent should be committed to real estate as a full-time career, be responsive, and care about your objectives in the transaction. A good agent will ask you what is most important to you. In addition to understanding the market, and having a strong marketing strategy for your home, a great agent is also a skilled negotiator, and will protect your bottom line throughout the transaction.

Are you are thinking about about selling your home?  Download our eBook, "10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR®".

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Water Street Grille Running Club- Wednesdays at 6PM

Posted by Grayson Moore on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 02:27 PM

Do you enjoy running? Do you also like delicious food and craft beer? If so, then the Water Street Grille Running Club is for you! The club participates in a free, weekly family-friendly 5k run/walk every Wednesday at 6PM. The route begins on the beachfront of Yorktown Riverwalk Beach, continues onto Main Street of Historic Yorktown and goes by the Visitor Center, arek-adeoye-213476-unsplashending up on the beach side of Water Street Grille. Afterword, be sure to stick around and socialize and enjoy a meal ($8 for runners/walkers) and a refreshing drink. For more information call (757)-369-5644 or visit www.waterstreetgrille.net

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10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR, Part 9: Your Company

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 02:36 PM

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By Liz Moore

Hiring the right real estate professional is probably the single most important decision you’ll make when you put your home on the market for sale. I recommend interviewing a few agents from different firms before making a choice. There are 10 questions you should ask before you hire a real estate agent - part 9: your company!

Question 9: What is different about your company?

There are hundreds of agencies in the market, but only a handful control the majority of the sales. There is a reason for that. Your agent should be able to demonstrate a competitive advantage for their firm. If they can’t, you should question whether or not they will be able to differentiate your listing from the sea of competition.

Our firm’s tagline is “real estate reinvented” and we understand how to market unique competitive advantage. Our legendary No Surprises program empowers our clients with knowledge sooner in the process by providing them with pre-listing appraisals and home inspections. Knowledge is power, and in this case not only creates peace of mind but a true negotiating edge.

Are you are thinking about about selling your home?  Download our eBook, "10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR®".

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Decluttering 101

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 03:17 PM

bench-accounting-49909-unsplashHome staging is one of the most powerful ways to help buyers imagine themselves in your home and make them want to buy it. Decluttering is the first, and most important step, in home staging. Removing clutter
allows buyers to see the structure and space of your home.

Sentimentality can be a powerful disincentive to declutter. You might feel guilty packing away your grandmother's china, or your budding Picasso’s finger paintings, but doing so allows your home to really be seen. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves living in your home, with their furniture and their belongings, and if too many of your things fill their field of vision, they might not be able to see their life there and they might walk away.

Decluttering can be overwhelming, so we’ve broken it down and provided some helpful tips.

Study your entire house.
Go room-by-room, starting with the entryway. Try and view each room for the first time with a stranger’s eyes. Notice anything that sticks out? Try and make each room resemble a neatly organized, clean hotel. Taking it little by little makes the task more manageable rather than trying to tackle the entire house at once.

Making piles is very helpful.
As you go through each room, make a stack of items to keep, one to donate, one to sell, and one to pack
away. Evaluate the value, need, use, and sentimentality of every item, place it in one of the piles, and move on. This organized approach can make the task easier.

Creating a spreadsheet can also help.
Each room will have different needs. Upon evaluation, you might find one room needs new paint, while another needs shelving for organization, and another needs boxes to pack excess items away. Organizing these tasks and needs into a spreadsheet can help prioritize expenses and improvements.

Emptying closets makes a difference.
Closets often become catchalls and graveyards; when homeowners don't know what to do with something they often stash it in a closet and it becomes forgotten with the out-of-sight out-of mind mentality. A good rule of thumb is discarding anything you haven'’t worn in the last year. Studies show we only really wear about 20 percent of our clothes and that extra space will make your closets look bigger and more attractive to buyers.

Clearing off countertops and bookcases creates clean, visual lines and neutral style, allowing your home, and not your stuff, to shine. A few well-placed home décor items can add sparkle to the space. Home stagers follow a “rule of three” for clustering items into small groups to create visual interest but not distract from the room.

Purge attics, basements, and garages of clutter. These storage spaces often don’t get much attention and quickly become cluttered, unorganized and untidy. Arranging items by type or holiday into clear, labeled tubs can help keep the space looking nice and neat while keeping you organized. It also helps potential buyers see all of the storage space your home offers.

Make sure your bathrooms are spotless.
Not every house has a luxurious spa, but by cleaning your grout, tile, toilets and showers you can help your
bathroom shine. Clearing off vanities and cleaning out drawers, cabinets, and medicine cabinets can help buyers see the storage your bathroom offers and help them imagine their toothbrush by your sink.

Unfortunately, our homes can become cluttered on the outside as well as the inside. Check around your home's exterior for outdoor toys, decorations, and natural clutter like leaves, branches, etc. This is also a great time to evaluate your home's overall curb appeal and make sure your home is making a good first impression. Lawns, shrubs, trees, and flower gardens should all be kept trimmed and tidy.

You have loved your home and worked hard to maintain it, you want that care and maintenance to show. By removing unnecessary items, you allow your home to shine and make the great first impression needed to impress buyers.

Click below to download our full Homeowner Staging Checklist and get your home ready to win both the beauty contest and the price war!

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Farmers’ Market at CNU- April 12th and 19th

Posted by Grayson Moore on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

Are you looking for a fun place to purchase local food, beauty products, crafts or clothing? Visit the beautiful campus of Christopher Newport University and purchase delicious locally sourced food or check out the selection of creative crafts. Established in 2011, the Farmers’ Market at Christopher Newport University is a student run event that sells locally sourced products with an emphasis on sustainability. Follow their Facebook page @FarmersMarketCNU to receive updates on petting zoos, musical acts, games and other special events peter-wendt-123928-unsplashthat are hosted throughout the Spring season. The markets will be held in front of the David Student Union on campus on April 12th and April 19th from 3PM to 6PM  **Free visitor parking is located in parking Lot B, which is located behind the Pope Chapel**. For more information, please email farmersmarket@cnu.edu.

 

 

 

 

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10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR, Part 8: Online and Print Promotion

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 02:00 PM

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By Liz Moore

Hiring the right real estate professional is probably the single most important decision you’ll make when you put your home on the market for sale. I recommend interviewing a few agents from different firms before making a choice. There are 10 questions you should ask before you hire a real estate agent - part 8: online and print promotion!

Question 8: How will my listing be presented online and in print?

With 99+% of buyers searching online, how your listing is presented online is critical. Each listing should have its own website, with lots of high quality photography showing off the home’s best features. An agent who employs video and 3D technology such as matterport is an agent who understands the value of rankings in google, and will be able to create wide exposure for their listings well beyond an average agent.

Copy should be thoughtful (as opposed to “3 BR 2 BA + FROG”), and tell your home’s story in a compelling way so that buyers want to see it. Marketing materials should be colorful and glossy, and make a statement. Details matter.

Are you are thinking about about selling your home?  Download our eBook, "10 Questions Every Seller Should Ask Before They Hire a REALTOR®".

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National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 03:14 PM

dcEvery year, mother nature puts on a vibrant display of beauty in Washington, D.C. when the cherry blossom trees bloom and line the Tidal Basin with delicate pale pink and white flowers for a few weeks every spring. This event draws thousands of tourists from around the world but luckily for us this spectacular site is only a short drive away.

This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20th to April 15th. The peak bloom period will almost certainly be during the festival but will officially be predicted by the National Park Service on
March 1st.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a tradition that showcases the beautiful gift of 3,000 cherry trees that the city of Tokyo gave to our nation’s capital in 1912. The annual festival is a three-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 cultural performances and special events. From arts and exhibits to cuisine and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Getting around the city during this popular event can be challenging, especially on the weekends. Parking is limited in the city, so the best way to get to the Tidal Basin and the National Mall is by public transportation.

Once you’ve arrived, the simplest way to enjoy the day is to take a stroll along the Basin and enjoy the breathtaking views of the trees and the city’s most iconic landmarks. The beautiful trees make a great background for photos so be sure to bring your camera along. The best time to walk around and avoid
the crowds is early morning or early evening. You can expect more people on weekends and when the blooms are peaking. The east side of the Tidal Basin (between the National Mall and the Jefferson Memorial) tends to get the most congested.

Aside from walking, there are so many fun ways to enjoy the beautiful blossoms and celebrate the season.

Many guided tours are offered during the Festival and offer more information and details about the trees, Festival, monuments, and area. You can see the sights on a guided trolley tour, walking tour, by bicycle, by
Segway, by DC Duck, and more. You can take a free walking tour with a National Park Service Ranger and learn about the history of the cherry blossom trees and more. Tours such as Cherry Talks/Walks, Junior Ranger
Programs, and Lantern Tours are available. You can also enjoy the beautiful views from a boat cruise. Cruises range from a 45-minute sightseeing tour to a 2.5-hour dinner. Advance reservations are recommended for all of
these activities.

While viewing the blossoms you can mix in a little bit of history and culture. You can visit the monuments in sight of the cherry blossoms like the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall, the White House, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. All of the memorials have National Park Service programs that provide insight and history about 5 the historic sites.

For a different view of the blossoms, you can go paddle boating on the Tidal Basin. You can rent a
paddle boat for two to four passengers and enjoy the spectacular views of the cherry trees and monuments from the water. It’s also a great way for the entire family to get some exercise together. Advance reservations are recommended during the festival.

You’ll undoubtedly work up an appetite touring and paddling, and “Cherry Picks” restaurants are ready to
welcome you and continue the cherry blossom fun with special dishes featuring cherries. Cherry Picks
highlights participating metro area restaurants with creative spring menus throughout the Festival. You can try cherry dishes like pork belly confit with cherry sauce, sherry cherry crispy goat cheese salad, brie and prosciutto crostini with cherry chutney, and many more! You can also enjoy special cherry themed cocktails like black cherry punch featuring cherry infused bourbon and cherry liqueur.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is not only a celebration of spring and the beautiful blooms, but also a cultural event that honors Japanese culture. Over 200 special events and performances are held throughout the duration of the festival and showcase traditional contemporary music, dance, song and martial arts demonstrations. The stage is located at the Festival Welcome Center near the paddle boats. Daily performances will run from noon to 6 p.m. The line-up will include a wide variety of cultural offerings including vocalists, bands, dancers, drum performances, exhibitions, and more.

If you decide to make your day trip an overnight trip, many area hotels offer special cherry blossom-themed
packages which may include discounts, a free bloominspired cocktail, chocolates, meals, or more.

For more information, call the festival hotline at (877) 44-BLOOM or visit the official website at
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

 

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Hard Floors: A Solid Choice

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

neven-krcmarek-424899-unsplashHard flooring has been gaining in popularity for years, especially in the main living areas of homes. Hard floors are easy to clean, hypoallergenic, and lend a sleek beauty to your home. Changing your floor covering is
an update that will instantly modernize your home’s appearance while adding value and appeal.

There are many options when it comes to hard flooring: wood, laminate, vinyl, or tile. Thanks to technological improvements, faux finishes are more convincing than ever, and wood-look products are gaining in popularity. With so many choices, where do you start?

New flooring is a big purchase, so budget is clearly a factor. But you should also consider how much traffic
and what kind of traffic your floors will endure- do you have animals with sharp or thick nails, do you have children that ride vehicles or roll trucks across your floors? You should also consider how much sunlight
and moisture your floors will weather.

There are six main types of hard flooring options: solid wood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, and ceramic tile.

Solid wood – This timeless, classic material has a natural warmth and impressive wear resistance that can be sanded and refinished several times. Solid wood may expand and contract with varying humidity levels and can dent and show wear easily, and fade from sunlight.
Installed cost: $5-$10 per square foot.

Engineered wood – This flooring uses a thin veneer of real wood or bamboo over structural plywood, giving
 he appearance of solid wood at a more affordable price. It doesn't wear as well as solid wood and some
may be too thin to even refinish once.
Installed cost: $4-$9 per square foot.

Laminate – Constructed of dense fiberboard with a photo beneath a clear-plastic protective layer, laminate can mimic nearly any flooring. The best laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than most wood. The perfection and repetition of pattern can compromise the realistic appearance of what you’re trying to mimic. Floors can’t really be repaired and must be replaced once the outer layer has worn through. Installed cost: $3 to $7 per square foot.

Vinyl – Easy installation and a vast selection of colors and designs make this a popular choice. Vinyl is also good at fending off dents scratches, discoloration, and stains. However, even the best products still look like vinyl close up, and the top-of-line product can cost as much or more than solid-wood and laminate.
Installed cost: $2 to $6 per square foot.

Linoleum – Made of linseed oil and wood products, linoleum is a natural, resilient material offered in lots of styles and colors. However, resistance to wear, scratches, and dents varies widely and it can also be relatively expensive.
Installed cost: $4 to $8 per square foot.

Ceramic Tile – This classic material resists moisture, wear, scratches, dents, and stains. Tiles can crack and grout can stain, and the hard surface often causes dropped cups and dishes to break more easily. Tile can be floated without the use of cement and grout, but that makes replacing cracked tiles even more difficult. Installed cost: $8 to $15 per square foot.

With so many types of hard flooring to choose from, you’re sure to find a material to fit your lifestyle and your budget. Once you’ve selected your material, it’s important to choose a style that’s fashionable yet has
classic staying power.

Wood-look flooring – Wood-look tile, vinyl and laminate will continue to trend as products improve in performance and appearance while offering more durability and a more affordable price tag than hardwood.

Wide plank flooring – Floor boards five inches or more in width are considered “wide plank.” These wide planks are a throwback to rustic cottages and colonial-era farmhouses, the wide planks also make rooms
look bigger. Longer and wider planks are rising in popularity as modern technology, and a variety of material choices, makes them more readily available and affordable.

Blonde flooring – Bright blonde wood and wood-looks are a new trend that is making spaces seem larger and lighter. Much like wall color, floor color can alter the perceived size of a space.

Gray flooring – Gray is a neutral staple in realty, on both walls and floors. Gray floorcoverings are still new enough to be trendy but will soon become a classic.

There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless. If you want something trendy that will last for the long haul, try going for large plank, blonde or gray wood/wood-look flooring.

Are you thinking about selling and you're wondering if new floors are a must before your home goes on the market?  Email us at info@lizmoore.com and we can help!

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 Spring Break Week at Maymont

Posted by Grayson Moore on Mon, Apr 02, 2018 @ 05:55 PM

Do you want to take your kids on an exciting adventure while also relishing the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather? Come and explore Maymont during Spring Break week through April 8th. Stop by Jack's Vegetable Garden and learn how to grow food, sow a seed and take it home to watch it grow. Visit the farm and hand feed the goats, or take a family-friendly tour of the Dooleys' Victorian mansion.  Explore Maymont's adventurous 100 acres of landkatherine-mccormack-65111-unsplash in a family scavenger hunt or get to know local Chesapeake Bay creatures in an animal touch tank. During spring break week at Maymont there are fun activities for everyone! Many activities require fees and/or advance registration. Visit the Maymont website for more information and for the calendar of events. Maymont is located at 1700 Hampton Street Richmond, VA 23220.

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