The Liz Moore Market Watch Blog

Introducing Leanne Hester, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 02:29 PM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Leanne Hester, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Tags: Newport News

Introducing LizLocal.com!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 @ 03:11 PM

liz lpcal.jpgAt Liz Moore & Associates, we understand that our role as REALTORS is about far more than selling homes – we connect people to the community that they will call “home.”

We are often asked about local events, and to recommend our favorite local businesses and restaurants.  So, we decided to create a website dedicated to just that:  introducing LizLocal.com!  Log on to find information on local events in Richmond, Williamsburg, and on the Peninsula.  We’ll share the inside scoop on events like the Carytown Food Tour in Richmond, Boathouse Live coming to City Center in Newport News, and special events at Busch Gardens you won’t want to miss.

In addition to event info and stories about our favorite local businesses, you’ll also find video recommendations for restaurants (including what we like to order!).  Do you have a favorite you would like for us to feature?  Just let us know at info@lizmoore.com.

You can also tag your photos on instagram with #lizlocal to share them on the site, which is another great way to plug your favorite venues.

And, of course, you can search local real estate listings, subscribe to one or more of our digital real estate magazines, or order an e-version of one of our hyper local books – 101 Reasons to Love Living in RVA or 101 Reasons to Love Living in the Historic Triangle.

Check it out at www.lizlocal.com...Real estate is local – so are we!!

My Village Park Experience - "They made sure everything was taken care of before we moved into our dream home"

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 @ 08:27 AM

26230206_10155903941034223_2262678914345279487_n.jpg"Working with Wayne Harbin and his company was a wonderful experience!! We couldn't imagine our home in a more perfect way! They helped us pick everything out and answered any and every question we could think of. Shirley Hammond with Liz Moore was beyond amazing. She and the Harbins made this process of building a new home so easy and fun. We never had any problems throughout this whole process and they all made sure everything was taken care of before we moved into our dream home. Thank you all again!!"

- Jordan and Chris McDougal

Village Park of Poquosona community of 26 town home units, is masterfully crafted by Wayne Harbin Builders and located in the heart of Poquoson. Offering a small town atmosphere with friendly neighbors who have a common interest in the well-being of the city and their families, Poquoson is near major employment sites including Langley Air Force Base, NASA, Fort Monroe, and The Newport News Shipyard.

Interested in Village Park of Poquoson?  Click below to download the price list.

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Tags: Buyers, Poquoson, New Homes

Savoring Richmond's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 03:33 PM

beer.jpgThe craft brewery boom has beer lovers everywhere hopped up, and Virginia is no exception.

The Commonwealth boasts 206 breweries, 13th most in the nation. They produced nearly 300,000 barrels of traditional and wildly innovative brews last year. That’s part of an explosion that’s seen U.S. craft breweries triple in number to more than 5,000 in just five years.

Not coincidentally, 2012 is also when Virginia’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 604 allowing breweries to sell beer and their patrons to drink it on-site. That’s translated into an amazing 486-percent increase in Virginia breweries.

Craft breweries, though, are so much more than high-ceiling warehouses cranking out lagers, stouts, porters and IPAs with cool labels and catchy names. Craft tasting rooms have become modern cultural centers, warm and welcoming community hubs - family and often dog-friendly - that are fun, vibrant boosts to their town's quality of life.

Shadowed by looming stainless steel tanks where the hops, yeast and water join forces, tasting rooms thrive now as special-event venues, trivia parlors, music halls, food-truck and corn hole fests, even yoga studios.

Craft breweries and beer tourism add over $9 billion to Virginia’s economy, according to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who calls Virginia “a premier destination for craft brewers and consumers from all over the world.”

Craft brewing is a collegial world in its own right. It thrives on the principal that all who brew are colleagues, not rivals, inspiring each other to greater creativity and beer innovation.

We’ll drink to that!

Here are just a few of our favorites for relaxed, beersavoring good times with friends in and around Richmond, a nationally acclaimed hotbed of craft breweries:

Center of the Universe Brewing Co.
11293 Air Park Road, Ashland
COTU recently celebrated five years of brewing in the heart of central Virginia. Founded by brothers Phillip and Chris Ray – Chris pitched in the major leagues for six seasons – the brewery features four year-round brews: Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, Chin Music Amber Lager, Pocahoptas IPA and Slingshot Kolsch. Enthusiastic former home brewers, the Rays use traditional, all-natural methods to brew their ales with whole ingredients. They’ve created a comfortable and friendly tasting room - food can be brought in or ordered for delivery - with plenty of space and two dozen options on tap.

Speaking of plentiful, COTU frequently holds Plant Nite, where horticulturally inclined patrons can get their gardener on while sampling the fruits of the Rays’ labor.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond
It’s true destiny that childhood friends Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh teamed to open Hardywood Park in
2011. McKay worked in the craft beer industry for years, becoming a recognized expert, and Murtaugh comes from three generations of brewmasters. They named their own brewery after an Australian sheep ranch familiar to them both. Business is definitely hearty: Hardywood has expanded to Charlottesville and is set to open a brand-new brewing facility in Goochland in 2018.

The owners’ expertise has produced one of Virginia's top rated and most awarded breweries. Hardywood complements its flagship Singel, Pils and VIPA with a staggering number of seasonal, barrel, pilots and “brewer
and artist series” offerings.

Stone Brewing Richmond
4300 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond
Craft-beer aficionados know that Stone rocks. Competition was fierce among cities a few years ago for California-based Stone’s East Coast brewery and distribution center. Richmond’s sky-rocketing craft-brew scene won out.

The evidence is Stone’s striking 220,000 square-foot brewery and company store, part of the Fulton neighborhood's revival. Stone also has plans in the work to build an RVA version of its Southern California World
Bistro and Gardens next door.

IPAs are Stone’s trademark game. It brews six different varieties for year-round enjoyment as well as an impressive menu of seasonals, special releases and collaborations.

Brewery tours are popular, but just relaxing in the comfortable, picnic-table filled tasting room fronted by a
family-friendly patio is fun, too. Pay attention getting to Stone, though: there is no outdoor signage, so it’s easy to drive past the parking-lot entrance.

Veil Brewing Company
1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond
Despite operating only 1½ years, Veil fans rave that their favorite place is among the best and busiest craft
breweries on the East Coast. Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, the cushy tasting room is already famous for a cool vibe and very welcoming service. Veil draws high marks for all facets of its operation, not the least of which is a pair of its most delicious flagships - Master Shredder, a wheat IPA, and double IPA Crucial Taunt.

Co-owned by brewer Matt Tarpey, Veil in fact was named the third-best new brewery – in the world! – by
RateBeer.com. Make a note to yourself: Must. Visit. Veil.

Interested in finding more things to do in and around Richmond? Subscribe here to our blog as we post ideas frequently.  You also can purchase a copy of Liz’s recently published book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond, in either paperback or e-book version by clicking the button below.

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Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Richmond, lizlocal, lizlocal-Richmond

Cupcake Wars for CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 09:18 AM

Mark your calendars – our Annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 9th from 11am – 2pm (or until we run out of cupcakes) in ALL THREE Liz Moore offices! Get creative and donate your prize winning treats, or stop by and pick up some baked goods for your sweet tooth. All proceeds will go to CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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For more information on how you can contribute to this event, email Lynnette at lynnettetully@lizmoore.com.
Help us spread the word by inviting your friends and sharing the Cupcake Wars facebook event on your timeline!

Tags: Locals - 101 Reasons, Community, event, event-Peninsula, event-Williamsburg, event-Richmond

Introducing Cheri Nice, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 03:38 PM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Cheri Nice and the Nice Team, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Tags: Peninsula

Introducing Deelyn Neilson, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 @ 09:48 AM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Deelyn Neilson, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

 

Tags: Williamsburg

Can you Guess the Industry's Forecast for the 2018 Color of the Year?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Dec 27, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Every year around the end of the year, paint manufactures, designers, fashion editors, and printers all announce what they believe will be the color or colors of the upcoming year. These selections are derived from many sources including art, architecture, museums, gardens, travel, fashion, food, and cocktails; even pop culture, politics, technology, and social issues can influence these color selections.

In 2016, simple, understated white hues like Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster White that went with everything were trending, and are still great choices for a bright neutral paint.

In 2017, we saw a shift to darker neutral shades. Deep greyish blues and purples, along with some warm neutrals and even a bold yellow made the list.

The forecast for 2018 is even deeper and bolder colors. The Pantone Color Institute predicts intense colors over pastels for the coming year. “Intense colors seem to be a natural application of our intense lifestyles and thought processes these days,” says Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute executive director.

One of the first companies to release their prediction was PPG Paints, who for the first time in history picked a black paint as their color of the year. PPG named Black Flame as their Color of 2018 and they describe it as an “unprecedented, statement-making black with deep tones of indigo.” This dark shade evokes feelings
of privacy and classic modernism.

You can expect to see more announcements in the twilight color palette like dark blues, greens, and charcoal tones paired with the ever-popular warm neutrals like golden yellows and muted pinks.

But you won’t only see dark hues in 2018. In Sherwin Williams’ Colormix® Forecast 2018, they predict next year will be about three bright color palettes which they've dubbed Unity, Connectivity, and Sincerity. All of these combinations are surprising and guaranteed to pack serious happiness into a room.

Behr announced “In the Moment” as their 2018 Color of the Year. Behr says, “This cool, tranquil spruce blue is inspired by nature and is a soothing, restorative coalescence of blue, gray and green.”

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Buyers can think about using these bold saturated colors in smaller doses, such as for an accent wall, in a niche or on the ceiling only, rather than on all four walls in a room. Paint manufacturers also release of palette of several trending, complimentary colors every year, many of which include more neutral shades of white, grey, and tan.

Homeowners are in no way expected to change the color scheme of their home with each passing color trend. Where these selections can be useful, however, is when there's a particular color being touted that you really like. It becomes much easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories that coordinate with the favorite hue because it's trending.

Another interesting aspect of the Color of the Year announcements are the names of the hues themselves.

The process of naming these colors in rigorous and well thought out, often involving color specialists, marketing professionals, and lawyers to name a few contributors. Where you once saw a shade named Bright Red, today you'll see a similar red named Heartthrob or Spirit Warrior. In today’s competitive paint market, manufacturers want consumers to connect with their colors. Color names can typically be divided into four categories: visual, geographical, emotional, and experiential. Studies have shown that paint names are often the ultimate tie breakers with so many similar color choices on the market.

So, next time you’re shopping for paint colors, consider what’s trending and how those colors and names make you feel. Want to learn more? Visit:
www.ppgvoiceofcolor.com
www.sherwin-williams.com
www.behr.com 

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Tags: Buyers, Sellers, New Homes

My Village Park Experience - "Satisfied Even the 'Pickiest' of Buyers"

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Dec 21, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

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"I just wanted to say thank you to Wayne Harbin Builders, Shirley Hammond (Liz Moore), as well as Fulton Mortgage and Lytle Title for making our recent home purchase one of the easiest things we have ever done.  Being a first time homebuyer and having a picture in your mind of exactly what you are looking for can be a very daunting and exhausting process.  When we had decided two years ago that we were ready to downsize and buy our first home, we never realized we would be house hunting for so long.  One look at the Village Park Townhomes in Poquoson ended our search.  The townhomes are beautiful both inside and out with quality material and endless upgrades that satisfied even the “pickiest” of buyers.  Our buying process couldn’t have been any easier thanks to Shirley Hammond and her team from Liz Moore.  From start to finish we were led through the entire process from offer to closing and beyond.  We are extremely happy with our decision and am pleased to call Village Park our home."

- Sam and Debbie Botelho

Village Park of Poquosona community of 26 town home units, is masterfully crafted by Wayne Harbin Builders and located in the heart of Poquoson. Offering a small town atmosphere with friendly neighbors who have a common interest in the well-being of the city and their families, Poquoson is near major employment sites including Langley Air Force Base, NASA, Fort Monroe, and The Newport News Shipyard.

Interested in Village Park of Poquoson?  Click below to download the price list.

Download the Village Park Price List

 

 

 

Tags: Poquoson, New Homes, Village Park

Introducing Charlotte Turner, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

Rainmakers are selected based on their sales accomplishments earning them a spot among the top 20% of Liz Moore & Associates top performers.

In additional to sales volume standards, Rainmakers share client-centric philosophies, a dedication to being masters of their craft, and a commitment to giving back to the community they serve.

Introducing Charlotte Turner, a Liz Moore Rainmaker!

 

Tags: Williamsburg