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Liz Moore Selected as The 2015 Small Business Person of the Year by The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

  
  
  

The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance selected Liz Moore, President of Liz Moore & Associates, as the 2015 Small Business Person of the Year at its annual membership meeting on September 23rd, 2014.Liz Moore and Associates

Every year the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance honors a Small Business Person of the Year screened from nominations made by the membership.  Nominees must be Alliance members and have been in business for at least 3 years.  Small Business owners are selected for their impact on the community and substantial employee growth, increased sales, excellent customer service, and response to adversity.

Moore opened Liz Moore & Associates in 2003, and has grown from 32 agents to over 100 during a very turbulent real estate market cycle.  The company is known for its innovative “No Surprises” marketing platform, as well as its service projects for our local military community and fundraising efforts for CHKD.  Over the past 10 years, the brokerage has added a second office in Williamsburg, as well as launching both Property Management and Commercial Services divisions, and has earned market leadership positions in both Williamsburg and on the Virginia Peninsula.

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Are You Looking for Waterfront Homes for Sale?

  
  
  

We are excited to bring you the latest issue of the Liz Moore Waterfront Property MagazineClick the image below to flip through the magazine featuring our newest waterfront homes and lots for sale.

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Hilton Village - The Nation's First Federal War-Housing Project

  
  
  

The nation's first federal war-housing project, Hilton Village in Newport News, Virginia is a planned community that was sponsored by the US Shipping Board and the Newport News Shipyard and sold to private homeowners after WWI. Street names in this 100 acre-tract, containing English village-type houses, honor government and shipyard officials.homes for sale in Hilton

Single family homes are mixed with duplex homes in this charming neighborhood.  Hilton Village's central shopping area is filled with antique stores, unique restaurants, a theater and other quaint shops.  At the end of Main Street you can find Hilton Elementary, one of the area's most sought after schools.  Directly behind Hilton Elementary is a playground, pier and the James River.

The Hilton Fall Festival, 4th of July Parade and the weekly Farmer's Market are just a few of the things make Hilton Village a great community. 

Homes in Hilton Village range in price from $110,000 - $349,900, and in size from 1,104 - 2,063 square feet.  

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Are Vaulted Ceilings Right for Your Next Home?

  
  
  

Are you thinking about buying your next home?  Chances are you have a list of "must haves", and a list of "never agains".  Vaulted ceilings are one of those features some love and some hate. Houzz.com came up with a list of pros and cons for this popular home feature to help you decide which side of the fence you are on.buying a home

Pro: They let the sun shine in.  Sky-high ceilings can make way for plenty of glass. If a home faces south (north in Australia), this can be a wondrous thing. Warm in winter, cool in summer — a room like this is the place to be.

Con: On cold and cloudy days, the vast spaces created by vaulted ceilings can be difficult to heat.

Pro: They make a room far more interesting.

Con: If you like your bedroom to feel as cozy as a cocoon, the light and airy vibe a vaulted ceiling creates may make it not the right choice for you.

Pro: They give hot air somewhere to go.  Planned well, vaulted ceilings can create an escape route for rising hot air. 

Con: High ceilings can make a home less energy efficient in the cooler months, with heat tending to sit uncomfortably out of reach. 

Pro: They can give a home serious rustic appeal.  Natural timber, rough-hewn rafters, matching floors and window frames — all these factors can work together to add charm to any style of home. When there’s a fireplace added to the mix, it can be an unbeatable combination.

Con: Dusting fans and changing lightbulbs are more challenging chores when vaulted ceilings come into play. 

Pro: They make the most of the roof space.  Why have an empty roof cavity when you can create a vastly more interesting ceiling.

Con: Ceiling detail is commonly created at the time of building. If you like the idea of adding a vaulted ceiling to your existing home, employing the services of a structural engineer and an architect is a must. Insulation options will need to be carefully considered, too.

Pro: Exposed rafters can add real character.  Vaulted ceilings give you the chance to make rafters a showstopping feature. Whether painted or left in their natural state, rafters can take a room from drab to flat-out fab.

Con: Soaring ceilings can make living spaces feel less warm and intimate. Strategies to visually lower the height of a ceiling will be necessary to avoid this — tall wall hangings or window treatments and low-hanging pendants are two such tricks of the trade.

Pro: They’re a great backdrop for dramatic lighting.  Oversize pendant lighting can turn a room from forgettable to spectacular, and a vaulted ceiling makes it easy to suspend just about any design.

Con: Big lighting may not be your thing, but without it vaulted ceilings can appear too high for comfort. 

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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The 2014 Fall Market in Williamsburg Starts Steady

  
  
  

As we move into the early Fall, the trends continue to remain steady for the Williamsburg, Virginia real estate market.Williamsburg real estate market

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.1
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  Inventory levels remain level, so we are expecting a steady early Fall market.
  • Current Median Sold Price - $290,000
    This number is down slightly from $295,000.
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.9%
     
  • Average Days on Market - dropped slightly to 55 
     
  • Closed Sales - down 10.2%

 

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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New Tool Helps Coastal Virginia Residents Assess Risks of Storm Surge

  
  
  

Living in Coastal Virginia and the surrounding areas comes with the risk of being affected by a hurricane or tropical storm.  Virginia Emergency Management officials have created a new tool to help coastal residents assess the risks of rising water in a storm surge.Coastal Virginia

“Storm surge” is an abnormal and potentially dangerous rise of water pushed to the shore by strong winds from a hurricane or tropical storm.  It is also the main reason that evacuations are ordered.

The Geographic Information System map provides users with the maximum storm surge risk at their current location or elsewhere.  The storm surge zones of this map indicate the maximum area that may be affected by a hurricane of a given value.

As each hurricane or tropical storm is different and forecast impacts may not reflect the modeled storm surge on this map, The Virginia Department of Emergency Management stresses that it is important for citizens listen to local emergency officials for evacuation instructions.

 

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Tickets on Sale Now to Tour the Southern Living Showcase Home

  
  
  

Southern Living is Coming to Williamsburg!

Don’t miss the upcoming Southern Living Showcase Home Event November 7 through the 23rdtickets are on sale now!

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Inspired 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 sale now for $10 in advance ($12 at the door) at www.WilliamsburgShowcaseHome.com, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity and Operation Welcome 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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12 Piece Moving Day Survival Kit

  
  
  

You found the perfect house, your contract was accepted, you made it to the closing table, and now it is yours.  Let the fun begin.  It's moving day! But first, grab your moving day survival kit.  As with any big life event, the unexpected will happen.  Houzz.com came up with a list of essentials for your moving day survival kit to help things running smoothly.buying a home

1.  At least a few rolls of toilet paper.  I think it is obvious why this is important.

2.  Aspirin and all of your medications. This is the second-most important thing to include. You'll be lifting boxes all day.  Some aspirin will come in handy.  And of course, if you take medications on a regular basis, moving day will be no different.

3. Toilet plunger. You never know!

4.  Cash. You should tip your movers.  

5.  Trash bags. You're going to want the big, sturdy yard trash bags as well as the clear recycling bags.

6.  Power strip and mobile phone charger. The power strip will come in handy because you'll probably clear one little area to keep chaos at bay and wind up plugging in a lot of various things, like lamps, a laptop, your phone and more.

7.  All-purpose cleaner, Clorox wipes and a roll of paper towels. Hopefully, move-in day will not be a big cleaning day. Good sellers will have your home thoroughly scoured for you before then, but you'll want to be prepared just in case.

No matter what, you'll want to give the toilet a cleaning, and some of your furniture may be dusty and have a cobweb or two as it comes off the truck. An all-purpose cleaner and paper towels should be enough to tide you over.

8.  Bottled water and granola bars. You're not going to remember to eat until you are very hungry. Have some immediate snacks around for sustenance until you can get a meal together, and by "together," I mean "delivered."

9.  Bandages. While a complete first aid kit is great for overachievers, soap, water, paper towels and a box of bandages should take care of any move-in mishaps. 

10. Notepad and pen. Moving day is a time when many to-do lists are made, new numbers are learned and names of neighbors who have stopped by and introduced themselves are furiously scribbled down before they fly out of your head. 

11.  Something to freshen the air. Whether you prefer a Glade plug-in, a bottle of Febreze or a fancy candle, even the cleanest house in the world will smell a little musty when it's been closed up for a while. Get your own favorite scent wafting through the air.

12.  Flashlight. This will come in handy at night as well as for checking out your new crawl space or any other dark corners. Speaking of light, be sure to pack a few extra batteries, a few light bulbs and a nightlight that will help guide you to the bathroom in this foreign place.

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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Are There Benefits to Being a Distressed Property Investor?

  
  
  

real estate investorYes, you’re reading it correctly. No, it’s not what you think.  This is the term classifying investors that are making a dent in the housing market by purchasing a short sale, a pre –foreclosure, and sometimes bidding against the banks at auctions. If you’re a first timer, savvy investor, experienced investor, or simply a collective group of  individuals , you should consider these properties.

The one downside is dealing with the banks, or as we call them REO or Real Estate Owned Corporate, which can turn in to a rather complicated situation.

However, since 2009 real estate investors have grown  from the large wholesale conglomerates to individuals starting out to take advantage of the bargains. Not content with investing in stocks and bonds, the new savvy investor gets a greater satisfaction from a “hands on” approach .

The investor has several  options with his properties. Once owned , it can be rehabbed and sold for a profit. Depending on its condition, it can be flipped with minimal improvements and sold for a profit. Another option is to hold on to the property if it is in fair condition and rent it for a monthly cash flow.

Whatever avenue you choose to be a savvy investor in Hampton Roads, it does not take an expert to make good return on investment from real estate.

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Looking for a Home in York County?

  
  
  

We are excited to bring you the latest issue of the Liz Moore York County Homes MagazineClick the image below to flip through the magazine featuring our newest York County homes for sale.

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