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Westmoreland - Currently Building in Williamsburg, Virginia

  
  
  

Meet the Builder

Westmoreland, a renowned regional custom home builder, land developer, and generalnew homes for sale in Williamsburg contractor, is currently building in three neighborhoods in the Williamsburg, Virginia area: Ford’s Colony, Landfall at Jamestown, and Kensington Woods.

Westmoreland has a legacy of developing beautiful, quality custom home communities across the Tidewater area of Virginia. The team at Westmoreland was involved in dozens of neighborhoods including New Town, Holly Hills, and Landfall just to name a few local favorites.

Recently, Westmoreland focused their building efforts in the Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina markets. In these competitive, metropolitan markets, Westmoreland adopted very efficient building methods and techniques, resulting in better pricing and value for homebuyers. Westmoreland brings this competitive, efficient mindset to Williamsburg offering unique, quality construction with numerous upgraded features included in the base sales price, resulting in a great value.

Contemporary floor plans, stylish finishes, energy efficient features, unique architectural cues on facades, different home sitings, and mixed materials on elevations are all some of the craftsmen style, custom home features offered by Westmoreland. Other luxury features include granite countertops, tile backsplash, 9 foot ceilings, brushed nickel fixtures, dual
shower heads, jetted bathtubs, and walk in closets.

“We have very few change orders,” says Westmoreland President Eason Park. “Our homebuyers are already getting everything they want with our extensive impressive standard features list included in every home.”

Many energy efficient building features are offered on every home as well. Thicker exterior walls that fit more insulation, higher efficiency HVAC systems, and field applied spray-on house liners (much like a spray-on truck bed liner!) are a few of the green features offered standard on every home, resulting in lower energy costs for the homebuyer. “We chose to include the energy saving features that we believe provide the most value, standard
on every Westmoreland Home,” said Park.

Aside from building quality homes, Westmoreland offers exceptional customer service. A Liz Moore agent is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer any questions a homebuyer might have. Homebuyers are also invited to weekly meetings at their home site to review
construction progress. The homebuyer, their real estate agent, and the project superintendent review the progress over the past week and discuss the plan for the coming week. Buyers are able to ask questions along the way, resulting in better communication and more involvement. “It’s all about communication when you’re building a custom home,” said Park. “With our weekly meetings, everyone is on the same page and there are never any assumptions made.” Westmoreland operates on an “open book” system, allowing homebuyers to be part of the entire process, making each project more of a partnership. “No one is more critical of our work than the homeowner themselves and we invite them to our jobsite every week. We welcome their inspection.”

Even the home loan process is made as easy as possible for the homebuyer. Westmoreland has heavy financial backing and therefore doesn’t require construction financing, saving homebuyers time, money, and headache. Westmoreland Home buyers only have one initial deposit, and one closing.

The team at Westmoreland is a group of seasoned professionals, most with longevity with the company. Being a small company, Westmoreland has been able to retain the personal touch with every buyer and every home. Every project is truly a team effort with everyone working together to build a beautiful, quality home and truly impress each customer. “When people
really enjoy their jobs, it shows in their work product, it results in quality that can be seen in the homes they build,” said Park. “I’m proud to say that quality is evident in every Westmoreland Home project.”

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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Williamsburg Sales Dip - What Does this Mean Going Forward?

  
  
  

By Liz Moore

As you can see in the below graph, last year, the Williamsburg real estate market peaked in July.  This year, although up through May the market was following an identical upswing pattern (and only off 8 sales from the prior May), it has taken a significant downturn in the past 2 months.  This graph shows all price ranges, but as you might expect, the reversal is even deeper in price ranges over $450,000.

Williamsburg real estate

What does this mean going forward?  Only time will tell, but I am hopeful that the last 4 months of the year will show a softer than normal curve, so that as we look back at the end of the year, we will have held pretty steady with the positive numbers of 2013, if not come out even a bit ahead.

Months supply of inventory, days on market, median price, and % of sold price to list price stats have all held very steady all year, regardless of the dip in closed sales – so, that is a positive sign.  And, activity remains strong in the lower price points, which should continue to fuel the market.  As has been the case, aggressive positioning remains the key to getting homes sold in the current market climate.

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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Don't Fall Victim to These Decorating Mistakes When Selling You Home

  
  
  

You don't have to be a professional interior designer to get your home staged and ready to sell. You should, though, rethink that orange shag carpet in your living room!  HGTV has come up with a list of the biggest decorating mistakes found in American homes.  If youMP900407401 resized 600 are selling your home and find yourself guilty of these faux pas, fear not!  A little decorating change can go a long way in helping your home become more appealing to buyers.

1.  Too Many PhotosYou're either a photo person or you're not. Photo people feel very sentimental and have a hard time giving up the pictures on their walls and tables. The solution? Photo albums. 

2.  Ignoring the FoyerThe foyer is a terrific opportunity to make a statement. A foyer doesn't have to be something grand — any statement is better than none at all. Use paint to add color and hang a beautiful mirror or painting. A mirror is great because it's reflective, creating the illusion of more space. 

3.  Outdated AccessoriesDon't let your rooms feel dated by hanging on to older cabinets and especially hardware. Make small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen or bath cabinets for a big impact.

4.  Lopsided Furniture - If you have a sofa with a heavy bottom, don't add a big coffee table. Instead, use something light made of glass or with legs, and add a tall, thin floor lamp to help bring your eye up and make it more dynamic. Be sure to keep your furniture arrangements balanced to the eye.

5.  Following FadsFrom beanbag chairs to lava lamps, be careful of trends as it's difficult to get rid of those items once the fad is gone, especially furniture. Have fun with it, but be ready to recycle it when it goes out of style.

6.  Too Many Color PatternsIf you have too many colors or patterns in a house, it tends to look very busy, crowded and distracting to the eye.

7.  Improper LightingIn any room in the house, you want different types of lighting for various times of the day. Dimmer switches are a great secret weapon — they're cheap, easy to install and give an entire range of control of the mood and feeling of a space. 

8.  Ignoring Windows - Besides paint, window treatments are the easiest and least expensive way to change the look of a room. A good rule of thumb is to hang curtains two inches above the frame of the window. If you have high ceilings, hang them all the way up to the ceiling to make the room seem bigger. For a quick and simple look, add a small, linen Roman shade to block light and add an extra element to the space.

9.  Fake FlowersThis is a controversial topic, but fake flowers (and plants) are a mistake. They gather dust and don't bring life into your home like real flowers, which look and smell better. Fresh flowers are expensive, but there are other things you can do instead of buying them all the time. Put lemons or other fruit in a bowl for a punch of color. Or, use some dried natural material like curly willow or bamboo stalks for a fresh look.

10.  Visable ClutterUnsightly clutter and disorganization not only contributes to a stressful life but also ruins the entire look of a space. Invest in stylish storage baskets on a bookcase or shelf to keep small objects in their proper spot, or add an armoire for extra hidden storage.

Curious to see the checklist that home stagers use when they visit a property? Download one below, or email us at concierge@lizmoore.com to learn more.

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The Housing Market Holds Steady in Williamsburg Heading into the Fall

  
  
  

Williamsburg real estate statsAs Summer comes to an end, the Williamsburg area real estate market continues to hold steady.

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 7.0
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market. Inventory levels remain level, so we expect a steady early Fall market.
  • Current Median Sold Price - $295,000
    This number has been holding steady.
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.9%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 56 days
     
  • Closed Sales - down 6.1%
    (*closed sales are down 6.1% the past 12 months over the prior 12 months) 

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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Virginia Among the Top Ten States with the Most Farmers Markets

  
  
  

According to a recent article in the Daily Press, farmers markets are alive and well in Virginia, which was cited as a top ten state for the number of markets available in a new United States Department of Agriculture report.farmers markets in Virginia

With 249 markets listed, the Commonwealth comes in at No. 9, with California (764 markets), New York (638 markets) and Michigan (339 markets) rounding out the top three states with the most farmers markets.

Elaine Lidholm, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said she thinks the diversity of products grown around the state is one reason markets are prosperous in Virginia.

"Many states hang their agriculture industry on one or two products, say potatoes in Iowa or corn in Nebraska," she said. "We have fruits, nuts, peanuts, beef, pork, poultry, dairy, vegetables, eggs, seafood, sweet corn as well as corn for grain to feed animals, you name it. Many times our farmers' market growers are really diversified with heirloom tomatoes, eggs from heritage chickens or turkeys, vintage apples and other products. Virginia is diversified in terms of climate, topography, soil types and growing conditions so we can produce a wide variety of crops — think peanuts in the sandy soil and warm temperatures of Tidewater versus the rocky soil and cool weather of the mountains in the southwest where cattle thrive and cold weather crops do well."

Based on listings of markets on the VirginiaGrown.com website, central and northern Virginia seems to have the largest concentration of markets in the state; there are 10 markets listed in the Tidewater area.

It's not just the number of farmers markets that is impressive in Virginia, but the rate of growth. From 2007 to 2014, the number of markets in the state jumped from about 100 to more than 240.

Nationwide, the number of farmers markets has increase by 76 percent since 2008, with 8,268 markets listed in the most recent USDA report.

The nationwide numbers come from voluntary reporting on the USDA website. The markets are then entered into a database and are searchable by geographic location, product type and category.

The Peninsula Town Center in Hampton added a farmers market at their location last year. There are also farmers markets on Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg, on Main Street in Smithfield, in City Center in Newport News and in Riverwalk Landing in York County, among other spots on the Peninsula.

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5 Helpful Apps for DIY Home Repair

  
  
  

apps for home repairBefore putting your home on the market, chances are you have some repairs that need made. Big or small, the inner-handyman in us tends to come out at the mention of a DIY project. Take advantage of these home repair apps to keep you on task and help minimize disaster:

1. The Home Depot - As any DIY-er knows, finding supplies can be a hassle. With this app, you can research and purchase your tools, search the store inventory to see what is in stock, scan barcodes while in the store and you'll have access to hundreds of Home Depot DIY videos/how-tos. 

2. Benjamin Moore Color Capture - Dying to recreate the scene right in front of you? Snap a photo with this app and it will automatically create a palette from a selection of Benjamin Moore paints. You can then save the search and add notes, as well.

3. iHandy Level - Make sure your angles are straight with this nifty (and free) digital level.  A must when hanging picture frames, shelves, art, etc.!

4. Handy Man DIY - Never do math again! Just input and store room measurements and the app will calculate how much paint, flooring or trim you need for a project. 

5. Photo Measures - Take a photo of an object or room and write the measurements directly over it, thereby keeping all your measurements in one mobile place and removing the need for elaborate sketches.

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The Latest Issue of Our Hampton Homes magazine is Here!

  
  
  

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

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Financing the Conversion of a Home to be Handicap Accessible

  
  
  

Q:  Is there an easy way to finance the conversion of a home to handicap accessibility?

A:  Well, I’m not sure that there is an EASY way, but there is definitely a mortgage product for that. It’s called a 203(k) loan, and it’s an FHA loan product. It can be used for either ahome repair loan purchase, or also on a refinance.

Essentially, it allows a borrower to add the cost of repairs to a mortgage, so that they can be financed over time. On the streamlined plan, you can borrow up to $35,000 over the sales price for repairs or remodeling, as long as the appraisal will support it.

Here is how it works: An appraiser will do an “as is” appraisal, and then an appraisal that factors in your proposed repairs. As long as the improved value can be substantiated, you’re good to go! You must begin the work within 30 days of closing, and complete it within 6 months.

You could use a 203(k) loan to retrofit for handicap, or to remove it and restore a home to its previous condition (removing wheelchair ramps and grab bars, for instance).

There are lots of nuances to these types of mortgages, and it’s important that you work with a local lender who specializes in this product.

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New Kent - One of the Oldest and Most Charming Counties in Virginia

  
  
  
New Kent homes for saleNew Kent, Virginia is one of the oldest and most charming counties in the Commonwealth, with an English history dating back 400 years. Close to both Williamsburg and Richmond with Interstate 64 running right through, this county offers the best of both worlds!

New Kent is home to various wineries and golf courses, as well as Colonial Downs, one of the largest horse racing tracks in the country. Covered in pine and hardwood trees (66% of the county!), and 212 square miles of land and water, New Kent is abundant in recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, boating and nature trails.

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Groundbreaking at Westport at Ford's Colony!

  
  
  

homes for sale in Westport Ford's ColonyJoin us for a Groundbreaking Party at Westport at Ford's Colony, Williamsburg on Wednesday, August 20th from 8:30 -10:30 am. Enjoy Duck Donuts, coffee, and fun giveaways while touring the community of Westport.  

Unlike anything in the Williamsburg area, this newest addition to Ford's Colony offers home sites ranging from 3 to 5 acres with access to all the fabulous amenities.  

Also take the opportunity to meet Stonehill Builders and check out the first spec home. 

Learn more about this special new community at WestportAtFordsColony.com.  For more information about Westport at Ford’s Colony or to arrange a visit, contact Susan Krancer at 757-561-0025 or emailWestport@lizmoore.com for a brochure.

 

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