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Bluebird Gap Farm - Nestled on 60 Acres in the Heart of Hampton

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 02:49 PM

We are just days away from the start of Spring, so why not begin planning your outdoor activities now? Bluebird Gap Farm Hampton

Nestled on 60 acres in the heart of Hampton, Virginia, Bluebird Gap Farm is a family-friendly day trip that is a rare find in an urban environment.  In addition to the beloved ducks, there are 150 domestic and wild animals for your kids to interact with.  Bring your quarters, so you can get animal feed from the vending machines for a more “interactive” experience. Or you may want to plan a picnic, to enjoy the scenic wildlife and surroundings.  There is also a playground, a nature trail, and a stage for special events and activities.

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St. Patty's Open House Weekend on The Peninsula and in Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

No matter the type of home or area you are looking for, we have something for everyone!!lma_stpats-logo-1.jpg

For those looking to get lucky with a brand new home in Williamsburg, visit our new homes parade Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm.  Builders will be on hand at many of the homes on Sunday to answer your questions.  For a list of participating properties, download our brochure below.  

Download our New Homes Parade Brochure

Are you looking for a pot of gold on The Peninsula?  Check out our open houses in Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown and Poquoson at www.lizmoore.com/openhouses.  Register to win a $100 gift card to Park Lane Tavern at each resale open house you visit.  Click below for a list of participating properties and open house times.

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Tags: Buyers, Hampton, York County, Newport News, Poquoson, New Homes, Williamsburg

Closed Sales Up 9.5% in October on the Virginia Peninsula

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 02:33 PM

The number of closed sales continues to rise on the Peninsula forecasting a strong late Fall market.  What is currently going on in the real estate market?LMA_info-nn-10-15-1.jpg

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 6.9
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - up slightly to $174,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.66%
     
  • Average Days on Market - down to 90
     
  • Closed Sales - up 9.5%

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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Tags: Home Sale Statistics & Trends, Hampton, York County, Newport News, Poquoson

Neighborhood Spotlight: Merrimac Shores in Hampton, Virginia

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Sep 01, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

Merrimac Shores is a well established waterfront community in Hampton, Virginia with phenomenal water views, gorgeous tree-lined streets, an adjacent marina and charming homes of varied architecture including cape cod, victorian, tudor and colonial homes. Rich in history,homes for sale in Merrimac Shores Merrimac Shores is named in honor of the first Confederate ironclad, U.S.S. Merrimac, which battled the union fleet at Hampton Roads in 1862.

Homes in Merrimac Shores range in price from  $239,900 to $976,000 and are 2,088 to 4,815 square feet in size.  

The Homeowners Association is optional, and the fee is $35 per year. The marina carries an extra fee. Just minutes from downtown Hampton, Langley AFB, I-64 and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, Merrimac Shores is conveniently located to everything Hampton, Virginia has to offer.

Want to Get the Scoop on Merrimac Shores homes for sale?  Simply click below to fill out the form, designating Merrimac Shores as your selected neighborhood, and you’ll receive automatic e-mail alerts when any new listings come on the market in Merrimac Shores, or when any closings take place, so that you can monitor home values in Merrimac Shores.

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Closing Sales Up on the Virginia Peninsula

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 02:39 PM

Increases in sold prices and closings on the Peninsula are pointing toward a strong Summer market.  What is currently going on in the real estate market?

  • Months Supply of Inventory - 6.9real estate market
    Six months of inventory is considered a balanced market.  
  • Current Median Sold Price - up slightly to $168,000
     
  • % of Sold Price to List Price - 97.15%
     
  • Average Days on Market - 96.3
     
  • Closed Sales - up 3.2%

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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Hampton Bay Days Canceled

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

If you have lived in Hampton Roads for any amount of time, you know that Hampton Bay Days is an end of Summer staple.  After more than 30 years running, organizers announced that this three-day event has been canceled.

Hampton Bay Days

According to the Daily Press, the group's decision comes a week after the city announced it would cut cash funding and in-kind contributions to the nonprofit group that organizes the festival in future years.

Hampton Bay Days president Chuck Leavines said the city's announcement led to sponsors and vendors pulling out of the event.

Leavines was flanked by close to two dozen supporters who stood while he spoke then left the City Council chambers after Leavines ended his comments.

                                     (photo source: Hampton Bay Days)

Bay Days was held each September and drew thousands of people downtown, attracted by the bands, fireworks, vendors and other entertainment.

This event has received numerous awards from Coastal Virginia Magazine and Veer Magazine in recent years including "best outdoor festival" in 2012.

According to the event's Facebook Page, the Hampton Bay Days Organization is still in operation and future events are still in the works.

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Summer Open House Extravaganza!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 03:29 PM

open housesCalling all house hunters!  Visit a Liz Moore open house between now and July 31st, 2015 and you'll be entered into a drawing to win some amazing prizes.  Prizes include:

  • free home inspection
  • free home appraisal
  • free home warranty
  • free settlement fee
  • Lowe's gift cards
House hunters can register for the drawing at every Liz Moore open house.  The more you visit, the better your chances are of winning!
Click below for a list of open houses and to view complete contest rules.
Summer Open House Extravaganza Participating Properties

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15 Places in Virginia That Are Amazing and Free!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 02:37 PM

Summer is coming and that usually means keeping the kids, and your out-of-town guests, occupied.  OnlyInYourState.com came up with a list of 15 places to visit in Virginia that are amazing, and better yet, free!things to do in Virginia

1. Mt. Trashmore, Virginia Beach
Built on the site of an old landfill, Mt. Trashmore has turned trash into treasure with 165-acres of park space that has something for everyone. The park features picnic shelters, trails, 2 fishing lakes, a skate park, the “Kids’ Cove” playground, basketball courts and more. As a Virginia Beach City Park, it is free to the public.

2. Virginia Beachfront and Boardwalk
Who doesn’t love sand, sun and ocean? But Virginia Beach is much more than that. The beach offers year-round activities along the beachfront and boardwalk, including street performers, live music, kite festivals, sports, hot rod and classic car shows and more. The best part is that many of these events are absolutely free. Just pack a picnic and enjoy the fun.

3. Maymont, Richmond
With over 100-acres of manicured gardens, a farm, petting zoo, nature center and an historic mansion, Maymont is a Richmond treasure. Stroll the grounds, see wildlife, visit the Japanese Gardens and simply enjoy the beauty of this park. The Dooley Mansion and children’s Petting Zoo have $5 suggested donations and the nature center has a nominal fee, but the rest of this amazing park is yours to enjoy for free.

4. Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg
Located on the James Madison University campus, this stunning oasis offers forested walking trails, botanic gardens and a wide variety of educataional resources. The arboretum is the only one of its on a college campus and is open to the public at no charge 365 days a year.

5. Colonial Williamsburg
Virginia’s largest living history museum is located at Colonial Williamsburg. While there are fees for some attractions, it is easy to spend a day, or days, walking through the masterfully recreated streets of Williamsburg for a look at life in colonial Virginia without spending a cent. Many reenactments, gardens and countless exhibits are open at no cost to the public.

6. Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon
This Fairfax County park shows a beautifully preserved glimpse into farm life in the mid-1900s and is the last working farm in the county. See the blacksmith shop, smoke house and barns along with pigs, goats, cows, sheep, rabbits and horses on this real-life dairy farm. Special events include cow and goat milking, wagon rides, educational tours, interactive camps and equestrian events.

7. Bluebird Gap Farm, Hampton
In the heart of urban Hampton, Bluebird Gap Farm has over 150 species of domestic and wild animals, including farm animals, llamas, birds of prey, alpacas, tortoises and peacocks. Picnic shelters and playgrounds, along with an antique barn showcasing farm and home antiques from the past several centuries, ensure that there is truly something for everyone.

8. Virginia Creeper Trail, Abingdon
For 34 miles, the Virginia Creeper Trail takes you through some of the most beautiful landscape Virginia has to offer. The trail is considered Virginia’s premier mountain biking trail, but there are sections that will fit any skill level. Bike rentals and shuttle services are available, or bring your own bike, pack a picnic and enjoy the ride.

9. Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Smyth County
Featuring the highest peak in Virginia at 5,729-feet, Mt Rogers National Recreation Area covers 200,000 acres and offers 500 miles of trails, beautiful forests, rock formations and herds of wild ponies. Activities include hiking, fishing, swimming, picnicking, camping, hunting, biking, bird watching and much, much more.

10. Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge
Only 18 miles out of Washington D.C., the Mason Neck Wildlife Refuge on the Potomac River was the first national refuge purposed specifically for protecting bald eagles. This free refuge hosts eagles, herons, deer and many other species of wildlife on 2,227-acres of forest, marsh and Potomac shoreline.

11. Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk
This beautiful refuge features Lake Drummond and offers over 200 species of birds and wildlife including deer, black bear, bobcats, river otters and more. Encompassing 112,000 acres, it is truly an escape into another world with trails through pristine forest and marshlands.

12. Foamhenge, Natural Bridge
An exact replica of Stonehenge made entirely from Styrofoam? I’d pay for that, but thanks to the generosity of Foamhenge artist and local artists, Mark Cline, Foamhenge is free for all to enjoy and love.

13. Luray Singing Tower, Luray
This bell tower near Luray Caverns was built in 1937 as a memorial to Colonel T.C. Northcott’s wife and is officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial. It houses a carillon of 47 bells, the largest weighing in over 7,600 lbs. You can imagine the incredible sounds these bells make – or you can hear them for yourself, free of charge, with regularly scheduled 45-minute concerts throughout the spring, summer and fall.

14. McCormick Observatory, Charlottesville
Take a closer look at the stars in the McCormick Observatory at University of Virginia. On the first and third Friday of each month, the Observatory is open to the public for tours, education and solar observation through the astronomy department’s high-powered telescopes. The events are weather dependent so call (434) 243-1885 for the Public Night Information Line.

15. Udvar-Hazy Center, Dulles
As the a companion site to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Udvar-Hazy Center is an remarkable collection of air and space artifacts. The two massive hangars contain an I-Max theater, a Concorde, the space shuttle Discovery and countless other examples of aeronautics throughout the decades. An observation tower allows you watch planes coming in out of Dulles International Airport, one of the world’s busiest hubs, ensuring that kids will love this site almost as much as the adults.

Interested in finding more things to do in and around the Historic Triangle? 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 the Historic Triangle, in either paperback or e-book version by clicking the button below.

 

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Are You Looking to Buy a Home in Hampton?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

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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Is It a Sellers Market on the Virginia Peninsula?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 @ 02:25 PM

Months Supply of Inventory on the Virginia Peninsula is the lowest it has been in a long time!  What does this mean?

A balanced real estate market is around a 6 month supply of inventory. We are currently at 5.7 months on the Virginia Peninsula. This means that if no new houses entered the market, it would take 5.7 months for all of the homes currently for sale to go under contract.

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The challenge we are seeing right now is that a lot of the homes on the market have been passed over by buyers, either because of price or condition. Being the number of new homes coming on the market is down, there are not a lot of choices for the buyer.

When buyers don't have many choices, they are being forced into multiple offer scenarios, something we haven't seen on the Peninsula in years. 

Are you thinking about selling your home this Spring?  Now could be the time!  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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