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New Prices in River's Bend at Uncle's Neck

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 09:58 AM

Only 8 lots left! River’s Bend at Uncle’s Neck is almost SOLD OUT!  There are a few limited opportunities for you to own your own slice of spectacular waterfront in this private, wooded community.  We have 6 creekfront lots left, starting in the $200’s, and 2 lots left on the Chickahominy River at $599,500 and $649,900.  One home is under construction at $769,900.  This is a rare opportunity to own acreage as well as to be surrounded by a nature preserve, just 20 minutes outside of Williamsburg.  Whether you plan to build now or in the future, for a primary home or a weekend getaway, call now to secure your piece of paradise before it’s all gone!

 

 

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What’s Happening in the Lot Market in Ford's Colony?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 02:35 PM

by Susan Krancer, REALTOR®, Liz Moore and Associates

Over the past 15 years, we’ve seen some dramatic activity in the lot market here in Ford’s Colony.  Sales skyrocketed in 2003 and 2004, and the data shown below actually underestimates the activity level since a significant number of lots were sold directly to buyers from the developer.  Developer direct sales were not captured by the Williamsburg MLS which is the source of these statistics.

ford's colony lots for saleYou might call the peak a buyer frenzy.  Buyers were confident, due diligence was lacking, and just about every lot that was listed for sale actually sold… and in a short amount of time.  Most of these buyers are now enjoying Ford’s Colony life in their custom built homes.  Some, however, have been trying to sell their lots and have fallen victim to a sharp market decline.  Most of the successful sellers have taken significant losses as we have seen lot prices fall by nearly 50% from the peak.

lots for sale in ford's colonyCurrently, there are 140 lots listed for sale.  Many of these have been on the market for years.  What’s behind the sellers’ motivation?  Most have had a change in circumstance which has derailed their plans to move to Williamsburg… health issues, loss of a spouse, desire to live closer to the grandchildren, etc.    Some have taken advantage of bargain prices on the resale market.  Some discovered that they could no longer afford to build the home they had planned to build.  Others found that the home they had planned would not actually fit on the lot they purchased.

Since construction in Ford’s Colony is scattered over the entire neighborhood, it’s hard to tell how many undeveloped lots are remaining.  Most people will be surprised to hear that we still have about 500 lots that have not been developed.  Buyers who are looking to build in Ford’s Colony can find plenty of options whether they are looking to downsize in St. Andrews Village, build a beautiful golf view home, or experience the ultimate privacy offered by the estate lots in Westport.

Where is the lot market heading now?  Well, we’ve historically seen a correlation between the lot market and builder activity.  Builder activity was nearly non-existent between 2007 and 2012.  We are now seeing an increase in both custom home construction and builder spec homes.  The long time Ford’s Colony builders are very busy.  Also, there’s a new level of excitement created by Wayne Harbin and the Southern Living Showcase Home and by several new builders who are now building new home construction in Ford’s Colony… specifically, Westmoreland, Stonehill, and Stephen Alexander.  Don’t be surprised if we start to see noticeable improvement in the lot market over the next couple of years.

Have you been thinking about purchasing a lot in Ford's Colony, or do you have a lot that you'd like to sell?  Contact Susan at 757-784-0363 or golfproperties@cox.net.

Tags: Home Sale Statistics & Trends, Fords Colony, Westport, New Homes, land

The Latest Issue of our Lots and Land Magazine is Here!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

We are excited to bring you the latest issue of the Liz Moore Lots & Land MagazineClick the image below to flip through the magazine featuring our newest lots for sale.

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Where to Start When Buying Land

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

By Susan Kracer

Have you thought about investing in land?  Maybe you are just looking to diversify your investments?  Maybe you’ve always wanted to build a custom home?  Now is a wonderful time to consider buying a piece of land.  Inventory levels are high, sellers are motivated, and interest rates are still low!  Whatever your reasons for considering a land purchase, I can give you some pointers to help you make the wisest choice.

 

How should you start? buying land

  • Well, if you want to build a home, you should first think about the type of home you want.  You don’t need the exact floor plan, but you need to know enough about what you want to have some rough dimensions for the foundation.  Believe it or not, intelligent people do buy lots that will not accommodate their desired home.  Either they fall victim to a slick talking salesman, or they just fall in love with a particular parcel, or they just come across a deal that’s “too good to pass up”.  Take some time and browse through house plans on the internet.  It’s fun!  And you will get some great ideas.  My favorite house plan sites are:  coolhouseplans.com, dreamhomesource.com, williampooledesigns.com, dongardner.com, and frankbetz.com.

 

Next, think about the location. 

  • Location is the main factor affecting the price of the lot.  Answering the following questions will help you choose your location.  What’s your budget?  How much can you afford to spend on the lot and still have enough money to build the home you want?  Do you want a “planned” community like Ford’s Colony or Kingsmill, or maybe a little more elbow room?  How important is a view?  How far are you willing to drive for work, shopping, school, restaurants, and recreational amenities? 

 

Other important questions: 

  • Are there any potential issues such as zoning issues, flood plain issues, drainage issues, shrink-swell soil, erosion concerns, etc?  What about developer charges, HOA fees, club membership requirements?  You need to factor everything in.

Once you’ve chosen your lot, then it’s time to start negotiating!  The best way to make sure you maximize your investment is to buy the property for a good price.  You will want to look at recent comparable sales and compare the property with other similar properties currently listed for sale.  You will want to include a study period contingency to allow yourself time to check the property out thoroughly.  Ask a builder to walk the lot with you, and talk with him about your concept for the house.  Make sure he doesn’t see any issues that you haven’t previously considered.  Read the home owners documents CAREFULLY. 

If you are buying purely for investment with no intention of building a home, then you have some different considerations.  The investment decision tends to be much less emotional and much more “by the numbers”.  How long do you anticipate holding the property?  The value will go up as land becomes scarcer, right?  What better investment can there be than the purchase of a limited resource like land?  You can count on it over the long term, but how long will it take?  Other factors to consider are:  Is the property divisible?  How is the property zoned, and will you need to get the zoning changed?  What’s involved with changing the zoning?  What are the population growth projections for the area?  Are there other costs involved with holding the land such as community fees, maintenance fees, and assessments?

As you can see, there are many, many considerations when you purchase land.  The best place to start is to hire an agent who is experienced in this particular specialty of real estate.  Email us today at concierge@lizmoore.com and we'd be happy to reccomend a great agent for you.  Or, click below to signup for our "Get the Scoop" program and receive email notifications when land goes on the market in your desired neighborhood.

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