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Let's See Those Photos of Your Favorite Places This Month!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 08, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

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The Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest is highlighting photos in the "Special Places" category during the month of August.  Submit your photos at www.lizmoore.com/love and we'll select winners from that category at the end of the month.

Remember, this year's overall photo contest will run through October 15, 2018, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  We will be awarding prizes such as an iPad, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  

Thank you for showcasing why you love where you live!
                                                                                       
                                                                                            (Icy James River, Photo Credit: Amber Krug)

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The Love Where You Live Photo Contest is Back!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jul 20, 2018 @ 02:45 PM

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We had so much fun a few years ago with the Liz Moore Love Where You Live Photo Contest that we've decided to do it again! 

Who doesn’t love to take photos of the things that make them smile?  Whether you know your way around a sophisticated camera, or you just enjoying taking photos of your cat with your iPhone, we’d love for you to enter!  

Enter photos in categories such as Recreation, Community, Pets, Special Places, and more. 

The photo contest will run through October 15, 2018, and at that time we will select the grand prize winners.  Over $4,000 in prizes will be awarded including an iPad, Busch Gardens Season Passes, cash, and more!  We will also be running “mini contests” each month – stay tuned for details.

Enter as many times as you’d like!  Visit lizmoore.com/love to enter and to view our photos entries so far.

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A Trip to the Waterpark Makes for a Perfect Summer Day

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

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With temperatures heating up, we’re all looking for places to cool down.  Waterparks are the perfect place for the whole family to cool off together and have some fun.  Luckily, there are many options just a short drive away, making a trip to the waterpark the perfect summer day trip!

The largest and best-known water park in Virginia is Water Country USA.  The 43-acre park has state-of-the-art water rides and resort-style amenities. From water thrill rides and giant slides, to lazy rivers, a giant wave pool, and multiple children’s splash areas, there is truly something for everyone at Water Country.  Live entertainment, restaurants, souvenirs, cabanas, and locker rentals are available for guests.  Admission is $60 for guests over 3 years old.  

Kings Dominion is a theme park just north of Richmond in Doswell featuring thrill rides and roller coasters as well as a water park called Soak City, all included with your admission ticket.  Soak City is a 20-acre water park featuring two wave pools, a lazy river, thrilling water slides, an interactive splash pad for children, and more.  Cabana and locker rentals are available, along with several food choices and souvenir shops.  Admission for guests over 48 inches tall is $68.00 and junior/senior prices for those under 48 inches is $46.00. 

Ocean Breeze Waterpark is located in Virginia Beach and features over 30 rides, slides and attractions.  Features include a one million-gallon wave pool, a lazy river, many body and float slides, and many slides and areas for small children including two water play structures.  Cabanas, lockers, four eateries and three snack spots offering treats like slushies and dippin’ dots.  Cabanas and sunbrellas are available as well as locker rentals and souvenirs. 

Cobblestone Park (formerly known as Overhill Lake) in Glen Allen is a large pool/waterpark with over one million gallons of water, fun water slides, anchored floats, waterfall mushrooms, and sand beaches with 20-foot-wide umbrellas and picnic tables. Admission is $15 per person for a day pass, and children 32 inches and under are free.  

Hadad’s Lake, located in Richmond, is a swimming lake and picnic ground that offers something for everyone.  The water is filtered and chlorinated with a sandy bottom. There are two shallow 0-4 ft. deep and one large 15 ft. deep swimming areas that include rope swings and the super launch, “The Blob.”  There is also a three-acre lake for fishing and row boating, seven pavilions, 12 gazebos, several hundred picnic tables with umbrellas around the swimming and lake areas, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, 18 hole mini-golf, two children’s playground areas, and a clubhouse.  Guests are asked to bring their own life jackets if they have them as the Lake only carries a limited number and they are required when using the inflatables.  Children one and under are free, all others are $14.00 per day.

H2OBX covers 80 acres and is located three miles north of the Wright Memorial Bridge, the northern gateway to the Outer Banks.  Resort style amenities are available including 50 private cabanas with luxury service. Four food and beverage outlets, lockers, and Wi-Fi are also among the conveniences.  The waterpark has more than 30 waterslides, pools, and attractions for visitors to enjoy.  Guests can ride the waves on a FlowRider, float along an adventure river, body surf in two wave pools, and experience a 1,000-gallon bucket dump, in addition to an array of traditional rides and attractions. A large younger children’s area is also available featuring a pirate-themed aqua play structure with over seven slides including the Champagne Bowl body slide, and five other kid’s body and tube slides.  Admission for those over 42 inches is $41.99, children under 42 inches are $29.99, and children age 2 and under are free.  

Maui Jack’s Waterpark just opened in May 2018 in Chincoteague. Visitors can enjoy brand new waterslides and floating on the lazy river.   Cabanas, locker rentals, concessions, and souvenirs are available.  Full and late day passes are available.  Full day rates for children under 47 inches are $17.99, $22.99 for adults and those over 48 inches, and seniors 65 and older are $19.99.  

Many parks offer online discounts, military discounts, group rates, coupons, and season passes.  To learn more, visit each park’s website for detailed information.

Waterparks...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Treasure Hunting for Incredible Deals on Furniture

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 01:54 PM

Green Front Furniture is one of the nation’s top 100 furniture resellers with locations in Virginia and North Carolina. The original and largest location is spread over several blocks of downtown Farmville, Virginia (population 6,845), a small town along the Appomattox River about an hour south of Charlottesville in Central Virginia.

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Green Front comprises 15 buildings of furniture, including four renovate 1840s tobacco warehouses, and six main street storefronts, stocked to the brim with fine home furnishings, rugs, imports and accessories. This sprawl of no-frills buildings has no air conditioning in August, or heat in January. That's one reason the prices of high-end sofas, beds, tables, lamps and mirrors are so low.

Green Front draws fervent fans from hundreds of miles away including many interior designers. It’s not unusual to see license plates from South Carolina and Delaware, or diplomat plates from Washington, D.C. Green Front has even draw many international shoppers (Green Front ships all over the world) with some customers flying private jets to the tiny Farmville airport, but luckily Green Front is an easy day trip from our area.

Many dedicate an entire day to the unforgettable experience of exploring Green Front as it has more in common with a scavenger hunt than it does with the typical trip to the local furniture store. Massive brick warehouses, towering piles of rugs, mazes of furniture - Green Front is a vast, discount furniture utopia waiting to be explored.

The operation began many years ago when Richard Cralle, Sr. bought Green Front Grocery. Richard passed the store down to his son, Dickie, (Richard Cralle, Jr.) who, after graduating from nearby Hampden-Sydney College in 1965, decided to try the furniture and rug business and switched from dry goods to home goods, and Green Front Furniture was born.

Cralle started buying up abandoned department stores, historic warehouses and gas stations on Main Street in Farmville, a once-thriving tobacco town. Over the years, Cralle’s real estate empire has turned Main Street into a tourist attraction for shoppers attracted by discounted home furnishings.

Rugs make up about 35 percent of the operation’s sales, and they are the main attraction for many customers within a 500-mile radius. Cralle says his discounts are 40 to 50 percent off what he calls “usual retail price” because he and his buyers go directly to global rug weavers, to broadloom mills in Georgia and to furniture makers in North Carolina and pay cash.

His overhead is notoriously low. The 90 employees wear shorts in the summer and coats in the winter. There is no catalogue or online buying, no evening or Sunday hours. Forget carefully staged room settings. Here, burlap
bales of rugs clog the aisles, and insulation sticks out of the walls. In the infamous Rummage Pile, hundreds of 2-by-3-foot or 3-by-5-foot Orientals are priced at $30 to $100 and tossed in a Filene’s Basement-style jumble.

Visiting Green Front can be a bit overwhelming so it’s helpful to prepare yourself. This shopping scavenger hunt will put your perseverance to the test, but if you endure you will be rewarded with fine furnishing at fabulous discounts!

Your exploration will be primarily self-guided, with a Green Front Field Guide mapping the way and helping you find specific styles and manufacturers. Be sure to pick one up upon arrival, you can’t shop Green Front without it! Some other items that are helpful to bring on your shopping expedition are a tape measure, fabric and paint samples to find complimentary pieces to your existing furniture and wall color, and of course your walking shoes!

All of that shopping and walking will certainly work up an appetite. Downtown Farmville has many
delicious dining options, a few of our favorites are Charley’s Waterfront Café, Fishin’ Pig, Walker’s Den,
and Uptown Coffee Café.

If not everyone in your party is interested in shopping there are many other opportunities for exploration and fun. Nearby you’ll find High Bridge Trail, the slow-flowing Appomattox River, Longwood and Hampden-Sydney Colleges, museums, and bed and breakfasts.

In the same way, Green Front captivates its visitors with its wide selection of rugs and furniture, Farmville captivates visitors with its small-town charm and variety. So, plan a day trip to Green Front Furniture for a fine furniture scavenger hunt and be sure to enjoy Farmville while you’re there.

For more information, visit www.greenfront.com.

 

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2018 Cupcake Wars was a Sweet Success!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 @ 11:40 AM

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Cupcake Wars is an annual fundraiser for Liz Moore and Associates, so be on the look out for when the 2019 date is announced!

CHKD and L&LS...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Liz's Predictions for the 2018 Williamsburg Real Estate Market

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 06, 2018 @ 02:02 PM

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2017 was a solid year for local real estate. Here in Williamsburg, closed sales finished up 2.1% for the year, with pending sales up over 8%, which indicates a strong start to 2018. Much like last year, we did not experience the typical holiday slowdown, which also bodes well for sales activity in the New Year, despite some
early snow events in January. And, I must brag a little bit on our office, we outpaced the market 5 fold last year!

We are entering 2018 with less than 4 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 39
days. That is good news for sellers who are priced properly and in good condition, or for prospective sellers who are thinking about diving into the market. Nationwide, most markets are experiencing inventory shortages,
which is the single biggest factor keeping a lid on the number of sales.

The exception here is the luxury market, where sellers need to be significantly more patient – there is currently 18 months of inventory priced at $750,000 and up in Greater Williamsburg.

Prices remained remarkably steady during the past 12 months, with the median sales price in Williamsburg
slightly above $300,000 for most of the year, and finishing up at $314,900.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

Consumer confidence has been our biggest challenge in recent years, especially during
the contentious presidential election. With that now behind us, activity levels have definitely regained
momentum. Record activity in the stock market has also translated to increased real estate interest.

My expectation is that there are many sellers who have been waiting for more favorable market conditions
to list – and that will continue to happen as we move toward Spring. We have seen a significant jump in
new listings over the past few months, signaling that wise sellers recognize the importance of beating the
competition to the Spring market.

As prices continue to climb due to the inventory shortage, consumers will realize that moves need to be made
ASAP in order to take advantage of an 8 year streak of historically low rates and home values. It’s important to
note that the market can shift quickly, and it will not surprise me to see a highly competitive Spring season for
homes selling below $500,000.

Interest rates will begin a slow and steady climb this year.
Interest rates have been perplexing over the past 12 months. Most predicted the inevitable ascent would begin as the economy gained steam, but rates remained lower than predicted, most likely because the feds were hesitant to do anything that might inhibit the momentum of the recovery.

I believe that 2018 will be the year that interest rates incrementally increase, but the question remains by how much and how frequently. The good news is that this is a sure sign of a strengthening economy, but the bad news is that each hike raises the bar on home affordability. My prediction is that this will add some urgency to the market this year, particularly in the lower price ranges.

Prices will finally begin to show improvement in many neighborhoods.
Prices are neighborhood specific, and some areas are definitely improving faster than others. The overall Greater Williamsburg market appreciated 3% in 2017, and I expect will continue to trend toward more normal appreciation rates (5 to 6%) in 2018 and beyond.

If a home purchase is on your New Year resolution list, buy early in the year, as interest rates have a much greater impact than most realize. For instance, waiting for prices to drop 5% to save $12,500 on a $250,000 purchase may cost you an extra $225 per month in payments; if rates increase from 4% to 5.5%, then your payment increases from $1194 to $1419. For most buyers, the affordability index of monthly payments is a more critical consideration.

We were fortunate to participate in 1 out of every 6 home sales in greater Williamsburg in 2017, insuring our position as the #1 agency in the local market. Your support and referrals are much appreciated, and we promise to deliver the extraordinary client experience that has become our hallmark!

*All stats based on Broker Metrics for WMLS, 23188, 23185, and 23186 residential home sales in 2017

If you are looking to buy or sell a home this year, email us at info@lizmoore.com.  We'd love to help!

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Savoring Williamsburg's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Feb 02, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

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The 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 a few favorites for relaxed, beer-savoring good times with friends in Williamsburg, where the Jamestown settlers brewed as far back as 1607:

Alewerks Brewing Company
197 B Ewell Road, Williamsburg
Award-winning brewmaster Geoff Logan has operated this craft-brewing stalwart for the last decade on the site of '90s-era forerunner Williamsburg Brewing Company.

Alewerks features seven year-round beers, including only-on-tap Shorty Time IPA and Good Luck Irish Stout, as well as a long line of seasonal, specialty and limited-edition beers. And befitting its tenure, Alewerks has a prominent presence at local fairs and festivals.

Alewerks recently opened a 3,000-square-foot shop in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets serving 10 beers on tap. Alewerks also has teamed with Colonial Williamsburg to produce specialties such as Dear Old Mum Spiced Ale and Old Stitch Brown Ale from 18th-century English recipes. 

Amber Ox Public House
521 Prince George Street, Williamsburg
Founders and longtime friends Chris Cook and Andrew Voss, both restaurant and home-brewing veterans, want Williamsburg's newest brewpub (it opened in December) to maintain “the perfect balance between innovative, Southern-inspired cuisine and an extraordinary offering of regional beers, wines and spirits.”

Their chef, Troy Buckley, has devised a down-home menu deep in locally sourced products and highlighted by fried buttermilk chicken and sweet tea brined pork chops.

Amber Ox, with room to seat 180, has 18 draft handles featuring a combination of its own beers and specially selected “guest draughts.” Its full bar also serves wine and a tantalizing list of creative cocktails.

Brass Cannon Brewing
5476 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg
Phil Norfolk, Scott Kennedy and Tony Artrip founded Brass Cannon in 2012 in a cramped Toano warehouse, brewing with what they call a “Frankenrig” system of leftover industrial parts. It took a while, but Brass Cannon spread out to its state-of-the-art, 20-barrel facility, painted bright green and gold, in 2016.

Brass Cannon offers five year-round beers including Smoothbore Stout, a gold-medal winner at the 2017 Virginia Craft Beer Cup.

The brewery offers a diverse list of limited release beers, none as unusual as its fan-fave Langrage Line. It's an experimental series of small-batch brews produced by random combinations of, as the owners say, “whatever we feel like using at the time.” Langrage beers rotate often and are available only in the tap room.

Virginia Beer Company
401 2nd Street, Williamsburg
College of William & Mary grads Chris Smith and Robby Willey worked in finance before founding Virginia Beer Company in 2016. Brewmaster Jonathan Newman joined them from SweetWater Brewing in Atlanta. They run an inviting tap room and beer garden just down the road from the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

Virginia Beer keeps a fresh draft rotation, mixing seasonal brews, its New World-style Saison and an array of cask and experimental small-batches with its four popular year-round offerings; Wrenish Rye Amber Ale, Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout, Free Verse IPA and Saving Daylight Citrus Wheat.

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Amber Ox Brewpub Now Open in Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 10:38 AM

Williamsburg's newest brewpub, Amber Ox, is now open at 521 Prince George Street in Williamsburg.  

They serve farm-to-table and Southern-style cuisine with a contemporary twist, offering fare like sweet tea-brined pork chops, shrimp and grits and pimento macaroni and cheese. 

Amber Ox brews its own unique beers — like its Country Brunch Stout, Gritz pilsner and Kung Fu Kitten IPA — but also showcases Virginia and regional craft beers, ciders, liquors and all Virginia wines.

Some of our favorite clients were treated to a VIP Soft Opening of the brewpub last week and experienced all that this new spot has to offer! 

 

 

 

"When inspiration hits, sometimes it’s with a mouthwatering plate of smoked beef brisket with spicy tomato chowchow and a mug of full-bodied craft beer. At least that’s how the idea for the Amber Ox came to us. We’ve been friends for decades, working and collaborating together in the restaurant industry, and we share a passion for great food and craft beer. We saw a need for a cool, creative, casual and approachable new eating and drinking establishment in Williamsburg, and we decided to meet it." - Co-owners Chris Cook and Andrew Voss 

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Liz Moore Raises over $3,200 for Dream Catchers

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 10:42 AM

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This past weekend, Liz Moore, President of Liz Moore & Associates, participated in the Cowboys Uncorked fundraising event at the Williamsburg Winery.  Liz was thrown in the Cowboys Uncorked Jailhouse and needed to raise bail money to be released.  She raised a total of $3,240!

All money raised benefits the Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center.

Dream Catchers is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide life-changing equine assisted activities and therapies to children and adults with special needs.  Each year, the Center provides over 4,000 lessons to about 500 students from 4 years of age to senior citizens in their 90’s.  

Thank you to all who donated to this amazing cause!

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What's New in the Market?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 @ 11:15 AM

We are seeing a lot of encouraging statistics coming out of our three markets!

An increase in homes sold on the Peninsula:

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An increase in median sales price in Williamsburg:

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And a drop in days on market in Richmond:

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It's a great time to buy and sell!  If you are thinking about making a move, email us at info@lizmoore.com and we'll be happy to put you in touch with an agent who specializes in your area. 

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