The Liz Moore Market Watch Blog

September Market Talk with Liz Moore & Keith Freeland - Live on 92.3 the Tide

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Sep 28, 2023 @ 02:31 PM

Mortgage Loan Officer Keith Freeland from Movement Mortgage joined Liz Moore and Andy Harris from Tide Radio in the studio to talk about problem solving. The trio explored why the real estate market has slowed this year. Keith also explained how homeowners can leverage their home equity to sell their current home and turn a profit, which allows them to pay off others forms of debit such as credit cards and student loans. 

Check it out:


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Home Décor Trends: Early 2000s to 2020s

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 23, 2023 @ 07:03 AM

shutterstock_1471595687By Lauren Cummings

Home décor has changed a lot since we opened our brokerage in the early 2000s!

Then: Open Floor Plans
Now: Private Spaces
Open floor plans were all the rage in the early 2000s, and most floor plans today have this feature as a result of that demand. When the pandemic expanded the popularity of remote work to many Americans, we saw a significant shift in buyer preferences. Private spaces became important to accommodate multiple people on Zoom and working from home. This change in lifestyle inspired creative ways to divide space; we’ve seen an increase in barn doors, bookshelves, and good old fashioned room dividers to do the trick. Outdoor living spaces are also in high demand.

Then: Dark Brown Wood
Now: Lighter Woods
Red dining room walls were in style in the early 2000s, often paired with Tuscan kitchens and autumnal décor. Trends change, and now-a-days, light and airy is in! The Scandinavian blonde and rustic light oak wood is more sought after, and you will notice this style in newly renovated homes as opposed to homes that were 
designed in the early 2000s. White kitchens are back!

Then: Metal Finishes
Now: Natural Textures
Bronze finishes, limestone, and brown were the trifecta of the trendy 2000s home décor. Bronze faucets were 
very common, and they are starting to make a comeback today! However, the Queen Bee of texture in the 2020s has so far been the natural look. Light wood, wicker, and rattan is here to stay for at least a little while longer.

Then: Cozy, Dark Living Rooms
Now: Abundant Natural Light
Warm and cozy was a common theme within early 2000s homes, and that extended into the living area. 
It was common to see living rooms designed with dark wooded entertainment areas. The couches were 
shades of brown or black and included recliners, and sometimes included cupholders. We really knew how to 
live comfortably after a full day at work! 

Today, a common style is grey or light-colored couches in a bright, airy living area. Along with the lighter 
wood, the room will have access to abundant light. This could also be a trend influenced by the pandemic 
as people spent more time at home, it was necessary to keep the space as bright and happy as possible.

What are some trends that you wish to see make a come back in the next year? Let us know!

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Add Curb Appeal for Less than $100

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 06:53 AM

shutterstock_128049851Whether you're looking to add some curb appeal to your home for your own enjoyment (or to keep up with the neighbors next door!), or you're getting your home ready to sell, here are 10 simple ways to give a great first impression from Virginia REALTORS...all under $100!

Freshen up the garage door.
Start with a fresh power wash or scrub. You can even pick up decorative accents for garage doors for under $30 at a hardware store. That and a new coat of paint = major impact!

Mulch your beds. 
When you smell the fresh mulch in the air, you KNOW the flower beds are looking extra sharp. Some stores even run sales on bagged mulch during this time of year, so keep an eye out.

Add window boxes.
What better way to add some life and color to an otherwise neutral space than a few flowers? Pick up the few supplies you need (window box kit, soil, and your favorite plants) at the local store and get planting!

Add an outdoor rug.
If there’s space and the porch is covered, add a decorative and durable rug for a touch of comfort. This can make the area cozy and colorful to visitors and potential buyers.

Plant a mailbox garden.
Pick up some mulch and your favorite flowers at your local store. Choose a small area around the base of your mailbox and plant away! Give your home an extra touch that will be seen as soon as buyers pull up.

Install some landscape lighting.
Do you have a pathway or landscaping leading up to your home? Place a couple small lights along the way to illuminate your lawn at any time of day.

Hang a wreath.
There are wreaths for every season, and they can give the front door an inviting feel. Whatever the time of year, find a wreath that fits your home’s style. Don’t forget the hanger!

Clean the gutters.
Take some time to clear away debris from the roof and gutters that may have piled up over the last few months. One afternoon and a few tools could make all the difference in how clients view the home.

Wash the windows.
Dust off the winter residue with a fresh cleaning of the windows. This quick task can make the home shine bright.

Add some porch plants. Whether you prefer potted flowers on the steps or hanging plants, this final (and simple) touch will provide the look you need for potential buyers.


Thinking about selling?  Start by finding out how much your home is really worth!

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Buying Real Estate...Then and Now!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Aug 09, 2023 @ 07:03 AM

buyersBy: Lauren Cummings

So much has changed within the real estate industry since we opened our brokerage, especially with the process buyers use to search for homes. Today, buyers  have far more control over the process!

Home Search
When it comes to searching for a home, today’s buyers have advantages with technology that wasn’t always available to them. In 2003, homes were advertised in local newspapers and homes magazines, which meant that a new listing might take more than a month to be marketed to the public due to the publication dates of 
print materials. Of course that delay  a really big deal back then, because the MLS wasn’t computerized: new listings were published in thick blue books which were delivered to REALTORS every 2 weeks. Today, consumers can access new listings immediately as MLS entry is dynamically fed to broker websites, consumer 
portals such as and Zillow, and search apps like Homesnap. Liz Moore & Associates 
also dynamically promotes listings 24/7 in a variety of digital magazines.

The internet has also impacted home showings dramatically. In 2003, you had to book an appointment 
with an agent to see the interior of a home or visit at an open house. Today, many agents utilize 3D home tours 
online, enabling prospective homebuyers the ability to virtually walk through the home from the comfort of 
their living rooms. This resulted in buyers being able to make an offer on a property from across the country, 
without physically seeing it.

New technologies have replaced the old carbon-copy versions of sales contracts, as well as the disappearing 
purple ink of fax machines. Digital signatures are common, and most real estate contracts are executed via 
email. Another change? Our sales contracts have gone from 2 or 3 pages to over 15, with multiple addenda!

Age of First Time Buyers
The age of first-time home ownership has risen over the years. In the 1970’s and 80’s, it was typical for first 
time buyers to be in their mid to late twenties. Today, it is more common to see first time buyers entering 
the market in their early 30’s. This is undoubtedly due to a combination of factors including the rise in both 
the cost of living and home ownership, as well as an increase in student loan debt.

Average Sales Prices
The average sales price of a home 50 years ago was just $23,400, while in 2022 it has climbed to $389,500. 
While that may seem shocking, the upside is that there are millions of homeowners who have built generational wealth simply by purchasing homes that appreciated over the years.

With the advent of Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies, it will be fascinating to see what 
the real estate experience of the future looks like!

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Liz Moore & Associates is excited to welcome Savitri “Vidi” Payne as Director of Property Management

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Aug 01, 2023 @ 02:26 PM

vidiLiz Moore & Associates, a leading real estate agency renowned for delivering an extraordinary client experience, is delighted to announce the appointment of Savitri ”Vidi” Payne as the new Director of Property Management. Vidi's extensive experience and impressive track record make her a valuable addition to the Liz Moore & Associates team.

As Director of Property Management, Vidi will spearhead the firm's property management division, overseeing a diverse portfolio of nearly 600 residential properties, and a team of 9 property managers and support staff. Her role will encompass implementing innovative strategies to optimize return on investment for owners, enhancing client satisfaction, and strengthening the company's position as the premier property management service provider in the region.

With nearly 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, Vidi brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her new role. Her keen understanding of market trends, property regulations, and tenant relations has earned her a reputation for delivering exceptional results and fostering long-lasting partnerships with property owners and investors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Vidi Payne as the Director of Property Management at Liz Moore & Associates," said Liz Moore, President. "Her dedication to excellence and proven leadership in Tidewater property management make her the perfect fit for this role. We are confident that Vidi's expertise will further elevate our property management services, and we look forward to achieving new heights under her guidance."

Vidi shared her enthusiasm for joining Liz Moore & Associates, saying, "I am truly honored to be a part of such a reputable and forward-thinking company. Liz Moore & Associates' commitment to delivering an extraordinary client experience and its outstanding team of professionals align perfectly with my values and aspirations. I am excited to contribute to the company's growth and build upon the solid foundation it has established over the years."

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Not Your Mama’s Wallpaper!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jul 14, 2023 @ 06:42 AM

By: Lauren Cummings

The days of light and airy décor may be a thing of the past as trendy wallpapers are resurfacing in the designer's eye in 2023.

Do you remember the wallpaper from your mother’s kitchen or dining room? Floral and patterned walls gave a space a personality of its own. The minimalist style has been reigning over home décor for quite some time now, but maximalism is finally making a grand comeback.

Maximalism is all about details! The idea is that the layers, colorful variety, and eclectic flavor truly maximize a space - establishing an identity within a room. That’s why wallpaper is an aspect of a room that should be focused on when getting into décor mode. As the largest surface area in your home, giving it extra attention to detail can completely transform the aesthetic and energy of a room.

We have the industry’s predictions for the fate of wallpapers in 2023 – and believe us, they are not your mama's wallpaper!

Be Bold!

Did you know colors have a direct impact on your mood? A term called “dopamine dressing” refers to mood-enhancing wallpapers that offer aesthetically pleasing comforts. Optimism, motivation, and happiness are the main ideas – picking out wallpaper with colors and patterns that remind you of these keywords is a great way to add your own touch to create a fun and comfortable space.

The Garden of Immortality, Mustard Yellow - Roll


Stripes and Wavy Stripes

Softness and fluidity are what we are striving for with stripe-patterned wallpaper. Wavy stripes resemble the ocean, which evokes feelings of calmness and relaxation. We’ve seen stripes that are subtle and stripes that are bold – and we love them all! To really make a space relaxing, try blue and green hues with your striped wallpaper to create a space that is dedicated to mindfulness.

Double Inky Stripe Wallpaper


70s Revival

Retro designs are making a comeback! Rattan furniture and shaggy rugs aren’t the only 70s styles that are reviving. Wallpapers with repeating geometric patterns, rich and vibrant colors, and curved edges pair perfectly with your 70s-inspired groovy décor.

Keep on Rollin' Wallpaper in Duck Egg Blue, Burnt Orange and Sand


Make a Statement

Large-scale prints and murals are flooding Pinterest boards and making statements! These stunning walls tell stories – and you get to choose which story you want to tell. Moody florals, abstract paint strokes, botanical scenes – the potential for creativity in your space expands when you go this route for choosing your wallpaper.

The Tree Brunch Wall Mural, Vintage Tree Wallpaper, Hand-painted Wallpaper, Art Wall décor, Nursery and room décor, Wall art


Let us know!

What wallpaper trend are you happy to see make a comeback? What would you like to see left in the past? Let us know your thoughts!



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Liz Local Magazine: 20th Anniversary Special Edition

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jul 11, 2023 @ 02:14 PM

From the Virginia Peninsula to Williamsburg to Richmond to the Northern Neck, we are celebrating making real estate dreams come true for 20 years.  Check out our special edition 20th Anniversary issue of Liz Local Magazine by clicking on the cover.




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“Live” Intelligence

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 26, 2023 @ 02:52 PM

By: Liz Moore

I have an elderly aunt in the Bay Area of San Francisco who is thinking about moving into a senior community.  Before I reached out to find a great REALTOR in her market to begin exploring selling her home, I googled “average prices in Walnut Creek California” and here was what I got:



Wow.  If I were simply a consumer trying to pinpoint market value, I would see answers ranging from $777,000 to $1.1M.  That’s over a $300,000 swing!  True, there is a difference between median and average, and also a difference between pending and sold…but, still – that’s a LOT of potential cash left on the table if an unwitting homeowner were to go it alone.

There is a HUGE difference between artificial intelligence and “live” intelligence.  Pricing a property is tricky business, and even more so in our current volatile market.  Relying on an algorithm like Zillow or Redfin misses all the nuances of the local market that only an experienced agent can bring to the table.  Even then, it takes hours of study and thoughtful comparison and adjustment to do a thorough job, because every sold property is unique.  Even for me with almost 40 years of experience in real estate, I wouldn’t begin to be able to accurately determine fair market value in a different state (and if I pretended that I could, it would be irresponsible).

Want to hear something really interesting?  I logged into ChatGPT (an artificial intelligence source) and asked for the average sales price in Walnut Creek, California.  Guess what it returned?  “to obtain accurate and reliable information on the average sales price in Walnut Creek, California, I would recommend that you contact a local real estate professional.”

Hmmmm.  Pretty intelligent 😊.

Are you looking for the fair market value of your home?  Email me your address!

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Liz Moore & Associates Marketing Insider - Quarters 1 & 2 2023

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 16, 2023 @ 06:33 AM

In our first ever issue of the Liz Moore & Associates Marketing Insider, we highlight all the great work our team has done in the first half of 2023 in the realms of marketing and charity in our communities.  Check it out!



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Market Talk with Liz: April 2023

Posted by Liz Moore on Wed, May 03, 2023 @ 02:19 PM

cover-May-03-2023-06-15-28-8798-PMWelcome to the 2nd quarter 2023 edition of Market Talk! 

My goal is to walk through what’s happening in the market, and bring some clarity to those of you who are making real estate decisions this Spring and Summer.

The 4th quarter of 2022 saw a sharp rise in interest rates which cooled the frenzied housing market considerably. This was the result of the Fed’s rapid hikes to the federal funds rate in the final months of last year in an effort to halt inflation.

Rates doubled, which translated to a 38% increase in a typical monthly payment for a home buyer, which in turn caused a large number of buyers to put the brakes on their home searches.

mortgage rates

As a result, we began 2023 with a much different temperature in the market than most of last year. The buyers who remained in the market in January were skittish, and frustrated by the rapid rate acceleration.

For the first time since before the pandemic, we began to see buyers offering less than asking price, and in some cases even getting seller concessions. Home inspections and appraisals became the 
norm again, and buyers found themselves in a better bargaining position to ask sellers to make repairs than they had been in a long time.


In February in our Richmond office, offers accepted for less than asking or at asking price were 62% of the market, while bidding wars were only happening on approximately 38% of the listings.

asking price rvs

Just as buyers were beginning to feel that the market pendulum was swinging back to their favor, things heated up again in March. We saw a sharp rise in multiple offers as it became clear that the number of buyers was still outpacing the inventory.

By the time our March report was published, offers over the asking price had increased to 50% of all sales!


In February in our Peninsula office, for example, offers accepted for less than asking or at asking price were 59% of the market, while bidding wars were only happening on approximately 39% of the listings.

asking price nn

Just as buyers were beginning to feel that the market pendulum was swinging back to their favor, things heated up again in March. We saw a sharp rise in multiple offers as it became clear that the number of buyers was still outpacing the inventory.

By the time our March report was published, offers over the asking price dipped just a bit to 36%.


In February in our Williamsburg office, for example, offers accepted less than asking price climbed to over 50% of the market, while bidding wars were only happening on approximately 25% of the listings.

asking price wbg

Just as buyers were beginning to feel that the market pendulum was swinging back to their favor, things heated up again in March. We saw a sharp rise in multiple offers as it became clear that the number of buyers was still outpacing the inventory.

By the time our March report was published, offers over the asking price doubled in 30 days, representing 50% of all sales.

Northern Neck

nnk mt

By the time our March report was published, offers over the asking price dipped just a bit to 36%.

It seems that the market is delivering mixed signals right now, but I believe what is really happening is that there are several different markets colliding at the same time:

• For listings that are well priced and in good condition, there are still fewer homes available than there are buyers who need or want to move, and so that segment of the market is still pretty “hot,” with multiple offers and sellers enjoying the upper hand.

• For those sellers who have jumped into the market at the last minute (fearing that they’ve missed the gravy train of 2021 and early 2022, and accordingly pushing the envelope with unrealistic prices), they are experiencing a longer time on the market, and weary buyers pushing back with lower offers containing normal contingencies.

Markets are also experiencing different activity levels based on price point and location, which can seem confusing. Now, more than ever, it’s important to have a seasoned agent advising you on negotiating strategies whether you’re a buyer or a seller (or both).

Thinking about making a move?  Let us guide you through these market conditions!



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Timing the End of a Rental Lease and the Purchase of Your First Home

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 27, 2023 @ 06:53 AM

leaseIs your lease up this Summer?  Timing the end of a rental lease and the purchase of your first home doesn't have to be stressful.  Here's what you need to know.

Start with a local real estate agent who can help you manage your timeline. 

Your agent will help you:

Step 1: Get pre-qualified so you know how much you can comfortably afford.  There is grant money available to help you with down payment and closing costs…ask us more!

Step 2: Start your home search.

Step 3: Find the ideal home for you, and negotiate a contract with terms to suit your budget and your timetable.

Step 4: Love your first home!

If your lease is ending, let one of our agents guide you through the next steps.  Click here to get started!

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Market Talk with Liz: January 2023

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Feb 02, 2023 @ 02:47 PM

By: Liz Moore

Welcome to Market Talk!header

I’m Liz Moore, President of Liz Moore & Associates, and today  we’re going to talk about what’s happening in the local real  estate market. This past year was a roller coaster ride, and  it has left many people questioning whether now is a good  time to move. The market is actually pretty complicated  these days, and it’s important to have a solid understanding  of what’s happening and how it will affect YOUR move.

My goal is to bring some clarity about what’s really happening in the market, and how you can leverage that to accomplish your personal real estate goals.

So, let’s get to it!

The biggest story last year has been the dramatic increase in  interest rates. While that may have been a positive influence  on our savings account ROI, it dramatically dampened the real estate market by causing prospective homebuyers to  hit the “pause” button as they watched their monthly house payments significantly increase in record time.

Graph 1

Fewer buyers in the market resulted in a slowdown in multiple offers (in many cases, but not all), which in turn slowed  down the percentage of listings that are selling above asking  price. For the first time in several years, buyers are once again  in a bargaining position to ask for closing cost assistance  from sellers, to negotiate repair requests from home inspections, and in some cases to even pay less than asking prices.

So, in a nutshell, the pendulum has swung back toward a more  balanced market. You’ll see in the chart below that offers over  asking are running less than 30% in our local market, while offers under asking have crept over 40% of all offers. It’s important to note that these trends differ based on price point and  neighborhoods, and your REALTOR can counsel you on what  is trending in the specific market you’re considering.


Graph 2

Asking Price Trend Peninsula


Encouraging News for Buyers

What does this mean if you’re interested in buying? It’s definitely good news. Although interest rates took a big jump  last year, they have come down over a percentage point since  the peak at over 7% last Fall. Several local lenders are marketing programs offering a credit toward a later refinance if  and when rates do come down. There are also a number of  creative financing options available, like an interest rate buy  down or adjustable rate mortgages, that make ownership  in the current climate even more affordable. Your REALTOR  can review your options with you, and recommend a local lender who has such programs available.


Graph 3

For most, not having to pay thousands of dollars over list  price, guarantee appraisals, and waive home inspections and  repairs more than makes up for the increase in interest rates.

Perhaps even more important to weary buyers is that they  have more choices than they have had for quite some time. Not only is inventory beginning to tick up, but the pace of the market has slowed, eliminating the frenzy that has characterized the past few years. This means that buyers can consider their choices in a far more reasonable market climate.

How About Selling?

For those considering selling this year, the market is a bit  more complex. Inventory remains low (although we’re anticipating an increase in available listings as the Spring season warms up), which means sellers are still commanding strong prices, even when there aren’t bidding wars. And, for those sellers who will turn around and buy, it’s finally a market that will allow you enough breathing room to accomplish a door-to-door move.


Graph 4


My advice to sellers who are considering a move is to do it sooner rather than later. Local inventory is hovering just less than 2 months. The uptick in inventory may mean lower offer prices as as the market continues to cool.

As I said at the onset, the market is complicated these days,  and it’s more important than ever that you have an experienced professional advising you. I recommend that sellers reach out to their REALTOR for an annual “equity check-up” to review the current market value of their home. That’s a great opportunity to discuss any improvement plans to see if the cost vs. value ratio makes sense, as well as explore what's happen in the mortgage world. Knowledge is Power!

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Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Dec 29, 2022 @ 07:18 AM

By: Lauren Cummings

Some homeowners may argue that selling your home in the winter season is the best time of the year to be on the market. Here are a few reasons why:

• Prospective home buyers are serious, motivated, and ready to buy. winter

• Fewer choices on the market lead to less competition and receiving closer to your asking price.

• Some houses show even better over the holidays.

If you adjust your marketing approach to align with the advantages of the winter  season, the process will be exciting and inspiring for you and potential buyers. 

First Impressions Matter

• Buyers aren’t expecting to see lush green lawns in the wintertime, but lawn upkeep is a noticeable 
first impression. Trimming, edging, and discarding  leftover fall leaves and debris will go a long way 
toward impressing potential buyers.

• Outdoor lighting is especially important in the  dark winter months. Illuminate the pathway to 
your porch as a courtesy and the exterior of your  home to showcase it.

• Holiday lights are a decorative advantage of the season. Don’t hesitate to put up exterior lights;  however, leave room for potential buyers to use  their imagination – refrain from making it too 
visually cluttered.

Placing Interior Décor

• The same advice for interior holiday décor applies;  holiday décor adds to the beauty of the home, but 
keep in mind not to cover any marketable aspects that buyers will want to see, such as the stair railing. 

Creating a Warm Ambiance

• Lighting the fireplace, playing calming music, and  using subtle scents are great ways to make your home 
warm and inviting for showings.

• Adding throw pillows and throw blankets is a nice  touch and adds to the cozy ambiance. 

• Always leave the heat on for showings. Keeping  a warm temperature in the home offers a welcoming 
atmosphere and prevents chilly distractions. 

Applying this marketing strategy will compel the buyer to visualize their own space, creating excitement for the wintertime in their cozy new home.

Ready to get started?  We can help!  Click to find an agent in your area who can help you get your home sold this winter.

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Interior Design with Pets in Mind

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Sep 23, 2022 @ 06:56 AM

cat-1By Leslie Pearce

Spending quality time indoors with your pet is one of life’s great enjoyments. With that in mind here are some helpful tips to make sure both you and your pet are as happy inside as outside.

A big question to think about, where are your pets going to sleep? Under the kitchen table? In a dog bed, kennel, sofa or with you? Your pet will appreciate a quiet place and their own bed where they can catch a quick nap before looking for their next adventure.

Animals need plenty of toys to chew on, otherwise the remote and your glasses can be mighty tempting! If you like open windows, make sure your screens are secure. Give your cat an alternative to the couch such as a scratching post.

Waterproof luxury vinyl and tile are the best options for flooring. Buy furniture with pet hair and claws in mind.
Silk, velvet, denim, and woolen fabrics are magnets for animal hair. Leather and its alternatives are good choices. Rugs with non-skid pads are a must for safety. Cats love rubbing against something scratchy or lumpy so AVOID textured walls or embossed wallpaper.

Cats and dogs play and drink in toilets, close lids. Chocolate, avocado, tomatoes, and other tasty snacks can be
harmful to your dog or cat. Keep cords from blinds secure, a dangerous enticement for animals.

Having a well thought out indoor environment for your pet is always a great idea!

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Brandon Wilson, Director of Media at Liz Moore & Associates, Wins Silver at The Telly Awards

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 24, 2022 @ 03:01 PM

Brandon AwardBrandon Wilson, Director of Media at Liz Moore & Associates, took home a silver award at the 2021 Telly Awards in The Best of Branded Content category for a video he produced highlighting the company’s culture and values.

“We are beyond thrilled to receive this award. The marketing team at Liz Moore & Associates does such a great job of supporting our Realtors®. Brandon consistently creates impactful videos and we are so happy to earn our first Telly,” said Bob Halloran, Director of Marketing at Liz Moore & Associates.

The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.

To see Wilson’s work, visit

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Up to $10,000 in Grant Money Available to Assist Home Buyers in Virginia

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, May 12, 2022 @ 02:03 PM

AmerisBy: Courtney Efird, Ameris Bank, NMLS#: 659400

Are you looking to start the home buying process?

Ameris Bank is proud to partner with many state and county government agencies to provide down payment assistance in the form of forgivable or repayable grants or forgivable or repayable second mortgages.

A forgivable grant or second mortgage means that the down payment assistance funds are forgiven over a predetermined length of time you own the home. One agency in particular we work with closely is the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Their grant funds are released in the 1st quarter of the year and a specific amount is allotted to each participating bank.  The money can be used until it runs out, so in this real estate market it is better to act fast!

Below are two of their offerings that can be used toward down payment or closing costs to purchase a new home.

FHLB Grants and Assistance - $7500
This program offers funds for the purchase of an existing unit by a first time homebuyer (not having owned a home or lived in the home they own in the last 3 years).  

Program Highlights:  

  • Must be primary residence with forgivable loan options after 5 years 
  • Homebuyer counseling required 
  • Grant funds can be used for down payment and closing costs 
  • Household income limits may apply 

FHLB Community Partners - $10,000
We offer a unique financial opportunity for current or retired law enforcement officers, educators, health care workers, firefighters and other first responders
as well as employees of these accredited institutions.

Program Highlights: 

  • Maximum assistance is $10,000, homebuyer must contribute at least $1,000 
  • Eligible homebuyers include veterans and active-duty military, or their surviving spouse, essential workers, law enforcement officers, educators, healthcare workers, firefighters or any other first responders 
  • Eligible for primary residence purchases 
  • Income limits apply 
  • Homebuyer education course required 

This is an amazing opportunity to help you get in to the house or your dreams, but funds are limited so don't delay.  Click here to find out if you qualify.

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Update Now Pay Later Program: Client Testimonial

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Mar 24, 2022 @ 07:23 AM

The Liz Moore & Associates Update Now Pay Later Program helps sellers get their homes market ready with minimal investment, knowing the right enhancements that will result in more money in their pocket.

As part of the program, Liz Moore & Associates will advance the homeowner the money and arrange contractors to maximize the bottom line. If the home is then listed with Liz Moore & Associates, the seller doesn't pay until closing!  Getting started is easy.  Simply set an appointment for a free, no-obligation, market-ready assessment of your home.

Hear from a client who put this program to work for them:



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Liz Moore & Associates Provides Maximum Exposure for Listings Using Digital Marketing

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Feb 03, 2022 @ 02:24 PM

At Liz Moore & Associates, we understand that getting you top dollar for your home means creating maximum exposure with an aggressive digital marketing strategy.

For years we have partnered on the company level with national digital marketing company, Adwerx, to ensure our listings are being seen all over the web. If you are thinking about selling your home, find out how our partnership with Adwerx can benefit you!


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Liz Moore & Associates Reorganizes Real Estate Process to Reduce Stress with No Surprises Program

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 18, 2022 @ 10:39 AM

no surpirsesThe creation of Liz Moore and Associates has been a journey. We began by surveying thousands of local families who had recently bought or sold real estate. We found too many had one unfortunate experience in common: frustrating and expensive last minute surprises. We heard story after story about unforeseen expenses, delays, and the stress of having to make major decisions under pressure.

After hearing stories like these, we took a step back and evaluated the real estate transaction from beginning to end. We discovered we can take many of the surprises, and much of the stress, out of the moving equation for sellers and for buyers. At Liz Moore & Associates, we’ve pioneered a solution that reorganizes the process, saving both money and time for our clients.

For Sellers

On our listings, we order for you, at our expense, an up-front market evaluation by an licensed appraiser and a home inspection by an independent home inspector...all before your home is officially placed on the market.

Our objective is to uncover any major repair issues before your home goes on the market, giving you an opportunity to either make repairs up front, or to disclose the conditions to prospective buyers.

By hiring a certified appraiser before the marketing period begins, we are aware of any potential valuation and condition issues prior to deciding on what other terms of the sale you will agree to.

All of this is done in advance, allowing everyone involved ample time to complete the real estate transaction without the pressure of last minute expenses and reactive decisions. Repairs can be completed properly, with sufficient time to select the best contractor for the job.

For Buyers

Our goal is to provide prospective home buyers with a higher level of comfort when purchasing a Liz Moore & Associates' listing, knowing an appraisal is in place and a preliminary home inspection has been completed.

We are by no means requiring, or even suggesting, the buyer use our appraisal or inspection in place of their own. Our objective is to identify any major issues that could delay closing or result in unforeseen expenses.

We anticipate in some cases, the buyer may opt to waive a home inspection and/or appraisal, rather than spend the $500-600 on their own reports. This may be to save time or money. If new financing is involved, it will be up to the buyer's lender to engage an appraiser to perform a new appraisal.

Find out how we can help you!

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Virtual Realty Home Tours: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jan 07, 2022 @ 10:36 AM

At Liz Moore & Associates, we understand how to leverage technology to deliver an extraordinary real estate experience to our clients. We've made a significant investment in groundbreaking Matterport technology, so that prospective homebuyers can have an immersive online experience, giving them a true sense of the feeling of our listings before they ever visit in person.

What are the benefits to buyers?

Navigate a property like a video game with Inside View and see how each room fits together using Dollhouse View. Understand layout in a glance with the top down Floorplan View.

What are the benefits to sellers?

Being able to offer a compelling online experience to buyers who are outside the market enables us to create immediate, lasting emotional connections to our listings because they can experience it as though they were really there. The 3D images are easy to share, so anyone with a computer or mobile device can have the open house experience from anywhere.

How does it work?

Each circle represents a different viewpoint, so simply navigate the circles to capture different views and angles. Use your finger or control shift with your mouse, depending on the device, and you can see every corner of every room. You can toggle between floors by using the controls in the lower right corner, and switch to see a dollhouse version of the floor plan by clicking on the icon in the lower left corner.

Click to view our virtual realty tours, or get more information on how VR can help sell your home.


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