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Today is Juneteenth...do you know the history?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 08:35 AM

shutterstock-1757321357___18174432622On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln declared “that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free.” Lincoln sincerely believed this to be “to be an act of justice” and “warranted by the Constitution,” invoking “the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.” But his order was not delivered in Texas until June 19, 1865 – some two and a half years later – when Union troops arrived to take control of the state. 

                                                                                 

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Now generally referred to as “Juneteenth” for the day General Granger read the order publicly, it is celebrated every June 19 to commemorate the emancipation.  Two days ago, in Executive Order 66, Gov. Ralph Northam encouraged “all Virginians to think about the significance of this day. It was significant in 1865 because it marked the end of human bondage for African Americans in the United States. But our recognition of Juneteenth now signifies that we understand its importance to all Americans. Juneteenth is not African American history. It is American history. It is as woven into the fabric of our great country as is the celebration of independence on July 4th . And it should be so celebrated.”

You can read the history here, the full transcript of the Emancipation Proclamation here, and Gov. Northam’s order here.

So, happy Juneteenth everyone, especially to our African American agents, clients, and colleagues!

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Choosing a Vet for Your Pet

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 02:22 PM

Capture-22Your pets are beloved members of your family and you want to make sure they receive the very best medical care. But how do you choose the right vet for your pet? We've outlined some important considerations below when selecting a veterinary practice for your fur baby.

Communication is Key
Ask your friends, family, and neighbors who they recommend. People with first-hand experience are great sources of information and someone who has had a great experience is eager to sing the praises of their veterinarian.

Responsive
Call potential veterinary practices: Do they answer the phone, or if not, do they return your call promptly? Is someone available to answer your questions? Can you easily get an appointment? Are you able to call and check on your pet frequently if they are having a procedure? You want to choose an office that communicates well with their clients.

Philosophies
Ask the veterinarian about their philosophies on pet health care. A few topics to discuss are euthanasia, cancer care, chronic disease planning, and spaying and neutering. Do they mesh with your own? Having a care giver with like­minded philosophies will help when faced with difficult decisions. Observe how they react and respond to your specific questions. Does this seem like someone with whom you'll be able to communicate and trust?

Take a Tour
A good office or hospital is proud of their facility and should be willing to give prospective clients a tour of their facility. Check the cleanliness of exam rooms, check out their medical equipment, do they have access to x-ray, ultrasound, dentistry, labs, and the like? Also, be sure to inquire about health care specific to your pet and any special care they might require. 

Interaction
Introduce your pet to your potential veterinarian and their staff long before your first appointment. Observe how everyone interacts with you and your pet. Are they welcoming, calm, and attentive to you both? Observe how your pet responds to them as well. Choosing a warm and caring practice can soothe a stressful situation for your pet.

Location and Hours
This isn't as important as good, solid care, but convenience is a factor to consider. Choose a vet you can access in a reasonable amount of time, and with hours chat work with your schedule. Choosing a wonderful practice that you can never get to won't do anyone any good.

Busier Can Mean Better
Don't be put off by a busy waiting area. A crowded, fast paced waiting area can be signs of a great, well-liked, hardworking practice.

Money Matters
Vet bills can add up quickly. Be sure to ask about costs of routine care like office visits and vaccines and ask about emergency services like x-ray.

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'Black Friday' in Real Estate?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 11:06 AM

rustic-vegan-AwOG1tC5buE-unsplashDid you know that the week of Sept. 22 is the best time to buy a home in the U.S., according to data released by realtor.com? Forty-one out of 53 markets in the U.S. reported that buyers see significantly less competition and greater inventory during this time.

"As summer winds down and kids return to school, many families hit pause on their home search and wait until the next season to start again. With dramatically less competition, persistent buyers will feel the scales tip in their favor as eager sellers begin to cut their prices in an effort to entice a sale," said George Ratiu, senior economist of realtor.com. "As seasonal inventory builds up and restores itself to more buyer-friendly levels, fall buyers will be in a better position to take advantage of today's low mortgage rates and increased purchasing power."

In general, buyers face 26% less competition across all markets while inventory increases by 6.1% during the first week of September, compared to the average week of the year. For us here in the South, buyers see 26.2% less competition.

As a result, during this “Black Friday” week, 5.8% of listings nationwide see price cuts, making them, on average, 2.4% less expensive than during their peak. This effect is the most noticeable in the West, where homes on the market see an 8.6% reduction—to 4.6% lower than their peak—followed by the Midwest, the South and the Northeast.

If you've been thinking about buying, now could be the perfect time!!  Click here to search available homes for sale.And if you're brand new to the home buying process, or just want to be better educated, download our free Home Buyer's Guide.

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Let's Shop Consignment

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 12:38 PM

alexandra-gorn-493032-unsplashWhen looking for high quality and unique home furnishings for a great price, consider visiting a consignment shop.

There is a common misconception that consignment is a glorified thrift store, but with high-end, discerning consignment shops becoming more popular, nothing could be further from the truth. The consignment stores featured in this article are known for the high-quality offerings at great prices. Many customers often brag about the great deals they’ve scored; being able to spot a great deal at a bargain price is a badge of honor for many.


People consign their home furnishing for various reasons, children move in or out, people upgrade or downsize, people move or buy a new home. Life changes all the time and consignment stores are the place to go when your furnishings are too high-end and well-kept for an estate or garage sale. Consigning seeks to strike the balance of a good return for the seller on high-quality pieces and a good deal for the buyer.

Quality consignment shops except only well-cared for furnishings that are attractive, stylish, and will most likely sell. They then arrange the furniture in attractive vignettes and seek to find the valuable pieces new homes. By accepting only the best furnishings and filling their shops with likeminded pieces of similar quality and value, these shops are able to command more value for the furnishings and provide a better return for the seller.

So how does it work? Consignment shops will inspect your potential consignment furnishings in a few different ways, you can show pictures of your pieces, you can bring your smaller items in for review, or you can set an appointment for the shop owner to come to your home to consider larger pieces and collections of furniture. Some shops ask for pictures of your home including your kitchen and bathrooms to gauge your lifestyle and cleanliness, and ensure the piece was in a clean environment before accepting it into their shop. Some shops
even offer pick-up and delivery services for a small fee.

Once a piece is accepted into the shop for sale, the seller and shop owner usually work together to price the item. The initial price is usually reduced somewhere around 15% after the first 30 days if it hasn’t sold. After another 30 days, or 60 days from entry into the shop, the piece is reduced another 15% for a total of 30% off the original price. Most shops only agree to keep pieces on their floor for 90 days. After that if your piece hasn't sold you can pick it up or donate it. The shop owners are so discerning that most pieces sell within 30 days of entering their shop.

If your piece does sell, you split the profit with the shop owner. The general industry standard is 50% for each party, but some shops are more generous and give the seller 60% and keep 40% for themselves.

Most shops sell in store only, but a few post pictures and prices of their pieces online and sell items to buyers all over the country.

In these high-end shops you’ll find upscale designer home décor, furniture, handmade rugs, and more. Many work with interior designers and sell their staging pieces that are virtually brand new. Shop owners say it’s all about getting great inventory and turning it over, that rapid sale breeds more inventory as people get excited their items are selling and bring in more merchandise to sell. This constantly changing inventory attracts more
purchasing clients, many visiting weekly to see what’s new.

Shop owners say rustic farmhouse styled pieces are flying out their doors, as stores like Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn are currently in vogue. Classic pieces like leather sofas and chairs are always in demand and are usually sold in less than a week. Today’s style of mixing and matching sets,
wood tones, and fabrics make consignment shops a great place to update your home's look while staying within budget.

Consignment shops offer good quality home furnishings at a value that benefit both the buyer and seller, as well as the small business owner.

Here are a few of our favorite local consignment shops:

In Williamsburg:

The Vintage Rabbit
240 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 903-4083

The Velvet Shoestring
311 2nd St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-9494

On the Peninsula:
Design & Consign LLC
9961 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 223-7707

Phoebus Auction Gallery
18 E Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 722-9210

Rooms, Blooms & More
10239 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 599-9299

In Richmond:
Impulse
419 North Ridge Road
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 288-7300

Revival
9750 Gayton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 750-2200

Izzie’s Consigning with Grace
14300 Midlothian Tpke
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
(804) 378-5005

Great consignment shops...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Day Tripping: Virginia Beach

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 02:59 PM

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Virginia Beach has all the elements of a classic seaside resort town all within a short drive making it the perfect day trip beach destination.  Just an hour or two away, you will find gorgeous beaches, a bustling boardwalk, a variety of excellent restaurants, and fun activities sure to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and kids. Virginia Beach is a year-round destination with beach fun and water play in the summer and many attractions to explore in the less crowded, cooler months.  Let’s head east and explore! 

Virginia Beach first and foremost offers miles of wide, gorgeous sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. People near and far flock to Virginia Beach to sun bathe on the shore, splash in the waves, and enjoy the boardwalk.

If you like adventure, Virginia Beach has exciting waves that attract boogey boarders and surfers daily, especially around the south end of the beach.  The locals usually surf around 1st Street at the oceanfront if you want an authentic surfing experience.  Still a grommet on the waves?  No problem, several outfits offer surfing lessons and board rentals including VB Surf Sessions, Seth Broudy School of Surf, and Pungo Board House.  You can find more information on lessons and rentals on their websites at www.vbsurfsessions.com, www.sethbroudyschoolofsurf.com and www.pungoboardhouse.com.

Those wanting to enjoy the water at a slower pace might enjoy stand up paddle boarding, or SUP as seasoned paddlers call it.  Companies offer lessons, rentals, guided eco tours, and even SUP yoga on the calmer waters around Virginia Beach including First Landing State Park, Rudee Inlet, and Back Bay.  SUP is great exercise and offers beautiful nature views that often include pods of dolphin, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more.  A few tour companies to check out are Beach Eco Tours, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle, and Tula Adventure Sports Stand up Paddleboard & Kayaking.  You can learn more on their websites at www.beachecotours.com, www.paddleboardvb.com, and www.tulasports.com.

For those looking to just sit back and enjoy the view, a boat tour might be more your speed.  Many tours are offered including fishing, dolphin watching, and there is even a Craft Brews Cruise offered by the Virginia Aquarium!  Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures are very popular with tourists of all ages.  Aboard Capt. Jack’s Black Pearl, a bright red ship flying iconic Jolly Rogers, passengers sing and dance along with the crew, enjoying the show as much as the view.  More information on boat tours is available at www.rudeetours.com, www.virginiaaquarium.com, and www.virginiabeachpirateship.com

When exploring Virginia Beach’s land-based attractions, the VB Wave, a trolley-inspired bus, makes getting around fun, easy, and affordable.  The VB Wave transports passengers around the oceanfront, Rudee Inlet, and First Landing State Park.  Just hop aboard at one of the many stops and sit back and enjoy the ride!  Fares are due in cash and cost $2.00 per adult and children 17 and under are free with a paying adult!  Day passes are available for $4.50 each.

All of the fun in the sun is sure to make you hungry and Virginia Beach has many delicious and unique dining options.  A couple of our favorites include Citrus, breakfast here is a must!  Located at 2265 W Great Neck Road and made famous by appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, locals and tourists alike stand in line for citrus orange glazed pancakes and innovative benedicts.  And what’s a trip to the beach without enjoying a raw bar?  Local favorite, Big Sam’s Grill and Raw Bar located at 300 Winston Salem Ave. in Rudee Inlet serves up fresh, locally caught seafood dishes and raw bar items in a comfortable setting with views of the marina. 

Thirsty for an adult beverage? Quench your thirst with an Orange Crush, the unofficial drink of Virginia Beach, made famous by Waterman’s Surfside Grille, a great oceanfront restaurant at the south end of the beach.  The recipe is a blend of the juice of one whole fresh orange with flavored vodka, orange liqueur and a splash of Sprite served over crushed ice.

If you decide to turn your day trip into an overnight, there are numerous hotels and motels for every budget.  One of our favorites is the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront located at 3315 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach.  This hotel is at the northern, quieter end of the beach and features an indoor/outdoor pool and their onsite restaurant, Lagerheads. 

There is so much to see and do in Virginia Beach, enough to fill up many, many day trips.  It’s a good thing this jewel is just a short drive away! Other day trip options include a visit to the Virginia Aquarium and their Adventure Park, seeing a concert at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, visiting the Military Aviation Museum, touring an oyster farm, visiting the Cape Henry Lighthouse, playing at Top Golf, and so much more.  Plan your trip today!

Virginia Beach...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

 

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What Can We Expect to See in the Richmond Market in 2019?

Posted by Liz Moore on Thu, Mar 07, 2019 @ 02:52 PM

rawpixel-620230-unsplash2018 was another solid year for local real estate. Here in Richmond, closed sales finished down 2.15% for the year, with a 6.2% increase in 2 years overall. The final month showed pending sales down 12.3% compared to the year prior.

We are entering 2019 with less than 1.84 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 32 days. On average, sellers accepted offers at over 99.75% of their asking price last year. 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.

Prices remained remarkably steady during the past 12 months, with the median sales price in Richmond slightly above $290,000 for most of the year and finishing up at $293,539.

Here is what I see in the coming 12 months:

A shortage of listings has been our biggest challenge for the past 18 months. My expectation is that we will continue to see more listings come on the market as we move into the 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 the typical Spring seasonal demand builds, consumers will realize that moves need to be made ASAP in order to take advantage of a 9 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 $350,000.

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 2019 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. Appreciation was up in the Richmond Metro market last year (with the median sold price up just over 3.72%), and I expect will continue to trend toward more normal appreciation rates (4 to 5%) in 2019 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 be a part of the Richmond Real Estate 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 Central Virginia Regional residential home sales in 2018

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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A Big Night for Liz Moore & Associates and Their Builder Clients at the MAME Awards in Richmond

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 04, 2019 @ 04:31 PM

The Annual Mame Awards were held on Friday, March 1st in Richmond, Virginia.  MAME stands for Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence and the MAME Awards pay tribute to superior sales and marketing achievements by individual professionals, home builders, developers, remodelers, real estate agents, and associate members. The competition is presented by the Sales & Marketing Council (SMC). 

Three of the area builders that are marketing by Liz Moore and Associates took home awards.

perk-3Perkinson Homes won for Best DVD/Promotional Video and Best Digital Advertisement for their video series promoting Primland Creek in Hallsley.  A majority of their lots were pre-sold due to these promotions, so it is no surprise that they came home winners!

Baldwin Creek and Philip Bourdon won for Best Community Spirit.  Philip baldwinbelieves in giving back to his community by sponsoring an apprenticeship program with a local high school, giving students hands on experience in the building world.

53093761_316255829078001_7737482629984813056_nNK Homes won the award for Best Marketed Community in Rochambeau Estates.  The newly-established Rochambeau Estates highlights the beauty of New Kent County with spacious and quiet lots. This lends itself towards private living while still delighting in the charming community. 

In addition to our builder clients winning big, Tonya Morrow, managing broker of our Richmond office, took catie and tonya-1home two awards.  Tonya won Marketing Executive of the Year and Sales Manager of the Year.  Wow!  Congratulations, Tonya!

If you are interested in buying or selling real estate in the Richmond, Virginia area, or are a home builder looking for a firm to support you in marketing, email us at info@lizmoore.com.  We'd love to show you how our effective marketing can serve you!  

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Real Estate Assessments Grow Across the Richmond Area

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

rawpixel-790897-unsplashReal Estate Assessments are up in the majority of counties across the Richmond area and the news has homeowners buzzing.  

Hanover County will see its largest year-over-year increase in the past decade by 6.1%.  According to the assessor’s office, the reassessment of 37,000 properties and new construction will increase the value of the county’s total taxable property by $856.6 million.  

The median assessment of a Hanover County home will be $277,700, an increase of 7.7% over the current year.

In Henrico County residential real estate assessments were roughly 4.8% higher than last year’s, with the average assessment at $255,000.

Henrico’s tax rate is 87 cents per $100 of assessed value, meaning that the average real estate tax bill for Henrico homeowners will increase by about $92.

The average assessment in Chesterfield County increased by about 3.7%, with the average single-family home assessed at $250,000.  Here, the county’s real estate tax rate is 96 cents per $100 of assessed value.

What does this mean for homeowners?  The market is strong and there's not a lot of inventory.  If you have been thinking about selling, 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.

How Much is My Home Worth?

 

 

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Love Where You Live Photo Contest Grand Prize Winners

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

We had so much fun with this year's Love Where You Live Photo Contest.  We had 265 photo submitted from 55 different photographers.  Thank you to all who participated and helped us tell of the many reasons why we love where we live!

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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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New Construction in the Heart of Hanover

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 30, 2018 @ 03:37 PM

Madison Estates

Liz Moore & Associates is delighted to announce that it has been selected by NK Homes  as the exclusive marketing agency for Madison Estates in Hanover. Team Hensley will be the exclusive sales team representing the community.

Madison Estates is a luxury development consisting of 1-2 acre, open lots. An equestrian lover’s delight, a custom stable is situated in the center of the development. Located nearby are horseback riding and walking trails and large community spaces. Neighbors enjoy seclusion, yet they are only minutes from Richmond.         

Madison Estates is in its final phase with only 10 homesites remaining. “When you buy in Madison Estates, you’re not only buying a great piece of land, you’re buying great peace of mind and serenity. You can’t put a price tag on that,” says Catie Burnett, New Homes Coordinator for Liz Moore and Associates. “With their upscale style and elegant craftsmanship, NK Homes has really captured the heart of Hanover in this community. It’s truly a rare opportunity.”

Learn more about this special new community at www.lizmoore.com/madisonestates.  For more information about Madison Estates or to arrange a visit, contact Jana Mills at 804-909-9570 or email janamills@lizmoore.com  for a brochure.

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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.

Greenfront

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

28166914_10156021617104223_4936194321738580410_n.jpgThank you to all who helped make this year's Cupcake Wars fundraiser the most successful yet!!  In just three hours we raised a total of $7,857 for CHKD and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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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Richmond Real Estate Market Predictions for 2018

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

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Tonya Morrow, Managing Broker of our Richmond office, shares what she sees happening in the Richmond real estate market in 2018.

2017 was a solid year for local real estate. Here in Richmond, closed sales finished up 8.13% 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.

We are entering 2018 with just over 1.5 months of active inventory, and homes selling, on average, in only 37 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.

Prices showed a steady increase during the past 12 months, with the average sales price in Richmond finishing up at $282,257.

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 Richmond market appreciated just over 6% in 2017, and I expect that trend to continue into 2018.

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 be a part of the Richmond Real Estate 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 REStats CVRMLS, Richmond Metro all 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 Richmond's Craft Breweries

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 03:33 PM

beer.jpgThe 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 just a few of our favorites for relaxed, beersavoring good times with friends in and around Richmond, a nationally acclaimed hotbed of craft breweries:

Center of the Universe Brewing Co.
11293 Air Park Road, Ashland
COTU recently celebrated five years of brewing in the heart of central Virginia. Founded by brothers Phillip and Chris Ray – Chris pitched in the major leagues for six seasons – the brewery features four year-round brews: Ray Ray’s Pale Ale, Chin Music Amber Lager, Pocahoptas IPA and Slingshot Kolsch. Enthusiastic former home brewers, the Rays use traditional, all-natural methods to brew their ales with whole ingredients. They’ve created a comfortable and friendly tasting room - food can be brought in or ordered for delivery - with plenty of space and two dozen options on tap.

Speaking of plentiful, COTU frequently holds Plant Nite, where horticulturally inclined patrons can get their gardener on while sampling the fruits of the Rays’ labor.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond
It’s true destiny that childhood friends Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh teamed to open Hardywood Park in
2011. McKay worked in the craft beer industry for years, becoming a recognized expert, and Murtaugh comes from three generations of brewmasters. They named their own brewery after an Australian sheep ranch familiar to them both. Business is definitely hearty: Hardywood has expanded to Charlottesville and is set to open a brand-new brewing facility in Goochland in 2018.

The owners’ expertise has produced one of Virginia's top rated and most awarded breweries. Hardywood complements its flagship Singel, Pils and VIPA with a staggering number of seasonal, barrel, pilots and “brewer
and artist series” offerings.

Stone Brewing Richmond
4300 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond
Craft-beer aficionados know that Stone rocks. Competition was fierce among cities a few years ago for California-based Stone’s East Coast brewery and distribution center. Richmond’s sky-rocketing craft-brew scene won out.

The evidence is Stone’s striking 220,000 square-foot brewery and company store, part of the Fulton neighborhood's revival. Stone also has plans in the work to build an RVA version of its Southern California World
Bistro and Gardens next door.

IPAs are Stone’s trademark game. It brews six different varieties for year-round enjoyment as well as an impressive menu of seasonals, special releases and collaborations.

Brewery tours are popular, but just relaxing in the comfortable, picnic-table filled tasting room fronted by a
family-friendly patio is fun, too. Pay attention getting to Stone, though: there is no outdoor signage, so it’s easy to drive past the parking-lot entrance.

Veil Brewing Company
1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond
Despite operating only 1½ years, Veil fans rave that their favorite place is among the best and busiest craft
breweries on the East Coast. Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, the cushy tasting room is already famous for a cool vibe and very welcoming service. Veil draws high marks for all facets of its operation, not the least of which is a pair of its most delicious flagships - Master Shredder, a wheat IPA, and double IPA Crucial Taunt.

Co-owned by brewer Matt Tarpey, Veil in fact was named the third-best new brewery – in the world! – by
RateBeer.com. Make a note to yourself: Must. Visit. Veil.

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Our Latest Book is Now Available: "101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond"

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

cover-2-1.jpgAs you might imagine, at Liz Moore & Associates we are enthusiastic advocates of living in Richmond and its surrounding communities.  We have the best of all worlds:  four distinct seasons with just enough snow in the winter to have fun; long, lazy summers, and SPECTACULAR springs and falls.  We have great schools, plenty of history and culture, and are convenient to just about everything…the beach, the mountains, Washington DC, and much more.

Who knows the insider secrets of this dynamic area better than the best REALTORS in town?  We’ve compiled 101 of our favorite things about living Richmond and are excited to announce the release of our latest book, 101 Reasons to Love Living in Richmond.

The hard part of writing this book was to narrow it down to 101 reasons to love living here.  It would be impossible to include everything, and so we tried to stick to our favorite things.  I’ve we’ve missed something, please don’t hesitate to email us at RVA@lizmoore.com, and we’ll consider adding it to the next edition. 

You can download the electronic version for free, or purchase a hard copy for $5, at lizmoore.com/101.

Now, grab a highlighter, and pick out some fun things to do this weekend!

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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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The Best Brunch Spots In Virginia - Richmond and Hampton Made the List!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 @ 02:53 PM

Pavilion_cafe_breakfast.jpgVirginia.org recently published a list of the 13 best brunch spots in Virginia.  The list contains spots known for quality food, service, atmosphere...and maybe most importantly, quality cocktails!  Restaurants from Northern Virginia down to Virginia Beach are known to be crowd pleasers, and a few are even located in our backyard!

Venture Kitchen & Bar—Hampton

Sunday 10am-2pm

At Venture Kitchen & Bar, brunch is serious business. Not only does the restaurant have a regular brunch menu that is reliably tasty, but they also have a rotating menu that changes every week so that you can try something new. When it comes to Sunday brunch cocktails, you’ll find some “old faithfuls” like mimosas, but there are many intriguing options as well, like the French 75 and the Queen’s Cousin.

Local Favorites: Fried Eggs Benedict, Orange Blossom Cocktail, Corned Beef Hash

Millie’s Diner—Richmond

Saturday 10am-3pm, Sunday 9am-3pm

This popular Richmond spot has been around for over 25 years, but their tasty brunch menu never gets old. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, Richmond residents flock to Millie’s Diner for one of the best brunches in the city. Although the wait can sometimes be over an hour to get in, the food is more than worth it. Plus, the bartender will fix you up with mimosas or Bloody Marys that will make the time seem to fly by.

Local Favorites: Devil’s Mess, Huevos Rancheros

The Jefferson Hotel—Richmond

Sunday 10:30am-1:30pm

If you’re planning on eating brunch at The Jefferson Hotel, make sure you are ready to “tuck in”, as they say. Sunday Champagne Brunch at this historic Richmond location has seemingly endless tables of some of the finest food imaginable, including a platter of smoked salmon and a full seafood raw bar, an impressive ham carved to order, an omelet station manned by several chefs, a lavish dessert display, and so much more (Including bottomless mimosas and coffee!). We could go on and on about this brunch, but you need to experience it yourself to understand why every Richmonder will recommend The Jefferson as a must-visit brunch destination.

 Local Favorites: Raw Seafood Bar, Omelet Station

Next time you find yourself asking, "where should we eat brunch", consider one of these local favorites!

Great restaurants...just another reason why we Love Where We Live!!!

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