The Liz Moore Market Watch Blog

Top 3 Things You Should Know in a Changing Real Estate Market

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Sep 16, 2021 @ 01:52 PM

Is the real estate market actually changing?  The answer is yes. We’re definitely seeing evidence of a slow down – not everywhere, but in certain pockets of our markets.  So, what are the top three things you need to know?


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What is a Rent Back Agreement, and Should You Accept as a Seller?

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Sep 08, 2021 @ 02:54 PM

A rent-back agreement is a common name for a possession agreement. Just like it sounds, it’s an agreement where a seller retains possession of their home after closing – so, they are actually renting back from the buyer. Watch as Liz explains further.

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Qualifying for a Mortgage with Student Loan Debt is Now Easier

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Tue, Jul 27, 2021 @ 02:31 PM

StudentLoansChange_SocialMediaGraphic_2Recent changes now makes qualifying for a mortgage with student loan debt easier, which is huge for millions for Americans!  FHA has updated guidelines for student loans in deferment or income-based repayment (IBR).

Before the change, mortgage companies were required to use 1% of the loan balance to determine a borrower’s monthly student loan payment when the loan was deferred or IBR.  Now, if the If the payment on the borrower's credit report reflects $0, 0.5% of the loan balance can be used to calculate the monthly payment.

In February 2021, more than 45 million borrowers collectively owe $1.7 trillion in student loan debt, which has been a barrier to homeownership.  

Click here to find out what this means for you!



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Americans See Major Home Equity Gains

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jul 12, 2021 @ 07:04 AM

Now could be the time to cash in on your equity!  Click here for a free market analysis on your home.  It may be worth more than you think.

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Looking to explore Richmond’s history? Start with Church Hill!

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Sat, Jul 10, 2021 @ 08:49 PM

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Church Hill is Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. This area, also known at St. John’s Church Historic District, is steeped in history, having been the site where Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty” speech in 1775. Today, the neighborhood of Church Hill boasts quaint restaurants, shops, and homes.

Church Hill overlooks the city in the East End. The area’s name is derived from St. Episcopal Church, which was built in 1742 by William Byrd II, the founder of Richmond. Church Hill is often used to describe the area of St. John’s historic district as well as surrounding neighborhoods including Chimborazo, Fairmount, Peter Paul, Union Hill, and Woodville.

Most homes in Church Hill predate the Civil War and include architectural styles such as Greek Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne. Church Hill’s streets are lined with row housing, townhomes, and other ornate houses. The area has seen its ups and downs through the years with the latest revitalization in the early 2000s when a slew of new homes and businesses moved into the area.

Nature lovers will appreciate Church Hill as it is close to four parks, Patrick Henry, Libby Hill, Jefferson, and Chimborazo, and provides spectacular views of the James River. Chimborazo Park & Playground features the National Battlefield Park headquarters as well as a miniature version of the Statue of Liberty. The park also has two dog parks, ideal for homeowners with pets.

Meanwhile, Libby Hill Park is one of the three original parks in Richmond’s park system and has great views of the city and river. Another famous landmark is the Church Hill Tunnel. The tunnel, first built in the 1870s as a Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Tunnel, is located 4,000 feet beneath the historic Church Hill area.

In October 1925, the tunnel collapsed on a train passing through, killing four men. Efforts to recover the
train failed and the tunnel, which some believe to be haunted, was eventually sealed up for safety reasons.

Traditionally, the Church Hill Irish Festival is held annually at Patrick Henry Park each St. Patrick’s Day to honor Irish heritage with a parade and Irish food staples such as fish and chips and Irish crafts, music, and other entertainment.

In the Church Hill area, you will also find numerous vintage stores and boutiques, home décor shops, corner markets, coffee shops, and restaurants, including many farm-to-table options. Among the more popular eateries are The Hill Café, Patrick Henry’s Pub & Grille, Alamo BBQ, and The Roosevelt. In
2015, Zagat named Church Hill as one of the top 10 Hot Food Neighborhoods Around the U.S.

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Design Trends: Outdoor Kitchens

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 03:25 PM

Capture-14Grilling is great but preparing and cooking your entire meal outdoors is even better! Outdoor kitchens are trending, here's what you need to know to create an outdoor kitchen of your own.

Outdoor kitchens are growing in popularity as homeowners seek to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, like an outdoor kitchen. Kitchens have become the hub of the home and outdoor kitchens are an extension of that trend where the family can gather outdoors.

Outdoor kitchens allow for prepping, cooking, enjoying, and cleaning up to happen in one place outdoors, no more trips back and forth from the kitchen to the patio. With outdoor kitchens, everything you need is outside, so you can enjoy your gathering as much as everyone else is.

Cooking outdoors also reduces the heat indoors. Stovetops and ovens can make your home uncomfortably warm and make your air conditioning system work even harder. Shifting some meals to outdoor kitchens allows for lower cooling costs and increased comfort in your home.

Some kitchen features are easier to add to outdoor kitchens than they would be to an interior kitchen. If water features, fire pits, or even a pizza/baking oven are things you'd like to enjoy, your best bet is putting them outdoors.

Outdoor kitchens can include elements like grills, side burners, sinks, refrigerators, food prep stations and counters, drawers and storage spaces, griddles, bar and beverage centers, trash and towel drawers, vent hoods, stone ovens, and more.

Traditional outdoor kitchens are comprised of a masonry base tied in to the style and exterior of your home with either brick or stone.

Contemporary outdoor kitchens are characterized by sleek lines and polished finishes like granite and stainless steel.

Whatever your style and preference, there are endless options to customize your outdoor kitchen and make this extension of your home your new favorite spot.

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Hard Floors: A Solid Choice

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Apr 04, 2018 @ 12:32 PM

neven-krcmarek-424899-unsplashHard flooring has been gaining in popularity for years, especially in the main living areas of homes. Hard floors are easy to clean, hypoallergenic, and lend a sleek beauty to your home. Changing your floor covering is
an update that will instantly modernize your home’s appearance while adding value and appeal.

There are many options when it comes to hard flooring: wood, laminate, vinyl, or tile. Thanks to technological improvements, faux finishes are more convincing than ever, and wood-look products are gaining in popularity. With so many choices, where do you start?

New flooring is a big purchase, so budget is clearly a factor. But you should also consider how much traffic
and what kind of traffic your floors will endure- do you have animals with sharp or thick nails, do you have children that ride vehicles or roll trucks across your floors? You should also consider how much sunlight
and moisture your floors will weather.

There are six main types of hard flooring options: solid wood, engineered wood, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, and ceramic tile.

Solid wood – This timeless, classic material has a natural warmth and impressive wear resistance that can be sanded and refinished several times. Solid wood may expand and contract with varying humidity levels and can dent and show wear easily, and fade from sunlight.
Installed cost: $5-$10 per square foot.

Engineered wood – This flooring uses a thin veneer of real wood or bamboo over structural plywood, giving
 he appearance of solid wood at a more affordable price. It doesn't wear as well as solid wood and some
may be too thin to even refinish once.
Installed cost: $4-$9 per square foot.

Laminate – Constructed of dense fiberboard with a photo beneath a clear-plastic protective layer, laminate can mimic nearly any flooring. The best laminates resist scratching and discoloration from sunlight better than most wood. The perfection and repetition of pattern can compromise the realistic appearance of what you’re trying to mimic. Floors can’t really be repaired and must be replaced once the outer layer has worn through. Installed cost: $3 to $7 per square foot.

Vinyl – Easy installation and a vast selection of colors and designs make this a popular choice. Vinyl is also good at fending off dents scratches, discoloration, and stains. However, even the best products still look like vinyl close up, and the top-of-line product can cost as much or more than solid-wood and laminate.
Installed cost: $2 to $6 per square foot.

Linoleum – Made of linseed oil and wood products, linoleum is a natural, resilient material offered in lots of styles and colors. However, resistance to wear, scratches, and dents varies widely and it can also be relatively expensive.
Installed cost: $4 to $8 per square foot.

Ceramic Tile – This classic material resists moisture, wear, scratches, dents, and stains. Tiles can crack and grout can stain, and the hard surface often causes dropped cups and dishes to break more easily. Tile can be floated without the use of cement and grout, but that makes replacing cracked tiles even more difficult. Installed cost: $8 to $15 per square foot.

With so many types of hard flooring to choose from, you’re sure to find a material to fit your lifestyle and your budget. Once you’ve selected your material, it’s important to choose a style that’s fashionable yet has
classic staying power.

Wood-look flooring – Wood-look tile, vinyl and laminate will continue to trend as products improve in performance and appearance while offering more durability and a more affordable price tag than hardwood.

Wide plank flooring – Floor boards five inches or more in width are considered “wide plank.” These wide planks are a throwback to rustic cottages and colonial-era farmhouses, the wide planks also make rooms
look bigger. Longer and wider planks are rising in popularity as modern technology, and a variety of material choices, makes them more readily available and affordable.

Blonde flooring – Bright blonde wood and wood-looks are a new trend that is making spaces seem larger and lighter. Much like wall color, floor color can alter the perceived size of a space.

Gray flooring – Gray is a neutral staple in realty, on both walls and floors. Gray floorcoverings are still new enough to be trendy but will soon become a classic.

There are plenty of different, unique options trending that will likely stick around for years to come, which means your possibilities are endless. If you want something trendy that will last for the long haul, try going for large plank, blonde or gray wood/wood-look flooring.

Are you thinking about selling and you're wondering if new floors are a must before your home goes on the market?  Email us at and we can help!

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