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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wood Accent Walls That Sell

When I normally think of wood walls in homes, I think of wood paneling. Well, today we have a bit more style than paneling did in the 70's. (We think so until we look back and think, what were we thinking... but that is a thought for another day.)

Take a look and tell me if you wouldn't mind seeing these accent walls in your new home? 






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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Paint Colors That Sell Your Home

I tell clients to pack away most of their personal belongings when getting their home ready for market but do you know what is the most important thing you can do to make sure your home stands out from the rest?
Olivewood at Lowe's is one of my all time favorite neutral. 

PAINT!

Many people looking to purchase a new home are not in the mood to spend thousands of dollars of their hard earned money on a new home and have to come in and paint. Most want to move their stuff in and start living.

When you don't paint your home, people tour it and know right away they are going to have to move in and get to work. Do you want to get to work when you move? You are already exhausted from packing, dealing with the moving company and praying you close on time. Now add the thought you are going to have to put on your painting clothes and get dirty. Most of the time people keep looking or know they are getting a fixer upper.

The return on your investment is much more when you do the work for your buyer. Yes it will cost you a bit of money beforehand but instead of your buyer trying to take the price off the top of the asking price, giving them a clean slate when it comes to your walls, will pay off in the long run.

So what colors should you painting your walls?

The Basic Rule of Thumb: Neutrals

Of course your daughter wanted a bright pink bedroom! You may have even helped her pick it out but the newest owner may not even have children. They don't want to move in a paint your daughter's pink room. Neutrals are great but be wary of yellow neutrals or dark neutrals. Gray neutrals are a great color because most peoples furniture goes with these shades.

Make sure all dings, marks and chips have been touched up. This gives the owner the feeling of a well cared for home. Just think of what you want to move into. Do you want to move into a home with a large gash in the wall you have to deal with. Well, your new owner doesn't either.


Colors to Stay Away From:

Reds, Oranges, and Yellows. Greens, purples and blues should all be in a light shade but not pastel.
Thinking about white? Save it for trim.


Leigh Ann Fisher
Liz Moore and Associates
leighannfisher@lizmoore.com
757-784-3230







Monday, January 4, 2016

Fun Colonial in Kingsmill

I toured this home today located in Kingsmill on the James River in Williamsburg, VA. An amazing Colonial that needs a little TLC but with a price of $399,000 you can!


Call me today to see it!

757-784-3230

Monday, December 21, 2015

Why Your Home Didn't Sell

As a Realtor, I look at hundreds of homes. It always saddens me when I see homes expire from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) because it means that the people who own them have to continue to hold on to them long after the fact they need to sell them. After viewing homes for awhile, a couple of items that jump out at me scream: Don't Buy Me!


Tacky Light Fixtures: What is the problem in purchasing lighting from this decade? It's inexpensive to install and buy. Check out Lowe's or Home Depot before listing your home and find a new fixture for over your dining room table and your entry. You will be amazed out the results.

Laminate Kitchen Countertops in Houses over $500,000: If you are listing your home and want over $500,000, you need to upgrade your countertops in your kitchen from a laminate to granite or engineered stone. It is what people are looking for in this price range.  If you don't offer it in the home you are trying to sell, you can forget it. They will look elsewhere.

Yellow Wood Cabinetry: These houses sit the longest and it's your builder's fault, not yours. Painting cabinetry is time consuming and expensive but if your really need to sell and fast, Do it.

Dirty Baseboards and Molding: Seeing dirt on your baseboards and moldings tells me and potential owners you have not cared for your home. It is an easy fix and one you can hire out for not much money.

Yellow and Red Paint Schemes: It's done. It's over. Find a gray and paint your walls this color.

Animal Smells: We all love our animals but that doesn't mean other people love our animals. If your home smells of urine, people are very turned away. You may not even smell it because you are so used to it but others do.

Ask your Realtor thinks about these reasons and see if they agree.

Good Luck and Happy Listing!





Friday, December 18, 2015

Wooded Kingspoint Home



Driving up to this house to preview it the other day, I felt like I was completely out of the city and in my own little world. The trees still with a couple of leaves hanging down from their branches welcomed me as I pulled up to the drive of this mid century modern home located in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Williamsburg; Kingspoint.

With a diverse architectural mode, Kingspoint is a neighborhood where you will not find cookie cutter homes but homes where each home owner lovingly chose the plan of their home. This home is a real treat!


This home is a breathtaking tree home with views of College Creek. All the rooms are spacious with loads of natural light. The screen porch is perfect to enjoy a cup of coffee or your glass of wine as you overlook the water. 




Call me today to see it! 757-784-3230

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

My New Favorite Pizza Joint in Williamsburg: Blaze Pizza in New Town!






I am so excited New Town in Williamsburg has a new pizza eatery! Fast service, so many toppings to choose from and friendly staff and owners! This will be your new, go to pizza eatery!

I was invited to visit the newest location of Blaze Pizza located on Main street in New Town right across from American Family Fitness and asked my mom and hubby to join me. With an interactive assembly line of toppings and employees, what you can dream is at your fingertips. Choose a signature pizza and add on any other topping your heart desires or why not create your own? All under $8 too! The pizzas are big enough to share or take home with you after you have had enough! We came home with three boxes. 






Known for artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, the BLOOD ORANGE LEMONADE, an the s'mores cookie. Have any specialty dietary needs? Blaze Pizza also offers gluten free dough and vegan cheese. A selection of craft beer is also available! 

I chose the Meat Eaters pizza and added bacon. Joe chose The Green Stripe and added a Cesar Salad. Mom chose the Link In and added her love of banana peppers. 

Thursday November 19th is Opening Day and Friday is FREE PIZZA day. Who doesn't love FREE PIZZA?

You will love this place, I know. I can't wait to go back- It'll probably be Friday. See you there? 

Why not go ahead and follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?







Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Twinkle Ticket: Busch Gardens! $14?!?!


I still haven't gone to Christmas Town. Bad Williamsburg Local... Bad! I really need to take the girls since they just get older by the day. Have any of my readers been? Tell us about your experiences!
Williamsburg, VA (November 10, 2015) – Busch Gardens® is kicking off the brightest sale of the season this Friday, Nov. 13 with a flash sale of a $14 Twinkle Ticket, valid select days during the 2015 Christmas Town season. The Twinkle Ticket will be available only at www.christmastown.com/va starting this Friday. This five-day flash sale ends Nov. 17.
The Twinkle Ticket is valid on the following dates: Nov. 29; Dec. 4, 6, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 30, 31; and Jan. 1 and 3.
“This is the absolute best deal of the season. Nothing else comes close in price for a single-day ticket to Christmas Town,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo.
With eight million lights, Christmas Town truly is where Christmas shines brightest. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with delicious holiday dining, festive shopping opportunities and heartwarming shows.
Christmas Town is open select days Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2016. For a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.