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What is a Contingency?

  In my last blog I discussed what Pending means in Real Estate and I stated:   Anytime I say Pending, it means the house is under contract. Either with a contingency or not, the house is more than likely going to another buyer. It's just a matter of time until it closes and the new homeowner will be moving in. So what is a contingency?  Well a contingency in a contract is anything that must be first met to allow the sale to continue in the manner in which the contract was written. Most contracts have standard contingencies to include a home inspection, a financial contingency and an appraisal contingency. Other contingencies could include a home sale.  Home Inspection Contingency: This contingency allows the buyer to preform a home inspection (all home inspectors in the state of Virginia must have a license) and the buyer has the opportunity to ask for repairs in order for the contract to move forward. Sellers at this time can a couple of things. Repair all items Repair some it

15 Fun Things To Do in Williamsburg

As a 10 year resident, (Wow! Time Flies) I have seen Williamsburg from the start of the 07'-08' recession when all building stopped. New Town was in its early stages and if you wanted to shop Michael's or Home Goods, you had to drive to Newport News. Target at Monticello (and I pronounce it Monta-chello not Monti-cello if you are wondering) was pretty new and Starbucks was where the Duck Donuts is now.

I could never claim I have been here forever, my accent would tell you that, but I have been around long enough to be able to give you some great advice on my top 15 Fun Things To Do in Williamsburg.

In No Particular Order--- I would love to know how you would put these in order! Do them and tell me!

1. Visit Jamestown Settlement--- If you are local you get in FREE! How amazing is that! I love FREE! If the day is nice, start outside and weave through the living museum outside and tour the Powhatan Indian Village. Ask questions and find out why they lived the way they did. Why is the kitchen outdoors? Why is there a huge hole in the middle of their house? Were they really able to find a way to use every bit of a deer after they hunted it? Make sure to tour the Settlement Ships and tour the Fort. Ask how the settlers survived the cold winter? You may be surprised. If the day is cold, save that for last and make sure to see the movie and spend time walking the museum inside.

2. James City County Marina--- The yacht basin is one of my most favorite places to hang out at in the summer months. We put the boat in, rent a slip for the weekend and enjoy the warm waters of the James River. You can rent kayaks and bicycles--- you are very close to the Virginia Capital Trail or bike the Colonial Parkway. Take a river cruise on the Jamestown Discovery. Captain Corey is awesome and so laid back! The newest addition to the marina is Billsburg Brewery! Enjoy some brews, catch some local eats with different food trucks and enjoy music on certain nights. It really is a destination.

3. Grab Lunch at The Cheese Shop and Shop in Merchants Square--- The Cheese Shop is Fat Canary during the day--- if you can't make dinner, you can make lunch! Make sure to at least get the house dressing on the side and try it. You will be happy you did. Buy a big bag of chips and grab a drink from the open front coolers--- check out their craft beer selections too. So many new shops have opened in Merchant's Square in the last couple of years and the owners are all great--- Say hey to Brittany at The Shoe Attic or Jenn at Quirks--- she may not be there but Kendra her right hand woman will be. My friend and book clubber, Anne is at Blink and don't forget to shop fashion at French Twist! An oldie but goodie is The Peanut Shop. Tastings abound inside!

4. Busch Gardens--- How can you visit Williamsburg and not see Busch Gardens? A whole blog could be written on what you should and shouldn't see, ride and eat while at Busch Gardens .A couple of my tips would be to save your legs and take the train or skyride between countries, don't take the stairs past the Loch Ness Monster, and make sure to eat at Trapper's.

5. Water Country--- The same can be said for Water Country as I stated about Busch Gardens. I promise to update you soon on all of my tips--- I've spent countless hours with the kids here. Make sure to wear a life jacket in Hubba Hubba Highway and let the water take you on a ride, skip Meltdown if you are pressed for time and Colossal Curl is worth the wait! My favorite ride for years has been Malibu Pipeline. Spoil the kids and yourself and get Dippin Dots while you are here.

6. Colonial Williamsburg--- So many buildings so little time. If you are a local please make sure to get your Good Neighbor Pass and use it. The Governor's Palace and the gardens that surround it, The Capitol, The Goal and The Magazine are all must sees. If you are visiting during the winter seasons make sure to strap on ice skates at the Ice Pavilion. Talk with the costume interpreters and ask questions about what they do there. Ask about their history--- they all have one.

7. Eat at a Tavern--- Want to step back in time and enjoy some food while you are at it? Enjoying one or more of the taverns in Colonial Williamsburg is such a fun experience. Once while I was with family who were in town visiting, we ate at The King's Arms and I was invited to join in on the festivities. Don't worry, if you are shy, you don't have to participate.

8. Spend the day at Jamestown Beach--- In the last couple of years, Jamestown Beach has become the beach to visit in Williamsburg. What once was a small strip of beach accessible by wading through the water south through bushes has now been updated and is a nice place to play in the sand and sun, watch the ferry come and go back and forth from Surry or an catch an amazing sunset. Charcoal grills are available, some shaded. A seasonal shop sells ice cream and more. Other beaches are available along the Colonial Parkway but please be aware College Creek Beach can be very dangerous at times. The James River is tidal--- we have high and low tides.

9. Drink Wine and Tour The Williamsburg Winery--- For only $35 you can taste 7 wines, tour the winery and have lunch at Gabriel Archers Tavern? Yes, it is true! Enjoy the peace and quiet at The Winery---If you get sleepy you can even stay!

10. The Outlets--- How is a trip to Williamsburg not complete without a trip to Williamsburg Premium Outlets? As a local, this is where we do a lot of our shopping too--- we just avoid it on the weekends if we can. The best days to shop are Mondays or Tuesdays but with the addition to Alewerks next to Columbia, even a local may decide to test their luck. The kids will even be entertained with their vast selection of games--- we normally try and grab the Connect Four.

11. Bike The Virginia Capital Trail--- With 52 Miles of Trail that reaches from Richmond to Williamsburg, you can find something to see or explore. Spoke and Art will be open in the spring for those in the Williamsburg area to shop, eat, drink, and ride. 

12. Local Breweries Tour--- With an abundance of Local Breweries infiltrating our town, many are very happy! (Please make sure to use a Uber or Lyft if you have had too much to drink---yes! We have those!) Check out AmberOx, The Virginia Beer Company, Aleworks, Brass Cannon, Billsburg!! Let me know your favorite!

13. Great Wolf Lodge--- An indoor water park? What more can I say?

14. Play Golf--- Three courses in Williamsburg are featured in Golf Digest's 20178-2018 Best Golf Courses in Virginia. Kingsmill, The Golden Horseshoe and new for this year, Two Rivers. Two Rivers is a private course in Governor's Land--- a wonderful neighborhood near the Chickahominy River. I am happy to set up a private tour, just ask.

15. Zip Line--- Go Ape--- This is such fun and I think everyone should try this once. I've done the Treetop Adventure and with six sites along the way with tricky crossings, you will get a workout and a thrill!

Feel free to follow me on Instagram--- #listwithleighann I share other fun spots like Sno-To-Go, Pirates Cove and More!


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