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100 Great Reasons to Live in Williamsburg: 16-20

by Deelyn Neilson

 

Music, music, music! Williamsburg has a thriving arts community, with groups for all ages. You can catch performances around town, but there's nothing like being a part of the sound.  All of these groups are on constant lookout for new recruits--find the one that's right for you!

16.      Fife and Drums Corps—Open to boys and girls ages 10-18, this incredible musical group is a longstanding tradition throughout the Colonial area. The Corps performs throughout the community regularly, often in period costumes!

17.     Williamsburg Pipe and Drums--Discover your Scottish roots to the merry tunes of the bagpipes and drums.  Enthusiastic players, even with limited pipe or drum experience, will be welcomed and given free lessons to develop their skills.

18.     Williamsburg Choral Guild--A classical mixed chorus, often choosing ambition, rigorous musical pieces and demanding the utmost from volunteers. With engagements throughout the year, the hard labor pays off with the sweet fruit of stirring, satisfying performances for audiences around Hampton Roads.

19.     Williamsburg Women’s Chorus--Committed to excellence in performance and repertoire, this chorus holds the torch for the rich, expressive literature available for women's vocal groups. Also offers a scholarship to young ladies in the area to further their vocal careers with private lessons.  

20.     Magic of Harmony Sweet Adelines Show Chorus--the most fun you can have without instruments! This a cappella women's group sings barbershop style tunes from a variety of genres. Performing both privately and publicly, this group also hosts a fabulous showcase of entertainment every fall.

Have You Seen this Ford's Colony Home?

by Deelyn Neilson

Stately and expansive, 1 Brook Court, Williamsburg VA offers an incredible value in Ford's Colony.  With five bedrooms, four baths, two half baths, and 4897 square feet, this home has ample living space.  A newly renovated kitchen offers gorgeous finishes including granite counter tops, custom honey toned cabinets, a center island with gas range, and double door pantry.  

Offered first and second floor master suites, both are generously sized with large en suite bathrooms.  Each master bathroom has jetted tub and walk-in shower. Three additional bedrooms on located on the second floor. This home offers a variety of bonus and flexible space with a finished third floor attic and bonus room with three separate spaces.  A rare feature in Ford's Colony, 1 Brook Court has a four car garage.  

Custom decks and balconies create an unparalleled outdoor experience. The screened porch offers the perfect transitional area, with the flat patio decks offer space for seating and dining.  The second story balcony is accessed through one of the bedrooms, overlooking the private, wooded lot.

Offered at $650,000

To schedule your private showing, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com

For more information about Ford's Colony, view the Ford's Colony community page.

The Nose Knows: How To Prep Your Home for a Showing

by Deelyn Neilson

First impressions can make or break a home sale. Within 20 seconds of walking through a home a buyer has already made up their mind if the home is not what they want. As a buyer walks through a door at least 3 of their senses are engaged: what they hear, see, and smell.

From all my years of showing property, I can walk into many homes blindfolded and tell you who or what is living there. Babies, teenagers, smokers, and pets all have a smell. 

Here are my secrets for great showing:

  1. Be Q-tip clean.  A home that is that clean is usually a home that smells like it is clean!  
  2. Take out the kitchen trash before a showing. There may be something in there that your nose has grown accustomed to which is offensive to others.
  3. Smoking? Take it outside. An ionizer can help remove some of the smoke smells.
  4. Empty litter boxes at the last minute before you leave and take the box outside or the garage. Also remove your pets from the home during a showing. Regularly clean pet bedding clean as dander can leave smells that you may be accustomed but are noticible to others. 
  5. Don't cook smelly foods while your home is on the market. Several years ago at a showing, I was greeted by the homeowner as I went to the door. They wanted to explain that they had just cooked “blood sausage” and that the home might have an odor. Really?! It's been several years and I STILL remember that smell!

What about air fresheners? You have to be very careful about the plug-ins, candles, or sprays. Masking a problem only makes it worse.  Personally, I like many of the plug-in smells, but many folks absolutely do not like them. Remember that smell is one of the most powerful memory triggers--you need potential buyers to have good memories of the showing!

Some good smells that usually cannot go wrong: 

  • Fresh baked bread like pumpkin or another sweet bread
  • Fresh baked cookies--especially if leave a few out with a “please take one” note attached! 
  • Cinnamon sticks in the kitchen. You can also run a lemon through the garbage disposal. Most folks do like citrus and it can smell very good and clean. 
  • And of course the very best idea: clean, clean and then clean again!

Welcome to 3971 Bournemouth Bend. This absolutely stunning Marque built home offers extraordinary custom upgrades throughout, personifying the elegance and character of its historic surroundings. The gourmet kitchen features granite counters, double wall ovens, a built-in gas cook top, and breakfast nook flowing to the great room with vaulted ceiling,  Upstairs, you will find the expansive master retreat with a luxurious en suite bath, plus three additional bedrooms, a generous hall bath, and a bonus room.

 

 
Schedule your private showing with Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com.
 
​Offered at $425,000

 

Welcome to 3233 Buckingham Drive, Toano VA. This spacious home offers an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, and plenty of storage options. This charming move-in ready home is sure to please with  four large bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and additional storage in a walk-up attic.
 
Sunny and expansive, the kitchen features lots of cabinets and plenty of counter space as well as a pantry.  Some cabinets also have integrated organizers. All appliances also convey!  
 
The second floor master bedroom is generously sized. Offering a beautiful en suite bathroom, it features dual vanities, a jetted tub, and separate shower. Three additional bedrooms are located upstairs, as well as the laundry room.  An attic--with full, permanent staircase--offers tons of storage.
 
Offered at $314,900
 
To find out more about the community, visit my Stonehouse Glen community page.
 
Please contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com for more information on 3233 Buckingham Drive, Toano VA.

What is the MOST IMPORTANT factor to get my home sold?

by Deelyn Neilson

The most asked question in today's market? Obviously- How do I sell my home in today's challenging buyer's market?  

And the very easy answer:

PROPER POSITIONING OF YOUR HOME IS THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL SALE-GUARANTEED!

The one thing that will ensure that the home gets sold in today's challenging market is proper pricing- this is the most important start of getting your home sold. An overpriced listing stands out like a sore thumb to potential buyers.  Improper pricing can also easily lead to a home's stagnancy on the market which leads to many other problems down the road.

I have had the opportunity to list a couple of properties lately where the sellers have  realized what needed to be done- price the home aggressively which is under appraised value- and then watch as the "sweet spot" of pricing can actually turn into a bidding war. Really?? You bet- and we sold OVER list price!

If you are in the process of buying a home you have surely come across listings that have been listed for quite some time. There could be many reasons why the home has not sold: condition issues, cosmetic issues or what is most common in today’s market: pricing issues. When this happens, homes tend to acquire a bit of a stigma. Potential buyers will wonder why the home has been sitting.

Naturally, the homes that are priced in the lower to mid range in any neighborhood will be the homes that sell first. I will always tell my buyer clients that they will usually fare well when they buy one of the lower priced homes in a prospective neighborhood. It is always better to be the lowest priced- especially those that also represent a great value in comparing price per square foot as well as condition issues -than to be the highest: the higher prices tend to bring up the value of the lower end and the opposite is also true. 

High priced homes tend to be looked at (a lot), but little action comes as people opt for the less expensive properties. In fact, the higher priced homes in the neighborhood serve as a catalyst for the lower priced homes to actually sell.  Buyers see the properly priced homes as bargains!

When you do a market analysis of your home you need to take the SOLD numbers to heart. It is easy to compare your home to your neighbor’s down the street that may be listed much higher- but, remember, have they sold? The homes that you must compare pricing with are only the homes that have sold.  Proper positioning of your home is today’s market will definitely determine how fast your home sells. Take the time to make sure it is done right.

Please remember that there are two types of properties that are selling in today’s market:

“Opportunity” properties are those that have been on the market less than 30 days,  are in move-in condition and are priced to sell- just below market value.  The others are “Deals” plain and simple- that is truly what buyers are looking to find- and they WILL sell.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Deelyn Neilson

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are worried about housing prices continuing to fall. Of course, the problem with waiting for the market to drop further is that you don't know where the bottom is until you see it in the rear view mirror, meaning until you've missed it!

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have gone up in the last six months, they are still at near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, if home prices come down a little further but interest rates up, it could cost you even more to service a mortgage on an identical home!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates and low home prices, rather than to hope for a further break in prices in the future. 

What's my verdict?

If you're financial and emotionally ready to commit to a home, now is great time to buy.

What next?

 

Situated above the fairway, overlooking the green, this truly exceptional home at 104 Ansley combines luxurious features, casual elegance, and tremendous privacy in one of Williamsburg's most desirable communities,  Ford's Colony. With five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and over 6000 square feet of living space, this home's interior is designed with style and comfort in mind. Superior craftsmanship throughout the home, the finishes of 104 Ansley exude excellence. From the gorgeous granite of the kitchen counter tops, to the custom built-in bookcases of the library, this home was made for fine living.  

104 Ansley is found in Ford's Colony, a gated golf course community conveniently located in Williamsburg. Close to I-64, commuting to Fort Eustis is just 25 minutes and Langley AFB is just 45 minutes. Amenities include two Olympic sized pools, a swim and tennis clubhouse with over 50 clubs, tennis courts, walking paths and playgrounds. 

​Offered at $900,000

For more information on 104 Ansley, contact Deelyn at 757.503.1999 or deelyn@lizmoore.com

100 Great Reasons to Live in Williamsburg: 11-15

by Deelyn Neilson

​Thursday Night Film's at Williamburg Regional Library
 
11. Williamsburg Regional Library Story Time—Want a low key activity for your kids? Check out the    Williamsburg Regional Library’s story times and other events for kids of all ages. Held at the Williamsburg and James City County campuses.
 
12. Catch-a-Craft—Great for kids! From 10:30-12:30 on summer Saturday mornings, stop by the James City County library branch to build a craft to take home.  
 
13. Thursday Film Series—Held at the Williamsburg Regional Library year round, offering classics and foreign films every Thursday. Admission is free.
 
14. Williamsburg Regional Library Theater—offering live performances of plays, musical groups, lectures, and more for children and adults.  Some are free! 
 
15. Free Computer Skills Classes—from the basics, to iPads for beginners, to how to use the library’s Family Search program. Held at the Williamsburg libraries and free to library members.
 

 

The Vineyards of Williamsburg 5k

by Deelyn Neilson

Join 800+ runners and walkers of all ages in the fundraiser for Child Development Resources (CDR) of Williamsburg VA. CDR helps over 1,000 families of babies and toddlers each year, providing early intervention for developmental issues. The trail leads through the beautiful neighborhood, The Vineyards of Williamsburg, on a mostly flat "out-and-back" course.  Registration for the 5k is $25 through July 15, and $35 through August 10. Rain date is August 12, 2012. Registration includes t-shirt, meal, ice cream, and drink voucher. Sign up now to support CDR's great work! To read testimonials of the difference CDR has made familes in Williamsburg, view CDR's webpage.

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