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September 2014 Real Estate Market Share Update Williamsburg VA

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

Our office’s listings and sales were almost equal to the combined listings and  sales of  six area real estate brokerages : KIngsmill Realty, Fords Colony Realty, Twiddy Realty, Coldwell Banker Traditions,  Century 21 Nachman and ReMax Capital  who were the 6th-10th place finishers in sales in the Williamsburg VA real estate market year to date in 2014

October 2014-The numbers are in for September 2014 in the Williamsburg VA real estate market. While it was a close race back in 2012 for market share with the lead changing between the offices of William E. Wood and Liz Moore and Associates. Year to date for 2014 our office (Liz Moore and Associates) has a commanding lead in market share with almost 18% of the market.

If you’re a Williamsburg or Hampton Roads VA Home seller who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email me at John@MrWilliamsburg.com , and I can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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Waterfront home in New Kent headed to auction

A New Kent County waterfront home and the owners’ collection of classic cars are headed to the auction block.

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The nearly 10,000-square-foot home on the Chickahominy River and 10 to 12 cars — possibly including a 1968 Mustang and several older Corvettes — are up for grabs as part of a court-ordered division of the owners’ assets.

The auction for the property will be on June 24 at the mansion, 201 Four Islands Trail in Lanexa (about 40 miles outside of Richmond). The owners are Bruce and Kathy Evers, according to county records.

The riverfront home sits on a 1.8-acre lot in The Colonies subdivision and has an assessed value of $1.2 million.

It has a total of 7.5 bathrooms and between five and 10 bedrooms. There’s also a pool, waterslide, a pool house and a dock with powerboat and jet ski lifts.

 imageThe Colonies is a large, wooded, family friendly neighborhood on Chickahominy River right at the border of James City County. In the mood for a nice dinner at the Blue Heron restaurant? The water taxi will pick you up at your dock and ferry you there and back for a fun evening of riverfront dining.

Enjoy outdoor living at its best for family and friends! Premier setting on 2 adjoining lots on deep water Diascund Creek at the mouth of Chickahominy River, this property provides peaceful, expansive water views and endless outdoor recreation. The house has a dock with 3 power boat lifts and 3 jet ski lifts, electricity, water and a large upper deck for sunning and sunset cocktails. The water depth at the dock is 12-15 feet so your teens can jump off the upper deck for big splashes. Pontoon boating, power boating, kayaks, canoes, jet skis, waterskiing, tubing—do it all right from your dock. And fishing! 
imageThere’s also a private, heated swimming pool, approx 44’ x 15’ with 10 ft deep end and waterslide. The pool house has changing rooms, kitchenette, bath, dining area and equipment storage room. The two lots are almost 2 acres and there is a need for fresh landscaping attention. There are various metal storage outbuildings, a play house/
The custom brick home has 2 main living levels, with completely finished walkout basement and fully finished attic- a total of 4 levels of conditioned living space.

Note: The assets, including jet skis, canoe, golf cart, four wheelers, tractors and 4 vintage Corvettes and a ’68 Mustang are being sold via on line auction at www.ebidlocal.com

There is no minimum bid or reserve for the auction of the home, but the winning bid must be approved by the judge.

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How is the real estate market in Williamsburg ? April 2014

We are almost halfway through 2014 and the Williamsburg VA real estate market is moving along strongly. Although we show 6.9 months of inventory in the Williamsburg market that’s a little deceiving. Some of that is proposed construction. Homes that are priced right and in good condition are selling quickly. We have seen a few homes recently with multiple offers within a few days of being listed..

Interest rates remain low  We expect this trend to continue for the next several months.  Right now our biggest issue is finding houses to sell.

If you’re a Williamsburg home owner who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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How is the real estate market in Williamsburg VA

So only a few months into 2014 and the Williamsburg VA real estate market is moving along strongly. Although we show 6.4 months of inventory in the Williamsburg market that’s a little deceiving. Some of that is proposed construction. Homes that are priced right and in good condition are selling quickly. We have seen a few homes recently with multiple offers within a few days of being listed..

Interest rates remain low  We expect this trend to continue for the next several months.  Right now our biggest issue is finding houses to sell.

If you’re a Williamsburg home owner who has been wondering if it might finally be time to sell, email John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we can prepare a complimentary analysis of market value for you – you just may be pleasantly surprised.

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psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites,WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here

You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Mirror Lakes -Close to I-64, yet with a relaxing, country feel

Close to I-64, yet with a relaxing, country feel: that was the allure of Mirror Lake Estates when Liz and John bought a home there in 2007. “We were drawn to it because of its location in a quiet, more rural area of Williamsburg,” says Liz, a supervisor at a utility company. “The neighborhood is away from the ebb and flow of tourism…. but only 15 minutes from downtown Williamsburg.”

Liz and her husband, John, a D.O.D. employee, chose a two-story, transitional-style home with a cozy porch. It overlooks a front yard boasting one of the largest cherry trees in the neighborhood.

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“We use the front porch all the time,” Liz says, noting that it’s a place to wave to neighbors when they stroll the neighborhood.

front porchThe couple was attracted to the layout of the home, which includes a living room, eat-in kitchen, dining room, half bath, and laundry on the first floor, and three bedrooms upstairs. “It has what I call a European layout,” Liz explains. “One door — the door that connects the front hallway to the kitchen — can close off the entire main level from the hallway and second floor. That is really appealing for families with kids and pets because you don’t have to worry about gates to keep them from the stairs [to the second floor]. It also helps a lot with noise between the first and second floors, as well as with heating and cooling the two levels.”

masterThe home’s second-floor master suite was another plus, with a multi-purpose room adjoining the bedroom. “The previous owners used that room as a private office, but we use it as a dressing room. It could also be used as a nursery,” Liz notes. “It’s very versatile.” The dressing room, which connects the master bedroom to the master bath, has two walk-in closets plus under-eaves storage space. “It’s very handy. You don’t have to go to the attic to store things,” Liz adds.

kitchen1Liz, who loves to cook, also found the eat-in kitchen and walk-in pantry appealing. The kitchen, which has been updated with new cabinets, appliances, and Corian countertops, is large enough to add a moveable island. “The kitchen is my favorite room,” Liz says. “It’s big, but it’s also cozy to read or work at the kitchen table. And, I love looking out the window above the sink into the back yard.”

Back yard oasis. That flat, fully fenced back yard has become the family’s oasis. Liz, who enjoys gardening, has planted a variety of low maintenance shrubs and trees along the perimeter of the corner lot. She also added a vegetable garden and a hedge of 4-foot red rose bushes. The middle of the large yard is mostly open space, to allow room deck1for the couple’s daughter and the family dog to explore. An exception is the towering maple tree that shades the center of the yard; benches and a tot swing sit beneath its canopy.

The yard is big enough to accommodate the couple’s boat when it’s not moored. “We planted trees to screen it off from the rest of the yard, though,” Liz notes. The couple also widened the gate from the driveway to the back yard to allow access for their large pick-up truck. A double-doored, ivy-covered shed in the back of the yard is used to store their lawn equipment.

“My daughter loves being out in the yard and chasing the dog around,” Liz notes. “Having the fence means low stress about your kid running into the street. The back yard is just ideal for dogs and kids, safety and privacy.”

backyard2But Liz’s favorite outside spot is the two-level deck. When the couple bought the home, it had one deck, which needed replacement. “John fell through the old deck just as he was ripping it apart,” Liz notes. “The new one is nice and sturdy.” After replacing the original deck, the couple added a second-level deck with a pergola that features an outdoor ceiling fan and pull-down outside blinds to add privacy and shade. “We love the pergola and deck, and often have friends over to grill out,” says Liz. “It’s just great for entertaining and for a family that likes to be outside.”

Energy conscious updates. Over the past eight years, the couple also has made some changes to the home’s interior. They reconfigured a wall in the dining room to create a large opening between the living and dining rooms. “It makes for a better flow,” Liz says.

They also increased the home’s energy efficiency. “We replaced the windows with double pane low-e [Pella] windows, and all the appliances with Energy-Star,” Liz notes. “The new toilets are water savers and we added an attic fan and a programmable thermostat. There are also ceiling fans in the main rooms. We’re very energy conscious.”

mirror lakeFamily-friendly community. The neighborhood lake has been a source of fun for the couple’s daughter. “It’s stocked with fish, and you can use non-motorized boats,” Liz notes, adding that residents of the neighborhood, which does not have an HOA, can buy membership in a neighboring community pool. “We go down to the lake a lot,” she says. “The ducks and geese there entrance my 2-year-old.”

Liz and her daughter also enjoy the public library that sits just outside the neighborhood, within walking distance of their home. Kiskiack Golf Course and York River State Park are only a few miles away. Downtown Williamsburg and shopping hubs such as the Williamsburg Premium Outlets are a 10-15 minute drive.

“The neighborhood public schools are very good,” Liz says. “And, we’ve never heard of any issuesliving1 with crime.” The community also has a nice diversity of age groups, including families and retirees. “We can see how the number of children in the neighborhood has grown even more over the past 8 years,” Liz says. “‘There are kids in their yards and along the streets and cul-de-sacs everywhere. It’s a very family-friendly place.”

Liz and John have decided to sell their house in Mirror Lake Estates so that they can build a new home. “Building our own home is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Liz says. The couple asked John Womeldorf to help them with the sale after the company through which they’re building their new place recommended him as a preferred realtor. Liz notes, “We are VERY happy with him so far!!”

 

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bedroom1Why the stories? Because these aren’t just houses, they’re homes.

Mr. Williamsburg knows that when you’re looking for a new place, you’re searching for more than just four walls plus amenities; you’re looking for that welcoming refuge we call home. That’s why we go beyond the standard “4 bedrooms, 3 baths on large lot” statistics, to share how others have lived in this house, to reveal the home’s unique personality, to help you decide whether this is a place where your family could thrive.

Likewise, we realize that you’re seeking not simply a development within a particular zip code, but also an opportunity to become part of a community. That’s why we share our sellers’ experiences as members of that neighborhood. 

We trust these stories will assist you in finding your way home.

 

Want to tell your home’s story or explore this home further ? Contact John “Mr. Williamsburg” Womeldorf at (757) 254-8136 or John@MrWilliamsburg.com and we’ll get you started.

Search all homes in Williamsburg VA for sale here

How’s the Williamsburg Real Estate Market Feb 2014

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psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites,WilliamsburgsRealEstate.com and Mr Williamsburg.com were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula.

You can search homes for sale , active adult communities, 55+ communities,  condos and townhomes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent,  Poquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets here

You can reach John by phone at 757-254-8136 or email him at John@MrWilliamsburg.com

I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

Best,

John Womeldorf

James City County assessments completed

The Real Estate Assessment Division recently completed the assessment of all real property based on the fair market value of the property as of Jan. 1, 2014. The new assessments show that the drop in home values over the last few years has slowed to a loss of 1.71 percent in 2014 compared to a loss of 5.67 percent in 2012. When combined with new development and commercial reassessment, the assessments generated increased .24 percent.

The County will mail the change-in-assessment notices to approximately 14,500 property owners on Feb. 28. Information on the review and appeal process and the tax relief program can be found online or by calling 757-253-6650.