Download Deelyn’s new mobile app now!

Home buyers and sellers can now take Deelyn with them on every step of their journey!

Deelyn’s new mobile app puts Liz Moore and Associates’ most accomplished and knowledgeable Realtor at your service 24/7.

The customizable app includes the most accurate and updated information on all MLS listings in the Williamsburg and James City County areas.

Users can search for homes and rentals nearest to them, locate scheduled open houses, peruse new listings and track price changes on existing listings.

The app includes a mortgage calculator, a saved-favorites button, an advanced search function that enables users to target a range of home (baths, beds, lot size, square footage) and price options, and a direct line to Deelyn via phone, email or text message. 

Download Deelyn’s mobile app here to bring her mastery of the Williamsburg-area real-estate market to your home buying or selling experience.

Time to jump on “Black Friday” week home deals!

Homes like this all-brick, move-in perfect home at 4909 Westmoreland Drive are in hot demand during Black Friday week.

Imagine if November’s “Black Friday” deal-driven shopping frenzy lasted a week? Well, it does last a week in real estate – and it’s THIS week!

Data released by Realtor.com indicates the week of Sept. 22 is the best time to buy a home because of less competition and a spike in inventory and price reductions.

Because so many families are focused on getting settled for the new school year instead of shopping for houses, buyers in general face 26% less competition across most U.S. markets surveyed.

At the same time, inventory increases by 6 percent. And of those homes, another 6 percent will be reduced in price.

The inventory of luxury homes sees a marked increase this time of year, said Realtor.com senior economist George Ratiu.

“There [are] a lot of opportunities for luxury buyers,” he said.

Because things can happen quickly, Forbes.com contributor Stephanie Vozza advises deal-seeking buyers to:

* be alert to price reductions in their chosen area.

* get preapproved for funding

* be willing to close quickly

* make their strongest offer right away

* ask their agent for a market analysis of comparable home sales.

I would be delighted to do a complementary market analysis for you. Please contact me at Deelyn@lizmoore.com or 757-503-1999 if I can help you this week – or any week at all.

Vote Williamsburg for Best Small Town in the South

Williamsburg has been recognized yet again as a great place to live and to visit. 

As part of its search for the “Best of the South 2020,” Southern Living magazine has nominated Williamsburg for the title of “Best Small Town.”

There are 32 other towns on the list, located throughout the south and as far west as Oklahoma. Besides Williamsburg, however, only Fredericksburg was nominated from Virginia. 

The magazine is polling readers for their favorites among such diverse and fun things as bars, restaurants, new and historic hotels, barbecue joints, resorts and chefs. 

Jill Pongonis, media relations manager for the Williamsburg Tourism Council, told the WY Daily the nomination alone significantly raises the city’s profile. 

“They survey about 65,000 readers so the impact of the voters is definitely awareness and reaching a target market that is interested in this destination,” she said. “We do try to get our public relations team out there to . . . work with travel writers to expose them to the wonderful experiences they have here. It’s not by chance, it’s a collaborative effort.”

You can take the magazine’s online survey as often as you wish. Voters are eligible to win a grand prize of $2,500 for doing so. Voting is open until Sept. 16.

Miller named new GM of Ford’s Colony CC

Peter Miller has been named the new general manager of Ford’s Colony Country Club. Miller was most recently the manager of the City Club in Washington, D.C., like Ford’s Colony also a ClubCorp property. 

Miller has a lengthy background in the hospitality business that includes stints as a chef at The Four Seasons Atlanta, assistant general manager at the restaurant management company Brinker International, and time as general manager at clubs in Florida and Delaware.

A certified executive chef with a culinary degree from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Miller has cooked for two presidents, three first ladies and such celebrities as Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Miller and his wife Kristen have two daughters. He will start his new position Sept. 3.

Vote for Cafe Provencal as USA’s best winery restaurant

Here in Williamsburg, we live near one of the finest winery restaurants in the United States. Is it THE best? We’ll soon find out!

Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery is among 20 similar venues nominated by USA Today as the nation’s best winery restaurant.

Readers, patrons and especially food and wine lovers may vote once a day for Cafe Provencal as their favorite over the next couple weeks.Voting in the contest — officially USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award — ends Monday, Aug. 12. The winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 23 — and then later on USA Today. The place to vote is here.

USA Today’s nomination reads: “Chef David McClure takes the helm at Café Provençal at Williamsburg Winery with a menu highlighting local farmers, watermen and “agri-artisans.” This farm-to-farm menu includes dishes like ham and pea soup made with Edwards Country Ham, butter-poached lobster tail salad, seared diver scallops with local purple rice and grilled swordfish with lemon basil polenta and a mustard cream sauce.”

Yum, to all of that!

Williamsburg again is ranked a top travel destination

The Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (WYDaily) newspaper reports that Williamsburg remains one of the best travel destinations in the country, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.

The magazine ranks Williamsburg at No. 13 on its recently released top-15 list of American destinations alongside cities such as Honolulu, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Austin.

Travel + Leisure bases its ratings on responses it receives from readers about their travel experiences. Travelers ranks cities on sights, landmarks, culture, cuisine, shopping and overall value.

Williamsburg scored 80.51 points, while No. 15 Washington, D.C. scored 80.09. Charleston, S.C., with 87.04 points, was the highest-ranked city.

Williamsburg also appeared on another Travel + Leisure list last spring: the best places to travel to in July. Not to be outdone, the New York Times also featured Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle in its “52 places to Go in 2019” list.

The latter article highlighted the events, still ongoing, surrounding the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown’s first legislative assembly in the New World. Take a bow, Williamsburg!

You can read the full WYDaily article here.

Fun on the Williamsburg 4th!

Fireworks soaring above the Governor’s Palace

It’s true. July 4th fireworks just look and feel brighter and better in Williamsburg!

The annual chills-inducing Independence Day highlight is Colonial Williamsburg’s evening celebration launched from behind the Governor’s Palace. 

The fun begins at 7 p.m. with a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, a performance by the CW Fifes and Drums, patriotic sing-a-longs and of course the awesome, bursting fireworks above the Palace Green.

That performance caps a full day that starts with the Fifes and Drums and young Thomas Jefferson reading the Declaration off the Capitol West Balcony at 9:30 a.m. That’s followed by a salute to the original 13 states with a display of each state’s flag amid cannon and musket fire.

At 1:30 p.m. visitors and history buffs can meet and talk with one of our many “Nation Builders” enactors at the Charlton Stage.

Following that at 3:30 p.m. will be a performance of “Created Equal,” an exploration of African American perspectives on the Declaration, the revolutions it inspired and the ongoing struggle for equality and freedom in America.

Check all these details and more 4th of July goings-on at visitwilliamsburg.com.

Yorktown also features a full day of events beginning at 8 a.m. with an 8K run and a 5K walk before by a parade along Main and Water Streets.

Enjoy music, the beach, the American Revolution museum and shopping, then close the evening with a patriotic concert, bell ringing and brilliant fireworks over the York River.

Visityorktown.org has all the information about a fun day on the 4thin Yorktown.

Casa Pearl and Precarious Beer are fun, delicious additions to the Williamsburg food and beverage scene.

Williamsburg’s expanding profile as a foodie haven has grown even more with the addition of two exciting additions – the delectable dining gem Casa Pearl, and the newly opened Precarious Beer Project beer hall.

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Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos opened six months ago in a renovated Texaco station on Merrimack Trail, near the Virginia Beer Company and such local favorites as Cochon on 2ndand Second Street American Bistro.

Husband-and-wife team Mikey and Chelsea Maksimowicz are formally trained chefs who became steeped in oysters while working in Charleston, S.C. They created their unique oysters and taco concept to offer a fun, relaxed experience to patrons of all ages, one that marries the fruits of the Chesapeake Bay with inspired taco creations.

Naturally, the delicious fried oyster taco is a signature dish at Casa Pearl. But do yourself a favor and also try the baked Chincoteague clams, among the many tempting options on the menu. Good luck stopping at just one order of either item, though!

It’s a great place to eat that’s always packed, so plan your visit. You can read all about the menu and the creations of this inspired restaurant/ bar at Casa Pearl Oysters and Tacos.

Precarious

Precarious Beer Project is the next ambitious offering from the crew – Andrew Voss and Chris Cook — who brought the wildly popular Amber Ox Public House to Prince George St.

A few blocks over, on the bustling corner of Francis and S. Henry St. at Merchants Square, now comes Precarious Beer. The latter was space that used to be part of Amber Ox that the ownership team aims to turn into a thriving presence of its own.

The inviting, 9,700-square foot space is filled with communal tables, a long bar with a huge variety of brews and arcade games, including vintage pinball machines, and of course the 10-barrel brewing equipment.

Live music is also on tap at Precarious, as well as Electric Circus, the hall’s indoor “taco truck.” Outdoors is a 1,100 square-foot patio with a gas fireplace and room for 50 customers. Precarious opened this past weekend, the 8th of June, so stop by soon and check out the cool vibe you feel immediately upon walking through the doors.

Complete information about Precarious Beer Project can be found at its website here.

Sign up for Feb. 20 FC Market Watch presentation now!

Deelyn will share her insights into the Ford’s Colony real estate market during her annual Market Watch 2019 presentation Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — in the Banquet Room at the Ford’s Colony Country Club.

If you are interested in buying or selling in Ford’s Colony, please make a point to attend this important and informative session with the leading Realtor in Ford’s Colony by a wide margin.

Deelyn will discuss how recent market conditions have affected home values and sales in Ford’s Colony. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 13 by one of the following methods:

Email to Deelyn@LizMoore.com or Christie@LizMoore.com

or

Phone Deelyn at 757-503-1999 or Christie at 757-532-1661.

See you there!

Ford’s Colony Market Watch is today!

We are looking forward to seeing all who RSVP’d for the Ford’s Colony Market Watch. We will be meeting in the Banquet Room of the Ford’s Colony Country Club from 2-4 pm.