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What's My Home Really Worth--- The Question We All Want Answered!

There are really just two major considerations when you determine the appropriate value for your Williamsburg VA property: market value and appraised value.
This is where many people get confused on value--- So many people will say, “The assessed value is X, so that is what it is worth”. This is so not accurate. Many times a house will sell more than the assessed value as the assessed value is what the city/ county taxes you on. I’ve seen houses sell 30,000 over their assessed value and no one wants to leave money on the table. Do you? I didn’t think so!
So let’s go back to the two values I was talking about earlier!
Market value is the value that a buyer…today…is willing to pay for your home. The most effective way to determine market value is to look through the prospective buyer’s eyes---they are the ones you need to impress. Positioning your home properly among competing inventory is a critical step, and it’s important that your agent devotes the time necessary to study current m…

Halloween Ghosts for Your Yard


I love Halloween. It is truly one of my favorite times of the year. I love to line crows up on the roof of my house, fill the yard with spiders and webs and put this in the front yard to illuminate the crisp nights that descend around here in the fall. 

Here is how to do it and to do it right. 

What You Need:

  • Cheap Plastic Drop Cloths: Calculate each ghost you will make and add one.
  • White paper or newspaper 
  • 6 or 8 Lengths of rebar- 3 to 4 feet high: How many ghosts you do will determine how many pieces of rebar you need. (Check your Local Hardware Store)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Yellow or Orange Christmas Type Lights
  • A Couple of Pieces of Wood

What to Do:

 1.  Hammer the rebar into the ground into a circle.

2. Cut lengths of drop cloth double the height you want your ghosts

3.  From the extra drop cloth cut out strips 4x12 you will use to tie at the necks around the rebar.

4.   Form the head by balling up paper and.  When you have a large enough ball place in center of stretched out drop cloth section.

5. Gather the  drop cloth and cover the paper forming a head like he is a lollipop.

6.  Place "head" on top of rebar and wrap packing tape around plastic to form neck.

7.  Gather at the waist area and tape again.  Your ghost will now look like a lollipop. 

8.  Cut several long strips of drop cloth to form arms. These are crisscrossed and tied around chest area. Then the hands with meet with the next ghost to meet and hold hands. 

9.  Place the logs in the center of the ghost and top with your colored lights. Plug in. 

The ghosts look amazing at night. One girl who lives down the street from us is so frightened she can't even look down our way. She is a teenager. Funny girl.



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