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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…

Choosing Your Signature Scent


The other day I walked into an Ulta for the very first time and was terribly overwhelmed. Ulta is a shopping meca for anyone who loves beauty products. The store is a "God" to all who want to smell and look beautiful The store houses hundreds of fragrances, makeup by the thousands and skincare for the scared. Need a hairdryer, curling iron or a straightner? One place stop girls! I am may be the last person on Earth who has been in Ulta but that one trip will not be my last. 

My mother and I were entranced in the fragrance department and wandered up and down and around the aisles in search of a scent we could call our own. I am interested in purchasing Joe a new cologne for Christmas and I may have chosen one. How wild does your nose go while in the fragrance department though? Here are a couple of tips I have learned on choosing the scent for yourself.

Don't Rely on Those Blotting Papers: Your chemistry is different than that piece of paper. When you spray the fragrance on yourself, the perfume is going to take on different notes from your skin.

Do Smell From A Few Inches Away: Wearing perfume is about smelling great but not just for yourself. Smelling the fragrance from a couple of inches away will allow you to make sure the fragrance isn't too strong. If you can smell it without bringing your wrist inwards towards your nose, you may be irritating to others. 

Don't Wear Perfume While Shopping For One: This is a hard one but you do not need to mix your fragrances while deciding on which ones to buy. Your skin needs to be clean and smell free. 

Do Take Home A Sample: Dab it own for a couple of days before deciding it is the one. You are going to spend a bit on a fragrance, might as well be one your really enjoy.

I hope these tips help. Please feel free to share other tips you have!


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