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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 stud

Easy One Pot Bacon, Salami Pasta with Tomato and Basil

This pasta is a heaven send and so easy for these back to school meals we are all about to or are embarking on now. Made this last night and it was perfect. 

What You Need:


  • 12 ounces penne
  • 6-8 Slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 6-8 Thick cut salami, chopped
  • 1 (28- oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 medium-size yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Garlic diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • TO DO:
  • 1. Place first 12 ingredients and, if desired, dried crushed red pepper in a Dutch oven or deep skillet in order of ingredient list. Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat (about 12 to 15 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, covered, 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is slightly al dente, stirring at 5-minute intervals.
  • 2. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Stir just before serving. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

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