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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…

The Only Christmas Cookie Recipe You Will Ever Need

Last Christmas, we visited my family's farm in Rogersville, Tennessee and stayed at the Hale Springs Inn. What a beautiful place filled with so much history! I'm not going to veer too far off course here though, we are talking about cookies! Well, My Aunt Sallie had made these cookies for our celebration and I fell in love. They are simple to make and though take like a regular butter cookie when you first bite into it, after you let it simmer and melt into your mouth, you want more. I would suggest these to anyone who is trying to watch their weight because you can't just eat one. 



What You Will Need:

A Cookie Press
Sheet Pans

Ingredients:
1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp. Vanilla
3 Cups Self Rising Flour
Pinch of Salt

Preheat Your Oven to 350 Degrees.

Mix First Four Ingredients
Add flour, one cup at a time. You will need to mix by hand the last cup. 
Roll onto a cylinder and dive into three sections.
Press into Cookie Press. 
You should be able to get at least nine cookies on a small cookie sheet. They don't rise that much.

Bake about 8 minutes. 10-12 minutes the edges with brown.
You will want to let them cool but they are amazing fresh out of the oven.

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