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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

A Day for Phantom


My mother decided instead of presents under the tree at Christmas this year, she would give us a day at the Opera. We are so happy she did. Experiences to me or better than a physical gift any day. I love to travel... as we speak I'm looking at what to do for Christmas next year.... I want to take a cruise. I could travel everyday and be completely happy. A pair of jeans or jewelry is likely to be a forgotten gift.

I'm off subject...

We woke up this morning excited to receive our gift. I popped a can of biscuits and fried up some bacon. We took turns taking showers, shoving syrup biscuits down our throats and applying our faces. Around 11, Mom picked us up and I drove us down to Norfolk and to the Chrysler Center. Of course I forgot my camera and my phone was seriously already dead. Luckily mom and Douglas took a few shots. 

We got a drink and a pretzel before the show and then when time came found out seat in row R and settled in. The Phantom of the Opera was beautiful and funny too. The set was crazy nice and the steps that appeared and disappeared right in front of your eyes were amazing. We loved all of the lights, the fires and of course the chandelier drop! 

This experience is something we won't forget and when we start thinking about what Christmas presents we received last Christmas we won't hem and haw. We will remember The Phantom of Opera is here.... inside our minds.


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