1472 Morris Pond Dr

Golf Course Home For Sale in Locust Grove’s Somerset Community Now Under Contract!!!

1472 MORRIS POND DR, LOCUST GROVE, VA 22508

Spectacular golf course home with views of the 11th hole yet still offering privacy, a well manicured lawn and 2 levels of finished living space PLUS an entire unfinished basement with bath rough-in. So many extra features make this home stand out such as the touch faucets, the tank-less hot water heater, and in line floor heaters. Wait until you see the spa-like master bath, the soaring ceilings in the main living area and so much more. This property has been well maintained with a new roof, all new floors, fresh paint, new appliances and more. It truly is like buying a brand new home! Don’t wait, this one won’t last long!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

1213 Eastover Pkwy

Golf Course Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA 22508 Offered for Sale at $289,900!

1213 Eastover Pkwy, Locust Grove VA 22508

Situated perfectly on the 13th hole and offering privacy, this like-new, one level home boasts a long view of Lake of the Wood’s lush PGA Golf Course. It’s an absolute golfer’s dream, fully equipped with a run in shed for your golf cart! Whether you head out on the course every day or not, the views alone are breathtaking!

You won’t be disappointed with the luxurious lifestyle of this community! A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want. Home to two lakes (the 550 acre main lake and a 35 acre “fishing lake”), a golf course, an equestrian center, a fire and rescue department, and a church all within the gates, Lake of the Woods simply has it all. Whether your passion is boating, waterskiing, kayaking, golfing, horseback riding, or simply taking in the breathtaking views from the clubhouse while enjoying a fabulous meal, from your own deck or yard, or from one of the beaches, you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps you’d like a game of bridge or volunteering your time and talents…Lake of the Woods offers more than 60 clubs and/or organizations from which you may choose to become involved. Located in Orange County, we are fortunate to enjoy low real estate taxes. Coupled with home prices ranging from $100,000 to over $2,000,000, Lake of the Woods is the perfect community for both full-time residents, as well as weekenders. But don’t take my word for it, please come see for yourself! I will gladly give you a tour of Lake of the Woods by boat and by car so that you may experience why I love Lake of the Woods!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

How To Save Money When Buying A Property in Virginia

Whether you’re buying residential or commercial real estate, it is in your best interest to score the best deal. After all, that’s what negotiation tactics and offers are for. These days, there’s an increase in second-home purchases throughout the whole nation, but especially in Virginia. This means that by buying a property in Virginia you are also making a great financial investment. With homes that can meet a wide range of budgets, you are diving into a pool of opportunities – but how to know which is the right one? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – use the tips below the maximize your investment and save money along the way.

Buying a property in Virginia starts online

Nowadays, searches of any kind begin on the internet. In the end, isn’t that how you ended up on this page? There’s no doubt that buying property is a financial reality check. From fees and interest rates to the mortgage process, you need to research each step before making the final decision. Gather any property information you can on the property market. Housing apps and property listing sites like Zillow and Tulia will get you an idea of the market so they are worth checking out.  Who knows, maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for sooner than you anticipated?

Found a potential buy but want to dig deeper? Then you’ll be glad to know that there are various research tools at your disposal. Before buying a property in Virginia, check the Multiple Listing Service database to find zoning, maps, and ownership. On Tulia, you have extra features where you can find out about school and crime statistics or median home values for a specific area. Google away!

google search on the topic of buying a property in Virginia

Hire a real estate agent

If you’re a first-time buyer, chances are you don’t know home buying terminology or the overall process. Unfortunately, the Internet can only do so much. In the end, it’s always best to place your trust in someone who has much more experience in the trade. A good real estate agent will save you not only money but time and nerves as well. In this way, you won’t have to be tangled up in the process as much, as your agent will ensure it goes smoothly.  

Realtors can also help you find other professionals who will assist you in the home buying process, like mortgage brokers and home inspectors. They can even refer you to good moving companies like Premium Q Moving and Storage Boston that will help you during the moving phase. The question is – how do you find a good realtor? It’s best to stay off the internet and ask for referrals from people you trust. If this is not an option, check customer reviews of real estate agents on property listing sites. Don’t forget to check if they are licensed at the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation License Search.

Get Loan Quotes from Multiple Lenders

A word of advice: Do not accept the first offer that your mortgage lender makes! Interest rates will vary, as different lenders may quote you different prices. For example, the average 30-year mortgage rate in Virginia is currently 4.14%. However, it can vary more than half a percent, which translates to around 60$ a month – you do the math. That’s why it’s recommended you get loan quotes from at least 3-4 different mortgage companies when buying a property in Virginia. Be aware that lenders charge various other fees for processing a mortgage, loan origination fee, loan application fees, etc. You will be able to see exactly what you’re paying for in the loan estimate, so use it to help you negotiate lower fees and rates. If you’re buying a house, choose one of Virginia first-time homebuyers program. These programs are designed to help you and lighten your financial burden.

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Pick timing and location wisely

Let’s say you want to buy a vacation home in Virginia. Now, predicting the market isn’t easy. But what if you could save thousands of dollars if you knew when exactly to buy it? If you don’t rush and are flexible enough, the best way to save money on a good deal is to buy property around the holidays or in January. Most people selling their homes at that time are doing so only because it’s urgent. With the right negotiation tactic, you can use this to your advantage and lower the price.

Another one of great strategies for house hunting is picking the location. If you’re planning to purchase property in the northern part of Virginia, you need to act quickly. Since this is the most populated region of the state, you’ll have more competition which means the prices will increase. On the other hand, you can pick more affordable places. Houses in Richmond or Portsmouth tend to be below the median value for properties in the state – check them out!

a house in Virginia

Negotiate for the Best Possible Price

All the advice in the world will be for nothing if this part of the process isn’t done correctly. When it comes to negotiations, you either make it or break it, so it’s best to let your real estate agent do the talking. Since he has an understanding of the property market, he’ll be able to point out all the shortcomings that you might not have noticed.   Also, have him help you write your offer letter. It’s important that you personalize your interest in the house so that you stand out among other potential buyers. Don’t mention any of the shortcomings, as it can only be a deal-breaker. Instead, try to appeal to the seller by mentioning the particulars that you know about him. For example, is that his childhood home? Then make a connection and comment on how great your kids would have it growing up there too.

In conclusion, buying a property in Virginia is a great financial investment if you buy it for the right price. Getting that price, however, depends on many factors. Trust in the expertise of your real estate agent to get you through the process and you’ll soon be enjoying in your new Virginia home!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Windmore Foundation for the Arts Stageworks Presents: Vintage Hitchcock – A Live Radio Play

Don’t miss Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, Directed by David Schubert.

Alfred Hitchock’s trademark of spies, murder and love are featured in this 1940’s radio broadcast style play. This play is a triple feature of the master of suspense’s earlier films: The Lodger, Sabotage and The 39 Steps. This live performance will be complete with vintage commercials recreating a daring train chase, a serial killer’s ominous presence and would not be complete without a “devastating explosion” through the magic of live sound effects and musical numbers!

Featured Showtimes and Locations:
Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18th at 7PM at the Jewell Box (201A North Main St, Culpeper VA 22701).
Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th at 3pm at the Prince Michel Winery (154 Winery Ln, Leon VA 22725, Barrel Room).

Tickets will be $15 per person at each performance location or tickets may be purchased online, here.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

books

Have You Visited the New Local Bookstore: Bound2Please Books in Orange, Virginia?

Small Business Spotlight brought to you by: Virginia SBDC Central Virginia

Kathy Judge and Gerilee Hundt both love books and have spent their lives reading, editing, cataloging and dealing with books – so opening their own bookstore seemed like the next logical step. Bound2please Books opened in February 2019 in Orange, VA. The shop is 500 square feet filled with nearly 3,000 general interest titles and has a primary mission: to offer a place to gather, to share thoughts and stories and to keep conversation percolating in this electronic age. 

Most of the inventory consists of gently used titles in very good condition – which customers have appreciated – along with the store’s prices and variety. In the first six months, the store has already hosted several author visits – with the next, on Fri, Aug 23 at 5:30, featuring Lynn Coffey, author of the Backwoods series. B2plz Books has also made the space available for book clubs (Science Fiction gathering monthly), knitting (Tuesdays at 6:30), open mic poetry, game nights, and the occasional string band rehearsal! According to Judge, “The ship is sailing relatively smoothly so far, and we’re blessed with some wind in our sails.”

The grand opening.
Grand Opening

Bound2please Books began its relationship withSBDCby attending a digital marketing workshop, and later opted for one-on-one counseling, again focusing primarily on marketing. The staff is now working to increase its customer count through digital marketing and can be found via Google, Facebook and Instagram. Select titles from the store are available through their B2plz eBay store.


Gerilee (Lithgow) Hundt!
Owner, Kathy JudgeVintage poetry on consignment

Owner, Kathy Judge

Judge and Hundt’s love of books shows through, they have worked hard and had fun thinking of genres to curate – from science and philosophy to fables and fairy tales. “Bound2please Books is the kind of bookshop I’ve always wanted to spend time in, browsing the shelves, finding a comfortable place to sit and leaf through volumes that catch my eye,” comments Hundt.

VINTAGE POETRY on consignment
VINTAGE POETRY on consignment

Visit the Bound2please Books website!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Mortgage 101: What To Know Before You Apply

Everybody loves talking about mortgages. They’re fun, easy to understand, and a great icebreaker, right?….Wrong. Thanks to their lengthy process, technical jargon, and confusing options, mortgages have a bit of an intimidating reputation—but it doesn’t have to be that way!

If you’re in the process of buying a new home and dreading the mortgage application process, here’s what you need to know to keep things running smoothly. 

Know How Much You Can Spend

A person holding up money.

If you’re feeling antsy about getting started and want a general idea of how much loan you might qualify for, consider the 28/36 rule, or the Debt-to-Income ratio—AKA what most lenders use to help calculate your mortgage. 

Essentially, the 28/36 rule means that your monthly mortgage payment shouldn’t be more than 28% of your gross income. Additionally, your outstanding debts—like mortgage, car loans, student loans—shouldn’t account for more than 36% of your gross income.

Get Your Finances in Order

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Not seeing the numbers you were hoping for after calculating your Debt-to-Income ratio? Then, hopefully, you’ve given yourself a little time to shift things in your favor. Paying off loans, improving your credit score, avoiding big purchases—these will all help you change those numbers. 

Of course, completing those tasks is a little harder to do in practice than in theory, so you may have to take a look at your budget and see where you can cut out some extras—at least temporarily!

What You’ll Need to Apply

 

Paperwork.

In the weeks before you plan on applying for a mortgage, you should start collecting all of the documents you need. Since a lender will be telling you exactly how much money they’re willing to loan, they’ll need a comprehensive understanding of your finances beforehand. Start gathering things like:

  • W2s/tax returns
  • Photo ID
  • Your two most recent pay stubs
  • Current and prior addresses
  • Asset information (retirement funds, 401(k), stocks and bonds, other investments) 
  • Gift letters

Depending on the lender you choose, you may need additional documents, so consider calling in to double-check beforehand. 

Find the Right Mortgage

Three women pointing at a laptop.

Once it’s time to start thinking more concretely about applying for a mortgage, you have several options to consider. While all the mortgage options out there could easily fill a whole blog post on their own, here’s a quick rundown to give you a general idea:

  • Conventional/Fixed-rate:  The interest rate of a fixed-rate loan won’t change over time, making it a popular choice for its predictability. Conventional loans typically require a 20% down payment or mortgage insurance for smaller down payments.
  • Adjustable-rate: The interest rate of adjustable-rate mortgage will fluctuate over time, sometimes lower than fixed-rate, sometimes higher. There is a cap in place so the rate doesn’t get too out of control, but ARMs are typically more popular with those who plan to refinance.
  • FHA: If you are struggling to come up with a down payment, you may have options with an FHA mortgage. Provided by the Federal Housing Administration, these loans come with a low down payment requirement and built-in mortgage insurance.
  • USDA: Live in a rural area? Then check out your USDA eligibility! A surprising amount of areas qualify for USDA loans, even if you aren’t living in the countryside. Plus, USDA loans don’t require a down payment and offer lower insurance premiums.

These aren’t the only options you’ll have, just the most common. If none of these sound right or you aren’t sure which to choose, just ask your lender!

Choose the Right Lender

When it comes time to decide who to work with, you’ll have to do your research. Each lender is different, meaning they’ll likely offer you different rates, charges, and loan options. 

Luckily, we’ve been working in real estate around the area for years, so we know exactly which lenders are right for which buyers. If you need a few suggestions before you kick off your search, just let us know! 

Still Have Questions?

That’s okay—we get it. Applying for mortgage is confusing and challenging, especially if it’s your first time. If you have any questions about the process, we’re here to help. 

Ready to start looking at a few homes in your price range? We can help with that, too! Check out our specialized search tool to narrow down your options, and give us a call to start seeing a few in person!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

Wild Roots Music Festival

Wild Roots Music Festival at Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania, VA!

Wilderness Presidential Resort located at 9220 Plank Rd in Spotsylvania Virginia 22553 is hosting the Wild Roots Music Festival on Saturday, September 21st from 12pm – 8pm.

Licata Group is proud to be a sponsor of this festival that will consist of 4 live Americana bands, several food trucks, a beer garden and many local artists.

Live Music will be performed by: Karen Jonas, Whiskey Revival, Cabin Creek and the Hive Robbers. The craft beer garden will feature local downtown Fredericksburg Brewery: Spencer Devon Brewing.

This is a rain or shine event with tickets for sale at $20 each, tickets prices do not include the beer garden. Purchase tickets here. Grab your friends and family and prepare for a relaxing Saturday enjoying some good music with delicious food!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

June 2019 Monthly Statistics

In Lake of the Woods for June, 2019 the statistics are as follows: A total of 39 homes were sold, all of them were standard sales. 15 homes sold between $175-250K, 20 sold between $250-350K, and 4 sold for over $350,000.  Additionally, 5 lots were sold between $26,000 and $40,500.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.

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June 2019 Lake of the Woods Market Statistics

63 Active Homes for Sale 
56 Homes Under Contract 
163 Homes Sold since January 1, 2019.

(Data as of July 29, 2019)

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Lake of the Woods VA or Waterfront property in Virginia we are your Real Estate Advisors for Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Locust Grove, Central Virginia, and Greater Virginia. Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by home owners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contact Pat Licata.

To see available Lake of the Woods properties, please visit our site.