My Journey to Lake of the Woods

As a Lake of the Woods resident since 2008 (as a weekender and a full time resident), I’d like to share my Journey to the Lake. My husband, John, and I were interested in finding the perfect location for a second/vacation home. Initially, we were open to looking at a beach location, as well as a lake. We began searching in the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2008 for our getaway.
We decided fairly early on that the beach just wasn’t for us because of distance from Northern Virginia and lack of activity during “non-peak season,” we began focusing on the lakes in the area. Having made the trek to Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, and Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, something wasn’t “perfect” for us regarding each location. Lake Anna was too busy for us, and Smith Mountain Lake and Deep Creek Lake were both too far for us to enjoy a home regularly, and we also didn’t care for how few conveniences were located close by (ie, grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc).
Then we remembered having visited Lake of the Woods years ago, when we had been a guest of a friend. After our first house-hunting visit to the lake in early spring of 2008, we knew where we wanted to be. Lake of the Woods, as a gated, secured community, gave us peace of mind as weekenders. The community offered us close proximity (1 hr 15 min from Reston),  tons of conveniences, as we residents are supported by a grocery store, pharmacy, gas stations, cleaners, nail salons, automotive services, doctors, a library, a post office, many restaurants, and a brand new elementary school-all within 2 1/2 miles of the gates), over 50 clubs and organizations in which to participate, a fabulous club house overlooking the lake that serves excellent food, and a clear, pristine lake!! Oh…did I mention the PGA golf course and equestrian center within the community?? And the Community Center, and the non-denominational Church within the gates? Or the walking trails? And what about the wildlife!
We purchased our home in June of 2008, and after that first year (52 weekends), we realized that we had been to our home at Lake of the Woods 51 of those 52 weekends! That’s when we decided that the “allure of the lake” was just too great to resist and made the change from weekenders to full time residents!
Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a boat and car tour!

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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Aerial Tour of Lake of the Woods, VA!

Aerial Tour of Lake of the Woods! By Pat Licata REALTOR

 

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.

 

Beautifully Landscaped Home in Rhoadesville, VA! 28328 Beech Drive Offered at $379,900

Welcome to 28328 Beech Drive! As you turn into the driveway, you are in awe at the privacy and serenity of this beautiful home. You are welcomed by an inviting front porch, gorgeous landscaping, and are filled with anticipation to see the inside. Once inside, you are delighted by the gorgeous hardwood floors, expansive living room full of natural light, and you immediately see the pride of ownership! The upgraded kitchen boasts granite counter tops, upgraded appliances, and a quaint eating area full of windows, as well as a formal dining room. Owner’s suite with en-suite bath is sure to please, as well as two other bedrooms to complete the main level. The bonus room upstairs offers incredible flex space with built-ins and a window seat to read a book and relax or would well as a classroom. The lower level finishes off this home with a family room, full bath, and more flex space that could be used as an office, music room, exercise room or even a bedroom (not to code) in addition to a great storage area. There is more…. relax, cook out, or entertain on the expansive deck full of privacy overlooking the fenced yard. The oversized two car garage with a workshop will make this one the one. For more information on 28328 Beech Drive, Click Here!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors 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 properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

Stunning Custom-Built Golf Course Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 701 Gold Valley Road Offered at $419,900

Welcome to elegant 701 Gold Valley Road! This stunning custom-built home located on the golf course 6th hole is beautifully landscaped and offers a gorgeous outdoor living area. Once you enter, you are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, fine finishes, and a sought-after open floor plan! The ample windows and skylights allow the sun to shine into this well-maintained, move in ready Lake of the Woods home. The gourmet kitchen is complete with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, island, breakfast bar, pantry, and spacious eat in area. The family room is filled with natural light by the grand wall of windows and also features a fireplace. You will love the owner’s suite with an inviting master bath and spacious walk-in closet with built ins to keep everything organized. A formal dining room and living room (or office or classroom) complete the main level. The upper level boasts 4 additional bedrooms, 2 full baths, and amazing flex space. Imagine sitting on your patio listening to all the sounds of nature, entertaining family and friends, or just relaxing. You can have it all! For more information on 701 Gold Valley Road, Click 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.

Open Houses 9/19/2020 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM! *Face Masks Required For Entry*

Join us this Sunday, 8/16/2020, as we show off these five gorgeous homes in and around Lake of the Woods, VA!

Face masks will be required to enter into any property, and social distancing is highly recommended.

For more information about each home, click the addresses below!

34129 Enchanted Way in Locust Grove, Priced at $525,000

13507 Black Meadow Road in Spotsylvania, Priced at $424,900

28328 Beech Drive, in Rhoadesville, Priced at $379,900

413 Liberty Blvd in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $199,900

701 Gold Valley Road in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $419,900 (COMING SOON!)

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors 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 properties, please visit our website lakeofthewoodsvirginia.com

Beautiful Log Cabin For Sale in Spotsylvania, VA! 13507 Black Meadow Road Offered at $424,900!

Have you dreamed of owning an amazing log cabin on acreage with gorgeous, mature trees? If you have, then this is the one! Imagine being surrounded and serenaded by nature as you sit on your front porch sipping your favorite beverage! Feel like exploring your land? Hop on the ATV trails! Like to garden? You’ll love the fully fenced, critter-proof 20’x40′ garden boasting mature grape vines, strawberries, and herbs. Once you enter, you immediately notice the incredible architecture, exposed beams, wood ceilings, and hardwood floors. In the expansive family room, there is a gorgeous brick fireplace with wood stove insert to warm you on those cool nights. Perfectly placed in the center of the home is the kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, breakfast bar, and dining area. The owners’ suite offers a beautifully tiled bathroom with jetted tub and separate shower. The upper level features two generously sized bedrooms and an office/flex space, along with a full bath. Wait til you see the lower level’s open space providing the opportunity to use as you wish with second wood stove! Owner says saving money is easy by using both wood stoves to heat the house even on the coldest nights! For more information on 13507 Black Meadow Rd, Click Here!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors 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 properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

These 4 Negotiating Tips Can Help You Sell for Top Dollar

Receiving your first offer is one of the most exciting parts of selling your home. And while it might seem like the hard work is finally over, the negotiation process is actually just getting started. 

Even in a seller’s market, negotiating with a buyer can require quite a bit of time, skill, and guidance from your agent. However, with the right strategies, you can remain in the driver’s seat and maximize your profits.

Here’s How to Negotiate with Potential Buyers

When buyers submit an offer, they’re trying to get the best possible price, secure specific contingencies and financing, and close on their ideal timeline. As a seller, you’ll want to take their needs into consideration—but that doesn’t mean you have to give in to every concession.

Ready to hone your negotiation skills? Here are four easy tips to help you leverage a deal that gets you the price you want while keeping your buyer happy.

Review every offer with your agent

Agent helping with a contract

Even if you have some home selling experience, it can be hard to decipher all the elements of an offer. Most offers are just a small part of a purchase and sale agreement, which includes everything from price to contingencies to deadlines, so it’s important to review every detail with your agent.

While it might be tempting to decline any offers below your asking price, you still want to consider the bigger picture. It may be worth sacrificing some equity for fewer contingencies or a cash deal. Your agent can guide you through the pros and cons of each offer, as well as answer any questions.

Don’t compromise on your must-haves

Talking at a table

Fortunately, low inventory and rising prices have given sellers a distinct advantage in today’s market. That means you probably won’t have to give up a lot of your must-haves—like a certain price or closing date—to secure your sale. 

While it’s okay to drive a hard bargain, you don’t want to appear unreasonable to buyers. In some situations, it’s common courtesy to agree to certain contingencies (such as a home inspection), offer credits for repairs, or even pay a portion of their closing costs.

Make a clear counteroffer

Making an offer

If you receive an offer that isn’t quite what you want, you have a few options. Most sellers choose to respond with a counteroffer, which proposes modified terms that are more beneficial to them. 

The biggest factor to consider is price—if a buyer offers less than you’re willing to accept, try countering with a more realistic number. However, you’ll also want to take financing, contingencies, and timing into account. For example, you may want to ask a buyer for a different closing date or say no to excessive contingencies, as they can slow down the transaction. Ultimately, the ball is in your court, so it’s worth weighing different options with your agent.

Don’t be afraid to say no

Signing paperwork

Generally, you should always submit a counteroffer to every reasonable offer. However, if it becomes clear that a buyer isn’t willing to budge on your deal-breakers, don’t be afraid to say no. It’s also best to automatically decline any lowball offers that are around 30% less than your list price.

While it may seem counterintuitive to turn down an offer, it’s not worth negotiating with someone who isn’t serious about your home. And because the market is extremely competitive right now, it probably won’t take long to find a buyer who’s willing to pay the right price.

Thinking of Selling Your Home Soon?

If you’re looking for the right agent to guide you through the negotiation process, we’d love to lend a helping hand! Get in touch with us today to learn the ins and outs of selling your home—we’re always on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Orange County Economic Development Offering PPE Kits For Small Businesses and Non-Profits.

Starting in mid-September, the Orange County Economic Development will offer small businesses as well as non profits, with 50 employees or fewer, free personal protective equipment (PPE) kits in an effort to enhance support to organizations who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The kits contain a window cling, 1 box of disposable masks, 1 bottle of hand sanitizer, 1 box of gloves, and information on the proper use and care of PPE. The kits will help businesses and non-profits offset unexpected supply expenses as well as ensure a safe environment for customers, employees, employers, and volunteers.

Please contact the Office of Economic Development at (540) 672-1238 or email
rdeal@orangecountyva.gov to reserve your complimentary PPE kit.

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors 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 properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

Adorable Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 626 Harrison Circle Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 626 Harrison Circle! You will enjoy relaxing on your wraparound deck listening to nature! Once inside, you will love the gleaming hardwood floors and beautiful brick fireplace in the living room. The kitchen has very nice finishes, upgraded appliances and an eat in area. The owner’s suite has en-suite bath and access to the deck to enjoy. There are two more bedrooms that finish up this amazing home as well as another full bath. For more information on 626 Harrison Circle, Click 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.

Free Virtual Home Seller Seminar on 9/12 From 11:00AM – 1:00PM EST!

Join us on Saturday, 9/12 From 11AM-1PM EST for this free online seminar, as we provide you with helpful tips and advice to prepare your home for sale in the current market! With interest rates at a historic low, and a multitude of buyers ready to jump on any and all available properties, now is the perfect time to consider selling. Learn from leading industry professionals on how to best prepare your home for sale in order to receive the highest market value in the least amount of time.

We will have multiple vendors present, as we want to provide you access to all the resources and information that you will need to successfully sell your home in today’s market. Click Here to register!

 Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Culpeper, Northern Virginia or even Maryland or DC, we are your Real Estate team committed to finding the perfect home for you! Thinking of selling? In any market condition, “what is my home worth?” is the #1 question asked by homeowners. If you wish to sell your home, it needs to be sold for top dollar, and in a timely manner. Pricing your home accurately, one of our area expert advisors 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 properties, please visit our website licatagroup.com

market stats

August 2020 Lake of the Woods Statistics

In August, 32 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
1 sold between $130-200,000;
3 sold between $200-249,000;
8 sold between $249,900-299,000;
14 sold between $300-400,000;
2 sold between $400-500,000;
2 sold between $500-600,000;
1 sold between $700-899,000;
1 sold over $900,000.

28 Active Listings for Sale
54 Homes Under Contract
205 Homes Sold since January 1, 2020.

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.

Beautiful Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 807 Mt Pleasant Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 807 Mt. Pleasant! This meticulous, move in ready home will wow you! From the moment you step onto the flagstone walkway, you will know it’s the one! The gleaming hardwood floors in the expansive foyer welcome you and flow into the living area featuring a corner wood burning fireplace. The incredible updated kitchen with built in breakfast bar is sure to please. Off the kitchen is the dining area that opens to the living area for entertaining ease, and it’s only the beginning! The owner’s suite is spacious, full of light with a bay window, oodles of closet space and an en-suite bath with a beautifully tiled shower and floor. The massively oversized two car garage is perfect for storage or a shop area. Relax on your deck while enjoying the sounds of nature. Enjoy the level yard to garden, entertain, or create your own oasis! Love to golf? The golf course is only a short drive away. Get your lake life started today! For more information on 807 Mt Pleasant Drive, Click 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.