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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.

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!
John commutes to Northern Virginia 3 days per week, and I am fortunate to be able to share my love for the lake as a REALTOR at Coldwell Banker Elite (located directly across from the front gate), introducing others to this incredible community!
Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a boat and car tour!

Picture-Perfect Home with Beautiful Landscaping in Spotsylvania, VA! 7700 Burnleigh Street Offered at $399,900!

Privately nestled among the trees in sought after Stuarts Crossing lies 7700 Burleigh Street. Welcome to this fabulous home situated on a beautifully landscaped lot of over an acre. Relax after a long day with a beverage on your large deck, and melt the day away. You will appreciate the two story foyer and gleaming hardwood floors throughout the main level. This light filled, spacious, open floor plan delights with an upgraded kitchen, which offers granite counter tops, gorgeous back splash, an island, and stainless steel appliances.

You will love the open family room with fireplace for those cool nights, as well as the other formal living areas that will make entertaining a breeze, and an inviting office to work from home in style. The upper level will wow you with an expansive master suite, ensuite bath, and large walk in closets. A laundry room and the other three bedrooms complete the upper level. The light filled, walk out basement is unfinished with the potential for a 5th bedroom and is already plumbed for a bathroom. You will also love the smart home security system, which supports operating all the security features from your phone! This is the complete package! For more information about this listing, 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

Virginia Tourism Board Launching “Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week”

If you’re stuck at home but still wanting to enjoy the various restaurants within the area, the Virginia Board of Tourism has a solution for you! They are happy and proud to introduce the Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week! You now have the opportunity to discover all sorts of amazing food within the area, right in the comfort and safety of your own home! Restaurants are a vital industry within the Commonwealth, and supporting them through ordering take out is a great way to keep the industry afloat! If you’re curious as to which restaurants will be participating in your area, you can find out by Clicking 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

Licata Group/KWCP Coronavirus Update

With the recent orders from Governor Northem in regards to the Coronavirus, we at The Licata Group/KWCP have decided to temporarily close our physical office at 36111 Goodwin Drive in Locust Grove, VA. That being said, our efforts to serve our community and continuing our efforts to get the job done for our clients who are buying and selling will not stop. Effective today, 4/1/2020, we will be working remotely. Our phones will remain active and we will not slow down at all. We will continue to work with clients, and provide the best possible service during this time.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (540) 388-2541.

We thank you for your understanding, and look forward to continuing to working with the best clients that the great Commonwealth of Virginia has to Offer.

Meet the Newest Member of the Licata Group, Barbra Crane!

We are happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Licata Group family, our new Listing Manager, Barbra Crane!

Barbra began her real estate career in 1998 as a licensed assistant. She then went on to sell real estate and has won several awards for her production over the years.  In 2004 she obtained her Broker’s license, and in 2008 she became the team leader for the Stafford KW office.  It was there that she found her a passion in helping agents succeed. Being a team leader is what made her realize that her calling is in helping realtors build their business and teams. Her favorite part of the work she does is the involvement in listings.  

She joined the Licata Group as the Listing Manager because she felt that she could have the best of both worlds.  She could work with listings, which are her favorite, as well as helping the agents within the Licata Group and our wonderful clientele. She thoroughly enjoys the work she does, and it has become her true passion in life. When out of the office, she likes to spend her free time by camping, traveling to various places both old and new, and racing! 

We are happy to have such an amazing person become a member of our family, and we look forward to seeing how she will enhance the experience for our real estate advisors and for our clients!

Unbelivebly Gorgeous Waterfront Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 123 Mt Vernon Ct, Offered at $884,900


Let’s get this lake life started! Picturesque sunrises from your great room, deck, or dock are the perfect way to begin the day while sipping your morning brew! Perhaps you’ll enjoy a relaxing excursion on your kayak with the resident swans prior to your family’s or friends’ arrival. Ample space in the circular drive will accommodate parking with ease, and the floor plan will make entertaining a breeze! Offering a master suite and guest bedroom on the main level, and a lower level with family room, kitchenette, three additional bedrooms and two baths, privacy, when desired, is easily achieved.

You’ll fall in love with the fine finishes in this 2013 custom built home from the moment you step onto the flagstone walkway and gaze at the fabulous front door, while spectacular teak floors greet you as you enter. You will immediately be drawn to the amazing water views before you even have an opportunity to appreciate the stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and luxurious master suite. Low maintenance exterior features such as trex decking and an in ground sprinkler system will allow you to enjoy your new lifestyle! Located in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods within 1 1/2 hrs of metro DC/NOVA/MD, LOW is a private, gated, secured community that offers anything and everything you could possibly want. For more info about this listing, 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.

market stats 2019

March 2020 Lake of the Woods Market Statistics

In March, 22 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
2 sold between $130-200,000;
7 sold between $200-249,000;
5 sold between $250-299,000;
5 sold between $300-400,000;
3 sold between $500-$600,000.

66 Active Listings for Sale
48 Homes Under Contract
33 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.

New Construction in Lake of the Woods, VA! 111 Appleview Court Offered at $349,900

You’ll love the open floor plan and fine finishes in this new construction rambler! Featuring a chef’s kitchen, split floor plan, and cozy corner fireplace, you’ve found your dream home! Relaxing with family and friends in the interior open spaces or outside on the screened porch or deck will create great memories of lake living! A private, gated, secured community, Lake of the Woods offers anything and everything you could possibly want! For more info, 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.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Real Estate

If you’ve been thinking about buying or selling a home in the near future, the unprecedented events of the last few weeks might have left you feeling a bit uncertain. COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected all of our lives, but that doesn’t mean you need to press pause on your real estate dreams. 

We want to set the record straight about how these changes to everyday life affect buyers, sellers, and agents…and how you can protect yourself while continuing to pursue your goals. 

How Will COVID-19 Affect the Real Estate Market?

Our way of life has changed dramatically within the course of just a few weeks, and the real estate market has shifted, too. Have a few questions? It’s hard to predict what will happen in the future, but here’s what we know right now.

Expect some major market shifts

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As we adjust to a new normal, it’s clear that COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on every industry in the country—including real estate. However, this doesn’t mean that investors aren’t still buying and selling homes. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors shows that 61% of sellers plan to keep their houses on the market, and over half of buyers will continue to shop for a home.

Although we’ll likely see a reduced number of sales in the coming weeks and months, record-low interest rates and a continuously low supply of homes might help to prevent any drastic price drops. Many economists also believe that another housing market crash is unlikely due to new regulations and stricter mortgage qualifications. 

Buying and Selling a Home During COVID-19

As of early April, agents are continuing to help their clients buy and sell homes—but you can expect to see some changes aimed at keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Essential Tips for Sellers

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Selling a home during the COVID-19 outbreak is definitely uncharted territory, but as we’ve seen in the last few weeks, it’s not impossible. Many sellers and their agents have worked together to pioneer new marketing strategies…some of which might last even after life returns to normal. Before you start scheduling those virtual showings, here are some tips to consider.

Make sure you’re healthy

First and foremost, it’s crucial to ensure that every member of your household is healthy before and during the selling process. Alert your agent right away if you’re feeling sick so they can halt in-person showings. 

Sanitize your home

As a seller, your main priority should be ensuring that your home is germ-free, especially before a showing. We recommend wiping down all surfaces with disinfectant wipes and sprays and offering hand sanitizer to potential buyers. Reduce unnecessary touching by pre-opening any doors, cabinets, or drawers and turning on all lights before a showing.

Capitalize on digital marketing

If you still plan on selling soon, have your agent use the latest digital marketing techniques to really showcase your listing. Open houses and showings might be out, but virtual tours and showings via video sharing platforms are in—and it’s important to capitalize on these techniques to draw in potential buyers.

Essential Tips for Buyers

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Believe it or not, it’s still possible to buy a home during these uncertain times—and modern technology is making everything easier than you might expect. Here’s how to stay safe and healthy throughout the entire buying process.

Make sure you’re healthy 

If you’re feeling ill, it’s important that you stay home, practice social distancing, and avoid any showings. However, you can still continue to tour homes virtually and chat with your agent via online meetings.

Use virtual homebuying technology

Thanks to new innovations, it’s easier than ever to explore listings from the comfort of your couch. If you don’t want to attend a showing, many agents provide in-depth virtual tours and personal walkthroughs through video platforms like FaceTime and Zoom. 

It’s also possible to complete the entire closing process remotely. Chances are, most documents can be signed electronically, which adds another layer of convenience and safety. Some states even allow you to virtually notarize your paperwork! 

Take extra precautions during in-person showings

Want to see a home in person before making an offer? If your agent still offers normal showings, there are a few extra steps you should take to keep yourself (and the sellers) safe. Carry hand sanitizer with you and try to refrain from touching any surfaces. This might be difficult, but it’s the easiest way to mitigate the spread of germs. If your community has a shelter-in-place order, you may have to postpone any in-person showings until restrictions are lifted.

Have More Questions?

As we navigate the changes inflicted upon the market by COVID-19, it’s crucial to consider your individual needs and follow local guidelines. We’re constantly on the lookout for new ways to assist our clients, and we’re determined to protect your health and safety while helping you meet your goals. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Licata Group/KWCP Addressing The Coronavirus

Dear VALUED members of The Licata Group/Keller Williams Capital Properties Family,

We are all aware of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, and we wanted to reach out and assure you that we are taking every necessary effort and precaution to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients and community. While the virus does affect the methods in which traditional business operations are conducted, rest assured that we will continue to operate to the best of our abilities. Our Licata Group team of Full Time Real Estate Advisors are adapting to best meet the needs of clients, and our employees to continue operations. As times change, we must change with them. It is for that reason that we are here to inform you how we will be operating until further notice.

  • Our Licata Group office will continue to operate within normal business hours with limited personnel occupying the facility in order to ensure a healthy working environment. This may change within the coming weeks should the Governor issue a quarantine. Should that occur, our Administrative and Client Support staff are prepared to begin working from home, while still performing their necessary duties.
  • Our Real Estate Advisors will continue their efforts in both the buying and selling process, while taking the necessary precautions to ensure that the health and safety of everyone is protected. This includes sanitizing all doorknobs and any other frequently touched surface with Alcohol wipes, and antibacterial products.

As you are aware, one of the most crucial parts of the home buying and selling process are showings and open houses.

  • Showings will continue to occur; however, we urge both clients and staff to take the necessary precautions when entering a home. This includes frequent sanitization, and proper self-distancing.
  • At this time, all traditional Open Houses have been postponed until it is deemed safe for the public. That being said, we will begin conducting Virtual Open Houses that will walk clients through each home, while explaining everything about the property. These virtual open houses will be displayed on the homepage of our websites, as well as our various social media platforms. Viewers are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have, to which our advisors will promptly respond to.

We will continue to update you on any further changes that may occur. With the way our world is changing, it’s important to remain optimistic. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and support, as we continue our efforts during this time. Things may change in this world, but we will do our best to adapt and meet the needs of our employees, our clients and our community.

Stay Safe!!

Sincerely,

Your Licata Group Family

Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival Happening on October 12th!

What’s better than Man and Cheese? A whole festival dedicated to it! Be at the Richmond Raceway on October 12th for the 2020 Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival! From 11:30AM – 9PM, you’ll enjoy what is sure to be the cheesiest festival that you’ll ever attend! The portions are larger, with more choices than ever to choose from. This festival is more than just cheese though, as beers, ciders and wines will be available to go along as the perfect pairing! Live entertainment and music will also be available, and you’ll get to place your vote for Richmond’s absolutely best Mac and Cheese! Tickets are expected to sell fast, so don’t miss your chance! Early bird prices range from $15 – $45 depending on what add-ons you want, with free admission for children 12 and under! More information on the festival and purchasing tickets can be found at the “Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival 2020” Facebook Event Page. Don’t miss your chance to be at the cheesiest event in Virginia!

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