Archives: August 2020

Beautiful Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 127 Parliament Street Now SOLD!!

Welcome to 127 Parliament Street in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods. Once inside, you will love the light filled family room with a brick fireplace for those cool nights, spacious kitchen with stainless steel appliances, oodles of cabinet and counter space, and a large dining area. The main level also boasts two main level bedrooms and a full bath. The upper level boasts two more bedrooms and a full bath. The deck, located off of the kitchen, leads to a private, level back yard perfect for gardening and enjoying outdoor activities. For more information on 127 Parliament Street, 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.

6 Tips For Settling Down in a New City

6 Tips For Settling Down in a New City

After connecting with The Licata Group, outlining a reasonable house hunting budget, and going to countless open houses, you have finally found the perfect property for your family. Now, it’s time to pack up, hit the road, and start making yourselves at home in your new city! Here’s how unpack strategically, keep your family safe and secure, and begin exploring your city.

Set Up Utilities

Before you move in, you need to set up basic utilities like electricity, gas, and water at the first available opportunity. In your new city, you may notice a difference in water taste or quality. If you’re concerned about contaminants in your tap water, you can conduct a local water quality search. Should you find that you’ve moved to an area with poor water quality, you may want to install a simple water filtration system. Just keep a few extra filters on hand so that your family always has access to clean drinking water!

Unpack Immediately

Don’t delay the unpacking process! You don’t want to leave your belongings in moving boxes for weeks on end. Plus, your kids will feel anxious without their belongings, and you’ll want to furnish their bedrooms quickly so that they can relax and decompress. Consumer Affairs recommends unpacking and arranging furniture and other large items first, and then organizing smaller essential belongings. 

Don’t Forget Security

After moving in, you may want to set up a home security system to keep your family safe. Electronic House recommends paying for a professional, 24/7 monitoring service to make sure that your family is always protected

Don’t forget about cybersecurity, too! You need to be proactive to keep your family safe online. Since you’ll be updating your address, consider how you can prevent your family from dealing with identity theft. Once your kids have unpacked their devices, give them a brief talk about online safety just to make sure that everyone in your household is up to speed. This may be a good time to change the passwords on your accounts, just in case.

Interior Design

How can you make your new house really feel like a home? Create an environment that truly suits your family’s lifestyle and aesthetic preferences with smart interior design choices! Ask your kids for their input, too, especially when it’s time to decorate and paint their bedrooms. When you’ve personalized each room, you’ll truly begin to feel like you’ve come home. You can also check out local antique shops and thrift stores to pick up unique items. 

Locate Essential Services

You’ve left behind your family doctor, your dentist, your bank, and your favorite coffee shops – now, it’s time to find replacements in your new city! Search for healthcare providers who are taking new patients, and locate your nearest urgent care center while you’re at it. Find the closest branch for your bank, or switch to a new credit union in your area. And check out a cute coffee shop where you can see your family becoming regulars!

Start Exploring

You’ve unpacked, you’ve decorated, you’ve secured your property and contacted your utility companies. Now, it’s time to experience everything your city has to offer! Feel free to reach out to your real estate agent and ask for suggestions for local attractions, or you can put some handy apps to work. 

Your kids are probably antsy after going through the whole moving process, and chances are, you’re ready to have some fun in your new city. Head to a local park, check out a downtown museum, pay a visit to a zoo or botanical gardens, and get outside of your comfort zone! You never know what gems you might find in your new location.

Moving as a family can be quite challenging, and during the weeks leading up to your move, you may feel overwhelmed and stressed out. But preparing for your next steps will help you feel like you’re in control. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make this transitory time go smoothly for your family. 

 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! 413 Liberty Blvd Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 413 Liberty Blvd! You will love this charming, adorable and meticulously maintained cottage boasting vaulted ceilings and a bright open floor plan with built-ins in both the kitchen and living room. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar and a pass through to the living room that will make entertaining a breeze. Enjoy your morning coffee in front of the window in the awesome dining nook. You will love your master suite with an en-suite bath. The backyard is your own private oasis where you can sit on your deck, listen to nature and sip on your favorite beverage. A definite bonus is the oversized, detached one car garage. For more information on 412 Liberty Blvd, 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.

Gorgeous Home With Unfinished Basement in Lake of the Woods, VA! 1302 Confederate Drive Now SOLD!!

Welcome to 1302 Confederate Drive in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods, where you can enjoy the inviting front porch of your new home. This home is located near the member only back gate! Once inside, you will love the light filled family room, spacious kitchen with oodles of cabinet and counter space, and a large dining area. The main level also boasts the master suite, which is gracious in size, with an extra little nook and en-suite master bathroom. The upper level boasts two more bedrooms and a full bath. The deck, located off of the kitchen, leads to a private, level back yard perfect for gardening and enjoying outdoor activities. Don’t forget to take a look at the unfinished basement with room to expand or plenty of extra storage space! For more info on 1302 Confederate 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.

63 Acre LOT on in Culpeper, VA! Algonquin Trail Now SOLD!!

Wonderful property in Culpeper County. Two connected parcels totaling just over 63 acres. Lot 65—-16A is 52.87 acres and lot 65-B-1- -12 is 10.18 acres. Gravel driveway is located on Algonquin Trail. See map and property lines in documents. Seller will consider owner financing with acceptable down payment for qualified buyers. There are at least two perc sites on the property for alternative septic systems. Land is very flat with trails through it. There are three springs on the property, the water comes to the surface in fall, winter, and spring. Lots are mostly wooded with red and white oak and some cedar. This property is ready for hunting this year with no work required, see hunting information and features from seller in Documents. For more information on this LOT, 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

Stellar Home With Cathedral Ceilings & Screened Porch in Lake of the Woods, VA! 3409 Lakeview Pkwy Now SOLD!!

Welcome to 3409 Lakeview Parkway where you are greeted by brick accents and a circular driveway. Once inside you will love this spacious, move in ready, Lake of the Woods home. This home boasts a sought-after open floor plan, an incredible kitchen with granite counter tops, a large pantry and that’s only the beginning! The spacious, inviting living room is light filled with a corner stone gas fireplace for those cool nights. You’ll love the cathedral ceiling and split bedroom floor plan. The master suite features an en-suite bath with a soaking tub and double vanities. Relax on your screened porch 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 3409 Lakeview Pkwy, 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 to Handle Getting Multiple Offers on Your Home

If you’re thinking about listing your home, you’ve probably heard that we’re in a seller’s market right now. As inventory dwindles and buyer interest intensifies, it’s not uncommon to see properties sell just hours after they’re listed, sometimes even tens of thousands above their original asking price.

This may seem like an ideal scenario, but navigating a multi-offer situation can be difficult for even the most seasoned sellers. And sometimes, selecting the right offer doesn’t always mean going with the highest bidder.

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Offer

As a seller, you’ll quickly find that not all offers are created equal. In addition to price, there are a few other factors you should consider, such as contingencies, financing, closing dates, and plenty of other extras that buyers can attach to an offer. 

Feeling a little overwhelmed? This advice can help you streamline, and get the most out of, your home sale.

Keep your agent in the loop

Talking with an agent

First and foremost, you’ll want to include your agent in every step of the negotiation process. They’ll be the main point of contact between you and a buyer’s agent, but they can also talk you through your options and help you decide which offer best suits your needs. Additionally, your agent can educate you on common contingencies, as well as other terms that are often added to an offer (more on that later!).

Compare contingencies and financing

Hand holding cash

Aside from price, you should look at the contingencies and financing options included within any offers you receive. Contingencies are conditions that must be met before a sale—common examples are home inspections, appraisals, and loan approval. As a seller, you want to see as few contingencies as possible, as they can make it harder to close the deal.

Additionally, it’s important to consider how a buyer will be paying for your home. Cash offers are usually considered the best, as you won’t have to deal with appraisals or lenders. There’s also no chance of losing the sale if the buyer’s loan application doesn’t get approved. If you’re looking to close fast, it may even be worth accepting a lower offer if it’s in cash.

Consider any extras

Signing a contract

In a hot market, some buyers will do anything to stand out against the competition. However, before you fall for any seemingly enticing offers, you’ll want to know which terms will actually benefit you as a seller. 

It’s almost always worth giving special consideration to pre-approved buyers, because they’ve taken an extra step to secure their financing ahead of time. Buyers who want to close quickly, pay any closing costs, or even set an escalation clause to outbid other offers may also be more serious candidates.

Remember your home’s value

Money house

If you end up receiving quite a few offers on your home, you might even find yourself in a bidding war. This can drive the price up quite substantially, but you should probably think twice before accepting the highest bid.

If a buyer is financing their purchase, your home will likely need to pass an appraisal before the sale. And if the price was inflated in a bidding war, a bank may not approve the buyer for the full amount of their loan, which could jeopardize the deal. Be sure to keep your home’s value in mind as you review offers with your agent. They can help you filter out any outlandish bids while still maximizing your profit.

Gearing Up to Sell Soon?

Selling a home doesn’t have to be a stressful process—at least not when you work with a top-rated local agent! Feel free to give us a call and let us know how we can help with any of your real estate needs. We have the resources and expertise to get your house sold quickly and for top dollar!

85 Acre LOT For Sale in Lignum, VA! 0 Jacobs Ford Road Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Imagine owning 85 acres of land and building your dream home and/or having a farm. Create your oasis, land is a mixture of trees and cleared areas. Maybe you are a builder or developer and would like the possibility of subdividing. The land is zoned for 5 acre minimum lots. For more information on 0 Jacobs Ford Road, 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

Open Houses 8/16/2020 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

16253 Marquis Road in Orange County Priced at $650,000

304 Gold Valley Road in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $229,900

1302 Confederate Drive in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $259,900 (COMING SOON!)

3409 Lakeview Pkwy in Lake of the Woods, Priced at $279,900 (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

Gorgeous Home On Private Lot in Lake of the Woods, VA! 304 Gold Valley Road Now SOLD!!

Craving space? You’ll love this great house, located in amenity rich Lake of the Woods, offers! The house is perfectly situated on a private lot that backs to trees for privacy. The inside delights with a spacious living room and the kitchen/dining area on the main level, with access to sunroom through the dining area. The upper level is where you will find the master bedroom with attached full bath and large closet, along with the other two bedrooms. If that isn’t enough, the lower level features a family room, laundry and another full bath! The oversized garage with workshop is perfect for the car enthusiast or woodworking, gardening or even for a craft area. Enjoy sitting in the sunroom that backs to a very private, level yard. For more information on 304 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.