Archives: August 2022

Pet Parade at Lake of the Woods, Virginia!

Furbabies love to dress up and enjoy the spirit of the fall festivities just like us! Lake of the Woods will be hosting a spooktacular event on Saturday, October 29th from 2pm to 4:30pm specifically for man’s (and woman’s) best fur friend! Show those cats and dogs a howling good time by dressing them up in their most eerie-sistable costumes and join in on the parade around the point. Make sure to invite the whole family out to watch and cheer on all of the participants! Pets are limited to dogs and cats only and must be on a leash at all times. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Please email CommunityActivities@LOWA.org for the registration form or contact 540-972-9680 for additional info. It’s sure to be a fangtastic time!

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 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, 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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Save the Date! Annual Christkindlmarkt at Lake of the Woods, Virginia Returns!

Come out and see some of the Lake of the Woods community’s best bakers, crafters, and artisans displaying and selling their work for the upcoming holiday season! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and a great opportunity to support locals while simultaneously buying gifts from the heart for the holiday season. Scheduled to occur at the Lake of the Woods Community Center, Saturday, December 3rd from 9am to 3pm!

For more information or questions, please call the Community Center, at 540-972-9680.

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 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, 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.

Adventure the Corn Mazes Available at Liberty Mills Farm!

As summer has begun to wind down, the fall activities have started to arise! Did you know that Liberty Mills Farm offers the largest corn maze in Virginia at 34 acres?? Their maze consists of four separate trails perfect for spending the day adventuring through each or picking the best one to fit your group. The Story Maze is a quick 30-minute trail with story stations to help navigate your way. The Trivia Maze provides a medium, slightly more difficult trail, lasting approximately 45-60 minutes, and offers trivia based on the theme of the year. The Hole Punch Maze really takes it to the next level as this could take you 2-3 hours to find all 21 stations to get your card punched and also find the yummy ice cream along the way! The last and final maze is the Myster Maze with no maps, only you, your company, and a sense of adventure, the length of time varies greatly, however, plan to spend at least an hour here! The Corn Mazes will open for the season on Saturday, September 10th, 2022. Tickets for all the different corn mazes may be purchased here once Liberty Mills has opened the tickets for purchase. Liberty Mills Farm is located at 9166 Liberty Mills Rd, Somerset VA 22972.

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 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, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

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

This Is The Key To Your Dream Home

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding why a property organizer is your secret weapon
  • Learning how to use a property organizer
  • Discovering how property organizers will benefit you

Why Use a Property Organizer

Have you ever been overwhelmed in the buying and selling process? With so many options out there and the market constantly changing, it can be challenging to stay organized during your search. Luckily, there’s a user-friendly tool that has your back, and it’s called the property organizer. The property organizer is an overlooked yet extremely beneficial tool that stimulates and simplifies your home search. It’s important for buyers to utilize the property search organizer, as it offers advantageous qualities for each. 

How Will the Property Organizer Help Me?

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This handy tool provides an easy way for you to save your favorite listings and property search settings so that properties within your search settings are delivered directly to your inbox. Property organizer benefits include: 

  • Allows you to see listings that match your criteria
  • Speeds the process of home searching
  • Lists properties as soon as they hit the market
  • Allows you to save and organize your favorite listings
  • Provides a wider range of listings for as many options possible

Property Organizer and Email Alerts

First, you need to know how to use the property organizer to your advantage. Create a search for the area, price point and any additional criteria that fits within your home search. Once you create your search, save that search to receive email notifications directly in your inbox.  Email alerts are widely beneficial, as they ensure that properties in your criteria aren’t missed. You can adjust your settings to expand the area, price range, and how often you receive alerts.

For Buyers 

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As a buyer, using the property organizer feature is vital to your home search journey. You have an advantage by using the property organizer, even if you aren’t ready to buy. No matter what stage you’re at in the buying process, creating a saved search in your property organizer is essential as far as monitoring trends, seeing what type of properties are available in your price range, and being aware of what features are common in the area. Overall, the property organizer helps you to become more active and engaged, so your next dream home won’t be missed! 

For Sellers

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The property organizer helps to facilitate the selling process, as it allows buyers to see what’s out there with no limitation. When you list with an agent who has a property organizer on their site, you can be assured that your property is marketed directly into buyers’ inboxes as soon as it hits the market.

So, how is this beneficial to a seller versus a buyer? Well, the property organizer may help your home sell faster by increasing the chances of your property being seen, and maximizing its reach. As a seller, you’ll be notified anytime a home is listed in your market, along with its price, size, and other specific features, which promotes awareness and strategy behind your listings. The property organizer is also advantageous to sellers in the sense that it allows them to monitor aspects such as market trends and pricing strategies. 

Ready To Use The Property Organizer?

If you’re not sure how to set up a property organizer don’t worry, our team is here to help you! If you are thinking about buying, just let us know your price point, area, and any details you would like us to include in your search. If you are selling, provide us with your address and you will be notified when properties sell in your area.

The Christmas Store at Deep Roots Home and Garden Center is Coming on November 1st, 2022!

Starting Tuesday, November 1st, Deep Roots Home and Garden store turns into a Christmas store! They will carry Seasonal home and garden items as well as gifts, Christmas decor, and poinsettias, of course. Look out for Santa and his sleigh as they will feature a Calendar-of-Events for special craft opportunities. Follow Deep Roots Home and Garden on Facebook for updates! The Christmas store will be on from November 1st through December 24th from 9am to 7pm. Deep Roots is located at 28284 Constitution Hwy, Rhoadesville VA 22542 and you can email: info@deeprootshgc.com for additional information!

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 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, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

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

Deep Roots’ Fall Festival Just Around the Corner!

Deep Roots Home and Garden Center is a family-owned and operated business right in Orange County, Virginia. Located at: 28284 Constitution Hwy, Rhoadesville VA 22542 they are a full-line garden center and Purina feed dealer. Each year, they host a Fall Festival featuring local Vendors and Artists. There will be food and fun for the entire family, be sure to save the date for Saturday, September 24th from 8 am – 4 pm. Visit their Facebook here for more information!

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 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, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

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

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Lake of the Woods Virginia Community Members Campground Gathering!

As the weather gets cooler, it’s time to unpack the firewood and camping equipment! Join Lake of the Woods at the Campground Pavilion as they offer a family fun night full of yummy s’mores and singing around the campfire! Saturday, October 8th is the day to arrive starting at 6pm until 9pm at the Lake of the Woods Campground Pavilion. Tickets are $3 per person. Please contact 540-972-9680 with any questions or concerns! The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th! Please note, that this is an event that is exclusive to Lake of the Woods community residents and members.

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 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, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

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

It's Back! The Soggy Doggie Swim at Lake of the Woods!!

Bring your friendly, swim-loving canines to the Sweetbriar Pool on Sunday, September 11th from 1 PM – 3 PM. There is no registration fee, but donations are welcome and highly encouraged. Donations from a Shelter’s “Need” list or a check made payable to Orange County Animal Shelter will be accepted. Although there is no registration fee, pre-registration is required see more at lowa.org. Registration also requires proof of vaccination for rabies, distemper, and kennel cough. No HUMANs swimming are allowed in the pool while the dogs are swimming, at any time. Space is limited so be sure to register!
Bring your furry four-legged friends for a dip in the pool. Dogs must be on a leash when NOT in the water and please be prepared to clean up after your dog! *Rain date is Sunday, September 18th!*

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 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, 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.

203 Monticello Cir, Lake of the Woods Virginia 22508 SOLD! by Licata Group EXP Real Estate Professionals!

If you crave natural light and an open floor plan, this contemporary is the one for you! As you arrive, you’ll immediately appreciate the generous set-back from the street that provides quiet and privacy. In the living room, the stunning cathedral ceilings with windows above the double sliding doors overlooking the private wooded backyard will wow you! The openness of the spacious kitchen with an island leading to the dining area for ease of entertaining is simply perfect. The roomy primary suite offers access to the deck for a quiet morning read of the paper or a good book, perhaps? The two additional main-level bedrooms are generous in size, one with a bow window! As you descend the stairs, you will be in awe of the finished area/family room/game room/theater room/craft room/quilting area/flex space and an incredible amount of shelving! An oversized garage and huge, level backyard backing to trees check everything on your list.

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, water skiing, 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 volunteer 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 $200,000+ 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 what’s to love in 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 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, 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 Choose the Best Home for Aging in Place

When it comes to choosing a home to retire in, you’ll want to take a few factors into consideration so that the choice you do end up making feels like “home sweet home“. Here’s what you need to think about before you approach the golden years.

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What your budget should be

Purchasing a home is a big deal financially. Moreover, purchasing a home becomes even more significant if you are considering using most of your retirement savings to buy a home you will be most comfortable in. If you’re not that good at crunching numbers, or you simply don’t have the time for it, using an online affordability calculator might help. Furthermore, an affordability calculator can help you get down to what you can actually afford monthly based on your monthly income, the down payment you can make, taking into account other expenses such as Homeowner’s Association fees, property taxes, etc. 

Storing your things until a later date

Since moving house can be quite a stressful event, it might be useful to consider storage options in Virginia (if you live in the area) to give you time to sort through your belongings on your own terms. For example, you can expect to pay around $76 for a 5’x5′ storage unit in the area, going up to $164.81 for a larger 10’x10′ storage unit.

Decide whether you need a homeowners warranty

To determine whether a warranty is worth it, you’ll first need to determine what shape your future home is in before you go any further. The first thing to do is have a look over the home inspection report to see if there are potential issues with your future home’s appliances or systems. If anything does stand out as odd to you, a home warranty will cover the cost should any of these need repairs or maintenance down the line. 

Also, it’s a good idea to double-check if there is an existing home warranty in place and what it covers to see if you need to apply for an extension on your cover to insure what it doesn’t include. Items covered by a home warranty include coverage of your furnace, your electrical and plumbing systems, your HVAC system, etc. 

Check how walkable your community is

If you don’t want to think about the prospect of having to drive everywhere to get about, then choosing an area where everything you need is nearby is probably the preferable option. Taking into account how walkable your city is will not only make it easier to get around, but it’ll also be better for your health too, as you’ll get to exercise more as a result.

Choosing a turnkey home

Opting for a turnkey home may also be the best alternative if you don’t want to tackle home renovations or anything of the sort, especially if you don’t have the finances or energy to spend on major upgrades. The same goes for the condition of the yard, too, if you don’t want to spend most of your time tending to a yard that is too large to maintain on your own. 

Being close to essential amenities

Being closer to essential amenities will come in handy in your senior years, especially if you’re not in the mood to travel far to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the city. 

All in all, finding a home you’ll be happy with is going to be a lot more important, especially where the senior years are involved, if you want to live as contentedly as possible; hence, why you should be thinking about things like home warranty insurance, so you have one less thing to worry about.

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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 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, Pat will partner with you to make the selling process so much easier. Get started today by calling us at (540) 388-2541 or contacting Pat Licata.

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