All posts by Patricia Licata

Open House On Saturday, 3/6/2021 From 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in Fairfax, VA!

Join us this Saturday, 3/6/2021, as we show off this beautiful home in Fairfax! Face masks will be required to enter, and social distancing is highly recommended. For more information about the home, click the link below!

3209 Traveler Street, Fairfax, VA Priced at $699,999

 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

Van Gogh Immersive Experience Coming to DC

Many of us have fallen in love with the art that Van Gogh brought into this world, and now you’ll have the opportunity to experience it like never before! The Van Gogh Immersive Experience will be coming to Washington DC this summer! The experience consists of a 20,000 sq ft light and sound spectacular which features two-story projections of the most compelling work by the famed artist. This 360 degree spectacular allows you to encounter the sheer brilliance of one of history’s greatest artists.

The experience is digital and hands-free to promote proper social distancing so that a multitude of families and friends alike can enjoy this wonderful opportunity. Stretching from floor to ceiling, the experience includes separate galleries that tell his life, journey, technique and of course, display his beautiful atwork in a way never seen before.

The Immersive Experience also features a Virtual Reality interactive, which will guide you on journey through “A day in the life of the Artist.” Here, you’ll walk alongside Van Gogh during this visually rich journey as you discover the inspiration that lies behind eight of his iconic works, including: Starry Night and Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles.

Tickets for the Van Gogh: Immersive Experience will go on sale Friday, March 5th, 2021, and we highly encourage you to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! For more information, you can visit the official website 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

Take These Steps on the Path to Homeownership

Homeownership is undisputedly the Great American Dream. There is a good reason for that, especially as interest rates have dropped. And while the pandemic has changed the landscape of buying a home, with patience and the help of great real estate professionals like The Licata Group, you can make this a reality. If you’ve never walked this path before, there are a few steps you can take to help your dream come true. 

Step 1: Check Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a number that gives lenders a good idea of whether you’re financially responsible. Ideally, you’ll have a score of 720 or higher. You may be able to get a loan with a credit score of 580, but the higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate. It’s always a good idea to know what’s hiding on your credit report before you contact the lender.

Step 2: Know What You Can Afford

Knowing your credit score is only part of the puzzle. You also have to figure out how much you can reasonably afford for your mortgage. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, most lenders will also consider your debt-to-income ratio (DTI). Generally speaking, you are more likely to repay your loan if your DTI is 43 percent or less. Your credit score and DTI may also determine which types of loans you are eligible to receive. 

If you have very little credit, as many homebuyers do, you might want to consider an FHA loan. Often, you can put less money down and still walk away with a reasonable monthly payment. If your goal is the lowest mortgage possible, plan to put 20 percent down and stick to a 30-year loan. Fifteen- and 20-year loans are also available, and they can help you pay your house off faster, but they’ll cost more money each month.

Step 3: Find the Right Realtor

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start shopping for a reliable real estate agent. This is the person who will represent your best interests throughout the home-buying process. While it is technically possible to buy a house without this kind of assistance, keep in mind that a buyer’s agent does not charge you. Instead, barring a few exceptions, their time and expertise are compensated by the commission offered by the seller.

Step 4: Begin Your Search

Now that you have a handle on money, you can start your home search. First, determine how much home you actually need. Plan for the future and look for a home that will provide enough room to accommodate your lifestyle and space needs for the next five to 10 years. This is where the affordability factor comes into play, and your realtor will be able to steer you in the right direction. Note that on average, homes in Lake of the Woods currently sell for $335,000.

Step 5: Found It! Make an Offer 

When you think you have found the perfect house, put your game face on and make an offer. Depending on your local climate, you may want to offer close to the asking price – your agent can help you make that determination. Keep in mind, however, that even after they accept the offer, things may change depending on the home inspection and appraisal.

In a normal scenario, when your offer is accepted, things will move quickly, usually between four and six weeks. However, the pandemic could have an effect on how long you wait to close. Regardless, during this time, you’ll be contacted by your lender for additional information, and you will be in close contact with your agent. If everything goes off without a hitch, you’ll find yourself sitting at the title company on closing day, holding the keys to the next chapter of your journey.

 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

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Breathtaking Home For Sale in Fairfax, VA! 3209 Traveler Street Offered at $699,999

Welcome to 3209 Traveler Street, in the middle of everything yet in its own wooded enclave you find Mosby Woods. A 60’s planned community that thrives today as a wonderful established neighborhood. You will fall in love with all the updates and fine finishes this beautiful home boasts. Full of charm the living room is generous, stunning and features a fireplace. Kitchen is updated with granite counter tops and dining area as well as a formal dining room. The classic owner’s suite with en-suite bath is updated and inviting. A finished lower level offering another family room and flex space to use as an office, classroom or craft room is sure to please.

Enjoy the expansive deck to relax, entertain and enjoy the privacy of your own backyard oasis. Close to great schools and George Mason University, ten minutes to Fair Oaks Shopping, Tysons Galleria, Vienna Metro, Army Navy Golf Club and easy access to I66 and all major highways. Did we say NO HOA??? Yes, and with no HOA dues in the heart of Fairfax it makes Mosby Woods uniquely appealing. A large community pool and clubhouse is right inside the neighborhood which you can join for an annual fee. Activities abound and Dale Lestina Park offers walking trails and playgrounds in a wooded 8 acre setting. For more information on 3209 Traveler Street, 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

LOT For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 208 Edgemont Lane Offered at $50,000

Build your dream home here on this incredible half-acre + lot backing to parkland! If you are looking for privacy on a sought-after larger lot, this is it!

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! For more information on 208 Edgemont Lane, 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.

LOT For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 117 Butler Circle Offered at $65,000

Welcome to 117 Butler Circle… a fabulous lot located near the back gate, on which to build your perfect home in the sought after Lake of the Woods! Mature trees and almost an acre make this the one! So get your lake life started by building your perfect place at the lake on one of the few remaining lots! For more information on 117 butler 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.

monthly stats

February 2021 Lake of the Woods Monthly Market Statistics

In February, 20 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
0 sold between $130-199,999;
4 sold between $200-249,999;
6 sold between $250,000-299,999;
5 sold between $300-349,999;
2 sold between $350,000-399,999;
2 sold between $400-599,999;
1 home sold over $600,000.

14 Active Listings for Sale
63 Homes Under Contract
40 Homes Sold since January 1, 2021.

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

Why You Shouldn’t Use Automatic Home Estimators to Price Your Home

Key Takeaways:

  • Automatic estimator tools are popular amongst homeowners and sellers, but they aren’t always the most reliable.
  • In some instances, these estimators can be off by thousands of dollars due to inaccurate data.
  • If you’re looking for a better way to determine your home’s market value, give us a call to get started!

Exposing the Inaccuracies of Automatic Home Estimators

If you own a home, you’ve probably wondered how much its value has increased since you first moved in. And while using an online estimator might seem convenient, you could end up with some pretty inaccurate numbers—and that’s bad news for sellers in today’s competitive market.

Want to make the most of your equity and find out how much your home is really worth? Here’s why working with a local real estate agent will always be better than trusting an “automatic” estimate.

Most estimators rely on user-reported data or algorithms

Home value on a laptop

Many homeowners believe that instant estimates are similar to a professional appraisal, but this simply isn’t the case. To generate a possible selling price, these real estate sites rely on potentially outdated algorithms that use property tax assessments, historic sold data, and user-reported information. Some estimators even use AI to scan photos of your home, which leaves ample room for error.

Estimators won’t take recent improvements into account

Couple renovating their kitchen

If you’ve made any larger improvements to your home, they may not get calculated into your instant estimate. Generally, most estimators will include any permitted work that’s noted on your latest tax assessment. But if you completed a project that didn’t require permits, it probably won’t influence the estimate.

For example, if you recently finished a kitchen renovation and didn’t have to take out a construction permit, an estimator could value your kitchen based on how it was before any upgrades. And if you rely on these incorrect numbers, you could shortchange your equity without even knowing it!  

Your estimate could be off by thousands of dollars

homes on coin stacks

Perhaps the biggest issue with automatic home estimators is their overall accuracy—or lack thereof. While most claim to be within 10% of a home’s real market value, that 10% could equal tens of thousands of dollars. When you look at the numbers, that’s a potential difference of $30,000 for a home worth $300,000!

Above all, it’s important to remember that these estimators will never substitute a professional valuation. If you’re really serious about selling your home or learning its value, it’s better to work with a local real estate agent instead—and take an estimator’s opinion with a grain of salt.

Bottom Line: Only Price Your Home with a Local Agent

Couple getting a home valuation from an agent

Want to know your home’s true value? Don’t trust a computer—start by consulting your local real estate agent! As area experts, we know how to calculate just how much your home could sell for in today’s competitive market. We can even take your renovations and recent sold data into account for an added level of accuracy.

Get Top Dollar for Your Home

Whether you’re thinking about selling your home or just want to know its value, you can trust us to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to request a complimentary home valuation, or just give us a call with any questions—we’d be happy to chat!

Investment Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 222 Spotswood Road Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 222 Spotswood Road, close to the main gate and backing to Spotswood Park. This is the perfect fixer upper! This gem will need a new roof and several repairs. Property being sold “AS-IS” and no repairs will be made by the seller. This home will require an FHA 203K loan or cash. Inspections will be paid by the buyer and the utilities are on. For more information on 222 Spotswood 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.

Luxury Home For Sale in Sought-After Gated Community Fawn Lake, VA! 10816 Pinnacle Drive Offered at $749,900

Welcome to 10816 Pinnacle Drive, which features a transitional floor plan, over 5600 square feet of finished living space, and water views. You will be wowed by what this home offers: two-story foyer, generous sized rooms, custom moldings, fabulous bar in the lower level and amazing patio. This home allows for flexibility for any lifestyle. The kitchen is the heart of the home with a gourmet layout and expansive island with breakfast bar and dining area. The main level owner’s suite is expansive, and the en-suite bath is beautifully finished with double vanity, soaking tub and glass oversized shower. Several flex spaces that will make working from home or homeschooling a breeze. Fawn Lake is an elegant, gated community with a 288-acre lake boasting seven miles of wooded shoreline. Enjoy the Clubhouse, swimming, tennis, golf, the country club, and an Arnold Palmer golf course and so much more. For more information on 10816 Pinnacle 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