All posts by Patricia Licata

Absolutely Stunning Estate in Sterling, VA! 23393 Summerstown Place Offered at $1,199,000!

Welcome to 23393 Summerstown Place, an elegant and stately home in sought after Loudoun Valley Estates, where pride of ownership throughout is most evident! This home is a Toll Brothers Luxury model, The Carlton Federal with over $400k in after construction upgrades and fine finishes; you will notice immediately how spectacular It truly is! You will be delighted when you arrive by the curb appeal and lush yard…and that’s just the beginning. As you enter, you notice the two story foyer with sweeping staircase and gleaming hardwood floors. Perfectly situated off the foyer is a formal living room with ample windows, creating a bright and airy feel that flows so effortlessly into the formal dining room, which is separated by stunning architecture.

The gourmet kitchen shines with upgraded appliances, granite counters, gorgeous tile backsplash, a large island, and eat in area all with the perfect finishes. Enjoy your morning coffee and the views of the backyard from the inviting morning room located right off the kitchen, as well as the private staircase to the upper level. You will be wowed by the gracious family room with fireplace and the incredible wall of windows. The study/office with custom built-ins will make working from home a breeze. The owner’s suite is one of grandeur with its generous size, walk-in closet with built-ins, and inviting sitting room. Luxurious best describes the owner’s bath with roman tub and his and her vanities. The upper level boasts three additional bedrooms; one with it’s own private bath, while the other two share a Jack and Jill bath. Entering the lower level, you will be impressed by the finished space that offers a media room, kitchenette, 5th bedroom (not to code), full bath and additional flex living space. This living area is perfect as an incredible in-law suite. You will love the stamped concrete patio with pergola, expansive maintenance-free deck that opens to a beautiful tree lined yard, as well as the brick walkways, creating an incredible outdoor living area. These will be favorite spots for entertaining or relaxing! Again…welcome home! For more information on 23393 Summerstown Place, 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

Make Your Home Boo-tiful with These 4 Halloween Staging Tips

If you step outside on a cool October afternoon, you might just smell some pumpkin spice and freshly picked apples wafting through the air. That can only mean one thing: Halloween is just around the corner! And while this ghoulish holiday delights both kids and kids-at-heart, it also creates interesting staging opportunities for home sellers.

As tempting as it might be to pull out your most spine-chilling decorations, buyers probably don’t want to walk through a haunted house to tour your space. If you want to avoid a home staging horror story, we have a few tips to help you incorporate a little spooky flair without going overboard.

Here’s How to Add a Tasteful Touch of Halloween to Your Home Staging

While it’s totally acceptable to add a dash of Halloween-inspired decor to your home, your goal should be to stage for the season, not the holiday. That means using more fall-focused decor instead of going all-out with spider webs, skeletons, and other eerie touches.

Here are a few guidelines to get your home looking its best for autumn buyers. And if you ever have questions about what is and isn’t appropriate, just ask your agent for advice!

Start with your front porch

Pumpkins on a doorstep

If you absolutely have to add a bit of Halloween fun to your home, consider transforming your front porch into an area that both buyers and trick or treaters will love. Start by setting out some natural touches, like pumpkins, potted mums, or even a small bale of hay. You can always tone up the holiday spirit with a Halloween-themed welcome mat or wreath.

Try to keep all of your outdoor decor as low-key as possible. That means waiting to put out any inflatables, cobwebs, or light displays until you move into your new home.

Put out some pumpkins

Painted pumpkins

Looking for an easy way to get buyers in the Halloween spirit? Pumpkins are one of the most versatile fall accessories, and they work well inside and outside! Aside from the traditional jack-o’-lantern, you can also set out some smaller, uncarved pumpkins throughout your home. If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, paint some craft pumpkins in neutral tones to create little pops of Halloween cheer.

Pumpkins don’t all have to look the same, either. Head to your local pumpkin patch to check out different sizes and colors—there’s no better way to add a splash of orange, white, green, or brown to your space! 

Avoid over-the-top accessories

As you stage your home for buyers, it’s best to leave your most outrageous Halloween decorations in storage for next year. While you may love mummifying your living room or embellishing with spiders and bats, these additions can quickly morph into an unwelcome distraction during a showing. Instead, consider adding more subtle accents, such as dark-colored lanterns with votive candles, a fall-inspired tablescape, or candy displayed in tall jars.

You should also ensure that none of your accessories are gorey or frightening. The last thing you want to do is have buyers wondering if your house is truly haunted!  

Appeal to the senses

Votive candles

Autumn is filled with endless signature scents, sights, and flavors—and you can use them to your advantage when staging. To set the mood inside your home, try putting out some Halloween candy in a decorative bowl as a refreshment for buyers. Fall-inspired candles can add a sense of warmth, so don’t be afraid to bring on the pumpkin spice.

If you really want to go above and beyond, boiling a pot of apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla before a showing will help you invite some of the season’s best aromas into your home.

Leaves May Be Falling, But Home Sales Aren’t!

Don’t get spooked by the home selling process—our team is here to help! We have the tools you need to get top dollar for your home before the busy holiday season. And even if you’re still on the fence about selling, we’d be happy to give you a free report of your home’s current value. There’s never been a better time to cash out on your hard-earned equity, so just give us a call to get started!

Gorgeous Home With 3 Acres of land in Unionville, VA! 26257 Stonesiffer Lane Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to the country with this beautiful home on 3+ private acres. You are welcomed by a cherry tree lined driveway, and amazing front porch to sit and enjoy the sunrise! Once inside you will love the gleaming hardwood floors and spacious light filled living room. The kitchen is perfect with plenty of counter space for cooking and baking, and you will love the upgraded stainless steel appliances. The owner’s suite is spacious with an en-suite bath featuring a double vanity and a huge walk in closet. The light filled, unfinished, walk out basement is roughed in for a future bath and is ready for you to finish for additional living space. Relax on your deck and enjoy the sunset, your favorite beverage, and let nature serenade you. Pick raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries without even leaving your yard. If nature is what you crave and space is what you desire this is the one! For more information on 26257 Stonesiffer Lane, 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

Absolutely Stunning Home With Screened Porch in Lake of the Woods, VA! 321 Stratford Circle Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 321 Stratford Circle! This meticulous, move in ready home will wow you! You are greeted by the stone accents and beautiful landscaping when you arrive. Once inside, you will love the great room with cathedral ceilings and floor to ceiling stone fireplace. The kitchen is inviting with stainless steel appliances, pantry, breakfast bar, and is sure to please. You’ll be impressed by the incredible owner’s suite with dramatic double door entry, tray ceilings, and beautiful en-suite bath. The lower level boasts a 4th bedroom (not to code), family room with electric fireplace, kitchenette, and full bath. Need more finished space in the future? The expansive lower level storage room can provide just that when you are ready! Relaxing on your screened porch while enjoying the sounds of nature may become a favorite pastime. Or perhaps you’ll also enjoy the yard to garden, entertain, or create your own oasis! Proximity to Ramsay Beach and the back gate make this one, the one! Get your lake life started today! For more information on 321 Stratford 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.

Orange County Fallapalooza Autumn Virtual Festival Photo & Video Contest!

The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that they will be hosting a photo and video entry contest From October 9th – November 27th! Entries must consist of a favorite photo/video of a business, location or destination within Orange County. For the photo entry, you will also need to include two sentences explaining your photo. The video entry should be no longer than two minutes, and should include commentary by the person taking the video.

A winner will be announced each week on Friday, and each winner will receive a $10 gift card from an Orange County Chamber of Commerce business member.

The grand prize winner will receive four tickets to the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival occurring on May 1st & 2nd, 2021. If the winner is under the age of $21, they will receive a $50 gift card.

The grand prize winner will also recieve accolades in the Orange County Review, on www.orangevachamber.com as well as all social media pages.

All content recieved will be the property of the Chamber, and will be used in marketing materials online and printed collateral materials. Rules for the photo and video contest can be found on www.orangevachamber.com

Contestants may submit their photo/video entries to: Occcexec@gmail.com

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

Gorgeous Home With Oversized Garage in Aquia Harbour! 2403 Harpoon Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT

You will absolutely fall in love with 2403 Harpoon Drive! This beautiful, well maintained home is move in ready! Once inside you will love the natural light that flows through the home, the open floor plan that is versatile for home office or classroom. Enjoy cooking in the spacious kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel/black appliances with the perfect cooking triangle. The owner’s suite is spacious with a luxury en-suite bath. Imagine quiet evenings on the deck sipping your favorite beverage, reading a book or enjoying cookouts and spending time with family and friends. The oversized two car garage is another bonus to this already amazing home. You will love all the amenities that Aquia Harbour has to offer with 2 pools, clubhouse, amazing lake, marina, golf and so much more. For more information on 2403 Harpoon 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

Helpful Tips For Showing Your Home to Potential Buyers

Buying a house is a significant endeavor, but selling one is also a considerable process. Everything from new real estate trends to knowing if you should hire an agent or not can have an impact on your sale. Another point to keep in mind is that presentation matters. To make the best possible impression, check out these tips for showing your home to potential buyers.

Real estate showing

A real estate showing is an opportunity to show the buyers the strengths of your property. For a buyer, it is one of the crucial moments upon which they will base their final decision. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why sight-unseen sales are so rare. Buyers will come to look around your property, and you need to make an effort to show them why they should buy it. If you present your home in the best light, it’ll be easier for buyers to imagine themselves living there, and this is sometimes all that matters. Since these sales are significant and should be based on logic, sometimes a feeling or a hunch can push the buyer in a particular direction.

Ensure that you’re aware of the experience that your potential buyers are going through as soon as they enter your home. Follow these tips to make their experience more memorable.

A living room.
This is the right time to make an impression.

Small renovations

Should you renovate your home, or should you sell it as is? This is a common question people ask themselves when selling their home. They don’t want to go through a home renovation project if it doesn’t pay off, and that’s something everyone can understand. However, keep in mind that sometimes you don’t have to do a major renovation to make a big difference. Before you start, create a step by step plan and stick to it. This will help you not spend more on your renovations than you’ve initially planned.

Touch-ups and repainting

If you have carpet flooring in your home, you don’t have to swap it for hardwood. However, as the carpets are likely to show signs of aging, you can shampoo or change them. Repainting will also freshen up your home, and it’s not too big of an investment. Bold color choices are not the best option here, as not everyone likes them. Even with neutral colors, one, two, or three colors are more than enough for the entire home.

Another good thing to do is to replace old fixtures. Door handles and light switches are inexpensive but can make a big difference. And while you don’t pay attention to these details anymore, be sure that most potential buyers will.

Take care of the exterior

The lawn is one of the first things the buyers notice when they enter your property. Ensure your lawn is well manicured and that the exterior will not contradict the experience the buyers will have inside your home. This means that your front porch or stoop should be clean, as well as the walkway. If you have some plants or flowers, they show that you regularly take care of them. You can use fertilizer to revive a tired lawn, and if bushes need some cutting, take care of that before you start showing your house.

Manicured lawn and a house.
The exterior is just as important.

Clean your house

You might’ve come to realize that a ‘clean house’ is not the same for everyone. If you’re not hiring a professional cleaning company, ensure that your home is clean, even for a germaphobe’s standards. Viewing a messy and dirty home leaves a terrible impression, even though it’s not too hard to clean a house after buying. Knowing its importance, you should make sure that your home is in tip-top share for as long as it’s on the market. This means that you’ll have to clean it even in-between showings. Even more so, having in mind that it’s not a good idea to ask potential buyers to take their shoes off at the door.

Clear the clutter

Remove any unnecessary items to create a minimalist look. You want your home to look larger and to be easy to walk through. This means that it’s better to remove any personal items, like photos, mementos, or valuables. But, having in mind that you probably still haven’t contacted the professionals found at Verified Movers to transport your belongings, it can be hard finding the right place for them at this point. You can put these extra items in bins and assign each room or a family member a container. But, be careful about valuables and ensure they’re somewhere safe.

Tuck away cords and remove unnecessary decorative elements. If an item is in sight, make sure it serves a purpose. Pillowcases, artwork, or candles can emphasize a particular part of a room and remove focus from other areas. With this in mind, use these tricks wisely and sparingly.

A well-lit bedroom.
A well-lit space looks more inviting.

Comfortable temperature

Make sure that the temperature in your home is at an optimal level so that you can create a welcoming atmosphere. An airless environment on a hot day or a cold house on a cold day will make the buyers uncomfortable. It will also leave them wondering if the cooling or heating systems are working, no matter what you say.

It doesn’t end with showing your home to potential buyers

It’s good to prepare for the process of showing your house to potential buyers. However, keep in mind that it doesn’t end here, especially if you have multiple offers. Knowing how to handle getting multiple offers on your home is also part of this process. It’s good to know what details you should consider to make a favorable decision and choose the right offer.

Saying goodbye

There is no reason not to say goodbye the right way. You can put a small note thanking buyers for coming and put it in a candy bowl on their way out. If a buyer needs time to evaluate and think, don’t follow them and describe additional amenities or features.

Thank you notes and cookies, a way to say goodbye after showing your home to potential buyers.
A thank you note is a good way to say goodbye.

 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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Stunning Home with Spacious Kitchen in Lake of the Woods! 107 Federal Road Now $275,000!!

Welcome to 107 Federal Rd in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods, close to the front gate and the one of the many parks. Once inside, you will love the light filled family room, spacious kitchen with oodles of cabinets, granite countertops, breakfast bar, and a large dining area. The main level also boasts the owner’s suite, which is gracious in size, and an incredible en-suite bathroom boasting double vanity and an amazing tiled shower. You’ll also find another bedroom and full bath. The upper level boasts two more bedrooms, a full bath, an office, plus additional flex space which will sure to please. The deck, located off of the kitchen, leads to a private back yard perfect for gardening and enjoying outdoor activities. For more information on 107 Federal 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.