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LOT For Sale in Lake of the Woods! 321 Birchside Circle Now SOLD!

Awesome lot waiting for you to build your perfect place at the lake in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods! Mature trees, level lot, and desirable street make this the one! So let’s get this lake life started! 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, tennis, pickle ball, 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 will be wowed! 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 $150,000+ 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!

Spacious Home With 3,000+ Sq Feet in Spotsylvania, VA! 11013 Cedar Post Lane Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 11013 Cedar Post located on a quiet cul-de-sac with a very private beautiful lot. This home is spacious and has an open floor plan. It does need work, however, most the work is sweat equity. Enjoy the three tiered deck for entertaining, the kitchen has an island, oodles of cabinet and counter space, step down into the light filled family room. There are windows everywhere for a lot of natural light. Living room and kitchen dining area share a double sided fireplace. The master suite is spacious and has an amazing master bathroom. This home has so many design features that are unique and amazing. A little tlc and you would have an amazing home with over 3000+ sqft. For more information on 11013 Cedar Post 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

Beautiful Home On Quiet Cul-de-sac in Lake of the Woods, VA! 207 Saylers Creek Road Offered at $265,000!

Welcome to 207 Saylers Creek Road in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods, where you can enjoy the inviting front porch to relax and enjoy the serenity of your new home, located on a quiet cul-de-sac! Once inside, you will love the light filled, expansive family room, spacious kitchen with oodles of cabinet and counter space, large dining area, and pantry. The main level also boasts flex-space that could be used as an office, dining room, or bedroom off of foyer, complete with french doors. The master suite is gracious in size, with an extra little nook and en-suite master bathroom. Two additional bedrooms complete the upstairs with a dual entry 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 207 Saylers Creek Road, Click Here!

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 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 $150,000+ 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!

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

April 2020 Lake of the Woods Market Statistics

In April, 20 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;
6 sold between $300-400,000;

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.

Four Biggest Questions Regarding the Coronavirus and the Housing Market Part 4 of 4

 As we come to the end of this four-part series, we look to examine the outcome that we will face once this is all over. With that in mind, we ask ourselves the final question; are we going to see the same outcome and devastation that we saw in 2008?

One of the key factors in buying and selling a home is the confidence that people have, and in times like these, memories of past experiences come back to us as we recall all the uncertainties that we faced. But the focus cannot be on what has occurred in the past, but rather what is occurring today and the days to come. With that, we look to see what is being said from the Federal Housing Administration.  

The Federal Housing Administration indicated it is enacting an “immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages” for the next 60 days. The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced it is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for “at least 60 days.”

What we are seeing is things in 2008 that we got wrong that you are now seeing the government respond to in regard to the needs that the consumers and the industry have so that It doesn’t happen again. We are seeing how banks are going to respond individually to borrowers in those situations. Actions like this show that the way this is being handled is significantly different than back then, and there are also structural actions that we can look at that are very different now. The visuals provided below will help to better illustrate this.

This first visual shows us exactly where we were in 2008, and what you’ll notice is that there were $828 Billion in cash out refinances back then, and homes were basically being used as ATM machines to which cash was being taken out to harvest equity from their home, a lot of which was being put in depreciating assets. When we start to look at today in the last 3 years, cash out refinances are a fraction of what they were leading up to 2008. What this entails, is that people have learned their lesson and are no longer doing what they have done in the past with the equity in their homes, and today the equity position is very different than what it once was, with over 50% of homes in the united states having over 50% equity. In 2008, people were walking away from homes when they had negative equity, but that is no longer the case.

We are in a very different situation today than we were back then. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and its fair to say that the government and the American people have learned their lesson.

As we started out this year, we saw a market where income is rising, and mortgage rates have been falling. What this has created is a drop for the historic norm in the payment as a % of income, as demonstrated in the visual above. Historically speaking, the norm percentage of income that has been dedicated to their mortgage has been 21.2%, and right now what we’ve seen leading into this, is that number being 14.8%. This is significantly lower than the historic norm speaking in leverage to the consumer in relative to housing.

In conclusion, what we are seeing now and, in the months/years to come is not going to be the same as we saw after the crash in 2008. Homeowners have learned from their past mistakes, and the government is taking the necessary precautions to ensure that history does not repeat itself. While the uncertainty factor remains for a lot of what is occurring in the county and the world, it can be said with confidence that we will come out of this stronger, and better than going into it.

We hope that this four-part series has shed some light into the biggest questions that you may have right now. If you have any other questions about the current market and what’s to come, feel free to give us a call at (540) 388-2541.

Four Biggest Questions Regarding the Coronavirus and the Housing Market Part 3 of 4

Moving into part three of our four part series, the next question that we need to ask is: Are we headed towards another recession, and what does that mean?

When we talk about where we are today, the reality is that we can feel the slowdown occurring across the county, and it will continue to have an impact on economic activity. When addressing this question/concern, we have to ask ourselves what a recession truly is. A recession is a slowdown in economic activity. Now when we hear the word “recession” we immediately have these ideas and thoughts of what the prior recession was. If we talk about an economic slowdown, it’s very different, and keeping that in mind as we continue to talk about it is critically important in these times. To help discuss this, we’ll turn to the experts. Bill McBride from Calculated Risk had this to say:

“With this sudden economic stop, and with many states shutting down by closing down schools, bars restaurants etc. my view is the US economy is now in a recession (started in March 2020), and GDP will decline sharply in Q2 (as Goldman Sachs is forecasting). The length of the recession will depend on the course of the pandemic.”

Now certainly we can say that we are feeling this slowdown, and it can be said that we will continue to feel this throughout the course of the pandemic. If we look at where we were in 2008 compared to today, 2008 was like a tornado that had ripped through our town and tore things that had to be slowly rebuilt over time, and what we are experiencing today is a heavy snowstorm that is shutting things down. What we do know is that as time moves on, we will start to see things open back up again. We will be able to go to bars, restaurants and sporting events with the only challenge being getting into these places as everyone is going to be out and about.

Looking at that graphically speaking, the figure above provided by Goldman Sachs begins to show a “V” of recovery, and not a “U” like we saw in 2008, being a sharp decline followed by a sharp increase displaying further strong gains as we head into 2021. When looking at what the experts have to say, Wells Fargo agrees as well, saying “We do not expect a repeat of the severe recession of 2008-2009, because the virus and oil shocks are not endemic to the financial system, but are, rather, external. Once the virus infection rate peaks, we expect a recovery to gain momentum into the final quarter of the year and especially into 2021.”

Referring back to the analogy previously used, we will not have to rebuild our financial system like in 2008. Once the snow melts from this current storm, things will kick in, and that’s why we see that “V” curve instead of the “U” curve.

So rather than use the actual word “recession” we should look to use the definition, being an “economic slowdown” and if that does happen, we need to look at our history of events that have shown similarities to what is occurring, and what we can expect to see moving forward. The visual provided below shows what has occurred with changes in home price over the last 5 recessions.

What we can see from this graphic is that in three of the last five recessions, home prices actually increased as a result. We did see a slight decrease in 1991, but what we all really remember is the significant decrease shown in 2008.

The message that needs to be taken from this is that recession does not equal a housing crisis.

5 Easy Ways to Save Up for a New Home

Saving for a house might seem difficult, especially as the economy continues to fluctuate. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your home buying dreams! If you want to take your first steps towards homeownership, we have a few simple tricks that can help you build your savings account. 

How to Save Up for Your Perfect Place

Before you begin saving, consider how much you’d ideally like to put down on a house. Your down payment will likely be your largest upfront cost, and most buyers put down around 20% of a home’s value. However, there are some loans that require as little as 0% down, so be sure to explore all of your options.

It can take years to save up for a home. Nevertheless, if you plan ahead and follow these tips, you’ll soon be on a path to success. 

Create a monthly budget…and stick to it

Woman creating a budget

Having a budget can help you set spending limitations and savings goals each month, but it’s crucial to stick to it if you want to make progress. Start by documenting all your sources of income, then subtract your monthly expenses. This shows you what you’re paying for housing, food, utilities, and extra expenses, as well as how much you have left over. From there, you can set spending goals and designate a certain amount of money towards your house fund every month.

Cut unnecessary spending

Person using a credit card

As you craft a new budget, consider cutting out any expenses you can live without. You might have to make some sacrifices, but if you’re serious about saving for a home, your hard work will pay off in the long run. The more you save, the more house you can afford! 

Consider getting rid of any unnecessary recurring payments, like streaming services or magazine subscriptions. Cooking at home, buying generic brands, and putting off that big vacation can also save you thousands every year. If you put that money directly into your savings, you won’t even miss it…because you were already spending it.

Pay off your debt

House with coin stacks

If you’re like many would-be homebuyers, lingering credit card or student loan debt might be keeping you from making a move. Before you start saving for a home, try to pay off debts or reconsolidate them into a smaller monthly payment with a lower interest rate.

Not sure where to start? Consider talking with a financial advisor about any underlying debt that needs to be paid off. It might take a while, but it’s better to take on a mortgage with more manageable payments.

Put your retirement savings on hold

House fund coin jar

While it is crucial to save for retirement, buying a home is also an important step in your life—so it’s okay to temporarily divert some of your savings towards your down payment. However, it’s not a good idea to take money out of your existing retirement accounts. You could get saddled with taxes and unwanted early withdrawal fees if you dip into your IRA or 401(k)!

Start a side hustle

Personal trainers exercising

Even during these challenging economic times, it’s still possible to make a quick buck doing what you love. Starting a side hustle can help you rake in some extra cash on the weekends and evenings—and even a little money can add up over time.

Looking for suggestions? Pet sitting, ride sharing, personal training, and photography are just a few possibilities. Who knows…your passion could turn into a profitable second income!

Ready to Start Your Buying Journey?

Looking for more home buying advice? We’ve got you covered! Just reach out to us for more tips and tricks, and let us know when you’re ready to take your next steps. We’re always here to answer any questions you might have, especially as the market continues to change.

*PRICE IMPROVEMENT* Unbelievable WATERFRONT Home in Lake of the Woods, VA! 118 Confederate Circle Offered at $649,900!

Imagine the memories you’ll make by getting your lake life started! If you are seeking a waterfront home that has it all, then this is it! Great water frontage and lake views, dock with boat and wave runner lifts, gorgeous landscaping, expansive deck, koi pond, and over sized windows are just a few features of this spectacular property. Relaxing on the deck or dock, fishing, kayaking, boating, or just taking in the views can be yours! Inside, you’ll love the generous sized rooms, open floor plan, loft with fireplace, conversation pit with fireplace, and theater room that will make entertaining a breeze. The impressive, massive master suite also boasts an attached office/sitting room/craft room, luxurious master bath and two generous walk in closets with amazing built ins. Enjoy cooking in the kitchen with Corian countertops perfectly situated in the center of the home. Begin making those memories now! For more information on 118 Confederate 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.

Beautiful Home Backing Golf Course in Lake of the Woods, VA! 412 Birdie Road Offered at $319,900!

Welcome to 412 Birdie Road where you can enjoy relaxing on your front porch, covered deck which backs to the golf course or spending time in your yard. You will be delighted with the open floor plan and split bedroom design. The kitchen is spacious with plenty of counter and cabinet space. The living room is light filled with a gas fireplace to keep you cozy on the cool nights. You will love the master suite being spacious with the walk in closet and the master bath with double vanity and soaking tub. That’s not all… lower level is unfinished, already framed and ready for you to put your final touches. You already have the pool table that conveys to get started. For more information on 412 Birdie 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.

Picturesque Home With Beautiful Kitchen in Lake of the Woods, VA! 107 Chesterfield Court Now UNDER CONTRACT!

You will be in awe of this beautiful home on 107 Chesterfield! Pride of ownership shows through and through. All through this home there are updates and fine touches. The kitchen has granite counter tops, upgraded stainless steel appliances and plenty of counter and cabinet space. Enjoy holiday and family meals in the formal dining room with access to the deck and beautiful views of the backyard and golf course. A living room that delights with a floor to ceiling brick fireplace perfect for those cool nights and is full of natural light. The master suite is spacious with access to the deck and a completely updated master bathroom with new vanity and tiled shower. Two more bedrooms and a beautifully updated hall bath finish the main level. That’s not all…. the lower level is fully finished with an amazing family room with a floor to ceiling brick fireplace, a bedroom and the third full bath. Plus an extra large utility room with laundry room and extra storage. Relax with your favorite beverage, listen to the birds sing, enjoy the beautiful tree lined yard with views of the golf course from your deck. For more information on 107 Chesterfield Court, 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.