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When Results Matter, the Licata Group Delivers!

By Pat Licata

Over the years, we have made it our mission to be the #1 performing brokerage in Lake of the Woods and Orange County. When we prepare your property for sale, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that your home is sold in the least amount of time for the highest market value, we go above and beyond to provide you with the absolute best results. Our numbers prove it! Allow us the opportunity to present our proven, repeatable system that will work for you. Call us at 540/388-2541!

We look forward to continuing to provide you with the best service and being your preferred Real Estate advisors!

It’s another beautiful day at the lake!

Free Movie at the Fredericksburg Nationals Ballpark on 8/15 & 8/29!

Want to watch a movie on the big screen? Join the FredNats at the New Fredericksburg Ballpark on August 15th and August 29th for a free movie at the ballpark! Gates will open at 6PM with the movie starting at 7PM. Concessions and Fredericksburg Nationals Merchandise will be made available to purchase, and several food trucks will also be present to help satisfy your hunger! 

Admission will be free with only a $5 per car parking fee. There is a 1,000 person maximum occupancy to ensure the safety of everyone, and Masks are REQUIRED for entry, and seating will be properly spaced out to ensure everyone’s safety. If you’re looking to spend the night at the ballpark and catch a movie on the big screen, this is your chance! Be sure to visit the Fredericksburg Nationals Facebook page to see updates on what’s playing, as well as all other events that they have planned!

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

FredNats Thirsty Thursdays at The New Fredericksburg Ballpark on 8/6, 8/13, & 8/20!

Feeling Thirsty? Get down to the New Fredericksburg Ballpark on 8/6, 8/13 & 8/20 for the FredNats Thirsty Thursdays! The gates open at 6 PM and will be showing live sports on the video board! If you’re feeling hungry, consessions will be available as well as FredNats merchandise! There will be a 1,000 maximum occupancy for each event, as safety is a top priority! Admission to these events are free, however their is a $5 parking fee at the two lots outside the ballpark. No parking will be avaible at the Fredericksburg Expo Center.

Masks will be required for entry, and seating will be spaced out in order to allow proper social distancing. If you feel like bringing a blanket, you are more them welcome to, however you can also purchase a FredNats blanket at the park! No lawn chairs will be allowed on the field. If you’re feeling thirsty every thursday, then make sure you’re there! For more information on each event, be sure to visit the Fredericksburg Nationals Facebook page!

 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

market stats 2020

July 2020 Lake of the Woods Monthly Market Statistics

In July, 35 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
2 sold between $130-200,000;
6 sold between $200-249,000;
8 sold between $249,900-299,000;
13 sold between $300-400,000;
0 sold between $400-500,000;
4 sold between $500-600,000;
1 sold between $700-900,000;
1 sold over $1,000,000.

31 Active Listings for Sale
54 Homes Under Contract
171 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.

Stellar Home With Cathedral Ceilings and Updated Kitchen in Lake of the Woods! 208 Westover Pkwy Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 208 Westover Parkway! Step inside to be delighted by the open floor plan, cathedral ceilings, and fine finishes. You will love the stylish, updated kitchen that is bright, beautiful, and features black/stainless steel appliances, upgraded quartz counter tops, tile back splash and a large island. The living room is spacious with a grand window that allows so much natural light and features a fireplace to warm up to on those cool nights. The master suite offers an en-suite bath and entrance to the deck, where you can relax and enjoy your favorite beverage and take in the view of the private tree lined yard. Two additional bedrooms, another full bath and a dining area complete the main level. There’s more: the lower level boasts a family room and laundry room with half bath. The oversized two car garage provides ample space for parking and storage. The private, level yard is picture perfect! For more information on 208 Westover 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.

Beautiful House With Cathedral Ceilings in Lake of the Woods! 1209 Confederate Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

If privacy and space is what you crave then 1209 Confederate Drive is the one for you! Once inside, you are delighted by the open floor plan, cathedral ceilings and gas fireplace. Enjoy preparing meals in this stylish kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ample cabinets, breakfast area, pantry and breakfast area. You will love the master suite with fireplace, walk in closet and the master bath has soaking tub and double vanities. The lower-level is perfect with a light filled family room, bar and two more bedrooms with full bath. Relax on your deck and enjoy a private tree lined yard. For more information on 1209 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.

Fredericksburg Nationals Live Music Fridays on 8/14 & 8/28 From 6:00PM – 10:00PM

Are you ready to go out to the ballpark for some music? Join the Fredericksburg Nationals on Friday, August 14th and Friday, August 28th from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM as they have Live Music Friday’s at the New Fredericksburg Ballpark! You’ll also get the chance to catch the Washington Nationals games which will be broadcasted on the video board! Concessions and Fredericksburg Nationals Merchandise will be made available to purchase. Food trucks will also be present to help satisfy your hunger! The gates will open at 6:00 PM EST with a 1,000 person maximum occupancy in order to ensure the safety of fans and staff.

Admission will be free with only a $5 per car parking fee. Masks are REQUIRED for entry, and seating will be properly spaced out to ensure everyone’s safety. If you’ve been craving to get out to the New Fredericksburg Ballpark, now’s your chance! For more information on the event, 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

Finding Your Accessible Dream Home

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“Accessible” and “dream home” aren’t two words that typically go together, but as home builders embrace universal design, it’s becoming easier to find homes that are both accessible and beautiful. If you’re a home buyer with a disability or are simply looking for a “forever home” that you can live in through every stage of life, read this guide to learn how you can buy an accessible home.

Buying an Accessible Home

There are lots of reasons why you might want an accessible home. Accessible homes enable independence for seniors and people with disabilities. Many accessible features also make daily life easier for people from all walks of life, whether it’s a parent pushing a stroller or carrying arm loads of groceries into the house.

Even if you don’t need an accessible home today, it’s smart to consider accessibility in your home purchase. Needs change over time, and buying for accessibility today ensures you can live in your home for years to come.

Along with accessibility needs, you’ll also need to consider your budget (Lake of the Woods home sales average $285,000) and which type of mortgage fits your finances best. If you have a spotty credit history, an FHA loan may be your best option. For example, PennyMac FHA loans have broader credit requirements, and you may be able to pay as little as 3.5 percent down. 

Accessible Homes: The Basics

A lot goes into making a home fully accessible. However, the average homeowner doesn’t need every accessibility feature available. If you’re in search of a forever home or shopping for an age-friendly home for your senior years, pay attention to major details like these:

  • Single-story living.
  • Step-free entrances.
  • Flush thresholds.
  • Wide doorways and hallways.
  • Ample lighting.
  • Raised power outlets.
  • Blocking for grab bars.

Thankfully, these home features are popular in new construction, making it relatively easy for buyers to find a house that offers basic accessibility. However, while these are the building blocks of accessible housing, they may not be all you need to enjoy full independence at home.

3 Ways to Increase Home Accessibility

Even when buying new construction, you may need to make changes to achieve full accessibility at home. Since remodeling can be costly, it’s important to factor these costs into your home-buying budget. You may even be able to roll remodeling expenses into your mortgage!

Replacing Carpet

One popular change for wheelchair and mobility device users is replacing carpet with wood floors. Mobility devices can’t move easily on plush carpet, and seniors are more prone to fall with high-pile carpeting underfoot. While there are a variety of alternatives to carpet, wood flooring offers the best return on investment because it’s both durable and in high demand by home buyers. Homeowners can save money by choosing inexpensive woods, removing old flooring themselves, and scheduling installation while the home is empty.

Adapting Counters and Cabinets

Most homes come with standard-height countertops and cabinets, but these can be inaccessible for wheelchair users and people with other disabilities. However, with counters and cabinetry accounting for as much as 60 percent of kitchen remodeling costs — which run nearly $30,000 on average — creating an accessible kitchen is costly. If you can’t afford to completely replace counters and cabinets or are worried about impacting your home’s resale value, talk to your contractor about working with what you have. For example, you may be able to add storage solutions that maximize lower cabinets or install a two-tier kitchen island to match your existing space.

Designing an Accessible Bathroom

Due to the high cost of bathroom remodeling, it’s best to buy a home that already suits your accessibility needs. But if you can’t find the right home in your budget, you may have no choice but to invest in bathroom updates. While minor changes like installing an accessible shower head and grab bars are affordable, replacing a bathtub with a walk-in tub or barrier-free shower costs as much as $5,000 or $15,000, respectively. However, for people who need them, the independence an accessible bathroom provides is priceless.

Finding a home that checks every box is difficult in the best of circumstances. When you have a disability or need an age-friendly home, finding the right home can seem impossible. But the truth is that there are lots of homes out there just waiting to be turned into your accessible dream home. Rather than giving up on your house hunt, reach out to an experienced agent who knows how to find the right home for you.

 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

Stunning House With Upgraded Kitchen Cabinets in Lake of the Woods, VA! 4015 Lakeview Pkwy Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 4015 Lakeview Parkway! This spacious, move in ready home boasts a sought-after open floor plan with a split bedroom design and and incredible kitchen with upgraded cabinets and black appliances! The spacious, inviting living room is light filled with a gas fireplace for those cool nights! The master suite features dual closets and en-suite bath. Relax in the expansive sunroom with access to your deck while enjoying the privacy this beautiful wooded lot that backs to the golf course provides. Get your lake life started with your own private oasis! Short drive to golf course! For more information on 4015 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.

Gorgeous Home With Breathtaking Architecture in Lake of the Woods, VA! 3923 Lakeview Pkwy Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome to 3923 Lakeview Parkway! This beautiful custom-built home, nestled in the trees, beautifully landscaped, private and close to the front gate. Even before going inside you are in awe! Once you enter, you are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, a corner gas fireplace, fine finishes, and a sought-after open floor plan! The ample windows and skylights allow the sun to shine in this well-maintained, move in ready Lake of the Woods home. You will love the master suite with a sitting room, inviting master bath and two large walk-in closets. The bonus room above the garage is ideal for additional flex space, office or even a bedroom. That is not all…. the crawl space is conditioned and is being used as a workshop and storage. The garage is oversize and finished with additional storage. Imagine sitting on your screened porch or deck listening to all the sounds of nature, entertaining family and friends or just relaxing. For more information on 3923 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.