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Licata Group/KWCP Coronavirus Update

With the recent orders from Governor Northem in regards to the Coronavirus, we at The Licata Group/KWCP have decided to temporarily close our physical office at 36111 Goodwin Drive in Locust Grove, VA. That being said, our efforts to serve our community and continuing our efforts to get the job done for our clients who are buying and selling will not stop. Effective today, 4/1/2020, we will be working remotely. Our phones will remain active and we will not slow down at all. We will continue to work with clients, and provide the best possible service during this time.

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (540) 388-2541.

We thank you for your understanding, and look forward to continuing to working with the best clients that the great Commonwealth of Virginia has to Offer.

Licata Group/KWCP Addressing The Coronavirus

Dear VALUED members of The Licata Group/Keller Williams Capital Properties Family,

We are all aware of the recent Coronavirus pandemic, and we wanted to reach out and assure you that we are taking every necessary effort and precaution to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients and community. While the virus does affect the methods in which traditional business operations are conducted, rest assured that we will continue to operate to the best of our abilities. Our Licata Group team of Full Time Real Estate Advisors are adapting to best meet the needs of clients, and our employees to continue operations. As times change, we must change with them. It is for that reason that we are here to inform you how we will be operating until further notice.

  • Our Licata Group office will continue to operate within normal business hours with limited personnel occupying the facility in order to ensure a healthy working environment. This may change within the coming weeks should the Governor issue a quarantine. Should that occur, our Administrative and Client Support staff are prepared to begin working from home, while still performing their necessary duties.
  • Our Real Estate Advisors will continue their efforts in both the buying and selling process, while taking the necessary precautions to ensure that the health and safety of everyone is protected. This includes sanitizing all doorknobs and any other frequently touched surface with Alcohol wipes, and antibacterial products.

As you are aware, one of the most crucial parts of the home buying and selling process are showings and open houses.

  • Showings will continue to occur; however, we urge both clients and staff to take the necessary precautions when entering a home. This includes frequent sanitization, and proper self-distancing.
  • At this time, all traditional Open Houses have been postponed until it is deemed safe for the public. That being said, we will begin conducting Virtual Open Houses that will walk clients through each home, while explaining everything about the property. These virtual open houses will be displayed on the homepage of our websites, as well as our various social media platforms. Viewers are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have, to which our advisors will promptly respond to.

We will continue to update you on any further changes that may occur. With the way our world is changing, it’s important to remain optimistic. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and support, as we continue our efforts during this time. Things may change in this world, but we will do our best to adapt and meet the needs of our employees, our clients and our community.

Stay Safe!!

Sincerely,

Your Licata Group Family

Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival Happening on October 12th!

What’s better than Man and Cheese? A whole festival dedicated to it! Be at the Richmond Raceway on October 12th for the 2020 Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival! From 11:30AM – 9PM, you’ll enjoy what is sure to be the cheesiest festival that you’ll ever attend! The portions are larger, with more choices than ever to choose from. This festival is more than just cheese though, as beers, ciders and wines will be available to go along as the perfect pairing! Live entertainment and music will also be available, and you’ll get to place your vote for Richmond’s absolutely best Mac and Cheese! Tickets are expected to sell fast, so don’t miss your chance! Early bird prices range from $15 – $45 depending on what add-ons you want, with free admission for children 12 and under! More information on the festival and purchasing tickets can be found at the “Richmond Mac and Cheese Festival 2020” Facebook Event Page. Don’t miss your chance to be at the cheesiest event in Virginia!

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

Why Orange County, Va is perfect for ex New Yorkers

There is an ever-growing number of people moving out of New York and trading their previous lifestyle for something different. Luckily, there are so many cities, towns, and counties that can provide you with everything you want your future neighborhood to have. For instance, Orange County, VA is perfect for ex-New Yorkers for many reasons we will try to analyze in this article.

A little bit about Orange County

Orange County is a part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. With over 3 million inhabitants, it is the third-most populous county in the state of California. The average annual temperature of 20 degrees Celsius makes the county very pleasant for living. Among other things, this is the reason why some Canadians decide to buy properties in Virginia. Orange County takes pride in its educational and sports opportunities. At the same time, the county is home to many start-ups and overall successful companies, which means that the economy is strong too.

Orange County, Va offers suburban lifestyle while having 3 million citizens

Ex New Yorkers move to Orange County for the convenience of suburban living

Although it is a densely populated area, Orange County is mostly suburban. Many New Yorkers opt for living in houses instead of apartments when they move to this area. Who can blame them? When they get tired of everything that the “concrete jungle” has in store for them, they opt for leaving NY for good and trading it for the new lifestyle that they can have here. Some of the benefits of living in Orange County in comparison to NYC in terms of housing include:

  • not having to spend a fortune on rent in NYC – it is not a secret that New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the World for renting a place; Of course, not all NYC counties and neighborhoods cost the same, but still, they are mostly overpriced.
  • being able to afford some home features and amenities that you could only dream of in NYC. To be honest, a house with a nice garden, a water view, or a swimming pool in your backyard comes with a certain price tag in Orange County too, but the numbers are more realistic than in NYC.
  • being able to earn some money on renting a vacation home you can buy in Virginia – A vacation home in Orange County can be a great place for you to relax and earn some extra cash too. It turns out that in many areas, the weekly fee you can get for renting out is greater than the monthly mortgage payment.

The slower pace of life is definitely a plus, but you might need to learn some new skills

After moving from New York City to Orange County, you will have more time for yourself since you won’t be spending it in NYC traffic. On the other hand, a suburban lifestyle might require you to have a driver’s license that you probably didn’t need in NYC.

You might need to learn how to drive after moving from NYC

Work/life balance is so much better in rural areas

Just like we have already mentioned, moving to a suburban or even rural area from an urban one such as NYC can save you a lot of stress in your daily life. Commuting to work might be a little time-consuming if you are used to living and working in the same part of the city, but the benefits of space and money are there to compensate for the loss. In fact, many companies follow the trend of moving their headquarters and offices outside the city centers for these particular reasons. They are able to choose much better spaces within their budget, plus they get overall better working conditions for their employees.

Orange County, VA can be perfect for ex New Yorkers with families

Whatever you crave for – NYC has it. Be that business, culture, entertainment, or anything else, you will be able to find it in New York. However, the Big Apple might not be an ideal place for raising a family. That is exactly why people choose to leave it at a certain period of their lives when they decide to start a family.

We all agree that raising children is easier and often healthier in smaller places. Orange County, VA is specific since it has a vast population, yet its citizens enjoy the privileges of living in smaller communities.

For instance, the crime rate is much lower than in NYC or some other bigger cities. This is usually the first factor people consider when moving to a new town or city with their families.

After that, there is the healthcare factor. Orange County has a great network of hospitals and clinics. Here are some of those:

  • Mary Washington Healthcare/Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg
  • UVA – Culpeper Regional Hospital, Culpeper
  • University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville
  • Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville

Education in Orange County, VA is also something that can attract ex New Yorkers

Moving professionals such as dynamicmoversnyc.com noticed that there are many people who choose Orange County for their relocation from bigger cities in search of education. Whether they are the ones who plan to continue their schooling, or they would like their children to have better educational opportunities, here they can choose from a variety of public and private schools, colleges, and universities.

Education is one of the reasons why Orange County, Va is perfect for ex New Yorkers

Recreational activities in Orange County

The parks in Orange County might not be as impressive as Central Park in NYC, but they do offer a variety of recreational to entertainment activities. From various sports that can be practiced here to cultural events that are organized all-year-round, there is always something to do in Orange County, Virginia.

This is also a very famous surfing destination! The long sandy beaches will help you relax and forget about your previous hectic life in NYC. So, whatever your reason might be for moving to Orange County, VA, you can rest assured that you will find everything you need in your new hometown.

 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

Essential and Non-Essential Businesses in Virginia. What’s Open and What’s Closed?

As stated by Governor Northam, these businesses have been classified as Non-Essential, and must remain closed effective at 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24th until 11:59 PM on Thursday, April 23rd 2020:

  • Theaters, performing arts centers, concert venues, museums, and other indoor entertainment centers;
  • Fitness centers, gymnasiums, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities;
  • Beauty salons, barber shops, spas, massage parlors, tanning salons, tattoo shops, and any other location where personal care or personal grooming services are performed that would not allow compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain six feet apart;
  • Racetracks and historic horse racing facilities;
  • Bowling alleys, skating rinks, arcades, amusement parks, trampoline parks, fairs, arts and craft facilities, aquariums, zoos, escape rooms, indoor shooting ranges, public and private social clubs, and all other places of indoor public amusement.

All dining establishments must remain closed as well, however are permitted to continue to offer delivery and/or take out options and services. These include:

  • Restaurants;
  • Dining establishments;
  • Food courts;
  • Farmers markets;
  • Breweries;
  • Microbreweries;
  • Distilleries;
  • Wineries; and
  • Tasting rooms.

These retail businesses are considered to be essential, and may remain open during normal business hours:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retailers that sell food and beverage products or pharmacy products, including dollar stores, and department stores with grocery or pharmacy operations;
  • Medical, laboratory, and vision supply retailers;
  • Electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones, computers, tablets, and other communications technology;
  • Automotive parts, accessories, and tire retailers as well as automotive repair facilities;
  • Home improvement, hardware, building material, and building supply retailers;
  • Lawn and garden equipment retailers;
  • Beer, wine, and liquor stores;
  • Retail functions of gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Retail located within healthcare facilities;
  • Banks and other financial institutions with retail functions;
  • Pet stores and feed stores;
  • Printing and office supply stores; and
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.

Any brick-and-mortar retail establishment not previously listed may remain open, however must limit its capacity to 10 Patron maximum for shopping. This 10-person maximum does not include employees of the establishment. In addition, all patrons and businesses must adhere to practicing social distancing, with a minimum of 6 feet of separation.

When it comes to Real Estate Offices, they are labeled as non-essential, however are permitted to remain open as long as they adhere to social distancing, and the 10-patron limit.

The 45th Annual Virginia Wine Festival is happening on October 3rd and 4th!

The 45th Annual Virginia Wine Festival is happening on October 3rd & 4th, 2020 from 11AM – 6PM at 44600 Freetown Blvd in Ashburn, VA! Here you’ll get the opportunity to taste over 200 different Virginia wines, and for those that you love, you can buy a case and take it home! What kind of wine festival would it be without food? Multiple food trucks will be set up, giving you a variety to choose from; including pizza, tacos, Korean, BBQ, vegetarian and more! General admission tickets are $39 if purchased in advance, and are good for a single day, with your choice of going on Saturday or Sunday! Tickets include a Virginia Wine Festival wine glass, and unlimited tastings! VIP tickets can also be purchased for $69 in advance and include “exclusive” Reserve Wine Tasting, as well as additional benefits! More information about the event and where you can purchase tickets can be found on the Virginia Wine Festival Facebook Event 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

LOW Clubhouse Meet and Greet!

Get ready to meet all your neighbors new and old within the lake, at the Clubhouse Meet and Greet! Hosted in the clubhouse members lounge, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with your old friends, and of course make some new ones! The members lounge will also be offering half-price appetizers, so be sure to stop on by! Members ID will be required. See the flyer for more details regarding dates and times!

Fredericksburg Heritage Festival on July 4th!

Don’t miss the Fredericksburg Heritage Festival happening on the 4th of July! This event is a day-long celebration that will include food and drink vendors, music, a 10k race and so much more, all of which will help draw people into the craft show! The event will start at 8:45 AM and run until 11:00 PM, so be sure to save the day In your calendars! What better way to celebrate our nations’ birthday than being will all the members of your community!

 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

Acoustic Onion Presents Beatles Night at Fareways Cafe!

Say hello to The Acoustic Onion who will be presenting Beatles Night at Fareways Café on March 27th from 6PM – 9PM! Enjoy a blast from classic rock & roll past as you listen to this live performance playing music The Beatles, as well as other old school rock bands all played on real instruments! Music will be accompanied by live voices who will be singing in tight three and four part harmonies! If you been aching to relive some of those classic days, this is sure to be a night that you don’t want to miss!

The Civic Club Presents an EPIC Conversation

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7PM in the Clubhouse Great Hall , Crystal Hale, Director of the Orange County Department of Social Services, will be our monthly Civic Club speaker. In addition to being charged with ensuring all federal and state mandated human services programs are provided to the citizens of Orange County, Crystal also has a passion for addressing additional social issues such as the opioid epidemic. The Epidemic Intelligence Council (EpIC) is a local council that meets monthly to discuss the opioid crisis and the impact it has in Orange County. This council is comprised of a cross-section of leaders from Orange County, concerned citizens, health professionals, family members and individuals with direct experience, media, and a number of other concerned individuals. Crystal currently serves as the facilitator of EpIC and; along with all participants of the group, she is committed to helping to educate the community, provide resources for those in need, and diminish the ugly stigma of addiction. While Crystal enjoys her work with EpIC, she points out that the great progress made is a result of the overall group effort.

Ms. Hale will provide insight on the opioid epidemic to include a brief history as well as what it looks like from a national, state, and local perspective. Crystal will focus on the importance of eliminating the stigma of addiction and will also touch on the progress made, the additional work currently underway, and what the future holds.

Crystal is a life-long native of Orange County and currently lives with her husband, two teenage children and various pets on the family farm. She graduated from Orange County High School and earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from The University of Mary Washington. After spending over ten years working for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in various management positions, Crystal accepted an opportunity to work with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and shifted her focus to the human services field. She served as Director at Rappahannock County Department of Social Services prior to coming to Orange County Department of Social Services in 2017 and is thrilled to serve her hometown community.