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The LOW-down on Real Estate at the Lake 2020 By Pat Licata

The continued inventory shortage experienced by most regions of the country was clearly evident in Lake of the Woods again in 2020. Listings decreased by 11.6%, from 397 in 2019 to 351 in 2020, while closed sales were up 4% from 301 to 313. New construction accounted for 34 of the 313 sales. The median sold price increased a healthy 7.87% year over year from $270000 to $291,250 in 2020.

Of the 313 total sales reported in 2020, only 8, or 2 1/2%, were either short sales or foreclosures. At the height of the distressed real estate market in 2010, a whopping 43% of all sales were either short sales or foreclosures.

Now let’s look at our steady growth over the past five years:

In 2017, there were 291 total sales, a whopping 21.7% increase over 2016 at 239. The median sales price climbed to $239,000.

In 2018, 234 homes sold, which was an 8% decrease from 2017. The median sales price rose to $249,900. In 2019, we realized a 28.63% gain in homes over 2018, with a total of 301 selling.

Average days on the market (DOM), which is the number of days it takes from the time a property is listed until it goes under contract, has steadily declined from 117 in 2016 to 37 in 2020.

It’s also telling to note that a significant number of lots have sold in the past five years.  From January 1, 2016-Decemeber 31, 2020, a total of 196 lots sold: 24 in 2016; 37 in 2017; 45 in 2018, 41 in 2019; and 49 in 2020. There simply are very few lots left in LOW.

New construction has been climbing, as well. 2016 realized 28 new construction starts; in 2017, there were 30; in 2018, there were 34; in 2019, there were 48; and there were a whopping 66 new starts in 2020.

Another notable statistic is the dramatic rise in average sold price to original list price ratio. It has steadily risen from 93.9% in 2016 to 99.2% in 2020.

According to Freddie Mac and the Mortgage Bankers Association, mortgage rates were expected to stay within the 3.7-3.9% range in 2020. Interestingly, rates were surely seen well below those numbers. As of today, it’s possible to obtain a 15-year fixed rate below 2%, with the 30-year rate below 3%. Financial experts are expecting another year of low interest rates.

The prognosis for 2021, as it was in 2020, is excellent! In LOW, there are 9 homes active on the market as of 1/14/2021. In January of 2019, there were 57. Low, stable rates and hopefully more inventory should propel us to experience another year of healthy sales and appreciation.

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

National Cherry Blossom Festival Happening March 21st – April 12th!

What better way to celebrate springtime than the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC! This year’s festival will span across four weeks, beginning on Friday March 20th and ending on April 12th! During this time, there will be several different events that will be going on, starting off with the Pink Tie Party on March 20th, which features live music, an open bar, a live performance by WHITE OUT TOKYO who were the World of Dance Champions, and a truly amazing silent auction! The opening ceremony will officially kick everything on the 21st during the opening weekend. On March 28th, thousands of kites will take to the skies at the Blossom Kite Festival! Starting at 10AM at the grounds of the Washington Monument, novices and professionals alike will test their skills in through various competitions and demonstrations. You can bring your own kites or purchase them at the event. Kids can create their own at the activity station and fly them on the public field.

Make sure you’re at Constitution Avenue on April 4th from 10AM – 12PM for the National Cherry Blossom Parade! With marching bands, elaborate floats, giant helium balloons and performers marching down the street, it’s sure to be a spectacle that you don’t want to miss!

Lastly, be sure to be at Water St SE for Petalpalooza on April 11th! From 1PM – 9PM, you’ll enjoy a day full of live music and numerous engaging activities that are sure to be fun for the whole family! This is a celebration of art, music, and each other and will conclude with a spectacular firework show set to music. This yearly celebration is loved by all, and you’re sure to have an amazing time at any and all events! Make sure to save each date, as the Cherry Blossoms won’t last forever!

 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

6th Annual Ice Yard Event in DC On February 1st!

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Returning for its 6th year, the annual Ice Yards event will be happening on Saturday, February 1st from 1PM-5PM in Washington DC! Here you’ll enjoy popular Icy cocktails and local brews as you spend your time at the only adult-friendly winter wonderland in DC! Participate in ice games and interactive ice activities while you enjoy live music, axe throwing, inflatable jousting, live ice carving and an attempt at DC’s largest group Shotski! Tickets are only $10 and include (1) beer or wine upon entry. Guests can also take part in the “Polar Plunge” to help raise money for the Special Olympics DC! For more information about this event, be sure to Click Here!

Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Orange, Locust Grove, Norther 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