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SmileS Adaptive Carnival 2022 by LOW Adaptive Watersports Foundation!

Join the LOW Adaptive Water Sports Foundation, Sunday, July 10th from 9AM to 3PM for a FREE fun day on the water! Bring your friends and family for the annual event that brings watersports to differently-abled people of all ages, walks of life and their families!

The carnival is held in honor of 2 women who left the world far too soon and young. This is a time to come together as a community and support each other with unconditional love and support.

There will be adaptive water-skiing, tubing, pontoon rides, kayaking, paddle-boarding and many outdoor games to play and participate in! This year, they are partnering with Therapeutic Adventures – IndependencePlus Adaptive Sports to bring adaptive paddling!

All attendees MUST pre-register. You can register here. If you don’t want to participate, come out and show your support! Check out the fun from previous years below!

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.

lake of the woods virginia 22508 photo contest

Lake of the Woods Virginia Photo Contest by Licata Group EXP Real Estate

We love all the seasons of the lake and we love our community members! We combined both by creating a fun contest to showcase all of the beautiful seasons the lake has to offer. What does this entail? We are asking members to submit their top 2 favorite photos (they’ve taken themselves-please, don’t steal/borrow photos!) of or around the Lake of the Woods community for each season. The Licata Group (EXP REALTY) team will select the top 3 best entries for each season and these finalists will have their photographs posted on Facebook for Public Selection of the Final Season Winners. Season winners will receive a gift card. Entries must be submitted by December 31, 2022. You can choose to participate in ALL 4 Seasons, a few seasons or just one! However, there is a 2 photo max limit per person, per season. Interested in participating?? Submit your entry here!! Invite your friends and neighbors, they can visit licata-group.com to join too!

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 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, 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.

Hunter Series Horse Show at Lake of the Woods, Virginia!

On Sunday, May 1st from 9AM to mid-afternoon, visit the Lake of the Woods Equestrian Center (located at 100 Tally-Ho Lane, Locust Grove VA 22508) for their Hunter Series Horse show. There will be a food truck on site, an ice-cream truck and free parking. Admission is free for spectators, so if you or someone you know has love and admiration for horses, don’t miss this show!

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 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, 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.

Waterfront For Sale at Lake of the Woods VA: The Swan Conveys

FOR SALE: THE SWAN CONVEYS by Pat Licata,
Licata on the Lake

What prompts life’s journeys can be most unexpected. My now one-and-a half-year journey with Carl, the lone mute swan, began on my first viewing of a waterfront home for sale at Lake of the Woods in April of 2008. My husband liked the house, which was in need of extensive updating and repair. I loved the house; I saw tremendous potential in it becoming our home. And then, of course, the added allure of the swan! Did he, too, convey with the house? Each of the three times we visited prior to closing, the swan was right there at the dock—my personal welcoming committee of one—so, naturally, I assumed that he did.
By most accounts, I am a normal woman. Always somewhat of an “animal person,” as a child I brought stray dogs home, and once, even a bunny. I tried to hatch robins’ eggs on the old coal furnace in my grandfather’s cellar year after year. As I began my own family, cats became the pet of choice. I donate to the ASPCA regularly and would most likely get into a car accident to avoid hitting any animal running into the street. But that was the extent of it.
Now, however, I find myself caring for, and worrying about, Carl. My days begin and end with looking for him to confirm his safety. My husband has even lovingly indulged my passion by announcing “Your bird’s here!” when he is the first to notice that Carl is gracing us with his presence. Honored that Carl has “adopted” me, I believe it is my duty to know. I spend time researching information regarding swans and their behavior through the Regal Swan Foundation’s Ask the Swan Specialist forum. I want to learn; I want to understand; I want to participate.
My journey with Carl has been interesting, exciting, and rewarding! The first time he came into my yard and approached while I was sitting on a chair, I panicked. I jumped up, knocking the chair on its side, and ran. Carl didn’t waiver, though. He just sat next to the chair. I finally got the courage to sit in it, and we sat there, side-by-side, for an hour. And so our bond was formed.
I’ll never forget the first time I walked into my family room to see Carl sitting outside the door on the patio, which is now a regular occurrence. Then, even more incredibly, was the fist time I heard-and saw-him knocking on the door, now also a regular occurrence! Or when we first got our boat, how he would  escort us out of the cove to the main lake and wait for our return to escort us back to our dock. Or how he followed us out on the lake to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July and stayed with us until it got too crowded. Or how he scrambles into my yard for refuge when the younger, stronger male swans come through the cove. Or how he now is so used to the leaf blower, that he doesn’t even move when my husband blows the leaves around him. Or how me acknowledges me, my husband, and our guests, through his snorts and bleats.
Like many Lake of the Woods residents, I’ve hosted a great deal of company. When I hear from my past guests, each one asks about Carl. I’ve received calls from concerned neighbors to check on him when his behavior seemed unusual. When I asked my friend to care for my cats for a few days while I am out of town, she asked, “What about Carl?” A resident who regularly fishes in “my” cove introduces Carl by name to his guests. Carl is becoming a celebrity in his own right!
As part of this journey, I’ve tried to understand why Carl is important to me, and I initially drew the conclusion that it has something to do with being a nurturer and being needed. My only child, a 21 year old daughter, is away at school. But Carl, as an older, disabled male with challenges, needs me! And I am happy to provide him with a friendly place to rest. Carl has given me the opportunity to truly commune with nature to a degree I could have never imagined and to participate in what the lake has to offer in that sense.
But is it that simple, really? Or does it go much deeper? Will someone be so compassionate to me should I become old, disabled, and/or alone? Will someone provide me a safe harbor? Will someone be there to protect me from others who want to prey on my weaknesses? Will someone be there to assist me in keeping my dignity through my golden years?
Through Carl, I’ve learned that journeys are there to be taken if you open yourself to the possibilities. I’ve learned that caring is contagious. I’ve learned that we are fortunate to live among great people at the lake. I’ve learned that the tides have turned; I am now Carl’s personal welcoming committee of one. To my utter delight, I’ve learned that Carl did convey with the house!
If you stop by to visit, most likely you will find Carl perusing the cove or napping on my beach or in my yard; you will find me immersed in the beauty and wonder of it all!

This story was written in November of 2008. In December, Carl
disappeared. I can only assume he succumbed to the harsh winter.
It's another beautiful day at the lake! 

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.

lake of the woods virginia front entrance sign

My Journey to Lake of the Woods

As a Lake of the Woods resident since 2008 (as a weekender and a full time resident), I’d like to share my journey to the Lake. My husband, John, and I were interested in finding the perfect location for a second/vacation home. Initially, we were open to looking at a beach location, as well as a lake. We began searching in the summer of 2007 through the spring of 2008 for our getaway.
We decided fairly early on that the beach just wasn’t for us because of distance from Northern Virginia and lack of activity during “non-peak season,” we began focusing on the lakes in the area. Having made the trek to Lake Anna and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, and Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, something wasn’t “perfect” for us regarding each location. Lake Anna was too busy for us, and Smith Mountain Lake and Deep Creek Lake were both too far for us to enjoy a home regularly, and we also didn’t care for how few conveniences were located close by (ie, grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, etc).
Then we remembered having visited Lake of the Woods years ago, when we had been a guest of a friend. After our first house-hunting visit to the lake in early spring of 2008, we knew where we wanted to be. Lake of the Woods, as a gated, secured community, gave us peace of mind as weekenders. The community offered us close proximity (1 hr 15 min from Reston),  tons of conveniences, as we residents are supported by a grocery store, pharmacy, gas stations, cleaners, nail salons, automotive services, doctors, a library, a post office, many restaurants, and a brand new elementary school-all within 2 1/2 miles of the gates), over 50 clubs and organizations in which to participate, a fabulous clubhouse overlooking the lake that serves excellent food, and a clear, pristine lake!! Oh…did I mention the PGA golf course and equestrian center within the community?? And the Community Center, and the non-denominational Church within the gates? Or the walking trails? And what about the wildlife!
We purchased our home in June of 2008, and after that first year (52 weekends), we realized that we had been to our home at Lake of the Woods 51 of those 52 weekends! That’s when we decided that the “allure of the lake” was just too great to resist and made the change from weekenders to full-time residents!
Call me today at 540/735-7998 for a boat and car tour!

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 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, 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.

Build in Lake of the Woods! 109 Monument Rd LOT Now SOLD in Lake of the Woods, VA!

Have you always dreamed of living at the lake? Well look no more, start drawing up the plans for your new build and 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, 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 $100,000 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! For more info, 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.

1213 Eastover Pkwy

Golf Course Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA 22508 Now SOLD!!

1213 Eastover Pkwy, Locust Grove VA 22508

Situated perfectly on the 13th hole and offering privacy, this like-new, one level home boasts a long view of Lake of the Wood’s lush PGA Golf Course. It’s an absolute golfer’s dream, fully equipped with a run in shed for your golf cart! Whether you head out on the course every day or not, the views alone are breathtaking!

You won’t be disappointed with the luxurious lifestyle of this community! 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, 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 $100,000 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.

a woman with question marks around her head because she is asking herself if buying real estate in Virginia is a good investment

Is Buying Real Estate A Good Investment?

Money investment is always a serious endeavor. It takes doing some serious calculations, thinking and analysis to be able to make the right and final decision. Bringing the whole process to the end successfully is highly rewarding. A smart investment, by all means, is the one that brings a return on the investment – be it a genuine joy or certain financial gain. Bearing in mind all these facts, is buying real estate in Virginia a good investment? We can provide you with vital facts on the subject. Then, take your time to deal with the dilemma and finally decide.

Things to know before considering buying real estate in Virginia as an investment

It is a well-known fact that Virginia is the promised land for nature and history lovers. Living among those mostly highly-educated and friendly people is a real pleasure. Should you want to rest and relax, the opportunities are ample to have a day trip or an excursion with your family. You will not miss job opportunities either. If you already live in this state, you might want to consider your options in other counties or cities as well.

Virginia is the promised land for nature and history lovers. Alt.tag: a part of the West Virginia scenery

So, before you start seeking professional assistance for your local relocation in Virginia or even organizing a long-distance move after purchasing real estate there, here are the facts of key importance to pay attention to. 

High standard and the matching cost of living

Whether we like or not, finances are among the most important factors when choosing where to live. If you are considering purchasing real estate in Virginia, it is essential to know that the cost of living is relatively high. Understandably, the costs vary depending on the area, but it is impossible not to admit that cities in some counties are very expensive to live in. On the other hand, considering the number of perks Virginia offers to its residents, one would say that moving there is worth considering nevertheless.

To rent or to buy?

To buy we say. The prices of rent are considerably high. Regardless of the type of residence and the area, rent in Virginia is well above the national average. Thus, we would agree that buying real estate in Virginia is an intelligent choice. Depending on the city you choose, you can expect to pay anything between $220,000 and $850,000 for a decent home. This wide range proves that you can find a favorable option for any budget. Even if you have to downsize a bit in the beginning, this is not a reason to worry since you can find affordable storage units easily.

Figure 3 We say buying real estate in Virginia is a good investment. Alt.tag: a person showing a thumb up for buying real estate in Virginia

The population is on the increase

Yes, and it is getting very diverse. Multiculturalism in the state makes people tolerant of differences and a nice place to live. You will get used to your new home location in no time, and maybe consider buying a vacation home in Virginia as well.

Traffic may spoil the fun

We have to admit that traffic in Virginia can be really heavy. Hence, considerably lower gas prices when compared to the national average do not matter much. Commute time is 28.2 minutes on the average, which is slightly longer. If you opt for using public transportation, you can get a pass for the unlimited number of rides in 30 days. It costs around $60. However, minors, seniors and the disabled pay only $35.

A word or two on taxes

Income tax in Virginia is within the range of 2% to 5.75%, unlike the property taxes which are below the average national value. They range between 0.42% and 1.37%. If you are preparing for retirement, you will like to hear that Virginia is a retirement tax-friendly country. Finally, the sales tax is between 5.3% and 7%, depending on the county.

Healthcare

As is the case with the above-mentioned parameters, the median healthcare price also varies greatly throughout Virginia. It can be up to 2% lower than the national average, or be as much as 14% higher. Generally, the bigger the city the higher the prices.

Timing matters

When considering buying real estate in Virginia as an investment, timing is an important factor. It affects both the price and the number of properties on the market. So, if you want to make a good investment, remember this. If you want to have an immense number of options, spring is the best time. This period is characterized by increased supply and a lot of choices. On the other hand, if you have a limited budget, consider conducting the purchase in summer. The prices tend to be lower and more affordable due to summer holidays and less serious demand. Anything later than this goes with certain hazard. You risk not finding the real estate of the quality you need and want.

Where to buy real estate in Virginia?

Once you decide purchasing real estate in Virginia is what you really want, choosing where to invest is the next dilemma. Most often, buyers choose Arlington, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Falls Church, Norfolk, Williamsburg, and Chantilly. Make a list of your needs, wants, and priorities and choose accordingly. In case you realize you have made a mistake, study the tips for marketing your home to millennials or target any other group, and sell the property. Hence, you will have a chance to find something more appropriate and invest again. We must admit the whole process is challenging indeed, but it is not unachievable.

Figure 4 Arlington is a city worth considering when buying real estate in Virginia. Alt.tag: a view of Arlington

Buying real estate in Virginia – how to do it right?

Buying real estate in Virginia requires professional assistance. Having a real estate agent by your side in the process will save you a lot of trouble. Moreover, it will significantly reduce the risk of making a costly mistake of buying a property of low quality or even dealing with fraudulent sellers. An experienced and knowledgeable agent can help you with getting a mortgage, obtaining the necessary insurance and going through the settlement process smoothly. Then, after signing the contract of sale, you can get down the most important things to do after buying a home. At the end of the day, it turns out that buying real estate in Virginia is a good investment indeed.

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.

5th Annual Lake of the Woods Virginia Adaptive Children’s Event!

Join the LOW Adaptive Water Sports Foundation, Saturday August 10th from 9AM to 4PM for a FREE fun day on the water! Bring your friends and family for the 5th annual event that brings watersports to differently-abled children and their families!

There will be adaptive water-skiing, tubing, pontoon rides, kayaking, paddle-boarding, face painting and many outdoor games to play and participate in! This year, they are partnering with Therapeutic Adventures – IndependencePlus Adaptive Sports to bring adaptive paddling!

Lunch, snacks, and water will be provided for free throughout the day. All participates will also receive a FREE t-shirt, but you must register to participate. You can register here. If you don’t want to participate, come out and show your support!

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.

407 mt pleasant

Build in Lake of the Woods! 407 Mt Pleasant LOT Now SOLD in Locust Grove, Virginia 22508!!

407 mt pleasant

Build your dream home on this wooded lot in beautiful Lake of the Woods. This lot is less than a block from a public beach, and a very short walk to the park, pool, and neighborhood clubhouse. Come see what the lake life is all about in this gated, amenity filled, lake community. Enjoy your summer golfing, boating, fishing, or dining at the golf course or clubhouse!

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.