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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

Beautiful Home with Brick Fireplace For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 129 Parliament Street Offered at $249,900 Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

Welcome home to 129 Parliament Street in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods! You’ll love the location within walking distance of the pool, park, and Community Center! Upon entering, the light-filled living room with soaring ceilings and a brick fireplace for those chilly nights will wow you. The kitchen boasts upgraded appliances, breakfast bar and a large dining area with access to the deck. Off the deck you’ll find a private, level back yard perfect for gardening and enjoying outdoor activities. The main level also offers the owner’s bedroom, full bath and laundry. The upper level features a loft which is open to the living room below. This would make an awesome office or craft room, and it would be perfect as a virtual learning area. There’s even a private deck off of the loft! The upper level features two additional bedrooms and a full bath. For more information on 129 Parliament Street, 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.

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Current Real Estate Statistics for 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.

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Lake of the Woods December 2020 Market Statistics


In December, 25 homes sold in Lake of the Woods.
1 sold between $130-199,000;
4 sold between $200-249,000;
8 sold between $249,900-299,000;
8 sold between $300-399,000;
3 sold between $400-599,000;
1 home sold over $1,000,000!

13 Active Listings for Sale
42 Homes Under Contract
315 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.

Stunning Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 320 Liberty Blvd Offered at $325,000 Now UNDER CONTRACT!

You will absolutely fall in love with 320 Liberty Blvd! You are welcomed by gleaming hardwood floors, formal dining room with window seat, an incredibly huge living room featuring vaulted ceilings, a gas fireplace for those cool nights, and an abundance of natural light. Enjoy cooking in the spacious kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, as well as a large eat-in area with access to the screened porch. The open floor plan will make entertaining a breeze! The sought after split bedroom design with an incredible, expansive owner’s  suite featuring a walk in closet, access to a private deck,  large en-suite bath, with a soaking tub to melt the day away, will delight. Imagine quiet evenings in the screened porch with your favorite beverage, reading a book or enjoying cookouts with spacious outdoor living areas and spending time with family and friends. For more information on 320 Liberty Blvd, 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 Cul-de-sac Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 102 Cypress Court Now UNDER CONTRACT

Craving space? You’ll love this great home located in amenity rich Lake of the Woods close to the back gate! The house is perfectly situated in a cul-de-sac on a private lot. The inside delights with a spacious living room boasting cathedral ceilings, skylights, and corner gas fireplace. Enjoy family gatherings and holiday meals in the formal dining room. The kitchen/dining area provides access to the deck and tons of room to spread out. The owner’s suite, with deck access, is spacious with en-suite bath featuring soaking tub, double vanity, and a generous walk-in closet with built-ins.

There are two additional bedrooms and a laundry room all on the main level. The lower level is where you will find the expansive family room with another corner gas fireplace, two additional large bedrooms, a full bath, and all new flooring. If that isn’t enough, the lower level features flex space that would make homeschooling and/or working from home a breeze! Enjoy sitting on the deck with your favorite beverage listening to the sounds of nature.  For more information on 102 Cypress 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.

Spectacular Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 101 Silver Spring Drive Offered at $274,900 Now UNDER CONTRACT!!

You will love what this spacious home has to offer! Located in amenity-rich Lake of the Woods, this house is perfectly situated on a large corner lot. The interior delights with a spacious, light filled living room, large eat-in kitchen with an island, plenty of counter space and a formal dining room. The upper level is where you will find the owner’s suite with en-suite bath and large closet, along with two additional bedrooms and a full bath. Home has been freshly painted and new carpet installed in the living room and bedrooms. If that isn’t enough, the lower level features a family room with a brick fireplace, wet bar, built in shelving, another full bath, and separate laundry area! The oversized garage is perfect for the car enthusiast or woodworking, gardening or even for a craft area. Enjoy sitting on the huge deck listening to the sounds of nature. For more information on 101 Silver Spring 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.

WATERFRONT Home For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 102 Surrey Lane Offered at $749,900 Now UNDER CONTRACT!

Imagine the memories you’ll make with family and friends as your waterfront adventure begins! Spectacular sunrises, stunning views, deep water off of an expansive dock with bar that conveys, and a contemporary house with a true lake house feel make this one “the one!” You’ll love spending your days at the dock either relaxing or floating on a raft, jumping in the water or onto your watercraft of choice. Two screened areas and ample decking provide endless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in addition to the fabulous dock area. When the water season is over, the detached 3 car garage will easily accommodate your boat or watercraft. Once inside, you will love the hardwood floors, floor to ceiling stone fireplace to keep you warm on cold nights, and the open feel of this home. The soaring ceilings and all the windows add to the lake house feel. For more information on 102 Surrey Lane, 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.

LOT For Sale in Lake of the Woods, VA! 205 Edgehill Drive Now UNDER CONTRACT!

Welcome to 205 Edgehill Drive… a fabulous lot within walking distance to a beach on which to build your perfect home in sought after Lake of the Woods! Mature trees and close to the front gate make this the one! So get your lake life started by building your perfect place at the lake on one of the few remaining lots! For more information on 205 Edgehill 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.

What are Virginia Young Professionals Looking For in a House

Nowadays, Millennials are the fastest-growing generation of consumers in Virginia and the whole of the US. If we look at the statistics, we learn that those born between 1980 and 2000 are tough to sell to. However, one of every three homebuyers is a millennial. And the figure is set to explode in this decade. Therefore, the only thing you really need to know is what Virginia young professionals are looking for in a house if you want to expand your buyer pool and interest them into considering your property. 

In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Firstly, it’s important to mention that there is more than one approach here. Young professionals are aware that there are many reasons why buying a vacation home in Virginia is a great investment. Therefore, you can try to appeal to those looking for a holiday home. Or, you can stick with people who want to live here full time. 

Whichever way you choose, it shouldn’t be hard to use the information we’re about to give you. So, sit back and learn what you need to concentrate on.

Updated kitchen and bathroom

We all want to buy a house that has a new kitchen and bath fixtures. However, this seems to be much more important for young professionals than anyone else. As the experts explain, these people are budget-conscious buyers, which is why this is crucial to them.

Most of their budget goes toward down payment and furnishing. And with the kitchen and bathroom being the two most expensive parts of the home to update, they don’t want or can’t afford to deal with them.

On the other hand, you need to be careful with remodeling these two features. Unlike a new roof or plumbing, these fixtures are a matter of taste. So, you can’t be sure that the potential buyers will like it. But, if you manage to do something they like, it won’t be long before you need a reliable moving company like Allstate Moving and Storage to relocate you out of your, now sold, house.

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Kitchen and bathroom fixtures should be new when selling to millennials, but try to concentrate on the functionality. Alt tag: A man and a woman in the kitchen talking about what Virginia young professionals are looking for in a house.

Good location

Young buyers have experienced some things that their parents didn’t when they were the same age. And “these things” include high gas prices and high-volume traffic. These are the reasons why they tend to see location a lot differently from their parents. 

In cities, they are looking for places that are in close proximity to public transport and pleasant for walking. However, in rural areas, the priority is on entertainment options. So, it certainly helps that there are many exciting things to do in Orange County, Virginia. Remember that rural areas are usually attractive for buyers with children. Therefore, make sure to stage your house correctly because people looking at it should be able to imagine themselves living there as soon as they walk through the door.

Low maintenance

The next thing on our list of what Virginia young professionals are looking for in a house is low maintenance. What this means is that low-upkeep features like wooden floors and granite countertops are the things that can get you a sale. Anything that is relatively hassle-free and still attractive is always a great bonus with this generation.

Take a look at this example to understand better what we’re on about. You see, when you’re moving locally in Virginia, you always make sure your belongings arrive safely to a new location, right? Well, the younger generation you’re selling to would probably rather dispose of everything they already have and buy new things when they get to a new house. Millennials grew up watching their parents spend weekends repairing things and doing chores, and they want to avoid that at all costs. They don’t want to do that stuff, and you should provide them with that opportunity.

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Wooden floors are much more resistant and easier to clean; that’s why young buyers love them. Alt tag: Dog sitting on the floor.

Home office

According to US Census data, more than 13 million Americans work from home. And if you factor in all the recent developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s clear that this number is a bit higher nowadays. Additionally, it seems that the trend of working from home won’t stop any time soon, so it’s clear why having a home office is so important for many buyers.

These rooms have vast appeal. However, it’s also essential to present them in the right way. Most agents will point out that you can use this room as an office or other flex living space, especially if it’s still staged as a bedroom. If you want to give yourself the best chance of selling, read our tips for showing your home to potential buyers. You’ll find lots of good advice in that article.

Energy efficiency

Since energy costs are on the rise, and there’s a growing interest in protecting the environment, young professionals are very often interested in buying green homes. However, the interesting thing is that they’re not alone.

These days both young buyers and buyers in general are at a constant lookout for energy-efficient homes. If the house is not yet set for the energy efficiency they’re after, buyers will usually factor in the cost of conversion. 

On the other hand, it’s important to mention that most buyers still focus on insulation levels, seasonal energy-efficiency, and other factors. So, make sure not to rush with green-washing your home just yet. Explore your local market and find out what kinds of holes you need to fill with your offer.

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Although it’s not first on the list, when you ask yourself what Virginia young professionals are looking for in a house, energy efficiency comes to mind. Alt tag: Solar panels on the roof of a house.

Other important factors

Of course, there are many more things you should think about, so here are some additional assets most millennial buyers are looking for:

  • Technological capabilities. The important things here are the internet and cell service. Forget about landline phones and cable.
  • Proper staging. Many potential buyers watch real estate TV shows, so they’ll expect a higher staging level when they arrive to see a house.

As you can see, when it comes to what Virginia young professionals are looking for in a house, there are quite a few things to consider. Remember that these are bonuses. Ideally, you’ll have them all, but your home still can sell without much trouble, even with just a few features.

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 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