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Signs You’ve Found Your Perfect Condo

Even if you locate a condo that precisely suits your budget and meets your requirements, there is sometimes a lingering sense of insecurity that will make you wonder if that condo is really “the one”. Believe it or not, you’re not alone as this is quite common and with good cause. After all, you don’t want to make a costly error while purchasing a condo, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. It’s not only your biggest financial investment, but you’ll be living in it for years. That’s why it’s important to recognize signs you’ve found your perfect condo. Further in this post, you’ll find out what you should pay attention to when shopping for your new condo.

Clear signs that say you’ve found the perfect condo

As you undoubtedly know, finding “the one” is difficult, especially when you’re in the process of buying a home. Studio or one-bedroom apartment? Modern finishes or natural light? Hardwood or tile floors?

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Your real estate agent will present you with many great options, and you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed if you know what signs to pay attention to.

Finding the condo of your dreams might be difficult with so many options available. Fortunately, there are a few telltale signals that you’ve located your perfect condo. Continue reading, and you might realize that you have already found “the one.”

It gives out a homey feel

The first thing to pay attention to when looking for a condo is the way it makes you feel. You want to find a place you feel comfortable and homey, especially if you’re moving to a new hometown and didn’t get a chance to familiarize yourself with the place. Spending time in a new condo that already feels like home will make this transition easier for you.

The proper condo will entice you in and make you feel at ease. It will instantly make you want to relax in the living room or have a conversation with your real estate agent in the dining room. Going into the bathroom is not at all weird. Indeed, you may have caught yourself opening cabinets or admiring the room. The condo simply feels comfortable and homey. Could this be the right one?

It fits your budget perfectly

No condo is right for you unless it perfectly fits your budget. So when considering which condos to take a look at in person, start by reviewing your budget and knowing how much you can afford. It doesn’t make sense to invest in an expensive home with all the latest amenities if you can’t afford it. It simply doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

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To avoid disappointments, scratch off any alternatives on your list that are way out of your price range, as none of those will be the right condo for you.

Don’t be disheartened if you happen to find a gorgeous place that’s just over your budget that you simply adore. You still have a few choices. For starters, see if you can work out a better price. Or decide to decorate on a budget and invest in cheaper furniture. You might be able to cozy up the place easily while staying within your budget.

The condo sets the bar for all other condos

When you find the perfect condo, you’ll realize that you keep returning to it throughout your search. You go to one open home and admire the living room and kitchen design, but you notice that the layout isn’t as excellent as the one you saw earlier. That condo set “the standard.”

It’s in a perfect location

If you’ve found a condo in a fantastic location that perfectly suits your lifestyle, it could be that you’ve found “the one.” If you’re a homebody who enjoys peace and quiet, for example, you’ll probably prefer to look for apartments in more suburban locations.

On the other hand, if you prefer to be in the thick of things, a thriving downtown neighborhood can be right up your alley. For the added convenience of having restaurants and entertainment within walking distance, you might be ready to compromise on things like assigned parking or square footage. So if you feel like you’ve found an ideal location, perhaps you‘ll overlook minor flaws and realize that you’ve found your perfect condo.

Your perfect condo is just the right size

The most amazing condos aren’t always what you need right now in your life and don’t always fit your lifestyle. It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of discovering the perfect apartment in the nicest neighborhood, but don’t forget about the space.

On the other hand, if you found a condo that’s just the right size and with a great layout, it might be worth sacrificing and moving to a slightly less desirable location. It can be tough to find a condo that ticks all of your boxes. So if you’ve found a place with the right size and within your budget, don’t think twice about it.

It simply feels right

Sometimes, you simply know that something is right for you. If a condo appeals to you right away, it’s an indication that it might be the right one for you. Try to imagine yourself living your daily life in that place. Is everything going to work out, or will you have to make some adjustments to your daily routine?

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When you find the right condo, your gut will make sure to send you a sign.

If just the thought of living there makes you happy and your life seems easier, it’s probably the one. However, don’t let love blind you to the price tag. Remember, it’s critical to ensure that your new home fits into your budget in the long run.

Pay attention to these signs, and you’ll know you’ve found your perfect condo!

And that’s it—it all comes down to listening to your gut and paying attention to those subtle signs. Of course, the safest way to go is to get in touch with an experienced Realtor® who’ll guide you on your real estate journey and make sure you’ve found your perfect condo.

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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.

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Are You Ready for the First Concert of the Season at Lake of the Woods, Virginia?

Are you ready for the first concert of the season??? New to Lake of the Woods, The Unsuitables will be kicking off the Concerts on the Point series on Friday, May 27th! The Unsuitables, formed about eight years ago, will begin at 7pm and play tunes from the Temptations to Santana to the Beatles until approximately 9:30pm. The Lake of the Woods Lions Club will be acting as “hospitality committee” at the concert, and hosting a fundraiser. Why not have dinner at the Clubhouse before or during the concert on the deck? Want to bring your own meal? That’s perfect, as well! So bring a chair, your dancing shoes, and enjoy the music with your fellow LOW residents! The concerts are always a great way to spend the evening! The concerts are proudly sponsored by Lakeside Title, Lake of the Woods Marine, Locust Grove Vet Clinic, Design Craft Homes, Inspired Electrical, Locust Grove Ace Hardware, JK Carpets, and The Licata Group EXP Realty LLC. Here’s a list of upcoming concerts:
June 24: Dejavu with LOW Lioness Club as hospitality committee
July 22: Unchained with LOW Fire & Rescue as hospitality committee
August 26: Reunion Band with FLOW (Friends of Lake of the woods) as hospitality committee

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.

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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.

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103 Pleasant Grove, Lake of the Woods Virginia 22508 UNDER CONTRACT by Licata Group EXP Real Estate Advisors!

Let’s get your lake life started! Bring your water toys and begin making memories! Whether you are looking for a primary waterfront residence, a weekend retreat, or to become a vacation rental host, 103 Pleasant Grove Rd., is the one! Boasting 75 feet of waterfrontage and high-speed internet, this 6 bedroom, 4 bath home has it all! You’ll love the fine features and recent updates that provide an immediate move-in or rental-ready experience! As you arrive, you will notice ample parking opportunities for family and guests. Stepping onto the front porch providing lake views, the gorgeous front door will catch your eye and is indicative of the quality you will find as you tour the home. Gleaming hardwood floors are found almost everywhere! Two separate living areas (each with fireplaces to warm those chilly nights), eat-in kitchen with quartz and stainless appliances, dining room with deck access, two bedrooms (including an expansive, amazing in-law/owner’s suite with full bath, sink and refrigerator), two bathrooms, laundry room befitting a lake house, and closets galore comprise the main level. As you ascend the stairs, you are presented with the upper level owner’s suite featuring a fireplace, sitting area, en-suite bath with soaking tub and separate shower, three additional bedrooms, and hall bathroom. And now for the waterfront experience…located in a cove with fabulous main lake views from the dock, you can swim to your heart’s content, launch one of your water toys, lounge in one of the seating areas, catch some fish, or sit by the fire pit enjoying your favorite beverage, all while taking in the expansive views! Let your waterfront adventure begin!

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, water skiing, 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 $200,000+ 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 what’s to love in 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 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.

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Summer Concert Series on the Point is Back at Lake of the Woods, Virginia 22508!

May begins the Summer Concert Series on the Point. If you haven’t been to a concert, please check one out; you’ll be glad you did! There are four great bands lined up on the fourth Friday of each month, May-August: The Unsuitables, Deja Vu, Unchained, and Reunion (in that order)! The hospitality committees raising funds at the concerts, also in order, are LOW Lions, LOW Lionesses, LOW Fire & Rescue, and FLOW (Friends of Lake of the Woods). These concerts are sponsored by Licata Group, Lakeside Title, JK Carpets, LOW Marine, Locust Grove Veterinary Clinic, Design Craft, Inspired Electrical, and Locust Grove Ace Hardware. Additionally, Chris and Mark will be performing on the Point on Friday, September 23rd. Over four years, Chris & Mark have raised $40,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital through donations! Music starts at 7pm!

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.

Picnic in the Park in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia!

Now that the weather has officially warmed up, kids and adults are ready to get out of the house and into the sun! Mark your calendars because the Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation and Events made sure to prepare with some fun spring activities. Their picnic at the park events held at Memorial Park, (1301 Kenmore Ave. Fredericksburg VA 22401) will have music and a diversity of children activities, complete with free admission. Bring your own picnic or buy one from the park vendors in attendance. Come out and enjoy the sunshine with your kids, friends and coworkers. On Tuesday, May 3rd will be Garden Day with Laurie Rose Griffith and Peter Mealy. Tuesday, May 10th is Bring Your Pet Day with Sunset Syndicate. Tuesday, May 17th is Wizard of Oz Day with Harry Wilson Jazz Quartet. Tuesday, May 24th is Prince and Princess Day with Spanglish. Tuesday, June 7th is Ice Cream Day with Karen Jonas. Tuesday, June 14th is Flag Day with Colebrooke. Tuesday, June 21 is Selfie Day with Johnny D and the Lowriders. Tuesday, June 28th is Beach Day with Bill Carroll.

These events are sponsored by: B101.5, Fredericksburg Parent & Family, Holy Cross Academy and Fredericksburg Christian School. Visit their website here for any additional information.

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.

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Annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt Returns to Fredericksburg, Virginia!

Easter fun for everyone – fur babies included! Don’t let your fur-babies feel left out this Easter, bring them to a fun Dog Easter Egg Hunt on April 9th at Maury Park (located at the corner of William St and Kenmore Avenue) in Downtown Fredericksburg, Virginia at 1pm. Dress up Fido in their best dressed to enter the doggie costume contest! There will be prizes for best dressed. Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old to participate. A small dog area will also be available for dogs up to 15 lbs. All dog parents must sign a release acknowledging their dog(s) are current on shots and are healthy! A portion of the proceeds will go to the SPCA. Pre-registration is required at www.fxbgparks.com or call 540-372-1086 ext. 0. Cost is $5 for up to 2 dogs!

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.

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Moving to Orange County, VA with Your Dog

You are moving into a new home – it’s exciting but rather challenging. And we’re not thinking only of packing – some ‘hidden’ challenges will undoubtedly come your way if you’re not well-prepared. One of them is surely taking care of your furry friend while moving. Pets, especially dogs, can react nervously to the whole thing, making the process even more difficult. Luckily, there’s a way to avoid issues. Here are the best tips on moving to Orange County, VA with your dog.

Why Orange County, VA is great for people with pets

Not every place is good for pets. However, Orange County is undoubtedly one of the pet-friendly ones. Firstly, you can truly enjoy the outdoors – your dog can run, play and jump as much as it wants. There are several parks and other green spaces in cities such as Orange and Gordonsville. Also, most shops allow well-behaved dogs, allowing you to go shopping with your furry friend. Finally, you’ll be able to find a pet-friendly home as well – just be sure to set this as a priority in your house-hunting process.

How to make moving to Orange County, VA with your dog smooth and stress-free?

Relocations are not only stressful for humans – dogs can feel stressed out as well. The biggest reason for it is the disruption of their living space and adapting to the new environment. Dogs rely on the smells around them, so they can become pretty nervous once they need to move into an unfamiliar place. There are ways you can make moving with pets easier for your little friend and prepare for this task – so be sure to remember these tips when you start planning your move to Orange County, VA.

Let moving supplies be there for a while

Bringing new objects to the house can make your dog upset – especially if you start packing ‘their’ items into boxes. Thus, make sure you bring in moving supplies a bit before you need to start packing. This will allow your pet to get used to these items and have no issues once you start packing your household for the move. After going through all the steps of buying a property, hiring movers, and shopping for packing supplies, sitting in a house filled with packing materials might be the last thing you want. However, it’s what your dog needs, and that’s all that should matter. 

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Dogs are very sensitive to changes – make sure they don’t feel a thing when moving to a new home.

Figure out the transport details 

Depending on where you’re coming from, you and your pet will spend more or less time in your car, or a plane, train, etc. Thus, it helps to figure out the transport details on time. If you’ll need a transport box, and your dog is not used to traveling in it – get one beforehand. Let it sit in your home for a couple of weeks, so your pet can get used to it. Put its favorite toys and snacks in this transport box, so the dog can see it’s a safe place to be.

In case you need to travel by plane, and this is the first time for your dog, it’s good to prepare it for it. Some people recommend going together through a car wash, which simulates the sounds and vibrations to the ones you feel on the plane. But most importantly, it’s essential that you are calm and that you speak to your dog in a calm, optimistic voice.

Stick to a routine 

Moving house can disrupt your schedule a lot. However, it’s essential to stick to your dog’s routines as much as possible. This includes feeding and playtime and your routines when going for a walk. The routine will ensure your dog feels safe and calm even with all the changes around.

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Always stick to the routines when moving to Orange County, VA with your dog

Bring all of your pet’s old items 

It’s often recommended to declutter the old household before you start packing and throw away everything that you can replace with new items. However, when moving to Orange County, VA with your dog, try to keep most of the old things. Keep your dog’s old food and water bowls, bed, and toys. Once you arrive at the new bigger/smaller home, these items will help them feel secure and recognize the new place as their new home.

Visit the vet before moving to Orange County, VA

Pay a visit to your old vet before you relocate. They may be able to recommend a new vet in Orange County, VA. Also, they could write all the necessary prescriptions in case your dog takes therapy. Finally, make sure your pet is microchipped – with the updated address. This proved to be useful for pet owners whose pets escaped during the move as they were feeling anxious and scared. Finally, take care of all the documentation, especially when moving from another state or relocating internationally.

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Schedule a visit to the pet before moving and get all the necessary documentation for a safe journey.

Keep your dog away on the moving day 

Once all the boxes are packed and movers are about to arrive, it’s best to leave your dog in trusted hands but away from the house. Experienced moving companies, such as Zippy Shell NV, recommend you find a place where your furry friend will feel calm and safe. Ask a friend or a trusted dog sitter to take care of your pet while movers do their part. Strangers taking away items from your home are what dogs see as a threat, making them extremely nervous and sometimes aggressive.

Adapting to the new space 

After the move, it’s time for the last step to introduce the dog to the new living space. Firstly, make sure the new home is safe for a pet – remove any hazards, close all the doors and windows and then let the dog into the house. As everything is new, your dog will explore the space by trying to smell and touch almost everything in the house. That’s why the environment must be safe for this new curious resident. Moving to Orange County, VA with your dog can be a wonderful experience – but you have to make it such. 

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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.

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Earth Day Festival Chalk & Talk Art Contest in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Between the dates of April 15th and 22nd, 2022, grab some chalk and decorate sidewalks, paved trails, parking lots, and more with Earth Day themed chalk art to show off your creativity and spread “green” messages around Fredericksburg, Virginia. The sidewalk chalk is available for pick up from several local parks (locations will be announced closer to the contest). Submissions can be turned in here. Deadline to submit is midnight, Friday April 22nd. Grab some sidewalk chalk and let the creativity flow!

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.

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0 Ada Rd, Marshall, Virginia 20115 Offered for Sale at $165,000 by Licata Group EXP Realty LLC!

Looking for a private, quiet piece of land in picturesque Virginia? This lot is perfect for building your dream home of up to 6 bedrooms! Close to some of Virginia’s wineries, shopping, seasonal festivals, you will have the ease of stay-castions or touring the many events the area offers. The sky is the limit in this perfect location!

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.