Long and Foster Real Estate Blog

  • Quick Kitchen Upgrade: Open Shelving

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    One of the first places homebuyers want to make changes is to an outdated kitchen. Visions of granite countertops, new cabinetry and shiny appliances grace the pages of architectural and remodeling magazines and websites and get our creative juices...

  • Qualifying for a Mortgage When You’re Self-Employed

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    During the past several years, as folks struggled to survive the economic downturn and job loss, many smart people turned to entrepreneurship. In fact, working for yourself, either part-time or as your full-time gig is the reality for millions of Ame...

  • Slower Closing Procedures Soon in Effect

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) begins requiring banks to provide consumers with a longer window in which to review loan documentation. The new rule, potentially in effect October 3, 2015, can push closing by as many as six...

  • Selling After Labor Day — Curb Appeal

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    While Spring rightfully is touted as the busiest home-selling season, you don't have to give up plans to sell your home until next year. September through December may actually be the right time to sell your home. Conventional wisdom is that once S...

  • Preparing to Sell Your House in the Fall: Boomers and Millennials Don’t Follow the Spring Trend

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    If you put your home on the market in the Spring, and it hasn't sold, you're probably thinking about taking it off the market until next year. Conventional wisdom says that Spring and early Summer are the only times to sell a home. But, even though f...

  • Buying an Investment Home

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Although the housing market is heating up, buying an investment in order to flip it may not be the right plan for you. Buying a flip home relies on market prices going up higher than the cost for you to refurbish it for sale. And … it has to sell. ...

  • New or Pre-Owned Home?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Some homebuyers want nothing but a brand-new home with pristine appliances, sparkling bathtubs and stickers still on the windows. Others look for established homes in neighborhoods with mature landscaping, developed infrastructure and character. Bo...

  • A House for the Whole Family

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    While multigenerational families sharing a home is common nowadays, finding a home that works for everyone is a little trickier. If you're searching for the perfect house to share with both young children and aging parents, you need to consider a v...

  • Landscape for Your Climate

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Visions of lush green lawns, English gardens bursting with color and a sparkling fountain filling the air with the tinkling of thousands of water drops may float through your head when dreaming of your ideal home. But, you're responsible, so you've p...

  • Slash Your Energy Bill

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    We don't think about our heating bill much in the summer, but this is the time to make some upgrades to your home that will see you through the winter, such as adding insulation, changing out windows for double or triple panes with low U-factors an...