Long and Foster Real Estate Blog

  • Hack Your Downpayment

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they'll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a co...

  • The Best Place to Raise a Family

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You...

  • Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Okay, it's one of the biggest decisions of your life, so when do you know if you're ready? Homeownership readiness can come at any age … there are young twenty-somethings that took the plunge, and there are empty-nesters that buy after the kids ...

  • Protect Your Home-Buying Budget

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    You know you love house hunting, and shopping for the perfect home is a fun pastime, but to move from being an open house and model home butterfly requires that big initial financial outlay … the dreaded downpayment. In fact, sticker shock someti...

  • Fascinating Home Technology — Run Your House on a Battery

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    The biggest challenge to solar energy is the inability to both capture it and store it in any meaningful way. In fact, while efficiency in capturing solar power has increased from about 15 percent of most solar panel models to 35 percent efficiency i...

  • Capturing Clutter

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Whether you're preparing your home to sell, or your packing up to move to your new home … clutter can be your worst enemy. But, getting chaos under control isn't always easy. The problem isn't that you lack resources. In fact, a whole industry s...

  • What Matters Most? Why Location Trumps Everything!

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Take a lesson from that old real estate adage "location, location, location." Many seasoned homeowners will tell you that the size of your home and the amount of space you have—including extra living rooms, game rooms, or even acreage — becomes...