Long and Foster Real Estate Blog

  • Spooky or Spectacular?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Sometimes, a neighborhood appears awesome…but might be hiding some spooky, ghostly elements! You can't know, for instance, how welcoming some neighborhoods are to families with small children unless you see small children there. If you've only vi...

  • How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Maintenance?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    If you've owned a home for a while, you know that water entering the home can be at least a hassle and at worst a cause of major destruction. Not only should keeping water from sneaking into those tiny cracks and crevices be a priority, it could make...

  • Keeping It In Balance: Knowing Your Credit-to-Debt Ratio

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Many potential new homebuyers find themselves unable to secure a loan, confined to a smaller home ? or at least to a smaller loan ? because they don't understand the ins and outs of their credit score. First of all, your FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation...

  • Counting Chickens

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    If your house has been on the market for any length of time, or if you need to sell because of an out-of-town job change, you may be tempted to accept a contingency offer on your home, or anticipate the completion of the sale. You've already picke...

  • Selling Your Home? Think Pink

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, the annual campaign to increase awareness of breast cancer disease. Each year, nearly a quarter-million women are diagnosed with breast cancer. After lung cancer, it is the second leading cause of cancer d...

  • Buyers: Don’t Let Halloween Creep Up On You

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Conventional wisdom is that spring is the best time for selling—and buying—a home. It's the time of year when the most home are on the market. In fact, lots of buyers believe that if they haven't found the home of their dreams by the end of the s...

  • Why Downsizing is the New Upsizing

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Most people think of downsizing as something you do in retirement. The kids are grown, the nest is empty and you have all this space just gathering dust or taking up your free time with maintenance and upkeep. So, you sell the large family home to ...

  • It’s Elemental: New Homeowner’s Basic Maintenance Guide

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Buying a home is an exciting experience. You save up your downpayment, wade through thousands of listings, find and hire a buyer's agent, search for the perfect home, make and offer, get accepted and take the plunge. Now, you've moved in, repainted...

  • New FHA Leeway for Approvals

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Having a low FICO score usually means there is no way for you to quality for a FHA mortgage, but changes to the underwriting process August 2015 means that more borrowers may qualify. According to some analysts of the new policies, up to 100,000 new ...

  • Lighten Up Dark Spaces Naturally

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    You saved up your money and survived the rigors of mortgage underwriting, packed up your apartment, loaded the truck and moved into your new home. After several urgent days of unpacking, rearranging furniture and filling cupboards, you settle into yo...