Long and Foster Real Estate Blog

  • Creating an Idea Book for Your New Home

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Contemplating buying a new home or remodeling the one you have? Before you call your real estate agent, hire a designer or head to your local Do-It-Yourself superstore refine your ideas by creating an idea book. An idea book, exactly as the name imp...

  • Decorate and Economize at the Same Time

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Once you get into your new place, you want to paint, upgrade fixtures and add window coverings. While at it, consider extras that improve your bottom line. Some simple ideas that lower electricity and gas bills put your personal decorative stamp on...

  • Fall Filter Fixes

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Okay, some home maintenance items just don't make the urgent list. Changing your furnace filter doesn't often make the cut. As we head into autumn, take a moment to check your furnace filter to get it ready for a winter workout. Why your filter is ...

  • Can I Buy a Home with an FHA Loan If I have a Student Loan?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    This year the Federal Housing Administration made adjustments to its underwriting handbook that significantly affect potential buyers that have outstanding student loans. Changes became effective September 14, 1015. The bottom line is, "yes" you can...

  • There’s an App for That

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    You don't know what you don't know, so how many homebuyers or home-sellers know they can use their smart phones to get smarter about the process? It doesn't matter how far along in your home-buying process you've come, you can always tweak things to...

  • Sell Your Home in Any Season

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    As we slip into autumn, many homeowners take their homes off the market, believing that their home will not sell in the fall or winter. While it is true that selling heats up in spring and early summer, people buy homes every day of the year. Hist...

  • School for Homebuyers?

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Now that the kids have gone back to school, vacations are over and the weather is starting to turn, it's time to get serious about hunting for a house. Homebuying used to be simple: you saved up some money for a downpayment, enlisted the aid of a rea...

  • Back-to-School Organization

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    With school starting, it's time to do a little reorganizing to make early mornings and after-school activities run smoothly. When starting school after moving to a new home, consider some of the additional challenges your children face and plan accor...

  • Want to Become a Real Estate Investor? Think about Buying a “Live In” –Plex

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    As a first foray into investment property, buying a duplex, triplex or quad and living in one unit might be the way to go. In the current market, entering into rental ownership might give you the benefits of homeownership with the additional benefi...

  • Prepping for a Cross-Country Move

    BY Catalina Sandoval

    Whether you're moving across the country (or even across the state) to attend school, take a new job or just experience someplace new, a long-distance move is different from an across-town move. To take some of the stress out of the move, and to avoi...