Five Deal Breakers That Can Blindside Home Buyers

Purchasing a home can be a complex endeavor for even the most well-prepared home buyer.  You’ve diligently saved for your down payment, followed the market, researched agents and now you are ready to make an offer on your dream home. Don’t let these 5 “Deal Breakers” come between you and your new home.

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Eight Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2019

November Home Maintenance Checklist

November 1, 2018 - By  Long & Foster Companies.

While November brings time to enjoy falling leaves, bonfires, crisp weather and Thanksgiving celebrations, it’s also a good time to make sure your home is ready for guests, the holidays and the winter months ahead. Our checklist this month includes a few tips to help make your home a warm, safe and comfortable place to enjoy with family and friends.


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 Tips for Buyers in a Low-Inventory Market

By Novelda L. Sommers, Marketing Content Manager, The Long & Foster Companies.

Nearly three years of month-after-month declines in the number of residential properties on the market, plus a strong economy and low interest rates, has many buyers competing for desirable homes.

It’s a tough market for many house hunters, for sure, but tough is not the same as impossible. If you go into your home search with realistic expectations, willingness to use some creativity, and knowledgeable professionals by your side, you can achieve your dream of home ownership, agents say.

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Steps to Take if Your Home is Flooded

By Novelda L. Sommers, Marketing Content Manager, The Long & Foster Companies.


If water gets into your house, it can wreak havoc, especially if mold starts to grow. But there are a few things you can do to protect yourself before and after a water-related disaster to save money and headaches.


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Questions to Ask Before Remodeling Your Kitchen or Bath

By Michelle D. Formica, Manager, Marketing Services, The Long & Foster Companies.


Whether you are considering renovating your home to enjoy the new features yourself or you’re preparing it to sell, there are several questions you should ask before beginning the process. From minor bathroom renovations to major kitchen remodels, it is a big investment that should be well thought through to ensure it runs smoothly from design to completion.


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How to choose the perfect real estate agent.

From doing your homework to maintaining clear lines of communication, these tips will help you find a good partner for your next real estate transaction.

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Planning to Sell your Home this Spring?
By Suzanne Whitenight Pilcher, Marketing Specialist, Long & Foster Companies.


Here’s some expert advice on what to do now.

Whether you’re planning to move to a larger home for your growing family, downsize or relocate for work, the process of preparing a home to sell can be a lot of work. Making a plan for all the decluttering, repairs and updates can help in the process – especially if you start the preparations several months from your expected listing date.


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How to Prepare your Home for Vacation

By Michelle D. Formica, Manager, Marketing Services, The Long & Foster Companies.


Whether you will be gone for a week or an extended period of time, don’t forget to prepare your home before you head out of town. Here are some tips from a few Long & Foster Insurance professionals.


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Benefits of Home Staging

When you live in a real estate market with limited listings – like most of the country – and sellers have the upper hand, you may feel you can skip staging your home for sale. After all, if buyers are competing for homes in your area, they may be willing to overlook a couple of cluttered closets or a crowded living room, right? Not exactly. Today’s buyers, rather, are more likely to not even consider your house if it’s not shown at its best, particularly in online photos

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A robust economy with positive wage growth and low unemployment should, in theory, correlate to a strong housing market in 2019. But the headwinds of the limited number of homes on the market and affordability issues are likely to test the strength of the real estate industry in the coming year.


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Seven Tips to Ensure a Smooth Real Estate Closing

By Michelle D. Formica, Marketing Services, The Long & Foster Companies.

Did you find the perfect home and now you’re ready to make an offer? Plan and prepare for the home buying process, so you can walk into your closing with confidence. Avoid a closing delay, or even worse an issue that causes your transaction to fall through. Here are some dos and dont's from a few experts to ensure a smooth real estate closing.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Appraisals

By Jackie E. Allder, VP, Public Relations & Communications, The Long & Foster Companies.


Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, an accurate appraisal is key to the transaction’s success. When the appraisal is not right, the whole deal can end up going sideways—leaving all parties frustrated.

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Top Five Reasons Your House Isn’t Selling – And What You Can Do About It

By Novelda L. Sommers, Marketing Content Manager, The Long & Foster Companies.

Homes today are sometimes selling within days of being listed for sale. So what’s a homeowner to do if their property sits on the market longer than expected? Often a price adjustment is the most obvious answer, but agents say before you take a hit, try to figure out if there are any other reasons your home is sitting while others are selling.

Here are some of the top reasons your house might be lingering on the market and what you can do, according to agents:

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Selling Your Home in a Seller’s Market
By Michelle D. Formica, Manager, Marketing Services, The Long & Foster Companies.


A seller’s market with low inventory and a plethora of buyers is a great time to sell your home. But keep in mind – while homes tend to sell quicker during a seller’s market, it’s still just as important to get your home market-ready and price it right.

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