HOMEOWNER TIPS & TRENDS

JULY HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

With summer in full swing, and the arrival of warmer weather, it’s time to prepare your home and yard for the summer heat.   From cleaning your porch lights to adding mulch to your garden, July’s home maintenance checklist includes quick and easy tasks to do that will keep your home happy and healthy.  

OPEN FOR BUSINESS – Covid-19 Update

March 20, 2020 – It’s been a challenging few weeks across our country, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has grown. Numerous employers, including our own team at Long & Foster, have moved to a telework capacity, helping ensure the safety of our teams and the broader community. Putting people first is our priority, as it […]

The Expert Guide to Selling your Home this Spring of 2020!

Spring of 2020 is in our sights, and now is the time to get your home ready to sell in the Spring 2020 market! You’ll want to follow this guide closely and quickly, as Spring is the best and most likely time for your home to sell, so long as your home is in its peak form. With that being said, Ready…Set…Go!

Keep These Housing-Related Items in Mind During the 2020 Tax Season

As you prepare your 2019 taxes (April 15th, 2020 Deadline)- here are a few housing-related items to keep in mind: Home interest deductions, Property tax deductions, Capital gains tax exclusions.

What Effect Do World Events Have on the U.S. Housing Market?

Mortgage rates: buyers should have more purchasing power throughout 2020.
Consumer confidence. Consumer confidence is an economic indicator that measures consumer optimism about the economy and their personal financial outlook…

Keeping Up With the Value of Your Home!

Start with instantly learning the estimated value of your home by using our personal home value calculator. Next, for a more in depth evaluation you will want to contact us so we can perform a market analysis, taking in to consideration comps in your neighborhood and surrounding areas. This will allow us to give you an accurate assessment of yours homes value.

When assessing the value of a home you have to look carefully at many factors and conditions. Some of those factors and conditions may include:…

The Ins and Outs of Titling your Property

While most homes are bought by married couples, changing demographics and societal norms have led to increased numbers of single buyers, unmarried partners, siblings and multiple generations buying homes together. The relationship of co-buyers influence how they choose to hold title to the property.

“Individuals who buy homes on their own simply hold title as the sole owner,” says Tom Drechsler, regional counsel with Sage Title Group in Timonium, Maryland. “The question of how to hold title becomes a little more complex when there’s more than one owner.” …

Key Developments in the Real Estate Market: What Happened in 2019? What Can we Expect for 2020?

Key Developments the Real Estate Market: What Happened in 2019? What Can we Expect for 2020? Interest rates were low, so money was cheap. Demand for housing was ample, although supply was limited. Homeownership rates rose, thanks to low mortgage rates. Healthy conditions were reported in the job and stock market. Concerns lowered for a potential recession. Altogether, 2019 brought positive news to the housing market and 2020 is likely to see the same. If you’re interested in learning more about the market or looking to buy or sell this year (or if you know someone that may), let me know. I’m here to answer all your questions.

Why You Need to Get Your Chimney Inspected

From providing a cozy setting for drinking hot cocoa to illuminating the home during the winter months, the fireplace has become a cold-weather staple for many family gatherings. And like other items in the home, the fireplace and chimney need consistent maintenance, especially if used on a regular basis. Elizabeth Zimbro, Manager for The Chimney Doctor, […]

Understanding Home Appraisals

Home appraisals If you’re selling your house, your real estate agent can provide the appraiser with a copy of your home plans, noting unique and desirable features that are helpful for determining the home’s value. Whether you’re buying or selling real estate, an accurate appraisal is key to the transaction’s success. When the appraisal is […]