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Possibilities, Not Just Parameters

Possibilities, Not Just Parameters

Any algorithm can search for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath. But only an agent can spot a kitchen fit for foodies, the open floor plan you covet, or that the den would be perfect for your home office. Your agent will also query colleagues and contacts for leads on potential homes that haven't even been listed online yet.

Street Savvy on Value

Street Savvy on Value

Our network of professional agents share street-level knowledge of what's sold, where, and for how much. Once you've fallen for a home, your agent will leverage that insight to develop a custom analysis of the property before you make an offer. You'll be able to see what comparable homes have sold for, look at sales trends in the area, and get the numbers you need to make a competitive offer.

Our Network Is Your Network

Our Network Is Your Network

While searching for your ideal home, your agent also rallies the Long & Foster family of mortgage, insurance, and settlement companies to help you land it. In many offices, agents work right alongside our trusted partners — the financial consultants of Prosperity Home Mortgage, the risk protection experts at Long & Foster Insurance and our home warranty providers, as well as the settlement pros at Long & Foster Settlement Services. Your agent will coordinate all the moving parts and make sure you're ready for the big day.

Care Beyond Closing

Care Beyond Closing

We look forward to being your real estate resource for years to come. As the market changes, we'll keep you updated on increases in your home's value or changes in interest rates. As your life changes, we'll help you make smart investments, not only with strategic improvements to your current home, but in a vacation home or rental property.

Stay Focused on What Matters to You

Finding the right home starts with the most important person in the buying process: you.

As you prepare to meet with an agent, think about your priorities in a new home. Any must-haves? Nice-to-haves? Deal-breakers? We'll want to know.

To start prioritizing, open the topics that matter most to you. Choose your must-haves and drag them onto your top ten list. Pull qualities up or down to rank them, save your list, share it with our team, or send it to a friend.

You've Already Picked 10 Priorities

We suggest focusing on ten, or fewer, house hunting priorities that really matter to you. Remove a few items to add more attributes to your shopping list.

Common Buyer Priorities
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Home office
  • Master suite
  • Man cave
  • In-law suite
  • Accessory apartment
  • Plenty of closets
  • Storage
  • Front desk
  • Fitness room
  • Bungalow
     
  • Cabin
     
  • Cape Cod
     
  • Colonial
     
  • Cottage
     
  • Craftsman
     
  • European
     
  • Farmhouse
     
  • Modern
     
  • Ranch
     
  • Traditional
     
  • Near green spaces
  • Close to trails
  • By the water
  • In the mountains
  • Close to nightlife
  • Close to a golf course
  • With great dining
  • Near family in
  • Near friends in
  • With plenty of shopping
  • In the countryside
  • Near my job in
  • New construction
  • Move-in ready
  • Cosmetic updates
  • Complete renovation
  • Low maintenance
  • Turnkey
  • car garage
  • Big Yard
  • Pool
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Barn
  • Acres
  • Good schools
  • GreatSchools rating of
  • Parks & playgrounds
  • Low crime
  • Families nearby
  • Close-knit neighborhood
  • Quiet Streets
  • Cul de sac
  • A WalkScore of
  • Near the airport
  • City buses
  • Subway
  • Commuter rail
  • Highway Access
  • Low taxes
  • Rental potential
  • Must be under $
  • Payments under $
  • Contingent on financing
  • Contingent on the sale of my current home
  • Close before
  • Close after
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Find Out What You Can Afford

Find Out What You Can Afford

Of course, you want to know if the house you love fits your budget. Through Prosperity Mortgage's pre-approval process, we can work as part of your real estate team with knowledge of your local market to help you find out just how much home you can buy.

New to Town? We've Got Street-Level Insight

New to Town? We've Got Street-Level Insight

Long & Foster's team of relocation specialists can help you find everything from reliable movers to the next up-and-coming neighborhood. Leverage our insider insights on thousands of markets across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast to make your move smoother and smarter.

Download Our Buyer's Tool

For more home buying help, get our step-by-step how-to guide, as well as our mobile search app.

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If you have any questions about the buying process or how to get started, we'd love to get your answers.

Always at Your Service

The Long & Foster family of companies provides services not just to help you buy a home, but to protect and maintain that investment long after you've made it yours.

  • Home Maintenance

  • Property Management

  • Vacation Rentals

  • Home Warranty

  • Insurance Personal Life, Health

  • Relocation Services

  • Settlement Services

  • Mortgage

  • Home Warranty

  • Insurance