Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors

Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors Sherri Longhill, Realtor with Long & Foster Realtors resides in Reston, Virginia and is a long time resident of the Northern Virginia area.

Sherri Longhill, Realtor with Long & Foster Realtors resides in Reston, Virginia and is a long time resident of the Northern Virginia area. Ms. Longhill has thirteen years experience selling residential real estate and is a Certified New Homes Sales Professional with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She completed the Broker pre-licensing education requirements for Virginia and looks forward to receiving her Broker's license in the future. She earned a B.A. in Business Management and her background includes 22 combined years in management, marketing and sales.

Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors
05/30/2016

Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors

03/05/2016

Study Reveals Best Window to Sell Homes Faster and for the Highest Price

RISMEDIA, Thursday, March 03, 2016— Determining the right time to put a home on the market often tops the list of concerns for sellers – as it should, since timing can influence the final sale price of each home significantly, according to new data from Zillow®.

Zillow has found that, nationally, homes sold in late spring (May 1 through May 15), sell around 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing. The optimal listing window has shifted since Zillow's first analysis, featured in Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate, likely because of low inventory in housing markets across the country. When Zillow conducted this analysis previously, there were 9 percent more homes on the market, and homes listed between mid-March and mid-April sold fastest and for the highest price.

"The housing market today is heavily influenced by low inventory," says Zillow chief economist Dr.Svenja Gudell. "Faced with increasingly competitive markets, many buyers are forced to consider several homes and make multiple offers, elongating the home shopping experience. By listing homes further into the shopping season, sellers may attract buyers who are increasingly eager to purchase and may be more willing to pay a premium for the home."

02/15/2016

The Spring Housing Market Is Right Around the Corner:

Features Most Likely to Show up in Typical Single-family Home in 2016 - By Rose Quint
RISMEDIA, Saturday, February 13, 2016— Successful businesses stay on top of what their competitors are doing. For home builders, this involves knowing what features other builders are putting in their new homes. In December 2015, a nationwide survey asked builders about the likelihood that a number of features would be included in the typical single-family home they will build in 2016.

Using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant not at all likely to be included in typical home and 5 meant very likely, builders reported the following as the most likely features to show up in the typical 2016 home: •Walk-in closet in the master bedroom (avg. rating 4.9)
•Laundry room (4.8)
•Great room (4.7)
Several features that help owners with energy conservation are also very likely to be included in new homes built this year: low-e windows, ENERGY STAR® appliances and windows, and a programmable thermostat. Other likely candidates: 9’+ ceilings in the first floor, a central island and granite countertops in the kitchen.

On the other hand, builders reported the following features as the least likely to appear in homes in 2016: •Cork flooring in the living areas of the main level (1.3)
•Pet washing station (1.6)
•Laminate countertops in the kitchen (1.7)
•Outdoor kitchen (1.9)
Two-story spaces (family room and foyer) also seem to be unlikely features, as well as an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom and a media room.

02/15/2016

More Mortage Rate News for Februrary 2016:

According to RISMEDIA: "Declining Mortgage Rates Hover Above 2015 Lows"....

RISMEDIA, Monday, February 15, 2016— Mortgage rates moved lower for the sixth consecutive week amid ongoing market volatility, according to Freddie Mac's recently released Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®) results, showing the average 30-year fixed is hovering just above its 2015 low of 3.59 percent.

“This week's drop leaves the mortgage rate just 6 basis points above last year's low of 3.59 percent,” says Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac. "In a falling rate environment, mortgage rates often adjust more slowly than capital market rates, and the early-2016 flight-to-quality has run true to form. The 30-year mortgage rate has dropped 36 basis points since the start of the year, while the yield on the 10-year Treasury has dropped 59 basis points over the same period. If Treasury yields were to hold at current levels, mortgage rates might well sink a little further before stabilizing."

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.65 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending February 11, 2016, down from last week when it averaged 3.72 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.69 percent.

Additionally, the 15-year FRM this week averaged 2.95 percent with an average 0.5 point, down from 3.01 percent last week. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.99 percent.

The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.83 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.85 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.97 percent.

Copyright© 2016 RISMedia, The Leader in Real Estate Information Systems and Real Estate News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be republished without permission.

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02/06/2016

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02/06/2016

Repainting a Room? The Lighter, the Better

A fresh coat of paint is an upgrade well worth the effort. Your best bet for color?

The lighter, the better, says Paint Quality Institute Paint and Color Expert Debbie Zimmer.

"Deep, saturated shades have been popular for years, but the palette that's in vogue right now is just the opposite," says Zimmer. "Interior designers and colorists are favoring lighter hues, including off-whites, that just tease the eye with traces of color."

Interestingly enough, there is a psychological benefit to a lighter indoor environment. Brighter surroundings can lift our spirits, and soft tints derived from certain color families—green and blue, for example—can feel restorative after a stressful day.

Vaguely reminiscent of the "pastels" of yesteryear, the light colors that are gaining popularity today are more sophisticated ensembles, often marrying three or more different hues to create soft color that is often hard to put a name to. Layering color in this way produces fascinating visual effects.

"Because the new tints are not pure whites, yellows or greens, many have a chameleon-like quality, shifting their appearance slightly when the light changes," says Zimmer. "During the daytime, a wall color might appear to be pale green, but at night, under artificial light, it may take on a yellow cast. Likewise, a light bluish tint might gravitate toward pale gray in dimmer light."

Zimmer recommends applying sizable swatches of the paint color to several walls and live with them for a day or two before fully committing to the color.

Another way to incorporate lighter shades? Repaint ceilings and woodwork. This visual trick helps open up a space, making any room appear larger than it is.

Source: Paint Quality Institute

02/04/2016

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

By John Egan

Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its value by as much as 17 percent, the Texas Tech researchers found. They say curb appeal ranks second only to home size in weighing a home’s value.

While the notion of curb appeal has been around for decades, its appeal keeps rising. Mischel Schonberg, a spokeswoman for Mason, Ohio-based garage door manufacturer Clopay, says: “Home improvement shows and magazines have drilled the importance of curb appeal into the minds of homeowners looking to increase the value and appearance of their homes.”

Here are five top-of-mind trends for curb appeal in 2016.

1. Update the Front Door
A fresh coat of paint can spruce up a ho-hum front door and help make a better first impression when someone is eyeing your home.

Veronica Solomon, owner and lead designer at Casa Vilora Interiors in Katy, Texas, says: “Painting a front door a bold color is my favorite curb appeal trend. It creates interest and a focal point to the façade of the home. It gives the home personality. It is inexpensive to do, but has an immediate and big impact.”

Pat McGeehan, CEO of a real estate investment company in Spring Lake, N.J., suggests contrasting the color of your front door with the color palette of your front yard. He also recommends installing a new knob on the front door -- one that’s shiny and ornamental.

If you replace the front door altogether, beware that you’ll need to pony up more money than if you just touch up the door with a fresh coat of paint. According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of replacing a front door on a home is $1,230 (steel) or $2,926 (fiberglass), with an owner being able to recover 102 percent of the cost for the steel door or 72 percent of the cost for the fiberglass door.

2. Lighten Up the Exterior

Outdoor lighting can add a touch of elegance to your front of your home. Furthermore, it can enhance the safety of your house. Outdoor lighting should go beyond ordinary lampposts and wall-mounted lighting to make your landscaping really stand out. Try installing stylish and modern lighting on your front porch.

A 2012 survey by the National Association of Home Builders found that 90 percent of homebuyers rated exterior lighting as an “essential” or “desirable” feature.

3. Liven Up the Landscaping

Flowers and fertilizer can be your friends when it comes to bumping up the curb appeal of your home. A study by Alex X. Niemiera, a horticulture professor at Virginia Tech, shows that a well-landscaped home holds a higher value than a home without proper landscaping. The advantage ranges from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent, translating into an extra $8,250 to $19,050 for a home worth $150,000.

Of course, landscaping goes beyond flowers and fertilizer. Trim any overgrowth and pull weeds to spiff up the front lawn, McGeehan says. “Neatness will make the yard look bigger and will make your plants look greener and more vibrant,” he says.

McGeehan also says you consider putting up a low-height fence around the front yard to create a “welcome boundary” and make the front yard look larger. While you’re installing that fence or planting those bushes and shrubs, don’t overlook the lawn itself. According to a 2015 survey by lawnmower manufacturer Briggs & Stratton, 62 percent of American homeowners say the lawn influenced their home-buying decision.

4. Put Furniture on the Porch

Placing a bistro table or a couple of chairs on your porch can cost an average of $800 to $1,200 but can yield a return on investment of 40 percent to 60 percent, according to Styleathome.com.

“Nothing is more inviting than a pair of matching rockers on a front porch that are visible from the street,” McGeehan says.

5. Upgrade the Garage Door

One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is upgrade your garage door. Schonberg says: “Garage doors can represent up to 40 percent of a home’s curb appeal, especially in markets where lot sizes are narrow and builders have no choice but to position the garage on the front of the house. That much real estate presents a huge opportunity to enhance or detract from a home’s appearance.”

According to the Remodeling 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, the average cost of replacing a garage door on a home is $1,595, with an owner being able to recoup 88 percent of that cost.

Schonberg says that 10 to 15 years ago, garage doors weren’t considered a key element of exterior design. Now, she says, replacing the garage door ranks among the top 5 home improvement projects.

“It’s no longer about just about getting a steel door in a different color or with windows. Homeowners can customize their door to fit their home style perfectly and make a statement,” Schonberg says.

John Egan is editor-in-chief at LawnStarter, an Austin, Texas-based startup that helps homeowners manage their lawn care and helps lawn care professionals manage their businesses.

This post was originally published on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate news and trends

02/03/2016

10 Houseplants That Can Actually Improve Your Health

By Barbara Pronin

Adding a houseplant or two always seems to improve the look of a room. But as it turns out, certain houseplants can also improve your health. According to recent studies by NASA, some houseplants filter out dangerous compounds that are commonly found in most homes – the kind of compounds that are often associated with respiratory illnesses, cancer, and other conditions.

Because they are enclosed spaces, our homes are vulnerable to gaseous toxins that build up over time. These include:

Benzene – caused by paints, detergents, and furniture wax,
Formaldehyde – caused by disinfectants or preservatives in consumer products
Toluene and Xylene – caused by a variety of household and consumer products
Ammonia – caused by commonly used aerosols and sprays

But 10 NASA-approved houseplants are said to be effective in removing air pollutants:

English Ivy – A trailing ivy plant that requires partial shade and light weekly watering

Florist’s Chrysanthemum – A lovely floral that needs direct light and frequent change of water

Peace Lily – Produces small, white flowers. Needs weekly watering. But consider carefully before buying, because this plant can be poisonous to house pets

Variegated Snake Plant – Has tall, broad, green and white leaves. Requires partial shade and weekly watering

Red-Edged Dracaena – Almost cactus-like in appearance, this plant needs direct sunlight and weekly watering

Cornstalk Dracaena – Produces cornstalk-type leaves. Wants partial shade and weekly watering

Broadleaf Lady Palm – Fern-like plant that likes partial shade and weekly watering

Flamingo Lily – Also known as anthurium, this plant produces shiny red flowers and requires partial shade and weekly watering

Devil’s Ivy – Produces luxurious ivy leaves, likes partial shade, and needs only monthly watering

Lilyturf – Produces purple flowers. Requires partial shade and weekly watering.

*Take note: Water lightly in most cases, as over-watering can cause root rot and kill the plant.

Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors
02/02/2016

Sherri Longhill, Long & Foster Realtors

01/02/2016
Things to Know About Title Insurance

Buying a home or thinking of buying a home...here are important things to know about title insurance.

Many factors play a role in the process of purchasing a home - none understood less than title insurance.

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