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First Home 101

We’re taking what we already know and rethinking how real estate is done. In fact, we’re making it easy—a new way to buy a first home with a dedicated team to guide you every step of the way. Here’s how it works, step-by-step:

First things first—before you even start looking for that dream home, your guide will connect you with your mortgage consultant. They’ll help you determine how much of a mortgage you can afford. Getting pre-approved for a loan strengthens your bargaining position with sellers and gives you a head start.

Find the Right Home

Your guide will then match you to a specific Long & Fosters real estate agent who specializes in first-time homebuyers. They’ll get to know what you’re looking for in a house (huge backyard?), assess your needs and wants (chef’s kitchen?), and begin the search in the right neighborhoods for that perfect home.

Your offer gets accepted! This is the exciting part—and also the complicated part, but that’s why First Home is here to make it easy. Your guide will coordinate you with multiple members of your team to finalize the mortgage, find the mortgage that meets your needs, and also shop insurance underwriters to find the best coverage. Behind the scenes, we’ll be busy preparing settlement documentation so you can close on time and secure the title to your first home.

Move In

First Home doesn’t stop until your belongings are inside that new front door. Your guide will connect you to your moving team member to receive a guaranteed, flat-rate quote (no unexpected fees or charges). Whether you need storage, packing, or moving services, you’ll get the benefits only Tailored Move—Long & Foster’s own moving company—an offer.

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First Home Brochure

Everything you need to know about First Home, from how it works to incentives and guarantees. Read it and contact us to get started—we can’t wait to hear from you.

Not Ready To Buy Yet?

From saving for a down payment to building your credit, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into getting financially ready to buy your first home. We can help you get in the optimal position for your future purchase.

Get First Home Ready

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Reserve Now. Buy Later.

The First Home program has limited availability to offer a guide, a dedicated team, financial incentives and guarantees. If you’re not yet ready to buy, reserve your spot.

Reserve or Ready to Get Started?

By reserving your benefits you’ll also receive bi-weekly E-newsletters with tips and tools to help you get financially ready to buy.