Home Buying

Welcome to the ActiveRain Home Buying section. This is the place where you'll find comprehensive information on everything connected to purchasing a home – and we mean everything.


What exactly goes on in a home inspection and how is it different from a home appraisal? Curious about what it takes to purchase that foreclosure you've had your eye on? You'll find out how to do it right here. Look around: the professionals at ActiveRain have the information you need.


ActiveRain is the top real estate social network in the world. So, while you may find articles about purchasing a home on other websites, only at ActiveRain do you have the opportunity to read the words of wisdom from over 300,000 real estate industry professionals. From real estate agents to lenders to home inspectors and stagers -- that's a lot of brain power and we've harnessed it, right here at AR.


What are you waiting for? Everything you need to know about home buying awaits you on the following pages!

Recent blogs on Home Buying
By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
If possible. Buyers with ITIN cards can qualify for a mortgage?Home loans with ITINWhat is ITIN?Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that people, including undocumented immigrants, pay taxes even if they do not have a Social Security number (SSN). ) and regardless of their immigration status.I only have ITIN. Can I Get a Loan to Buy a House?If possible. Buyers with ITIN cards can qualify for a mortgage when they meet the eligibility requirements. Call us today for more information on these requirements.Special Programs for ITINNo insurance, no credit, no tax reports, Motto Mortgage Excellence has special programs for you.Don't have an ITIN?How do I apply for an ITIN? Click here to start the pro...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
¿El mercado aún esta malo para los compradores de casas?Durante bastante tiempo, estuvimos en un mercado de vendedores. Todos los vendedores tenían la sartén por el mango; la mayoría vendió sus casas por más de lo que figuraban en la lista.Avance rápido hasta hoy y ese ya no es el caso.Los inventarios de viviendas han caído y las tasas de interés se han disparado. Entonces, ¿son buenas o malas noticias para los compradores?Por ahora, es bueno para los compradores, he aquí por qué.Menos DemandaEn primer lugar, hay mucha menos demanda. En esta época del año pasado, no podía esperar más de uno o dos días para ver una casa una vez que estaba en la lista o bajo contrato. No solo eso, sino que estaba bajo contrato por mucho más de lo que estaba en la lista y los compradores estaban renunciand...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
Is the Shifting Market Bad for Buyers?For quite a while, we were in a seller’s market. All sellers had the upper hand; most sold their homes for more than they listed.Fast forward to today and that’s no longer the case.Home inventories have fallen and interest rates have skyrocketed. So is this good news or bad news for buyers?For now, it’s good for buyers – here’s why.Less DemandFirst and foremost, there’s much less demand. This time last year you couldn’t wait more than a day or two to see a home once it was listed or it was under contract. Not only that, but it was under contract for much more than it was listed for and buyers were waiving appraisal contingencies.Today, that’s not the case. There are not as many buyers in the market because of the higher interest rates, so buyers hav...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Homes For Sale in Playa Del Rey CASearch the newest Homes For Sale in Playa Del Rey CA & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Playa Del Rey CA real estate listings, just click on a property to access the full details. From there, you can request more information or schedule a tour. And we'd be happy to provide you with disclosures, past sales history, dates and prices of properties which have recently sold nearby, and more, so just let us know how we can help!And, for your convenience, feel free to register for a free account to receive email alerts whenever new Playa Del Rey CA listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Homes For Sale in Playa Del Rey CAUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for S...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Homes For Sale in Playa Del ReySearch the newest Homes For Sale in Playa Del Rey & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Playa Del Rey real estate listings, just click on a property to access the full details. From there, you can request more information or schedule a tour. And we'd be happy to provide you with disclosures, past sales history, dates and prices of properties which have recently sold nearby, and more, so just let us know how we can help!And, for your convenience, feel free to register for a free account to receive email alerts whenever new Playa Del Rey listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Homes For Sale in Playa Del ReyUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale / Houses fo...
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By The Hoeke Team, Local Realtors® at EXP
(The Hoeke Team, Local Realtors® at EXP – Real Estate Agents | Listing Agents)
 Selling your house for cash can be a great way to receive an immediate payout and close the deal quickly. Whether you are ready to move on to another property or just need to liquidate your assets, here is how you can benefit from selling your house for cash. Understand Your Options Before deciding to sell your house for cash, it is important that you understand all of the options available to you. While cash transactions are often the quickest and easiest option, there are other ways to go about selling your home that may provide better returns than a cash sale. Make sure you consider all of these options before making a decision. Get Professional Advice When selling a house for cash, the process can be complex and involve a lot of paperwork and legal issues. It's always best to consu...
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By Mike Russell, Overland Park Kansas Real Estate
(Mike Russell Real Estate Group)
At the end of 2019 it looked like real estate sales were poised for a slowdown, after about 10 years of steady run the market was finally starting to run out of steam.  Well we all know what happened next? Mr Covid came in and changed everything, low interest rates and ultra low inventory of available homes set off an unprecedented run up in real estate prices across the country. For over 2 years there has been record growth in home prices that we thought might never end. Housing prices along with gas prices, food costs and just about everything else set off a major jump in inflation that required the Federal Government to raise interest rates.Find Your Johnson County Kansas Dream HomeIn September of 2022 we started to see the effects of these rate hikes as the once 3% mortgage rates st...
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By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(John Roberts Realty)
Five Ways to Save for a Down PaymentSaving money for a down payment is one of the most important steps in the home buying process. Here are 5 tips to consider: Budget and stick to it! Take inventory of your monthly expenses – how much income you bring in each month, how much money goes towards debt, housing, subscription services – and break down your expendable income into categories like groceries and entertainment. Budget for those items and make sure to stick to it each month. Try out a spending freeze. Commit to not spending any money on nonessential items for a week. This includes saving money you would normally spend on eating out, shopping for clothes, or those impulse Amazon purchases. Find ways to save in your home. Can you cut down on your electric bill? Consider switching to...
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By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
Come and see a fantastic walkout ranch in Kentwood, Mich. 4 bedrooms,2 full baths walkout tri-level situated on a large lot and ready for the new buyer.  New roof within the last 4 years, new 50 gallon hot water heater, gutter guards cedar siding and decking have recently been stained. Close to the airport,schools, shopping and major expressways. You need to put this house on your buyer's short list before it's too late.https://www.flexmls.com/share/88Bh2/4679-Morningside-Drive-SE-Kentwood-MI-49512
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Purchasing a home is a major commitment, and for some new homeowners, this decision has resulted in a sense of regret, otherwise known as "buyer's remorse". But what is the cause of this remorse?Navigating a highly competitive market, many buyers felt the pressure to make a purchase as quickly as possible, without fully considering how the purchase would fit into their current lifestyle or future plans. This often resulted in buyers regretting the layout of the home not being suitable for their family, or the cost of renovations eating into their budget.  Many recent homeowners drastically underestimated the amount of work their home would require, and were consequently faced with unexpected repairs that proved to be both stressful and costly. Agents possess invaluable knowledge on how ...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Always a touchy situation.  I would be on the phone right away, getting permission. Bill    My ACU class was this week, and again we talked about service animals and "comfort animals" and are not supposed to turn them away in public places.     Now should we allow other people's pets into our listings, especially when the property HAS pets?        I had a listing that was a HOT commodity, and was blessed to have LOTS of showings in just two days.   Sometime during the 2nd day, (18 or so showings that day) someone brought a dog, and left a deposit in one of the bedrooms.   This Seller has a dog of her own, and two cats, which were very traumatized when she returned home.    It was sad hearing a week later, her dog has ingested the deposit, got very sick, and passed away a month later.   ...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
🈚 ▐►NO BANK FSBO RENT to OWN 3 HOMES 3bd-2ba Summerville-Charleston★ SEE WALK-THROUGH VIDEO PROPERTY TOURS  ★BUY -  SELL - RENT to OWN - INVEST We Are the Licensed Mt Pleasant SC Real Estate Investment Company Serving the Charleston South Carolina Community Since 2002We Buy and Sell LOCAL Houses, Mobile Homes, Land.★ ★SEE On Our WEBSITEWholeSale Buyer Values @ 🈚▐► SCInvestmentProperties.com   ★ ★FSBO-NO MLS FEE-NO BROKER FEE-RENT to OWN 🈚▐►NO BANK FSBO RENT to OWN 3 HOMES 3bd-2ba Summerville-Charleston🈚▐►NO BANK FSBO  3  HOMES  3bd-2ba Summerville-Charleston 🈚▐►No Bank (3) THREE Rent to Own Homes ★ 3bd 2ba Charleston-Summerville 🈚▐►Rent to Own  House Buying 3bd - 2ba Lovely Subdivisions  Summerville Berkeley County 29486★ SEE WALK- THROUGH VIDEO TOURS ★ CALL STEVE to VISIT ★ Lease Optio...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
4981 Hollystone Ln, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $590,0003bed - 2bath - 0.18 sqft lotCOMING SOON: Going live on Sat., Jan. 28. Assumable VA mortgage for 2.25% - Elegant upscale home with lovely architectural details throughout: decorative columns separate the living room and dining room with multiple levels of tray ceilings in living room, master bedroom and foyer. French doors across the back wall of living room open onto an enclosed screen porch with a view of the patio and flowers across the back yard. A new HVAC, whole house generator, solar array on roof and plantation shutters throughout were installed in 2022 and a full list of improvements is available. Large kitchen built for a cook with double ovens and dishwashers and plenty o...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
9191 McDougal, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $40003bed - 2bath -Luxuriously Furnished home in Golden Eagle subdivision, this home is in a gated Golf Cart community and located right on the golf course. Subdivision has several Beautiful lakes to enjoy fishing and kayaking along with maintained walking trails. This house has several luxurious upgrades, including Plantation Shutters, Quartz countertops, high-end appliances, and a top-of-the-line washer/dryer. Every light fixture, fan and faucet has been updated as well. Out back there is a multi-level deck with a covered Pergola overlooking the golf course. See Virtual Tour! Rent includes Furniture, Monthly Cleaning Services, Yard Maintenance, Waste Pro Trash Services, HOA Dues, and Boat Sli...
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By Linda Peltz, It's The Sold That Counts
(eXp Realty)
The dream of owning a home could come only once in a lifetime. However, the high cost of purchasing a property can make it difficult to achieve this goal without financial assistance. This is where a home loan comes in. A home loan is a type of mortgage that allows you to borrow the funds needed to purchase a property and pay it back over time with interest.Meet Hero Loan Team, a loan and financing company California which offers a range of home loan options with unique benefits and programs to help make the dream of homeownership a reality. One of these programs is payment assistance, which is designed to help home buyers who may not have the financial resources to come up with a large down payment on their own. This program can provide a grant or loan that can be used to cover a porti...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Tarzana Weekly Market Update January 30th - February 5th, 2023 Tarzana Oaks NEWLY LISTED Etiwanda Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1673 sq. ft. | $690,000
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By Phillip Himes, Never Settle for Less, Always Setter for More
(eXp Realty)
If you are relocating to Houston Texas.  Sugar Land is one of the best Houston suburbs with the hottest neighborhoods. In this video, we list out the many reasons Sugar Land, TX is a highly sought community for people who are relocating to Houston.  In addition, we show you 3 of Sugar Land's top neighborhoods, some of the top local attractions, and the famous Sugar Land Town Square.  So if you are moving to Houston, I think it will be easy for you to picture yourself as a resident of Sugar Land Texas. 
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