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 ‚Äď 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 Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1115 Missionwood Ln, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3000003bed - 3bath - 0.29 acres lotNestled in the quiet neighborhood of Missionwood, this fantastic three bedroom, three bath home lives large with multiple living spaces and oversized bedrooms and features updated flooring throughout, a well appointed kitchen with updated cabinets, countertops, backsplash and stainless steel appliances, completely renovated bathrooms, spacious screened in porch our back, and a fenced back yard featuring your very own fruit trees! Updates have been completed, but also allowing the next owner to put their personal touch on the home. This ideal location is convenient to shopping, schools, parks and entertainment for home buyers or is a great investment opp...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
I have been observing the current market and reading the 137 responses that I received from my previous column on Nov. 7. Although my survey isn’t comparable to any national survey via the Labor Dept. or any other government entity, it’s a small microcosm of the feelings of our local Long Island purchasing community who subscribe to my column.It appears approximately 62% of my respondents think renting or staying in place is more advantageous than purchasing right now. It is based mainly on our current interest rates. which are causing the increase in their monthly payments. However, the readers also thought that prices were still too high and felt uneasy about the market, even though there currently is still historically low inventory that should keep prices strong.From what I have res...
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
 New Jersey home inspectors should be familiar with identifying carpenter bees and the damage that they cause. The carpenter bee is an insect between 1/2 and 1-1/2 inches long. Carpenter bees have round bodies which are black in color. Male bees are aggressive and typically have a white or yellow face. Although the males are aggressive, they do not have a stinger. On the other hand, female carpenter bees are more subdued and do have the ability to sting. Capenter bees are often confused with bumble bees. The bumble bee has a yellow body hat is hairy and the carpenter bee has a black body. The carpenter bee is a wood destroying insect and the bumble bee is not. If you see bees hovering close to the eave areas of the home, darting in and out it is highly likely that you are looking at car...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Why It May Be Time To Add Newly Built Homes to Your SearchIf you put a pause on your home search because you weren't sure where you'd go once you sold your house, it might be a good time to get back into the market. If you're willing to work with a trusted agent to consider a newly built home, you may have even more options and incentives than you realize. That may be why the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says the share of buyers looking for new construction is increasing:According to the quarterly Housing Trends Report, the popularity of new construction homes is continuing to rebound . . .Heres a few reasons more buyers may be drawn to newly built homes.More Options To Choose from and Potential Builder IncentivesWhen looking for a home, you can choose between existing h...
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By Victoria Henderson, Washington DC Real Estate
(HomeBuyer Brokerage)
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
If you’re ready to jump into the housing market and see what’s available in your local area, connect with a trusted real estate professional today. My Home own search!  How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   Thinking of Buying, We can help you relocate, find a job, a daycare, and great places to eat, shop, and play along the gulf coast. It all starts by clicking here. Put my over 27-plus years to work in your best interest. We are ambassadors to the Gulf Coast of Florida got a question just email us or text us. Hello, Our family of licensed agents can show you ANY home on the market or that is Coming Soon and would love to show you around our local Gulf Coast Area, from Pensacola to Pace, Gulf Breeze to Navarre, and all beaches between. We will be your ambassadors to the area.We...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
If you're a young adult, you may be thinking about your goals and priorities for the months and years ahead. Click Here to Continue Reading   Bottom Line Serious buyers should approach rising rates as a motivating factor to buy sooner, not a reason to wait. Waiting will cost you more in the long run. Work with a real estate professional to understand your budget and how you can be prepared to buy your home before rates climb higher.  My Home own search! How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   Thinking of Buying, We can help you relocate, find a job, a daycare, and great places to eat, shop, and play along the gulf coast. It all starts by clicking here. Put my over 27-plus years to work in your best interest. We are ambassadors to the Gulf Coast of Florida got a question just ema...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Baltimore City Employee Homeownership ProgramDo you work for the City of Baltimore or one of its agencies?  You could qualify for $5000 towards purchasing a home in Baltimore City.  With the changing real estate market programs like these have become more acceptable to take advantage of while purchasing your home.   There are over 225 neighborhoods in Baltimore City to choose from and they do truly offer something for everyone.If you qualify, you can use this grant in conjunction with one of the many other down payment assistance programs available for home buyers in Baltimore City.  To get started you will need to complete homeownership counseling from an accredited agency and complete a program application.  You will also need to work with a loan officer with a financial institution t...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Santa Monica Weekly Market Update November 14th - 20th, 2022 1127 10th St RECENTLY SOLD 10Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1079 sq. ft. | $1,050,000 519 California RECENTLY SOLD California Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1234 sq. ft. | $1,295,000
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1700 S Meridian St, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $4000005bed - 2bath - 0.38 acres lotLocation, Location, Location! This 5-bedroom home in Myers Park is close to downtown and all the action at Cascades Park and future SoMo Walls - walk or ride your bike! Set on a large lot, this 3,000+ sq ft home has seen extensive renovations including a fully finished basement with BRAND NEW paint and flooring! Large living and dining areas are great for entertaining or a busy life. The backyard is fenced and the perfect place for a deck to enjoy the shade in the afternoon. Recent updates also include a new Roof (2016), new Vinyl Siding (2016), ALL new Windows (2017), refinished hardwood floors on the main level and a new HVAC (2017). If you enjoy an ur...
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By Victor Amadi, Greenville SC Realtor
(PRODUCER Realty, LLC)
Inman SC Brick Homes for Sale - 435 Riveroak Rd 29349 Welcome to 435 Riveroak Rd, Inman, SC Welcome to this Well Built Custom Brick Inman SC Home for sale located in a Desirable, Established Neighborhood with 2.65 Acres of Land and No HOA. This Brick Home is durable and can handle all seasons, whether winter or summer. It is also low maintenance that you don't need to spend every time painting. Bricks have natural colors that give a timeless appearance and boost curb appeal. Surely this home can accommodate all of your friends for any gatherings because it has an amazing floorplan that would be great for someone who needs space to spread out on the main level. Your guest can comfortably rest in the Additional Bedroom and Living Space upstairs.   View Additional Details & Pictures Here E...
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
Home Sweet Home: The Emotional Benefits of Homeownership [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights While there are many financial perks to owning a home, there are also powerful non-financial benefits to consider if you’re thinking about making a move. Homeownership allows you to express yourself, gives you greater privacy and comfort, enhances your connection to your community and loved ones, and is an achievement to feel proud of. Let’s connect today to discuss all that homeownership has to offer.
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights While there are many financial perks to owning a home, there are also powerful non-financial benefits to consider if you’re thinking about making a move. Homeownership allows you to express yourself, gives you greater privacy and comfort, enhances your connection to your community and loved ones, and is an achievement to feel proud of. Let’s connect today to discuss all that homeownership has to offer.  Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 641-1531Fax: (407) 205-1951email: info@phphouses.comLet’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagramThe information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. The author does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of ...
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By Emily Medvec, Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
(eXp Realty LLC)
In New Mexico real estate transactions it has become very common for Buyer and Sellers to typically pay for certain costs related to the purchase and sale of a house, condominium or land. Buyer typically pays for these items: escrow fees recording changes for all documents related to transfer of title to buyer prorated share of taxes all new loan charges and lender fees including: appraisal, credit report, tax service fee, loan origination or discount fee, reserves for property taxes and insurance, flood certification and mortgage insurance premium title insurance premium (the lender policy) interest on a new loan starting from the day of funding to 30 days prior to the first loan payment date Homeowner (HOA) or Condomium (COA) owner transfer fees if applicable fire insurance premium fo...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1924 Leone Dr, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $300,0003bed - 2bath - 0.27 acres lotMOVE IN READY home located in highly sought after Melody Hills! This adorable property has so much curb appeal and old Tallahassee charm while boasting fantastic features throughout. This home has multiple living spaces including a living room, family room, additional office/study area, a well-appointed and open kitchen, and an over-sized large master suite with vaulted ceilings, double vanities, and walk in closet! Also featuring updated flooring (no carpet here!), a 2014 HVAC and brand new mini-split in 2022, this home will be low-maintenance for years to come. This adorable home offers privacy but with close proximity to everything - This in town gem will...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Marina del Rey Weekly Market Update November 14th - 20th, 2022 Latitude 33 Sky Collection RECENTLY SOLD Via Dolce | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2387 sq. ft. | $3,199,000 Via Marina Tahiti RECENTLY SOLD Via Dolce | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2387 sq. ft. | $3,199,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sylmar Weekly Market Update November 14th - 20th, 2022 Cabrillo Park BACK ON THE MARKET Hubbard Street | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1005 sq. ft. | $419,999
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sherman Oaks Weekly Market Update November 14th - 20th, 2022 Chateau Royale NEWLY LISTED Willis Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1295 sq. ft. | $625,000 Vista Del Monte Condominiums NEWLY LISTED Vista Del Monte Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1664 sq. ft. | $725,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Tarzana Weekly Market Update November 14th - 20th, 2022 California Place NEWLY LISTED Hatteras Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 758 sq. ft. | $395,000
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