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 Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Beachfront Homes for Sale Huntington BeachSearching for Beachfront Homes for Sale Huntington Beach? Beachfront homes for sale in Huntington Beach, California provide potential homeowners with an incredible opportunity to own a piece of Southern California’s renowned coastal lifestyle. From the vibrant Huntington Beach Pier to the bustling downtown district, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque seaside town. Whether you're looking for an investment property or a dream home by the sea, beachfront properties offer one-of-a-kind views and endless opportunities.Huntington Beach offers many types of beachfront homes at various price points. Luxury estates on multi-million dollar streets such as Seacliff Drive can be found right alongside cozy bungalows that are perfect for weeke...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Huntington Beach Senior Homes for SaleHuntington Beach Senior Homes for Sale offer an abundance of options for seniors looking to relocate. Those seeking a beachside lifestyle can find their ideal home on the California coast in this city known as Surf City, USA. With its unparalleled climate and endless outdoor recreation opportunities, it’s no wonder that Huntington Beach is such a desirable place for seniors to call home.No matter what your budget may be, you’ll find something special and unique within Huntington Beach's wide selection of senior homes for sale. From condos with one bedroom and one bath to sprawling estate properties with multiple bedrooms and baths, there are plenty of choices that will fit any size family or budget. Plus, many of these homes feature ocean-view balco...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Seacliff Huntington Beach Homes for SaleSeacliff Huntington Beach Homes for Sale offer potential buyers an opportunity to experience some of the most sought-after and exclusive real estate in Southern California. Just steps away from the iconic Huntington Beach Pier, these luxurious homes have easy access to all that this vibrant beach city has to offer. From breathtaking natural beauty and stunning ocean views to a vast array of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, Seacliff Huntington Beach is the perfect place to call home.Situated on a private bluff overlooking one of the most picturesque beaches in Orange County, these exquisite homes feature modern design elements along with high end amenities like gourmet kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, large outdoor spaces with built-in fir...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Seal Beach Waterfront Homes for Sale Search the newest Seal Beach Waterfront Homes for Sale & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Seal Beach Waterfront Homes for Sale Useful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale ...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
¿Está buscando convertirse en un comprador de vivienda por primera vez?Aquí hay 3 cosas que quizás no sepa acerca de contratar a un agente de bienes raíces.👇1.- No te cuesta nada. ¡Los agentes de bienes raíces obtienen una comisión del vendedor, no una tarifa de usted!2.- Cada agente tiene su especialidad. Busque un agente que se especialice en ayudar a los compradores de vivienda primerizos a encontrar su nueva cuna.3.- Asegúrate de vibrar con tu agente inmobiliario. ¡Son su defensor en el proceso, allí para representarlo a usted y sus necesidades!¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre la contratación de un agente de bienes raíces? Sigamos con la conversación en los comentarios.¡No espere más para convertirse en comprador de vivienda por primera vez!Hablemos hoy.
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Seal Beach Homes for Sale Old TownSearch the newest Seal Beach Homes for Sale Old Town & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Seal Beach 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 Seal Beach listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Seal Beach Homes for Sale Old TownUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale / Houses...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
Are you looking to become a first-time homebuyer?Here are 3 things you might not know about hiring a real estate agent.👇1.- It doesn’t cost you anything. Real estate agents get a commission from the seller, not a fee from you!2.- Every agent has their specialty. Look for an agent that specializes in helping first-time homebuyers find their new crib.3.- Make sure you vibe with your real estate agent. They’re your advocate in the process, there to represent you and your needs!Have any questions about hiring a real estate agent? Let’s keep the conversation going in the comments.Don't wait any longer to become a first-time homebuyer!Let's talk today. 
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Dana Point Homes for Sale Ocean ViewSearching for Dana Point Homes for Sale Ocean View? Dana Point, California is the perfect place to live if you want breathtaking ocean views without sacrificing convenience. With a number of Dana Point homes for sale that offer picturesque ocean views, you can enjoy a beautiful Californian coastline with all the amenities of city life.Whether you’re looking for an upscale condo in the heart of downtown or a spacious beachfront villa, there's a wide selection of properties available to suit any budget and lifestyle. Searching for Dana Point homes for sale with an ocean view has never been easier - take your pick from luxurious estates overlooking the Pacific Ocean or stylish townhouses near some of the best beaches in California. Each property offers s...
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By Lisa Delzompo 951-704-4559, Experienced, Trusted, & On Your Mission: Home
(Sand to Sea Properties, Inc.)
Murrieta Homes for Sale with Pool | Sycamore Ranch Sedona0:00 - Intro2:06 - Pools | Murrieta homes for sale with Pool shows the incidence of pools in this neighborhood.Frank covers the ins and outs of the Sycamore Ranch and Sedona neighborhoods which are adjacent to each other at the corner of Washington Avenue and Calle De Oso Oro. Topics include the size of the homes, including number of garages - up to four-car garages! Whether it's in a homeowners association, tax rate as well as location in relation to shopping, schools, restaurants and the commute with access along the 15 freeway.Frank is a full time broker-owner, also a retired Marine, who helps you buy, sell, or rent homes near military bases in the time frame you need. Got orders? The housing mission is critical. Want to buy a ...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Rancho Park Homes for SaleSearch the newest Rancho Park Homes for Sale & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Rancho Park 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 Rancho Park listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Rancho Park Homes for SaleUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale / Houses for Sale in Santa Mon...
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The human thought process ...... is influenced by any number of factors, ie. past experience, the use of logic or common sense, along with the thoughts or ideas shared by others. While this combo of factors would seem almost "fool-proof" various aspects can often be "misinterpreted".Looking specifically, let's take a look at a few misconceptions with today's real estate market.  A. The price of housing will moderate with a reduction in cost, as increased numbers of buyer's are now priced out of the market.  B. Interest rate hikes will take their toll. Until mortgage rates moderate, a slowdown in activity will continue.  C. The current reduction in inventory has little influence with real estate pricing or valuation.Let's take a closer look at each of the above statements to ascertain th...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Like the pride of ownership you will no doubt experience when you purchase your home, I have pride of ownership in my real estate business. Once you become my client I consider you a client for life.My goal is that at the end of the buying and selling process, you will be delighted with my services and think of me anytime you, your family, or your friends have a need for a real estate expert. I will work hard to make sure that you are delighted both with the buying process and your new home. You see, I don’t make my living off any one transaction. I make my living off of your referral business. I don’t get that unless you are very happy.Your own backyard to enjoy in your OWN home (Photo: Rudy, Pixabay) Please keep my contact information and give me a call or email anytime you or a loved...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights Many people believe you need to put down 20% of the purchase price when you buy a home. But recent homebuyers actually put down far less on their purchase. And with programs like FHA loans, VA loans, and USDA loans, some qualified buyers are able to put down as little as 0-3.5%. Let’s connect to make sure you have a trusted lender and can find out if you’re ready to buy a home sooner rather than later.  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 Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
The 3 Factors That Affect Home Affordability If you've been following the housing market over the last couple of years, you've likely heard about growing affordability challenges. But according to experts, the key factors that determine housing affordability are projected to improve this year. Selma Hepp, Executive, Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic, shares:. . . with slowly improving affordability and a more optimistic economic outlook than previously believed, the housing market could show resilience in 2023.The three measures used to establish home affordability are home prices, mortgage rates, and wages. Here's a closer look at each one.1. Mortgage RatesMortgage rates shot up to over 7% last year, causing many buyers to put their plans on hold. But things are looking different tod...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1921 Greenwood Dr, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $8750005bed - 5bath - 0.54 acres lotCUSTOM LUXURY in the heart of Tallahassee! Enjoy every moment at this spectacular home, equipped with not one but TWO move-in ready guest cottages for maximum space or additional income potential. Take in the natural light in the bright and open main house featuring a massive great room encompassing the living and dining areas with 15 foot ceilings and open to the drop dead gorgeous kitchen with a 10 foot island, all granite countertops, custom cabinets and high-end appliances. The main home also offers a massive 46x26 wooden deck spanning the back of the main house overlooking the brand new pavered patio area and professionally landscaped backyard, perfe...
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By Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
1119 West 82nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90044 - Open Every Sunday 1-4pm. www.1119West82.com4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2968SF$22K Closing Cost Credit to BuyerTurnkey | Move-In Ready | Views | $1,199,000Call 818-825-6996 
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By Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563
(1 Month Realty)
A Single Woman’s Guide To Home OwnershipThe traditional view of home ownership usually includes a married couple, but times have changed, and more and more single women are entering the housing market. In fact, almost twice as many single women are purchasing homes than single men, and almost one in five homes purchased today are purchased by single women. So why are single women making up such a large part of the housing market, and what are the special considerations single women should make when purchasing a home?What Women Want!The demographics of single women buying homes are quite diverse. From young professional women in their 20s to divorced mothers in their 40s, there are really no typical single women making home purchases, and their needs are just as diverse. Overall, however...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Homes for Sale Pico RobertsonSearch the newest Homes for Sale Pico Robertson & real estate listings. If you would like more information on any of these Pico Robertson 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 Pico Robertson listings come on the market that match your specific criteria.To view Homes for Sale Pico RobertsonUseful Links: Beverly Hills Houses for Sale / Beverly Hills Homes for Sale / Houses for Sa...
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
Although it is not required or part of the New Jersey home inspector regulations in New Jersey. New Jersey home inspectors should inspect for duct leaks in HVAC systems. The majority of homes in New Jersey are equipped with central forced air systems that rely on ductwork to deliver conditioned air from the furnace to the rooms of the home. If the ductwork is not sealed properly this can create poor performance and create hot or cold temperatures in the home caused by the loss of heated or cooled air. Ductwork air leakage issues can be more problematic at the furnace or the air handler cabinet where air pressures are the greatest. Seems or holes in the cabinets should be properly sealed to prevent air leakage from these openings. The only areas where conditioned air should be able to es...
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