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 Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Yorba Linda Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Fairmont Hill NEWLY LISTED Clear River Lane | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1062 sq. ft. | $639,900 Rancho Dominguez Townhomes NEWLY LISTED Via Inez | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1069 sq. ft. | $599,999 San Lorenzo NEWLY LISTED Northern Dancer Lane | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 2248 sq. ft. | $999,900
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP There are 4 steps to get Pre-Approved to buy a home. This is step 3.  Click the link below, also subscribe to my YouTube page to see my other videos and also feel free to share and comment!! I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP (Getty Images)  By Margaret Heidenry  EnvelopeFacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest As the housing market barrels toward the end of the year and all of its holiday trimmings, potential homebuyers are likely wondering what’s in store for the coming season. Home shoppers looking for lower asking prices can officially check that off their wish list. November’s median home list price of $416,000 was much more wallet-friendly than June’s record high of $449,000, according to a recent report from Realtor.com®. Yet the volatile real estate landscape is not quite ready to bring only glad tidings. High mortgage rates—which, as of Wednesday, hovering at 6.58% for a 30-year fixe...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Garden Grove Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Lotus Walk NEWLY LISTED Palm Street | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1677 sq. ft. | $635,800 Valley View Park BACK ON THE MARKET George Reyburn Road | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1440 sq. ft. | $699,000
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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)
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 Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Stanton Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Crosspointe Village BACK ON THE MARKET Marbrook Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1260 sq. ft. | $675,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Aliso Viejo Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Greystone Colony RECENTLY SOLD Colony Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1449 sq. ft. | $869,900 The Colony RECENTLY SOLD Colony Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1449 sq. ft. | $869,900
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Irvine Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Alders BACK ON THE MARKET Greenfield | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1159 sq. ft. | $650,000 Ashton Green NEWLY LISTED Jadestone | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1416 sq. ft. | $1,019,900 Coronado RECENTLY SOLD Splendor | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1904 sq. ft. | $1,278,880 Irvine Springs RECENTLY SOLD Streamwood | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 475 sq. ft. | $485,000 Ivy Wreath RECENTLY SOLD Tall Oak | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1930 sq. ft. | $1,295,000 Primrose RECENTLY SOLD Latitude | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1906 sq. ft. | $1,135,000 Rancho San Joaquin Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD Cerrito | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1463 sq. ft. | $875,000 Ridge Townhomes Akins NEWLY LISTED Rainbow Ridge | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1600 sq. ft. | $925,000 Sendero RECENTL...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Lake Forest Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Pheasant Creek NEWLY LISTED El Toro Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 916 sq. ft. | $499,999 Tuscany at Foothill Ranch NEWLY LISTED Rue De Valore | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 692 sq. ft. | $475,000 Rue De Valore | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1060 sq. ft. | $499,000
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
First-Time Homebuyers Incentive ProgramThe First-Time Homebuyers Incentive Program was formerly called the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Homeownership Assistance Program and provides $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance to eligible first-time homebuyers buying a home in Baltimore City.  First-time homebuyers buying in City designated "impact investment areas" can receive an additional $10,000, for a total of $20,000 in assistance.  This is a list of things you need to know about this program: You must earn a homeownership counseling certificate from a HUD approved provider before making an offer on your home. You have to live in this home as your primary residence You must contribute at least $1000 of your own money to your home purchase - this can include the ...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Huntington Beach Weekly Market Update November 28th - December 4th, 2022 Huntington Continental NEWLY LISTED Berkshire Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 960 sq. ft. | $592,000 Keswick Lane | 3 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1122 sq. ft. | $659,000 Huntington Pacific BACK ON THE MARKET Pacific Coast | 2 bedrooms | 0 baths | 968 sq. ft. | $1,225,000 Mystic Pointe NEWLY LISTED Seabourne Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2361 sq. ft. | $1,500,000 Seacliff on the Greens NEWLY LISTED Merion Circle | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2400 sq. ft. | $1,399,500 Fernwood Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2043 sq. ft. | $1,474,888
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
Something that seems very straightforward but is often ripe with problems is the attic pull down set of stairs. New Jersey home inspectors should understand what a proper installation looks like. Often these sets of steps are installed by nonprofessionals and have various safety defects that present a hazard to anyone accessing the attic.  These sets of steps are usually called attic pull downstairs and are permanently secured to the attic access opening. These sets of pull-down steps are typically installed by nonprofessionals.  Often their installation does not meet safety requirements. Some of the common defects that can be observed by NJ home inspectors are the following.- Often a roof truss system will be modified to accommodate an attic pull down steps. Often a homeowner or handy ...
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
When it comes to affordability, financial profile, and lifestyle, whether an initial purchase or downsizing, everyone has different needs and wants. Some who have the finances will choose a condo or townhome for the luxury, doorman, and amenities, such as a pool, tennis, and security. However, others will choose based on the affordability that a co-op provides. Prices will obviously depend on the building and its infrastructure, financial strength, and whether one, two, or three-plus bedrooms and accompanying bathrooms suit the buyer.Co-ops can be upwards of $100,000 less, minus most of the amenities provided by a condo or townhome. Sales applications and board approval are mandatory. Whether it is a doorman or gated community for security, pool, tennis, golf, or gym, the level of extra...
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