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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 Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County Home Sales Market Report April 2024Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston, RE/MAX Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for April 2024.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County?  Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997. Review my many happy client testimonials too! Average List P...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Having a hard time finding a first home that's right for you and your wallet? Well, here's a tip – think about condominiums, or condos for short.They're usually smaller than single-family homes, but that's exactly why they can be easier on your budget. According to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), condos are typically less expensive than single-family homes (see graph below): So, if you're comfortable with a smaller space and want to buy your first home this year, adding condos to your search might be easier on your wallet. Besides giving you more options for your home search and maybe fitting your budget better, living in a condo has a bunch of other perks, too. According to Rocket Mortgage: “From community living to walkable urban areas, condos are grea...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Dana Point Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Ritz Pointe BACK ON THE MARKET Corniche Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 735 sq. ft. | $599,000 Sea Ridge NEWLY LISTED Sunrise Court | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1389 sq. ft. | $1,525,000 Seaside Villas RECENTLY SOLD Captains Lane | 4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1883 sq. ft. | $1,200,000
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
In today's main line market there is a lot of competition. To get your buyer's offer accepted needs a combination of several things.The listing agent needs to have confidence in the buyer agent. There are a lot of agents in the Main Line, not all of them work full time or have the experience to get offers to closing. Many agents today do not answer their phones or return calls. By simply picking up the call it makes communication easier.The offer needs to be realistic. Prices have been increasing in our market at a rapid rate month over month. But this doesn't mean that every home has to sell for the asking price or more than the previous home in a development. We put in a good offer with an explanation of our reasoning and we got it accepted.Some flexibility is needed. When a seller co...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Ladera Ranch Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Three Vines RECENTLY SOLD Three Vines Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1252 sq. ft. | $810,000
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Ready to unlock your homeownership dreams? 🗝️ Let's make those goals a reality! Contact me today to take the first step towards owning your own piece of paradise. #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowners #happyhome #goalgetter #goals #homegoals #happyhomeowners #realestate #investment #realestateagent #realtor
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Discover East Lake Townhomes in Auburn, AL Experience upscale living at its finest with East Lake Townhomes in Auburn, AL. These luxurious residences offer a low-maintenance lifestyle while being conveniently close to shopping, dining, downtown Auburn, and Auburn University. Located off Moore’s Mill Road, and near Moore’s Mill Country Club, these townhomes are all about of modern convenience. Zoned for Auburn City Schools. Join me as I drive through the neighborhood. Call me today if you are interested in these townhomes! #berkshirehathawayhomeservicespreferredrealestate #EastLaketownhomes #AuburnTownhomes #homebuying #DiscoverEastLake #homeselling  
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Irvine Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Arden Square NEWLY LISTED Kingswood | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1900 sq. ft. | $1,698,000 Avenue One NEWLY LISTED Scholarship | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1038 sq. ft. | $998,000 BACK ON THE MARKET Scholarship | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1052 sq. ft. | $798,000 RECENTLY SOLD Scholarship | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1260 sq. ft. | $938,800 Lakeshore RECENTLY SOLD Southwind | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2760 sq. ft. | $2,295,000 Manhatten NEWLY LISTED Rockefeller | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2290 sq. ft. | $1,625,000 Monterey RECENTLY SOLD Chula Vista | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1601 sq. ft. | $1,145,999 Orangetree Lake Condos BACK ON THE MARKET Tangelo | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 661 sq. ft. | $580,000 RECENTLY SOLD Tangelo | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 868 sq. ft. ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
193 Nautilus Dr, Monticello, FL Click here to Get Directions$1790000 3 Beds - 6 Baths - 32.1 acres Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Introducing a breathtaking fusion of modern convenience and medieval charm nestled in the heart of the woods. This meticulously renovated 9,848 square foot architectural marvel boasts a captivating design, featuring uniquely sized windows and curving walls that exude artistic allure at every turn. Step inside and experience the epitome of luxury living. The main building offers a seamless blend of functionality and elegance, with a spacious kitchen offering expansive views, a library capable of housing 10,000 books, currently fill with about 6000 books. The ensuite bedrooms provide unparalleled comfort and privacy. The master bedroom is situated on th...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Fullerton Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Fairway Village RECENTLY SOLD Pinehurst Court | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1572 sq. ft. | $1,020,000 Park Ridge NEWLY LISTED Associated Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 676 sq. ft. | $469,000 Westside RECENTLY SOLD Chisolm Way | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 932 sq. ft. | $547,000
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Mission Viejo Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Palmia Courts 2 NEWLY LISTED San Bernardo | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1278 sq. ft. | $799,000 Ridgemont RECENTLY SOLD Las Flores | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 790 sq. ft. | $554,900
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Anaheim Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Windwood BACK ON THE MARKET E. Willow Woods | 3 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1068 sq. ft. | $655,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Cypress Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Cypress Villas NEWLY LISTED Sonora Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1221 sq. ft. | $690,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Costa Mesa Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Laurels at Providence Ranch RECENTLY SOLD Via Merano | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1477 sq. ft. | $887,000 Village Creek RECENTLY SOLD Hollow Brook Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1270 sq. ft. | $575,000 Westbluff Village RECENTLY SOLD Westward Lane | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1300 sq. ft. | $649,000 Westward Lane | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1292 sq. ft. | $799,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Yorba Linda Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Kellogg Terrace RECENTLY SOLD Alamo Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 807 sq. ft. | $529,500 Villaggio RECENTLY SOLD Terra Bella Court | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1580 sq. ft. | $975,000 Woodgate NEWLY LISTED Blue Ridge Court | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 861 sq. ft. | $599,000 Yorba Linda Knolls RECENTLY SOLD Carmonita Lane | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1529 sq. ft. | $789,000
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Off grid Maine waterfront getaway, $29,500!Welcome to wildlife, not wall to wall people. Looking for a place to run away and hide, to get below radar and out of sight for a stretch of time?Vacations up in Maine at the camp on the waterfront.Are you in this dream to own low cost property to use on those three day long weekends, on other times you squeeze in to head to Maine?Watch Lot 46 McConnell Mill RD Hammond ME waterfront camp land video.Simple, outdoor four season recreational camp on the waterfront in Maine.Need one of those to enjoy and rent out for profit when you are not using? With 2.5 acres of land, frontage on crystal clean B Stream how can you go wrong at the price of under $30K?Maine real estate that is priced low to the ground and within reach.Snug camp with bathroom start...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mission Valley Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Friars Pointe RECENTLY SOLD Rancho Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 506 sq. ft. | $399,000 Mission Ridge RECENTLY SOLD Caminito Cuervo | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1103 sq. ft. | $639,999 Caminito Cuervo | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1037 sq. ft. | $625,000 Park Villas North NEWLY LISTED Mission Center Court | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 506 sq. ft. | $375,000 Park Villas South RECENTLY SOLD Caminito Gabaldon | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 894 sq. ft. | $529,900 Rancho Mission Villas RECENTLY SOLD Rancho Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 530 sq. ft. | $419,999 River Colony RECENTLY SOLD Camino De La Reina | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 712 sq. ft. | $495,000 The Bluffs NEWLY LISTED Friars Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1113 sq. ft. | $718,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Normal Heights Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 33rd Street North RECENTLY SOLD 33Rd Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 899 sq. ft. | $599,000 Monroe Manor NEWLY LISTED Monroe Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 858 sq. ft. | $499,000 RECENTLY SOLD Monroe Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 608 sq. ft. | $445,000
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