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 Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
(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 fixed-rate loan—are a stark reminder that many buyers might still struggle on the affordability front. “Even though prices are do...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
University District home buyers now can access the entire inventory of University District homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos. By clicking on the address, you get a map of the property’s location. By clicking on “Franklin,” you get access to tax information, mortgage amounts, and transfer dates on each property. Hopefully, this is a way buyers for University District homes can get up-to-date information and make an informed purchase. We can show you any of these homes,so please contact The Jackson Team at 614-431-1220. Click Here to Access the Entire Inventory of University District Homes for Sale!
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Clintonville home buyers now can access the entire inventory of Clintonville homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos. By clicking on the address, you get a map of the property’s location. By clicking on “Franklin,” you get access to tax information, mortgage amounts, and transfer dates on each property. Hopefully, this is a way buyers for Clintonville homes can get up-to-date information and make an informed purchase. We can show you any of these homes,so please contact The Jackson Team at 614-431-1220 Click Here to Access the Entire Inventory of Clintonville Homes for Sale!
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Worthington home buyers now can access the entire inventory of Worthington homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos. By clicking on the address, you get a map of the property’s location. By clicking on “Franklin,” you get access to tax information, mortgage amounts, and transfer dates on each property. Hopefully, this is a way buyers for Worthington homes can get up-to-date information and make an informed purchase. We can show you any of these homes,so please contact The Jackson Team at 614-431-1220. Click Here to Access the Entire Inventory of Worthington Homes for Sale!
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Central Ohio investors now can access the entire inventory of Central Ohio Bank Owned properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos. By clicking on the address, you get a map of the property’s location. By clicking on “Franklin,” you get access to tax information, mortgage amounts, and transfer dates on each property. Hopefully, this is a way buyers for Central Ohio Bank Owned properties can get up-to-date information and make an informed purchase. We can show you any of these homes,so please contact The Jackson Team at 614-431-1220. Click Here to Access the Entire Inventory of Central Ohio Bank Owned Properties For Sale!
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1024 Longstreet Dr, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $2725003bed - 2bath - 0.25 acres lotTenant out!!! Fully painted and cleaned 11/5!!! Completely Turn Key remodeled property. New siding, Kitchen, Bathrooms, Flooring, ALL New and Upgraded Plumbing, New Windows, HVAC and Roof 2011. Located on a Cul De Sac and currently has a termite bond on the home. Buyer will have option to have countertop color picked and/or material of their choosing due to defective countertop.Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: FloridaContact MeUseful Links Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values Manausa.com Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance Homes Close to Where You Work FREE HUD ...
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By Deborah Bly, Realtor
(eXp Realty, LLC)
DID YOU KNOW?While there are many FINANCIAL PERKS to owning a home, there are also POWERFUL NON-FINANCIAL BENEFITS to consider if you are 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.#theblyteam #realestate #exprealty #LeagueCity #leaguecityrealtor #houston #homeownershipbenefits #didyouknowfacts
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By Victoria Henderson, Washington DC Real Estate
(HomeBuyer Brokerage)
Home inspections are a challenge during the winter. Home buyers should have a thorough home inspection regardless of the time of year. But in the winter months, home inspectors work around the ice, snow, and slippery conditions.  On the podcast, Listen Up Home Buyers! Glenn Grutta, the owner of Vector Home Inspections in Massachusetts walks us through a winter home inspection. :33 One of the biggest challenges to doing a home inspection in winter is getting to the property to do the inspection:52 when snow is on the ground, how do you evaluate the perimeter of the home?1:20 start with the interior of the house to keep the property neater2:00 snow on the roof limits the visual but there are clues2:15 lines on the roof indicate heat loss in the home2:45 the lines you see on the roof are t...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
IS A NEW CHARLOTTE REGION HOME ON YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST THIS YEAR?THERE'S STILL TIME TO FIND ONE IN 2022! If a new Charlotte area home is on your Christmas list for 2022, but you haven't yet found your dream home, there's still time to find a home this year. Why not end your house search in 2022 the right way... with Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners/Coldwell Banker Realty  helping you find your way home? We've been opening doors for Charlotte area home buyers for over 22 years, both in North Carolina and South Carolina.  WHAT TO KNOW IF YOU'RE PURSUING YOUR DREAM OF HOMEOWNERSHIP Charlotte Area Property Search: We Make It EasySearch GreatHomesInCharlotte.com for real estate and homes for sale throughout the Charlotte region. You can search real estate listings by basic and adv...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1474 Applewood Way, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3250003bed - 2bath - 0.13 acres lotLocated in one of the most highly sought after neighborhoods in Tallahassee, this welcoming three bedroom, two bathroom split plan features a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace, well appointed kitchen with a bar and an eat-in nook, an over-sized large master suite with double vanities, a garden tub & shower, and walk in closet, a screened in porch and pavered patio overlooking the natural and lush conservation land out back! Also featuring a 2018 Roof and 2014 HVAC, this home will be maintenance free for years to come. This great home offers privacy but with close proximity to absolutely everything and a fabulous scho...
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By Khash Saghafi NMLS, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland OH NMLS 1114762
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
There are 4 steps to get Pre-Approved to buy a home.This is step 1.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 Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Life is a Balancing Act - What's the Key? "The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." ---Steven CoveyIt's all about perspective! "The North Texas home prices peaked in June and have since declined about 4.4%," so the Dallas Morning News says. However, Patricia says, even though there are mortgage rate changes, and there are declines, there are still GREAT options for eligible homebuyers. From the moment we are born, life is a balancing act. An infant will never learn to walk if it doesn't get moving, hold on, crawl, pull up, grunt, and make some noise. A child doesn't listen to the Media or consult with Financial Advisors. They trust the people who care the most and helps them every step of the way. As a REALTOR®, Mother and a Grandmother, th...
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By John Krol, Naples,Luxury Homes,International Buyers / Sellers
(Top Producers Realty, Inc. Krol Group International)
 YOU SEE A LISTING ON A WEBSITE YOU LIKE WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT? Many people do not realize that when they click on more information on many of the main stream websites that your lead is being sold off to the highest bidder.  Many of these pay for leads are new agents who know nothing and surely has no clue about the listing you are inquiring about. Some popular websites get big bucks on selling your lead.  You would be surprised , some people in the area I serve are paying $500 + for 1 lead on a major real estate site.   How can you get the listing information quick and accurate?  One way is dealing with an agent that has been selling that area over 10 years.  I would prefer one that has been longer but use 10 years as a low base number and try to verify they are truthful about being full...
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By John Krol, Naples,Luxury Homes,International Buyers / Sellers
(Top Producers Realty, Inc. Krol Group International)
JUST LISTED 3995 8TH AVE NE NAPLES, FL 34120 Naples FL homes for saleOffered at $699,900.00 For more information contact Broker John 800-214-4945 or john@krolgrp.com or text 239-289-2336.  see the tour here
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
Now that winter is here a question that New Jersey home inspectors often get is how can clients save a little money on their energy costs in their new home? Energy and utilities of all types are as expensive as they have ever been. It is wise for the NJ home inspector to understand simple ways for their clients to make their homes more energy efficient. Significant savings can be achieved by implementing simple changes that homeowners can do themselves. Making some small changes to improve energy efficiency can save the homeowner money, increase the comfort level in the home,  have a positive impact on the environment, and reduce pollution. The majority of the energy used in homes is for heating and cooling. There are some simple steps a homeowner can do to help control these costs.  - ...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
JOIN US - LIVE GUIDED INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TOURS Register for one of our next Live Virtual Factory, Design Center & Models Tours at https://vt-sign-up.com Experience a live virtual tour of our actual Westchester Modular Homes factory & models located at the factory, as well as custom homes that our customers have allowed us to shoot in 3D and share with you. If you are interested sign up at https://vt-sign-up.comWhat will you learn by attending the Live Virtual Factory Tour? The Benefits & Advantages of Modular Construction The Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before its built 3D Tour of our Factory & Sample Homes Q & A Session after Presentation   Westchester Modular Homes Inc works with independent qualified builders throughout NY, NJ, PA, CT, RI, NH, M...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
JOIN A FREE LIVE GUIDED INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TOURS   Register for one of Westchester Modular Homes Inc Live Virtual Factory, Design Center & Model Home Tours on at https://vt-sign-up.com Experience a live virtual tour of our actual Westchester Modular Homes factory & models located at the factory, as well as custom homes that our customers have allowed us to shoot in 3D and share with you. If you are interested sign up at https://vt-sign-up.comWhat will you learn by attending the Live Virtual Factory Tour? The Benefits & Advantages of Modular Construction The Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before its built 3D Tour of our Factory & Sample Homes Q & A Session after Presentation   Westchester Modular Homes Inc works with independent qualified builders thro...
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By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(One Sothebys International Realty)
  If you’re a young adult, you may be thinking about your goals and priorities for the months and years ahead. And if homeownership ranks high on your goal sheet, you’re in good company. Many of your peers are also pursuing their dream of owning a home. The 2022 Millennial & Gen Z Borrower Sentiment Report from Maxwell says: “Many young adults have demonstrated their resolve to embark on the journey toward homeownership soon. More than half of millennials and Gen Zs plan to apply for a mortgage sometime within the next year.” Let’s take a look at why homeownership makes the top of so many young buyers’ to-do list and what you need to consider to achieve your goals if you’re one of them. Top Motivators To Buy a Home Before you start the homebuying process, it’s helpful to know why homeow...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County 5 Bedroom Home Sales Market Report November 2022 Waukesha County 5 Bedroom Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston, RE/MAX    Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for November 2022.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County 5 Bedroom Homes For Sale   My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for 5 Bedroom Homes In 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...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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