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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 Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Santa Monica Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Dorchester House RECENTLY SOLD 4Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2627 sq. ft. | $2,750,000 Pacific Bay Towers RECENTLY SOLD 4Th Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 615 sq. ft. | $699,000 Villa de Luz NEWLY LISTED 4Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 970 sq. ft. | $1,299,000 519 California BACK ON THE MARKET California Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1266 sq. ft. | $1,478,000 608 Idaho Ave RECENTLY SOLD Idaho Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1109 sq. ft. | $999,000 Franklin and Colorado Townhouses NEWLY LISTED Colorado Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1423 sq. ft. | $1,285,000 Quintas Malaga RECENTLY SOLD 20Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1905 sq. ft. | $1,895,000
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By Bob Elliot, 30+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Are you in the market for a new home? Have you considered the allure of a fixer-upper? While the idea of purchasing a home that needs a bit of TLC might seem daunting at first, numerous benefits come with this type of investment. We will plunge into the exciting world of fixer-uppers and uncover why they might just be the perfect choice for you.Cost-Effectiveness: One of the most significant advantages of buying a fixer-upper is the potential cost savings. Typically, these homes are priced lower than move-in-ready properties, allowing you to purchase a larger or better-located home for the same budget. Additionally, you have the opportunity to increase the home's value through renovations, ultimately yielding a higher return on investment.Personalization: With a fixer-upper, you have th...
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By Glen Bigness, Since 1986 a trusted real estate resource.
(Premier Plus Realty)
Bonita Beach Waterfront Homes for SaleBonita Beach is a beautiful piece of beachfront neighboring Barefoot Beach and located between Naples and Fort Myers. It is made up of single family gulf and waterfront homes, villas, and condominiums. Bonita Beach has frequently ranked on national top beaches lists. Boating, fishing, diving and shelling are popular.Bonita Beach – Single Family Gulf Homes:Up to $15,000,000+Homes on Bonita Beach sit on one of the most desirable locations in Southwest Florida. Bonita Beach maintains the lifestyle and quality of living of the Naples waterfront, but avoids the atmosphere and zoning issues faced by more northern beach communities. Bonita Beach also maintains the Naples gulf front style without the high pricing. A Bonita beachfront residence can be had fo...
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By The Berns Team, It's always Better With Berns!
(The Berns Team)
Welcome to 5308 Godbey Drive, a picturesque 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home featuring a unique reverse floor plan and captivating views of the surrounding mountains and the golf course at the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club. This inviting home features hardwood floors, recessed lighting, and stylish finishes throughout, creating an atmosphere of contemporary elegance. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by the upper level's spacious living and dining area, highlighted by vaulted ceilings and a cozy gas fireplace with a mantle. The living room extends onto a balcony, perfect for relaxing while taking in the serene vistas. The adjacent dining room showcases wainscoting and connects seamlessly to the gourmet kitchen, complete with tiled floors, stone countertops, recessed lighting and a subway-t...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
YOU ARE INVITED - JOIN US - LIVE GUIDED INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TOURSRegister for our next Live Virtual Factory, Design Center & Models Tours at www.vt-sign-up.comExperience 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 www.vt-sign-up.comWhat will you learn by attending the Live Virtual Factory Tour? - Learn about the Benefits & Advantages of Modular Construction - Experience the Design Software & how you can take a 3D Walkthrough of your Home before its built - Experience a 3D Tour of our Factory - Go on a 3D Tour of our Model Homes - Explore your Financing Options - Participate in a Q & A Session after Present...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Long Beach Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 360 Gladys Ave NEWLY LISTED Gladys Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 854 sq. ft. | $550,000 Bixby Elm Condominiums RECENTLY SOLD Elm Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 753 sq. ft. | $389,000 Bixby Riviera RECENTLY SOLD Riviera Circle | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1562 sq. ft. | $849,000 Casa Verde RECENTLY SOLD Gladys Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 941 sq. ft. | $495,000 El Capitan NEWLY LISTED Santa Fe Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 842 sq. ft. | $395,000 Gardenia Villas RECENTLY SOLD Gardenia Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 540 sq. ft. | $399,900 Hampton Condominium NEWLY LISTED Ackerfield Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 641 sq. ft. | $320,000 Ackerfield Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 641 sq. ft. | $310,000 Ackerfield Avenue | 2 bedroom...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
YOU ARE INVITED - JOIN US - LIVE GUIDED INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TOURSRegister for our next Live Virtual Factory, Design Center & Models Tours at www.vt-sign-up.comExperience 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 www.vt-sign-up.comWhat will you learn by attending the Live Virtual Factory Tour? - Learn about the Benefits & Advantages of Modular Construction - Experience the Design Software & how you can take a 3D Walkthrough of your Home before its built - Experience a 3D Tour of our Factory - Go on a 3D Tour of our Model Homes - Explore your Financing Options - Participate in a Q & A Session after Present...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
YOU ARE INVITED - JOIN US - LIVE GUIDED INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL TOURSRegister for our next Live Virtual Factory, Design Center & Models Tours at www.vt-sign-up.comExperience 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 www.vt-sign-up.comWhat will you learn by attending the Live Virtual Factory Tour? - Learn about the Benefits & Advantages of Modular Construction - Experience the Design Software & how you can take a 3D Walkthrough of your Home before its built - Experience a 3D Tour of our Factory - Go on a 3D Tour of our Model Homes - Explore your Financing Options - Participate in a Q & A Session after Present...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
4880 Quail Valley Road, TALLAHASSEE, FL Click here to Get Directions$930000 4 Beds - 3.5 Baths - 1.81 sqft Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print OPEN HOUSE 4/20 from 12PM - 2PM! Nestled on a sprawling 1.8 acre lot, this White Oak Construction 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom luxury POOL home is ready for summer! This home has a gorgeous updated kitchen with Thermador appliances, Calacatta quartz counters, beautiful solid wood and brick floors, and detailed trim work throughout. The sitting room off the kitchen works well as a supervised study space, play area, or home office. Ample space with 3 bedrooms downstairs, an additional bedroom and bath upstairs, and a HUGE 32x24 bonus space with wet bar is perfect for both watching movies and family game nights. Enjoy the expansive back porch overlook...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Glendale Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Altura Gardens RECENTLY SOLD Altura Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 640 sq. ft. | $420,000 Jackson Place BACK ON THE MARKET Jackson Place | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 938 sq. ft. | $578,000
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE 528 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591Sunday, April 21st from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM$775,000 - Charming Side Hall Colonial in the very heart of the Pocantico Hills Hamlet. Beautiful property abuts the Rockefeller State Park land. So many old world details throughout this well maintained home. This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home has been freshly painted throughout. Solid hardwood floors ready to be refinshed. Gorgeous period staircase in entry hall. Full walk out basement. Large level backyard. Driveway to garage. Lots of possibilties to make it your own. Short walk to Pocantico Hills School, Olympic size pool, baby pool, tennis/pickle ball & basketball courts, playgrounds & ball fields. Surrounded by Rockefeller State Park walking trails. Pocantico School boasts Pre-K (3 & 4 y...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
This is such a great blog by Theresa that I just had to re blog it if you miss it the first time. You've likely been contemplating (amid news of escalating mortgage rates and rising home prices) whether 2024 is the right time to buy. Well, here's the gist: property values in the States have been on a rollercoaster, thanks partly to the economy's twists and turns.    You can apply no general formula to the real estate market nationwide. Prices and housing costs vary widely by location. Still, the unchanging rule of real estate always applies. It's all about location, location, location. If you're hunting in booming metros, brace yourself for higher tags. In quieter areas? More bang for your buck. Should you listen to friends and family before making a decision? Did you know that the medi...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Koreatown Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 The Mercury NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1290 sq. ft. | $695,000 BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 720 sq. ft. | $549,000 The Juniper RECENTLY SOLD Irolo Street | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1470 sq. ft. | $719,000
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
Situated in Summerville, South Carolina, within the 29485 ZIP code, this brick ranch home, built in 1982, offers a seamless mix of modern updates and traditional charm in its 1,000-square-foot layout.Inside the HomeThe house opens to a spacious living area, leading to three bedrooms, ideal for both family life and hosting. It currently houses one bathroom, with the potential to convert an existing laundry room into an additional bathroom. The kitchen, recently updated, features new appliances, highlighting the home's overall modernization.Outdoor Space and CommunityThe property boasts a well-kept yard and a storage shed, adding to the appeal of this single-family home. The Summerville community is known for its welcoming atmosphere and scenic charm.Flexible Buying OptionsProspective hom...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Brentwood Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Brentanna Court RECENTLY SOLD Montana Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 4 baths | 1865 sq. ft. | $1,915,000 Brentana Court RECENTLY SOLD Montana Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 4 baths | 1865 sq. ft. | $1,915,000 Mayfield Manor NEWLY LISTED Mayfield Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 961 sq. ft. | $795,000
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Clubview at Auburn University Club Discover Clubview at Auburn University Club, the ultimate golf course living community! Located in the desirable Yarbrough Farms, this twin home development offers the best of Auburn right at your doorstep. Just a little over 2 miles from Joran-Hare Stadium and the Auburn Arena, you’ll never miss a game or event! Plus, enjoy convenient access to recreation, fine dining, shopping, and cultural activities, making every day an adventure. Construction began in 2021, ensuring modern and stylish homes built to perfection. Michael Allen Homes, a renowned builder, is bringing this vision to life. Get ready to embrace a luxurious lifestyle with incredible neighborhood amenities! Indulge in the five-star clubhouse, savor delicious dining experiences, stay active...
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By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
(RealEstateAgent.com)
You've likely been contemplating (amid news of escalating mortgage rates and rising home prices) whether 2024 is the right time to buy. Well, here's the gist: property values in the States have been on a rollercoaster, thanks partly to the economy's twists and turns.  You can apply no general formula to the real estate market nationwide. Prices and housing costs vary widely by location. Still, the unchanging rule of real estate always applies. It's all about location, location, location. If you're hunting in booming metros, brace yourself for higher tags. In quieter areas? More bang for your buck.Should you listen to friends and family before making a decision?Did you know that the median rent for all rental unit types in the States was $2,050 as of March 19, 2024? (source: Zillow) We c...
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By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle
(Downing Frye Realty)
Bonita Bay Single Family Home Pending SaleThis spectacular Bonita Bay single family home is now under contract! Located in the Hidden Harbor neighborhood, this custom built home features a large pool and spa on an extended lanai.27411 Hidden River Ct. Bonita Springs, FL – List Price $2,900,000 More About Bonita Bay Single Family Home:The home features a wide open living kitchen and living area with soaring ceilings. With four bedrooms and a den, there is plenty of space for the entire family or entertaining friends.The outside lanai space includes a large outdoor kitchen under cover, with gas grill and beverage cooler. A large pool and spa with spectacular views of the tranquil lake behind the home. Four Bedrooms Plus Den Four and a Half Bathrooms 4,670 Square feet under air Three Car G...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
The process of buying a home can be stressful. The pre approval.  Home shopping.  Choosing the right home and location.  Bidding wars and negotiations.   The home inspection process.   Getting your mortgage commitment. Unforeseen problems.  Closing day.  And finally, moving in !    I agree, it can be stressful.  But everything in life that "matters" can be stressful, also.  Everything.   When you are in the care of a seasoned real estate professional, and a seasoned real estate attorney, things tend to be a lot less stressful.   Contact me, and we will arrange a no obligation buyer consultation, where I explain every single step of the way, and answer your specific questions and concerns.  (609) 864-8164. I love what I do, and what I do is help home buyers and home sellers! https://mic...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
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