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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 Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
4880 Quail Valley Road, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click here to Get Directions$915000 4 Beds - 4 Baths - 1.81 sqft Lot 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 overlookin...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Buying a home can be one of the most significant decisions in your life, which is why finding the right agent (step 1!) is crucial. Great agents will help you by recommending loan officers, finding the right property, assisting with making an offer and negotiating terms, handling the paperwork, and ensuring an overall smooth process. So, whether you're a first-time buyer or seasoned investor, count on your agent to be your trusted advisor and advocate throughout the process.#realestate #realestateagent #listreports #buying #selling #realestateexpert #homeowner #financehub #dreamhome #homeownership #homebuying #homesearch #buyingahome
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Aliso Viejo Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Altisse RECENTLY SOLD Via Athena | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1031 sq. ft. | $775,000 Applause RECENTLY SOLD Matinee Court | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1636 sq. ft. | $950,000 Calabria BACK ON THE MARKET Highpark Place | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1027 sq. ft. | $799,900 California Renaissance RECENTLY SOLD Giotto | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1877 sq. ft. | $1,188,000 Coronado NEWLY LISTED Coronado Cay Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1082 sq. ft. | $779,000 Glenwood Park RECENTLY SOLD Sandalwood | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1314 sq. ft. | $889,000 Glenwood Village NEWLY LISTED Pineoak | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1338 sq. ft. | $825,000 Wildwood | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1302 sq. ft. | $849,000 Morningside RECENTLY SOLD Abbeywood Lane | 3 bedrooms...
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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)
La Habra Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 La Habra Glen RECENTLY SOLD Hillandale Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1038 sq. ft. | $650,000 Woodridge Townhouse BACK ON THE MARKET Glencliff Street | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1521 sq. ft. | $674,800 RECENTLY SOLD Glencliff Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 832 sq. ft. | $450,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Huntington Beach Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Bayport BACK ON THE MARKET Pacific Circle | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2118 sq. ft. | $1,972,300 Bayshores RECENTLY SOLD Newland Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 861 sq. ft. | $549,900 Brittany Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 861 sq. ft. | $608,800 Harbor Heights Villas RECENTLY SOLD Via Vista Circle | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 837 sq. ft. | $599,000 Huntington Harbour Bay Club RECENTLY SOLD Warner Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1706 sq. ft. | $1,125,000 Huntington Landmark NEWLY LISTED Coral Springs Court | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 817 sq. ft. | $510,000 Pierhouse RECENTLY SOLD Pacific Coast | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 781 sq. ft. | $689,000 Seabridge NEWLY LISTED Tempe Drive | 2 bedrooms | None baths | 1580 sq. ft. | $1,099,000 BACK ON THE...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Laguna Beach Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Table Rock RECENTLY SOLD Table Rock Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1136 sq. ft. | $2,500,000 Terraces at Canyon Hills RECENTLY SOLD Santa Rosa Court | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1426 sq. ft. | $899,900
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
BREAK FREE! It is time to JUMP over from Renting to the other side and the freedom of owning real estate! Build Wealth. (Jump in Arizona by Vicki Hamilton from Pixabay)Have you feen on the fence (renting) and ready to take that JUMP off and into your very own Sunny Phoenix Arizona metro home? Remember when you jump you will start building wealth through appreciation and accumulation of equity. The mortgage rates? Hey when they go down you can always refinance. Real Estate prices go up, up, up so don't get blinded by naysayers and buy your home and investment now. 'Sitting on Fence' Too Long? Time to Take that JUMP off the fence. (Photo: Mabe Amber , Pixabay)Sure you have been thinking about the JUMP but now is the time to purchase a home in the Sunny Phoenix Arizona metro area including...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mission Hills Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 1Mission NEWLY LISTED Fort Stockton Drive | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2671 sq. ft. | $1,850,000 Columbia Heights RECENTLY SOLD Columbia Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1137 sq. ft. | $779,000 Essex Place NEWLY LISTED Essex Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 566 sq. ft. | $419,888
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
College Area Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 College Park Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD 60Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1041 sq. ft. | $499,999 Collwood Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD Collwood Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1120 sq. ft. | $525,000 Lake Park Villas RECENTLY SOLD College Grove Way | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1024 sq. ft. | $490,000
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By John Pusa
On April 29, 2024, Jamie Wiebe published a very good interesting report on Realtor.com about the list of steps for buying a house.1. How long does it take to find a real estate agent?2. How long does it take to get approved for a mortgage?3. How long does a showing take?4. How long does it take for an offer to be accepted?5. How long does a home inspection take?6. How long does an appraisal take?7. How long does it take to close on a home?Perhaps there might be other helpful list of steps for buying a house.For complete more detailed information about Jamie Wiebe’s report for the list of steps for buying a house, please click HERE
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Rancho Bernardo Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Bernardo Village Green NEWLY LISTED Bajada Road | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1278 sq. ft. | $739,000 Collage NEWLY LISTED Tivoli Park Row | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1341 sq. ft. | $799,999 Mira Lago NEWLY LISTED Caminito Pasadero | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1094 sq. ft. | $729,000 Palo Alto NEWLY LISTED Sabre Hill Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1021 sq. ft. | $699,000 San Tropico RECENTLY SOLD Springbrook Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1082 sq. ft. | $750,000 The Summit BACK ON THE MARKET Alva Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 745 sq. ft. | $530,000 Villa Taviana RECENTLY SOLD Maturin Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 688 sq. ft. | $500,000 Vista Del Lago NEWLY LISTED Caminito Pasadero | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1094 sq. ft. | $729,000 Westwood...
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By Karen Martin Real estate agent Safe Harbor Realty, Westport, MA Realtor Helping Home Sellers & Buyers
(Safe Harbor Realty )
 Thinking of Buying a home ?  You probably have many questions. Even if you have bought a home in the past many things have changed.For a copy of my Free book  10 Tips to Help you in your Home Buying Journeyvisit my website.  https://www.safeharborrealty.net/sq/979/home-buyers-guideMany Thanks, Karen Martin Safe Harbor Realty Call / Text 774-930-8181Karen@Karenmartinhomes.com
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mira Mesa Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Casa New Salem RECENTLY SOLD New Salem Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 662 sq. ft. | $475,000 Creekside NEWLY LISTED Mesa Springs Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1041 sq. ft. | $599,000 Gold Creek RECENTLY SOLD Black Mountain Road | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1104 sq. ft. | $495,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Vista Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 California Capri NEWLY LISTED Ferrara Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1150 sq. ft. | $640,000 Shadowridge Glen RECENTLY SOLD Lupine Hills Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1156 sq. ft. | $549,900 The Park RECENTLY SOLD Diamond Way | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 708 sq. ft. | $429,900 Vista De Vista NEWLY LISTED Silver Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1225 sq. ft. | $544,900
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
7031 Dardwood Ln, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click here to Get Directions$415000 5 Beds - 3 Baths - 1.3 acres Lot Discover the ultimate blend of space, comfort, and versatility in this charming 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence on 1.3 acres. An attached in-law suite with a full kitchen provides flexibility for extended family or guests. Seize this opportunity to create your own sanctuary in a peaceful, yet conveniently located setting. Roof is 2019 & HVAC is 2022. Follow This Home
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
El Cajon Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Corsica RECENTLY SOLD Jamacha Road | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1005 sq. ft. | $517,900 Monterra RECENTLY SOLD Roanoke Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 971 sq. ft. | $475,000 Pepper Drive Estates NEWLY LISTED Summertime Drive | 3 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1136 sq. ft. | $515,000 Rancho Villas NEWLY LISTED Calle De Medio | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 913 sq. ft. | $515,000 Royal Gardens RECENTLY SOLD Winter Gardens Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1323 sq. ft. | $547,777 Sunset Hills Terrace NEWLY LISTED Via Loma Vista | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1374 sq. ft. | $625,000 Tristan NEWLY LISTED Via Rancho San Diego | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1520 sq. ft. | $769,999 Villa Montevina RECENTLY SOLD Cuyamaca College Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 850 sq. ft...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
The market changes rapidly, no matter where you live.Back in 2020-2021, it was a major challenge to find a horse property.  I'd finally found one “off market” that my client and I were able to secure.  It took about 6 offers over the course of a year!That time period was when one often had to make an appointment to view, and there were a dozen or so others “standing” in line.Multiple offers were commonplace. Today’s headlines talk about shortages of inventory, lack of listings, etc.  However, there’s a funny thing about sales right now in Tucson, AZ.   I’m sure it has to do with interest rates, inflation, the political year, etc.  But, If you have a move-in ready, maintained home – they generally sell fast. I decided to look back into horse ranches and see what held true for now and boy...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
Come see this beautiful Curry Cove Villa, located in an exclusive 55+ gated community that offers not just a home, but a lifestyle filled with opportunity and tranquility! 🗓This Saturday, May 18th from 12-2 pm! See you there! 🎈🏡
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Carlsbad Weekly Market Update May 6th - 12th, 2024 Alta Mira RECENTLY SOLD Fuchsia Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1323 sq. ft. | $875,000 Clover Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1323 sq. ft. | $1,050,000 Balboa Building NEWLY LISTED Costa Del Mar Road | 1 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 791 sq. ft. | $770,000 Carlsbad Palisades RECENTLY SOLD Amberwood Court | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1916 sq. ft. | $988,000 La Costa Hills BACK ON THE MARKET Caminito Sierra | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1022 sq. ft. | $724,900 La Costa Village RECENTLY SOLD Plaza De La Costa | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1908 sq. ft. | $1,050,000 Portico RECENTLY SOLD Terraza Portico | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1538 sq. ft. | $1,025,000 Seaport Villas RECENTLY SOLD Goldenrod Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1571 sq. ft. | $959,900 Windsong ...
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