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)
Stanton Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Chapman Villas NEWLY LISTED Chapman Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1168 sq. ft. | $595,000 Crosspointe Village RECENTLY SOLD Rambling Brook Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1094 sq. ft. | $690,000 Western Meadows RECENTLY SOLD Skyline Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1098 sq. ft. | $389,900
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
La Habra Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Heritage Village RECENTLY SOLD Pine Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1618 sq. ft. | $751,000 Stone Harbor RECENTLY SOLD Stone Harbor Circle | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1166 sq. ft. | $424,898 Sunny Hills Village RECENTLY SOLD Cheltenham Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1082 sq. ft. | $435,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Aliso Viejo Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Cantora RECENTLY SOLD Meadowbrook | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1537 sq. ft. | $955,000 Glenwood Village RECENTLY SOLD Elmbrook | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1129 sq. ft. | $689,000 Harvest RECENTLY SOLD Yarrow | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1832 sq. ft. | $725,000 Soleil RECENTLY SOLD Rue Du Chateau | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1392 sq. ft. | $949,900 Victoria RECENTLY SOLD Montreal | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1500 sq. ft. | $999,900 Vista Plaza RECENTLY SOLD Cottonwood Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1328 sq. ft. | $869,000 Windflower RECENTLY SOLD Liana Place | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1063 sq. ft. | $740,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Spring Valley Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Ashford Park RECENTLY SOLD Windham Court | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1020 sq. ft. | $545,000 Bonita Grande RECENTLY SOLD Paradise Valley Court | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1125 sq. ft. | $580,000 Ranchwood Park RECENTLY SOLD Elm Tree Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 916 sq. ft. | $460,000 Spring Canyon RECENTLY SOLD Spring Canyon Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1226 sq. ft. | $560,000 Terra II NEWLY LISTED Ildica Street | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 968 sq. ft. | $515,000
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Buying your first home can be overwhelming, but this blog provides a clear and strategic approach to help navigate the process. From setting a budget to researching neighborhoods and working with a real estate agent, these tips are invaluable for first-time homebuyers.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it's a dream you can make come true, but there are some hurdles you'll need to overcome in today’s housing market – specifically the limited supply of homes for sale and ongoing affordability challenges. So, if you're ready, willing, and able to buy your first home, here are three tips to help you turn your dream into a reality. Save M...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Coronado Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Coronado Shores RECENTLY SOLD Avenida Del Mundo | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 705 sq. ft. | $1,325,000 Avenida Del Mundo | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1375 sq. ft. | $2,550,000 Avenida Del Mundo | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1215 sq. ft. | $2,500,000 Avenida Del Mundo | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1300 sq. ft. | $2,595,000
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it's a dream you can make come true, but there are some hurdles you'll need to overcome in today’s housing market – specifically the limited supply of homes for sale and ongoing affordability challenges. So, if you're ready, willing, and able to buy your first home, here are three tips to help you turn your dream into a reality. Save Money with First-Time Homebuyer Programs                                        Paying the initial costs of homeownership, like your down payment and closing costs, can feel a bit daunting. But there are many assistance programs for first-time homebuyers that can help you get a loan with little or no money upfront. Accord...
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By James Potenza Texas Buyer Realty, Buying, Selling, Relocating, New Construction
(Texas Buyer Realty)
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
La Mesa Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Avocado Village NEWLY LISTED Avocado Village Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1068 sq. ft. | $569,000 Fox Haven RECENTLY SOLD Saranac Place | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1184 sq. ft. | $599,000 Murray Hill RECENTLY SOLD Melody Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1194 sq. ft. | $649,997 Strawberry Hills RECENTLY SOLD Baltimore Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1335 sq. ft. | $699,990 Villa Del Sur RECENTLY SOLD Vincetta | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 700 sq. ft. | $350,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Chula Vista Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Autumn Hills RECENTLY SOLD Maple Drive | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1842 sq. ft. | $599,000 Maple Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1720 sq. ft. | $595,000 Maple Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1543 sq. ft. | $585,000 Camelot RECENTLY SOLD Lakeridge Circle | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1096 sq. ft. | $574,500 Greystone RECENTLY SOLD Yellow Pine Place | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1564 sq. ft. | $649,000 Sugar Maple Place | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 964 sq. ft. | $560,000 Hearthstone Village NEWLY LISTED Fools Gold Way | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1586 sq. ft. | $639,000 Las Palmas NEWLY LISTED Sea Vale Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1000 sq. ft. | $525,000 Melrose Villas NEWLY LISTED Melrose Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1074 sq. ft. | $5...
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By Jennifer Carstensen -The Real Estate Agency, We specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(The Real Estate Agency (Office License: 265417))
Buying your first home is a big, exciting step and a major milestone that has the power to improve your life. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s a dream you can make come true, but there are some hurdles you’ll need to overcome in today’s housing market – specifically the limited supply of homes for sale and ongoing affordability challenges.So, if you’re ready, willing, and able to buy your first home, here are three tips to help you turn your dream into a reality.Save Money with First-Time Homebuyer Programs                                       Paying the initial costs of homeownership, like your down payment and closing costs, can feel a bit daunting. But there are many assistance programs for first-time homebuyers that can help you get a loan with little or no money upfront. According ...
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By Bruce Parker, You Deserve The Best
(Best Realty)
Life is busy. Between work, hobbies, friends, and other obligations, finding time to search for a home can be tough. And shopping is time-consuming. Starting with scrolling through the apps, waiting for matches, chatting agents, home shopping in modern society can feel like a full-time job. Real Estate Ap fatigue. Whether you’re just starting to shop for a home for the first time, or selling and buying again, Real Estate apps are a huge driver of Real Estate in the United States. The only problem is that upwards of 62% of users are overwhelmed by the number of options they have. Competition in Real Estate Web sites and Real Estate Agents is fierce and lucky in-person chance discoveries with dreamy features and price are rarer than ever. Economic Constraints. Buying a home is expensive....
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(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Clairemont Mesa Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Bay Ho NEWLY LISTED Huerfano Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 613 sq. ft. | $435,000 Bayview Terrace RECENTLY SOLD Huerfano Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 780 sq. ft. | $499,000
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Hillcrest Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Balboa Park Terrace RECENTLY SOLD 6Th Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1159 sq. ft. | $749,000 Hillcrest Palms NEWLY LISTED 3Rd Avenue | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 476 sq. ft. | $429,000 Park West RECENTLY SOLD 6Th Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1425 sq. ft. | $1,399,000 The Egyptian RECENTLY SOLD Park Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1556 sq. ft. | $999,999
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
5684 Braveheart Way, Tallahassee, FL Click here to Get Directions$525000 4 Beds - 2 Baths - 10890 sqft Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print ***No Showings Until Open House Saturday Feb 17th at 2:00 PM.*** This rare updated Buck Lake home is nearly perfect in every way. This home features a large living area, integrated with an oversize fully updated kitchen is ideal for entertaining family and friends. In Addition to the 4 bedrooms and office, this home features 2 completely renovated baths, formal dining room, and an eat in kitchen. The beautiful floors are hardwood and new tile throughout...No Carpet. No detail has been overlooked including a new tankless water heater and new floors in the laundry area. The back of the home sports a screened in porch, new salt water pool , a patio a...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Vista Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Charlemont NEWLY LISTED Breeze Hill Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 624 sq. ft. | $405,000 Shadowridge Aspens RECENTLY SOLD Shadowridge Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 934 sq. ft. | $540,000 Shadowridge Glen RECENTLY SOLD Lupine Hills Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1123 sq. ft. | $564,999 Vista De Vista RECENTLY SOLD Ascot Dr Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1225 sq. ft. | $585,000
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