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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)
Westchester Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 La Tijera Terrace NEWLY LISTED Thornburn Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1024 sq. ft. | $579,000 Tremont Condominiums RECENTLY SOLD Alvern Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1140 sq. ft. | $750,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Marina del Rey Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 20 Ironsides BACK ON THE MARKET Ironsides Street | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1875 sq. ft. | $2,150,000 Azzurra RECENTLY SOLD Marina Pointe Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1227 sq. ft. | $1,625,000 Marina City Club BACK ON THE MARKET Marina City Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2652 sq. ft. | $1,749,500 Via Marina Tahiti BACK ON THE MARKET Marina City Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2652 sq. ft. | $1,749,500 Ironsides Street | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1875 sq. ft. | $2,150,000 RECENTLY SOLD Ocean Front Walk | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2256 sq. ft. | $4,990,000 Glencoe Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 984 sq. ft. | $998,000 Marina Pointe Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1227 sq. ft. | $1,625,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Mission Viejo Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Aegean Heights BACK ON THE MARKET Triton Court | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1487 sq. ft. | $880,000 Aliso Villas RECENTLY SOLD Via Pera | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1024 sq. ft. | $610,000 Finisterra on the Lake BACK ON THE MARKET Redondela | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1228 sq. ft. | $715,000 RECENTLY SOLD Redondela | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1125 sq. ft. | $575,000 Redondela | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1228 sq. ft. | $699,000 Valencia RECENTLY SOLD Los Viveros | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 812 sq. ft. | $525,000 Los Viveros | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 812 sq. ft. | $505,000
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
LOOK! Where is the best place to live? Well that would be the Phoenix Arizona metro area with great employment opportunities. Phoenix in Maricopa County is the 5th largest city in the US and is Sunny with blue skies and wide open spaces abount for day trip adventures of all kinds. Photo: 3803658, PixabayPhoenix Metro from South Mountain Lookout at Dobbins Point (Phoenix Parks and Receration Website)As your Buyer's Realtor, I track single family detached homes for sale in the Phoenix Arizona metro area for my clients and let you "filter" those homes with hundreds of criteria on the free MLS I provide.UPDATED DAILY Homes For Sale in the Phoenix Arizona Metro on the MLSClick "Sort" and view in price order lowest to highest and ALWAYS UP TO DATE Phoenix Arizona Metro Detached Homes on the M...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
La Mesa Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Villa Elena RECENTLY SOLD Lowell Street | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1178 sq. ft. | $480,000 Westwood Village RECENTLY SOLD Maple Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 673 sq. ft. | $399,999 Maple Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 673 sq. ft. | $399,000 Williamsburg Square RECENTLY SOLD Williamsburg Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 995 sq. ft. | $488,500
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Santee Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Highland Trails RECENTLY SOLD Old Mission Court | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1183 sq. ft. | $589,500 Horizon Village RECENTLY SOLD Graves Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1120 sq. ft. | $550,000 Riderwood Terrace NEWLY LISTED Riderwood Terrace | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1321 sq. ft. | $525,000 RECENTLY SOLD Jeanne Ter Unit A | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1321 sq. ft. | $610,000 Riderwood Village NEWLY LISTED Kerrigan Street | 4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1553 sq. ft. | $699,000
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By KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will.
( Reputable Realty)
13531 Mica Rd, Victorville 92395. BOM! BAM!Someone's loose is your gain!  It's back on the market.  Welcome to your dream commuter-friendly abode! Nestled conveniently between the 15 and Hwy 395, this recently remodeled gem boasts 4 bedrooms, including a downstairs suite with a half bath—ideal for guests or a home office. Step into a refreshed ambiance with freshly painted walls and new carpeting throughout. Indulge your culinary senses in the remodeled kitchen featuring brand-new cabinets, hardware, and light fixtures, while the upgraded baths offer a touch of luxury. Experience the ease of living with low-maintenance front landscaping that eliminates the hassle of mowing, while the spacious backyard beckons with endless possibilities—imagine the potential for an ADU (buyer to verify w...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
La Jolla Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 La Jolla Estates NEWLY LISTED Torrey Pines Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 631 sq. ft. | $640,000 Seahaus NEWLY LISTED La Jolla Boulevard | 1 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1394 sq. ft. | $1,395,000 Windemere RECENTLY SOLD Caminito Blythefield | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2175 sq. ft. | $1,729,000
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By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
2995 Wingfield Avenue, Chico, CA 95928 - $626,500.002995 Wingfield Avenue, Chico, CA 95928FEATURESBedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2Year Built: 2020Lot Size: 0.17Garage Size: 2School District: Chico UnifiedSquare Footage: 1964Agent Name: Sandi BaumanBroker: Chico Homes Real Estate Sales IncMLS #: SN24071475DESCRIPTIONA discerning buyer will be delighted- this beauty is better than new, and absolutely LOADED with upgrades! The owners elevated a high-quality build with exceptional finishes. Unlike most 'new' construction, all you have to do is move in! The outdoor living space is impeccably designed with easy care landscaping, and multiple patios (both covered and uncovered) to enjoy the incredible views of rolling green pastures, majestic oak trees, and even the Sutter Buttes on a clear day! Tastef...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mira Mesa Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Flair NEWLY LISTED Kelowna Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 964 sq. ft. | $629,000 Mirabella Point RECENTLY SOLD Maya Linda Road | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 884 sq. ft. | $499,000 Villas at Capricorn RECENTLY SOLD Capricorn Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 866 sq. ft. | $599,000 Windsor Park RECENTLY SOLD Maya Linda Road | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 884 sq. ft. | $499,000
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
178 Nautilus Dr, Monticello, FL Click here to Get Directions$890000 2 Beds - 2 Baths - 22.82 acres Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Introducing an architectural gem poised for a rebirth, this expansive building spanning 12,279 square feet emerges in a state of partial restoration and readiness. Its historical significance and potential for modern ventures converge to offer a unique opportunity. At the heart of this property lies a captivating 70’ diameter circular auditorium, boasting a soaring 41’ high ceiling and crowned by a distinctive 62’ tower. This remarkable space holds boundless potential, with new roof, windows doors and fresh exterior paint, ideal for transforming into a sought-after wedding venue or exclusive event space. Encircling the main auditorium are multiple stu...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mission Valley Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Creekwood at River Run RECENTLY SOLD River Run Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 977 sq. ft. | $615,000 Lucent Lofts NEWLY LISTED Aspect Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1688 sq. ft. | $1,450,000 Mission Greens RECENTLY SOLD Friars Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1047 sq. ft. | $624,999 Mission Heights RECENTLY SOLD Rancho Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 667 sq. ft. | $465,000 Mission Plaza NEWLY LISTED San Diego Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 616 sq. ft. | $429,000 Mission Ridge RECENTLY SOLD Caminito Cuervo | 1 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 868 sq. ft. | $496,000 Union Square RECENTLY SOLD Hazard Center Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 950 sq. ft. | $775,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
University City Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Capri NEWLY LISTED Shoreline Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 885 sq. ft. | $839,000 Genesee Highlands RECENTLY SOLD Camino Kiosco | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 810 sq. ft. | $635,000 La Jolla Village Park RECENTLY SOLD Crystal Dawn Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1368 sq. ft. | $864,000 Regents Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 835 sq. ft. | $649,900 The Park RECENTLY SOLD Agee Street | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 956 sq. ft. | $599,000 University Towne Square RECENTLY SOLD Nobel Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1881 sq. ft. | $1,250,000 Villa Vicenza NEWLY LISTED Caminito Plaza Centro | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 535 sq. ft. | $549,900 Lebon Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 535 sq. ft. | $582,000
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By Gloria Johnpierre, Real Estate Broker- Selling Tampa Bay Homes
(Siven Premier Real Estate, Inc)
In the bustling city of Tampa, Florida, lies an enticing opportunity for homeownership. 8710 N Mandarine Place in Tampa is awaiting its new owners. This inviting abode has many of the major items already taken care of. Ranging from a 2023 roof, 2024 windows, a newer AC unit, a water heater, and more, this home promises the ideal blend of comfort and convenience for its prospective owners. 8710 N Mandarine Place is a strategic location. The proximity to various essential destinations, including Publix, Busch Gardens, the University of South Florida (USF), the Tampa Mall, and an array of grocery and shopping outlets is valuable.  Living Experience for Potential Homeowners Publix: A Shopper's Paradise As one of the leading supermarket chains in the region, Publix offers an extensive select...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Ocean Beach Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Sea Colony NEWLY LISTED Caminito Pescado | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1074 sq. ft. | $795,000
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
▐►NO BANK QUALIFYING RENT to OWN Brick House 3bd Summerville-CharlestonSee Video Tour on Our Website Below    ★ ★SEE On Our WEBSITE HEREWholeSale Buyer Values  🈚▐► SCInvestmentProperties.com Properties   ★   Are Now Available   ★ ★ ★  ✴️▐►We BUY - SELL for CASH Houses-Mobile Homes Charleston-SummervilleSELL Get Fair Cash Offer LAND HOUSES MOBILE HOMES Summerville★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ★We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes - Land★ ★BUY HERE: AVAILABLE  TODAY!!3bd - 1ba BRICK HOUSE PLUS LAND – Yard - Shed!MORE! …▐►NO BANK QUALIFYING RENT to OWN Brick House 3bd Summerville-CharlestonSee Video Tour on Our Website Below    ★ ★SEE On Our WEBSITE HEREWholeSale Buyer Values  🈚▐► SCInvestmentProperties.com Properties   ★   Are Now Available   ★ ★ ★We BUY and We SEL...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
While "Marry the house and date the rate"  was a cute little saying,  what if today's rates are the new norm?What if they do not come down as expected?Waiting for them to come down while prices continue to climb , climb , climb doesn't seem to be a good strategy.Here's what I am pretty sure of.  5 years from now, prices will likely be higher.  How about 10, 20 years from now?Contact me today so we can develop a game plan just for you and your housing needs.   (609) 864-8164.  Put my years of success and knowledge in real estate to your benefit.https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/ 
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Point Loma Weekly Market Update April 8th - 14th, 2024 Anchor Cove NEWLY LISTED Historic Decatur Road | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1101 sq. ft. | $1,150,000 Yacht Club Condos RECENTLY SOLD Scott Street | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 370 sq. ft. | $569,999 Scott Street | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 233 sq. ft. | $375,000
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By Lorna Presswood, Specialist in Galveston, Texas and Gulf Coast Area
(Pinnacle Realty Associates)
Galveston, Texas Condo at Casa Del Mar. The Perfect Condo for Vacation at the Beach!Fully furnished, priced to sell at only $139,000, this condo has built in bunk beds, 1 full bedroom, balcony with view of the water and a great location! Casa Del Mar is located at 61st and Seawall Blvd., right at the beach!My name is Lorna Presswood and I'm a Realtor® in Galveston. I've exclusively sold Galveston and Gulf Coast Area Real Estate for over 17 years.  Contact me today to find out more about this great investment, or 2nd home opportunity, or both!I'll show you how to use it and rent it out at the same time!Call me today at 409-392-0420       With over 17 years of experience exclusively inGalveston and Gulf Coast area real estate,I am an expert in buying and selling coastal property.. Galvest...
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