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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 Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES
(Samson Properties)
Can a loan fall through after "Clear to Close?" TRUE OR FALSEEver wonder what "Clear to Close" means in your home buying journey? It's an important milestone, stating that you've met all of the loan approval conditions. But, did you know your home loan can still fall through even after this point? It's rare but it can happen due to a few reasons.💼📈 Major changes in your financial circumstances,like a job loss during the home buying process or new debts,can cause your lender to reassess the situation.💳🔍 Some lenders run a last-minute credit check before closing. If your creditworthiness has dramatically changed,it could affect the loan.🏠🌪 If the home is significantly damaged (and uninsured)before closing,your lender may back out of the deal.📜💰Title issues or liens on the property discove...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
University City Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Andria RECENTLY SOLD Renaissance Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1217 sq. ft. | $1,049,900 Renaissance Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1217 sq. ft. | $974,900 Avanti RECENTLY SOLD Calabria Court | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1619 sq. ft. | $1,125,000 Regency Villas RECENTLY SOLD Genesee | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 578 sq. ft. | $399,000 The Venetian RECENTLY SOLD Nobel Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 554 sq. ft. | $560,000 University Towne Square RECENTLY SOLD Nobel Drive | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 976 sq. ft. | $850,000
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By Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
In today's fluctuating economic landscape, the decision to buy a home is more significant than ever. While the prospect can be daunting, several compelling reasons suggest that now might be the ideal time to make this major investment. Here are the top reasons why you should consider buying a home right now.1. Low Mortgage Rates One of the most persuasive reasons to buy a home now is the historically low mortgage rates. Lower rates mean lower monthly payments and substantial savings over the life of your loan. This environment provides a unique opportunity to lock in a mortgage at a rate that might not be available in the near future.2. Building Equity Renting means your monthly payments benefit your landlord, not you. When you buy a home, your mortgage payments contribute to your equit...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
132 Whitlock Wa, Crawfordville, FL Click here to Get Directions$200000 4 Beds - 2 Baths - 1.82 sqft Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Welcome to this charming 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, offering 2052 square feet of comfortable living space nestled on 1.82 acres of serene privacy. Located on a privately maintained road, this property ensures peace and tranquility while being just 3 minutes from Walmart and 10 minutes from the beautiful Wakulla Springs. The spacious lot features a convenient storage shed and an outbuilding with fully operational electricity, perfect for a workshop or additional storage. Enjoy the best of both worlds with rural seclusion and easy access to nearby amenities. Follow This Home
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Westchester Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Kentwood Villas NEWLY LISTED Anise Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1676 sq. ft. | $995,000 La Tijera Terrace RECENTLY SOLD Thornburn Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1024 sq. ft. | $579,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Brentwood Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 11907 Darlington BACK ON THE MARKET Darlington Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1449 sq. ft. | $1,349,000 Brentanna Court RECENTLY SOLD Montana Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1708 sq. ft. | $1,395,000 Las Montanas RECENTLY SOLD Montana Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 960 sq. ft. | $768,000 The Brentwood RECENTLY SOLD San Vicente Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2300 sq. ft. | $1,290,000 Villa Montana NEWLY LISTED Montana Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1098 sq. ft. | $759,900 Wilshire Borgata NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1322 sq. ft. | $988,000 Brentana Court RECENTLY SOLD Montana Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1708 sq. ft. | $1,395,000 Brentwood Townhomes NEWLY LISTED Montana Avenue | 2 bedrooms ...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Wilshire Corridor Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Beverly West RECENTLY SOLD Club View Drive | 3 bedrooms | 4 baths | 3813 sq. ft. | $5,500,000 La Tour NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 4 baths | 3190 sq. ft. | $3,725,000 The Dorchester BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1404 sq. ft. | $900,000 The Grand RECENTLY SOLD Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1649 sq. ft. | $1,149,000 The Wilshire Manning NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 4 baths | 2426 sq. ft. | $1,890,000 The Wilshire Regent NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 621 sq. ft. | $614,000 Wilshire House NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2330 sq. ft. | $2,749,000 RECENTLY SOLD Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 ...
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By David Buck, Realtor-Broker
(Harcourts Island Real Estate)
Aloha, this is David Buck with Harcourts Island Real Estate and I'm going to give you a quick tour of my listing here at Colonnade on the Greens here in Aiea, which is technically in the neighborhood of Pearlridge. You'll see this sits in the hillside above Pearlridge. What you'll see here is the swimming pool...Read More
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Van Nuys Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Montecito Gardens RECENTLY SOLD Woodley Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 878 sq. ft. | $419,000 Sherman Way Manor RECENTLY SOLD Sherman Way | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1128 sq. ft. | $469,999
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sherman Oaks Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 14348 Riverside Dr RECENTLY SOLD Riverside Drive | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1669 sq. ft. | $750,000 Benefit Condominiums BACK ON THE MARKET Benefit Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1144 sq. ft. | $775,000 Chateau Royale BACK ON THE MARKET Willis Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1617 sq. ft. | $825,000 Tilden Manor BACK ON THE MARKET Tilden Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1352 sq. ft. | $699,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Burbank Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Parkside Equestrian Estates RECENTLY SOLD W. Riverside Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1734 sq. ft. | $819,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Mar Vista Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Federal Avenue Townhomes BACK ON THE MARKET Federal Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1877 sq. ft. | $1,299,000 Mitchell Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD Mitchell Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1271 sq. ft. | $765,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Garden Grove Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Garden Creek NEWLY LISTED Gilbert Street | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 902 sq. ft. | $539,000 Garden Park RECENTLY SOLD Newhope Street | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1312 sq. ft. | $749,000 Greenbrier Terraces RECENTLY SOLD Garden Grove Boulevard | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 764 sq. ft. | $479,000 Greenhouse West NEWLY LISTED Detra Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 925 sq. ft. | $495,000 La Jolla Plaza RECENTLY SOLD La Jolla | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1269 sq. ft. | $720,000 Lakeside RECENTLY SOLD Lakeside Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 767 sq. ft. | $414,700 Valley View Park RECENTLY SOLD George Reyburn Road | 4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1547 sq. ft. | $824,900 Willow Trail RECENTLY SOLD Lynwood Place | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1302 sq. ft. | $720,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Buena Park Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Highland Greens RECENTLY SOLD Argyle Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 768 sq. ft. | $550,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Huntington Beach Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Brookstone RECENTLY SOLD Sergio Circle | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 939 sq. ft. | $675,000 Cabo Del Mar RECENTLY SOLD Abalone Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1178 sq. ft. | $700,000 Huntington Continental RECENTLY SOLD Keswick Lane | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 960 sq. ft. | $649,900 Huntington Cove BACK ON THE MARKET Rainbow Circle | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1170 sq. ft. | $829,900 Huntington Landmark BACK ON THE MARKET Coral Springs Court | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 810 sq. ft. | $548,000 RECENTLY SOLD Lauderdale Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1056 sq. ft. | $625,000 Modesto Circle | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1287 sq. ft. | $799,000 Modesto Circle | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1091 sq. ft. | $699,000 Huntington West RECENTLY SOLD Delaware Stree...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There’s no arguing this past year has been difficult for homebuyers. And if you’re someone who has started the process of searching for a home, maybe you put your search on hold because the challenges in today’s market felt like too much to tackle. You’re not alone in that. A Bright MLS study found some of the top reasons buyers paused their search in late 2023 and early 2024 were: They couldn’t find anything in their price range They didn’t have any successful offers or had difficulty competing They couldn’t find the right home If any of these sound like why you stopped looking, here’s what you need to know. The housing market is in a transition in the second half of 2024. Here are four reasons why this may be your chance to jump back in.1. The Supply of Homes for Sale Is GrowingOne of...
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By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
1. Underestimating (or forgetting) the added costs.Buying a house entails many additional expenses on top of the price of the house itself. There are loan application costs, mortgage insurance, and closing costs, just to name a few. You may also need to spend on renovations once you move in. One tip: a quarter (or better, half) of the price of the house should be stashed in your account in order to cover for these expenses. 2. Not getting a buyer's agent.Securing your own buyer's agent allows for a critical eye over deals and transactions. Negotiating solely with a seller’s agent who’s legally obligated to work for their client’s interests can be a mistake. 3. Falling prey to “too good to be true” home values.These advertised low rates are all over the internet, and online home valuatio...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mission Hills Weekly Market Update July 8th - 14th, 2024 Cambridge Square RECENTLY SOLD Nutmeg Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1735 sq. ft. | $1,249,000 Columbia Crest RECENTLY SOLD Columbia Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1563 sq. ft. | $1,249,000 Sprucewood NEWLY LISTED 1St Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2366 sq. ft. | $1,675,000
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By Bob Elliot, 30+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
When you're selling your home, one crucial step in the process is the home appraisal. This evaluation plays a significant role in determining the sale price of your property. Here’s a guide to understanding home appraisals and their impact on your home sale:What is a Home Appraisal?A home appraisal is an unbiased estimate of the fair market value of your property conducted by a certified appraiser. Lenders require appraisals to ensure that the property's value is sufficient to secure the mortgage loan amount.Factors Considered in a Home Appraisal: Property Features: The appraiser evaluates your home's size, condition, age, and overall quality. Comparative Market Analysis: Recent sales of similar properties in the area (comps) are used to assess your home's value. Location: The neighborh...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Considering a multigenerational home? 🏡✨ You're not alone—14% of buyers are choosing homes that accommodate extended family living. Whether it's for convenience, care, or connection, I'm here to help you find the perfect fit. Ready to explore your options? Contact me today! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #allinthefamily #realestate #realtor #realestateagent #investment #happyhomeowners #happyfamily      
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