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 Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Westchester Modular Homes works with a network of independent builders located throughout the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine to create and construct custom designed modular homes. Ranging from Simple Additions and Accessory Dwelling Units to Grand Luxury Homes and Multi-Level Apartment Buildings, we do it all. There is virtually nothing we cannot design and build.If you like to find out more about our homes and services please sign up for one of our LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS of the factory, design center and some of our models. Please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today.
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
302 Hawkbill Ct, Tallahassee, FL Click here to Get Directions$385000 3 Beds - 2 Baths - 0.31 acres Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Welcome to your new home! This beautifully maintained home sits on an expansive lot surrounded by mature landscaping. Inside, discover a sunlit haven with a spacious layout, large bedrooms, and abundant storage. The master suite offers a touch of luxury with new carpeting and a triple-mirror vanity. Enjoy year-round comfort with a newer HVAC system replaced in 2021 and cozy up to the wood-burning fireplace. Step outside to a serene screened porch with a hot tub & ample space for entertaining. This property is more than a home; it's an invitation to create lasting memories. Envision the warmth and charm that await you in this delightful abode! Follow T...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Westchester Modular Homes works with a network of independent builders located throughout the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine to create and construct custom designed modular homes. Ranging from Simple Additions and Accessory Dwelling Units to Grand Luxury Homes and Multi-Level Apartment Buildings, we do it all. There is virtually nothing we cannot design and build.If you like to find out more about our homes and services please sign up for one of our LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS of the factory, design center and some of our models. Please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today.
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Westchester Modular Homes works with a network of independent builders located throughout the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine to create and construct custom designed modular homes. Ranging from Simple Additions and Accessory Dwelling Units to Grand Luxury Homes and Multi-Level Apartment Buildings, we do it all. There is virtually nothing we cannot design and build.If you like to find out more about our homes and services please sign up for one of our LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS of the factory, design center and some of our models. Please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today.  
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mission Valley Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Creekwood at River Run RECENTLY SOLD River Run Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 682 sq. ft. | $445,000 Friars Pointe NEWLY LISTED Rancho Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 506 sq. ft. | $425,000 The Lido RECENTLY SOLD Station Village Lane | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1274 sq. ft. | $749,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Pacific Beach Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Diamond Pointe at the Ocean RECENTLY SOLD Diamond Street | 3 bedrooms | 3.5 baths | 1488 sq. ft. | $1,595,000 Pacific Heights RECENTLY SOLD Noyes Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 651 sq. ft. | $552,500
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
From setting priorities to negotiating effectively, this guide offers practical advice to help you secure the best deal. Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned homeowner, don't miss out on these essential insights to make the most of your house-hunting experience.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP   So, let's talk about the current state of the housing market. It's a whole new ball game compared to the frenzy we've seen in the past. These days, buyers have a bit more breathing room. No more feeling like you're in a race against the clock to snag a property before it's snatched up by someone else. Competition has simmered down in many areas, giving buyers the luxury of taking their time to weigh their options and nab the best deals. But how do you know what th...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**JUST LISTED & OPEN HOUSE!** Sat Feb 24th 1-3pm! Beautiful 3br/3bth home w/off-street parking in the downtown Historic District, Wilmington NC! Enjoy downtown living within walking distance to both the Antique & Cargo Districts! Int features incl/new paint throughout, new stove/range in kitchen, hardwood, tile, & pine flooring (upstairs), gas fireplace, clawfoot tub in master bath, & whole house water purification system. Ext features incl/rocking chair front porch, newer windows & roof, private back yard w/deck and gorgeous live oak, tool shed, & front balcony overlooking Church St. Great location near shopping, schools, & all the fun of Downtown Wilmington! Don't wait on this property - call us TODAY with offers - This Is The One! https://www.desireewhalen.com/prop...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Santee Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Carlton Country Club Villas RECENTLY SOLD Carlton Oaks Drive | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1328 sq. ft. | $639,000 Highland Trails NEWLY LISTED Mission Dam Terrace | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 990 sq. ft. | $585,000 Magnolia Meadows RECENTLY SOLD Cottonwood Avenue | 3 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1344 sq. ft. | $545,000 Sunset Greens RECENTLY SOLD Wahl Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 822 sq. ft. | $499,000 Vista Del Verde NEWLY LISTED Calle Del Verde | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1354 sq. ft. | $625,000
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
https://youtu.be/eOVEJqzt6Lc?si=1-lYU8jNuDLFjcgz - find out how we can help you design your new custom home - you can also take a 3D walk through and experience your new home before we even start building it - we invite you also to participate in one of our complimentary LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS to learn even more about our building process - please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today 
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
https://youtu.be/eOVEJqzt6Lc?si=1-lYU8jNuDLFjcgz - find out how we can help you design your new custom home - you can also take a 3D walk through and experience your new home before we even start building it - we invite you also to participate in one of our complimentary LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS to learn even more about our building process - please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today 
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
https://youtu.be/eOVEJqzt6Lc?si=1-lYU8jNuDLFjcgz - find out how we can help you design your new custom home - you can also take a 3D walk through and experience your new home before we even start building it - we invite you also to participate in one of our complimentary LIVE VIRTUAL TOURS to learn even more about our building process - please RSVP at www.vt-sign-up.com today 
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By James Potenza Texas Buyer Realty, Buying, Selling, Relocating, New Construction
(Texas Buyer Realty)
Tour this DR Horton home with your Pearland Realtor James Potenza. Contact for special incentives www.NewHomeJames.com
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There’s a lot of confusion in the market about what’s happening with day-to-day movement in mortgage rates right now, but here’s what you really need to know: compared to the near 8% peak last fall, mortgage rates have trended down overall.And if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, this is a big deal. While they’re going to continue to bounce around a bit based on various economic drivers (like inflation and reactions to the consumer price index, or CPI), don’t let the short-term volatility distract you. The experts agree the overarching downward trend should continue this year.While we won’t see the record-low rates homebuyers got during the pandemic, some experts think we should see rates dip below 6% later this year. As Dean Baker, Senior Economist, Center for Economic Research, sa...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Mira Mesa Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Concord Villas RECENTLY SOLD Summerdale Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 561 sq. ft. | $459,000 Summerdale Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 907 sq. ft. | $550,000 Creekside NEWLY LISTED Mesa Springs Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1041 sq. ft. | $598,000 Heritage at Concord Square RECENTLY SOLD Summerdale Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 907 sq. ft. | $550,000 Summerdale Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 561 sq. ft. | $459,000 Mesa Village RECENTLY SOLD Caminito Westchester | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1312 sq. ft. | $749,999 Mirabella RECENTLY SOLD New Salem Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 831 sq. ft. | $590,000
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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))
If you’ve owned your house for at least a couple of years, there’s something you’re going to want to know more about – and that’s home equity. If you’re not familiar with that term, Freddie Mac defines it like this:“. . . your home’s equity is the difference between how much your home is worth and how much you owe on your mortgage.”That means your equity grows as you pay down your home loan over time and as home values climb. While it’s true home prices dipped slightly last year, they rebounded and have been climbing in many areas since then. Here’s why that price growth is good news for you.In the latest Equity Insights Report, Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains:“With price gains continuing to help homeowners build wealth, equity has reached a new high and regained loss...
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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)
Mission Viejo Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Alta Finisterra RECENTLY SOLD Coso | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1269 sq. ft. | $450,000 Finisterra on the Lake BACK ON THE MARKET Redondela | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1125 sq. ft. | $675,000 Highland Park BACK ON THE MARKET Fortrose | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1472 sq. ft. | $849,000 Las Palmas BACK ON THE MARKET La Mar | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 693 sq. ft. | $500,000 RECENTLY SOLD La Crescenta | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 441 sq. ft. | $395,000 Mallorca Condos NEWLY LISTED Alcudia | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1812 sq. ft. | $1,200,000 Sienna Ridge RECENTLY SOLD Knoll | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1369 sq. ft. | $750,000
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By John Turner-McClelland, Real estate agent serving Greensboro
(Allen Tate Realtors)
According to Redfin, Winston Salem and Greensboro NC are among the top 10 affordable cities in the South.  6. Winston-Salem, NCMedian home price: $250,000Average sale price per square foot: $158Average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,035Median household income: $54,416Winston Salem NC homes for sale7. Greensboro, NCMedian home price: $271,500Average sale price per square foot: $163Average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment: $1,016Median household income: $55,051Greensboro NC homes for sale 
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