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!

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By Jerry Murphy, CRS, SRES, Anthem, Phoenix, and Scottsdale AZ Real Estate
(Long Realty West Valley)
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 You've probably heard or read lately that interest rates are rising and are projected to rise through the rest of the year.  So what does this mean if you're currently in the market to buy a home? Well, it means a lot.  But let's put things in perspective first. Interest rates have been historic...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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$105,000 / 4br-3ba- 2200ft2 - ▐►Summerville 29483 Cash Sale Mobile Home 2005 4bd-3 ba 2100 sq ft on 1 Acre of Land.  ▐►Mobile Home W/ 1 Acre Land Summerville Subdivision 2005 4bd - 3ba 2100 sqft -  Exterior PowerWash Required. CASH BUY  -  Move in Ready!!  NEW Buyer Could Rent to Own Out for $217...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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$1275 / 3br - 1232ft2 - ▐►Rent to Own FRe.E Months Rent The Gables MHP 3br-2ba -DWMH 1232 sf (4879 Filly Court Gables MHP) ★ ★ UPDATED 02 242018 ★ ★ BUY FOR $35K Cash ★★ OR Rent to Own Special: TAKE $1000.00 OFF Option Down Payments AND $200.00 OFF Monthly Payments! SEE SPECIAL oN OUR WEBSITES - ...

By Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Comments 5
I have several showings set up today with two different clients. Or at least I thought I did.Late last night I got an email cancelling one of them, under contract. Properties are selling fast and buyers need to be aware that they cannot dawdle and wait till the weekend to see properties if they w...

By Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com
(AZ Home Seekers)
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35561 N THURBER Road Queen Creek, AZ 85142 Best Deal is Queen Creek Home   Virtual Tour   Photo Gallery   Property Map   Financing   Request Showing   Contact Me   Jeff Jones Broker Jeff: (480) 200-5305: Debbie: (206) 650-4491: Website: Visit Website Price : $175,000 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.0...

By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
Comments 5
A few years ago I had the pleasure of helping a young man purchase his first house. In fact, it was the first house that anyone in his immediate family had ever owned. The young man, who I will call Billy (not his real name), was a high school friend of my son. He was a nice kid but didn’t really...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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It never seems to fail, if a closing is going to be delayed dueto the financing it seems it is because of a bank handling the loan rather than a mortgage professional.  I truly dislike working with one of the big box banks as they just cannot perform as well as a licensed mortgage professional. D...

By Lane Yates, Lake Norman NC Homes & Charlotte NC Homes
(Yates Realty Inc.)
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 Mooresville NC A Lake Norman Town Mooresville NC is a booming Lake town located just 40 minutes from the city of Charlotte NC. The city of Moorseville is a historic upbeat town and is growing in size. In the recent years, uptown Mooresville has received many new restaurants, pizzerias, coffee sh...

By Janet Larsen
(Remax Connection)
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New Listing!  4 Bedroom plus in-law suite.  3.5 Bathrms, basement, Garage, Great Room w/fireplace.  More pictures coming soon!  An Absolute beauty!  Call Janet Larsen for details:  826-261-6910.

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Love is in the Air with Loyal Clients Click Here to Request Your FREE Relocation Guide!!! For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ I like this contest because it gives us the opportunity to recall transactions that we have really enjoyed.  It see...

By Lance Loken, The Loken Group
(The Loken Group)
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Homes for Sale in Houston: 14442 Daly Dr., Houston, TX 77077 14442 Daly Dr., Houston, TX 77077MLS #: 16421169Bedrooms: 5 Bed(s)Baths: 3 Full & 1 Half Bath(s)Square Footage: 3,788 Built. Sqft. Call Lance Loken at 281-861-4624 to see if this property is still available and to schedule a showing.  T...

By Bandele Oguntomilade, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
Comments 1
 Open House: Saturday 1-4pmProperty: 11657 Lugo Park Ave, Lynwood, CA 90262Price: $479,050Contact: Bandele Oguntomilade 818-825-6996Virtual Tour: www.11657LugoPark.comDescription: Affordable and Spacious Home that can fit 2 families in Lugo Park.BANKRUPTCY SALE. Public Record discloses 1742sf hom...

By Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!
Comments 6
This crazy world of real estate.. always full of surprises.You may have seen my blog from a few days ago where I listed a property on Tuesday morning, and had it sold at 7:30 that night...  The next day an agent showed the condo despite the fact that it was sold conditionally. (I still allow show...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Pulling up roots?  When the time comes to sell your home and make the move to purchase one in the St. George, Utah area, there are important factors that add to the list of Things To Do, such as:  Hire a local,  experienced real estate agent who will go to work for you, giving you information on ...

By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 10
When showing a home For Sale, we listen for certain "KEYWORDS" to see if a buyer likes or does not like a home. Here in the Manchester NH area, there is a shortage of homes in some markets. Buyers have learned to come look at homes fairly quick and make a decision whether they will or will not m...

By Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
Comments 8
I fell in love with this house the moment I saw it.  The owners wanted to buy a smaller home with a workshop. Through the course of our conversation, they lovingly described their current home in impeccable detail. It was quiet, peaceful, full of character and situated on 2.68 acres in the Johns ...

By Ann Urias, Your Real Estate Concierge
(Aston Group - Orange County Real Estate)
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Central Park WestHudsonRockefeller & YorkIrvine, CA 92612  Mid $400,000s684-1,444 sq. ft.    Central Park WestRockefellerRockefeller and YorkIrvine, CA 92612Mid $1 Millions2,496-2,594 sq. ft                 Central Park WestTribeca Rockefeller and YorkIrvine, CA 92612Mid $700,000s1,093-1,965 sq. ...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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This Detached Single Family Home in Temecula CA is Now PENDING This 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home at 39798 Oak Cliff Drive in Temecula was a great opportunity to enjoy the Temecula lifestyle close to abundant shopping, dining, and services along Winchester Road, and near major commuting routes. Chaparr...

By Mary Crane, Realtor
(Mary Crane Properties)
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Open House Sunday 1-2:30. Built in 2015 in a wonderful walk to town cul de sac location, this 4-5BR highly efficient Colonial offers an open floor plan, high end appliances including sub zero frig, wolf cook top, wolf double oven and beautiful all natural white oak wood floors. Gorgeous natural l...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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What Does Pre-Approved Really Mean?Before we tell you why you need to get pre-approved, we want to make sure you know the difference between pre-qualified and pre-approved. Qualified means you went in and told someone how much you make and they said you would qualify. This isn’t what you need. Yo...