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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 Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
 OPEN HOUSES 1-4pm SATURDAY 6-22-24 and SUNDAY 6-23-24| Excellent Triplex Investment Opportunity in Prime Los Angeles | Huge Upside Potential | Call 818-825-6996Priced Below Market at $650,0006124-6126 S. Wilton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90047
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By Bandele Oguntomilade, Top REALTOR, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
 OPEN HOUSES 1-4pm SATURDAY 6-22-24 and SUNDAY 6-23-24| Excellent Duplex Investment + Owner-Occupant Opportunity in Los Angeles | Rent One Unit Live in the Other Unit | Huge Upside Potential | Call 818-825-6996 Priced Below Market at $550,000. 6120 S. Wilton Place, Los Angeles, CA 90047. 
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
The lure of living off grid like the early pioneers here in the Wild West of AZ can be very exciting. However, often the excitement fads when potential buyers learn off grid living is a lot of work.For clarification, Off grid living means the property is not attached to the electrical grid, the public power utility firms. The energy solution is solar, wind, generator or a combination of two or more.Solar has many issues from the solar panels to the solar inverter, to the solar batteries to the solar power charge controller.  Finding a reputable solar consultant who understands all the additional nuances is critical. Additionally, this solar consultant needs to be aware of local code issues especially electrical. NOTE:  There are many individuals who say they know solar, but they don't. ...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
What Not to Do When Buying a House: Tips from a RealtorBuying a house is one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make. As a seasoned realtor, I’ve seen it all—both the successes and the pitfalls. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid to ensure your home-buying process is as smooth and rewarding as possible.Never Skip InspectionsSkipping inspections, especially for the sewer line and septic tank, is a common mistake that can lead to costly repairs down the road. These issues might not be immediately visible but can be very expensive to fix if they become problems later on. Always ensure these inspections are conducted thoroughly.Factor in Childcare and Healthcare CostsWhen calculating your debt-to-income ratio with your lender, make sure you include your childcare and heal...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
3562 Velda Woods Drive, TALLAHASSEE, FL Click here to Get Directions$525000 3 Beds - 2 Baths - 0.78 sqft Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print This spacious family home is ideally located in the middle of all the NE amenities - close to Bannerman Crossing and A-rated school zones. The meticulously maintained home features three oversized bedrooms in addition to a private office. The master suite is the only bedroom located on the second level. This private suite measures in at an unbelievable 900 square feet of serenity. The size and the location of the master suite are unparalleled. The recently updated kitchen features new style shaker cabinets with soft close are covered in beautiful granite. Additionally, the kitchen is equipped with with new appliances. In the rear of the home, yo...
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By James Potenza Texas Buyer Realty, Buying, Selling, Relocating, New Construction
(Texas Buyer Realty)
 Welcome to Westland Ranch, where the charm of League City, Texas meets the innovation of K. Hovnanian Homes. As a seasoned realtor specializing in new home sales, I'm excited to introduce you to this exceptional community through an exclusive video tour.Nestled in a prime location just minutes from Houston, Westland Ranch promises the perfect blend of suburban tranquility and urban convenience. Imagine coming home to spacious, beautifully crafted residences designed with modern living in mind. Whether you're looking for a cozy single-family home or a spacious estate, Westland Ranch offers a variety of floor plans to suit every lifestyle.In the video tour, you'll get a firsthand look at the craftsmanship and attention to detail that K. Hovnanian Homes is renowned for. From gourmet kitch...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)
Yesterday, my buyer settled on this well remodeled home in Aldan at 426 W Wayne Avenue. We had been searching for a little while and when we walked into this home we both knew this was a great option for her. She had a nice surprise yesterday as she had thought the home was oil heating and I told her, no this is gas heating and hot water, so she did not have to think about changing anything.This three bed  one and a half bath home had everything she was looking for. It was also very well rehabbed with quality products and workmanship. The agent for the seller was professional and communicative.An investor who knew what she was looking for she was not afraid to make a strong offer which encouraged the sellers to accept her offer straight away as opposed to waiting through the weekend.Som...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Looking for a stable investment? 🏡✨ Whether it's a charming farmhouse or a cozy city nest, I've got you covered. Contact me today to make your homeownership dreams a reality! 🐴💼  #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #friyay #dadjoke #realestate #realestateagent #realtor
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
  1143 Robin Kay Rd, Tallahassee, FL Click here to Get Directions$325000 4 Beds - 2 Baths - 2.3 acres Lot Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Welcome to this fantastic Ranch-style home on over 2 acres! No carpet, just luxury vinyl plank flooring and ceramic tile in the bathrooms. Updated Master ensuite with new fixtures and walk-in shower, plus a renovated hall bath. The spacious kitchen boasts new white cabinetry, granite countertops, and a walk-in pantry. Enjoy summer days by the in-ground pool with a newer liner. Roof replaced in 2019, pool liner in 2021. Don't miss out on this meticulously maintained gem! Note: Property includes an easement for Talquin Electric across the front yard for access to the substation on the adjoining property Follow This Home
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Are you moving to Phoenix from somewhere else? How about cruising into your very own Semi Circle or Curved driveway home? You may not have been able to afford a home with a curved driveway from where you came from. These curved driveway homes are nice  because they feel like an "estate", don't you think? Typically, they sit on more land than the common tract home. How to find them? Well, I specialize in curved driveway homes and track and also have them right here for my buyer clients. (Photo: Lowrider Cruiser Stocksnap, Pixabay)WHAT IS IT about curved or circular driveway homes that makes them so special you ask? Well they are enchanting, practical and WAY COOL! Would you like to buy a home in Phoenix metro including Scottsdale in Arizona with a CURVED Driveway? A home with a grand ent...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Waterfront Property Listing In Maine.Is the weather hot and muggy where you live now? Are you thinking about Maine lake life, swimming to cool off. Or kayaking, paddling around and maybe fishing for landlocked salmon, small mouth bass, white perch, pickerel?New waterfront property listing in Maine video.Big lot, .95 acre with 90' frontage on Pleasant Pond (AKA Pleasant Lake) Just a camp but what a drop dead gorgeous Maine waterfront jewel. Pleasant Lake is 1832 acres big and crystal clear clean.Welcome to 10 Bowen Lane Island Falls / Dyer Brook Maine.The 3 bedroom ranch style lake cottage / camp is parked less than 25' off the shoreline. Built rugged with boards not particle board in 1946 and in one family ever since.Needs roof, paint but the size of the lot, the location of the waterfr...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
What Home Buyers Are Looking for in 2024: Key Trends and DesiresThe real estate landscape is constantly evolving, and 2024 is no exception. As we move through this year, several trends are emerging that reflect the changing needs and preferences of home buyers. Whether you’re a seller looking to make your property more appealing or a buyer trying to find your perfect home, understanding these trends can provide valuable insights.Home Offices: The Remote Work Revolution ContinuesWith remote work becoming a permanent fixture for many, home offices remain a top priority for buyers. A dedicated, comfortable workspace is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Buyers are looking for homes with extra rooms that can be converted into offices, or built-in office spaces that offer privacy and functi...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
5364 Appledore Lane, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click here to Get Directions$335000 4 Beds - 3 Baths - 0.12 sqft Lot More Pictures Coming Soon! This well maintained home lives large with its open and inviting floor plan! With four bedrooms and two & a half bathrooms, the downstairs features updated engineered hardwood flooring throughout most of the home, a spacious primary suite with double vanities, an open kitchen & dining area into the living room with a wood-burning fireplace and leading out to the covered and screened back porch overlooking the fully fenced back yard! The three additional rooms upstairs are well-sized and private and with the 2018 Roof and 2017 HVAC & Water Heater, this home will be maintenance free for years to come. This fantastic home of...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
627 NOCATEE Rd, Tallahassee, FL Click here to Get Directions$600 3 Beds - 3 Baths - Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Large luxury home situated on a 3 acre park like setting with a quest house! The custom main home was built in 2017 by the current owner The thoughtful design features of the main home include an open floor plan, gourmet style kitchen, two laundry rooms, with hardwood floors on the main level. The layout allows for all living space on the fist floor and a half bath for convenience. The kitchen is adored with custom Granite and Marble counter tops, upgraded soft close cabinets and drawers and a large island with contrasting Marble. The upper level features three oversized bedrooms including a nicely appointed guest bath. The oversized primary bedroom is attached to an ex...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There's no denying it's gotten more challenging to buy a home, especially with today's mortgage rates and home price appreciation. And that may be one of the big reasons you’re eager to look into grants and assistance programs to see if there’s anything you qualify for that can help. But unfortunately, many homebuyers feel like they don’t know where to start.  A recent Bank of America Institute study asked prospective buyers where they lack confidence in the process and need more information. And this is what topped the list: 53% said they need help understanding homebuying grant programs. So, here’s some information that can help you close that gap. What Is Down Payment Assistance? As the Mortgage Reports explains: “Down payment assistance (DPA) programs offer loans and grants that ca...
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By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sa
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Is buying vacant land a good investment in Putnam County, NY?  Investing in vacant land in Putnam County, NY, can be a good investment depending on several factors. Here are some key considerations: Location and Development Potential: Proximity to major cities like New York City can drive demand. Look for land near growing areas or future development plans, as these can increase the value of your investment. Market Trends: Analyze current market trends in Putnam County. Rising property values, increasing demand for housing, and a growing population can indicate a favorable investment environment. Zoning and Land Use Regulations: Ensure the land is zoned for the intended use, whether residential, commercial, or agricultural. Understanding local zoning laws and potential restrictions is c...
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