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 Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Single Family Homes For Sale Pasadena CAAre you in the market for  Single Family Homes For Sale Pasadena CA? Look no further! Pasadena is one of the most desirable areas to live in the Los Angeles area and offers plenty of beautiful single family homes. Whether you're looking for a traditional style house on a quiet street or a modern property with all the amenities, there's something here just right for you.The city of Pasadena features an abundance of high-quality homes that are perfect for families and young professionals alike. Single family homes come in many styles and sizes, from cozy bungalows to luxury estates. With breathtaking views, close proximity to incredible shopping and dining destinations, plus excellent schools nearby, it's easy to see why many people choose this city...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Single Family Homes For Sale In Glendale CASearching for Single Family Homes For Sale In Glendale CA? This city is known for its variety of homes that range from traditional to modern designs. With an array of neighborhoods and housing styles to choose from, there's something here that will suit all lifestyles.Glendale offers many advantages such as a comfortable climate, convenient access to major freeways and airports, quality schools, low crime rate and overall high quality of life. A single family home here could be a great investment opportunity with seen increases in property values over recent years. Whether you're looking for a starter home or luxury estate, there are plenty of options available in Glendale.The vibrant downtown district offers numerous restaurants and shops alon...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
Why It Makes Sense To Move Before Spring Spring is usually the busiest season in the housing market. Many buyers wait until then to make their move, believing it’s the best time to find a home. However, that isn’t always the case when you factor in the competition you could face with other buyers at that time of year. If you’re ready to buy a home, here’s why it makes sense to move before the spring market picks up. Spring Should Bring a Wave of Buyers to the Market In most years, the housing market goes through predictable seasonal trends in activity. Winter is typically a quiet point in the year, while spring sees a surge of buyers begin their search. And experts project that this year will be no exception. Right now, buyer demand is low due to a combination of normal seasonal trends ...
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By Christine Kim, Real estate agent serving Los Angeles' Westside
(BuyDeluxeHome.com)
Hollywood Hills Homes for Sale with Pool Hollywood Hills homes for sale with a pool are desirable properties that provide both charm and luxury. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills area is home to some of the finest real estate in California. Whether you're looking to purchase an existing property or build your own home from scratch, this area has something to offer everyone. These homes boast stunning views of downtown LA and the surrounding hillsides. They come equipped with high-end amenities such as private infinity pools, modern kitchens, spacious living rooms and luxurious bathrooms. Additionally, many of these properties have lush landscaping and sprawling gardens perfect for entertaining guests or just enjoying a peaceful evening outdoors. The best part abo...
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By Stephanie Huber, Real Estate Brokerage serving Port St. Lucie, FL
(www.thehubergroup.com | Huber Real Estate Group of Florida)
Take a tour of a brand new move-in ready home by GHO Homes in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This pre-speculated home features 4 bedrooms, 3 fulls bathrooms, 2 car garage with 2,120 living square feet. It is located in the quiet Torino area just north of St Lucie West, close to shopping, restaurants, local businesses, and healthcare.Offered at $526,000, GHO Homes has incentives when using their preferred lender and you may be able to negotiate on the purchase price!GHO Homes is a tailor made custom builder, typically selling the lot separately and will allow you to build on your own lot. But with this home, everything is ready to go! It sits on an oversized lot, full sodded with St. Augustine grass, exceptional landscaping, irrigation system with private well and rainbird timer.This immediate...
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
State Wide Realty Debate: Location Versus House? VS. An age old real estate question, which matters more the house or the location? The House: There is no doubt you have a must have list for your new home such as number of bedrooms, square feet, etc. when you hit the market for that home you realize your budget does not allow for everything and a compromise has to be made. Is a renovation possible down the road to make it more like the home of your dreams? How about a different area of town? These are the questions buyers ask themselves constantly.The Location: Do your homework, if the home you like is in an area that is known as troublesome you may have problems on the resale. The one thing you cannot change about the home once you have bought it is the location. The proximity to shop...
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By Joe Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Cambria Mortgage)
See your credit risk based on your credit scoreMinneapolis, MN: We all have credit scores, but do you know what your credit score tells creditors? It tells us your credit risk, and likelihood of the money not being paid back. Of course a high credit score is no guarantee of being paid back, just like a bad credit low scores are not a guarantee of default, but creditors have plenty of historical data to give us an idea.Most lending is based off  what is know as 'risk based pricing', which simply means the lower your credit score, the higher risk of default, and the higher interest rate you pay for that risk.Lenders Odds For Mortgage Late Payment Risk Press Control-D to Bookmark This Page   More Than Just A Credit Score Other factors can come into play to help a lender mitigate risk. Amor...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
The city of Longmont is located just Northeast of Boulder and sits adjacent to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.  Founded in 1871, it is named after Long’s Peak, the towering mountain on the west horizon that rises 14,255 feet above sea level.  It is ideally located along the Front Range mountains as it is about 44 miles to Denver International Airport (~45 minutes), 36 miles to Denver (~30 minutes), 15 miles to Boulder (~15-20 minutes), 31 miles to Fort Collins (~30-35 minutes) and 35 miles to Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park (~35-40 minutes). Start your home search here: Homes for Sale in LongmontLongmont is a growing community of just under 100,000 residents.  It draws many for work and lifestyle.  According to the Longmont Economic Development Partnership, some of the maj...
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By Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs
(Kelly Right Real Estate)
Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage Rates Last year, the Federal Reserve took action to try to bring down inflation. In response to those efforts, mortgage rates jumped up rapidly from the record lows we saw in 2021, peaking at just over 7% last October. Hopeful buyers experienced a hit to their purchasing power as a result, and some decided to press pause on their plans. Today, the rate of inflation is starting to drop. And as a result, mortgage rates have dipped below last year’s peak. Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares: “While mortgage market activity has significantly shrunk over the last year, inflationary pressures are easing and should lead to lower mortgage rates in 2023.” That’s potentially great news if you’re a buyer aiming to jump back into the housing...
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
Homeownership Builds Your Wealth over Time [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, be sure to factor in the long-term benefits of homeownership. On average, nationwide, home prices appreciated by 288.7% over the last 32 years. That means homeowners grow their net worth significantly in the long term. Homeownership wins over time. Let’s connect so you can start your homebuying journey today.
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By Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
(RE/MAX Checkmate)
Best view in Johnson City and it's Open this SundayThis is an incredible home, starting with a fantastic North JC location, set back in Lake Meadow subdivision with views of mountains, lake, and countryside.  The 2 levels of decking are the perfect solitude to enjoy your mornings or evenings.  The lower-level deck has the perfect spot for your full-sized hot tub.  2.6 acres allows for that space needed for running, playing and an abundance of professional landscaping, trees, flowers, and wildlife!  This neighborhood is amazing, while we were here there were 2 deer just sitting in the neighbor's back yard relaxing, checking us out. The house sits on a Cul-de-sac, which is also a plus.  The house itself is absolutely fantastic. The space alone is incredible.  All the rooms are oversized a...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre la casa de sus de sus sueños en Temecula. Solo haga click en: Casas De Venta En Temecula CA.  Aqui encontrara las casas para la venta recien listadas. Solo haga click en: Casas De Venta Recien Listadas En Temecula CA. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial, Llame Hoy :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez.  Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Temecula con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores. Para mas informacion haga click: Temecula Real Estate.Si esta pensando vender su casa de Temecula, Llame Hoy: 951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Preg...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre la casa de sus Sueños en Murrieta. Haga click en: Casas De Ventas En Murrieta CA. Usted encontrara aqui todas las casas para la venta recien listadas. Solo haga click en: Casas De Venta Recien Listadas En Murrieta CA. Para que encuentre el hogar perfecto. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial y Gastos de Cierre, LLame Hoy or Mande un Texto: 951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Murrieeta con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores. Para mas informacion sobre Murrieta haga click en: Murrieta Casas De Ve...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre todas las Casas De Venta En Menifee CA. Solo haga click en: Casas De Ventas En Menifee. Aqui encontrara las casas para la venta recien listadas en Menifee, Solo haga click en: Casas Para La Venta Recien Listadas En Menifee CA. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial y Gastos de Cierre, Llame Hoy :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Menifee con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores. Para conocer mas sobre Menifee haga click en: Menifee Casas De Venta.Si esta pensando vender su casa de Menifee, Llame H...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre todas las casas de venta en Lake Elsinore. Solo haga click en: Casas De venta En Lake Elsinore CA. Aqui encontrara las casas para la venta recien listadas, solo haga click en: Casas Para La Venta Recien Listadas En Lake Elsinore CA.  Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial y Gastos de Cierre, Llame Hoy :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Lake Elsinore con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores.Para conocer mas sobre Lake Elsinore haga click en: Lake Elsinore Casas De Venta. Si esta pensando vender su...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre todas las casas de venta en Perris CA. Solo haga click en: Casas Para La Venta Para La Venta En Perris CA. Tambien las casas para la venta recien listadas para la venta. Solo haga click en: Casas para la Venta Recien Listadas Para La Venta En Perris. Para que encuentre el hogar perfecto. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial, Llame Hoy :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez.Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Perris con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores. Si esta pensando Comprar & Vender su casa de Perris, Llame Hoy: 951-858-5797 Ce...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Encuentre las casas de venta en Moreno Valley CA. Solo haga click en: Casas de ventas en Moreno Valley CA. Tambien las casas para la venta recien listadas. Solo haga click en: Casas Para La Venta Recien Listadas En Moreno Valley. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial, Llame Hoy or Mande un Texto :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Moreno Valley con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Para saber mas de Moreno Valley haga click en: Moreno Valley Casas De Venta. Si esta pensando vender su casa de Moreno Valley, Llame Hoy: 951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Pregunt...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Aqui encontrara todas las casas de venta en Eastvale. Solo haga click en: Casas De Venta eEn Eastvale CA. Tambien las casas recien listadas. Solo haga click en: Casas De Venta Recien Listadas De Venta En Eastvale CA. Para que encuentre el hogar perfecto. Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial y Gastos de Cierre, Llame Hoy :951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Eastvale con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Pregunte por los incentivos para primeros compradores. Para mas informacion solo haga click en: Eastvale Casas De Venta.Si esta pensando Comprar & Vender su...
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By Cecilia Rodriguez, Realtor - Riverside California Real Estate
(First Team Real Estate)
Aqui encontrara todas las casas de venta en Jurupa Valley solo haga click en: Casas De Venta En Jurupa Valley Tambien encontrara Las casas recien listadas para la venta. Solo haga click en: casas recien listadas para la venta en Jurupa Valley CA.  Si nesesita ayuda para el Pago Inicial LLame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Que esta esperando? Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez La asistencia no estará todo el tiempo. No pierda la oportunidad de comprar su propia casa en Jurupa Valley con ZERO De Pago Inicial. Llame Hoy:951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez. Para encontrarle a usted y su familia un hogar hoy. Para conocer mas sobre Jurupa Valley haga click en: Jurupa Valley Casas De Venta.Si esta pensando vender su casa de Jurupa Valley, Llame, Hoy: 951-858-5797 Cecilia Rodriguez.  Pre...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, be sure to factor in the long-term benefits of homeownership. On average, nationwide, home prices appreciated by 288.7% over the last 32 years. That means homeowners grow their net worth significantly in the long term. Homeownership wins over time. Let’s connect so you can start your homebuying journey today.  Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 641-1531Fax: (407) 205-1951email: info@phphouses.comLet’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagramThe information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. The author does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. No...
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