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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!
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting. As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do! So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1. Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For? This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated. On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days. Others say 30 days. Others say 90, and som...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated. This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
Closing Tips for Sellers of Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes for Sale Your Lakeland Sandpiper golf home for sale has a ratified contract yet you can’t completely relax until you and the buyer, get to the closing table. The burden of finalizing the financing to purchase the home falls on the buyer, ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Agents sometimes get in the way. They get in the way of a deal, or in the way during negotiations, or simply in the way of communications. I had a buyer tell me yesterday that they appreciated the fact that after we walked into a home they wanted to see, I did not hang right with them. Of course ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Good real estate agents want what is best for their customers; I do too. While evaluating properties, I rely on all the knowledge that I have as well as tools to help me determine if anything is amiss. It didn't seem as if it was too long ago when one mentioned doing a radon test, fear wen...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Want to know what to look for during your Long Island Final Walk-Through? You should use the Final Walk-Through as the last opportunity you have prior to closing. Below Are Some Suggestions Of What To Look For At Your Final Walk-Through... 1. Final Check: First, make sure ev...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Smart and Successful Home Buyers How do you have a successful home buying experience? Start gathering information now! It doesn't matter if you plan to buy a home in a six months or two years, to have a successful home buying experience you need to have a plan. As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we kno...
Your credit score impacts the cost of your mortgage Many prospective home buyers need to attend to credit repairs before they are able to qualify for a mortgage loan to finance a home purchase. However, many do not understand how much a credit score can cost you when obtaining mortgage financin...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Finally! In just a couple of days, you will be getting the keys to your new home. Your Real Estate Broker calls you. "We have to do the Final Walk-Through Inspection, is tomorrow a good day, or would two days from now be better?" "I don't need any Final Walk-Through Inspection," you ...
By Helene Kelbaugh, Realtor - Internet Marketing Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Baltimore)
With so much mis understanding about these items, this sums it up perfectly. In Mayland, our assessments can be up to 3 years old. So if buyers are using this chances are their offers are not getting accepted. Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. B...
By Bill Irwin, "Where Luxury Living Meets Luxury Hospitality"
Are you considering retirement? Looking for just the right community? Well, the beautiful seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL may be just the place for you! Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Ponte Vedra Beach as ...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
John Meussner has quickly become one of my favorite reads here on Active Rain. He's a mortgage banker out of Costa Mesa, CA, and his knowledge about the mortgage industry clearly shines in all of his writing. Keep up the great work John, and thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. How L...
By Bob Pisa Downing-Frye Realty, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction...
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL)
Southwest Florida Airport Sets 31 Year Record More visitors, fewer rental properties drive the real estate market Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net According to a news release by the Lee County Port Authority yesterday, March 2014 brought 1,147,059passengers to and...
Want to Buy a Home? Being Pre-Approved is a Big Deal! When it comes to “buying or selling” a home, so much has changed in the last decade in a half, or so. There was a time where you could shop for a home and then go to the bank to get a loan. Today it is much different, and first you need ...
Listing Details Location: 55 Locust Lane, East Rutherford MLS#: 1412198 Style: Cape Cod Beds: 3 Baths: 1 Home for Sale This charming Cape Cod styled East Rutherford NJ home is available for sale. Located 55 Locust Ln, it features a large lot and a spacious 2 car garage. Main floor features...
Cash Buyers Assume They Can Pay Less? Never Assume Cash buyers have been making many condo sellers in Brighton and Brookline very happy these days. In general, they have an upper hand because they can waive the financing contingnecy, and they save everyone a lot of work and stress around obtain...