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 Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Happy Easter! Join us for Easter Open House 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose! Sun., April 20th, 1:30-4:30 Happy Easter!  Please hop on over and join us for an Easter Open House at 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose, zip code 95129 with Lynbrook High School, on Sun., April 20th from 1:30-4:30.   This gorgeous ho...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
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)
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​ 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 MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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How do you know you're ready to buy a Door County property? It's simple.  You're ready to turn your Door County vacations into something a little bit more permanent. Or maybe even REALLY permanent. You've done your homework.... and now you're ready to purchase a home, condominium or some vacant l...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Island Dunes Penthouse Condo on Hutchinson Island – Just Listed     Enjoy true luxury Oceanside living from this penthouse suite in the Island Dunes Country Club of Hutchinson Island in Jensen beach, FL.  A spacious 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath apartment on the top floor (14th) in the Island Dunes Oceans...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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My first real estate purchase. It was uneventful. It was painless. Kept it for a few years.Sold it at a modest profit. Other than that, I remember little.  Fact is, I was too ignorant to understand what was happening.  That's probably why I have so much patience with home buyers today. __________...
By Lottie Kendall, Helping make YOUR dreams a reality
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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It's not always easy to identify life-changing events, especially when one is in the middle of such an event, but the purchase of my first home certainly was life changing for me. It brought me to what I am doing today, working as a Realtor® with Today, Sotheby's International Realty, loving my c...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Today, I received an email from a prospect who is getting daily updates as new homes come on the market. She was inquiring about a property. She told me that she was told the home had sold and wanted to know if that was true. I looked up the house and found it was still available. I sent an email...
By Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS
(Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC)
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Colonial with a spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, dining room with bay window, living room w/fireplace, wood and/or tile floors throughout the main home.  Basement is partially finished, too!  Offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1st floor laundry, 1st floor family room w/vaulted ceiling, foyer, c/a...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Many Franklin TN buyers are afraid to commit to one agent. I'm not sure the reason but we all have access to the same information. If you spoke to one agent and he told you a house was already under contract, that isn't going to change because you speak with a different agent. My suggestion--cont...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Many home buyers who move to Franklin TN would like to have a front porch. It's a great addition to a home. Many new construction homes include a front porch. However, based upon the post below, you may want to make sure you have a home inspection prior to the porch being covered with drywall. Wh...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Basement Homes For Sale In Madison Alabama Original content posted at  http://nicktpappas.com/?p=1944 Basement Homes For Sale There are Basement homes for sale in Madison Alabama although not as many as can be found in other parts of the country.  For people relocating especially from northern ar...
By Jamie Seaux, North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite
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Find out about homes in Wheeler Ridge Subdivision in Denton Texas with photos and more information available. Wheeler Ridge subdivision in Denton Texas has more than 1 entrance available. You can enter from Robinson Road, or off Teasley Lane.      Where is Wheeler Ridge Subdivision in Denton Texa...
By Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
(Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932)
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April 18, 2014 Short Sales For Sale Dublin CA March 2014 Market Report Short Sale Homes For Sale Dublin CA Monthly Commentary At the close of Q1 2014 it is apparent that the continued rise in home prices across the Tri-Valley and San Ramon Valley real estate market areas has had a positive impact...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
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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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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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)
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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...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
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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...