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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!

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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The HOA Dilemma: Love Them or Hate Them, They’re Here to StayWhen it comes to Homeowner Associations (HOAs), most people find themselves in one of two camps: you either love them or hate them. As a realtor with over 35 years of experience, I’ve seen how HOAs can be both a boon and a bane for homeowners. Let’s dive into what makes HOAs tick and why they might just be the unsung heroes of modern neighborhoods.Why Do HOAs Exist?HOAs are becoming increasingly common, especially in newer developments. Their primary purpose is to enforce covenants and restrictions, rules, and bylaws designed to maintain the integrity and aesthetic of the neighborhood. This can include guidelines on everything from paint colors and types of shingles to the construction of sheds, pools, and fences. The goal? To...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ✴️▐►We BUY – We SELL for CASH Houses-Mobile Homes =-Land  Charleston-Summerville★ ★ BUY HERE: WholeSale Buyer Values  🈚▐► SCInvestmentProperties.com  ★ ★  AVAILABLE  TODAY!!DWMH  PLUS LAND – Yard - Shed!See More Homes coming Available Weekly! …NO BANK QUALIFYING RENT to OWN Brick House 3bd Summerville-CharlestonSee Video Tour on Our Website★ ★Sell Us Your Property(s):    ★ ★SELL HERE:See Our SELLER Website Below to SELL Us Your House - Mobile Home or Land for CASH.    ✴️▐►GetFairCashOfferSC.com ★ ★ SELL Get Fair Cash Offer LAND HOUSES MOBILE HOMES Summerville★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ★We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes - Land   We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes  - Land                                 ...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ✴️▐►We BUY – We SELL for CASH Houses-Mobile Homes =-Land  Charleston-Summerville★ ★ BUY HERE: WholeSale Buyer Values  🈚▐► SCInvestmentProperties.com  ★ ★  AVAILABLE  TODAY!!DWMH  PLUS LAND – Yard - Shed!See More Homes coming Available Weekly! …NO BANK QUALIFYING RENT to OWN Brick House 3bd Summerville-CharlestonSee Video Tour on Our Website★ ★Sell Us Your Property(s):    ★ ★SELL HERE:See Our SELLER Website Below to SELL Us Your House - Mobile Home or Land for CASH.    ✴️▐►GetFairCashOfferSC.com ★ ★ SELL Get Fair Cash Offer LAND HOUSES MOBILE HOMES Summerville★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ★We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes - Land   We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes  - Land                                 ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
6345 Sinkola Drive, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click here to Get Directions$640,000 4 Beds - 3 Baths - 0.5 acres Lot Beautiful 1 story pool home in Ox Bottom Manor featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths in a split plan. This all brick residence features an open concept family room plus formal living room/den that can be used as flex space. Kitchen features stainless appliances and generous counter space and bar with a very spacious casual dining area. Tons of natural light throughout the house with lovely views of the large backyard and pool area. Follow This Home
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
3562 Velda Woods, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click here to Get Directions$550000 3 Beds - 2 Baths - 0.78 acres Lot *** Open House is scheduled for Sunday June 2, 2024 from 2 - 4 PM.*** 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 ...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Canoga Park Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Jordan Terrace NEWLY LISTED Jordan Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1437 sq. ft. | $535,000 Village Park NEWLY LISTED International Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 900 sq. ft. | $375,000 International Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 826 sq. ft. | $389,500
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sylmar Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Olive Mountain View BACK ON THE MARKET Hubbard Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1156 sq. ft. | $450,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
West Hollywood Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 645 Westmount RECENTLY SOLD Westmount Drive | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 529 sq. ft. | $479,000 Fountain Springs Manor RECENTLY SOLD Fountain Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1423 sq. ft. | $1,049,000 Fountainview RECENTLY SOLD Fountain Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1686 sq. ft. | $979,000 Holloway Terrace NEWLY LISTED Holloway Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 768 sq. ft. | $709,000 Larrabee Manor NEWLY LISTED Larrabee Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1103 sq. ft. | $749,000 The Eleven Ten RECENTLY SOLD Hacienda Place | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 902 sq. ft. | $698,000
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST SCSC Mobile Home Sales ★★ Always Available Local Homes (Summerville)Our 21st Year in Business  ★ ★ SELL HERE:See Our SELLER Below to SELL for Cash Your House - Mobile Home or Land Sell Us Your Property(s):   ✴️▐►GetFairCashOfferSC.com★ ★ SELL Get Fair Cash Offer LAND HOUSES MOBILE HOMES Summerville★  BUY - SELL - RENT TO OWN - WHOLESALE ★ INVEST  ★We BUY and We SELL Houses - Mobile Homes - Land ★ ★✴️ ▐►SC Mobile Home Sales ★★ Always Available Local Homes (Summerville) FSBO NO BANK RENT to OWN House  Summerville See Our BUYER Website Below to BUY Your Next House - Mobile Home or Land  Create Your Own Terms OR  Buy Cash for Huge Discount! NO BANK QUALIFYING RENT to OWN Brick House 3bd Summerville-Charleston ★ ★BUY HEREAVAILABLE TODAY!! 3 bd DW...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Los Feliz Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Los Feliz Towers NEWLY LISTED Los Feliz Boulevard | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 871 sq. ft. | $850,000 RECENTLY SOLD Los Feliz Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1076 sq. ft. | $1,250,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Pasadena Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Alpine Western Villa NEWLY LISTED Alpine Street | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1163 sq. ft. | $820,000
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By The Berns Team, It's always Better With Berns!
(The Berns Team)
Welcome to this exquisite residence, where elegance meets modern comfort & sophistication. As you approach, an inviting front courtyard with a charming fountain sets the stage for this stunning home. Entering through the front door you’ll find a formal entryway featuring stone-tiled floors, recessed lighting, crown molding & a convenient coat closet. An arched doorway leads to the formal living room, adorned with tray ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, & gleaming hardwood floors. A gas fireplace & dual-paned windows with louvered wood shutters add warmth & sophistication. The living room seamlessly flows into the formal dining room, which boasts another tray ceiling, crown molding, recessed lighting, wainscoting & chair rail molding, creating an ideal space for entertaining. Ad...
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By Blair Ballin
(Hunt Real Estate ERA)
Looking for a home in Arizona?Search all available homes for sale in Arizona using this easy to use link and map. All for FREE. Blair BallineXp Realty4802336433www.blairballin.com
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Brentwood Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Las Montanas BACK ON THE MARKET Montana Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 960 sq. ft. | $768,000 The Westgate BACK ON THE MARKET Gorham Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1577 sq. ft. | $1,425,000 Vizcaya RECENTLY SOLD Granville Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1590 sq. ft. | $1,295,000 Mayfield Manor RECENTLY SOLD Mayfield Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 961 sq. ft. | $749,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Downtown Los Angeles Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 1100 Wilshire NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1160 sq. ft. | $839,000 BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 800 sq. ft. | $575,000 Barker Block Lofts RECENTLY SOLD S Hewitt Street | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1320 sq. ft. | $985,000 Metropolis BACK ON THE MARKET Francisco Street | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 480 sq. ft. | $599,000 RECENTLY SOLD Francisco Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 695 sq. ft. | $598,000 Vero BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1140 sq. ft. | $700,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Reseda Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Corbin Villas BACK ON THE MARKET Corbin Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1290 sq. ft. | $585,000 Northridge Village NEWLY LISTED Canby Avenue | 4 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1717 sq. ft. | $640,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Inglewood Weekly Market Update June 3rd - 9th, 2024 Colony Village NEWLY LISTED N. Eucalyptus | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1025 sq. ft. | $530,000 Las Palmas RECENTLY SOLD Victor Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 992 sq. ft. | $494,900
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Looking for the least expensive newer and new homes located close to downtown Phoeinx with Laveen Arizona Homes For Sale UPDATED DAILY on the MLS? Well that would be the once isolated (pre South Mountain Freeway) Laveen located only 8 miles from downtown Phoenix. Most builders have completed and have new subdivisions going in on former farming land. (Photos: Laveen from Phoenix.gov)Laveen is a community in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, situated eight miles southwest of Downtown Phoenix, between South Mountain and the confluence of the Gila and Salt rivers. Parts of Laveen constitute an unincorporated community in Maricopa County, while the remainder falls within the city limits of Phoenix, constituting the city's "Laveen Village" an urban village within the city of Phoenix. (...
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By Bob Elliot, 30+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
When it comes to buying a home, securing the right home loan is essential. But what determines how much you can borrow? Understanding the key factors that influence your borrowing power can help you make informed decisions and potentially increase the amount you can secure. Let’s explore these determinants and some actionable tips to maximize your borrowing power.Key Determinants of Borrowing Power Income and Employment Stability Income Level: Your income is a primary factor that lenders consider when determining your borrowing power. Higher income levels generally mean you can afford to borrow more. Employment History: A stable job history indicates financial reliability. Lenders prefer applicants who have been with their current employer for at least two years. Credit ScoreYour credit...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
New properties for sale in Maine, sneak a peek now!Maine is in the top ten states for places real estate buyers want to invest. How come? Low cost, small town friendly and no crime, no traffic, no pollution. Maine. Unspoiled and uncrowded and cheap price combined with four season natural beauty.So what new properties for sale in Maine that you can look over and consider today?Save money, time, see it now easy tours to help you try on and consider could this property work?Real estate video lets you tour the property listings, what's for sale without a delay or time or travel expense.Check out 182 Houlton RD Island Falls ME commercial building video. Second up, a Victorian house for sale at 14 Kelleran ST Houlton ME real estate video. Third, move in ready gorgeous 12 Watson Ave Houlton ME...
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