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 YourSiteNeedsMe SEO Team, $399 Real Estate Websites - YourSiteNeedsMe.com
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If you're buying a home for sale along 30A in Florida, check out these helpful articles to get started on your journey. Should You Make an Offer Over Asking Price?When you find your dream home, you know you need to make an offer quickly - but should you offer more than what the seller is asking? ...

By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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You are excited about looking for a new home! You just received your pre-approval from your mortgage professional. Your price maximum is defined, you know what kind of mortgage you have and how much you must put down, and you've started looking online at homes that fit your criteria. There are so...

By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
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1109 Winesap Lane SEWelcome Home! Impeccably maintained 2-Story in The Orchards. Spacious great room concept floor plan, gourmet kitchen w/island that opens to the wonderful living area w/fireplace. 4 total bdrms + an office/den, 2.5 baths, lovely master suite w/5-pc bath & soaking tub, fantasti...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The market in the DC metro area is red hot in some spots.  I recently made an offer on a property in Dupont Circle that received 9 offers and escalated probably 10% over list price.  A home in North Arlington also went way over list price - and not to my buyer!  So what are you supposed to do if ...

By Amanda Hope, Specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian Real Estate
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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What Should My Credit Score Be To Buy a House?When you are starting to think about purchasing your first home - or your 20th - your credit score is something that you need to be aware of. You’ve probably heard that your credit score can make or break the home buying process. However, you may not ...

By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
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This beautiful 4 br, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage home in Melbourne, FL recently sold and closed! My buyer was from the Tampa area and recently moved to the east coast of the state. She accepted a new job with a local defense contractor and LOVES her new home! The home includes: 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths la...

By Norma Skeete, ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA
(Samson Properties)
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7808 Bold Lion Ln, Alexandria, VA OPEN HOUSE - Sunday April 21, 1-4PM Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE April 7, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | Beautiful well maintained single family home with 4 beds 4 ba...

By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos / Harleysville; RSPS
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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248 TROUT CRK, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 MLS #PM-46721 Follow the Link for More Information on this Stream Front CottageCottage feel stream front Contemporary Ranch with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and a 3 season room overlooking the stream. Home features wood walls, skylights, vaulted ceiling, stone-surroun...

By Seesan Ed, The Most Helpful REALTOR in Delaware
(BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors)
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 If you’re thinking of buying a home in Delaware, you may have been advised that it’s always wise to purchase a home in the best school district, even if you have no children. The reason is resale value. “Everyone” with children wants them to attend the best schools. What you should do depends up...

By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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Fabulous Location in Great El Dorado Hills Neighborhood Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood Open House Market Stats $639,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,342 sqftLot: 0.24 acre(s)Year Built: 1992MLS #: 19024005 Location ...

By Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM, Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale
(Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts)
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Boasting more than 60 miles of Grand Strand beachfront, Myrtle Beach remains one of America's favorite playgrounds.Its boardwalk, named one of the top 10 in the US by National Geographic, features a 1.2-mile wooden promenade. It offers countless entertainment options, from chic shops to the SkyWh...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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For many prospective home buyers in Manahawkin, the down payment is the most daunting hurdle in the race to buy a home. Even for people with decent credit and a healthy paycheck, the down payment can be the great homeownership killer.See EVERY Home for Sale in ManahawkinThe big question for all p...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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32514 Pensacola Florida News: Buyers finding it easier to qualify for a mortgagePost-recession financial jitters are fading. As mortgage companies slowly ease lending guidelines, more once-rejected buyers find they now qualify for a loan. Read more.  Call or Text Charles Stallions Now 850-476-449...
https://www.google.com/analytics/web/#home/a69066132w111663562p116541675/ Last fall, some predicted that the 2019 residential real estate market would be a disaster. There was even belief we might experience a housing crash like the one that occurred during the last decade. However, according to ...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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1431 Cardwell Sq N, Columbus OH 43229Lovely 4-Level Front to Back to Split in desirable Devonshire! Great location on a low traffic street! You will love the GORGEOUS HARDWOOD floors, UPDATED half bath in lower level, large laundry room w/NEW FLOORING and huge 3 SEASON room on the back! NEWER HV...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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In Style Kitchens in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZCall Brian For A Market Analysis for YOUR Gilbert Home!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZWhitewing Homes Currently for SaleWhitewing Homes Recently SoldWhitewing is another name synonymous with l...

By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS®)
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Just SOLD in the Ashbrook subdivision in Severn, MD: spectacular Colonial with outside pool & cabana and huge "man-cave". And since a picture says more than a thousand words ever could - especially this picture - I'll just share it below instead of writing about how gorgeous the house is or how p...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Enjoyable Weather in Circle G, Gilbert, AZ Do You Need A Buyers Agent to Find Gilbert AZ Homes? For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ Homes Currently for Sale in Circle G Homes Recently Sold in Circle G There are numerous Circle G communities ...

By Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate
(Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty)
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731 BONNIE RIDGE DRIVE NE, LEESBURG, VA Get Directions Click Here   Description Features Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score   $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS 5 BATHROOMS (4 full, 1 half) 3551 Square Feet   Gorgeous brick front colonial in sought after Potomac Station! This spacious and ...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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https://www.google.com/analytics/web/#home/a69066132w111663562p116541675/ Interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage have been on the decline since November, now reaching lows last seen in January 2018. According to Freddie Mac’slatest Primary Mortgage Market Survey, rates came in at 4.12% ...