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!

Trending blogs on Home Buying

 

By geri wehry, your agent for life
(RE/MAX Select R.E.)
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Lovely 2-story on the Golf Course Overview Maps Photos Features Open House Market Stats $535,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full BathroomsInterior: 2,610 sqftLot: 6,969 sqftYear Built: 1992MLS #: 1080919 Location 26110 Lake Wilderness Country Club Dr SEMaple Valley, WA 98038USA...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Lake front homes on Lake Marguerite and Lake Angela in the highly desirable Islands at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona or on McCormick Ranch golf course do not come on the market very often. See waterfront homes for sale on McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale. Or, see all waterfront homes for sa...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 9
6 Expenses Home Buyers Often OverlookBecoming a homeowner is exciting but, it’s also a big investment and one that requires a lot of thought and preparation to make. Be sure to factor in these expenses that home buyers frequently overlook.  Home Inspection – while a home inspection isn’t required...

By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes for Sale2880 S  2729 E Salt Lake City, Ut  84109    $429,900This lovely rambler includes 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and approx.1934 square feet. This Canyon Rim home with views that can't be beat. Updated kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, windows. Brand new high efficiency furnace, well ...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
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Are You 1 of the 59 Million Planning to Buy This Year? According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017. The su...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Relocation Buyers – A Niche Market for 2017 I have personally moved a bunch of times, have now owned 10 primary homes, and my wife and I have had 4 major relocations (to Boston from Michigan, Boston to the Twin Cities, the Twin Cities to Boston, and Boston to Southern California). As a result I k...

By Jeff Miller, Realtor - Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 2
Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club home for sale 10228 Moshie Lane San Antonio FL  335763 bedroom 2 bath 2121 Sq Ft $254,900 Peaceful, gated, secure 55+ community.  LOW TAXES LOW HOA2016 Taxes $1409 and  HOA only $425 annual.This one owner home (2002) shows pride of ownership. Clean and ready for yo...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow
(RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio)
Comments 1
According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017. The survey also revealed 3 key takeaways: Those most likely ...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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To truly understand all about the buyer's needs, a series of questions are needed to be asked to uncover any areas of compromise or substitution that the buyer will accept. In a highly competitive market, successful buyers know they may not get everything they want in a house but can still be hap...

By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
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13425 Periwinkle Avenue, Seminole, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2289 SQUARE FEET This impressive new construction home was completed in late 2016. From the attractive...

By Gustavo Torres / RE/MAX Rosarito Beach, Tijuana Coastal, Ensenada, BAJA, Remax Baja Realty, Baja California
(Remax Baja Realty)
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Have you visited Ensenada Baja?I strongly suggests that you do... If you like wine, beautiful bays filled with boats and cruise shipswith lights glistening at night over the water, average temperature of 65 Fahrenheits all year long,the best seafood by some of the most recognized chefs in Mexico,...

By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
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New Construction Homes for Sale in Greenville, SC   Greenville SC makes for a wonderful place for you to call home with all the opportunities to enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a new construction home or custom home to built your dream home in Greenville, there ...

By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 1
8505 W. 129th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas open house Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Follow This Home! Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values Presented By: The Mowery Group KWLS 913-269-047...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(Preferred St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Failure to communic ate the conversation!  An out-of-area home buyer called about golf course properties in a specific area in southern Utah. I began sending him information on home sites and available homes. We spoke on the phone several times to get more specific on actual wants, needs and time...

By Irv The Realtor, Residential - Religious & Educational - Commercial
(Empire Network Realty)
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COMMUNITY INFORMATION: West Side Village in Windermere is one of Windermere's newest communities located centrally between Dr Phillips & Disney also within minutes from popular shopping malls, Winter Garden Village, outside dining, major roads for an easy commute. West Side Village in Windermere ...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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Shopping for a home is unlike shopping for a dress or any other thing. It can possibly be the biggest purchase that you'll ever make in your lifetime. Thus, it involves a great decision-making skill to make sure you'll have no regrets in the end. The 7 important steps below are simplified to hel...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Adams Place, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois - February 2017 About Adams Place Adams Place is a condo building located at 2320 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60612 Average taxes in Adams Place $2,734 Average association fees in Adams Place $287 ($287 - $287) Average home size in Adams Place 1,664 ft2 A...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Lake Shore Pointe, South Shore, Chicago, Illinois - February 2017 About Lake Shore Pointe   Average taxes in Lake Shore Pointe $3,114 Average association fees in Lake Shore Pointe $441 ($0 - $441) Average home size in Lake Shore Pointe 2,200 ft2 Average lot size in Lake Shore Pointe 0.00 acres A...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
1122 W. Catalpa, Edgewater, Chicago, Illinois - February 2017 About 1122 W. Catalpa 1122 W. Catalpa is a 126 unit condo building in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Average taxes in 1122 W. Catalpa $3,823 Average association fees in 1122 W. Catalpa $628 ($547 - $709) Average home...