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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The by far easiest way to get information on a new area of the country, the property listings for sale in it is using show and tell video. You the real estate buyer are suddenly able to be in the small Maine town to experience the local community events.On your limited time, able to on demand ope...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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    Condos come in all shapes and sizes, the same as the variety of people who chose to live in them.   There are high-rise, low-rise, freestanding, condos above storefronts, townhome style, brand new or converted.  These days there are lots of reasons to opt for condominium living over traditio...
By The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team, North Atlanta, Georgia Luxury Home Specialists
(Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta)
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Life in Alpharetta, GeorgiaAlpharetta, Georgia provides a growing business community, mixed with a small town ambiance within thirty minutes to the city of Atlanta. Here, businesses and residents alike, enjoy a friendly community complete with a thriving economy and a school system known for its ...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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In the market to buy a home in Abbington Subdivision in Harrisburg, NC? The ChooseMichaelBrown team can help!View all current homes for sale in Abbington  Abbington Sales History Year 2013 2014 2015 Homes sold in the MLS 30 25 27 Average sales price $408,612 $423,650 $439,471 Price per square foo...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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8/26/2015 Charlotte is a wonderful city full of entertainment, and life. Charlotte is one of the fast growing cities, and is the 17th largest cities in the U.S. in total population. The largest city in NC. Ranks 2nd among the largest cities for most desirable place to purchase a home, and for goo...
By Hank Ewing
(Bellator Real Estate & Development)
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Homes for Sale in Creekside, Daphne, Alabama Why Do People live here? Creekside is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located in Daphne, Alabama. It's not uncommon to see neighborhood kids playing the streets of this quaint little oasis during the summer. It's fa...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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     The national rent average has steadily increased with demand and not just in U.S. major cities.  These increases aren’t in pace with the average renters’ incomes, meaning that a higher percentage of their income is allotted to housing.  In addition to this financial pressure, there are more...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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 How Do I Prevent My Ceramic Tile Floors From Cracking? In Central Florida, Luxury Custom Homes are constructed on a poured, solid, concrete slab. No matter how qualified the Custom Home Builder, the House slab is going to crack.  Since by it’s very nature concrete slabs crack, we must have  a me...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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The Dream Lives! Yes Obi-Wan- Kenobi... "The Force" drives us to the dream to own our own home.  The "Force" Yet Lives Economy in a crisis, job questionable, health insurance issues, children need braces, nopension? One thing does not change is:The DREAM TO OWN OUR OWN HOME!Obi-Wan does not want ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Designer Treehouse in Sale Pending!71898 Northshore Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016I am representing both the buyer and the seller on this--as I do most of the listings and sales at Fishhawk Lake. Are you looking for property on a private lake in Oregon?Call Gayle for a tour o...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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  52% Likely to Buy in the Next 5 Years!! Are You?  Thursday August 27th, 2015  First Time Home Buyers, For Buyers, For Sellers, Move-Up Buyers According to the recently released BMO Harris Bank Home Buying Report, 52% of Americans say they are likely to buy a home in the next five years. America...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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If buying, selling, and moving homes was so easy we would all do it more often. The hard truth is that moving is stressful. As adults we tend to shoulder most of the burden when it comes to arranging a move. It starts with the simple tasks such as sorting through all of our possessions to determi...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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There are some luxurious and also budget minded condos, townhomes and patio homes in Scottsdale. If you are budget minded and would like to purchase in Scottsdale for the first time there are still condos for less than $80,000. This is a great way to participate in all that Scottdale has to offer...
By Suzanne " Suzi " Boyle, Idaho's Only Repeat Nationally Ranked Originator
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Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, and asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.It's really the door open door to it all. In fact I'd like to have you memor...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
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This morning I read an article in a local Tucson paper – a new student housing project will be completed by the Fall of 2016 near the University of Arizona.  It will be beautiful with lots of amenities the article boosts!  Then the quick, few word sentence – the rent price per bedroom (yes per be...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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New on the Market, 432 Winding Bluff Way, Clarksville TN 37040 The seller has this Aspen Grove home clean, painted and show ready and waiting for you. This St. Bethlehem home is now on the market and a buyer needing 4 bedrooms is going to love it. It has hardwood floors in the entry foyer and for...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
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September 2015 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  Melbourne Beach, Florida  -  We invite everyone to visit our open house at 6384 S Hwy A1A on August 27 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.It will be held open by ...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Turn AroundIt amazes me at timeshow I can literally float on a cloud (number 9)and feel so absolutely light and truly free--then another day comesand I feel like I'm sinkingin a deep, black sea--I wish I had the abili...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 The call comes in with an interested buyer, and they have found the home of their dreams on-line.    Can you show it right away?    They want to write an offer and get it under contract as soon as possible.  Photos can (and do) sell a home, but the photos do not show some of the very important s...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Thistle IMG 4602 Kentlands, in zip code 20878, is a planned neo-traditional community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite neighborhood for families moving to the Metro Area of the District of Columbia.When you t...