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 Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I have seen some really creative ways to run a dryer vent. We all know the dryer vent must discharge outdoors... right? Not into the garage, another room, the attic, it must be outdoors! Why? One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heatin...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 48
 I Want to Buy a House These are Magic Words  Magic words are spoken when I get a phone call and the person on the other end says " I want to buy a house "  What do I need to do  ? Most of the time people just want a price or they think we are just people who open up houses and show them  at thei...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with ThemIt's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. Those of us in real estate business love it when a buyer falls in love with a house and the excitement grows. What a great V...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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  More and more frequently I am being contacted by baby boomers who are either thinking of downsizing or who are just embarking on an active search. Most are opting for condominium living while a few others are looking to reside in a small single family home. The few who are interested in a small...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 31
Under Contract - Lake of the Rockies - Monument CO 80132  It is wonderful when past clients call and say -- come on down and we have something to talk about!   They want to find a property with acreage and views somewhere rural.    We started the search, and after a couple of weeks I got another ...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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You Qualify to Buy the House, But Can you Afford It?  Here in Central Connecticut we are still in a buyer's market. This adds additional value for buyers, as there are homes that are within the upper reaches of their buying power that would be beyond them in a sellers market. This adds a temptati...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 18
Spur Of The Moment Home BuyersWe've put a lot of effort into developing custom search pages for many subdivisions in our market.  Those pages place well in the search results and the good news is that means we get found by buyers.  And in most cases that's a pretty good thing.Some already have an...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 3
OPEN HOUSE Today! ~ 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin! OPEN HOUSE, February 14, Sunday 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11006 Seven Pines Lane, Champlin, MN (see more photos here) More Champlin Open House's? Get the list of TODAY's OPEN HOUSES! Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools W...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 20
Knox Court condos at Heritage creek offer year round resort style living. People love to live there because of the 15,000 sq ft clubhouse that offers lots of activities.There is an indoor pool as well as outdoor pool.I looked up the mls for homes for sale in Knox court condos. There are 4 active ...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
Comments 1
 Search More Homes in Hidden Springs Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Home Value Featured Listings Search MORE Homes $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 2821 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search Boise Idaho Homes Hidden Springs Boise Idaho What is My Home Value? Search Mobile Boise ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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When Hollywood comes to Washington D.C. there's a good chance they'll be filming in McLean VirginiaMcLean is home to diplomats, high ranking government officials and members of Congress. McLean Virginia is a short drive to the Central Intelligence Agency and downtown Washington D.C.Single family ...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
Comments 4
Stunning custom built, all Cedar home set on private, fully landscaped grounds in sought after Pocantico Hills School District. Large heated swimming pool w. natural stone water fall embedded in gorgeous speckled Granite stone works, multi level terraces, patios & decks w. matching wrought iron b...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Village of Neshaminy Falls in North wales Montgomery  county is a 55plus, active adult community . The community has a outdoor swimming pool,social room, game room, exercise room, card room and lots of activities. It is located close to Montgomery mall.There are 7 active listings in Neshaminy Fal...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 4
Here are some suggestions to get your agent to love you as their special buyer and want to keep you as a client for life.  How Buyers Get Their Real Estate Agents to Fall in Love with Them It's Valentine's Day Weekend and there is lots talk about what to do for that special someone in your life. ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
I think of Lafayette Park as the Crown Jewel of parks in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Encompassing 4 city blocks, it is perched on a knoll bordered by Washington and Sacramento Streets on the north and south, and Gough and Laguna on the east and west. This morning the mood o...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
Comments 12
My good friend Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 has a featured post.  I am impressed with it for its value, to us, for everything we do...not just searching for homes.  Well done Gayle.  Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG! Ten Tips to Owning Property   Why not? I've al...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Hannah Williams "I explain they need to set up an appointment with me and I will have a mortgage banker also meet with us . The mortgage banker will find out what they can afford to buy and what they are comfortable with   spending    We speak about what documentation they will need to bring with...
By David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect
(Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia)
Comments 12
Home Inspector in Phoenixville finds Flooring Defects in New Home As a home inspector in Phoenixville, I have customers call my office every now and then and ask if they really need a home inspection if the house they are buying is new construction.   It's always a good idea to have a home inspec...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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  Have You Outgrown Your Current Tooele Home? Here Are Five Easy Ways to Tell if It's Time to Upgrade  Your home is your castle, your own little piece of the American dream. But lately, your little corner of the world has been feeling cramped and you find yourself eyeing those larger new homes. I...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
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Buying a house is a major investment. If you're like most people, you will live in your home a minimum of five years, maybe more. It's important to learn everything you can about your potential new home, and neighbors can play a big role in that education. Before I bought my last home, I visited ...