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 Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(Big Bear Realty ~ Broker / Owner)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Broker/Owner, Big Bear Realty. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@bradthomsen.com The Sequoyah Condominiums in Edmonds WAFind these and similar condos for sale to The Sequoyah Condominiums ...

By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(Big Bear Realty ~ Broker / Owner)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Broker/Owner, Big Bear Realty. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@bradthomsen.com Buyers Agent Services - Helping you achieve YOUR Real Estate GoalsThank-you for your interest in my service...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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"All our houses are built strictly to code..."That's what the young supervisor said to me and my clients when he showed up at the end of our pre-drywall inspection.Me - "Are you sure you want to say that?"Supervisor, smiling proudly - "Yes! We are very careful and the county checks us."Me - "Well...

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Rarely available rehabbed vintage condo, with heated garage, in Evanston's trendiest neighborhood, in one of its coolest buildings. Spacious, quiet and sunny 1-Bedroom unit overlooks courtyard fountain, and boasts natural hardwood floors throughout; truly one of a kind, this unit has been fully r...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Let's face it, the home buying process can be overwhelming.  For first timers, the home buying process can be especially intimidating.   The good news is that Idaho Housing and Financing Association has a wonderful educational program for first time home buyers.  Finally Home! is an outstanding p...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
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Rent to Own Move in Ready Mobile Home Like New Deerwood DriveMove in Condition.Shown By Appointment.Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park in NOrth Char leston -   In This Perfect Park Rent to Own or Sale.Rent to Own ; $3K Down /$975 Monthly to $5K Down / $875 Monthly Sell price is $28K 3 bd, 2 ba, 98...

By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
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Why You Should Buy a New Construction HomeBuying a new home offers many benefits. Here's a list of reasons why you should buy a new construction home and why many home buyers prefer new homes to used houses: Learn more about New Construction Home and how to choose a new construction home builder ...

By John Van Hogen
(Keller Williams Realty Professionals)
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Beaverton Real Estate Homes with a 3-Car Garage    Are you searching for a Beaverton home with a 3-car garage? Whether you need extra room for bikes and mowers, are a car collector, hobby mechanic, or need room for a shop: many homeowners want a 3-car garage for a multitude of reasons that will e...

By Nathan Gesner, Cody, Wyoming Property Manager, baldness expert
(American West Realty & Management)
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Some Sellers want a few extra days (sometimes weeks or months!) after closing to pack up and move. This isn't unusual but Buyers should educate themselves on the pros and cons of this type of agreement.CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware)I don't need the house for a couple more weeks. Is there anything I...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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It's all about timing in Sacramento real estate. Yesterday, as I juggled responses to multiple counters my sellers generated and discussed the 9 offers we received, I received an offer on a property that had a counter out of its own. It was an usually high activity day for a Saturday. Just prior ...

By Marjorie & Doug McKay, Calgary & Chestermere - 403-207-1776
(RE/MAX Real Estate Advocates)
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 A vacation home just 90 minutes away from Calgary.   Little Bow Resort is a year-round lakefront community  South of Calgary offering a host of activities for families including swimming, fishing , boating, water-skiing, wake-boarding and ice fishing.  One of the best fishing and boating lakes i...

By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Rhode Island Housing - RI Housing is a non-profit organization offering mortgages for first-time homebuyers directly and through participating lenders (defined as not owning a home for the previous three years).  Loans are structured with a first and second mortgage for up to 100% of the purchase...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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This is a beautiful light fixture!  But don't forget the insulation!This is new construction.  The entry way featured an open ceiling with a circular, wrapping staircase leading to an upper level hallway that serviced all the bedrooms.A very attractive, hand-painted globe was in the ceiling.And t...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Are you on the hunt for a more efficient living space? Whether you’re a first-time buyer or downsizing from a larger home, buying small can still mean living big. Let’s explore four positives to living in a smaller, more intimate house or condo. Continue here: Buying Small, Living Large: 4 Big Pr...
You’re buying a new house and it comes with a built-in cooktop or a stove.  Is it gas, electric, or induction?  Does that even matter?  What’s the difference anyway?Each type of cooktop has fans and naysayers, based on experience and preference.  Gas CooktopMost professional chefs prefer gas cook...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Flowers Mill is an active adult community that offers resort style living in Bucks county. The clubhouse has indoor swimming pool , exercise room, banquet room, and offers lots of activities. There is also an outdoor pool. There are tennis courts. I looked up the mls this morning for active listi...

By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Successful closing 6006 Allen Street Mount Dora, FL 32757I am so thankful my Buyer's were able to find the perfect home it took a little while, but they were patient during the whole process and ended up in a beautiful home on a little over an acre of land; which, is hard to find in our market ar...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Ideal-Living Real Estate Expo, Greater Washington, DC, March 4-5 The Ideal-Living Real Estate Expo for the Greater Washington, DC area will take place on March 4-5, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton-Tysons Corner at 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia. The Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the ...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, HUD suspends FHA mortgage ins. premium reduction An announced cut in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, effective April 27, would have saved buyers money, but the reduction was canceled unexpectedly on Friday. Read more.        Are you paying too mu...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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