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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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As a professional, full-time real estate agent I have found that there are 3 key objectives for a Purchaser to have a home inspection on a property under contract to buy.  The first is to have a clear understanding of the physical condition of the property so that the Purchaser knows what they ar...
By Ben Townsend
(Acquire Homes)
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By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 45
Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1674 SF, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Lindal Cedar Home located on a 1.73 acre lot in Thornton, New Hampshire, with 1000’ on the Mad River.  This waterfront house features: wood stove, wood ceilings, 5 room in-law apartments in the finished lower-level, deck with mountain views, beautifully landscaped ...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
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Discover the Best in Waterfront Living at Gatling Pointe, a custom home community located adjacent to Smithfield, Virginia where the James and Pagan Rivers meet. This 5 bedroom Traditional home (20075 Gatling Pointe Parkway South), currently listed for sale with East West Realty for $369,900, off...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Caution when buying a Fixer House! Remodeling has its challanges…. Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects |  Caution when buying a Fixer! Remodeling has its challenges: Patience, Money and good Planning make it easier!Often time you hear someone saying I wi...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Home Buyers Should do Final Walk-through | Tips as to What to Cover Every Homebuyer should do a final walk-through of the home they are buying prior to closing. I tell my clients In Katy TX the walk-through should be done in the late afternoon or evening of the night before closing or on the morn...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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A Few of Our Real Estate Client References:James and Diane Villanti (Buyers and Sellers) Ed is the most honest and helpful agent that I ever dealt with..Also he is extremely knowledgeable about the areas and true home values. I would use Ed for any future transactions and recommend him highly. Kr...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Fort Mill SC's The Retreat At Rayfield is just south of Ballantyne on 521 (Johnston Rd), convenient to all things South Charlotte. Wow.  Lennar Homes is doing it again!  Great looking new homes that are priced just right.  3 Story homes with a Rec Room, Theatre Room, Mancave on that third level, ...
By Brilliant Real Estate Marketing Team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, ~ We help people buy and sell ~ Brilliantly
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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August 1st & 2ndHi Buyers - here is a recap of the Public Open Houses scheduled for this weekend in Commack (Commack School District)If you have any questions you should call your buyer's agent.   Commack Open Houses If you don't have a buyer's agent YOU SHOULD! Want to know why a buyer should hi...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Hernando Beach Florida 34607 Waterfront Home for Sale Listing Video by Hernando Beach Realtor Silvia Dukes PA, Tropic Shores Realty Look at what this Hernando Beach waterfront home has to offer!   Then find out more about this Hernando Beach Waterfront Home for Sale! Call 352-584-7441 today!   Lo...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Buying a home takes preparation and commitment. Nicole Doty Broker and Owner of Zion Realty in Gilbert, AZ makes 5 excellent points of what buyers need to be ready to commit too in order to be successful in their home purchase. If you’re considering buying a home and aren’t ready for these steps ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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 Are Two Story Homes Less Expensive To Build Than A One Story?This is a question that has been around for years. After all, building up is way cheaper than building out! Well, like most chicken and the egg questions, it depends.The determining factor is usually the cost of the land. If you can bu...
By Lori Cain, Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer
(Chinowth & Cohen Realtors )
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Home Buyers and Sellers often ask which home repairs a Seller is required to make and when do the repairs have to be completed? As happens often in real estate, there is not an answer that applies to all real estate transactions.It depends.It depends on what is negotiated and whether there is fin...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Pool Home for Sale w/ Mountain Views in Rancho El Dorado 42638 W BRAVO DriveMaricopa, Arizona$380,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 3620 MLS: 5310175   This beautiful Hacienda home is on one of the best lots in Rancho El Dorado, with golf course ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Exceptional Residence - Granby! Looking for that special property to compliment your distinctive lifestyle? Then this custom designed, quality built home is calling to be seen. It stunningly incorporates 10 spacious rooms - over 4,000 square feet of soaring ceilings, towering windows and bright ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Sorrento Beautiful Solar Owned Ranch Home for Sale in Maricopa $210,000 (Reduced Price) 36970 W LEONESSA AVE3 Beds/2 Baths2291 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5280381   This home is 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Plus Den with a Formal Living room & Dining Room. Enter this beautiful home in the formal living room. ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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 If you want to check out a number of options for a new place to call home, the Heritage Bay Naples Florida homes for sale can give you that opportunity.  The community could become even more attractive in your mind if you like to play golf, as this is a “bundled golf” development where a golf me...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Without a doubt, advancements in technology, and photography in a digital age, have advanced marketing techniques for selling real estate by leaps and bounds. At the touch of a keyboard linked to the internet, homebuyers and sellers have learned they are dramatically empowered in their quest to b...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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 In the endangered world of the Hawaiian Monk Seal, haul out space is limited so competition can be fierce for the best spots on the beach. When it comes to New Construction in Honolulu, the same can be said for buyers, anxious to secure their piece of paradise in their price point.  Many seasone...