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 Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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L J Hauser Junior High School, Riverside, IL - October 2015 About L J Hauser Junior High School L J Hauser Junior High School is a 6-8 school in District 96, and is located at 65 Woodside Rd in Riverside, IL. It services homes in Brookfield, North Riverside, and Riverside. Single-FamilyHomes 62 ...
By Lauren Stark, Luxury Real Estate Agent - Las Vegas-Henderson NV
(THE STARK TEAM-Las Vegas Luxury Homes & Las Vegas High Rise Condos)
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Looking for a Brand New Modern Home in Henderson?Welcome to Lago Vista - Lake Las Vegas' New Construction Contemporary Homes - NOW SELLING.Prices are just Under a Million. Every once in awhile a new home community opens for sale that is so unique and beautifully located that it stands out from th...
By Chris Bierrum, Real Estate Consultant with Elevate NW Properties
(Elevate NW Properties)
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Feeling priced out of certain neighborhoods? Our Hot ‘Hoods section highlights up-and-coming neighborhoods that feature cool restaurants, good schools, family-friendly vibes, and more. This month we feature Burien - a buzzing up-and-comer minutes from downtown with a burgeoning art scene, great r...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Get a lot for a little is always the cherry on top and homes for sale in Houlton Maine.They are like that free dessert with every meal. Here is the special of the day for $48,000. Take the open house on demand property listing tour right now of 8 Winter Street Houlton Maine 04730 home.Sided, fire...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Helping HomeBuyers Take A Bite Out Of Stress  Are you renting a home but considering home ownership? How do you know when the time is right for you to buy a home? The truth is, there’s no one right answer when it comes to determining whether to rent or buy a house. The biggest takeaway is “buyin...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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Buying a Home After Extenuating Circumstances: Get Started Early               Presently there are many people that previously suffered a Short Sale, Bankruptcy, or Foreclosure during the housing crisis becoming eligible to purchase a home once again ...      The waiting periods surrounding each ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Condominiums And Town Homes Huntsville AlabamaCondominiums and town homes are just two of the different options available to buyers considering that first home purchase, dowinsizing or maybe an alternative to dorm living for the college student here in Huntsville, Alabama. Whatever your needs you...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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Many consumers don't realize how home insurance quotes can change from quarter to quarter. Among the factors that influence quotes are a home's location, its age, and its size. Another key ingredient of the quote process that can be volatile is the homeowner's credit score, which can radically af...
By Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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We were out shopping a bigger builder in the area. We looked at their most current house going up. I whipped out my trusty tape measure. (all guys like me carry one) I measured the exterior wall width. It was 4 inches...yes 4 ! The current standard (law) in the State of California is 6 inches ext...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Bel Air, CA the coveted 90077 Zipcode there is a Mega Mansion being built as we speak. Depending on who you talk with anticipated list price will be anywhere from $150 million to $250 million. Truly an incredible property with phenomenal views of Downtown & Century City.  Nearby there is a large ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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If you are looking for inexpensive Land in Sherman Oaks Hills, CA? Call me. I have a truly fantastic opportunity. The Seller wants it sold NOW. This lot is on a cul-de-sac street perfect for your quiet getaway ten minutes from all the action of West Los Angeles and five minutes from Ventura Blvd'...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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How Do You Know How Much To Put Down On A Home?You'd be a homeowner right now if it weren't for one thing: the down payment. Right? Even for those who have decent credit and make good money, the down payment is often the great homeownership killer.For many others, who do have enough money set asi...
By Amelia Robinette, Education, Innovation, Service
(NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty)
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 I met with some wonderful new clients last week. They’re excited, motivated first time buyers, I feel like I could have pushed them into writing a contract if I directed their excitement and got them involved in the art of the deal.But, something told me they weren’t ready. They were kind of all...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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30 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $1,199,000 Pocantico Hills Schools Address: 38 Taylor Road Type: Residential Style: Colonial Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 Suite: Yes Living Area: 4,033 square feet Year Built: 1950 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing Description St...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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  One Family Attached Brick Home For Sale in Brownsville Brooklyn $330k   Fillmore Real Estate Ave Js office just listed this 4 bedroom attached one family brick home for sale in Brownsville Brooklyn. 4 bedroom duplex, 2 baths, full finished basement.  Needs some TLCAsking $330k When you are read...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Charlotte Luxury Real Estate Market UpdateThanks for watching my Market Update of 5 affordable luxury homes here in the Charlotte NC real estate market. Call or Text 704-345-3400 to see how you can purchase your move-up or downsize new construction home here. And this question lingers in my mind....
By Audry Wolff, Real Estate Insights in Phoenix, Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Gilbert AZ Lakefront homesThe Islands in Gilbert, AZ is having record breaking sales.  It has a huge man-made lake where residents enjoy the convenience of keeping their boat at a dock in back of their house.   There's miles of shoreline to explore in The Islands, and shorebirds like egrets and g...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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12 Photos Status: FOR SALE Price: $499,900 Address: 130 Palisade Street Type: Residential Style: Colonial Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Suite: No Living Area: 1,551 square feet Year Built: 1870 More Details Virtual Tour View Rooms Request More Info | Email Listing Description Why buy a condo when you...
By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
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Real estate is 365 day business !!! Many home buyers have perceived the best time to purchase a home is during spring market. As a Northern Virginia Realtor,  personally I would buy my own home in Fall season. Here are things that as a home buyer in Virginia you should know while considering purc...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com Stairway and Foyer, Remodel, Transformation-  what can I say, a remodel of this size has lots of details. Melding old and new together so it all looks new isn't easy. Coordinating Owner dreams with Interior Designers, Architects and all the other realities of a project i...