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 Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Custom Home? To tree or not to tree, that is the question? I know it's bad but I just couldn't help myself. I guess like most choices in life it depends upon your priorities. If you want to have an energy efficient home with lots of shade tre...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I've been working with a buyer for the past seven months. It seems like much longer than that actually since I was first contacted by this potential homeowner. She is a young, single mother who is putting herself through college. She is of Native American descent and would be the first of her gen...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
(HOME INSPECTOR USA)
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Rainy and stormy season can really put a hurt on the home owners and potential buyers. Water leaks can develop on your roof covering and structure resulting in issues with Mold development. Our experience this season in Gainesville has been extraordinary. The numbers of calls regarding water leak...
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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  Condos for Sale in St Kitts Naples Florida The local real estate market must always account for the high-rise condominiums of Pelican Bay, and the condos for sale in St Kitts Naples Florida are no exception.  This 22 story structure sits right in the heart of development as part of the Crown Co...
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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Under Contract- Idyllwilde - Parker, CO  80138  It was a joy to present an offer to these sellers!   The buyers are relocating from Houston and needed a quick close.    It is a joy to work with a Buyer's Agent that I have known and respected for years! Beautiful 2013 Village home that is absolute...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Million dollar homes in million dollar Charlotte NC neighborhoods must include the Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin corridor just south of our great city in Union County.  Skyecroft is one of them, for sure.  If you've been searching The Club at Longview, Providence Downs South, and Highgate, watch thi...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Anthem Homes for Sale - Henderson NV 89044 and 89052 - August 2, 2015Anthem offers a great selection of homes in one of Henderson Nevada's most desirable master planned communities. The development has regular, gated, guard-gated and active adult neighborhoods, plus some fantastic golf courses an...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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56 Wolf Creek Lane is a new construction home in Gillette Wyoming that does not cut corners and comes standard with many features others charge as upgrades! This Beautiful home built by Engrav Manion Builders in Gillette WY is fully complete and ready to move into now! Some of the standard featur...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Move-in-Ready Pool Home for Sale in Alterra South$188,000[Reduced Price] 44768 W  APPLEGATE Road4Beds/3Baths 2615 SqFt of living space MLS# 5258880 Check out the oasis in the back yard and the Pool that is 2 years old with Pool cover.  The pride of ownership shows in this home. Maricopa...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(LAKEVIEW REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. 909-273-4542)
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Lake Arrowhead with Lake Rights for under $200,000!!!! This cute gambrel has 3 Bedroom, 2.5 baths and separate laundry, along with two  sweet decks to enjoy the views. Cozy family room with its own deck.  Parking for two is level and near level entry. Three floors with a bedroom on the main and t...
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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  With multiple offers being submitted on many homes in Denver this year, many times we are seeing the first offer does not get to closing.    Many buyers are writing on more than one home in hopes that one of their offers will "stick".   If the first offer crashes, the listing agent has to go ba...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Corner Lot Ranch Home for Sale w/ Pool in Rancho El Dorado 22376 N MULLIGAN DriveMaricopa, Arizona $219,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Square Feet: 1939 MLS: 5299975 This beautiful home is one of only a few single level, 3 car garage homes w/ a pool in all o...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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It is still raining - for the third week in a row! While tomorrow is supposed to be better weather, I think everyone around has a bit of cabin fever at this point. There were over 7 inches of rainfall in Tampa yesterday and it was worse on Saturday. My sister-in-law posted photos on Facebook of t...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Sometimes You Get A Second Chance At A Home!Murphy's Law can REALLY work against a buyer!  You have plans to see a home this evening, it goes under contract at 3.  It's not under contract, you write an offer on the kitchen counter before leaving the showing....and it went under contract just mome...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Do you open the refrigerator door when looking at a home listed For Sale? In most cases yes, however when it comes to selling REO homes, also known as Bank Owned or Foreclosures we have a rule. DO not open the Fridge. WHY you may ask, well if you have ever opened one that has been sitting a good ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Beautiful Pool Home for Sale w/ Spa in Acacia Crossings $224,90045433 W MIRAFLORES StreetMaricopa, Arizona Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5 Property Type: Single Family - Detached Square Feet: 2291 Year Built: 2005 MLS: 5241553   Enjoy the kitchen with Granite Counters, Maple Cabinets, Oversi...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Pre-Qualify to Look at Homes For Sale - Cash Purchase Buy a Home Idabel OK Phone rings in the office:  "Integrity Real Estate Services, This is Judi Barrett."  Caller:  I'm calling about the house you have for sale at 408 Moonlight Dr in Idabel.  I want to look at it.  Can you come unlock it for ...
By Ana Moniz, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Keller Williams Valley Realty )
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Oradell Homes for Sale Oradell is a lovely Bergen County borough close to dining and shopping and full of beautiful natural scenery.  Oradell has many stunning homes on the market, and you can start your home search today by clicking one of the buttons below and browsing properties for sale.Orade...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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We Had Help From God With That Tree!   Just this morning I was reading a post written by Michael McGuffie about trees on a building lot, the distance needed between the tree and the house, etc..  This tree was a very old tree with a storage building beneath it and a privacy fence about 12 feet fr...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Lilies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4339 I like to take early morning photowalks in our home community, Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. About a hundred feet from our front door, I was able to photograph these white lilies. They were gone the next day and may ha...