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 Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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 This is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’s open house page.   ...
By Chris Gurnee
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9721 227th Place SW,, Edmonds, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 3203 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Lis...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Let’s face it, if something was built by the human species, it will eventually break, spring a leak or go south for one reason or another. We live in a faulty world.     As a business owner, I do my best to teach the inspectors who work for this company to note any appliance that may be at o...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As the holidays approach, I’m fielding more and more questions about what I think the rest of the year holds for the real estate market in Southwest Florida and beyond. I’m also hearing more questions about whether or not the Fed will actually raise rates this season and what that might mean goi...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Leisure World of MarylandCondos For Sale The Greens Hi-Rise BuildingsLeisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland provides many on-site housing options for its 8,500+ senior residents, and the Greens condos on 15100, 15101, 15107, and 15115 Interlachen Drive offer excellent living opportunities withi...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Trees can be a very valuable asset, we have done some tree appraisals that added up to far more than the value of the lot.  Wise choice to keep as many as possible of those that would not be disturbing the home. www.regalclassichomes.com   Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Cu...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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One of the most beautiful places around the Las Vegas Valley has to be Red Rock Canyon around Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada.And now is your chance to own a piece of Red Rock Canyon before it's gone! Vegas Bob has been hiking around the Red Rock Canyon now for over 20 years and it is one of his f...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Exterior Lights at Doors for residential homes- A little history.As a home inspector I know that often things are missed or not done because of various reasons, some of it just human error some of it is you don’t know what you don’t know.  In a recent conversation with a specific organization I d...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Most buyers wonder what happens to their earnest money in the process of buying. This post answers that question. Thanks Pat Starnes. What Happens to the Earnest Money I Submitted with my Offer? Is the check cashed? Where does the money go? Do I get it back at closing? These are valid questions t...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Two Person Income to Qualify for Mortgage.  Do You Have Adequate Life Insurance? So often when a young couple qualify for a mortgage, it takes both of their incomes to qualify and yet sometimes there is not enough life insurance on each one to cover the mortgage amount.  So let’s stop to consider...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 One of the best times to contract for a new construction Oklahoma City home for investment is November and December. First of all, builders are less busy in the 4th quarter and are more willing to make a deal for you. Secondly, the finish time will typically be March or April which is the beginn...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque
(eXp Realty)
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Here's an excellent post by Albuquerque home inspector Fred Herndon. This is certainly a home feature that I look for on older homes in Los Ranchos and elsewhere.  I did an Inspection the other day in the Los Ranchos, it's an extension of the Albuquerque area. This home was built in 2000 and is p...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Insurance Companies Are Tougher on Homeowners Insurance What a difference 10 years makes in real estate and in home insurance.  In RI real estate we have so much waterfront or near waterfront that insurance companies can have stringent restrictions on whether they insure in an area or not for hom...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    Today’s hot real estate market often finds new home shoppers going to the on-site agent to purchase their new home in attempts to save having to pay commission fees. Of course, the on-site agent gets paid by the builder/developer and they will do their best to steer folks away from getting a ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com 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 hom...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 30
What Happens to the Earnest Money I Submitted with my Offer? Is the check cashed? Where does the money go? Do I get it back at closing?These are valid questions that buyers ask when purchasing a new home. Where DOES the earnest money go?Earnest money is offered to show the seller you are a SERIOU...
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 - November 27, 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...
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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Finding the Right Moving Company     Part of buying or selling a home involves moving, and if you are thinking of hiring a moving company, there are things you should check into prior to signing on the dotted line if you plan to get from House A to House B with all of your belongings! Check HERE...