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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Today we closed on 624 N. Merrill in Park Ridge IL. This really fine 4 bedroom Tudor home with 2 full baths and 2 half baths is a dream. I love the house and my buyer client paid $799,900. The buyer was relocated from San Fran and fell in love with this home the minute we saw it. We made the offe...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 4
NJ Monthly has just released their list of the best places to live in New Jersey, and Pequannock tops the list at number 4!The reasons Pequannock was chosen include the "property taxes, home values, crime rate, school performance, and lifestyle factors such as proximity to performing arts venues ...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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Are you in the market for a home in Midland, NC 28107? To view market insider on current up-to-date home sales click here  "listing prices" (what sellers are asking for) and "sold prices" (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you'll have a good idea of where the marke...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 Your Agent Can Lose You The House, If They Don't Know-Move On I have a listing that is in escrow and I'm trying very hard to save the transaction. These are first time home buyers with a seeming inexperienced agent. The term "door opener" comes to mind. She's a very nice person...but doesn't und...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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New on Market, 1945 Whirlaway Circle, Bluegrass Downs in Clarksville TNIt's time and 1945 Whirlaway Circle in Clarksville TN is now listed for sale. The outside is freshly cleaned and the inside is ready for viewing. It is one of the most affordable homes in Bluegrass Downs. You will love the aff...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 1
Getting tied up has its advantages We have all been there, done that, seen it, got the T shirt. A meltdown, conniption, temper tantrum. Frustration boils over and you or your child or your parent, becomes an uncontrolled, spewing Mount Vesuvius of rage. When one reaches this point, it is said the...
By Arina Hanciulescu, RealtyPros
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Connect with me on: RealtyPros - Las Vegas | 1120 N Town Center Dr #130 | Las Vegas | NV | 89144 Add arina@sellinglasvegasbuyers.com to your safe senders list. Click here for directions. This message was sent on behalf of Arina S. Hanciulescu at RealtyPros - Las Vegas. Unsubscribe or manage acco...
By Erin Holloway
(Keller Williams Realty)
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5763 Anchor Way, a fantastic Shreveport home for sale from the Holloway Home Group, is a lakefront property with awesome amenities - namely, its own swimming pool, floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a great view, and a master bedroom suite that you simply have to see to believe!    This house...
By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
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30 Woodhedge Court, Mauldin, SC Home for Sale in Butler Forest Subdivision, Mauldin Real Estate If you’re looking for lots of space inside and out, then chances are you’re going to want to check out this fabulous property at 30 Woodhedge Court Mauldin! New to the market and located near the heart...
By Kathleen Barnato, Realtor - Santa Barbara/Montecito Real Estate
(Kathleen Barnato, Your Santa Barbara & Montecito Connection)
Comments 2
Three Good Reasons follow that explain why this September will be a good time to buy.  While this  article, courtesy of Jonathan Smoke and Realtor.com,  is addressed to a national audience, I believe all of the points are valid, even here in Southern California, where we don’t have weather season...
By Russell Smith
(OVM Financial)
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Over the last 6 weeks, we have been providing a roadmap to get you through the roadblocks to homeownership and today we are going to finish up with the last steps to be ready for closing which you can even start working on today.  Everything up to this point has been what to do very early in the ...
By Trela Bird, Realtor, Salt Lake City Utah
(Urban Utah Homes & Estates)
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If I have learned one thing about the real estate market, it’s that home prices, just like stock prices go down as well as up. The real estate market can be and has been notoriously volatile over the last few years, making the idea of trying to time the market difficult if not impossible.So the q...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Land ContractAn alternative to a non-conforming loan is the use of a land contract, which is allowed in some states. A land contract is an agreement between a buyer and a seller, where the buyer agrees to make periodic payments to the seller. The title to the property only transfers to the land c...
By Russell Smith
(OVM Financial)
Comments 12
It is closing day and you are trying to remember when you can pick up the moving truck, do you have enough friends to help with the move, are you ready to put the utilities in your name, and ARE YOU PREPARED FOR CLOSING?Keep in mind that being prepared for closing does not start the day of closin...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
Comments 1
Just Sold 3465 Junction St North Port FL Want to sell your home quickly? Call or Text Kwee Huset of Kwee Huset Realty at 941-716-3090.  She Just Sold  3465 Junction St. North Port FL 34288. Find out how much your home value is here.  It is a blessing and joy when you hear a buyer who called and s...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,ABR,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
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Everyone has their own unique vision of their dream home, which is why finding the “perfect” house for both you and your spouse can be difficult. Here are a few suggestions to help you work together to find a place that makes everyone happy. http://bit.ly/9-Tips-Home-Search 
By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
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Saturday January 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to recieve a free copy of their credit report. The seminar will cover all of the basics of buying a new home in Delaware. The seminar will cover Delaware FHA loans, Delaware VA loans, Dela...
By Matthew Lawrence
(ReMax Center)
Comments 3
  Buying your first home is a lot of fun but there is more to it than meets the eye when it comes to budgeting. Most new home owners are financially savvy enough to calculate the mortgage, interest, taxes, and insurance payments; but tend to forget less obvious expenses. Here to help are a few bu...
Had to share! Great basic tips for first time home buyers.DO’sKnow your credit score.Check your credit score before beginning the home buying process so you know where you stand. The better your credit, the better the terms of your loan. If your score is looking a little low, you might want to sp...
By Mery Fernandez Empire Network Realty Luxury Brokerage, 100% Commission Luxury Brokerage
(Empire Network Realty 100% Commission Brokerage)
Comments 3
People On The Move / Orlando Real Estate Havencrest   A special welcome to Kellie McRae, Kellie is one of the "New Home Sales Consultants" at Taylor Morrison's newest luxury community Havencrest Orlando. I had the opportunity of meeting Miss McRea at the Taylor Morrison event in Downtown Orlando...