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 Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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I was showing an older home to a young couple the other day and they saw the laundry chute and did not know what this feature was - it was very cool to tell them about features of an older home.  It made me think would it not be cool to bring back some of these features into new construction as a...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Chattels and Fixtures The course  on the “Law of Attachment: Chattels and Fixtures” will run on 8 February 2016, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Nelson Goulart’s offices, 186 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3G1.This is a topic which is often misunderstood. It’s not that complicated, bu...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession The course on the “Surveys, Boundaries and Adverse Possession” will run on 8 February 2016, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Goulart’s offices, Better Homes and Gardens, Signature 186 Robert Speck Parkway, Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3G1.What is a survey? ...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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Buying a Tooele Home Without an Agent If you are buying a Tooele home without an agent you need to read this post. Real Estate agents are overpaid who needs them? Why do I need someone to help me buy a house in Tooele UT? I've lived here all my life, and I know the seller. Believe it or not, this...
By Isabel Elsesser, North Metro Atlanta Real Estate Specialist
(First United Realty)
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February 7, 2016First United Realty of AtlantaIsabel Elsesser770-307-8761www.isabelsnewhomes.comIsabel@elsesser.com Isabel Elsesser of First United Realty of AtlantaReal Estate's Premier New Home Sales Certification - Certifed New Home SpecialistFirst United Realty of Atlanta is proud to announce...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  Buyers sometimes have long lists of things ...from the location to the lot size, number of bedrooms, style, updates, etc. on their wish lists when they begin their home search. Some items are more realistic than others...and some are just that...wishes.    We always work with Buyers as a Buyer...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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600 Enfield Road, Columbus OH 43209   PROPERTY DETAILS $125,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 216002924Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 1Sq ft: 1219Lot Size: 61 x 112Style: 1 StoryGarage: 1 Car - DetachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2214.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Nice quality home in a great Eastmoor location. First ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Over hill over dale, we will hit the golfing trail...  ...as those fairways keep rolling along! What an amazing day for a round of golf. Temps in the high 50s, plenty of sunshine and greens just begging to be played. Sand Hollow Golf Resort in Hurricane, Utah is just the place to book a tee time....
By David Lee Morton, DL Morton Realty, Inc
(DL Morton Realty, Inc. (704)-909-0499)
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  “Can we afford it?” That’s the first thought that comes to mind when shopping for your next dream home. Fortunately it’s an easy question to answer if you consider your lifestyle, financial goals, expenses and mortgage eligibility. Lifestyle There’s more to life than just paying the mortgage an...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
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Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Los Angeles with its extremely low inventory, you will need to pay attention to the value of comps, or how the list price of a home is calculated. I am sure you have heard the term "comps" bandied about. Comps are comparison properties, and ...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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5720 Crecy Ct Bryans Road MD-South Hampton Charles County MD-COMING SOON ON THE MARKET. This end unit townhouse has three bedrooms,two full baths and two half baths with a car garage. It is 2,614 sq ft. It is in the South Hampton subdivision in Charles County MD. South Hampton subdivision is off ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   BACK ON MARKET !     This Beauty is Back on the Market !   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure       Search All Homes For Sale   616 N Hartwell Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186-5025   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Pri...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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New Homes For Sale in Tooele County For those home buyers asking where are new homes for sale in Tooele County, we have some recent answers. The answer and a list of what's available is right here. We have provided a link to all of the new construction homes and, condos and town houses listed on ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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How many agents can a Buyer hire to help them buy a home? Well i can tell you 1 buyer who hired 4 of them. I got 4 calls from 4 different agents on my Manchester NH area new listing. Turned out it was all for the same buyer who hired 4 agents without any of them knowing they were not the only on...
By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
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 House hunting is a lot easier today than when I was purchasing my first home. Back in the dark ages of the 1980's and 1990's you had two ways to see properties, attending open houses or working with a Realtor who had hard copy books of the MLS listings in their office. We got an idea of what was...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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Mortgage bond prices finished the week near unchanged which kept rates in check. The data was mixed which did little to ease economic uncertainties. Personal income rose 0.3% versus the expected 0.2% increase which was not good for lower rates. However, spending was unchanged versus the expected ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 Sunday! The day to relax...or work...if you're a real estate professional. But I don't mind, I love what I do. I'm going to be working today, or at least this morning. I will be meeting a new couple who are looking to buy their next home.I love that!I have had people ask me if I mind working on ...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
(Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com)
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Nothing Sweeter than a Buyer or Seller Referral from You!In honor of the sweetest day of the year, I'll be hand delivering a special gift box of 4 beautiful Smallcakes Cupcakes to anyone referring a qualified buyer or seller for a home in the North Atlanta area to me.  (Within 10 miles of the Sma...
By Rosemarie Rivicci, Coming soon to a closing near you!
(Barbara Corregano Real Estate)
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Four Bedroom Home for Sale Tottenville Staten IslandDeep in the Heart of Tottenville this Engineer's 4 Bedroom 3 Bathrooms 2800+ sq. Ft. home has tons of amenities with bonus footage. Completely renovated in 2014/2015 with New Anderson Windows, 50 Year Architectural roof, siding, gutters, liters ...