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 George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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Complete remodel and update. Granite counters. Glass tile back-splash. Stainless appliances. Ceiling fans. Large bedrooms. Master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Mature trees. Quiet street. Fireplace. Open floor plan. Recent roof, laminate floors, hardware, fixtures, and lighting. Gas r...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors proudly presents a variety of new homes for sale and apartments for lease in North/Central New Jersey. With the collaboration of some of the most skilled new home builders in the industry we create elegant and distinctive luxury new construction h...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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    SEARCH and Find  4 Bedroom Homes in Saint Lucie County
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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Kitchen Lover's 4 Bedroom Colonial for Sale Sharon MA This 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom Colonial home is coming for sale soon in Sharon MA and it is a Kitchen Lover's Dream!First, it's been kept immaculately which just makes the whole home feel fresh and welcoming. Space: Whether you like to make go...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By The Home Shoppe, Real Estate Done Right
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Wow! 4 Bedroom Colonial with a DESIGNER KITCHEN Under 220K!! 1 Briargrove Road, Barnegat, NJ 08005 $219,000  For Complete information Click on this link: http://www.centralnjhomesforsale.com/listing/mlsid/291/propertyid/21511733/ 4 Bedroom Colonial with a DESIGNER KITCHEN Under 220K. Located in a...
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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NEW LISTING - City Park Denver CO  80205  This brand new listing will be available for showing Friday,  July 31st and am sure this will be a HOT listing.    This is the strongest blocks in City Park, and the home has been completely remodeled. 3227 Fillmore St.Denver, CO  80205$420,000 Located ju...
By Barbara Reagan, Your Richmond Home Realtor
(Long & Foster Realtors)
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  Heritage Hill Townhomes in Raintree – Henrico County VA – Neighborhood Profile!Welcome home to Heritage Hill Townhomes, located in the Raintree neighborhood in the Far West End of Henrico County!  This community offers an attractive setting, convenient location, highly desirable Henrico County ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"I don't want to live on a public lake!" Fishhawk Lake the Private Alternative Once upon a time, you CRAVED those fast boats, the crazy energy on the water, the wild times, the water-skiing all day, frying your skin and your brain with noise and sun and everything that comes with a public lake. B...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Take Full Advantage of an Open House…  Have you ever visited an open house? Even if you are not in the market to buy a home, chances are you’ve toured an open house. Open houses have been around for decades, and they will probably be around for many more years to come. But for potential home buy...
By Barbara Ely, Broker- Resort Lifestyle Specialist in Fairfield Glade & Lake Tansi, Serving you is My Goal
(RE/MAX Premier Choice)
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Lake Front Lake Tansi Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood $259,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,690 sqftYear Built: 2006MLS #: 934652 Location 5 Cherokee CourtCrossville, TN 38572USA Barbara E Ely RE/MAX Premier Choice(931) 248-1116be@barbely.comhtt...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Caution when buying a Fixer House! Remodeling has its challanges…. Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects |  Caution when buying a Fixer! Remodeling has its challenges: Patience, Money and good Planning make it easier!Often time you hear someone saying I wi...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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I get asked this question a lot.If you are lucky (or unlucky as it might be) to inherit a property from a loved one that has passed you may not be able to get down payment funds from the state and you may not claim to be a Maryland First Time Homebuyer and claim the credit from the state.  Maryla...
By Debra B Albert, PA - Team Albert - Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move, St Lucie MLS Home Search and Market Information
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 FOR SALE - 2351 Frisco Terrace, Port St. Lucie 34953RX-10154803 Are you looking for a home in Port St Lucie, Florida that has a very nice open plan with 3 bedrooms and a great yard?  This home is in the Oak Hammock area of Port St Lucie.  Oak Hammock Park and the Oak Hammock Elememtary School ar...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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4 Tips for First-Time Home BuyersPlease click here for original post.  iStock  Over the past several years first-time home buyers may have shied away from entering the housing market due to stagnant wages and debt, but times have changed.According to TD Bank’s First-Time Home Buyer Pulse, one in ...
By Graham Holmes - Yucaipa Homes Listing Agent, When Experience Matters
(Reviron Realty - RDCPro e-Pro Listing Broker)
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The big housing news this week is that the homeownership rate has dropped to 63.4% which represents the lowest rate in 48 years. That news definitely is making headlines. Yet, to fully understand what this means we have to look at the story that created these headlines. There is no doubt the home...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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 In the endangered world of the Hawaiian Monk Seal, haul out space is limited so competition can be fierce for the best spots on the beach. When it comes to New Construction in Honolulu, the same can be said for buyers, anxious to secure their piece of paradise in their price point.  Many seasone...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Quality, It Has To Bbe Built In Not Inspected Into A Home.I once had a potential Customer tell me that all Builders are basically the same, they have to build to the same code. He continued, so all I have to do is beat you up on the cosmetic items. What he was implying is that all Central Florida...
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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  The Quail Creek Naples Florida homes for sale can be an ideal location for anyone that is looking for a new private residence in a gated golf course community.  This can be especially important if easy access to the Interstate for travel east to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, or north to the Southwe...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  I WAS THIRSTY While showing houses to buyers I was feeling hot and thirsty. The weather has been hot in North Dallas. Then I saw this cat and my heart began to understand what it must be like for animals who are left outdoors during showings. Many can't go indoors where it's cool. They can't ev...