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 Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
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I know that it is still summer, and it is August in Maui.  But I can feel the change of fall coming. Okay so we don't get the fall leaves, and early winter snow.  But I can see it in the ocean as the winter swells slowly start arriving.  It is also a sign to get into the gym and get ready and fit...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Why Won't She Call?Several weeks ago I made plans to go to San Francisco.  The minute I booked my hotel online, I received an inquiry in my email box from a prospective client who lives in . . . of all places,  San Francisco!I replied and mentioned my trip and suggested meeting up while I was dow...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Many people are interested in 5 bedroom homes for sale in Evanston IL. Evanston has a nice selection of houses ranging from new construction to 19th century Queen Anne Victorians. 5 Bedroom single family homes are a very popular size for families. Evanston IL has great schools, the District 65 El...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Today we closed on 1210 Chicago Ave #308 a nice two bedroom condo two bath condo at Chicago Ave Place. We went under contract after only a few days on the market. After loosing multiple properties we made this happen by acting right away and making a good decision on a top notch condo. This prope...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
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Great Starter Home! Everything redone! 2 bedroom, 1 bath, basement with extra door, detached garage with opener, alley access. Vinyl siding, large backyard, newer windows, wiring, plumbing, central heat/air unit, fresh paint. All new appliances stay! (Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher/ washer & dry...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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 Your one stop shop for all real estate that's for sale in Charlotte, NC . Browse thru all homes for sale in Charlotte or search by some of the most popular neighborhoods in Mecklenburg County. While looking thru houses you are able to save any home that you like as a favorite, and when you find ...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
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 Whether you’re buying a home that needs renovating, or just want to update the kitchen or floors before you move in - an FHA 203k loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration could be the ticket to your financing issues.   Although I am not a Loan Officer myself - I am a Real Estate Broker...
By Michael Brown
(Keller Williams Ballantyne)
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Are you looking for a home in the Marvin, NC 28173 area? Have you heard of Wyndham Hall? View all homes available for sale in Wyndham Hall Beautiful neighborhood in the Marvin/Waxhaw, NC 28173 area. Custom built homes with large 1+ acre lots. Prices range from $500,000 to $800,000 Public Schools ...
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. Nap...
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Decades Of Service to the Greater Minot ND Area
(National Marketing Realtors)
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Actual Text Conversation On PricingDid I "Go Rude" ?The following is a text conversation I had with an unknown texter on Friday 08/21/2015. I've recorded it below exactly as it was, type-os, misspellings and all. I'm not sure how I went from getting thanks to be harassing but maybe you can tell m...
By Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL
(Watson Realty Corp)
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Saving money for a down payment to purchase a home in Jacksonville, FL is a hardship for many would be home buyers, due to skyrocketing rental rates. Fortunately, there are many options available to assist future home buyers in the form of down payment assistance programs.  For most of these prog...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com What Happened To The Coat Closet In My Florida Home? I don’t know what happened to the coat closet? It was probably some Architect’s great idea many years ago. Perhaps, the trend started in South Florida or Miami. After all, this is Florida who needs a coat? It wasn’t to...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
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Relocating to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia? Check out our Furnished Model Homes This Weekend in Founders Pointe! Located just 10 minutes to historic Smithfield, andonly 10 minutes to I-664 (Harbour View) and the Peninsula. Discover Quality Custom Homes and Resort Style Amenites in this Awar...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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  If you are trying to buy and sell a home at the same time, a Texas bridge loan can be a valuable tool to have. This type of short term learn can help make sure that you get your dream home with very few risks.  A Texas bridge loan is a specialized short term loan that can be useful for real est...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Many people are interested in 4 bedroom homes for sale in Evanston IL. Evanston has a nice selection of houses ranging from new construction to 19th century Queen Anne Victorians. 4 Bedroom single family homes are a very popular size for families. Evanston IL has great schools, the District 65 El...
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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 Electrical Panel Location  Depending on what part of the Country, will depend on the location of the electrical panel.  Many times I have relocation families coming from the East, and they are ALWAYS shocked to see our electrical boxes are located on the outside of the home.    About 90% of the ...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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     The national rent average has steadily increased with demand and not just in U.S. major cities.  These increases aren’t in pace with the average renters’ incomes, meaning that a higher percentage of their income is allotted to housing.  In addition to this financial pressure, there are more...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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Bella Toscana Davenport Homes For Sale Bella Toscana is one of Davenport, FL's hidden gems. It's a beautiful newer community located just off of Ronald Reagan Pkwy, only about a ten minute drive from Disney. Bella Toscana was built between 2006-2009 and is a medium size community that welcomes bo...