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 Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Company Inc)
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There's an expectation when you see the phrase "completely remodeled" in a home listed for sale.   Remodel, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary means to change the structure, shape or appearance of something.  When the phrase "completely remodeled" is used in the description of a listing, man...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
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I have been working on a listing in Haiku Maui getting it ready for market. My sellers are wonderful people, but they live off island and the father is an older gentleman, very nice people. So local knowledge really can make difference when you need to find contractor's to repaint the house and d...

By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
Comments 21
I recently sold a house in Destin Florida. The buyer’s agent asked repeatedly for the seller to turn over all the keys – they only had a couple of them. Where were the rest? Who knows? They had two teenage sons and there was an ex-spouse. Perhaps they had extra keys. Maybe a neighbor, or two, had...

By Glenn Gaspar, REALTOR
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
Comments 0
 Homes for Sale in the neighborhood of Lakewood Plaza in Long Beach California Welcome to the "Lakewood Plaza - Rancho Estates" weekly real estate blog post. Every week you will be updated on the activity surrounding the neighborhoods of Lakewood Plaza and Rancho Estate located in Long Beach, Cal...

By Glenn Gaspar, REALTOR
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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    Homes for Sale in the Community of Rossmoor in Orange County California Welcome to a dedicated blog post focusing primarily on the real estate activity in the community of Rossmoor in Los Alamitos California.   Each week I will share with you recently listed homes for sale in Rossmoor, plus y...

By Glenn Gaspar, REALTOR
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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  Homes for Sale in the Belmont Shore Neighborhood of Long Beach CA     Are you looking to buy or sell a home in either Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Naples or the Peninsula in Long Beach, California?  If so, you have found a dedicated blog post for these beach communities along 2nd Street in Long...

By Glenn Gaspar, REALTOR
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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    Homes for sale in the neighborhood of Lakewood Park in Lakewood California    Free real estate market update for the neighborhood of Lakewood Park in Lakewood California.  Preview recently listed homes for sale and the available inventory on the market.   Click on any one of these three links...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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 Alex,"Real Estate for $2000, please"."Knows the most about the local real estate market."Bzzz.   Yes Sam?  "What is Zillow?".I'm sorry, Sam, that is NOT the correct answer.Bzzz.  Yes Pat?  "Who is my friend at work?".Sorry Pat, but you don't have the right answer either.Bzzz.  Yes Alice?  "Who i...

By Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
(Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers)
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Maui County Real Property Taxes - top ten ratesI'll quickly summarize the tax rates here on Maui, and then steer you over to my Hawaii Life blog for the full info.  Rates are based on each $1,000 of assessed value, but there are some good exemptions available for owner occupants, veterans, disabl...

By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Budget Plan Passes The passage of a budget plan was negative for mortgage rates this week. The economic data had little impact. As a result, mortgage rates ended the week higher. Late Thursday, the Senate voted in favor of a 2018 budget plan. This was a key early step along the path to tax reform...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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It's not uncommon for home buyers to focus on price per square foot when home shopping.  It's an easy thing to figure out.  Seller wants X dollars, home has Y square feet of living space...and a simple calculation and you've got $$/ft2.  Pretty simple right?And then you can use that number to com...

By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Comments 0
Villa Sestri - Marina Del Rey CA   If you are a condo buyer looking to find out more information on Villa Sestri in Marina Del Rey, then you have come to the right place! Our website features a plethora of information on Villa Sestri, including amenities, HOA information, condos for sale, a phot...

By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT)
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Open House in Fate TX 10/22/2017 12-2pmFate Texas in minutes from Rockwall, Lake Ray Hubbard, Dining & Shopping! Look no further, you've found home! Total creampuff just waiting for you to move in. As you pull up, you are greeted by upgraded stone flowerbeds and stone elevation. Walk inside and n...

By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Comments 0
Louisiana Heights - Westwood CA   If you are a condo buyer looking to find out more information on Louisiana Heights in Westwood, then you have come to the right place! Our website features a plethora of information on Louisiana Heights, including amenities, HOA information, condos for sale, a p...

By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Comments 0
Montilla - Irvine CA   If you are a condo buyer looking to find out more information on Montilla in Irvine, then you have come to the right place! Our website features a plethora of information on Montilla, including amenities, HOA information, condos for sale, a photo tour, and so much more! Ou...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Village of Neshaminy Falls  is an active adult communty in North Wales, Montgomery  county. People love to live there because of the location and affordability. It is within minutes  of Montgoery Mall . It is close to routes 202,309 and 463.There is a clubhouse for activities. There is a swimming...

By Doug Rogers, Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties)
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Affordable 3 Bedroom Home For Sale In Pineville LaNeed a three bedroom home on a one bedroom budget? Care to have enough bathrooms so nobody has to pee in the backyard? If so, 1605 Donahue Ferry should be on your must see list. Take a minute and learn more about this Pineville La home. 3 Bedroom ...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
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Winter arrives on the island of Maui. One sign of winter arriving on Maui is big winter swells arriving on the shorelines in Hawaii. Winter time means increased rain and with rain, you have some of the most beautiful rainbows.  This ranch home in Makawao offers just a stunning rainbow.As soon as ...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
Comments 0
Pensacola Homes and Real Estate, July new home sales fall but higher year-to-year Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4% - the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year - but it follows strong sales numbers in previous months. Read more.    Upcoming Events in Pensacola, FL | Pnj Events - Pensacol...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Platinum Properties)
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The Feeling that Comes After a Contract is AcceptedIt doesn't happen every time after a contract is accepted but does happen every so often. The buyers seems so excited about the home they chose and were elated when the offer was accepted.Now a few days have passed and attitudes have changed. The...