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 Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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  Beyond the Beautiful Gated Entrance      lies swaying palms and warm  breezes...Location! Location! Location!  This is one of the most incredible direct  intracoastal waterway estates to come on the  market in the highly desirable Riverside  Drive area. Properties like this very seldom  come on...

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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The short answer for how much does a Cincinnati patio home cost?  As much as you want to spend!  The fact is Cincinnati patio homes are offered in a wide range of prices, with the very cheapest in around $160,000 and the most expensive clocking in at close to $1,000,000!  Yes, location matters, 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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 Buyers are "holding the breath" through this frenzied Seller's market! First, just getting the Seller to SEE their offer if the property is priced below $450,000 in Denver is amazing.    We are seeing multiple offers on many properties and difficult to express to the Buyers how important it is t...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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We Would Like You to Show Us...While sitting in the office today, I picked up a call coming into the office.  A nice enough sounding young man identified himself and said he would like me to show him a particular property.  The first question I asked, "Are you working with an agent to represent y...

By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 1
  All it takes is discipline and the realization that when you rent you're already buying a home. However, you're buying it for the land lord!   Don HessKW EliteKeller Williams Realty1280 Plaza Blvd.Lancaster, PA 17601717-553-2500 Office717-715-6288 Mobile717-786-7967 Directdonhess39@gmail.com  a...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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Price Reduction! Executive Home in Bronson's Landing Subdivision Winter Garden FLWinter Garden home buyers looking for an executive home in a gated community, 2138 Tillman Ave Winter Garden FL is now listed at $359,990! Bronson’s Landing is a gated subdivision conveniently located within minutes ...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale with Water Views in North Kingstown It tis the spring season when buyers are in a hurry to shop for southern RI homes near the water.  Oh what a bustle of activity awaits all real estate agents but lo and behold the houses are few in number causing quite a stir.  What is on the RI ...

By Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
 Feel the ocean breeze. Smell the salty air! This is the perfect beach house located in beautiful Coquina Key, Ormond Beach FL where residents enjoy private beach access and miles of quiet beaches nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.  3730 EGRET DUNES DR, Ormond beach, FL...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 3
We're currently remodeling our own home and much of our search starts online.  Farmhouse sinks, faucets, appliances.  Other things we've found to be best in person:  kitchen cabinets, counters and stone to go around the fireplace.Some things just don't lend themselves to online shopping. Nuances ...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
Comments 1
How to Help Kids Transition to a New Home in CharlotteMoving to a house for sale in Myers Park is an exciting time for the whole family. However, for little ones, it can also be especially overwhelming. Whether you are moving from a different state or are just moving across town, children have at...

By Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(The K Company)
Comments 3
 Victoria Parc Estates in Port St. Lucie, FloridaSeneca Floor Plan!Builder DR HortonI just love New Construction!  No multiple offers!  I had to take my buyer 1.5 hour from Broward County. This house in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale would cost around $400,000.00.  My buyer wanted more "cluck for her buck!...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management: Study: More owner-occupied homes becoming rentalsWhich homes tend to become rentals? A study finds that underwater/low-equity homes do, largely because their owners have a lower incentive to keep them maintained and periodically updated. Read more...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
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                                                               If they plant it they will come.I been seeing on Facebooks fields of sunflowers on Maui.  I was like what is going on I better check this out. I was heading out to Kaanapali to show properties at Honua Kai Resort.  On my way back ther...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
Comments 2
9171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759MLS #16-1870$350,0009171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759Beautiful Two Story Home Located on 10 +/- Acres 4 BR/2.5BA home ~ 3,216 sqft Large sunroom with an additional kitchen Outside patio with hot tub overlooking 2 acre stocked pond 40x50 workshop with t...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management: Quit claim deed scam easy to do, hard to fixIt only takes a forged signature to file a quit claim deed and take a property, yet it often takes years of legal work for the rightful owner to get it back. Read more. Are you paying too much in Propert...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Mondays Madness-  Sneakers  -  Fun in Home InspectionsWenatchee Home Inspections. Today’s fun is called “Sneakers”.Never a dull moment as a home inspector.Often during a home inspection I will find many D-Con bait boxes, which is a sure sign of a rodent infestation.  I am not a huge fan of poison...

By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
Comments 4
 If you happen to be looking to buy a home in Maluhia Wailea Maui, there are a couple beautiful homes currently on the market for sale.  Maluhia is a private gated community on the beach in Wailea Resort.  The first home I want to feature is price at $7,495,000   With over 5,000 S.F. of luxury li...

By Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews AMP DAC
(Hants Realty Limited)
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Homes For Sale Near Shubenacadie Nova ScotiaPresented By Hants Realty Limited 107 Pace Lane, Shubenacadie$379,900 MLSParadise Found!If you've always wanted your own private park with multiple ponds, this delightful chalet style home situated on 17 acres may be your perfect oasis. Features 3 bedro...

By geri wehry, your agent for life
(RE/MAX Select R.E.)
Comments 3
Lovely 2-story - open concept Overview Maps Photos Features Market Stats $419,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,440 sqftLot: 6,504 sqftYear Built: 2001MLS #: 1111004 Location 12122 SE 303rd CourtAuburn, WA 98092USA Geri Wehry RE/MAX Select ...

By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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Saving for a down payment is often the biggest hurdle for a first-time homebuyer. Depending on where you live, median income, median rents, and home prices all vary. So, we set out to find out how long would it take you to save for a down payment in each state? Using data from the United States ...