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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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As a professional, full-time real estate agent I have found that there are 3 key objectives for a Purchaser to have a home inspection on a property under contract to buy.  The first is to have a clear understanding of the physical condition of the property so that the Purchaser knows what they ar...
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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              Open House August 2, 2015  -  1 PM to 4 PM                             Featured Home is located at:               7152 Maidstone Drive, Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986                 For More Information Contact                 Jordan Kane 772-834-0091   Get Directions Click Here OPEN ...
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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                   PGA Village Open House August 2, 2015                                PGA Village St Lucie West                        9620 Enclave Circle, Port Saint Lucie, FL Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE August 02, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Prin...
By Ben Townsend
(Acquire Homes)
Comments 1
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
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 53 New Homes coming to City of Seminole! Exciting news for the City of Seminole in the heart of Pinellas County! KB homes is in the process of building a brand new subdivision called Seminole GrovesThis community is located close to 57th Ave on Seminole Blvd. Take a video tour of the community! ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 45
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 Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 0
Discover the Best in Waterfront Living at Gatling Pointe, a custom home community located adjacent to Smithfield, Virginia where the James and Pagan Rivers meet. This 5 bedroom Traditional home (20075 Gatling Pointe Parkway South), currently listed for sale with East West Realty for $369,900, off...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1674 SF, 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Lindal Cedar Home located on a 1.73 acre lot in Thornton, New Hampshire, with 1000’ on the Mad River.  This waterfront house features: wood stove, wood ceilings, 5 room in-law apartments in the finished lower-level, deck with mountain views, beautifully landscaped ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 30
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...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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A Few of Our Real Estate Client References:James and Diane Villanti (Buyers and Sellers) Ed is the most honest and helpful agent that I ever dealt with..Also he is extremely knowledgeable about the areas and true home values. I would use Ed for any future transactions and recommend him highly. Kr...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
Comments 15
Home Buyers Should do Final Walk-through | Tips as to What to Cover Every Homebuyer should do a final walk-through of the home they are buying prior to closing. I tell my clients In Katy TX the walk-through should be done in the late afternoon or evening of the night before closing or on the morn...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
Comments 0
Fort Mill SC's The Retreat At Rayfield is just south of Ballantyne on 521 (Johnston Rd), convenient to all things South Charlotte. Wow.  Lennar Homes is doing it again!  Great looking new homes that are priced just right.  3 Story homes with a Rec Room, Theatre Room, Mancave on that third level, ...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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Open House Sunday, August 2 from 12 to 2 p.m. - 423 Massapoag AveHome for Sale Sharon MA   Nina Rogoff just listed another beautiful home for sale in Sharon MA. Stop by the Open House on Sunday, August 2 from 12 to 2 p.m. to see this 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom Multi-level home with a Magnificent ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Exceptional Residence - Granby! Looking for that special property to compliment your distinctive lifestyle? Then this custom designed, quality built home is calling to be seen. It stunningly incorporates 10 spacious rooms - over 4,000 square feet of soaring ceilings, towering windows and bright ...
By Brilliant Real Estate Marketing Team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, ~ We help people buy and sell ~ Brilliantly
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 0
August 1st & 2ndHi Buyers - here is a recap of the Public Open Houses scheduled for this weekend in Commack (Commack School District)If you have any questions you should call your buyer's agent.   Commack Open Houses If you don't have a buyer's agent YOU SHOULD! Want to know why a buyer should hi...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 11
Hernando Beach Florida 34607 Waterfront Home for Sale Listing Video by Hernando Beach Realtor Silvia Dukes PA, Tropic Shores Realty Look at what this Hernando Beach waterfront home has to offer!   Then find out more about this Hernando Beach Waterfront Home for Sale! Call 352-584-7441 today!   Lo...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 5
Buying a home takes preparation and commitment. Nicole Doty Broker and Owner of Zion Realty in Gilbert, AZ makes 5 excellent points of what buyers need to be ready to commit too in order to be successful in their home purchase. If you’re considering buying a home and aren’t ready for these steps ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
Comments 1
 Are Two Story Homes Less Expensive To Build Than A One Story?This is a question that has been around for years. After all, building up is way cheaper than building out! Well, like most chicken and the egg questions, it depends.The determining factor is usually the cost of the land. If you can bu...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
OAK HARBOR LUXURY GATED 55+ HOMES CONDOS VERO BEACH FLORIDABarbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach         OAK HARBOR HOMES VERO BEACH FLORIDAOAK HARBOR is Vero Beach's luxurious 55 and older gated community offering the perfect Florida Lifestyle!   You will find full concierge...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Pool Home for Sale w/ Mountain Views in Rancho El Dorado 42638 W BRAVO DriveMaricopa, Arizona$380,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 3620 MLS: 5310175   This beautiful Hacienda home is on one of the best lots in Rancho El Dorado, with golf course ...