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 Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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Can You Buy a House Under 100k in Florida?Every so often, I receive a call from a potential buyer who is currently residing outside of Florida with the hopes of one day moving to the Sunshine State and buying a home priced under $100,000. Is that possible? Is it realistic? Are there homes in Flor...

By Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches
(RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A)
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Homes for Sale in the West Chester BoroughWhy Do People Live here?West Chester Borough is a very cool college town and also the county seat of Chester County.  There is a thriving restaurant and shopping community, a wonderful hotel, a theater, and many small town events, i.e., Old  Fashioned Chr...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 8
This much missing insulation can influence a whole room.It doesn't seem like a lot, but with insulation just a little that is missing goes a long way toward dramatically increasing energy bills.This subject house was advertised to have had a new roof installed just a few years ago.It was an older...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 18
March Madness in Red Mountain Ranch, Mesa, AZ   Do You Need A Buyers Agent to find Mesa AZ homes?   For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Homes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain Ranch    Homes Recently Sold in Red Mountain Ranch   Red Mountain Ranch sit...

By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 1
Are you still looking for a home that is ready to move in to? Check out53697 Canvasback Trace, Granger In 46530 Open House on April 2nd 2017 from 2-4 pm!  This three bedroom 2 full bath home has an open concept living room and kitchen and plenty of cabinets! There is a formal area to eat that is ...

By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
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5207 North Stinger Street, Boise, ID Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Search MORE Homes Instant Property Value JUST LISTED $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 2528 SQUARE FEET Calling all visionaries and those yearning for the quality of days g...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     We were fortunate to have sold our Buyers home before it hit MLS ......and then the task began of finding the new home...they had their list...from location to features...that 3 car garage...the distance to travel to work...four bedrooms...five would be better...finished lower level...and as...

By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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BEFORE AFTER Click to See 107 Oswayo Drive Pocono Lake 107 Oswayo Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 MLS #PM-44521New remodeled and updated 4 bedroom home with 2 full baths within walking distance to the Minisink swimming pool. Home is in the process of being completed with finishing touches. Living room ...

By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclasichomes.com   What's The Biggest Mistake A Builder Can Make With Your Home? A Custom Home has thousands of pieces and parts that include hundreds of decisions but some decisions can be more critical than others. Setting the height of the foundation is one that will present the bigges...

By The Brilliant Real Estate Marketing Team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Trusted, Tested & True. Our Results are Better!
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 1
Spring Buyer's Guide (Free!) and 4 Great Reasons to Buy This Spring There are a lot of things to consider and be mindful of when purchasing a home. Below is a link to our 2017 SPring Buyer's Guide.  Feel free to download and review.  Don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions or concerns...

By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 9
 Revealing Helpful 2017 Home-Buying Tips…  The 2017 spring home-buying season has not only sprung up quickly but also it looks like the spring home-buying season is going to be very competitive for buyers as the shortage of housing inventory remains tight and prices high. The number one regret fo...

By Cindy Allen, Baton Rouge Internet Marketing Specialist
(Louisiana Homes and Land Group at Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners )
Comments 0
Call today for your appointment! 225-366-8656For all homes available visit BatonRougeRealEstateDeals.com   What's the Neighborhood Like?Bluff Heritage Subdivision is located off of Bluff Road near Spanish Lake Primary. It is an incredibly friendly neighborhood in a great school zone. The homes yo...

By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
Comments 2
12529 Crescent Valley Drive Northwest, Gig Harbor, WA Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Follow This Property! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale Presented By: Matt ...

By Cathy Carter, Finding You The Perfect Home!
(Re/Max Infinity)
Comments 1
Desert Village Real Estate & Homes for Sale Scottsdale AZThe lovely, gated community of Desert Village is located in North Scottsdale, Arizona. The neighborhood was built in the late 90’s and is located in a very popular location at Pinnacle Peak and Pima Road.  The quaint community is comprised ...

By Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
(RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage)
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Back Yard Living If Back Yard Living fits your lifestyle don't miss out on this one.Value Priced Town Home In UxbridgeRealtors® often work with sellers for some time prior to putting their home on the marketDid you ever wish you knew what homes were coming on the market before they become availab...

By Joseph Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Mortgages Unlimited, Inc)
Comments 0
Minneapolis, MN: Face it, The super low mortgage interest rates are gone. Higher mortgage rates are here already, and it is very unlikely we will see them go back down anytime soon. Rather, it is anticipated that we should see 30-yr fixed rates into the mid 5% range by the middle of 2018.HIGHER R...

By Cathy Carter, Finding You The Perfect Home!
(Re/Max Infinity)
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Val Vista Lakes Real Estate & Homes for Sale Gilbert AZVal Vista Lakes is a spectacular 900-acre, master planned lake community located in Gilbert, Arizona. The master community is divided into 24 residential subdivisions, several of which are custom, gated communities, offering both lakefront an...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
Build a Plan of Action and Get ReadyBuying a home will probably rank as one of the biggest personal investments one can make. Being organized and in control will contribute significantly to getting the best home deal possible with the least amount of stress. It’s important to anticipate the steps...

By Sean Whaling, Founder, CEO
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There has been a movement over the past decade or so that you may have become aware of. It involves people who want their homes (and themselves) to be prepared in case a natural disaster or man-made catastrophe were to strike and they would need to be self-reliant for an extended period of time.T...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
Comments 1
 What Is NYC  HPD Home First Down Payment Assistance Program    Thinking of buying a home in Brooklyn and need help funding the downpayment.  Maybe the NYC HPD HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program could help you fund your purchase.  HPD's HomeFirst Down Payment Assistance Program provides bu...