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 Next Gen
(Keller Williams)
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594 Zodie Sims Road Calhoun Louisiana 71225  Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Calhoun LA Listing Details Home For Sale in Calhoun Louisiana594 Zodie Sims Road Calhoun Louisiana 71225 Price: $635,000MLS number: 175423Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 5Square Feet: 4,090Lot Size: 9.11 AcresListing...

By Nathan Gesner, We don't just manage!
(American West Realty & Management)
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Some Sellers want a few extra days (sometimes weeks or months!) after closing to pack up and move. This isn't unusual but Buyers should educate themselves on the pros and cons of this type of agreement.CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware)I don't need the house for a couple more weeks. Is there anything I...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
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6 Expenses Home Buyers Often OverlookBecoming a homeowner is exciting but, it’s also a big investment and one that requires a lot of thought and preparation to make. Be sure to factor in these expenses that home buyers frequently overlook.  Home Inspection – while a home inspection isn’t required...

By Goran Utvic, Make 15-20% Profit On Fix-N-Flip Or I Pay You $5k!
(Goran Utvic | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656)
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Chicago Homes for Sale by Neighborhood - NorthsideView homes for sale in the following Chicago neighborhoods for sale:Edison Park, Norwood Park, Jefferson Park, Forest Glen, North Park, West Ridge, Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Albany Park, Uptown, Portage Park, Irving Park, North Cente...

By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
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Daydreaming About Your Perfect Sarasota Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEEDIn this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your Sarasota home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your o...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Relocation Buyers – A Niche Market for 2017 I have personally moved a bunch of times, have now owned 10 primary homes, and my wife and I have had 4 major relocations (to Boston from Michigan, Boston to the Twin Cities, the Twin Cities to Boston, and Boston to Southern California). As a result I k...

By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
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   Now is the time to make the move, while interest rates remain attractive. I can help get you qualified so you can move rapidly.Call me!   Don HessKW EliteKeller Williams Realty1280 Plaza Blvd.Lancaster, PA 17601717-553-2500 Office717-715-6288 Mobile717-786-7967 Directdonhess39@gmail.com  activ...

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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Working with Cincinnati patio home buyers is one of my favorite parts of being a real estate agent!  Some buyers buy "used" homes and others go for new construction patio homes!  There are plenty of builders in the Greater Cincinnati area offering new patio homes, but it's not always obvious wher...

By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, St. George Area Preferred Real Estate Agent.
(Preferred St George Utah Area Real Estate Agent | PK Real Estate Utah South)
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Failure to communic ate the conversation!  An out-of-area home buyer called about golf course properties in a specific area in southern Utah. I began sending him information on home sites and available homes. We spoke on the phone several times to get more specific on actual wants, needs and time...

By Stew Keene, Voted Highest Level of Customer Service
(United Real Estate Scottsdale)
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5 Important Things To Know Before You Purchase a Home in Scottsdale 1 Consider where you want to buy before you start to open doors. The Phoenix and surrounding areas such as Scottsdale, Fountian Hills, Chandler, Gilbert Mesa Ahwautukee and so on have been evolving on a slow AND fast pace. That b...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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To truly understand all about the buyer's needs, a series of questions are needed to be asked to uncover any areas of compromise or substitution that the buyer will accept. In a highly competitive market, successful buyers know they may not get everything they want in a house but can still be hap...

By Lauren Stark, Luxury Real Estate Agent - Las Vegas-Henderson NV
(THE STARK TEAM-Las Vegas Luxury Homes & Condos)
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The Perfect Combination in Summerlin Luxury LivingRed Rock Country Club is a Guard Gated Luxury home neighborhood.  It is comprised of homes on the East Gate and those on the West Gate. There are BOTH public and private golf courses. The private Mountain Course and the public Arroyo Course. The w...

By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Waterfront Expert in Cape Coral FLA.
(Shore Line Realty 239-560-0726 )
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 Cape Coral Florida Housing Market 2017.  New Construction Homes Located in Cape Coral Florida are coming back strong in 2017 sinsce the down turn of 2004 /2005 !Build With A Realtor You Can Trust, Joe Kendall with Shore Line Realty. Over 17 years experience in helping people with their real esta...

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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Where is the Home Inventory in North Kingstown Homes for Sale  There was an excellent article from Housing Wire identifying the struggles Millenials are having buying a home now and some of the reasons they can not.In North Kingstown, we are experiencing a housing shortage under $500,000 of right...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 Although lenders no longer require home buyers to obtain a property survey as part of the mortgage process, there is still a very important reason why home buyers should get a survey done prior to purchase -- because not doing one might negatively impact coverage under the title insurance policy...

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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Steadily Drees Homes is getting closer to completing new construction courtyard home in Cincinnati's ONLY designated 55+ community Heritage at Miami Bluffs!  They finished building the attached ranch condo style within the last few years, and they're now down to a handful of the courtyard homes. ...

By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale
(Realty ONE Group)
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Monday, February 13, 2017 Personally Vegas Bob would Never purchase a Home For Sale By Owner   Personally Vegas Bob would Never purchase a Home For Sale By Owner   Lately Robert Vegas Bob Swetz has been seeing more and more For Sale By Owner signs, homes listed on Zillow, Trulia and several other...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, Buyers are stressed: 6 reasons why A TD Bank survey finds that confusion over necessary paperwork confuses 1 in 3 buyers; unexpected costs confuse almost 1 in 4; and financing worries affect 1 in 5. Read more.       Are you paying too much in Prop...

By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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If you’ve been through a foreclosure, you’ve crawled through one of the worst real estate ordeals there is. But that experience doesn’t mean homeownership has to remain forever out of reach afterward.In fact, it’s much easier to qualify for a mortgage after a major credit event than you may think...

By Cheryl Dukes - Atlanta, Let's Get High
(Solid Source Realty, Inc.)
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Those two homes look similar.Why does one cost way more than the other? If two homes seem similar, why does one cost way more than the other? When comparing homes to purchase, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.  One home most likely offers extra conveniences and desired features that y...