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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The four walls, floor and ceiling you call the Maine home, the needs change depending on the people living inside.Especially around the holidays. When all the leaves for the dining room table pin everyone to the wall. Or there is just not room for a table period.Or space. In other areas of the Ma...
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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Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes Here are a few homes on the market so you can be into a new home by the holidays. . . . 1357 E LAKEWOOD CIR SLC, UT 84117  4  Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,  Priced $270,000 Gorgeous updated home with 2184 total square feet in prime location near schools, shopping, and parks. Clean and mo...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, Va 22044 – Under Contract3100 S Manchester St. #239 Falls Church, Va 22044This one bedroom, one bath condo located in Woodlake Towers is now under contract. My clients located me online and were already pre-approved and ready to start touring. We toured #239 on ou...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Arizona Red Rocks are glorious and awe inspiring. Residents and 'Winter Vistiors' should break away from other activities such as golf, dining and art walks in Scottsdale, Arizona and see these sights you have never seen more. Come and live and explore the great desert southwest.                 ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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This is a new feature which I will post about weekly. It will highlight what I consider the best values in different price ranges and property types throughout the Napa Valley. It should be used as a guide and is not meant to guarantee anything. Do to the dynamic nature of real estate here, thing...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Home Buyers - The Holiday Season may Create a Wonderful Buying OpportunityIt is the Holiday season and that probably will mean fewer people are thinking about buying a new or resale home in the Katy or surrounding areas. If you’re in the market or seriously thinking of buying a home, this situati...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Is it more important to stress what a Home buyer LOVES or what they really DO NOT WANT? Before and while looking at homes it is important to narrow down which homes to see. With a shortage of homes For Sale in some areas such as the MANCHESTER NH area, if you waste time liking at homes that you ...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
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Don't miss this one! Adorable Ranch Home has 2 Bedrooms with Ceiling Fans, 1 Bathroom. Located on a Corner Lot. Side Entrance, Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, Large Living Room, Laundry Room & Pantry. Hardwood, Carpet, and Laminate Flooring. Appliances to Remain! Nice Deck with Privacy Fenced Yard i...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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   SOLD 1408 RIVERSIDE ROANOKE, TX 11/24/2015 Home Ownership is a gift resulting from many sacrifices, dreams, desires, needs, and wants. In today's world of many entitlements, the dream of owning a home is the gift one gives thyself because goals are achieved requiring financial stability and ha...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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The big day is almost here!  You and your family are moving out of your old house into the new home you have finally closed on!  It’s an exciting time, however moving can be a huge headache if you go into it unprepared.  Below are a few tips and ideas on how to make your move a success. If you p...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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This Secret Source Of Far Below Market Investment Properties In Charleston…… is for serious investors and buyers only please.See Our Charleston Investment Properties For Sale. From Handyman deals like this one, to foreclosures, to great looking but cheap investment properties, join our Buyers Lis...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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We've been fortunate enough to double end several deals (having both the listing and the buying side) over the years.  Several years ago we met a couple at an Open House, they said to us: "We really like this house and would like to work with you to buy it."  Great!  We can do that!  After some t...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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If you have kids, the local school will be a big part of your new home buying decision.That’s why it’s important to get a school’s “vital statistics”, such as: Safety record Curriculum Accommodation for special needs Awards Average class sizes Extracurricular activities. (sports, arts, crafts, te...
By Joseph Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Mortgages Unlimited, Inc)
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Mortgage loans – Why all the paperwork?Minneapolis, MN:  Getting a home mortgage loan? Prepare to supply your Loan Officer with photo ID, your last 30-days of pay stubs, last two years W2’s, tax returns, last two months bank statements, divorce papers, and maybe even at lot more. Then once you su...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZHomes Currently for Sale in Val Vista LakesHomes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community. Our nine hundred acre "water-wonderland" consists of  four spacious ...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals)
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Brenda Bonebrake Phone Number Direct: 503-385-0033 Office Phone: 503-769-3448 Other: 503-932-0977 Office Fax: 503-385-2008 Email Address brendaandsandy@bhhsrep.com Web Site www.keytooregon.com Mobile Search m.keytooregon.com Mailing Address Real Estate Professionals Stayton1155 First Avenue N St...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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Trifecta of Home Buying Motivators: Rising Home Prices, Rents, and Interest Rates           Knowing WHY my clients want to buy a home is important to me as their Lender ...       I try to engage them in a conversation about themselves.  Ask them questions.  Find out what's inspiring them to buy o...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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There are many times Buyers ask WHY they should have an inspection.     There are many times Buyers ask WHY they should have an inspection.    They have walked the home, and sure seems like the homeowner has done a great job in taking care of their home.   BUT, how do you know?     Most homeowner...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Maricopa Single Level Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $155,000   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Maricopa Single Level Home for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat single level...