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 ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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So, here's the quiz to see if you're cut out for Luxury real estate in Weddington, North Carolina. 1- Do you like nice things? Really nice?2- Do new, nice things appeal more than old, nice things?3- Would you rather have a NEW luxury car or an old one?4- Do you have a Dream Home in mind? Do you (...
By Evelyn Santiago, Managing Broker Heart Realty Group, Inc., Passionate About Real Estate & Our Clients!
(Heart Realty Group, Inc..)
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Kendall county despite it's growth during the early part of the century is basically a rural county full of farms for mostly corn and soybeans.  The equestrian lifestyle though is another choice for many of its citizens and currently there are 30 properties in Kendall that are horse friendly. Fro...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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418 N Northwest HWY Park Ridge a new listing offered for sale by Noah Seidenberg of Coldwell Banker. This 3 bedroom and 3 bath Bungalow is now listed at $349,900. Charming Park Ridge Bungalow! 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom and 3 Car Garage! Just walking distance from uptown, parks, library and the Metra ...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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 2 bedroom units are still available at 400 Keawe. The only NEW Kaka‘ako condominium building scheduled for completion this year, which means you can move in the New Year and start enjoying the amenities and location that is Kaka’ako. • Low-rise human scale condominium• Larger units, lower mainte...
By Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA
(Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA NMLS #1273606)
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Two themes have dominated the headlines in recent years. The first is the linger effects of the Great Recession, an economic downturn that has largely been attributed to the housing market’s burst. Lax lending and overbuilding resulted in many buying homes who would not have otherwise qualified i...
By Heidi Brautigan, Real estate agent in Bell County
(Vista Real Estate)
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One of the most challenging aspects of being a military spouse, aside from deployments, is relocation.  It's a responsibility all duty members face, and can be a difficult process when they don't know the area or anyone there.  Fort Hood is the largest military installation in the world, so to sa...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Geranium Ground Cover IMG 5027 Geraniums for ground cover are a good selection in Kentlands, our home community within the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. I like to photograph the tiny flowers but it does take a steady hand.“Hardy geraniums are a great ground cover plan...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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Houses for Sale in Waterford, Venice Florida   Another house for sale in Waterford, Venice Florida with pool located in a pet friendly, Waterford golf course and gatedd community at 1541 Waterford Dr. was just sold by Kwee Huset of Kwee Huset Realty  This bright and open floor plan pool home is g...
By Benjamin Mathis, Inspiring the uninspired
(Keller Williams)
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Home Buying can be an extraordinarily daunting task, especially if it’s your first time. But, wait you say. Dating isn’t as complicated as home buying.Really?You have dated someone before, haven’t you? It’s the epitome of confusing. Your first date resembles something out of a detective novel, as...
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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Under Contract - Peoria Place - Englewood, CO 80112   This brand new Richmond home in Peoria Place  will be ready for closing next week.      The buyers are from England and are first time home buyers, which has been so exciting.   The buyers and I had several meetings to go over what to expect d...
By Kathleen Turner
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Great for a growing family and it's move in ready!
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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A buyer's agent called yesterday to ask whether I had any offers on a certain listing in Sacramento. I asked why she she was asking. Because, as I put it, I probably will have an offer on Sunday, given the big jump in activity I've witnessed at that particular home. Well, it turns out her buyer, ...
By Rekha Vyas
(Keller Williams Realty of Brevard)
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Open House Saturday, Oct. 10th 2015 from 2pm-4p1367 Meadow Lark Dr, Titusville, FL 327804 Bedroom, 2 Bath, MLS 735047, $185,000http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/spc/735047 ENJOY THANKSGIVING IN YOUR NEW HOME! This captivating home is on a corner lot in Laurel Run at Meadowridge. Open floo...
By John Grieco, ION Properties
(ION Properties)
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 Photo courtesy of  Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Olympia isn’t just the capital of Washington state: It’s a family-friendly enclave offering up a great food scene, thriving arts & culture community, outdoor recreation, and affordable homes.Here are a few reasons why you should ma...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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 Looking For A Real Estate Agent in Flatbush Brooklyn      As of October 12th, 2015 there are  36 residential one family Flatbush & East Flatbush Brooklyn homes for sale on the Brooklyn MLS with asking prices ranging from $225,000 to $1,349,000 and 49 Multi family 2-4 family East Flatbush & Flatb...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It was  our very great pleasure and honor to be referred to another generation of buyers and begin our journey with our consultation. We knew the actual purchase could not be made until their lease was up...some months away.  They wanted to know how oculd they best prepare to be first time buye...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
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New Home Builders (Neighborhoods) In Frisco Texas  Outstanding City The growing city of Frisco, Tx is positioned just North of Dallas and has methodically started adding local and professional sports teams, top attractions, restaurants and businesses to compliment the fantastic atmosphere. This p...
By J.NARRIN -Asheville Partnering Broker-in-Charge - your contact for Newsy-News, LAND, Homes, and Views, so Let Me Know What's Most Important to YOU !
( Asheville 1031 Real Estate Investments)
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Asheville NC Neighborhoods You Can Love – Montford It has been said, and I believe it is true that, in any neighborhood, the people who live there can make it distinct. Take, for example, Asheville’s Montford neighborhood. Through their vibrant sustainable community spirit, these Asheville reside...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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La Cresta neighborhood real estate and home sales report for Rancho Palos Verdes & Rolling Hills Estates, CA in October 2015.La Cresta is nestled high in the Palos Verdes hills with easy access off and on the Peninsula via Hawthorne Blvd. Its central location on the Palos Verdes Peninsula offers ...
By Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Owner Steve Houck Realtor/Partner
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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I have a plaque on my office wall with a quote from Zig Ziglar that I coined many years ago: " You can get anything you want in life if you help enough people get what they want".  That pretty much sums it up.  Nobody said it was going to be easy. Many people don't understand what amenities are a...