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 Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Designing Your Custom Home, A Builders Perspective- Foyer, Part 4 This is the type of excitement you want in your Custom Home if you can afford it. After crossing the threshold you are immediately presented with a dazzling spectacle. A 2 story ceiling in the living room and gallery. You eyes are ...
By Team Albert - KW Port St Lucie Residential Real Estate - Updates and News, Homes for Sale-Market Trends-What's my Home Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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#1 - New Home or Resale? Although most homes for sale are resales, one out of four homebuyers purchases a new home. Which is better: existing or new? The right answer, of course, is up to you. Both resales and new homes offer advantages. Existing homes are less expensive on average, and are gener...
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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  With multiple offers being submitted on many homes in Denver this year, many times we are seeing the first offer does not get to closing.    Many buyers are writing on more than one home in hopes that one of their offers will "stick".   If the first offer crashes, the listing agent has to go ba...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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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 Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner ; Antonelli Realty
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If you enjoyed reading the post please give it a LIKE, every little bit helps. Thank You.The U.S. homeownership rate continued to fall in the second quarter, reaching a 35-year low, according to a new Commerce Department report. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate dropped to 63.5 percent, ...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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New 780k Basement Home - Springfield Golf Luxury - Fort Mill SC is available now from Evans Coghill. This HomeArama local home builder is known for their distinctives of style and panache. The flair and verve will be felt as you take this Choice Carolina Homes YouTube video tour. Call me to see i...
By Team Albert - KW Port St Lucie Residential Real Estate - Updates and News, Homes for Sale-Market Trends-What's my Home Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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         FREE Online Multiple Listing Home Search  Attention Home BuyersYou can receive free priority access to All Hot New Listings from all real estate companies! Free list of homes for sale Search the internet yourself View New Listings just like Real Estate Agents Do Simply enter your price r...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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These ChoiceCarolinaHomes.co links take you to current listings of these popular relocation and downsizing areas in the Charlotte NC real estate lookup, on both sides of the NC - SC map. Charlotte NC YouTube Relocation Homes GuideCharlotte REALTOR® YouTube Testimony Reviews~ Ardrey Homes For Sale...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Looking for a luxury homes for sale in Scottsdale Arizona which is consistently selected as one of the best cities to live in America by outside rating services? Scottsdale has been recently selected as one as the best places to raise a family, "foodie cities", golf resort destinations and is hom...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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MultiGenerational Housing Solutions in East Clark County, WAEach week, we try to highlight a neighborhood, or a particular home style in Camas, Washington and the surrounding communities of Brush Prairie, Hockinson, Fisher’s Landing and Washougal. Today, we’re presenting the homes with dual livin...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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Or, 'What Real Estate Agents NEVER tell You'...Bad news and ominous admonitions are never a good form of marketing. And face it, if your Realtor® starts your newly minted Buyer Agency relationship with dour predictions, you’ll probably rethink your commitment to them. We the people love good news...
By Gloria Valvasori, MASTER-ASA, Your Streetsville Village Connection
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Signature Service)
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You Have a Pre-Qualified Buyer, the Seller Refuses the Appointment Request If you had a serious Buyer, with financing pre-approval in place, anxious to get out there and buy a home.... and you were trying to book appointments and run into a roadblock with one of the listing appointments, what wou...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Hosta, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4736 This hosta photograph was taken in our Kentlands home garden in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. To obtain a background like this, simply place a sheet of colored paper behind the flower. It is fun to try different colors.If you enjoy ...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Over the weekend I revamped my website, as it was in dire need of some TLC, haha.  I really appreciate all of you on ActiveRain and learn so much from all of you, so I am hoping that you can give me feedback on my website.  Please don't hesitate to criticize, as I won't be offended and it will he...
By Tyrone Brown
(Better Properties Carolinas)
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Buyer's Agents in sumter SC Work for the Buyer and Not the Seller   Buyer's Agents in sumter SC Work for the Buyer and Not the SellerDone correctly, a buyer's agent's job is to put the buyer's interests ahead of the agent's, to disclose all Facts, keep the buyer's information confidential, provid...
By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
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Lender V. Mortgage Broker: Many people are involved in the buying and selling of your home. A mortgage lender is anyone who is loaning the money to pay for the mortgage. The mortgage broker, on the other hand, is someone who works with the borrower to find the best opportunities. The role of the ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"I don't want to live on a public lake!" Fishhawk Lake the Private Alternative Once upon a time, you CRAVED those fast boats, the crazy energy on the water, the wild times, the water-skiing all day, frying your skin and your brain with noise and sun and everything that comes with a public lake. B...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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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 Charita Cadenhead, Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Do I Really Need a Septic Inspection?As affordable as owning a home is these days, bypassing inspections can be a costly mistake.  Homebuyers would much prefer to spend every dime towards the purchase a home than to "waste" money on inspections that turn up no real issues.But What If There Are Is...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
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The Williamsburg Virginia current listing inventory is as follows: According to data from the Williamsburg multiple listing service, there are currently 806 active single family detached homes listed for sale in the greater WIlliamsburg area. The lowest priced single family residential property i...