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 Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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  *ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Gilbert Move-in-Ready Single Level Home for Sale in San Tan Ranch 3294 S WADE DriveGilbert, Arizona $220,000  Beds: 3 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1261 Built: 2000 MLS: 5341584   Gilbert Move-in-Ready Single Level Home for Sale in San Tan RanchMov...
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 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 Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Being in real estate, it’s probable that Henry County investment property popups hit my screen more often than yours. Nonetheless, I bet that every Henry County web user knows the phenomenon: you’re trying to accomplish something on the internet, and these ads keep bouncing up, doing their best t...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Thinking About Downsizing? Here’s What You Need to Know About Life in a Condo Thinking About Downsizing? Here's What You Need to Know About Life in a CondoThe shift from home living to condo life may seem like a minor one, but there are plenty of things that will differentiate your lifestyle othe...
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 Roy Giordano, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
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Just listed! 5 Bedroom 5.5 Bathroom Colonial in Freehold NJ   Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 7 Risa Benjamin Way, Freehold New Jersey. Offered at $825,000. I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected by the owners to market their beautiful home for sale.  This home boasts 5542 Sq. Feet and offe...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Homes for Sale in Henderson NV 89052 - November 22, 2015   Single Family Condo Townhouse Homes for Sale 333 40 18 Average List Price $745,225 $173,086 $238,415 Median List Price $457,000 $139,900 $234,950 # of Short Sales 9 (3%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) # of Bank Owned (REO) 2 (1%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)         Sea...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL*  Maricopa Affordable Single Level Home for Sale in Tortosa   $124,90036484 W MONTSERRAT StreetMaricopa, AZ 851383 Beds / 2 Baths1369 SqFt of living spaceActive / MLS# 5333854   Maricopa Affordable Single Level Home for Sale in Tortosa Unique layout of this 3 bedroom...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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When shopping for a new house or condo, most buyers consider such factors as neighbourhood, proximity to schools, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, size of the kitchen, and more. These are, of course, all important considerations. But there’s one question that few buyers ask – until it’s too late...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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  *ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Gilbert Cul-de-sac Pool Home for Sale w/ Spa in Higley Groves 3751 E PARK AvenueGilbert, Arizona$299,900  Beds: 4 Bath: 3 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 2127 Built: 2000 MLS: 5353390     Gilbert Cul-de-sac Pool Home for Sale w/ Spa in Higley Groves Amazing ...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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In Arizona, as in many state, recordation is the official close of escrow.  Lender loan funding is a critical step and absolutely necessary component of closing but recordation is the final step when ownership actually transfers.  Just because the lender has funded their loan does not necessarily...
By Tamara Inzunza, Potomac Yard, Del Ray, Old Town Top Listing Agent
(RE/MAX Executives / www.MovingToNova.com / 703-623-8759)
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7603 Darden Row Alexandria VA 22315Sold In Kingstowne One of the most rewarding things about working By Referral is seeing the sense of relief that my clients feel throughout their transaction.  The buyer for this beautiful home in Kingstowne was referred to me by one of my close friends.  She wa...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Considerations When Making the Move from a Condo to a Single Family Home in Carlsbad California Buyers make the choice of living in a condo versus a single family detached home for a variety of reasons. It may be due to cost or perhaps a desired lifestyle. Either way, there are things to consider...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL*   Gilbert Charming Home for Sale in Trilogy at Power Ranch  4637 E WALNUT RoadGilbert, Arizona$245,000  Beds: 2 Bath: 1.75 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1332 Built: 2001 MLS: 5154720    Gilbert Charming Home for Sale in Trilogy at Power RanchCharming Shea ho...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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This one caught my attention due to the significant variance in what is expected / required in different locations / states.  In Arizona we stay out of the way of the interaction between Buyer and Inspector, although review the report and options with the Buyer once the report is available.  We a...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Saxony Manor  Condos are located in Warminster , Bucks county in Centennial school district. www.centennialsd.org . People love to live in Saxony Manor   . I looked up trendmls today, 11-22-2015 for homes on the market in Saxony Manor . There is 1  active listing .The  list price is $124,900. The...
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...