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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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 NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Here you will find Luxury Homes for sale, New Homes, New Construction, Land, Building Lots for sale, Rentals, Commercial Properties for sale & lease, renovations, REO Sales, E...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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THE RESERVEThe Reserve in Huntsville Alabama is a popular community on the west side of Zierdt Rd. and just a couple of minutes from the Redstone Arsenal's Gate 7. Click on the photo below of the entrance to the Reserve for a daily updated list of homes for sale.  NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICSAt the wr...
By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner ; Antonelli Realty
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You can search all the New Listings from all real estate companies!     For A Free list of homes for sale you can now Search the MLS yourself with our Consumer version Florida MLS.  Now anyone can view new listings just like REALTORS do.    Search by: By City By Zip By Address By Neighborhood By ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  If you are a golfer and have a lot of visitors who you enjoy sharing a round with, then the condos for sale Lely Resort Naples Florida that are large with 3 bedrooms might be worth investigating.  As in any development of this nature it starts with the golf, which in this case are three 18 hole...
By Kathy and Rachel (Mother and Daughter)= THE TYNDALL TEAM-Selling in the Palos Verdes/South Bay Area, Love Living In The South Bay
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  27139 INDIAN PEAK RD.RANCHO PALOS VERDES CA 90275 $1,098,000 | 4 BEDROOMS | 1,3/4 BATHROOMS | 2 CAR PARKING |  1890 SQUARE FEET     This extensively remodeled, turn-key one level 4 bedroom home located near Peninsula High School in Silver Spur is move-in ready!  Enjoy close proximity to the new...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1970 SF, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cape-style house located on a 1.6 acre lot in Campton, New Hampshire. This home features; new windows, mudroom, hardwood & tile floors, fireplace, 1st floor laundry room, metal roof, deck (with panoramic views from Franconia Notch to Sandwich Dome), drilled well (w...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Four and Five Bedroom Homes for Sale Delta, CO June 2015A four or five bedroom home is a great option for many buyers. Maybe you need that many bedrooms and even if you don't, the extra rooms make great home offices, dens and hobby rooms. These homes tend to be larger and give you more options fo...
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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SOLD - Applewood West - Golden, CO  80401     This cute brick ranch home is now closed, and so nice when the transaction is so clean!   Wrote the first of June, closed yesterday and was seamless!   This is a great property in Applewood West  (a highly sought after neighborhood).    These buyers ...
By Albert and Katona Real Estate Group KW Port St. Lucie, Experience Makes The Difference
(Keller Williams Realty)
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The decision to buy a home is a major milestone in life.  Home ownership is exciting, emotional, wealth building and practical.  You can not wait to get started on making that first purchase that you will remember the rest of your life and all of a sudden you stop dead in your tracks.  You think ...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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Happy Paper Trails to You If you want to realize, first hand, just how far the mortgage lending industry has gotten away from the days of the "Wild West," there is no single better way to do it than to hath the fury of an underwriter's scorn of your assets --- you know, the very bank statements, ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I did an inspection last week on a beautiful home here in Albuquerque in the foothills, or high desert. It was at the base of Sandia Peak, which is over 10,000 feet in elevation. There is a cable Tram that runs up the side of the mountain to a sweet little restaurant at the top called "High Finan...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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There are lots of people in our society that smoke cigarettes. I am not judgmental, but if you choose to smoke in your house, you're going to have a hard time selling it to someone who does not smoke! I would think that these days the non-smokers outnumber the smokers, so you are literally cuttin...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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In case you missed this the first time, I wanted to share this blog about the residue left in a house by a smoker. Great heads up for a seller so they understand what a buyer is going to think - and wonderful information for a buyer about the cost of remediation in a house with a long time smoker...
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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   If you missed the market debut of 875 S Madison Ave, Pasadena, CA on Sunday you can catch repeat performances Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM on July 2, and Sunday, July 5, 1 to 4 PM.  More than 50 groups walked through the wide halls and few left without leaving a positive comment about this Madison H...
By Albert and Katona Real Estate Group KW Port St. Lucie, Experience Makes The Difference
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Lake Park at TraditionFind Your Place in a celebrated new lifestyle!     Lake Parc, the new Minto community located in Tradition is breaking ground. There are several 2 bedroom plus villas to tour and many beautiful homesites to choose from.  Home sites include preserve, lake, and open areas, sid...
By Jason Brown, Kansas City Realtor serving Johnson County KS, Ove
(The Jason Brown Group with Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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 10804 S. Millbrook Lane - Olathe Kansas Home For SaleThis wonderful two story home in Olathe Kansas has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, a three car garage, a finished daylight lower level, an estimated 3,500 finished square feet and is situated on a large corner lot. Located in the popular P...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forgeand surroun...
By Dana Scanlon, Bethesda MD- Award-Winning Bethesda Realtor
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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This 3 bedroom 2 full bath contemporary style split level home has just undergone renovations and upgrading.The tastefully upgraded kitchen had 42" white shaker-style cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances, and opens to the dining area. Huge windows to let the sun in. The whole...
By Jamey Prezzi Miami & Miami Beach Luxury Condos & Homes, Miami Beach & Miami Luxury Homes and Condos
(Keller Williams Miami Beach Realty)
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Today we are featuring the South Of Fifth condos in Miami Beach to show what is going on in today’s market, what’s for sale, price reductions, and basic neighborhood information.South of Fifth in Miami Beach is a neighborhood from 5th street to 1st street and from the ocean to the bay. South of F...
By Dana Scanlon, Bethesda MD- Award-Winning Bethesda Realtor
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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This spacious and light-filled 4 bedrom 3 bath home has gorgeous upgrades and beautiful craftsmanship throughout. With three bonus rooms in the lower level, and a separate side entrance, this versatile floorplan is ideal for many lifestyles.The generously-sized table-space kitchen features granit...