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 Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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With a fixed rate mortgage, the interest rate does not change for the term of the loan; the monthly payment is always the same. Typically, the shorter the loan period, the more attractive the interest rate will be. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most popular type of loan when borrowers are ...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
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CLOSED SALE at Boca Pointe La Corniche in Boca Raton FL  This gorgeous pool home on La Corniche Circle in the pet-friendly community of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, Florida, closed last week. I represented the buyers.  This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 2-car garage and just under 2900 ...
By Joy Bender, NAR Certified International Property Specialist
(Pacific Sotheby's)
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Search Homes For Sale in La Jolla California The seaside resort of La Jolla known as the jewel by the sea, extends along 7 miles of sandstone cliffs and white sand coastline. Centered around a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Village of La Jolla includes luxury homes, many high end boutique shops, fin...
By Ed & Tracy Oliva, Arizona Agents
(West USA Realty - Arizona)
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13859 N SUNSET Drive Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Come and visit this home! SLIDESHOW VIEW A VIRTUAL TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES Price: $1,095,000 MLS Number: 5349828 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Fountain Hills Sunridge Canyon Mountain Views Pool & Spa Guest Casita Large Master Suite 3 car garage with stora...
By Norma Skeete, REALTOR, GRI, SFR, SRES, Arlington VA Condos for S
(Keller Williams Realty)
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6207 Everglades Drive, Alexandria, VA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 07, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 1410 SQUARE FEET Renovated remodeled single family home rambler with a 10,500 square ft l...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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I looked up the mls and found 16 active listings of condos for sale in Warminster. on February 2, 2016There are 9 units  for sale in Meadow wood condos The lowest price is $40,500 for a studio apartment in Meadow wood. The highest price is $114,900 in Meadow Wood for a 2 bedroms,2 baths condo.The...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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The High of the Accepted Offer...Back to Reality! Once the excitement of the accepted offer wains down, it is time to get back to work.  I mean, now the real work begins.   Over the weekend, I wrote an offer with a first time home buyer.  We were able to get our offer accepted with a couple of co...
By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Kirkland Condo_WOW price is only $265,000 for 3 BedrmThe lowest price 3 Bedroom Condo in Kirkland and it is move in READY!New carpet and paint welcome you home. The living room has a cozy wood burning fireplace. The dining room has built-in buffet, pass through to the kitchen and a slider leading...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$225,000 MLS #PM-31775 Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining room with sliders t...
By Kent Temple, Specializing in Lake Norman Real Estate
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 Look at the Impact of Different Interest Rates! Here's an example that shows how interest rates directly impact the cost of the home you can afford. As you can see .... Interest Rates GREATLY impact the end result in what home you may qualify for and even the slightest increase can hugely impact...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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What Is An Off the Grid Property?In my area you often see off the grid properties listed for sale. When you work and live around them, you tend to take for granted that everyone knows what this means, but that's not always the case.Simply put...an off the grid property doesn't rely on public util...
By David & Lisa Webber, www.webberteam.com
(RE/MAX Executive)
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 We received this from a mortgage lender this morning and thought you might find it helpful!  Credit goes to MGIC for creating the infographic and helping us understand more about credit.  MGIC is a mortgage insurance company and if you need mortgage insurance, that rate is going to be based on t...
By Temple Schneider Callahan, Search Ventura County Homes For Sale CA
(Connect Real Estate - REALTOR / BROKER)
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 [Buyer's Agent's please don't hate me]  I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that using a buyer's agent is not always ideal, all the time.  In some circumstances, such as a multiple offer situation, the easiest way to get favor with the seller is to make your best offer with the seller's a...
By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 Austin Texas - Highly sought after northwest Austin neighborhood and street. In-ground swimming pool. Level 0.2069-acre lot. Backyard oasis with covered patio. 4 sides brick. Formal dining room. Fireplace. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2 car garage, 2,507 square feet, 3 living rooms: 1) family room, 2)...
By Steve Houck Realtor-Broker/Owner Judy Wahba Realtor-Broker/Associate
(Real Estate Partners, LLC)
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People, in general, are obsessed with square footage numbers. And why not? Appraisers go by dollars per square foot, as do we Realtors and mortgage companies. If 2 homes are in the same neighborhood, built at the same time and have the same square footage, even if one has 25,000 more upgrades, ch...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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1124 THUNDER LN, Pocono Summit, PA 18346 $10,500 MLS #PM-31770  Click here for more on this Stillwater Lot ---->Building lot of 0.26 acres. No studies have been completed. Use your own builder or we can help you find a builder.Stillwater Estates is a private Pocono lake community with a lake, be...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Your Home is Your Castle…  It does not matter whether you rent or own- your home is your castle. Not only is your home where you create precious memories, but also, it provides much-needed protection. But how do you know whether renting a home or buying a home is best for you?  Knowing whether o...
By Debra B Albert PA - "Ron and Debbie Albert" KW Port St Lucie, FL 34986, Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move
(Keller Williams Realty)
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By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®        Oxnard REO Coming To Market          What Is My Home Worth?  Weekly Mortgage Rate Update Most of the economic data released     over the past week fell short of     expectations. However, strong wage   growth in Friday's employment report   offset some of the weak...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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New Listings Mission Viejo, California - 2-5-16 The sun is shining and new listings are popping up in Mission Viejo, California. Time to take a look before the good ones get away! Even though there is a "Big Game" this Sunday, you have time to see the new Mission Viejo, California homes for sale ...