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 Jeanne Feenick, Basking Ridge, Warren, Bridgewater Market Expert
(Keller Williams Towne Square Realty)
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Jeanne Feenick here to say "I can help you!".   Three bedroom condos and townhomes in Bridgewater, NJ are in high demand, especially in the $250,000-$300,000 price point and those that feed into Milltown Elementary School.  There are two condo communities in Bridgewater, NJ that fit the bill, Gle...
By Frank Weiss
(Keller-Williams Montgomeryville)
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215 Muskwink Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$156,500 MLS #PM-28855 A "must see" chalet in Arrowhead Lake. This well maintained home located on a quiet road in Arrowhead is located just a short walk from the Minisink pool / playground area. 2 bedrooms are located on the 1st level with the master on the ...
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 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 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 Jamie Chambers, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
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If you are a Sarasota Florida first time home owners looking to purchase your first home, you will generally start with one question…. what is the best home financing option available to me?  That answer depends on many variables like -  down payment, location, etc. However, most first time buyer...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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How do I buy a home with a $0 (zero) down payment? Good question. There are three primary methods for a buyer to consider in 2015.1. USDA Loan (US Department of Agriculture)2. Free grant programs (down payment and/or closing costs assistance)3. VA Loan (Veterans Administration)  $0 Down Payment w...
By Frank Weiss
(Keller-Williams Montgomeryville)
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207 Orono Drive Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $119,900 MLS #PM-28739 Great chalet on a DOUBLE LOT (greenbelted) in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake! 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths along with a front deck and large shed and Double lot that makes this home more attractive! A short walk to Beach#2. A 1 yr HO...
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: Sedum + Imagination IMG 5062 A Flower photography is a hobby for me and I like to take photowalks through Kentlands, our home community in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. It is nice to live in a very walkable community and that is one of the reasons that Kentlands is one of the...
By Frank Weiss
(Keller-Williams Montgomeryville)
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211 Orono Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 MLS #PM-28687 Short Walk to beach #2. This chalet has 3 bedrooms, 2 FULL bathrooms, propane fireplace, spacious wrap-around deck, ceiling fans, and storage shed. Great Rent potential! Arrowhead Lake is a gated community with security, 3 heated pools, 2 lakes f...
By Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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If all that  real estate sales people did was sell..it might be easy....maybe....Even then, if ONLY they sold, and got someone to sign on the dotted line..that's difficult. Think about it....buyers and sellers doing something so personal, and spending so much money..their fears, their hopes,,the ...
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 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 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, ...