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 RealtorsNew Jersey Real Estate for Sale and LeaseWelcome to NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes,...
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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  The Park Shore community is well known for the many high-rise condominiums on the beach, so the condos for sale on Venetian Bay Naples Florida could easily be forgotten when searching for a new residence in the area with a water view.  With the Gulf of Mexico forming its western boundary, Park ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Michael McGuffie is a new member of ActiveRain and he's a custom builder....this is a post that every real estate agent should read.  Buyer agents often direct their clients to production builders because the agent can deliver and disappear from the scene.  The custom builder has plenty to offer ...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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This quick video shares with you how financial turmoil in Greece is driving down mortgage interest rates in Woodbridge, Virginia, and throught the United States.Let me translate some of the mortgage-speak for you.  When bond prices go up, the yield, or interest rate goes down.  So when Barry was ...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
By Susan Jean Horne, P.A., GRI, I.R.E.S.
((RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL) Susan Jean Horne P.A.)
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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7311 N. Honore 1S Chicago IL 60626 Closed Sale $269,000Today my buyer client closed on the sale of 7311 N. Honore in the East Rogers Park area of Chicago IL. A three bedroom and 3 bathroom condominium. This updated but vintage 2000 Sq foot duplex down condo will make a great home and everyone was...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Waterfront Home in Hernando Beach Florida Just Sold!by Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Tropic Shores RealtyThe buyers of this Hernando Beach waterfront home came to me in April of this year in their search of a home by the water and today they became the lucky owners of this canal front home!Avid boate...
By Jack Lewitz
(IL Real Estate Specialists)
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  At some point your buyer will experience a feeling of insecurity about the decision they just made when they get an offer accepted by a seller. The feeling is a natural reaction to a major purchase such as buying a home.As a Realtor I have experience seeing buyers go through Buyer Remorse and t...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Custom or Production Builder? Ok, here is a test question to see if we are both on the same page? What type of restaurant do you like to eat at with your family? Do you frequent national chain restaurants or do you seek out the hard to find mom and pop places? If you are like me, I hunt for the d...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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WESTSIDE SANTA CRUZ 3 BEDROOM HOME FOR SALE606 Laurent St, Santa Cruz 95060 Here is the home you have been waiting for!  Such a charming home originally built in the 1930's in a prime Westside Santa Cruz neighbhorhood where you can walk or bike to beaches, UCSC, shopping, restaurants, and Downtow...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Jean Richer, No Gimmicks, No Nonsense, only Straight Talk
(Keller Williams ~ Ottawa Realty Ltd)
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Wonderful semi attached 3+1 bedroom home for sale in Chatelaine Village, Ottawa.  314 Tulip Crescent, Ottawa, OntarioLarge pie shaped lot. Gleaming oak hardwood floor in living room and hallway.  Ceramic floor in kitchen and dining room. Patio door to interlock patio.  Lower level has a large rec...
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 David Vandermyden, Real Estate Professionals working for you
(Pacific Coast Group)
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Beautiful Home in prestigious Silver Springs Ranch Overview Maps Photos Description Open House Market Stats $950,000 Single Family Home Main Features 6 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 4,414 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s)Year Built: 2004 Location 8091 Stallion WaySacramento, CA 95830USA David ...
By Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks
(Paradise Sharks )
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 Median single family home price increases for the 5th straight month With Shark Week kicking off there are so many things we are looking forward to. But no doubt doing our monthly update of the median sales price for a single family home in Palm Beach Gardens and the neighboring communities is a...
By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
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        $197,500.00 - 14787 Masterson Way, Magalia, CA 95954             Location: Magalia, CA Prepare to say "WOW!" This custom home is a beauty! Clean, low-maintenance landscaping creates a natural backdrop for easy living. The extensive decking will provide the perfect setting for enjoying th...
By Pat Laracy Baker, Realtor, Green, ABR, Needham, Massachusetts
(Key Advantage Realty )
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  What is a Housing Bubble? Is One Forming? Real Estate with  Pat Baker Get in Touch   What is a Housing Bubble? Is One Forming? July 7, 2015 For Buyers, For Sellers Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Print The recent talk of Greece and its financial challenges has some questioning whether the U.S...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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St George Utah Home for Sale | 1635 Maplewood Way 84790 | MLS# 15-167333 | New Price: $224,900 St. George, Utah was recently named by Money magazine as the #1 spot to retire for the great outdoors! This well maintained home with no HOA fees and the most affordable electrical rates in the state of...