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 Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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Buying a Home After Extenuating Circumstances: Get Started Early               Presently there are many people that previously suffered a Short Sale, Bankruptcy, or Foreclosure during the housing crisis becoming eligible to purchase a home once again ...      The waiting periods surrounding each ...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Solera Diamond Valley in southwest Hemet has three homes ready for immediate move-in -- as of October 6, 2015. Solera Diamond Valley is a 55+ very active adult community that offers a wide-range of activities and amenities -- 23,000 sq. ft Community Recreation Center that offers media and game ro...
By Shanna Day Mega Team Leader (UT & AZ), Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ))
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American National Insurance Company was voted the best rates in Utah     Just thought I would share a little information about this company and this agent that I've been acquinted with for years...   Like   Comment   Share Comments Karl Norgren Shanna, if you or your prospect/client ever needs h...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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213 Vestavia Drive, Venice, Florida Just marked PENDING by the listing agent, this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1993 circa lakefront home with 1884SF  air conditioned space in the prestigious Venice Golf & Country Club.List Priced at $252,500 Our buyers will love this home and you will love the Ve...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Choosing an inspector is just as important as selecting your real estate agent and new home. Think about it, your new home will be the largest investment you will make and you want a professional who is competent, professional, thorough and trustworthy. Sadly, too many buyers just go with th...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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Do you love watching HGTV Shows like Fixer Upper or The Property Brothers? Are you addicted to going to Chartreuse in Frederick Maryland or  Old Luckett's Store in Lucketsville near Leesburg. Then you may just fall in LOVE with 15497 Golf Club Drive, Dumfries Virginia 22026                       ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Get a lot for a little is always the cherry on top and homes for sale in Houlton Maine.They are like that free dessert with every meal. Here is the special of the day for $48,000. Take the open house on demand property listing tour right now of 8 Winter Street Houlton Maine 04730 home.Sided, fire...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Being able to work within a realistic family budget has become an increasingly important part of modern living for many Henry County residents. Henry County’s cost of living may not have been exploding —but most people are keeping an eye on it anyway.  The lingering effects of the last decade’s f...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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L J Hauser Junior High School, Riverside, IL - October 2015 About L J Hauser Junior High School L J Hauser Junior High School is a 6-8 school in District 96, and is located at 65 Woodside Rd in Riverside, IL. It services homes in Brookfield, North Riverside, and Riverside. Single-FamilyHomes 62 ...
By Lauren Stark, Luxury Real Estate Agent - Las Vegas-Henderson NV
(THE STARK TEAM-Las Vegas Luxury Homes & Las Vegas High Rise Condos)
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Looking for a Brand New Modern Home in Henderson?Welcome to Lago Vista - Lake Las Vegas' New Construction Contemporary Homes - NOW SELLING.Prices are just Under a Million. Every once in awhile a new home community opens for sale that is so unique and beautifully located that it stands out from th...
By Chris Bierrum, Real Estate Consultant with Elevate NW Properties
(Elevate NW Properties)
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Feeling priced out of certain neighborhoods? Our Hot ‘Hoods section highlights up-and-coming neighborhoods that feature cool restaurants, good schools, family-friendly vibes, and more. This month we feature Burien - a buzzing up-and-comer minutes from downtown with a burgeoning art scene, great r...
By Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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We were out shopping a bigger builder in the area. We looked at their most current house going up. I whipped out my trusty tape measure. (all guys like me carry one) I measured the exterior wall width. It was 4 inches...yes 4 ! The current standard (law) in the State of California is 6 inches ext...
By Rick Costa, FHA/VA/USDA expert
(Bay Equity Home Loans-NMLS #260747)
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Those of you who need a reason why buying real estate is a good idea need only look at the slide provided by Keeping Matters Current that explains wealth creation:Assuming appreciation in the range of 3-4%, this is a no brainer on why a renter should really be looking to purchase a home! Of cours...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Chevy Chase, Hawthorne, Forest Hills, Barnaby Woodsbeautiful older homes in NW Washington DC Washington DC is divided into four geographical quadrants of unequal size. NW Washington DC is the largest quadrant covering an area north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street. The neighb...
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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Condominiums And Town Homes Huntsville AlabamaCondominiums and town homes are just two of the different options available to buyers considering that first home purchase, dowinsizing or maybe an alternative to dorm living for the college student here in Huntsville, Alabama. Whatever your needs you...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Bel Air, CA the coveted 90077 Zipcode there is a Mega Mansion being built as we speak. Depending on who you talk with anticipated list price will be anywhere from $150 million to $250 million. Truly an incredible property with phenomenal views of Downtown & Century City.  Nearby there is a large ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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If you are looking for inexpensive Land in Sherman Oaks Hills, CA? Call me. I have a truly fantastic opportunity. The Seller wants it sold NOW. This lot is on a cul-de-sac street perfect for your quiet getaway ten minutes from all the action of West Los Angeles and five minutes from Ventura Blvd'...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Helping HomeBuyers Take A Bite Out Of Stress  Are you renting a home but considering home ownership? How do you know when the time is right for you to buy a home? The truth is, there’s no one right answer when it comes to determining whether to rent or buy a house. The biggest takeaway is “buyin...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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Many consumers don't realize how home insurance quotes can change from quarter to quarter. Among the factors that influence quotes are a home's location, its age, and its size. Another key ingredient of the quote process that can be volatile is the homeowner's credit score, which can radically af...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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How Do You Know How Much To Put Down On A Home?You'd be a homeowner right now if it weren't for one thing: the down payment. Right? Even for those who have decent credit and make good money, the down payment is often the great homeownership killer.For many others, who do have enough money set asi...