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 Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Our beautiful gated waterfront new home community is finally open for business and I am holding our model home open today to introduce the public to the incomparable value offered by our homes. MLS# A4136779 6781 PORTSIDE LN, ENGLEWOOD, FL 34223  will be open Sunday from 12-4pm  3 bedrooms, 2 bat...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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Way to many buyers stop looking for a home in the winter.I understand why, but is it a good financial decision.There are many reasons to keep looking.  that special place may come on the market at any time.In the winter, many people stop looking for that home which means you will have less compet...
By Ron & Jennifer Roberts, We are a Realtor team focused on what matters, You
(RJ Realtor Team, Empire Network Realty)
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 Royal Oak Homes Building A New Community Ardmore Reserve in Minneola Near Clermont Ardmore Reserve is Royal Oak Homes newest community set to be views of beautiful sunrises and amazing sunsets. This location is perfectly placed near commuter routes to downtown Orlando, Walt Disney World, Univers...
By Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
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But it's only a dog they say.  Only a dog?  I have a hard time with that.  Our dogs understand us.  They often know what we're thinking.  They know when we're coming home, because they wait for us.  They know the sound of the car.  They know what time dinner is served.  When I'm working, they han...
By Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
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Does a Price-to-Rent Metric Help Area Renters’ Decision?Last week, Hendersonville residents who keep their eyes on real estate trends got some fresh information about one factor that seeks to put numbers to the relative benefits of buying versus renting. When real estate values head south, buying...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 Research is the key ingredient for making the right buying and selling decision on Oklahoma City real estate. First, your agent needs to be doing research everyday and not just on houses for sale. They need to be reading about local and national trends, events, and especially on economics. As a ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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 This is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’s open house page.   ...
By Chris Gurnee
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9721 227th Place SW,, Edmonds, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 3203 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Lis...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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  If you have bad credit but need cash fast for a real estate investment, Texas hard money lenders have a variety of specialized loan products that may be for you. Learn your options and how hard money loans can help bad credit borrowers. Bad credit can happen for a number of reasons. Everything ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Let’s face it, if something was built by the human species, it will eventually break, spring a leak or go south for one reason or another. We live in a faulty world.     As a business owner, I do my best to teach the inspectors who work for this company to note any appliance that may be at o...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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Changing the HVAC Filter (Orlando Fl)  HOME INSPECTOR USA care for our clients health and life style. As a profesional Home Inspection and Mold Inspection Company we strive to make sure that our clients are happy and purchase the right house free of major issues. The HVAC system is pretty much th...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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If you're looking for a home in Henderson NV, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) divides the city into six regions numbered 601 to 606. Generally speaking, Henderson is everything that is south and east of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.Areas 601 and 602 are north of the 215 Beltway;...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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  If you are considering a hard money loan funded through hard money lenders in Texas, your lender wants you to be aware of any and all risks that might be associated with your investment. Being informed can help save your money and your time.  Texas hard money loans can be an investor's dream co...
By Chris Eckert
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  If a new home is on your Christmas list this year   than come to my Open House today   Sunday, Nov. 29th,  1-4PM   "I'll be home for Christmas"   952 Junipero Avenue, Redwood City 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, Media room, Fireplace, Remodeled kitchen & bathrooms, Hardwood floors, Landscaped fro...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As the holidays approach, I’m fielding more and more questions about what I think the rest of the year holds for the real estate market in Southwest Florida and beyond. I’m also hearing more questions about whether or not the Fed will actually raise rates this season and what that might mean goi...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Question:Just had a conversation with the Listing agent. The property closed, and then it turns out that the furnace and air conditioner are leased.Wouldn't the buyer's lawyer check this out on title search etc. The Listing agent said sellers didn't tell her it was leased. Who is at fault? Answer...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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105 W Vienna Dr Hutto TX 78634 Custom Built by Symphony Builders One Level Craftsman Style Estate Home Acre Lot  Architecturally designed plan best suited to take advantage of future back yard pool. Home is 2473 sq ft Heated and cooled with  888 sq ft garage,170 sq ft covered front porch, 257 sq ...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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HOME INSPECTIONS (EAST OF ORLANDO, FL.) For more information relative to Home Inspections and Mold Inspections in Avalon Park, Waterford Lakes, Eastwood, Orlando Florida visit HOME INSPECTOR USA. We are licensed Home Inspector and licensed Mold Assessor in Orlando, Florida. Home Inspector USA ser...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Leisure World of MarylandCondos For Sale The Greens Hi-Rise BuildingsLeisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland provides many on-site housing options for its 8,500+ senior residents, and the Greens condos on 15100, 15101, 15107, and 15115 Interlachen Drive offer excellent living opportunities withi...