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 Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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Providence Davenport Homes For Sale Providence Davenport is a very large, very well kept golf community. It is gated, and a guard is posted 24/7. Providence boasts many amenities, including but certainly not limited to: two pools, tennis and fitness courts, a playground, and an 18-hole golf cours...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The by far easiest way to get information on a new area of the country, the property listings for sale in it is using show and tell video. You the real estate buyer are suddenly able to be in the small Maine town to experience the local community events.On your limited time, able to on demand ope...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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Bahama Bay Davenport Homes For Sale Bahama Bay Resort is one of Davenport's premier vacation communities, sporting some of the most beautiful homes and neighborhoods to be found anywhere in Central Florida. This is an extensive community which is gated (although open), and it is marvelously maint...
By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, FAAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
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Home Buyer Rebates Give You Cash Back in Stafford County VAWant more money in your pocket for closing? How about being able to afford a bigger/nicer Stafford County VA home? Now Equity First Realty Gives YOU Cash Back Buyer Rebates at ClosingBuyer rebates give you cash back at closing. If you hav...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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188 East 64th Street Spacious One Bedroom condo with Balcony. JUST SOLD $1,200,000.Open and spacious one Bedroom with balcony with sunny Eastern exposure is now available at the Royale Condominium at 188 East 64th Street. This Royale apartment features a renovated kitchen with Caesarstone Quartz ...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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5766 E Scrivener, Long Beach, CA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1607 SQUARE FEET Updated South of Conant home featuring 4 bedrooms plus office, 2 bathro...
By Debra Albert - Team Albert, Make The Most of Your Move with Ron and Debbie
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Port St. Lucie Named in "Best Cities For Future Job GrowthAnd Retirement Location"Source: Forbes Magazine(Forbes Magazine) The U.S. economy reached a milestone last spring when employment surpassed its pre-recession peak set in January 2008. It was a long, slow recovery from the deepest recession...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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JAMES BAY REAL ESTATE IN VICTORIA BC  Currently there are 6 Single Family Homes For Sale ranging in price from $564,900 on Montreal Street to $1,980,000 on Superior Street and 3 Float homes $186,000 to $235,000 on Dallas Rd at Fisherman's Wharf .43 Condo's from $116,500 for a leasehold on Michiga...
By Jonathan Crompton
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  This brand new townhome located in Mt. Pleasant, SC.   Etiwan Point has all the bells and whistles you could ask for! Hardwood floors throughout the first floor, 42" cabinetry with crown molding accompanied by granite counter tops in the kitchen. There are 3 bedrooms located on the second floor...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Designer Treehouse in Sale Pending!71898 Northshore Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016I am representing both the buyer and the seller on this--as I do most of the listings and sales at Fishhawk Lake. Are you looking for property on a private lake in Oregon?Call Gayle for a tour o...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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Bella Piazza Davenport Homes For Sale Bella Piazza is a small, elegant community consisting of condominiums. It is ungated, but there is security present throughout the community. The HOA is in effect, which accounts for the community's multiple pools, clubhouse, and constant maintenance.Bella Pi...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Gorgeous Rum river front home for sale in St FrancisReal estate market data in St Francis MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic RealtyWelcome to 22729 Vintage St NW St Francis MN 55070 Click here for additional details and photos.Gorgeous Rum river front home! Screened porch allows you to ...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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Get The Home You want with a  Texas Home Loan  Are you looking for the home of your dreams… but also wishing you had the credit to purchase it? Now is your chance to get what you want because there’s a way to do it. You just have to be unconventional! You can get your Texas home loan. There’s a ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Thistle IMG 4602 Kentlands, in zip code 20878, is a planned neo-traditional community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite neighborhood for families moving to the Metro Area of the District of Columbia.When you t...
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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 Electrical Panel Location  Depending on what part of the Country, will depend on the location of the electrical panel.  Many times I have relocation families coming from the East, and they are ALWAYS shocked to see our electrical boxes are located on the outside of the home.    About 90% of the ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   A while ago we had a call from an agent about a property we had listed...."Are you a Buyer's agent or a Seller's agent?" we asked.....She replied ..."I am the agent who wants the transaction closed successfully."   I loved her....and both Buyers and Sellers lived happily ever after.  You have ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Waiting, Waiting, and More WaitingPatience Is a Virtue for Buyers in Real Estate Many of us don’t like to wait. Some are more tolerant of waiting than others. We wait in line for food, or paying for groceries, or to return an unwanted item at some retailer. We wait on the phone, or wade through s...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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Pending Sale ~ Estates of Brentwood in NW Austin, TXAnother NW Austin, TX home is now pending in the Estates of Brentwood courtesy of Dorie Dillard with Coldwell Banker United Realtors®.My buyers came to me from my online presence.  I interviewed with them and explained the home buying process an...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Why Won't She Call?Several weeks ago I made plans to go to San Francisco.  The minute I booked my hotel online, I received an inquiry in my email box from a prospective client who lives in . . . of all places,  San Francisco!I replied and mentioned my trip and suggested meeting up while I was dow...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Crystal Beach Florida is a lovely place to live and play directly along St Joseph's Sound and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Zoned for A-rated schools, including Palm Harbor University High School and Ozona Elementary, Crystal Beach has NO traffic lights and no businesses in our smal...