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 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 Sing Pappas, APEX Team
(Weichert, Realtors - Palmetto Coast)
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Carl Joye, Apex Team Real Estate - What really makes Apex unique?I’m Carl Joye, Broker in Charge of Apex Team Real Estate in Port Royal, South Carolina serving all of the Lowcountry in Northern Beaufort County from the beaches to the bases. I’ve lived in Beaufort all of my life and have been in h...
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 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 Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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When it comes to Real Estate choices. Few people are really sold on a particular home. As we say in the business...there is no "PUURFECT" house. Well....i say there is. How you ask? Clearly every home has something you would envision different the day you move in. BUT>> not when you build your ow...
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 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 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 Amelia Robinette, Education, Innovation, Service
(NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty)
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 I met with some wonderful new clients last week. They’re excited, motivated first time buyers, I feel like I could have pushed them into writing a contract if I directed their excitement and got them involved in the art of the deal.But, something told me they weren’t ready. They were kind of all...
By Evan Ryan
(Buy and Sell Group)
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 PRICE REDUCED! Springfield, MO  Listed For: $89,900 MLS #: 60036266 Completely Remodeled and Updated Inside and Out! This House is located on a Large Corner Lot, and has Great Curb Appeal. The Owners did a Truly Great Job Remodeling this Home, and were awarded the North Springfield Betterment Aw...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Buyer FAQ #1: Pre-Qualification vs. Pre-Approval  In the market today, many things have changed when purchasing a home.  Especially since 2008.  There are much tighter requirements for lenders, appraisers, and underwriters when determining who is eligible for the best rates and loan products.   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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Under Contract - Anthology - Parker CO 80134     It only took two days for the RIGHT BUYER to fall in love with this property.   A REALTOR is the buyer, and they are looking to close in a couple of weeks.   With this property being only a few years new - the inspection was pretty clean.    This ...
By Kim Liew
(Century 21 M&M and Associates)
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Walnut Creek, CA Active Homes for Sale as of 10/7/15 Are you looking to buy a home in Walnut Creek, CA? You're probably wondering how much are the homes selling for in Walnut Creek, CA ? How long does it take to see homes in Walnut Creek? Before you start driving aimlessly around Walnut Creek, CA...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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5 Top Motivators for Buying Now DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 01, 2015 Please click here for original post. What are the main drivers in today’s home-buying decisions? Realtor.com® sought to find out in a recent survey of active house hunters taken this June and July through the BDX ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com Another Guest Bath Remodel- The blue just had to go and an upgrade was definately needed. Before we commenced construction, our Realtor did a walk through and analysis of the local market. She provided factual input to the Owners to address what must be done to maximize ...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
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Congratulations! Whether you are moving to Atlanta from another city, another part of Atlanta or it's your first home purchase, you probably landed here because you wanted to know more about....Midtown Atlanta Condos For SaleFirst, it might help you to know the difference between types of buildin...
By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
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 Request More InformationSchedule ShowingMortgage CalculatorPrintable Flyer Listing MLS # 568366|  $350,0002 Bedrooms |1 Full Baths  Address: 186 Jasmine StCity: Plantation KeyState: FlZip: 33050Subdivision: Plantation Key ColonyGarage: out door parkingSchool District: Monroe CountyElementary Sch...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
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Venetian – is a sprawling complex on Nobel Dr several blocks long. This was a condo conversation developed during the 2003-2004 boom years. The floor plans are predominantly 2 stories, many units come with 2 parking spaces and the hoa fees have long been modest compared with other condo complexes...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR-Buyer Specialist
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
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 Potomac Shores is full of activity as the Fall Market approaches. When driving through Potomac Shores you come to realize how strong new homes sales are this year. The reason is simple interest rates have remained low and well this destination community is being well received by buyers. As you d...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I done an inspection the other day on a house that the owner/seller attended. I don't mind that, I really don't, as long as they let me do my job and report to my client without interference. IMHO the seller should not be there, it can lead to uncomfortable situations and sometimes the seller fee...