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 Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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This past Sunday, there was an article in our Sunday paper which was entitled "As closing costs drop, you'd better shop around." It was written by Bankrate.com, and it basically stated the cost a borrower needs in order to close has dropped by 7% in 2015 over 2014. When I read the title, I though...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Sold and Closed in Ashburn Village in Ashburn, Va 20147Sold: 43987 Kitts Hill Terr Ashburn, Va 20147This three level 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse located in Ashburn Village is now sold and closed courtesy of Amanda Davidson with Living A Dream Real Estate. My first time homebuyer was a referral ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Honeysuckle IMG 4573 Our home community is Kentlands, a very walkable neighborhood within the City of Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite area for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.The aroma of honeysuckle is...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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When you decide that the time is approaching to put your home on the market, you probably take special interest in exploring the conditions that are likely to motivate families to buy your Henry County house. Most of the research on the subject indicates that it has at least as much to do with ho...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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By William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group)
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Upper Fulton Park Waterbury CT Home For Sale Overview Maps Photos Features Neighborhood $130,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,313 sqftLot: 0.14 acre(s)Year Built: 1927MLS #: W10075878 Location 43 Eldridge StreetWaterbury, CT 06704USA William James Walton Sr W...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Absorption Rate in Gilbert, Arizona July 2015 Real estate market data for Gilbert, AZ provided by Nicole Doty of  Zion Realty. What is the Absorption Rate when it comes to real estate? The Absorption Rate chart shows how long the current inventory of properties would last at the current rate of s...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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      College is just starting to get underway for the Fall Semester.  Not only are tuition rates rising, but so is room and board!  Buying a rental property during your child’s college years can not only replenish your college fund, it can be a smart retirement move and tax strategy.       Buyin...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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San Gabriel CA Buyer-Represented Sale Pending    There were multiple offers submitted and my clients’ offer was chosen. Disclosures and reports have been reviewed and approved. Inspections have been completed. The appraisal came in at the agreed upon purchase price. The loan has been approved. Al...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Phoenix ranks as sixth best U.S. real estate market but Texas dominates, from the Phoenix Business Journal, reports that Phoenix ranks sixth on a new national ranking of the best U.S. markets for real estate investments. Houston-based commercial real estate firm Situs RERC ranked 48 U.S. metro ar...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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I inspected an estate sale property recently where I found the B-vent flue pipe misaligned on the water heater and actively discharging carbon monoxide into the home.  The Seller had recently moved into an assisted living facility.  All of her belongings were left behind as her family had not had...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.comWhat’s All That Green Board I See On The Outside Of New Homes? All that green board you see on the outside of homes under construction is a relatively new product on the market called “Zip Wall”. Frankly, it’s a revolutionary! It’s a structural wall sheathing with a rubbe...
By Cheryl Daly-Benjamin, Associate Broker
(Realty ONE Group)
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A new construction home offers a lot of promise. It will give you the latest in technology, the most energy efficiency, new appliances, and, of course, built to the latest codes. Being the very first resident is another big benefit. Buying new construction is an exciting time but it's also one th...
By William Bodouva, Jr, 2014 & 2015 TOP PRODUCER ABR CIPS SRES E-PRO...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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CONGRATULATIONS MISSY & ALEX!! It was my pleasure to assist you as my First-Time Home Buyer Clients, through the New Home Purchase Process. As your Accredited Buyer Broker, ABR and Transaction Coordinator, I was able to negotiate your Lowest Purchase Price with Terms that suited your specific nee...
By The Elite Real Estate Group Sallie Wheeler, Shayla Mullee and Megan Stone-Maloney, Real Estate Agents serving the Houston metro area
(RE/MAX Fine Properties)
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Buying or selling a home seems to be a way of life for a lot of people in today's world. When you buy, you definitely want to get the most for your money. Many people think they can go it alone when it comes to buying or selling a house, and it's definitely true that some people are able to hand...
By Michael Beckham
(AmeriFirst Financial BUYorREFI Team)
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Have you fallen in love with the home of your dreams in Peoria, Phoenix, Surprise, Glendale, Sun City, Sun City West Arizona but the kitchen is an eyesore ? Don't let that eyesore ruin your dreams. Call today to find out about our FHA 203K & Streamline 203K program.The FHA 203K allows for Structu...
By Tai DeSa
(Keller Williams Allentown)
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One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.- Henry Ford What are the risks in buying a short sale?Most short sales involve sellers who are financially struggling.  That typically means the seller cut back on main...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Champlin Real Estate & Homes Sold August 24th-30th, 2015Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858YOUR Champlin Realtor & Resident!We're back...with another weekly report!! If you like reading these weekly updates and tips don't forget to like my Real Estate Facebook page (sharing i...
By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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 Are youlooking for a home located in white lake twp, mi? do you have a budget of about $150,000-$250,000? well you've come to the right place...... Here are just a few of the homes available in this area, in this particular budget range! I know! How Great is that, so go ahead and take a look at ...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Buying A Buckhead Atlanta Home - Let Technology Help You in the Process  When Buying a Buckhead Atlanta Home, Let Technology Help. We all have such busy days and so little free time, we need all the help we can get.  This post is not a promotional piece for the company mentioned in the video - ju...