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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The four walls, floor and ceiling you call the Maine home, the needs change depending on the people living inside.Especially around the holidays. When all the leaves for the dining room table pin everyone to the wall. Or there is just not room for a table period.Or space. In other areas of the Ma...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, Va 22044 – Under Contract3100 S Manchester St. #239 Falls Church, Va 22044This one bedroom, one bath condo located in Woodlake Towers is now under contract. My clients located me online and were already pre-approved and ready to start touring. We toured #239 on ou...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Being in real estate, it’s probable that Henry County investment property popups hit my screen more often than yours. Nonetheless, I bet that every Henry County web user knows the phenomenon: you’re trying to accomplish something on the internet, and these ads keep bouncing up, doing their best t...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Thinking About Downsizing? Here’s What You Need to Know About Life in a Condo Thinking About Downsizing? Here's What You Need to Know About Life in a CondoThe shift from home living to condo life may seem like a minor one, but there are plenty of things that will differentiate your lifestyle othe...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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   SOLD 1408 RIVERSIDE ROANOKE, TX 11/24/2015 Home Ownership is a gift resulting from many sacrifices, dreams, desires, needs, and wants. In today's world of many entitlements, the dream of owning a home is the gift one gives thyself because goals are achieved requiring financial stability and ha...
By Roy Giordano, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
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Just listed! 5 Bedroom 5.5 Bathroom Colonial in Freehold NJ   Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 7 Risa Benjamin Way, Freehold New Jersey. Offered at $825,000. I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected by the owners to market their beautiful home for sale.  This home boasts 5542 Sq. Feet and offe...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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In Arizona, as in many state, recordation is the official close of escrow.  Lender loan funding is a critical step and absolutely necessary component of closing but recordation is the final step when ownership actually transfers.  Just because the lender has funded their loan does not necessarily...
By Hugh Willey
(Sun Realty NC)
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Get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea while you're enjoying the holidays on the beach, stop in and talk to the Willey Real Estate Group about purchasing a beach cottage of your very own. With reasonable home prices and low interest rates, now is a great time to buy! See more here: http://goo.gl/zCPxiN 
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL*  Maricopa Affordable Single Level Home for Sale in Tortosa   $124,90036484 W MONTSERRAT StreetMaricopa, AZ 851383 Beds / 2 Baths1369 SqFt of living spaceActive / MLS# 5333854   Maricopa Affordable Single Level Home for Sale in Tortosa Unique layout of this 3 bedroom...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Considerations When Making the Move from a Condo to a Single Family Home in Carlsbad California Buyers make the choice of living in a condo versus a single family detached home for a variety of reasons. It may be due to cost or perhaps a desired lifestyle. Either way, there are things to consider...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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This one caught my attention due to the significant variance in what is expected / required in different locations / states.  In Arizona we stay out of the way of the interaction between Buyer and Inspector, although review the report and options with the Buyer once the report is available.  We a...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Saxony Manor  Condos are located in Warminster , Bucks county in Centennial school district. www.centennialsd.org . People love to live in Saxony Manor   . I looked up trendmls today, 11-22-2015 for homes on the market in Saxony Manor . There is 1  active listing .The  list price is $124,900. The...
By Bob Baesmann, DFW Team Realty | 972-978-8800
( DFW Team Realty)
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Great information, thanks for the post! Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You?   Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the i...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 One of the best times to contract for a new construction Oklahoma City home for investment is November and December. First of all, builders are less busy in the 4th quarter and are more willing to make a deal for you. Secondly, the finish time will typically be March or April which is the beginn...
By Elyse Berman, Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
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CLOSED SALE at Santa Barbara in Boca Raton FL This lovely remodeled home on NW 24th Street, in the pet-friendly community of Santa Barbara in Boca Raton, Florida, closed last week. I represented the buyers. You can read their testimonial here.     This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 2-ca...
By Chris Gurnee
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15665 SE 43rd St, Bellevue, Washington Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 ¾ bath ) BATHROOMS | 1750 SQUARE FEET Classic split level home perched high above the street with 1750 finished s...
By Christa Ross, Helping you buy and sell Pittsburgh's Best Homes
(RE/MAX Select Realty - REALTOR and Green Homes Specialist)
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Is it a good idea or a bad idea to ask for a seller's assist when making an offer on a home?The best way to look at a seller’s assist is that it is real money to the seller. For example an offer of $370,000 with a 3% sellers assist ($11,100) is just about the same thing to the seller as an offer ...
By Arina Hanciulescu, RealtyPros
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Closing costs generally include costs required by lenders and other parties. Pre-paid costs and escrowed funds are often included in closing fees and are frequently mistakened as closing costs, although they are actually a distinct category. What are escrows and pre-paid expenses for Las Vegas ho...