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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 7
600 Enfield Road, Columbus OH 43209   PROPERTY DETAILS $125,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 216002924Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 1Sq ft: 1219Lot Size: 61 x 112Style: 1 StoryGarage: 1 Car - DetachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2214.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Nice quality home in a great Eastmoor location. First ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
  Buyers sometimes have long lists of things ...from the location to the lot size, number of bedrooms, style, updates, etc. on their wish lists when they begin their home search. Some items are more realistic than others...and some are just that...wishes.    We always work with Buyers as a Buyer...
By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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I was showing an older home to a young couple the other day and they saw the laundry chute and did not know what this feature was - it was very cool to tell them about features of an older home.  It made me think would it not be cool to bring back some of these features into new construction as a...
By Rosemarie Rivicci, Coming soon to a closing near you!
(Barbara Corregano Real Estate)
Comments 7
Four Bedroom Home for Sale Tottenville Staten IslandDeep in the Heart of Tottenville this Engineer's 4 Bedroom 3 Bathrooms 2800+ sq. Ft. home has tons of amenities with bonus footage. Completely renovated in 2014/2015 with New Anderson Windows, 50 Year Architectural roof, siding, gutters, liters ...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
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Mortgage bond prices finished the week near unchanged which kept rates in check. The data was mixed which did little to ease economic uncertainties. Personal income rose 0.3% versus the expected 0.2% increase which was not good for lower rates. However, spending was unchanged versus the expected ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 5
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   BACK ON MARKET !     This Beauty is Back on the Market !   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure       Search All Homes For Sale   616 N Hartwell Avenue Waukesha, WI 53186-5025   Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 full, 1 half | List Price: $ Get Current Pri...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 6
How many agents can a Buyer hire to help them buy a home? Well i can tell you 1 buyer who hired 4 of them. I got 4 calls from 4 different agents on my Manchester NH area new listing. Turned out it was all for the same buyer who hired 4 agents without any of them knowing they were not the only on...
By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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 Pensacola, Pace , Gulf Breeze Property Management, Housing starts surge 10.5% higherSingle-family housing starts rose 7.6% to an 8-year high, while multifamily starts spiked 18.1% following a decline the month before. Read more.Management $50. Monthly in Pace, Fl. 32571 with NO other charges or ...
By Olga Simoncelli, Broker-Owner, RE Consultant, Licensed in CT & NY
(Veritas Prime, LLC)
Comments 3
SUMMER RENTAL SEASON IS HERE CANDLEWOOD LAKE AREA, CT  Similar to the fashion industry, which always seems to be a few seasons ahead, the summer rental season for a vacation or week-end home in the Candlewood Lake area in Connecticut is here.  Just as you may not feel like shopping for winter boo...
By Ana Moniz, Broker Associate, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 6
New Bergen County Home for Sale*NEW LISTING* – 774 Tiffany Ave in River Vale – Gorgeous Custom built home with 4,300 sq. ft of living space on a beautiful street in River Vale. Perfect for the extended family! Please join me for a Super Bowl Sunday Open House from 1-4pm!! Send your buyers!Welcome...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 6
Where To Find Your Job Satisfaction - Do You Deserve A Pat On The Back? When a transaction closes, there is high excitement. The buyers will often shower us with thank yous and comments about how happy they are with their new home. It's tempting to want to pat ourselves on the back. We've done a ...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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Opportunity is here!  Newer colonial set back from the road in a quiet cul-de-sac in Lancaster with easy highway access and privacy!  Nearly 3000 sq feet with full master suite, open kitchen and great room with wood burning fireplace.   4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and upper level laundry room.  Full wa...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 4
When it comes to location, amenities, and lifestyle, Cooley Station is a highly sought after community situated in Gilbert, Arizona. While consistent residential and business growth has pushed new home builders further away from the center of Town, Cooley Station is perfectly positioned to take a...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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By Tamara Elliott-Deering
(Central Metro Realty)
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 House hunting is a lot easier today than when I was purchasing my first home. Back in the dark ages of the 1980's and 1990's you had two ways to see properties, attending open houses or working with a Realtor who had hard copy books of the MLS listings in their office. We got an idea of what was...
By Ed & Tracy Oliva, Arizona Agents
(West USA Realty - Arizona)
Comments 10
13859 N SUNSET Drive Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Come and visit this home! SLIDESHOW VIEW A VIRTUAL TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES Price: $1,095,000 MLS Number: 5349828 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 5.5 Fountain Hills Sunridge Canyon Mountain Views Pool & Spa Guest Casita Large Master Suite 3 car garage with stora...
By Joan Dickie, Keller Williams Premier Realty
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
Comments 10
Well, you are right.  This isn't California (as much as I wish it were during the winter months!).  But we still need to test your new home for termites if you are buying in La Crosse. La Crosse was founded on the lumber industry.  Logs from west central Wisconsin were brought here to be processe...
By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Comments 1
Awesome advice and good for any part of the country.  Exclusive Buyer's Agents like Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson will work hard for you and protect your interests. Go on a House Tour or Schedule a Home Inspection TODAY  Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast today for areas in and ar...
By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
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It's a happy day; you just got married to the person of your dreams. You're both extremely excited. The next step is going to be buying a house. Buying a new home is not as easy as you might think it would be. There are many steps involved in buying a house. Here are some of them; first would be ...