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 Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Paradise Valley, Arizona has the most expensive average price/sf for homes in Arizona. Characterized by 1+ acre estates many with views of Camelback Mountain and immediately to the east of Scottsdale are extremely desirable. Most homes are in the $1 million+ range. A buyer may want to consider a ...

By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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There are many articles about why listing a home FSBO (for sale by owner) is a bad idea - honestly I am more concerned with the buyer who goes in unrepresented  Many times both parties do not know the the full process. If you have not sold or bought a home in the last 2 years, so much has changed...

By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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Spring Valley Ranch Elizabeth Homes is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Elizabeth, and we are thrilled to announce our team's latest listing here.   5508 Harbor Town Circle Elizabeth, CO 80107 Spring Valley Ranch   $445,000!   4 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, 1/4 on Main floor Home!   Loaded with ...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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Stretching Your Loan Qualification?  Which Mortgage Is Best? Buyers will come to us, often after beholding the perfect home while out touring with their Realtor, and they will want to know the maximum amount they can borrow on a mortgage.  Perhaps they just intuitively realize that their dream ho...

By Jack Lara, "Jack Lara...Your Real Estate Advisor"
(Main Street Properties)
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Repackaged Waterfront Listing Perdido BaySeller now offeringHome on 2.3 Acres & 600 Feet of WaterfrontageFabulous natural waterfront living on the bay and a short boating excursion to the Gulf of Mexico.  The home has approximately 4,000 square feet of living area and includes a detached office. ...

By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
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Mortgage Rates Video Blog May 22, 2017Mortgage Rates hit the lows for 2017 last week as mortgage bonds rallied on news that President Trump's pro growth agenda may be harder to implement than previously thought.  The stock market took the biggest one day drop since September 2016 last which moved...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
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Home For Sale in Brambleton – 42642 New Dawn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia 20148Just Listed: 42642 New Dawn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia 20148 42642 New Dawn Terrace located in the Brambleton community in Ashburn, Virginia. This turnkey ready home was constructed in 2012 and has 1,892 square feet of liv...

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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2 Top lakes in Bloomfield Twp Mi!These lakes are truly great for you and your family. Bring the whole gang out on the water and spend quality time with one another. The different qualities both lakes bring to the table will surely spark some interest with you or possibly a friend looking to buy a...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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You have spent months looking for the perfect home. You found it, wrote an offer and it was accepted! You already provided your lender with your income and asset statements before you even started looking for a home, so you know you qualify. So what else do you need to do except wait for closing?...

By Casas De Maryland Asesores Inmobiliarios, ¿En Qué Podemos Servirle?
(Herboso & Associates LLC- Broker 240.426.5754)
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CasasdeMaryland.com Existe una variedad de programas de asistencia de pago o de enganche para ayudarle a comprar su casa. Especialmente para ayudar a los compradores de vivienda por primera vez. El problema que nosotros solucionamos para usted es de aplicar por esos programas que usted puede ser ...

By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Closing Costs When Buying or Refinancing a HomeThis is a detailed summary of costs you may have to pay when you buy or refinance your home. They are listed in the order that they should appear on a Good Faith Estimate you obtain from a mortgage lender. There are two broad categories of closing co...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
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  Co-ops and Condos For Sale in Brooklyn By Fillmore Real Estate Ave J Office  Co-ops For Sale in Old Mill Basin Brooklyn East 51st Street 3 Bedroom co-op for Sale $325,000  Spacious 3 Bedroom , 2 full bath  with terrace Old Mill Basin co-op for sale - featuring lots of closets, hardwood floors t...

By Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(The K Company)
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Once you are in the home buying phase and decide you want to purchase new construction, I have outlined 14 tips for you when it comes to buying new construction.   1.  Homework for You:   Look around the community Scout the neighborhood Drive by the area different times  Check out the builder rev...

By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
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*Photo Credit Lennar HomesWhy Do People Live in Coosaw Preserve?One of the New Home Communities in the Summerville area, Coosaw Preserve is a very popular new home development in Ladson.  Located on the Dorchester County side of Ladson, Coosaw Preserve is right off of Patriot's Boulevard.  This l...

By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
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Germantown MD | 5 Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Professional When Buying or Selling!At a local level in Germantown Maryland, buyer confidence remains strong with some changes that varies on the price level and what type of houses they are looking for. As you are aware, for most families, choosing...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale Arizona is where people want to live. What is not to like? Near resort hotels, multiple golf courses, Old Town Scottsdale, Spring Training,  Fashion Square Mall, top restaurants and miles and miles of bike trails and hiking paths. A updated townhome with a 2 car gara...

By Joe Gonzalez, Montgomery County FHA Jumbo Mortgage Pre-Approval
(GMH Mortgage Services LLC)
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Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders, Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits and weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.NAHB Housing Market Index Rises, Exceeds ExpectationsBuilder Sentiment ros...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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How to Buy a Carlsbad Home with a Pool andEnjoy the Carlsbad Outdoor Lifestyle  Buyers seeking a new home in Carlsbad are often interested in having a private pool, while others prefer a community one to avoid the maintenance issues.   Given the number of Carlsbad homes with pools typically on th...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
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Musings by Patricia Feager, 5/21/2017  RISK MANAGEMENTSomething you don't see everyday is buffalo. I shot this photo on Friday evening, May 19, 2017. I just left my clients who were driving their own car from a property we saw in Justin, Texas. One of her final words to me before we went our sepa...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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5699 Whispering Ridge Dr, Galena OH 43021   PROPERTY DETAILS $479,900 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 217016817Bedrooms: 5Full Baths: 4Partial Baths: 1Sq ft: 4695Style: 2 StoryGarage: 3Heat Source: GasTaxes: $10996.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION FANTASTIC VALUE in the 5 BEDROOM, 4.5 BATH home in Walnut Woods!...