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 Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz, Residential & Investment Properties
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
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 Largest Chandelier in the World at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Nevada. The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada located on Las Vegas Blvd has the 'Largest Chandelier' in the World.  If you have never had the chance to view the Largest Chandelier in Las Vegas Nevada, please put in in yo...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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I almost fell off my chair when my client uttered that phrase.  I had to do a double take and ask her to repeat it so that I was certain that I had heard it.  It was rephrased but the message was still there:  Like a car, one should never pay list price for a house.This initiated all manner of th...
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 Coldwell Banker RCI Realty Bozeman, Montana
(Coldwell Banker RCI Realty)
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Buying a home is an exciting time.  It can also be stressful and confusing, especially if you are buying your first home.  We asked our agents for their best advice to first time home buyers to help ease the process.  Here are the top ten tips we got…1.  Get your own RepresentationDon’t use the l...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Dreaming about owning property? Dream BIG!Ten Tips to Owning Property  Why not? I've always been a believer in dreams. Having them, shooting for and making  them come true. Build foundations under them and dreams CAN come true. Here are ten tips to BUILD A FOUNDATION to owning property.   1. Make...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
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Whether you are thinking of buying or selling a home in Los Angeles with its extremely low inventory, you will need to pay attention to the value of comps, or how the list price of a home is calculated. I am sure you have heard the term "comps" bandied about. Comps are comparison properties, and ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A closet case or not? Defining the Bedroom.Wenatchee Home Inspections This comes up often in many forums and discussions. I even recently had a discussion with a very good builder I know.  Like so often I hear “Closet” attached to the defining a bedroom. Now I know many in the appraisal industry ...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
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You can Buy a Pre Owned Home at Top Dollar, we are in a Seller's Market, or Build A Home of YOUR own? You still have choices...                   Yep, it is still snowing, and more cold weather yet to come, and only 21 Days left before our Spring Real Estate Market starts!Buyer's with pre-qualifi...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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Great news for buyers, our 2016 buyers guide is up and online! Here at LUVA Real Estate, we know the process of buying a home can be overwhelming at times, but you don't need to go through it alone.You may be wondering if now is a good time to buy a home...or if interest rates are projected to ri...
By A List Properties of Keller Williams Realty Experts from Beaches to the Mountains, A List Properties - San Diego Neighborhood Experts
(www.WhereToBuyInSanDiego.com 619.316.7445)
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The average house on the market in Lemon Grove has been sitting there for over 40 days. We went into escrow in half that time. Don't sit on the market. Call Us at 619-316-7445 so we can get you where you want to go in 1/2 the time.   Pending Sale Virtual Reality Walk Thru Property Video Descript...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
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By Jamie Wiebe   Knowing you want to buy a home is one thing; knowing what you can pay for is quite another. Too often, dreams and reality collide: You’re yearning for a four-bedroom Colonial, but your wallet can handle only a two-bedroom bungalow. So how do you filter the myriad options out the...
By Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality
(Keller Williams)
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Here in South Orange County, we have several new communities popping up.  Locally we have Baker Ranch, The Oaks at Portola Hills, Skyridge in Mission Viejo, Camden Square in Foothill Ranch just to name few.  This is good, as resale inventory is very tight.   However, it is also an area that Home ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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5707 Blendon Valley Dr, Columbus OH 43230   PROPERTY DETAILS $128,000 LISTING INFORMATION Bedrooms: 2Full Baths: 2Sq ft: 1111Lot Size: CondoStyle: RanchGarage: 1 Car - AttachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $2298.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Fabulous find in this 2 bedroom, fully renovated condo. The layout ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Gayle does a terrific job here outlying the issues associated with achieving the dream of homeownership, whether a new buyer or not. And for those of us who help buyers archieve their dreams this speaks loudly to the important tasks, and decisions, that must be accomplished to make this dream a r...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 Sunday! The day to relax...or work...if you're a real estate professional. But I don't mind, I love what I do. I'm going to be working today, or at least this morning. I will be meeting a new couple who are looking to buy their next home.I love that!I have had people ask me if I mind working on ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$225,000 MLS #PM-31775 Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining room with sliders t...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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A Home Buyer with a puzzled look asked how they would know Which Manchester NH area would be RIGHT for them? They have been looking at homes for 3 months with another agent and today they came to the realization they needed a new agent. When meeting with a new buyer the standard starting questio...
By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Kirkland Condo_WOW price is only $265,000 for 3 BedrmThe lowest price 3 Bedroom Condo in Kirkland and it is move in READY!New carpet and paint welcome you home. The living room has a cozy wood burning fireplace. The dining room has built-in buffet, pass through to the kitchen and a slider leading...