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 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 Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
Comments 26
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 Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 1
479 Northwest Ravenswood Lane, Port Saint Lucie, FL Pending Sale Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 2158 SQUARE FEET Get the Sales Price! Search All Homes for Sale in Torino Area of Saint Lucie W...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 2
Beautiful Equestrian Property with acreage This magnificent country house is situated just south of Atlanta and North of Macon.With around 6 acres of land, beautiful private pool, as well as fantastic equestrian facilities, Riata makes the perfect equestrian home for you, your family and your ho...
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...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 2
LIST OF VICTORIA HOMES AVAILABLE TO MOVE INTO FOR THANKSGIVING! Do you need to find a home in Victoria to move into Quickly... Now and Before THANKSGIVING?? Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. This year it's on October 12/15 Good News, currently there are 63 Home...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com Should My New Custom Built Home Have A Circular Driveway? Absolutely! Sometimes it’s not possible depending upon the size of your lot and foot print of your home but I highly recommend it. Perhaps, one of the more annoying issues is with visitors that park in front of yo...
By Jill Murty, Realtor - Serving Orange County, CA
(PREA Realty)
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 Buying a Home with Leased Solar Panels?  What Do You Need to Know? You found the home you love.  You're ready to write the offer.   You turn to your Realtor and ask "What about the solar panels?"   I recently listed and and sold a property that had leased solar panels.  It added an interesting l...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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We all remember Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the twin quasi-public organizations who backstopped the home loan industry for the whole country. Freddie and Fannie were thought by some to be on the verge of extinction during the home loan crisis, but they revived when Washington stepped in. Freddie’...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 11
Newly enacted laws and regulations have undoubtedly reduced predatory lending activity. However, it would be naïve to think that problem has been eliminated entirely. The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) advises borrowers to keep an eye out for these signs of predatory lending: Exorbitant fee...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
Comments 14
 Your Agent Can Lose You The House, If They Don't Know-Move On I have a listing that is in escrow and I'm trying very hard to save the transaction. These are first time home buyers with a seeming inexperienced agent. The term "door opener" comes to mind. She's a very nice person...but doesn't und...
By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Homebuyer Eligibility Buyers must have a minimum FICO credit score of 640 and maximum 45% debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. Standard loan guidelines exist for qualification (i.e., adequate income, acceptable credit, and down payment requirement). All buyers must attend a homebuyer education course and...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 7
Affordable Homes for Sale Cedaredge, Delta...Del Ray Subdivision August 2015Nestled almost half way between Cedaredge and Delta, CO is Del Ray Subdivision. It's located just outside of the small mountain community of Eckert. The lots are larger with most of them starting at half an acre, and ther...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
Kentlands Photowalk: Clematis IMG 4613 Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community located within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. This very walkable neighborhood is a favorite for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC. White picket fence...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 13
For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista Lakes Homes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community. Our nine hundred acre "water-wonderland" consists of  four spacio...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 4
Chimneys, a large percentage of homes have them. They provide a means of exhaust for our fireplaces, and free standing stoves. They usually protrude through the roof, or on the side of the house that still protrudes through the eaves area of the roof. That is why it's so important that they be fl...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
Comments 12
The home that is under contract at 212 Beeston Fields is one step closer to closing.  The home inspection contingency was removed today!   This stunning home is located in Fords Colony.  Fords Colony has golf, tennis, swimming pools, a resort and much more to offer residents. If you are intereste...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Mckenzie, Wilmette, Illinois - September 2015 About Mckenzie McKenzie is a subdivision of single family homes located in Wilmette south of Lake Avenue and west of Green Bay Road. Average taxes in Mckenzie $12,188 Average association fees in Mckenzie $0 Average home size in Mckenzie 3,162 ft2 Ave...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 5
A Home Buyer demanded to be able to Offer what ever price THEY wanted on a new Listing of mine. There is certainly nothing that can keep them from making a lowball offer on this Manchester NH area Home. There is a "HOWEVER" though, that WHY would you make an offer that has ZERO chance of being ex...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Lake Forest Homes Huntsville AlabamaFor detailed information and photos about currently available Lake Forest homes, the following link is updated daily for the most accurate and latest details...click here Lake Forest Homes For Sale.  About Lake ForestLake Forest is a unique community offering a...