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 George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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 Pflugerville Texas - Executive level HUD owned home located in the high demand Blackhawk golf community. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 3,147 square feet, on a large 0.212 acre lot. Built in 2008 by Centex Homes. Covered patio. Security system. Water softener. Crown molding. Recess lighting....
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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3306 Hoback Ave in Gillette WY is a wonderful Executive Townhome with an amazing floorplan! This home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and almost 1700 sq feet of finished space! Main level living is an added bonus, and all appliances stay; even washer and dryer!This Gillette WY home in Sawgrass E...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Price Adjustment in Danbury Forest Subdivision Springfield, Va 22151Reduced: 5444 Calvin Ct Springfield, Va 221515444 Calvin Ct is now offered for $385,000. There is so much value in this charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath townhouse located in the popular Danbury Forest neighborhood. Kn...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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We all know there is rarely ideal house in the re-sale market.   Perfect homes are usually custom built although perfect can still be limited by budget.  In the current Brevard County, Florida residential market sales are growing while inventory is not keeping pace with the resulting rise in pric...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com What Size Garage Will I Need For My New Custom Home? Sound like a straight forward question but things are different here from other parts of the Country. As I mentioned in my ‘Florida basement chapter”, Central Florida Homes come without an actual basement under the hou...
By Charles Gaulden, Military Relocation Specialist & New Home Buyers
(Duval Realty of Jax)
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Can you use a FHA 203k loan or a Fannie Mae conventional renovation loan on a multi-unit property? YES! You can renovate 1-4 unit properties with both FHA 203k and conventional renovation loans. The renovation loans also allow you to convert a SFR to a multi-unit and a multi-unit back to a SFR as...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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I inspected an estate sale property recently where I found the B-vent flue pipe misaligned on the water heater and actively discharging carbon monoxide into the home.  The Seller had recently moved into an assisted living facility.  All of her belongings were left behind as her family had not had...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Honeysuckle IMG 4573 Our home community is Kentlands, a very walkable neighborhood within the City of Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite area for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.The aroma of honeysuckle is...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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 Home Owners Associations can be a very positive and necessary component to a neighborhood. They ensure cleanliness of the streets and sidewalks. In some subdivisions that have common green belt areas, parks, and playgrounds, they are in charge of trimming trees, grass, bushes, and the upkeep of ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 24
Kentlands Photowalk: Thistle IMG 4602 Kentlands, in zip code 20878, is a planned neo-traditional community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite neighborhood for families moving to the Metro Area of the District of Columbia.When you t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 24
Kentlands Photowalk: Blue Ageratum, Mist Flower, Flossflower IMG 4662 Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community located within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland 20878. This is a very walkable community and one of the favorites for families being relocated...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Dahlia IMG 4998 This dahlia is from our Kentlands home garden in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. To obtain a blank background like this, simply position a sheet of paper behind the flower. It is fun to try different paper colors.Kentlands is a planned neo-traditional community ...
By Rain Silverhawk, 208-610-0011 Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate Realtor
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Congratulations to the Stroup family for their purchase of this 45 acre parcel.  I hope you have many wonderful years there.  Amazing 45 acre parcel of timber and gorgeous mountain views. If you are looking for privacy and beauty to build your dream home, this is your place. Additional acreage av...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 4
10711 Wildwood Way in Universal City TX is For Sale This four-bedroom home has two master bedrooms, one on each of the two stories. Located in Springwood, a gated community, in Universal City. This area is northeast of downtown San Antonio and very near Randolph Air Force Base. Springwood has ove...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 12
  I CAN SEE IT! They left the porch light on and it is in beautiful Austin Texas. Let's take a closer look.  Austin Texas market is on fire. Took buyers to see a home 3 days on the market while we were writing up the offer another full price cash offer hit the brokers desk. I am listing a home ne...
By Belinda Johns, Northern Virginia "Hometown" Realtor
(Exit Realty)
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GROVETON WOODS IS NOW SELLING!Call Belinda Johns to schedule at tour703-919-6289  Lennar is offering 6 unique duplex units in three different buildings. Located in Alexandria, VA in Fairfax County, Groveton Woods gives you the opportunity to experience the luxury and convenience of living nearby ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 10
Agents are not only wasting their time, they are not serving their buyer-clients if they don't have the financial talk before doing any showings. Agents are not only wasting their time, they are not serving their buyer-clients if they don't have the financial talk before doing any showings. Ideal...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 14
Kentlands Photowalk: Dahlia IMG 4992 This dahlia is shown in our home garden in the Kentlands community in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Kentlands is one of the preferred communities for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U...
By Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
(RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage)
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6100 Main St. South Uxbridge, Ontario The Doctors House The Property Virtual Tour   Feature Sheet    Information Paradise Found Nestled into the breathtaking Oak Ridges Moraine,  this unique 24.97 acres offers sun- dappled views through evergreens and hardwoods ... The Occasional heron landing o...