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 Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Garrett Park Marylandan easy commute to downtown Washington DC     Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge specialize in evaluating properties. We work with home buyers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Where you work shapes where you live. We help home buyers determine the best property ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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NEW LISTING - City Park Denver CO  80205  This brand new listing will be available for showing Friday,  July 31st and am sure this will be a HOT listing.    This is the strongest blocks in City Park, and the home has been completely remodeled. 3227 Fillmore St.Denver, CO  80205$420,000 Located ju...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Buying a home takes preparation and commitment. Nicole Doty Broker and Owner of Zion Realty in Gilbert, AZ makes 5 excellent points of what buyers need to be ready to commit too in order to be successful in their home purchase. If you’re considering buying a home and aren’t ready for these steps ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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7774 Lake Shore Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$459,500 MLS #PM-18020 Click here for details on this Lake Front propertyLake Front Chalet ''Country Cottage'' with spectacular view of the lake with 86' of lake frontage in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Caution when buying a Fixer House! Remodeling has its challanges…. Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects |  Caution when buying a Fixer! Remodeling has its challenges: Patience, Money and good Planning make it easier!Often time you hear someone saying I wi...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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 Should I Buy A Corner Lot For My New Custom Home? The popularity of corner lots goes all the way back to the days of the horse and carriage. Homeowners would pay a premium for a lot where the barn, animals and the unpleasant odors were away from the main house. Now, years later, that rumor still...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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 If you want to check out a number of options for a new place to call home, the Heritage Bay Naples Florida homes for sale can give you that opportunity.  The community could become even more attractive in your mind if you like to play golf, as this is a “bundled golf” development where a golf me...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  I WAS THIRSTY While showing houses to buyers I was feeling hot and thirsty. The weather has been hot in North Dallas. Then I saw this cat and my heart began to understand what it must be like for animals who are left outdoors during showings. Many can't go indoors where it's cool. They can't ev...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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4 bedroom home for sale in Charlotte NC, listed at $150,000. Take the ChoiceCarolinaHomes YouTube video tour of this lovely, well-kept four bedroom, 2.5 bath home, complete with community swimming pool and picnic area in the northeast Charlotte subdivision of Brawley Farms.Video Tour - 7815 Shiny...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  When looking for a new residence sometimes the search can be generic, while at other times quite specific.  The Naples Florida homes for sale for $500,000 in a golf course community is an example of one of the latter, especially when targeted at single family dwellings.  Considering the area's ...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners are pleased to share this 5-Star Review  from one of our favorite clients, who was a first time home buyer needing a lot of encouragement and hand-holding through the process. (It is nerve wracking to buy your first home, even under the best of circums...
By Alexander Landman, DFW Real Estate Broker
(Apartments Rent Rebate Inc)
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3 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath home, two story, located in an established community near restaurants, shopping, Sharyland Schools and the Expressway. Home has an enclosed courtyard in the front and a private, gated, spacious backyard. The home has been freshly painted and ready for your family to mov...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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It is important to get your FICO score up to qualify for a loan and sometimes the higher your score, the lower your interest rate. 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House Quicker   1. What is the first thing you should do? Start Saving money and cutting back slightly on frivilious expen...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Monday Morning Surprise The week started out with a pleasant Monday morning surprise when the Spring Hill community manager of Adams Homes, a local builder, stopped by the office to see me and delivered cake and wine as a thank you for a recent new home sale.   Since inventory of resale homes is ...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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  Pflugerville Texas - Spacious 0.261 acre lot HUD owned home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 1,630 square feet, 1 story, in Settler's Meadow subdivision. Built in 1999 by Pulte Homes. 4 sides brick. Fireplace. Kitchen Island. Master with garden tub, separate shower, double vanity, and walk-in ...
By Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
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ATTENTION my first time home buying friends...This is a phenomenal post written by Kristin Hamilton, a fellow Activerain Blogger!  If you are even CONSIDERING the idea of becoming a homeowner, do yourself a favor and take a minute and read this... 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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***Arizona Pool Homes Special! *** Corner Lot Pool Home for Sale in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado    $339,90043216 W MCCLELLAND DriveMaricopa, AZ 85138 5 Beds / 3 Baths 2861 SqFt of living space Active / MLS# 5304358   Corner Lot Pool Home for Sale in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado   This ex...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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JUST SOLD 165 East 60th Street #2C One Bedroom Co-Op ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATHROOM $875,000.Convenient Upper East side location! Well layout and spacious one bedroom apartment with ten foot ceilings, wood burning fireplace, and south facing paned glass windows. Detailed bedroom with two beautiful beve...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Golf Course Lot Home for Sale w/ Pool in Rancho El Dorado42371 W BRAVO DriveMaricopa, Arizona$358,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 2900 MLS: 5310703    Rare Hacienda ''BOLLINGER'' model with pool on oversized premium lot located on 18th fairway ...