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 Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Pace and Milton, FL
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
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Homes in Abernathy Subdivision Pace, FLSee all Homes for sale in Abernathy Subdivision in Pace, FL.  Is it time to sell?  Find out what your home in Abernathy Subdivision in Pace, FL is worth.Abernathy is an impressively splendid neighborhood that is centrally situated in North Santa Rosa County ...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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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 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 2
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 Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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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 Scott Gregory
(The Scott Gregory Team, Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast)
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2579 Hidden Estates Circle, Navarre, FL 32566, Exclusively Listed by The Scott Gregory Team 850-982-2039You will feel right at home in this beautiful 4-bedroom home that's in move-in condition. Welcome home to 2579 Hidden Estates Circle in Navarre.This listing is brought to you exclusively by The...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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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 Cathy Bradley, Converting Transactions Into Relationships
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8 Surprise Hidden Expenses for First Time Home Buyers So, you have signed on the dotted line, gotten the keys for your new first home and can’t wait to move in.  You have saved and budgeted for this home purchase and you think you are ready to be first time home owners.  This is wonderful news, b...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 17
Today we closed 100 E. Bellevue Place #25C in Chicago's Gold Coast. A top of the line 2 bedroom and 2 bath condo for $487,500. A gut remodel awaits it's dated interior and my buyer clients are just thrilled. They are excited to choose the new kitchen and room finishes. In one of the best streets ...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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2665 East 21st Street, Signal Hill, CA Coming Soon Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price2 BEDROOMS | 2 (1 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 1140 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Signal Hill Homes for Sale Signal Hill Homes for Sale ...
By Christa Hobart, East Valley Real Estate
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Horse Property for Sale in San Tan Valley, AZ Are you currently looking for Horse Property for Sale in San Tan Valley, AZ?  Click HERE to see a current list of Horse Properties for Sale in San Tan Valley, AZ You can also check out my website www.CherishYourArizonaHome.com or contact me anytime at...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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Denver Metro Area Rents Keep On Rising According to the Denver Post, the average rents in the Denver, Colorado metro area are rising at more than twice the national average.  In August, rents increased 6.9% as compared to the national average of 2.3%. The average two bedroom apartment in the Cent...
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 Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
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New Construction Homes in Wylie SchoolsFind current new construction in Wylie Schools  HEREWhy new construction in Wylie, Texas?Tucked between two expansive lakes just 35 minutes outside of Dallas, developers who ran out of land in other areas have discovered our quaint little town!  Wylie has la...
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...
(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 Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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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 Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
Comments 2
By Chris B Johnson Realtor,  Short Sale Options, Moorpark Short Sale , Thousand Oaks Short Sale, Simi Valley Short Sale,  Ventura County Short Sale, Ventura County Real Estate Market Updates Drought has brought California’s envied water distribution system to its knees, but not for lack of ingenu...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 3
With the collaboration of some of the most skilled new home builders in the industry we create elegant and distinctive luxury new construction homes in desirable neighborhoods of North/ Central New Jersey. Click For Complete Info on Our New Homes. http://www.njestates.net/real-estate/nj/luxury-ne...