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 ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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So, here's the quiz to see if you're cut out for Luxury real estate in Weddington, North Carolina. 1- Do you like nice things? Really nice?2- Do new, nice things appeal more than old, nice things?3- Would you rather have a NEW luxury car or an old one?4- Do you have a Dream Home in mind? Do you (...
By Heidi Brautigan, Real estate agent in Bell County
(Vista Real Estate)
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One of the most challenging aspects of being a military spouse, aside from deployments, is relocation.  It's a responsibility all duty members face, and can be a difficult process when they don't know the area or anyone there.  Fort Hood is the largest military installation in the world, so to sa...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Geranium Ground Cover IMG 5027 Geraniums for ground cover are a good selection in Kentlands, our home community within the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. I like to photograph the tiny flowers but it does take a steady hand.“Hardy geraniums are a great ground cover plan...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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Houses for Sale in Waterford, Venice Florida   Another house for sale in Waterford, Venice Florida with pool located in a pet friendly, Waterford golf course and gatedd community at 1541 Waterford Dr. was just sold by Kwee Huset of Kwee Huset Realty  This bright and open floor plan pool home is g...
By Benjamin Mathis, Inspiring the uninspired
(Keller Williams)
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Home Buying can be an extraordinarily daunting task, especially if it’s your first time. But, wait you say. Dating isn’t as complicated as home buying.Really?You have dated someone before, haven’t you? It’s the epitome of confusing. Your first date resembles something out of a detective novel, as...
By Rekha Vyas
(Keller Williams Realty of Brevard)
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Open House Saturday, Oct. 10th 2015 from 2pm-4p1367 Meadow Lark Dr, Titusville, FL 327804 Bedroom, 2 Bath, MLS 735047, $185,000http://www.propertypanorama.com/instaview/spc/735047 ENJOY THANKSGIVING IN YOUR NEW HOME! This captivating home is on a corner lot in Laurel Run at Meadowridge. Open floo...
By John Grieco, ION Properties
(ION Properties)
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 Photo courtesy of  Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Olympia isn’t just the capital of Washington state: It’s a family-friendly enclave offering up a great food scene, thriving arts & culture community, outdoor recreation, and affordable homes.Here are a few reasons why you should ma...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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 Looking For A Real Estate Agent in Flatbush Brooklyn      As of October 12th, 2015 there are  36 residential one family Flatbush & East Flatbush Brooklyn homes for sale on the Brooklyn MLS with asking prices ranging from $225,000 to $1,349,000 and 49 Multi family 2-4 family East Flatbush & Flatb...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 It was  our very great pleasure and honor to be referred to another generation of buyers and begin our journey with our consultation. We knew the actual purchase could not be made until their lease was up...some months away.  They wanted to know how oculd they best prepare to be first time buye...
By Kathleen Turner
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Great for a growing family and it's move in ready!
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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418 N Northwest HWY Park Ridge a new listing offered for sale by Noah Seidenberg of Coldwell Banker. This 3 bedroom and 3 bath Bungalow is now listed at $349,900. Charming Park Ridge Bungalow! 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom and 3 Car Garage! Just walking distance from uptown, parks, library and the Metra ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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New roof? Just need a can opener to finish. Wenatchee Home Inspections. In the world of home inspections you often get to scratch your head and go… okay!Government issue roof installation tool. While performing the roof inspection I come to one of the  bath vent hoods and it looks like the instal...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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  Gilbert Stunning Ranch Home for Sale in Val Vista Lakes $359,999 1700 E LAKESIDE DRIVE Unit 51Gilbert AZ 85234 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3 Square Feet:  2780 MLS: 5324691  Located in the exclusive & gated community of Breckenridge Bay, this stunning home is minutes from tennis, swimming, racquetba...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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When the sellers are ready to sell home, they want to 'improve' the looks and feel of the home.Do they know there are some 'no-no's?Here's an excellent post from Noemi Cardoso on what sellers should not 'waste' money on. Print Reddit Pocket StumbleUpon Tumblr By Jamie Wiebe   OK, we’ve said it ti...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Let us know what is important to you regarding your real estate property search and we’ll help you find it. Our staff of knowledgeable and experienced Realtors are dedicated and ready to assist you in the home buying or selling process in North and Central New Jersey, especially in Somerset, Morr...
By Roy Giordano, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
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2 Bedroom Condo at Covered Bridge, Manalapan NJ        Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 Just listed by Roy Giordano. 17 F Pine Cluster Cir, Manalapan NJ. Offered at $139,900  17 Pine Cluster Cir #F. Excellent location, walking distance to club house and easy access to Union Hill Road. This lovely Condo...
By The Harris Group, Your Kansas City North Real Estate Experts
(The Harris Group)
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Best location in Amber Lakes! Large corner lot. We have your outdoor activities covered, literally, with a covered deck and a covered patio. Pamper yourself with a private, luxurious master suite on the top level. Dark wood floors and beautiful granite with breakfast bar. Kitchen overlooks famil...
By Evelyn Santiago, Managing Broker Heart Realty Group, Inc., Passionate About Real Estate & Our Clients!
(Heart Realty Group, Inc..)
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Kendall county despite it's growth during the early part of the century is basically a rural county full of farms for mostly corn and soybeans.  The equestrian lifestyle though is another choice for many of its citizens and currently there are 30 properties in Kendall that are horse friendly. Fro...
By Enrico & Monica Roselli, 12 Years of Experience
(Realty World South Florida)
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I Want To Lease With Right To Purchase! Click Here   Home Partners Lease With Right To Purchase Program-Call Us For Info! What is Your Home Worth? Riviera Isles Homes For Sale Sunset Lakes Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work The Roselli Team Real Estate Consult...
By Debra B Albert, PA, Ron and Debbie Make The Most of Your Move
(Keller Williams Realty)
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For those thinking of buying a home, this map is eye opening.  The darkest blue states average days on market homes for sale are there up to 30 days those states include California and Texas.  The next darkest blue including Arizona and Illinois have homes on the market averaging 31 to 45 days.  ...