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 Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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When you decide that the time is approaching to put your home on the market, you probably take special interest in exploring the conditions that are likely to motivate families to buy your Henry County house. Most of the research on the subject indicates that it has at least as much to do with 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 William Bodouva, Jr, 2014 & 2015 TOP PRODUCER ABR CIPS SRES E-PRO...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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CONGRATULATIONS MISSY & ALEX!! It was my pleasure to assist you as my First-Time Home Buyer Clients, through the New Home Purchase Process. As your Accredited Buyer Broker, ABR and Transaction Coordinator, I was able to negotiate your Lowest Purchase Price with Terms that suited your specific nee...
By Tai DeSa
(Keller Williams Allentown)
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One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.- Henry Ford What are the risks in buying a short sale?Most short sales involve sellers who are financially struggling.  That typically means the seller cut back on main...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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San Gabriel CA Buyer-Represented Sale Pending    There were multiple offers submitted and my clients’ offer was chosen. Disclosures and reports have been reviewed and approved. Inspections have been completed. The appraisal came in at the agreed upon purchase price. The loan has been approved. Al...
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 Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Lowell Elementary School, Wheaton, IL - September 2015 About Lowell Elementary School Lowell Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 200, and is located at 312 S President St in Wheaton, IL. It services homes in Wheaton. Single-FamilyHomes11 Condos &Townhomes5 Foreclosuresfor Sale0 NewCons...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Mill Creek, Buffalo Grove, Illinois - September 2015 About Mill Creek Mill Creek is a subdivision of condos and single family homes built in the 1970's. Mill Creek is located in Buffalo Grove, Illinois on Old Arlington Heights Road south of Dundee. Average taxes in Mill Creek $4,529 Average asso...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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High Point, Hoffman Estates, Illinois - September 2015 About High Point High Point is a single family home neighborhood built in the late 1960's. High Point is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Hassel and Barrington Road. Average taxes in High Point $5,914 Average association fees in High ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Monroe Elementary School, Hinsdale, IL - September 2015 About Monroe Elementary School Monroe Elementary School is a P-5 school in District 181, and is located at 210 N Madison St in Hinsdale, IL. It services homes in Hinsdale and Oak Brook. Single-FamilyHomes63 Condos &Townhomes12 Foreclosuresf...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Homes for sale in McKinley Park, Chicago, Illinois - September 2015 About McKinley Park McKinley Park currently has 61 homes for sale with an average list price of $242,441. The average annual property tax for the McKinley Park area is $2,966. Average taxes in McKinley Park $2,966 Average associ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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2440 N. Lakeview, Lake View, Chicago, Illinois - September 2015 About 2440 N. Lakeview 2440 N. Lakeview is a co-op building in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. 2440 N. Lakeview is located 1 block north Fullerton Parkway at 2440 N. Lakeview. Average taxes in 2440 N. Lakeview $3,410 Average a...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Surrey Meadows, Streamwood, Illinois - September 2015 About Surrey Meadows Surrey Meadows is a single family home neighborhood in Streamwood, Illinois. Surrey Meadows is located on Route 59 just south of Schaumburg Road. Average taxes in Surrey Meadows $7,679 Average association fees in Surrey M...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Hampton in the Park, Roselle, Illinois - September 2015 About Hampton in the Park Hampton in the Park is a single family community located in Roselle, Illinois. Hampton in the Park is off of Flamingo north of Central and Rodenburg. Average taxes in Hampton in the Park $13,359 Average association...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Briarcrest, Long Grove, Illinois - September 2015 About Briarcrest Briarcrest is a single family home neighborhood built in the early 1990's. Briarcrest is located in Long Grove, Illinois on Route 83 south of Rotue 22. Average taxes in Briarcrest $17,110 Average association fees in Briarcrest $2...
Hawthorn Woods Country Club, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois - September 2015 About Hawthorn Woods Country Club Hawthorn Woods Country Club is a golf course community built in the mid 2000's by Toll Brothers. Hawthorn Woods Country Club is located in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois on Gilmer West of Midlothia...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Laurel Hill, Deerfield, Illinois - September 2015 About Laurel Hill Laurel Hill is a single family home neighborhood located in Deerfield, Illinois. Laurel Hill is on Wilmot north of Lake Cook. Average taxes in Laurel Hill $15,982 Average association fees in Laurel Hill $0 Average home size in L...
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School, Long Grove, IL - September 2015 About Kildeer Countryside Elementary School Kildeer Countryside Elementary School is a 1-5 school in District 96, and is located at 3100 Old Mchenry Rd in Long Grove, IL. It services homes in Buffalo Grove, Kildeer, Lake Zuri...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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One Museum Park, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - September 2015 About One Museum Park One Museum Park is a 62 story condo high-rise in the South loop neighborhood. One Museum Park is located at 1211 S. Prairie in Chicago, Illinois. Average taxes in One Museum Park $10,347 Average association fees in O...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Providence Village, Gurnee, Illinois - September 2015 About Providence Village Providence Village is a single family home neighborhood built in the mid 1980's by Landmark Homes in Gurnee, Illinois. Providence Village features 385 homes with many floor plans. Providence Village is a sought after ...