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 Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Regal Classic Homes Building a home involves much more than picking a plan and finding the perfect location.  It is a journey, without the right guidance, expertise and commitment to the highest standards, it can be filled with stress, frustrations and runaway budgets.  Michael McGuffie, owner an...
By Debra B Albert, PA - Albert and Katona Real Estate Group - KW Port St. Lucie, FL, St Lucie MLS Home Search and Market Information
(Keller Williams Realty)
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3/2 Golf and Lake View Coming Soon The final touches are being applied to a 3/2 home on Somerset located in St. James Golf Club.  The development was built by Princeton Homes, known for quality construction standards and customer service.St. James Golf Club is a gated community that is built at S...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Purchasing a home for the very first time can be a joyous yet stressful event. Whether you've been a long time renter, or are a young millennial ready to spread your wings and fly out on your own, buying a home is a much more complicated process than searching properties on the Internet. Today's ...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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  The most recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 85 percent of major metropolitan areas saw an increase in housing affordability in the first quarter of 2015."The past two quarters have seen an improvement in affordability as mo...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
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602 East Greenway Drive, Tempe, AZ Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2104 SQUARE FEET Fabulous Tempe location - Minutes from ASU, Airport, Shopping, Freeways buses & downtown - Mo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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The Condo scene in Evanston is booming. One of the most popular areas we see people looking for property is the condos that are near the downtown area. You get everything within walking distance including the public transportation via the Metra and EL trains. You could be in downtown Chicago with...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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Chasing Unicorns – What's Keeping You From Owning a Home?When I list homes it is funny to watch the market patterns. Sometimes there is no Rhyme or Reason to things. Some weeks and weekends I have crowds coming through the homes. Other weekends the same homes are vacant only to see another wave t...
By Brandy Smith, Real Estate Agent (Homes By Brandy)
(Homes By Brandy Inc. Keller Williams Realty Partners Inc.)
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                                        Pride in ownership shines              Pride in ownership shines in this Olathe home. Wonderful family friendly neighborhood in the Olathe school district. This home features items you will not find at this price. Vinyl siding, HUGE SPA Bath, Hardwood and t...
By Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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Come home to this lovingly cared for Mediterranean close to the beach in Rio del Mar.  This well constructed home features a versatile floor plan and is situated on a quiet street in one the areas best neighborhoods. Just a few minutes stroll to miles of sandy beaches, this home boasts peaks of t...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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The Party House, Precinct 1, Dedham MA 02026. 375 Westfield Street is far more than a party house, but if you are throwing a party this house is hard to beat.  Whether you are raising money for your favorite charity, your child's school or just having some friends over this house is ready for you...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1950 SF, 4 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Farmhouse located in Campton, New Hampshire.  This house features; 7.35 KW solar-panel system, hot tub on back deck, efficient pellet stove, new windows laundry room, large attic, mudroom, pantry, bamboo floors and enclosed porch. Bonus; this house also comes with ...
By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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Every State in the Union has somewhat similar steps to home ownership... but they do vary slightly from State to State.  Here are the 10 major steps you cannot or should not avoid when buying a home in New York State:     1. Make a home buying needs and wants list...   2. Get preapproved to buy ...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
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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 One way to get a feel of how the local real estate market changes is to look at the single family homes for sale in Moorings Naples Florida.  The well established community, which features every type of residence from high-rise condos directly on the beach, to low-rise units on the Bay, plus att...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Are you an investor looking for multi family housing for sale in Arizona? Take a look for pictures and details.Are you looking for something larger, take a look at the 8th Street Apartments and Fitness Club in Thatcher, Arizona with 90 income producing units performing well after new unit constru...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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 For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@Century21.comForest Lynn Condominiums in Lynnwood. Location, Location, Location. You've heard it said when...
By Sonya Davis, Realtor, Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty
(Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty)
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This condo is located across from the bay and is the first street from the entrance of neighborhood. This is a ground floor unit, with two parking spaces, and a covered patio. There is also a community pool! As you walk in you will notice the many updates which include tile flooring, crown moldi...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The market continues to be a seller's market in many parts of the country.  If you are have lost out in a multiple bid situation before, you will find this post useful for the next time you fall in love with a property! If you are looking for a home in the DC metro area, Give the Lise Howe Group ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Cracks In Concrete A question that drives Builders crazy, why are there cracks in the concrete  slab of my custom built home? Consumers with little home building experience usually ask this question. It's many times delivered with an accusatory tone, as though the Builder has provided an inferior...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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THE RESERVEThe Reserve in Huntsville Alabama is a popular community on the west side of Zierdt Rd. and just a couple of minutes from the Redstone Arsenal's Gate 7. Click on the photo below of the entrance to the Reserve for a daily updated list of homes for sale.  NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICSAt the wr...