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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Elia Drive   Branchburg, Somerset County, NJ Call for Price Style: Colonial Bedrooms: 4/5 Bathrooms: 2/3 Area: 3,731 SqFt. Contact: Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358   Contact: Jane Nicastro-Disch (908) 313-7180             PROPERTY DETAILS   New Homes with Master Bedroom on First Floor Many Options...
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 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 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 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 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)
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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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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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 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...
(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 Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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A Home Buyer demanded to be able to Offer what ever price THEY wanted on a new Listing of mine. There is certainly nothing that can keep them from making a lowball offer on this Manchester NH area Home. There is a "HOWEVER" though, that WHY would you make an offer that has ZERO chance of being ex...
By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Landon Homes)
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NEW HOME near Historic St. Augustine Room for a pool Overview Maps Photos Features Description Neighborhood $249,990 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 2,125 sqftYear Built: 2015MLS #: 154784 Location 117 Plaza Del RioSaint Augustine, FL 32084USA Marjorie Taylo...