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 Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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Are you looking for the perfect horse property close to town with plenty of acreage? Then look no further than 63 Bomber Mt. Road in Gillette WY! This wonderful horse property offers 21.03 acres which is fenced and already set up for animals!  The barn offers many features including stalls, elect...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 32
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 Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  The single family homes for sale in Imperial Golf Estates Naples Florida might be a good place to start if you are in the market for a new residence in a gated golf community.  This could be especially true if you would like the variety of having two 18 hole layouts at your disposal, while stil...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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Buying a home is one of the largest investments most people will make in a lifetime. The house may be where buyer's children take their first steps and where his or her family bonds and relaxes. With so many memories under one roof, it’s important to protect that home with an insurance policy.But...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 16
There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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I recently got a call from a buyer asking me to "change" the closing attorney on the contract. So I did that, but not before I asked questions.  LOTS of question. I'd never heard of the attorney and when the buyers said this same attorney was handling a personal injury claim for a friend I was mo...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 9
SOMETIMES TIMING IS EVERYTHING.Thanks for the cartoon fRED.  It is a blast.One thing is sure.  The trust agent, in this case, the buyer's agent/broker can just hand over the earnest moneyOne of my referral partner brokers is working with a buyer who is trying to get out of a contract. deposit to ...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 3
 Fannie Mae has a limit of ten total mortgages with 20% down with up to 4 total mortgages. This includes your primary residence, a second home, or if you buy a duplex with only one mortgage it still counts that as two. Once you pass 4 then on the next 6 it is 25% down and more stringent requireme...
By Jeremy K. Frost
(Keller Williams Realty)
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OPEN HOUSES THIS SATURDAY & SUNDAY JUNE 27th & 28th FROM 1pm – 4pm!Fantastic cul-­de-­sac home in the stunningly beautiful gated community of Highpointe.Wonderful outdoor space with a covered front porch, balcony & huge backyard with a 30’x12′ master craftsman covered patio, fire­ pit, & waterfal...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
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Anyone San Diego home buyer who has viewed homes in Mission Hills, Bay Park, Talmadge or Kensington is thinking of buying an older home.But, are these older homes good buys? Considering that most of a home's components deteriorate with age, you may be not only buying a vintage home, but vintage p...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
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Idlewild Homes For Sale In Dallas TexasStreet View - homes for sale in Idlewild, Dallas Tx 75209  Access MLS homes for sale in Idlewild Ready for a new home, but need to sell your current home in the Dallas, Texas area first? Our team of specialists are active throughout the entire DFW metroplex....
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club Homes Vero Beach FLBarbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach                     GrandHarborVeroBeach.net     Grand Harbor Homes and Real Estate First Class, luxurious, inviting and neighborly. That's the heart of the Grand Harbor experience. Our pr...
By Soulutions Real Estate
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I help Active Military and Veterans buy Arizona homes.  Your unselfish service to our country is what drives me to provide the best in service to those who have protected our country at home and abroad.  Having been licensed in Arizona since 2000, I have helped many Veterans buy and sell there Ar...
By Pat Starnes
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
Comments 2
Homes for Sale in Castlewoods Subdivision, Brandon, MS Castlewoods Subdivision, one of the largest residential neighborhoods in the state, is home to over 2000 homeowners. The neighborhood surrounds a privately owned 18-hole golf course, Castlewoods Country Club. Located in northwest Rankin Count...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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1202 Farley Road   Tewksbury, Hunterdon County, NJ $875,000 Style: Townhouse-End Unit Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.1 Acres: 0.2   Contact: Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358   Or, Contact: Jane Nicastro-Disch 908-313-7180     CLICK IMAGESTO ENLARGE     PROPERTY DETAILS   Luxury town home for sale in Tewk...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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1602 W. Lovers Lane Arlington,Texas Could this be your next home?Three bedroom ,two bath home recently remodeled. This home offers canned lighting, cedar lined closet , big backyard with storage building. Home has hardwood floors home will be offered at $175,000.Love the big beautiful trees !!  O...
By Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties)
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 Buyer Advice: You Can Still Make A Backup Offer  I am sure that it does NOT come as a surprise to you that this gorgeous home located at 69 Murphy Farm Road is pending.  If it does surprise you --> it shouldn't. I had an agent call me to tell me that they had told their buyers that they needed t...
By Sarah & Les Oswald, Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
Comments 6
Happy Paper Trails everyone... If there is one blog you should read today...this one is it.Line by line we are brought to the dusty paper trails of the wild west road sometimes called money trail. Many have whispered the route, others have spoken about it, but none have given us the steps and dir...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 2500 SF, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom contemporary-style house located on a 6+ acre lot at Lady Slipper in Woodstock, New Hampshire.  This home features; stainless appliances, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, loft, master bedroom with master bathroom en-suite (including whirlpool tub...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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3300 SF, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom Adirondack-style house located on .35 acre lot at Riveredge in Lincoln, New Hampshire, with 150' on the Pemigewasset River.  This home features; security system, kitchen with granite counter tops, custom cabinets & pantry, tile & hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings,...