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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Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Custom Home? To tree or not to tree, that is the question? I know it's bad but I just couldn't help myself. I guess like most choices in life it depends upon your priorities. If you want to have an energy efficient home with lots of shade tre...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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6109 Chickasa Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $199,900 MLS #PM-10549  More Details About This Pocono Home----->Stunning chalet in Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, lower level family room/game room, upper level deck, propane fireplace, over sized kitchen cabin...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I've been working with a buyer for the past seven months. It seems like much longer than that actually since I was first contacted by this potential homeowner. She is a young, single mother who is putting herself through college. She is of Native American descent and would be the first of her gen...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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Rainy and stormy season can really put a hurt on the home owners and potential buyers. Water leaks can develop on your roof covering and structure resulting in issues with Mold development. Our experience this season in Gainesville has been extraordinary. The numbers of calls regarding water leak...
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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  Condos for Sale in St Kitts Naples Florida The local real estate market must always account for the high-rise condominiums of Pelican Bay, and the condos for sale in St Kitts Naples Florida are no exception.  This 22 story structure sits right in the heart of development as part of the Crown Co...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Anthem Homes for Sale - Henderson NV 89044 and 89052 - August 2, 2015Anthem offers a great selection of homes in one of Henderson Nevada's most desirable master planned communities. The development has regular, gated, guard-gated and active adult neighborhoods, plus some fantastic golf courses an...
By John Buetergerds, The Sarasota Suncoast Team
(The Sarasota Suncoast Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
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New Homes for sale in Greyhawk LandingGreyhawk Landing is an established, gated community, less than 4 miles east from the freeway. The community was developed in the early 2000's. However, it was not completely built out and buyers looking for new homes for sale in Bradenton have now different b...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Champlin Real Estate & Homes Sold July 27th-August 2nd, 2015Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858YOUR Champlin Realtor & Resident!Wow!! I can't believe it's August already!! Where has the Summer gone! Thank you for for visiting my, this is a weekly blog post geared to letting C...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Million dollar homes in million dollar Charlotte NC neighborhoods must include the Weddington, Waxhaw, Marvin corridor just south of our great city in Union County.  Skyecroft is one of them, for sure.  If you've been searching The Club at Longview, Providence Downs South, and Highgate, watch thi...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Under Contract- Idyllwilde - Parker, CO  80138  It was a joy to present an offer to these sellers!   The buyers are relocating from Houston and needed a quick close.    It is a joy to work with a Buyer's Agent that I have known and respected for years! Beautiful 2013 Village home that is absolute...
By The Harris Group, Your Kansas City North Real Estate Experts
(The Harris Group)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   JUST LISTED     323 Tamera Drive, Kearney, MO   Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews       The Harris Group   323 Tamera Drive Kearney, MO 64060   Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 3 full | List Price: $ Get Current Price | 0 square feet     If sp...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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When a Home Buyer makes an offer, how long should it take to get a response from the Seller? How long it should take and what happens in reality may differ. There are lots of factors that may affect the amount of time. First off it will depend if the owner is owner occupied, bank owned or a short...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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56 Wolf Creek Lane is a new construction home in Gillette Wyoming that does not cut corners and comes standard with many features others charge as upgrades! This Beautiful home built by Engrav Manion Builders in Gillette WY is fully complete and ready to move into now! Some of the standard featur...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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  With multiple offers being submitted on many homes in Denver this year, many times we are seeing the first offer does not get to closing.    Many buyers are writing on more than one home in hopes that one of their offers will "stick".   If the first offer crashes, the listing agent has to go ba...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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MultiGenerational Housing Solutions in East Clark County, WAEach week, we try to highlight a neighborhood, or a particular home style in Camas, Washington and the surrounding communities of Brush Prairie, Hockinson, Fisher’s Landing and Washougal. Today, we’re presenting the homes with dual livin...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Move-in-Ready Pool Home for Sale in Alterra South$188,000[Reduced Price] 44768 W  APPLEGATE Road4Beds/3Baths 2615 SqFt of living space MLS# 5258880 Check out the oasis in the back yard and the Pool that is 2 years old with Pool cover.  The pride of ownership shows in this home. Maricopa...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(LAKEVIEW REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. 909-273-4542)
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Lake Arrowhead with Lake Rights for under $200,000!!!! This cute gambrel has 3 Bedroom, 2.5 baths and separate laundry, along with two  sweet decks to enjoy the views. Cozy family room with its own deck.  Parking for two is level and near level entry. Three floors with a bedroom on the main and t...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County)
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It has been a fantastic summer... after taking a 10 day break to Florida to see family at the start of June, I returned to ENC ( Eastern NC ) with a full schedule and alot of buyers and sellers transitioning over the summer months. It has been a whirlwind but everything has been running smoothly ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Corner Lot Ranch Home for Sale w/ Pool in Rancho El Dorado 22376 N MULLIGAN DriveMaricopa, Arizona $219,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Square Feet: 1939 MLS: 5299975 This beautiful home is one of only a few single level, 3 car garage homes w/ a pool in all o...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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It is still raining - for the third week in a row! While tomorrow is supposed to be better weather, I think everyone around has a bit of cabin fever at this point. There were over 7 inches of rainfall in Tampa yesterday and it was worse on Saturday. My sister-in-law posted photos on Facebook of t...