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 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 John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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    A fan attached to a room’s ceiling is known as a ceiling fan. Like other fans, it is used to provide comfort for building occupants by circulating air within a room.   Fun Facts About Ceiling Fans An adult human cannot be decapitated by a ceiling fan, according to the TV show "MythBusters."  ...
By Margaret Hickman, REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS
(Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners )
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Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it make you wonder why?  Were you told you needed to come into the office before seeing the house?  Here are a few things for you to think about...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
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14401 Grandview Street, Overland Park, Kansas Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS | 5 (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4505 SQUARE FEET This home is being marketed exclusively by The Mowe...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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This is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’s open house page.   ...
By Christina Sanchez Hood, SiliconValleyHOODS.com | Luxury Real Estate & More
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Looking for a home in Mountain View, CA?  No worries, how about instead of searching those big box sites that contain somewhat accurate/not-very-accurate information, you take the time to connect with Christina Hood of #SiliconValleyHOODs to recive your personal Buyer Home Tour Report?Yes, there ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Great home buying points Every Realtor needs to read this and follow it to a T. Don't be a pop tart Realtor, pre qualify every buyer first! Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it m...
By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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120 Lila St. Steilacoom, WA 98388 Beautiful Steilacoom Home Live in this amazing home and walk to quaint downtown Steilacoom to dine in an outdoor cafe and take in the gorgeous views of Islands, Olympic Mountains and Ferries crossing the Sound. Interior Features: Family Room, Laundry Room, Pantr...
By Dianna Mandzuk, Dianna Mandzuk
(RE/Max Jazz Inc., Brokerage)
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OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY JULY 5 2-4pm 48 Mortimer Cres., Ajax    Lovely John Boddy home in preferred "Eagle Ridge on the Green". Spacious front entrance with classic columns and coffered ceiling in the combination front living room and dining room. Sunken family room complimented by elegant twin lancet...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Another Buyer Under Contract In Mason's Marival Condo Community!  Our buyers are under contract on a great ranch condo with a finished lower level in Mason's Marival at Weatherstone!  While Marival isn't a patio home community, it DOES fit well with a low maintenance lifestyle and that was import...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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Remember, there are things about the home you can easily change, and other things that are difficult to change, or cannot be changed at all.  Try to overlook cosmetic things such as paint color, wallpaper, and carpeting.  Most homeowners will want to add their own touch by redecorating anyway.  L...
By Cheryl Dukes Real Estate, Agent with Solid Source Realty South Fulton Atlanta GA RE License #274930
(Solid Source Realty, Inc.)
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CherylDukesRealEstate is pleased to present this beautiful affordable ranch home for sale 673 Ridge Way in the Stonebridge Woods neighborhood Lithonia Georgia 30058. Open House scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2-4pm. 673 Ridge Way Lithonia GA 30058 | Hits the Market at Bargain Price | $115,000 | Fo...
By Susan Buhr
(PDS Real Estate)
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 Layout, mayor systems, structural, water leaks, old paint, location, home owner association, neighbors, odors, noise, basements resale value. Link details  
By Sandra Jarock
(Metro Brokers The Brian Petrelli Team)
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What does a Cinnamon Roll as our craziest food say about Coloradans?  Well essentially many things we are traditional and if we are going for it we are going all the way, warm that bun slap on the icing and indulge.  Seriously take it all in and indulge we have all the outdoor activities to work ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Washington State weighs in on Receptacles in Cabinets Under Sinks.  Wenatchee Home Inspections This has been a topic of discussion about receptacles under kitchen sinks between me and a few inspector and electrician friends. I even called the state head electrical inspector on this exact subject ...
By Jack Lewitz
(IL Real Estate Specialists)
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 I applaud the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Rights to Marriage. With that decision the LGBT community is not only given the right to marry but now can share in owning real estate together.Real Estate Deeds transfer Title from Seller but a buyer must choose how to take title. What kind of Title i...
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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Lake Park at TraditionFind Your Place in a celebrated new lifestyle!     Lake Parc, the new Minto community located in Tradition is breaking ground. There are 2 bedroom plus den villas and  3 bedroom homes slated for the new development and many beautiful home sites to choose from. They include p...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*** ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL***Maricopa 2 Story Home for Sale w/ Heated Pool in Cobblestone Farms$259,90044222 W Copper TRL Maricopa, AZ 851394 Beds/ 3 Baths3208 SqFt Active / 5247238  Gorgeous 4 bedroom/3 bath home located in desirable Cobblestone Farms. The oasis of a backyard is surrounded b...
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...