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 Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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When you tour 16 houses in a day, you see a little of everything. Most home buyers are choosing to purchase homes that are previously owned. The wall color, kitchen cabinetry and counter tops, flooring and carpet may not be your top choice. Buyers may choose a home without saying,  "This home is ...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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   A lot of people in our office think Stansbury Park UT is the best place to buy a home along the Wasatch Front. A couple of the biggest advocates of Stansbury real estate are Chris and Berna Sloan in the Group1 office. I noticed that most of their blog posts were pretty generic, and even though...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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  Are You Thinking About Buying a New Construction Home? Q: Should I just go to the builder myself or do people use Realtors to buy new homes? A: STOP, WAIT, DON'T START THE CAR! It's absolutely in your best interest to hire a buyer's agent experienced in New Construction homes BEFORE you start v...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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 If you want to find a new home in Lake Point UT, this is a good place to start. I don't mean just a new home to you, I mean " new construction homes". Homes that are either spec homes for a builder or a house being built. There are 12 of those being built in Lake Point today, with an average pri...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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  Complete remodel and update. Granite counters. Glass tile back-splash. Stainless appliances. Ceiling fans. Large bedrooms. Master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Mature trees. Quiet street. Fireplace. Open floor plan. Recent roof, laminate floors, hardware, fixtures, and lighting. Gas...
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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  Park Shore Naples Florida Single Family Homes For Sale   The Park Shore Naples Florida single family homes for sale could be one of the first topics for discussion when the subject of where to look for a new place to live to get the real feel of the local lifestyle and without the restrictions ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 1521 US Highway 42 N, Delaware, OH 43015   PROPERTY DETAILS $251,000LISTING INFORMATION  Bedrooms: 4  Full Bathrooms: 2  Half Bathrooms: 1 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION 3+ acre, cape cod home in Delaware with spectacular dormer windows, a fenced yard, 2 car garage, and large wrap around porch with a lar...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Open House Sunday Aug 2, 2015 Silver Spring Maryland 2090615929 Mount Everest LnHours 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm · Over 4,000 square feet interior space· Open concept floor plan and hardwood floors· 5 Bedrooms / 4 Full Bathrooms· 2 Car Side Loading Garage· Large open living room, family room and spacious ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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Lake homes are a big lure.People will buy because of where they live and how far it is to get to the lake.The lake many times is a second thought.If you are going to buy a lake home or cabin...get on the lake and use it like you plan to when you buy.It could be an eye opener. Momma Loon on the ne...
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.  N...
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 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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Buying A Home, Is It Right For You? Is Buying a home right for you? It will most likely be one of the most important decisions you'll make and knowing if or when it's right for you can be key to your financial future. For some, buying a home can make financial sense in their twenties or as empty-...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 For first time Oklahoma City homebuyers there is not a clear cut winner as to what the best loan is for you, but I hope this video will explain advantages to each. FHA starts at a lower down payment of 3.5%, can use lower credit scores for qualification like 640 for a low interest rate, has larg...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Five County Summary A snapshot of towns and their school  report cards serviced by NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors   in Somerset, Union, Morris, Hunterdon, and Middlesex Counties of New Jersey. Somerset County NJ Towns A snapshot of the towns and their current school report car...
By Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
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ATTENTION my first time home buying friends...This is a phenomenal post written by Kristin Hamilton, a fellow Activerain Blogger!  If you are even CONSIDERING the idea of becoming a homeowner, do yourself a favor and take a minute and read this... 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House...
By Lori Lincoln -Broker/Associate, Keller Williams Taunton, Rehoboth, Swansea, Fall River and surrounding areas, Success selling Taunton,Dighton Rehoboth and more
(Serving Dighton Taunton, Rehoboth and more!)
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 Single Family Home for Sale in Assonet: 67 Forge Road, Assonet MASearch current inventory in Assonet      Listing Details :Address: 67 Forge Rd. Assonet, MA 02702Price: Call for more informationMLS # 71856386Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2.5Square Footage: 1700 Call Lori Lincoln with Keller Williams Rea...
By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
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I Inherited A Home, Now I Want To Buy.  Am I a First Time Buyer?If you own a property (even if it is inherited) AND it is your primary residence, you are not considered a first time home buyer.  If you own the property but do not live there, you may still be considered a first timer.   If you cho...
By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers, Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities
(Long Realty West Valley)
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How's the market in Sun City Grand? It's July 2015 and the real estate market is doing exceptionally well in Sun City Grand! Just as hot as our Arizona temperatures!There are presently 108 homes for sale in Sun City Grand. Find Sun City Grand homes for sale on Arizona Multiple ListingThere are 57...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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I did an inspection recently on a home here in Albuquerque that was built in 1947. Of course, we all know what that means... many renovations and additions over the years. Most of the time it is painfully obvious and easily detectable when that has occurred. In this particular house, they added o...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Warren Township, NJ - 07059 - Real Estate Homes For Sale and Town Information  Web Page:   http://www.njestates.net/real-estate-warren-nj-07059    Click for AllTown Listings ...Warren Township is a township in Somerset County, New Jersey. It was settled in the 1720's and incorporated as a townshi...