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 Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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Do you love watching HGTV Shows like Fixer Upper or The Property Brothers? Are you addicted to going to Chartreuse in Frederick Maryland or  Old Luckett's Store in Lucketsville near Leesburg. Then you may just fall in LOVE with 15497 Golf Club Drive, Dumfries Virginia 22026                       ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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Buying a Home After Extenuating Circumstances: Get Started Early               Presently there are many people that previously suffered a Short Sale, Bankruptcy, or Foreclosure during the housing crisis becoming eligible to purchase a home once again ...      The waiting periods surrounding each ...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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Solera Diamond Valley in southwest Hemet has three homes ready for immediate move-in -- as of October 6, 2015. Solera Diamond Valley is a 55+ very active adult community that offers a wide-range of activities and amenities -- 23,000 sq. ft Community Recreation Center that offers media and game ro...
By Amelia Robinette, Education, Innovation, Service
(NoVa House and Home - Frankly Realty)
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 I met with some wonderful new clients last week. They’re excited, motivated first time buyers, I feel like I could have pushed them into writing a contract if I directed their excitement and got them involved in the art of the deal.But, something told me they weren’t ready. They were kind of all...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Choosing an inspector is just as important as selecting your real estate agent and new home. Think about it, your new home will be the largest investment you will make and you want a professional who is competent, professional, thorough and trustworthy. Sadly, too many buyers just go with th...
By Shanna Day Mega Team Leader (UT & AZ), Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ))
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American National Insurance Company was voted the best rates in Utah     Just thought I would share a little information about this company and this agent that I've been acquinted with for years...   Like   Comment   Share Comments Karl Norgren Shanna, if you or your prospect/client ever needs h...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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 How My Buyers Achieve Their Dreams - My ProcessIn this stage, we are seeing homes in person. Before each showing I try to reach out and speak in person with the listing agent. Gather as much information from them as possible. I always check the tax records for information on taxes and mortgages....
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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213 Vestavia Drive, Venice, Florida Just marked PENDING by the listing agent, this gorgeous 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1993 circa lakefront home with 1884SF  air conditioned space in the prestigious Venice Golf & Country Club.List Priced at $252,500 Our buyers will love this home and you will love the Ve...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
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Congratulations! Whether you are moving to Atlanta from another city, another part of Atlanta or it's your first home purchase, you probably landed here because you wanted to know more about....Midtown Atlanta Condos For SaleFirst, it might help you to know the difference between types of buildin...
By Julie Baldino, Opening Doors to New Chapters...
(Front Door Realty)
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East Vancouver HUD Ranch Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $210,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,416 sqftLot: 0.14 acre(s)Year Built: 1998MLS #: 15400095 Location 15408 NE 83rd StreetVancouver, WA 98682USA Sales - Front Door Realty Serving Oregon a...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
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Open House - 1612 Laguna Del Sol Dr Little Elm TexasSunset Pointe Sunset Pointe Homes For Sale In Little Elm TexasOffered at $270,000    See additional photos and home details Curious about your current Little Elm home value? Call 469-443-8151 or use our 14 second home value estimator for your FR...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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 William Murray, a cooper purchased land on “Ye High Street” (Essex Str) and erected the house by July of 1687.  By 1759 the property was defined as the Northern and Southern halves of his “mansion” and divided “as far as the middle chimney” – each half being owned by his sons, William and Jonath...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Being able to work within a realistic family budget has become an increasingly important part of modern living for many Henry County residents. Henry County’s cost of living may not have been exploding —but most people are keeping an eye on it anyway.  The lingering effects of the last decade’s f...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Get a lot for a little is always the cherry on top and homes for sale in Houlton Maine.They are like that free dessert with every meal. Here is the special of the day for $48,000. Take the open house on demand property listing tour right now of 8 Winter Street Houlton Maine 04730 home.Sided, fire...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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L J Hauser Junior High School, Riverside, IL - October 2015 About L J Hauser Junior High School L J Hauser Junior High School is a 6-8 school in District 96, and is located at 65 Woodside Rd in Riverside, IL. It services homes in Brookfield, North Riverside, and Riverside. Single-FamilyHomes 62 ...
By Lauren Stark, Luxury Real Estate Agent - Las Vegas-Henderson NV
(THE STARK TEAM-Las Vegas Luxury Homes & Las Vegas High Rise Condos)
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Looking for a Brand New Modern Home in Henderson?Welcome to Lago Vista - Lake Las Vegas' New Construction Contemporary Homes - NOW SELLING.Prices are just Under a Million. Every once in awhile a new home community opens for sale that is so unique and beautifully located that it stands out from th...
By Chris Bierrum, Real Estate Consultant with Elevate NW Properties
(Elevate NW Properties)
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Feeling priced out of certain neighborhoods? Our Hot ‘Hoods section highlights up-and-coming neighborhoods that feature cool restaurants, good schools, family-friendly vibes, and more. This month we feature Burien - a buzzing up-and-comer minutes from downtown with a burgeoning art scene, great r...
By Mike Rock, Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less
(Complete Design)
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We were out shopping a bigger builder in the area. We looked at their most current house going up. I whipped out my trusty tape measure. (all guys like me carry one) I measured the exterior wall width. It was 4 inches...yes 4 ! The current standard (law) in the State of California is 6 inches ext...
By Rick Costa, FHA/VA/USDA expert
(Bay Equity Home Loans-NMLS #260747)
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Those of you who need a reason why buying real estate is a good idea need only look at the slide provided by Keeping Matters Current that explains wealth creation:Assuming appreciation in the range of 3-4%, this is a no brainer on why a renter should really be looking to purchase a home! Of cours...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Chevy Chase, Hawthorne, Forest Hills, Barnaby Woodsbeautiful older homes in NW Washington DC Washington DC is divided into four geographical quadrants of unequal size. NW Washington DC is the largest quadrant covering an area north of the National Mall and west of North Capitol Street. The neighb...