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 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 ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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New 780k Basement Home - Springfield Golf Luxury - Fort Mill SC is available now from Evans Coghill. This HomeArama local home builder is known for their distinctives of style and panache. The flair and verve will be felt as you take this Choice Carolina Homes YouTube video tour. Call me to see i...
By Brian England, Realtor, GRI, MBA, Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Over the weekend I revamped my website, as it was in dire need of some TLC, haha.  I really appreciate all of you on ActiveRain and learn so much from all of you, so I am hoping that you can give me feedback on my website.  Please don't hesitate to criticize, as I won't be offended and it will he...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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1112 Wiconisco Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $229,500 MLS #PM-22879  Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining rooms, family ro...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia
(Long and Foster REALTORS 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia)
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The Williamsburg Virginia current listing inventory is as follows: According to data from the Williamsburg multiple listing service, there are currently 806 active single family detached homes listed for sale in the greater WIlliamsburg area. The lowest priced single family residential property i...
By Kevin Boudreaux, When experience counts, you can count on me!
(CENTURY 21 Roo Realty)
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Buying your first home for you and your family is often a stressful process. There are so many decisions that you have to make and houses to look at. My team and I work with a lot of first-time homebuyers so we thought we would put together a list of the commons mistakes first time homebuyers mak...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Lake Sinclair, Georgia's best kept secret, with the exception of planned draw downs (one of which is scheduled for this October) by Georgia Power that occur every few years for shoreline maintenance and dam re-certificiation stays at or near full pool.  Many of Georgia's lakes are more than 10 fe...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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JUST SOLD 165 East 60th Street #2C One Bedroom Co-Op ONE BEDROOM/ONE BATHROOM $875,000.Convenient Upper East side location! Well layout and spacious one bedroom apartment with ten foot ceilings, wood burning fireplace, and south facing paned glass windows. Detailed bedroom with two beautiful beve...
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...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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There are some people we work with as a Sacramento real estate team who do not even realize they are working with a real estate team because we just get the job done and don't make a big deal out of it. Lately, though, I have found myself explaining to sellers and home buyers why working with a r...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Hosta, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4736 This hosta photograph was taken in our Kentlands home garden in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. To obtain a background like this, simply place a sheet of colored paper behind the flower. It is fun to try different colors.If you enjoy ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet-Friendly Bristol Pointe Community in Delray Beach FL Why Do People Live Here?   Bristol Pointe is a luxury community of single family homes in Delray Beach. Built around an upscale lifestyle without equity fees, Bristol Pointe has a lot to offer. It is not uncommon to see people out walking t...
By Jenifer Lower, Your Dream. Our Passion.
(Bozeman Montana Real Estate .net)
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Lender V. Mortgage Broker: Many people are involved in the buying and selling of your home. A mortgage lender is anyone who is loaning the money to pay for the mortgage. The mortgage broker, on the other hand, is someone who works with the borrower to find the best opportunities. The role of the ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Huntington Commons, Naperville, Illinois - August 2015 About Huntington Commons Huntington Commons is a single family neighborhood built in the mid 1970's. Huntington Commons is located in Naperville, Illinois on Westmoreland south of Chicago. Average taxes in Huntington Commons $7,409 Average a...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Regal Lofts, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois - August 2015 About Regal Lofts Regal Lofts is a 107 unit condo building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Regal Lofts is located in Lincoln Park on Diversey just West of Paulina at 1735 W. Diversey. Average taxes in Regal Lofts $4,232 Aver...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Homes for sale in South Shore, Chicago, Illinois - August 2015 About South Shore South Shore currently has 290 homes for sale with an average list price of $128,355. It comprises the sub-neighborhood of Jackson Park Highlands. The average annual property tax for the South Shore area is $2,590. A...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Meadows of Birch Lake, Lincolnshire, Illinois - August 2015 About Meadows of Birch Lake Meadows of Birch Lake is a single family home community built in the late 1990's and early 2000's. Meadows of Birch Lake is located in Lincolnshire, Illinois east of Riverwoods Road and south of Everett Road....
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Woodridge Fountains, Woodridge, Illinois - August 2015 About Woodridge Fountains Woodridge Fountains is a single family home neighborhood in Woodridge, Illinois. Woodridge Fountains is located on Lakeview Court and Fountain Drive one block north of Route 53. Average taxes in Woodridge Fountains ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Heritage at Millennium Park, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - August 2015 About Heritage at Millennium Park Heritage at Millennium is a residential condo building located at 130 N. Garland Court in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The Heritage at Millennium Park located at 130 N. Garland Cou...