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 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 Chris Gurnee
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9721 227th Place SW,, Edmonds, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 3203 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Lis...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Let’s face it, if something was built by the human species, it will eventually break, spring a leak or go south for one reason or another. We live in a faulty world.     As a business owner, I do my best to teach the inspectors who work for this company to note any appliance that may be at o...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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Changing the HVAC Filter (Orlando Fl)  HOME INSPECTOR USA care for our clients health and life style. As a profesional Home Inspection and Mold Inspection Company we strive to make sure that our clients are happy and purchase the right house free of major issues. The HVAC system is pretty much th...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As the holidays approach, I’m fielding more and more questions about what I think the rest of the year holds for the real estate market in Southwest Florida and beyond. I’m also hearing more questions about whether or not the Fed will actually raise rates this season and what that might mean goi...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Our beautiful gated waterfront new home community is finally open for business and I am holding our model home open today to introduce the public to the incomparable value offered by our homes. MLS# A4136779 6781 PORTSIDE LN, ENGLEWOOD, FL 34223  will be open Sunday from 12-4pm  3 bedrooms, 2 bat...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Chris Eckert
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  If a new home is on your Christmas list this year   than come to my Open House today   Sunday, Nov. 29th,  1-4PM   "I'll be home for Christmas"   952 Junipero Avenue, Redwood City 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, Media room, Fireplace, Remodeled kitchen & bathrooms, Hardwood floors, Landscaped fro...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Danger!!! Expectations Ahead Oh dear! What a lesson to learn! Every young agent makes the mistake of setting the wrong expectations. Heck....I've done it myself, and not just when I was a new agent. An agent just lost a deal this week....my deal. My buyers and I were given the wrong information a...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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105 W Vienna Dr Hutto TX 78634 Custom Built by Symphony Builders One Level Craftsman Style Estate Home Acre Lot  Architecturally designed plan best suited to take advantage of future back yard pool. Home is 2473 sq ft Heated and cooled with  888 sq ft garage,170 sq ft covered front porch, 257 sq ...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Leisure World of MarylandCondos For Sale The Greens Hi-Rise BuildingsLeisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland provides many on-site housing options for its 8,500+ senior residents, and the Greens condos on 15100, 15101, 15107, and 15115 Interlachen Drive offer excellent living opportunities withi...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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Exceptionally well-kept home in prestigious 78729 zip code.Offered at $285,000 Hardwood floors downstairs & spacious game-room upstairs w/built-in shelves & cabinets.  This home has plenty of light & walk-in closets in all bedrooms.  Spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, tile back-splash, gas range ...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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HOME INSPECTIONS (EAST OF ORLANDO, FL.) For more information relative to Home Inspections and Mold Inspections in Avalon Park, Waterford Lakes, Eastwood, Orlando Florida visit HOME INSPECTOR USA. We are licensed Home Inspector and licensed Mold Assessor in Orlando, Florida. Home Inspector USA ser...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
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10576 Avalon Street, Nampa, ID Description Search MORE Homes MY HOME VALUE Maps & Local $ Click for current price4 BEDROOMS | 1881 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Boise Idaho Homes For Sale Search All Caldwell Homes For Sale Boise Idaho Relocation Guide What is Your Home Worth? Presente...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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If you're looking for a home in Henderson NV, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) divides the city into six regions numbered 601 to 606. Generally speaking, Henderson is everything that is south and east of McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.Areas 601 and 602 are north of the 215 Beltway;...
By Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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One of the best things you can do to ensure you get the home you want is to arrange for financing before you go shopping. This is often referred to as getting “pre-approved”.Getting pre-approved simply means that your lender has calculated how much of a mortgage they’re willing to offer you, depe...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Trees can be a very valuable asset, we have done some tree appraisals that added up to far more than the value of the lot.  Wise choice to keep as many as possible of those that would not be disturbing the home. www.regalclassichomes.com   Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Cu...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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There are some great areas in Henderson Nevada that would be ideal to build a custom home.Whether your looking for a lot way up on a bluff overlooking the Las Vegas lights and Strip, Vegas Bob can help you find that perfect place in Henderson. There are some 1/2 acre lots all the way up to 5 acr...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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One of the most beautiful places around the Las Vegas Valley has to be Red Rock Canyon around Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada.And now is your chance to own a piece of Red Rock Canyon before it's gone! Vegas Bob has been hiking around the Red Rock Canyon now for over 20 years and it is one of his f...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Question:Just had an conversation with the Listing agent. The property closed, and then it turns out that the furnace and air conditioner are leased.Wouldn't the buyer's lawyer check this out on title search etc. The Listing agent said sellers didn't tell her it was leased. Who is at fault? Answe...