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 George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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 Pflugerville Texas - Executive level HUD owned home located in the high demand Blackhawk golf community. 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage, 3,147 square feet, on a large 0.212 acre lot. Built in 2008 by Centex Homes. Covered patio. Security system. Water softener. Crown molding. Recess lighting....
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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 This time, Forbes declared five of its 20 “best buy cities,” i.e., where to invest in housing in 2015, are in Texas, including Austin at No. 1. In fact, all five Lone Star locales are in the top 10.Behind Austin are Houston (No. 3), Dallas (No. 5), San Antonio (No. 6) and Fort Worth (No. 10). Fo...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Honeysuckle IMG 4573 Our home community is Kentlands, a very walkable neighborhood within the City of Gaithersburg, in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite area for families relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.The aroma of honeysuckle is...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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coffee, almonds, apples, cucumbers, squash, blueberries, mangos, kiwi, cherries, lima beans, flax, kidney beans, chili peppers, grapes, tomatoes, cranberries, cocoa, eggplant, vanilla....We Can Thank A Bee for Everything We Eat & Drink It's actually funny, humbling and a little scary how much we ...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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LIST OF VICTORIA HOMES AVAILABLE TO MOVE INTO FOR THANKSGIVING! Do you need to find a home in Victoria to move into Quickly... Now and Before THANKSGIVING?? Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. This year it's on October 12/15 Good News, currently there are 63 Home...
By Bob Haywood, BobHaywood.com
(McGraw Realtors)
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Back when I was still fairly new to the world of Real Estate and the fine art of selling houses in Owasso Oklahoma, I got a call one summer day to go show one of my listings.  I set up the appointment and when the day arrived, headed out a bit early so I could be there when the potential buyers a...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Absorption Rate in Gilbert, Arizona July 2015 Real estate market data for Gilbert, AZ provided by Nicole Doty of  Zion Realty. What is the Absorption Rate when it comes to real estate? The Absorption Rate chart shows how long the current inventory of properties would last at the current rate of s...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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3306 Hoback Ave in Gillette WY is a wonderful Executive Townhome with an amazing floorplan! This home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and almost 1700 sq feet of finished space! Main level living is an added bonus, and all appliances stay; even washer and dryer!This Gillette WY home in Sawgrass E...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com What Size Garage Will I Need For My New Custom Home? Sound like a straight forward question but things are different here from other parts of the Country. As I mentioned in my ‘Florida basement chapter”, Central Florida Homes come without an actual basement under the hou...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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I inspected an estate sale property recently where I found the B-vent flue pipe misaligned on the water heater and actively discharging carbon monoxide into the home.  The Seller had recently moved into an assisted living facility.  All of her belongings were left behind as her family had not had...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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We all know there is rarely ideal house in the re-sale market.   Perfect homes are usually custom built although perfect can still be limited by budget.  In the current Brevard County, Florida residential market sales are growing while inventory is not keeping pace with the resulting rise in pric...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Price Adjustment in Danbury Forest Subdivision Springfield, Va 22151Reduced: 5444 Calvin Ct Springfield, Va 221515444 Calvin Ct is now offered for $385,000. There is so much value in this charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, 2 half bath townhouse located in the popular Danbury Forest neighborhood. Kn...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 University District investors now can access the entire inventory of University District investment properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by c...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Clintonville investors now can access the entire inventory of Clintonville investment properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 Central Ohio investors now can access the entire inventory of Central Ohio Bank Owned properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Worthington home buyers now can access the entire inventory of Worthington homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the address, you get...
By Charles Gaulden, Military Relocation Specialist & New Home Buyers
(Duval Realty of Jax)
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Can you use a FHA 203k loan or a Fannie Mae conventional renovation loan on a multi-unit property? YES! You can renovate 1-4 unit properties with both FHA 203k and conventional renovation loans. The renovation loans also allow you to convert a SFR to a multi-unit and a multi-unit back to a SFR as...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Clintonville home buyers now can access the entire inventory of Clintonville homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the address, you g...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 0
         University District home buyers now can access the entire inventory of University District homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clickin...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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 Home Owners Associations can be a very positive and necessary component to a neighborhood. They ensure cleanliness of the streets and sidewalks. In some subdivisions that have common green belt areas, parks, and playgrounds, they are in charge of trimming trees, grass, bushes, and the upkeep of ...