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 Rhonda Burgess Howse, - Smyrna, LaVergne, & Murfreesboro Specialist
(Southern Living Realty Partners)
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I know we Realtors always say that the market sets the sales price and buyers determine the actual value of the property.  But at some point, does it even make sense if some buyers are willing to sign over their first born and a pint of blood just to get a house?  A friend of mine, who is a forme...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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If you ask anyone doing serious house hunting in Henry County how they are going about it, there are few who won’t point to the web (nationally, 88% use it) as at least one of the top two most useful tools (their Henry County Realtor® is the other one: 87%).Yes, yard signs are helpful, and its fi...
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX Terrasol)
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Print Reddit Pocket StumbleUpon Tumblr By Jamie Wiebe   OK, we’ve said it time and again, but it bears repeating: Buying a home is a very big expense—and once you’ve kicked off all that spending, it’s easy to find yourself caught up in rampant lifestyle inflation. After all, you’ve got an enormo...
By Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
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      1517 Harvey Johnson Rd., Raleigh, NC 27603Coming Soon for Sale Want to be the First to know about Homes Coming on the Market? Do you need to Find A Home for Sale?Contact Carla - We're Happy to Help!!  Click Here for All Raleigh Homes for Sale    Watch for more Details - This home WILL sell ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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TRID Quiz: a Public Service Post to help buyers, sellers and Realtors to deal with…OK first let me be the first to say there are a few things that are good with the new Law and the new changes… on the other hand there are a lot of things that will cause problems, if your Lender, your Realtor or w...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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We learned a long time ago that plumbing must be vented to allow smooth flow through the drain pipes. The way architecture is in our world today; people are putting water fixtures and sinks everywhere! The problem was the venting. Conventional wisdom had them running up the walls and through the ...
By Palms International Realty
(Palms International Realty)
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1. Location, Location, Location Costa Rica is one of the top vacation and retirement home destinations in the world right now, and will forever be for many reasons. At first glance an area or community may seem like the perfect oasis for you and your plans to live in Costa Rica. But spending a we...
By The Town Cryers ~Lew & Sandy Cryer & Allison
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Sun City West offers these gorgeous golf course home...    Call today to view!  Lew 602-402-4568 
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®                Your Moorpark Neighborhood SpecialistsMortgage Pre Approval                                Time To Buy #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor  CalHFA has discontinued the California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program (CHDAP) and the ZIP Extra portion ($6,500) of th...
By Dale Taylor, Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos
(Re/Max All Properties New Lenox Illinois)
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The Hidden Costs of HomeownershipIf you've never owned your own property before, there are some costs you should prepare yourself for ahead of time. Should you take out a mortgage, you'll have your monthly mortgage payment, but often there are additional costs and fees added that a new homeowner ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Find your home at- BuyersAgent.comThe right neighborhood, price & daily commuteInterest rates are at historic lows and housing inventory is on the rise in Washington DC. If you've waiting for less buyer competition-Now is the time.The average sales price for a home in Washington DC is $529,000. B...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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How long does it take to get a mortgage? That is the question a Buyer Agent asked me. Before you shake your head, they submitted an offer on on of my new Manchester NH area Home Listings. It had a closing date of 14 days. At quick glance, GREAT, however under mortgage contingency it had a FHA Mor...
By The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Real Estate in Village of Idlewild Fredericksburg VA 22401 Village of Idlewild Community in Historic Fredericksburg, VirginiaThe Village of Idlewild is a unique community in the City of Fredericksburg and has incredible charm.  Equipped with community center, fitness center, walking trails, tenni...
By Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney
(Evergreen Realty HomeSmart)
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"7 Top Reasons to Buy a Home Now"Orange County CA people who are renting or leasing homes are often considering to buy. Here are “7 top reasons to buy a home now”.   First:  High Rents.  Rents are very high at Orange County CA and will go higher each year.  Unlike rent, your fixed rate mortgage p...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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A Question Many Folks Ask is “When is the Right Time to Buy  a Home”? None of us can predict the future, but I can give you the best information on buying a home based on the current trends and market data. Turns out that the data is so specific, that it’s possible to narrow down which day of the...
By Pamela Seley, serving Temecula Valley California (951) 491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
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There are 40 Heritage Lake homes for sale - data from the California Regional Multiple Listing Service. Price ranges from $285,000 to $539,990; year built from 2005 to 2015.  Median priced home for sale -- offered at $359,600 -- is large, single-story 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2,595 interior square feet...
By Angeles Jonske
(Jonske Rinehart Group w/ Keller Williams Realty St Louis)
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What’s Next? Congratulations are in order. Everyone is excited! You not only have found the most perfect house, you now have come to an agreement with the Seller and have a contract on your future home! Although excitement is in the air, now is not the time to relax just yet. There is still lots ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Joe Pye Weed, Eutrochium purpureum IMG 5064 I enjoy photographing plants and flowers while photowalking through Kentlands, our home community in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. Frequently, I do not know the correct names. This plant was over six feet tall and was growing in fro...
By Gwenn Tanvas, The Mortgage Gal, 920.267.7891~ SMART - INNOVATIVE
(Metropolitan Home Mortgage, Inc NMLS# 274839)
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  Open Sunday, October 4th - Charm and character is what you will find in this updated 4 bedroom full brick home. Original Hardwood floors, beautifully updated baths and kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances! The covered ceilings and curved archways create warmth. Entertain in the large pr...
By The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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1703 Idlewild Blvd Fredericksburg VA 22401 1703 Idlewild Blvd Went UNDER CONTRACT in 24 Days with Tim Crews as the Listing Agent!  This beautiful Village of Idlewild home was built by Ryland and has been owned by the original owners since construction. Home has been kept in excellent condition a...