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 Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(Big Bear Realty ~ Broker / Owner)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Broker/Owner, Big Bear Realty. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@bradthomsen.com The Sequoyah Condominiums in Edmonds WAFind these and similar condos for sale to The Sequoyah Condominiums ...

By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(Big Bear Realty ~ Broker / Owner)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Broker/Owner, Big Bear Realty. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@bradthomsen.com Buyers Agent Services - Helping you achieve YOUR Real Estate GoalsThank-you for your interest in my service...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Let's face it, the home buying process can be overwhelming.  For first timers, the home buying process can be especially intimidating.   The good news is that Idaho Housing and Financing Association has a wonderful educational program for first time home buyers.  Finally Home! is an outstanding p...

By J. Michael Manley
(J Michael Manley Team)
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Why You Should Buy a New Construction HomeBuying a new home offers many benefits. Here's a list of reasons why you should buy a new construction home and why many home buyers prefer new homes to used houses: Learn more about New Construction Home and how to choose a new construction home builder ...

By John Van Hogen
(Keller Williams Realty Professionals)
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Beaverton Real Estate Homes with a 3-Car Garage    Are you searching for a Beaverton home with a 3-car garage? Whether you need extra room for bikes and mowers, are a car collector, hobby mechanic, or need room for a shop: many homeowners want a 3-car garage for a multitude of reasons that will e...

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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It's all about timing in Sacramento real estate. Yesterday, as I juggled responses to multiple counters my sellers generated and discussed the 9 offers we received, I received an offer on a property that had a counter out of its own. It was an usually high activity day for a Saturday. Just prior ...

By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Rhode Island Housing - RI Housing is a non-profit organization offering mortgages for first-time homebuyers directly and through participating lenders (defined as not owning a home for the previous three years).  Loans are structured with a first and second mortgage for up to 100% of the purchase...

By Marjorie & Doug McKay, Calgary & Chestermere - 403-207-1776
(RE/MAX Real Estate Advocates)
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 A vacation home just 90 minutes away from Calgary.   Little Bow Resort is a year-round lakefront community  South of Calgary offering a host of activities for families including swimming, fishing , boating, water-skiing, wake-boarding and ice fishing.  One of the best fishing and boating lakes i...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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This is a beautiful light fixture!  But don't forget the insulation!This is new construction.  The entry way featured an open ceiling with a circular, wrapping staircase leading to an upper level hallway that serviced all the bedrooms.A very attractive, hand-painted globe was in the ceiling.And t...
You’re buying a new house and it comes with a built-in cooktop or a stove.  Is it gas, electric, or induction?  Does that even matter?  What’s the difference anyway?Each type of cooktop has fans and naysayers, based on experience and preference.  Gas CooktopMost professional chefs prefer gas cook...

By Pat Champion
(Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty)
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Successful closing 6006 Allen Street Mount Dora, FL 32757I am so thankful my Buyer's were able to find the perfect home it took a little while, but they were patient during the whole process and ended up in a beautiful home on a little over an acre of land; which, is hard to find in our market ar...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, HUD suspends FHA mortgage ins. premium reduction An announced cut in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, effective April 27, would have saved buyers money, but the reduction was canceled unexpectedly on Friday. Read more.        Are you paying too mu...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Depending on your desires for a Cincinnati patio home, the selection might be VERY, VERY limited.  It might even be zero!While patio homes make the perfect home choice for many of our buyers, there are a few things that can put a kink in a successful patio home search: A limited location for avai...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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83 SUTHERLAND CV, Starkville, MS 39759 MLS #16-2293 $265,000 83 SUTHERLAND CV, Starkville, MS 39759 Come Visit This Four Bedroom, Three Bathroom Home at Highlands ~ Living Area Offers Hardwood Floors, Vaulted Ceiling & Gas Logs ~ Kitchen Features Ceramic Tile Floors, Granite Countertops & Extra C...

By Susan Haughton, The Susan & Mindy Team...Your Concierge Agents
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
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Virginia law requires that once a real estate licensee and a member of the public have agreed to work together, they must put their agreement in writing.  In other words, before you have substantial conversations about real estate or are shown property by an agent, you must be sure you understand...

By Adam Hergenrother
(Hergenrother Realty Group at KW Vermont)
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Home of the Week | 224 Cedar Drive, Addison, VT 05491  –  $891,000 MLS#: 4616574Spectacular Lake & Mountain views from this impeccably maintained Custom Contemporary home on Lake Champlain. Not a detail has been overlooked in this sprawling 3 bedroom, 5 bath home. Beautiful open floor plan boasts...

By Adam Hergenrother
(Hergenrother Realty Group at KW Vermont)
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Home of the Week | 2755 South Road, Williston, VT  –  $349,000 MLS#: 4612505Charming Cape style home in quiet, country setting of Williston! This well kept home has been converted to offer an apartment on one side of the house. The main side offers a nice open floor plan with spacious eat-in kitc...

By Patti Irwin, No Pressure, No Sales Pitch, Just Expert Advice!
(HomeSmart Premier-Fountain Hills AZ Real Estate)
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10 Reasons why I love Fountain Hills AZ1. It's Beauty- I still can't believe how lucky I am to live here. Everywhere you go in Fountain Hills there are beautiful views, Four Peaks, the McDowell's, the Matazals, saguaro cactus, and an array of beautiful desert plants.2. The Amazing Wildlife- javel...

By Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina
(Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! )
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I admit it, I'm addicted.  My husband rolls his eyes when I turn on yet another episode of "Property Virgins".  But I've learned five things by watching Sandra Rinomato tour homes with couples intent on purchasing their first home. 1.  Dreams are expensive. The episode starts by the first time ho...

By Cheryl Dukes - Atlanta, Let's Get High
(Solid Source Realty, Inc.)
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Would You Live on a Street Named “Plantation”- in East Point Georgia?It’s 2016. Would you live on the Plantation? Or on a street named “Plantation”?  Let’s say you find your house of dreams — four sides brick, all one level, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a den, laundry room, separate dining, a huge s...