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 Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Where To Find Your Job Satisfaction - Do You Deserve A Pat On The Back? When a transaction closes, there is high excitement. The buyers will often shower us with thank yous and comments about how happy they are with their new home. It's tempting to want to pat ourselves on the back. We've done a ...
By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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 Pensacola, Pace , Gulf Breeze Property Management, Housing starts surge 10.5% higherSingle-family housing starts rose 7.6% to an 8-year high, while multifamily starts spiked 18.1% following a decline the month before. Read more.Management $50. Monthly in Pace, Fl. 32571 with NO other charges or ...
By Joan Dickie, Keller Williams Premier Realty
(Keller Williams Premier Realty)
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Well, you are right.  This isn't California (as much as I wish it were during the winter months!).  But we still need to test your new home for termites if you are buying in La Crosse. La Crosse was founded on the lumber industry.  Logs from west central Wisconsin were brought here to be processe...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home Buyer Tax BreaksTax season is here and many consumers are not completely aware of the home buyer tax deductions and breaks they may be entitled to. While we all need to pay our fair share of taxes, it is nice knowing we may get a refund  if we are able to itemize and claim some of the homeow...
By Bruce Swedal, Denver Real Estate
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It's a happy day; you just got married to the person of your dreams. You're both extremely excited. The next step is going to be buying a house. Buying a new home is not as easy as you might think it would be. There are many steps involved in buying a house. Here are some of them; first would be ...
By Pamela Madore, Team Work Makes The Dream Work
(The Pamela Madore Group)
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Pamela Madore Keller Williams Realty Owner Finance Queen 806-290-1920 How Dodd/ Franks  Destroyed Owner Financing And My Life Who are these dudes?  Their names are Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.   Owner Finance Queen--Pamela Madore Barnett "Barney" Frank (born March 31, 1940) is an American politic...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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Chris B Johnson, REALTOR® Neighborhood Market Report  Mortgage Pre Approval  Time To Buy A Home Buy Sell Market Insider About Switch to Map View  Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®, SFR®, CDPE®, CHS® View Photos 4492 PINE RIDGE Court Moorpark, CA 93021 $600,000 4 bds 2 ba 2374 sq ft Status: Back Up Offer ...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
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See this Property Now Just Listed Description Maps & Local Home Value Search MORE Homes Featured Listings $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 2434 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search LUXURY Homes NEW CONSTRUCTION Search All Boise Idaho Homes What is Your Home Worth? Boise Idaho Relocation Gui...
By Rosemarie Rivicci, Coming soon to a closing near you!
(Barbara Corregano Real Estate)
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Four Bedroom Home for Sale Tottenville Staten IslandDeep in the Heart of Tottenville this Engineer's 4 Bedroom 3 Bathrooms 2800+ sq. Ft. home has tons of amenities with bonus footage. Completely renovated in 2014/2015 with New Anderson Windows, 50 Year Architectural roof, siding, gutters, liters ...
By Scott Gregory
(The Scott Gregory Team, Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast)
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Looking for a versatile 4-bedroom home with style? You'll love the circular movement theme at 3336 Crestview Ln in Gulf Breeze. This listing, renovated and modern, is brought to you exclusively by The Scott Gregory Team at Keller Williams Realty Emerald Coast. Call or text 850-982-2039 or visit h...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
(Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com)
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Nothing Sweeter than a Buyer or Seller Referral from You!In honor of the sweetest day of the year, I'll be hand delivering a special gift box of 4 beautiful Smallcakes Cupcakes to anyone referring a qualified buyer or seller for a home in the North Atlanta area to me.  (Within 10 miles of the Sma...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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The Celtic Connection Realty Team - We Take the High RoadSolutions Real Estate - Multi-Million Dollar Producers 2004-2015 Direct: 480-987-9322 Cell: 480-612-7968 Fax: 800-410-9607  To search for homes go to our web sites:http://www.QueenCreekRealEstateSolution.com   (includes San Tan Valley)http:...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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What will homes look like in the future? Well, expect them to be radically different like this imaginative "art house". To see the inside of the home click Art House of the Future from Duskywondersite.                              See the inside of the House of the Future from Duskywondersite Not...
By Teresa K. Nelson
(Marketplace Sotheby's Intl Realty)
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In the Greater Seattle area, rents are creeping up past what a house payment could be. This is a great time to take advantage of a state loan program for downpayment assistance! My colleague Suzy and I have teamed up with our favorite lender to offer Home Buyer classes that will teach a qualifyin...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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The Franklin TN housing market is hot, even in February. As a matter of fact, there are only 20 single-family homes in all of Franklin priced under $350,000. Three of those are new construction and won't be ready for several months. That leaves just 17 single-family homes in Franklin TN priced un...
By Melissa E. Spittel, Realtor, "Helping You Make The Right Move"
(Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty)
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Manchester Farms is a popular neighborhood located in Manchester, Maryland. Manchester Farms has been constructed in multiple phases by Bob Ward Homes. The fifth and final phase, consisting of Starlight Court, is currently under construction. This final phase of Manchester Farms consists of 15 ho...
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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Choose wisely when considering contingencies on a contract offer! I tell my buyers that time and again. A good example is a home that I currently have listed. We have two offers that came in within the last 24 hours. One is a good offer to close within 6 weeks and has no contingencies, the other ...
By Elyse Berman, Your Pet-Friendly Realtor in Boca Raton, FL
(Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL)
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CLOSED SALE at Boca Pointe La Corniche in Boca Raton FL  This gorgeous pool home on La Corniche Circle in the pet-friendly community of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, Florida, closed last week. I represented the buyers.  This beautiful home has 3 bedrooms, 3.1 baths, 2-car garage and just under 2900 ...
By Svetlana Marinkovic, SecurityNational Mortgage Company
(SecurityNational Mortgage Company)
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With a fixed rate mortgage, the interest rate does not change for the term of the loan; the monthly payment is always the same. Typically, the shorter the loan period, the more attractive the interest rate will be. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is the most popular type of loan when borrowers are ...
By Winfrey Investments and Associates LLC, Your GA Realty Professionals!
(Chapman Hall Realtors)
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Homes for Sale in Willow Trace Subdivision, Grayson ,Ga Why do people Live here?Willow Trace is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located just 20 miles outside of Downtown Atlanta. It's not uncommon to see neighborhood kids playing the streets of this quaint lit...