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 Next Gen
(Keller Williams)
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594 Zodie Sims Road Calhoun Louisiana 71225  Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Calhoun LA Listing Details Home For Sale in Calhoun Louisiana594 Zodie Sims Road Calhoun Louisiana 71225 Price: $635,000MLS number: 175423Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 5Square Feet: 4,090Lot Size: 9.11 AcresListing...

By Nathan Gesner, We don't just manage!
(American West Realty & Management)
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Some Sellers want a few extra days (sometimes weeks or months!) after closing to pack up and move. This isn't unusual but Buyers should educate themselves on the pros and cons of this type of agreement.CAVEAT EMPTOR (Buyer Beware)I don't need the house for a couple more weeks. Is there anything I...

By Bryon Crosby, The Eugene Home Group
(Keller Williams)
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1944 Heitzman Way Eugene, OR 97401Beautiful Light and Bright Home in Desirable Eugene Neighborhood. Enjoy the Soaring Vaulted Ceilings and an Abundance of Natural Light throughout! This Home Features tons of Storage, Spacious Living Room with a pass-through Window to the Dining and Kitchen giving...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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113 Legend Way, Wales, WI Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure $ Click for current price 6 BEDROOMS | 8 (7 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 12000 SQUARE FEET Welcome to Tuscan Amore, 22 rooms custom built - finest quality in design a materials - Barenz Build...

By Tim Stoll, Experience.Trust.Results.
(Keller Williams Urban Dallas)
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If you follow real estate, you've heard a lot about inventory lately. That's because, inventory – which refers to the number of homes available for sale – plays a big role in how much house the typical buyer can afford. When there are more homes for sale than there are interested buyers, home pri...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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Kat Palmiotti "Having a relationship built on trust requires things from you as well. If I ask you a question that relates to your ability to purchase a home, your required timeframes, or your previous relationships with other real estate professionals, you must provide honest answers."Right on t...

By Goran Utvic, Make 15-20% Profit On Fix-N-Flip Or I Pay You $5k!
(Goran Utvic | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656)
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Chicago Homes for Sale by Neighborhood - NorthsideView homes for sale in the following Chicago neighborhoods for sale:Edison Park, Norwood Park, Jefferson Park, Forest Glen, North Park, West Ridge, Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Albany Park, Uptown, Portage Park, Irving Park, North Cente...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
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$86000 / 3br - 1284ft2 - ▐►College Park 260 Columbia Drive HOUSE LADSON! Wholesale INVESTOR 3-2 w/Garage ► Wholesale INVESTOR 3-2 -1Investor Special House. $86K Wholesale Cash Handyman Special MH Investor Special WholeSale Fantastic Location in Owner Occupied College ParkPrestigious Ladson **See ...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Buyers with Agents, But No RepresentationWhen someone is looking to buy or sell a home, usually the first person they go to is an agent that helped them previously.  If they have never bought or sold before, maybe they reach out to friends and family for a recommendation.  Or, they can look to th...

By Stew Keene, Voted Highest Level of Customer Service
(United Real Estate Scottsdale)
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5 Important Things To Know Before You Purchase a Home in Scottsdale 1 Consider where you want to buy before you start to open doors. The Phoenix and surrounding areas such as Scottsdale, Fountian Hills, Chandler, Gilbert Mesa Ahwautukee and so on have been evolving on a slow AND fast pace. That b...

By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
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In January 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network division issued new rules to title companies regarding cash real estate transactions priced at $1.0 million or more. Specifically, title companies are to report the names of luxury home buyers in selected markets...

By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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Now and again I show up at an inspection and find an old furnace and wonder why it wasn't replaced at least a decade ago!  I think to myself how insane it is for a Mom or Dad to put their entire family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and for what?...to save a few bucks by leaving the furnace...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 14
6 Expenses Home Buyers Often OverlookBecoming a homeowner is exciting but, it’s also a big investment and one that requires a lot of thought and preparation to make. Be sure to factor in these expenses that home buyers frequently overlook.  Home Inspection – while a home inspection isn’t required...

By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; NextHome Antonelli Realty
(NextHome Antonelli Realty)
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Buyers:We’re not just experienced real estate professionals in the Greater Orlando real estate market, we’re home buyers too. It takes more than a trained real estate agent to understand the needs and concerns of buyer clients. It takes someone who has been there, someone who has the same concern...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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How to Not Get Burned When Financing a Flip "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."  Well, when buying a home, sometimes the heat permeates not only the kitchen but the entire joint because the home is considered a "flip."  You mean like the proverbial burger flip?  No, I'm talking...

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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Working with Cincinnati patio home buyers is one of my favorite parts of being a real estate agent!  Some buyers buy "used" homes and others go for new construction patio homes!  There are plenty of builders in the Greater Cincinnati area offering new patio homes, but it's not always obvious wher...

By The Home Shoppe, Real Estate Done Right
(Keller Williams Realty)
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242 Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg, NJ 08831Thinking about Selling your Home? Your Home may be worth WAY more than you think? For an instant home valuation visit www.centralnjhomesforsale.com Thinking about Buying a Home? Search for NJMLS Homes  at www.centralnjhomesforsale.com For complete informatio...

By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
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Daydreaming About Your Perfect Sarasota Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEEDIn this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your Sarasota home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your o...

By Christian Penner, Your Mortgage Banker - 561-373-0987
(The Christian Penner Mortgage Team)
Comments 0
Are You 1 of the 59 Million Planning to Buy This Year? According to a survey conducted by Bankrate.com, one in four Americans are considering buying a home this year. If this statistic proves to be true, that means that 59 million people will be looking to enter the housing market in 2017. The su...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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Relocation Buyers – A Niche Market for 2017 I have personally moved a bunch of times, have now owned 10 primary homes, and my wife and I have had 4 major relocations (to Boston from Michigan, Boston to the Twin Cities, the Twin Cities to Boston, and Boston to Southern California). As a result I k...