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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The four walls, floor and ceiling you call the Maine home, the needs change depending on the people living inside.Especially around the holidays. When all the leaves for the dining room table pin everyone to the wall. Or there is just not room for a table period.Or space. In other areas of the Ma...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, Va 22044 – Under Contract3100 S Manchester St. #239 Falls Church, Va 22044This one bedroom, one bath condo located in Woodlake Towers is now under contract. My clients located me online and were already pre-approved and ready to start touring. We toured #239 on ou...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Thinking About Downsizing? Here’s What You Need to Know About Life in a Condo Thinking About Downsizing? Here's What You Need to Know About Life in a CondoThe shift from home living to condo life may seem like a minor one, but there are plenty of things that will differentiate your lifestyle othe...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Being in real estate, it’s probable that Henry County investment property popups hit my screen more often than yours. Nonetheless, I bet that every Henry County web user knows the phenomenon: you’re trying to accomplish something on the internet, and these ads keep bouncing up, doing their best t...
By Roy Giordano, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
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Just listed! 5 Bedroom 5.5 Bathroom Colonial in Freehold NJ   Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 7 Risa Benjamin Way, Freehold New Jersey. Offered at $825,000. I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected by the owners to market their beautiful home for sale.  This home boasts 5542 Sq. Feet and offe...
By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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This one caught my attention due to the significant variance in what is expected / required in different locations / states.  In Arizona we stay out of the way of the interaction between Buyer and Inspector, although review the report and options with the Buyer once the report is available.  We a...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Saxony Manor  Condos are located in Warminster , Bucks county in Centennial school district. www.centennialsd.org . People love to live in Saxony Manor   . I looked up trendmls today, 11-22-2015 for homes on the market in Saxony Manor . There is 1  active listing .The  list price is $124,900. The...
By Hugh Willey
(Sun Realty NC)
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Get your daily dose of Vitamin Sea while you're enjoying the holidays on the beach, stop in and talk to the Willey Real Estate Group about purchasing a beach cottage of your very own. With reasonable home prices and low interest rates, now is a great time to buy! See more here: http://goo.gl/zCPxiN 
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 One of the best times to contract for a new construction Oklahoma City home for investment is November and December. First of all, builders are less busy in the 4th quarter and are more willing to make a deal for you. Secondly, the finish time will typically be March or April which is the beginn...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes Here are a few homes on the market so you can be into a new home by the holidays. . . . 1357 E LAKEWOOD CIR SLC, UT 84117  4  Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,  Priced $270,000 Gorgeous updated home with 2184 total square feet in prime location near schools, shopping, and parks. Clean and mo...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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 Whether you're rapidly approaching the retirement age or you've just started your venture in to the work force all of us should be thinking of ways to invest in our financial futures. Mutual funds, stocks, bonds, low-interest savings accounts, overseas investments, and hundreds of other ways are...
By Nattalie de la Mothe
(Solid Source Realty)
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could simply write a check for the purchase of a new home? Should we all be that lucky!!!The reality is that most of us have to get our homes financed by obtaining a mortgage loan. Getting approved for a mortgage loan, at times, can be stressful and time consuming. He...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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There are a number of reasons that you can end up with bad credit but none of them should stop you from investing in real estate. If you have bad credit but want to purchase a real estate investment, there are hard money loans Texas financial experts recommend to help you make your dreams come tr...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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This is a new feature which I will post about weekly. It will highlight what I consider the best values in different price ranges and property types throughout the Napa Valley. It should be used as a guide and is not meant to guarantee anything. Do to the dynamic nature of real estate here, thing...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Arizona Red Rocks are glorious and awe inspiring. Residents and 'Winter Vistiors' should break away from other activities such as golf, dining and art walks in Scottsdale, Arizona and see these sights you have never seen more. Come and live and explore the great desert southwest.                 ...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Home Buyers - The Holiday Season may Create a Wonderful Buying OpportunityIt is the Holiday season and that probably will mean fewer people are thinking about buying a new or resale home in the Katy or surrounding areas. If you’re in the market or seriously thinking of buying a home, this situati...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Foreclosed Homes for Sale in Orange County CA  Orange County, California Home Foreclosure Report  Access recently  listed bank owned properties for sale within Orange County, CA.  This free report can be viewed as a One Line Report or as a Brief Report . You also can preview all the available for...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   FREE...FREE...FREE! Home Foreclosure Report for all of Los Angeles County, California.  Whether you are an investor looking to flip a property or a home buyer seeking to buy a home.  This bi-weekly REO Blog will keep you updated on the  newly list...