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 Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Amazing Dayton home with views of French Lake for saleWelcome to 18275 Sout Diamond Court Dayton, MN 55327 click here for additional photos and detailsReal estate market data in Dayton MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic RealtyYou must see this home to appreciate all it has for options. ...
By Melynda Capps, Changing Lives one home at a time.
(1st Choice Realty & Associates)
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Labor Day Weekend Open Houses hosted by Melynda Capps! Find your new home this weekend! Have you been searching all summer for the prefect home?  Well search no more! 2950 Old Ranch Circle Stockton, CA 95209 is the prefect home! Stop by Saturday the 5th from 11-1pm or Sunday the 6th from 12-2pm a...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Grand Slam Home RunHome Buying Incentives in Baltimore CityHomes all across Baltimore City are going, going, GONE, thanks to the Maryland Grand Slam program! The State of Maryland and Baltimore City are collaborating efforts to bring the dream of sliding into homeownership a reality. You will rou...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Home Buyer Education Class for Baltimore City GrantsThere are a number of down payment assistance grants and no interest loans available for first time and repeat buyers in the City of Baltimore.  There's the Maryland Mortgage Program (old CDA) no interest loan, Baltimore City Employees grant, Co...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com How Quickly Can The Builder Construct My New, Custom Home? This is certainly a legitimate question to ask any Builder but the answer isn’t always easy to determine. If you ask this question before you hire a Builder you may hear anything from 6 months-2 years. Why is the...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Today we closed 100 E. Bellevue Place #25C in Chicago's Gold Coast. A top of the line 2 bedroom and 2 bath condo for $487,500. A gut remodel awaits it's dated interior and my buyer clients are just thrilled. They are excited to choose the new kitchen and room finishes. In one of the best streets ...
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 in Greenbriar Adult Community, Monroe NJ 08831   Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 49 Leeds Lane, Monroe NJ 08831. Just listed by Roy Giordano of RE/MAX Central I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected by the owner to list this beautiful home for sale.This pristine move-in condition...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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 Sunset Ridge Davenport Homes For Sale Sunset Ridge is a gated and well maintained community that is easy to feel at home in. This small community lies off of Heller Brothers Blvd which intersects with U.S. 27 less than a mile down the road and I-4 less than a mile from there.This provides easy a...
By Mary MacGregor, La Quinta Country Club Homes
(HomeSmart Professionals)
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  This completely remodeled Spanish Colonial Revival bungalow is located in the historic Long Beach neighborhood of California Heights—deemed one of LA's hottest neighborhoods just this year. Cal Heights—as it is affectionaly known—also earned the 2012 USA Neighborhood of the Year award. The robu...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
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Do Holiday Weekends Offer a Buyer Advantage? We are coming upon our 3 day holiday weekend as we celebrate Labor Day.  Many folks in Colorado use this holiday to get in one more mountain camping trip or a quick trip out of town before we settle into fall.  In fact, Friday early afternoon is a good...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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You may ignore anything that has to do with a loan nowadays because you might think you just don’t have the credit needed for that loan you really want. Moreover, you don’t want to be in any more debt.However, do you know that you can actually make money with Texas hard money loans? The profit i...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Cane Island Katy Hosts Party Under the Arches Cane Island a new Master Planned Community located just west of Old or Historic Katy and north of Interstate I-10 is hosting a party Under the Arches on Sunday September 6, 2015. The festivities start at 6 PM and last until 9 PM. This will be unveilin...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com)
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This past Sunday, there was an article in our Sunday paper which was entitled "As closing costs drop, you'd better shop around." It was written by Bankrate.com, and it basically stated the cost a borrower needs in order to close has dropped by 7% in 2015 over 2014. When I read the title, I though...
By Mark Montross, Listing and Buyer Specialist
(Catamount Realty Group)
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Colchester VT Severance Green Condo for sale.This modern and upgraded condo is a must see! Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, with a spacious living/ dining room that looks into a gorgeous kitchen. It is an end unit with beautiful natural light and ample windows. Stainless steel appliances with gorgeou...
By Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®                               OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY FROM 1-5pmTime To Buy #ChrisBJohnsonRealtorThousand Oaks Home Market Trends    Thousand Oaks Condo-TownHome Market TrendsBuying a Home This SummerFirst Time Buyers More on Ventura County Real EstateTO EAST Market Activ...
By Audry Wolff, Real Estate Insights in Phoenix, Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
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 Lehi Crossing New Homes in Mesa AZ Looking for a new home in Mesa AZ with a quick commute to Phoenix?  Lehi Crossing offers homes built by Woodside, William Lyon and Taylor Morrison in a variety of homes styles and sizes in this gated community with views of beautiful Red Mountain. Energy effici...
By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
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Vacation Rental and Long Term Shortage in Florida Keys, Value of my Home in Florida Keys, 305-395-0814 You may not still be accepting that Fall is around the corner. Yet it's here because when September is here reality hits us. Here's what happens to  real estate in the Fall...  The Autumn, Flor...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
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Open House 2910 Aurora Mist Dr, Little Elm Tx 75068Sunset Pointe Sunset Pointe Homes For Sale In Little Elm TexasOffered at $275,000    See additional photos and home details.  See This Home In Person At Our Open House  Saturday September 5th 2015 from 12:30pm-2:00pm Directions to 2910 Aurora Mis...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
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188 East 64th Street Spacious One Bedroom condo with Balcony. JUST SOLD $1,200,000.Open and spacious one Bedroom with balcony with sunny Eastern exposure is now available at the Royale Condominium at 188 East 64th Street. This Royale apartment features a renovated kitchen with Caesarstone Quartz ...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
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6570 West Battlement Drive, Boise, ID Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure 2 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1216 SQUARE FEET Cute and functional single level home in the quaint neighborhood. Open and bright great room design has tall ceilings and m...