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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440 Spillway Road Downsville Louisiana 71292  Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Downsville LA Listing Details Home For Sale in Downsville Louisiana440 Spillway Road Downsville Louisiana 71292 Price: $399,000MLS number: 175612Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4Square Feet: 6,860Lot Size: 3 AcresLi...

By Next Gen
(Keller Williams)
Comments 2
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 Jeff Miller, Realtor - Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Wesley Chapel Florida Homes for Sale February 24th 2017  It is a partly cloudy 78 degrees today in Wesley Chapel.  Very pleasant for late February :) Currently there are 293 single family homes for sale in the 3 Wesley Chapel, Florida zip codes (33543,33544,33545).  In the past 30 days there have...

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 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 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 Stieg Strand, Serving each client with Tenacity and Results
(RE/MAX Results)
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 Victoria, Minnesota has a lot to offer.  It is a quiet relaxed southwestern "ex-urb" of Minneapolis. Victoria has also earned the nickname, "The City of Lakes and Parks" as it has over 200 acres of reserved land "green space", 22 Parks, and 12 Lakes! That is probably why it is a virtual hotbed o...

By The Home Shoppe, Real Estate Done Right
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Open House! Sunday, February 26th 1:00-3:001111 Darlene Avenue, Ocean Township, NJ 07712Thinking about Selling your Home? Your Home may be worth WAY more than you think? For an instant home valuation visit www.centralnjhousevalues.comThinking about Buying a Home? Search for NJMLS Homes at www.cen...

By Sandra Steele, Integrity, Knowledge - 37 Years of Experience!!!
(Wise Choice Properties, Sedona/Verde Valley Branch)
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We have such a beautiful community with only 534 homes in COTTONWOOD RANCH in COTTONWOOD AZ.   All Cottonwood Ranch Homeowners receive a discounted commission rate of only 5%.  Call Sandra Steele today!!                                                 

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 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 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 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 Goran Utvic, Make 15-20% Profit On Fix-N-Flip Or I Pay You $5k!
(Goran Utvic | Chicagoland Brokers Inc, Chicago IL 60656)
Comments 4
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 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 The Home Shoppe, Real Estate Done Right
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
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 Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
Comments 17
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 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 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...