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 George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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Complete remodel and update. Granite counters. Glass tile back-splash. Stainless appliances. Ceiling fans. Large bedrooms. Master bath with garden tub and separate shower. Mature trees. Quiet street. Fireplace. Open floor plan. Recent roof, laminate floors, hardware, fixtures, and lighting. Gas r...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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Kitchen Lover's 4 Bedroom Colonial for Sale Sharon MA This 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom Colonial home is coming for sale soon in Sharon MA and it is a Kitchen Lover's Dream!First, it's been kept immaculately which just makes the whole home feel fresh and welcoming. Space: Whether you like to make go...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors proudly presents a variety of new homes for sale and apartments for lease in North/Central New Jersey. With the collaboration of some of the most skilled new home builders in the industry we create elegant and distinctive luxury new construction h...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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I get asked this question a lot.If you are lucky (or unlucky as it might be) to inherit a property from a loved one that has passed you may not be able to get down payment funds from the state and you may not claim to be a Maryland First Time Homebuyer and claim the credit from the state.  Maryla...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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4 Tips for First-Time Home BuyersPlease click here for original post.  iStock  Over the past several years first-time home buyers may have shied away from entering the housing market due to stagnant wages and debt, but times have changed.According to TD Bank’s First-Time Home Buyer Pulse, one in ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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"I don't want to live on a public lake!" Fishhawk Lake the Private Alternative Once upon a time, you CRAVED those fast boats, the crazy energy on the water, the wild times, the water-skiing all day, frying your skin and your brain with noise and sun and everything that comes with a public lake. B...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
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Coming Soon 4 Bedroom Home for Sale Sharon MA with Exceptional Master SuiteThis 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bathroom Multi-level home will be for sale in Sharon MA very soon and it has an exceptional Master Suite! Spacious: The Suite makes up the 811 square foot upper level of this beautiful home! The entir...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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NEW LISTING - City Park Denver CO  80205  This brand new listing will be available for showing Friday,  July 31st and am sure this will be a HOT listing.    This is the strongest blocks in City Park, and the home has been completely remodeled. 3227 Fillmore St.Denver, CO  80205$420,000 Located ju...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  I WAS THIRSTY While showing houses to buyers I was feeling hot and thirsty. The weather has been hot in North Dallas. Then I saw this cat and my heart began to understand what it must be like for animals who are left outdoors during showings. Many can't go indoors where it's cool. They can't ev...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Take a look at this 5 BEDROOM; 2 Bath home in Auburn, AL for ONLY $159,500!!!  What a great deal!!!!!Great open floor plan with large living room and huge private fenced in back yard with many well established flowers/trees. Open foyer with a large dining room. Spacious kitchen with pantry and br...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Without a doubt, advancements in technology, and photography in a digital age, have advanced marketing techniques for selling real estate by leaps and bounds. At the touch of a keyboard linked to the internet, homebuyers and sellers have learned they are dramatically empowered in their quest to b...
By Melynda Capps, Changing Lives one home at a time.
(1st Choice Realty & Associates)
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2950 Old Ranch Circle, Stockton, CA 95209 Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2202 SQUARE FEET The perfect family home. Large 4 bed 3 bath home with rare 3 car garage. 1 bedroom...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Is It Important For A Custom Builder To Have A Soild Team? Most homebuyers are aware that Builders use Subcontractors and Suppliers to construct their homes. What they may not know is that a very important part of the building process falls to a specialized team of other experts, Interior Designe...
By Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126
(The Platinum Group Realtors)
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Single Family Home for sale in Colorado Springs, CO Overview Maps Photos $198,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,016 sqftLot: 6,821 sqftYear Built: 1998MLS #: 4948301 Location 4719 Skywriter CirColorado Springs, CO 80922USA Kelly Young The Platinum Group Realto...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Luxury is relative, isn't it?  Like many things in life, one man's trash is another man's treasure.  And what might be luxury to me, might not be to you!  But I recently toured what we could all agree is a luxury home here in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina.  And in our local market, the n...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Ever been shopping and in the center of a big box outlet and out of gas happens?Blurred vision, the sounds around you on the PA and din of other shoppers, squeaky wheels on the wire car just make you start to shut down.Searching for real estate property listings that fit, off the rack. It can bec...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  The Quail Creek Naples Florida homes for sale can be an ideal location for anyone that is looking for a new private residence in a gated golf course community.  This can be especially important if easy access to the Interstate for travel east to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, or north to the Southwe...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners are pleased to share this 5-Star Review  from one of our favorite clients, who was a first time home buyer needing a lot of encouragement and hand-holding through the process. (It is nerve wracking to buy your first home, even under the best of circums...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Monday Morning Surprise The week started out with a pleasant Monday morning surprise when the Spring Hill community manager of Adams Homes, a local builder, stopped by the office to see me and delivered cake and wine as a thank you for a recent new home sale.   Since inventory of resale homes is ...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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Markell unveils plans to reduce cost of buying a houseGov. Jack Markell unveiled two new programs to reduce the cost of buying a house in Delaware.  Under the first initiative, the Delaware State Hous­ing Authority will cover the mortgage insurance costs for new home buyers who cannot afford the ...