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 DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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In Rhode Island, there are essentially three mortgage programs where you can purchase a home with 100% financing through either RI Housing,  Veteran's Administration (VA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).   The following is a brief description of each program and general restrictions....

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group)
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Why Pay Someone Else's Mortgage?I've always preached to my boys and their friends to save their money to invest in real estate, a home of their own.  "Why pay someone else's mortgage when you can be paying your own mortgage and building equity in a home?"A recently released report regarding homeo...

By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(C21 The Harrelson Group / C21 Charleston Expert Advisors)
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Established in 2004, Riverwood Farm sits in the heart of the picturesque countryside between Greer and Greenville. This exciting new gated community of about 300 homes in Greer offers three distinct subdivisions called The Townes, The Cottages, and the Estates with something sure please everyone....

By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(Big Bear Realty ~ Broker / Owner)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services in Lynnwood contact Brad Thomsen, Broker/Owner, Big Bear Realty. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649   |   brad@bradthomsen.com Choose to work with a full time, full service Real Estate Broker who can be trusted with all your real esta...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Let's face it, the home buying process can be overwhelming.  For first timers, the home buying process can be especially intimidating.   The good news is that Idaho Housing and Financing Association has a wonderful educational program for first time home buyers.  Finally Home! is an outstanding p...

By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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With all the signs and flexible open house hours, many buyers may think they can just check new homes out on their own.  Sometimes they don't want to bother their Realtor if they have been working with one (which don't ever think you are bothering me) but most of the time they just don't realize ...

By Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Rarely available rehabbed vintage condo, with heated garage, in Evanston's trendiest neighborhood, in one of its coolest buildings. Spacious, quiet and sunny 1-Bedroom unit overlooks courtyard fountain, and boasts natural hardwood floors throughout; truly one of a kind, this unit has been fully r...

By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
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Looking to buy a Single Family Detatched Home for Sale in Silver Spring or Takoma ParkMaryland?  There are  68 Single Family Detached Homes for Sale in Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland with Open Houses today - Sunday, February 26th, 2017Open Houses in the Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryl...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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The National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans:“Owning a home (in Ocean County) embodies the promise of individual autonomy and is the aspiration of most Amer...

By Kelly Turbeville, Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality
(Keller Williams)
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If you are listening to the news these days in Orange County you are hearing often how low inventory is, and pricing continues to go up.  Great news for home sellers. Some stats you look at in individual areas can show pricing up from 10%, to one I just looked at noted 42% from Jan 2016.   Open h...

By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Rhode Island Housing - RI Housing is a non-profit organization offering mortgages for first-time homebuyers directly and through participating lenders (defined as not owning a home for the previous three years).  Loans are structured with a first and second mortgage for up to 100% of the purchase...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Q#4: What does the Homeowners' Association Fee cover?A: We have our own water treatment plant and sewage treatment plant, so all of your water and sewer are covered by the annual dues. It also includes/covers: several employees, both full and part time social events tennis court/ basketball area/...

By Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID)
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4 bedroom3 bathroom3112 Square Feet3 Car Garage.53 Acre Lot$349,900 Beautiful Country Style Home on over a half acre which features natural lighting & beautiful indoor & outdoor living areas. Expansive trex style deck overlooks park-like backyard with beautiful gardens, pond, & views of the valle...

By Desare Kohn-Laski Skye Louis Realty, Residential Real Estate
(Skye Louis Realty)
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The tales about buyer's remorse have been popular within the real estate market. These are the feelings of doubts and the concerns that buyer's have after the purchase of the house. But have you heard of seller's remorse? They refer to the doubts and concerns that linger in the minds of home sel...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Homes for sale with RV garages in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area with pictures, prices, details map locations and more in a full page format.                             Homes for sale with RV garages in the Phoenix metro area on full page Note, many of the homes on this list have a full RV gara...
You’re buying a new house and it comes with a built-in cooktop or a stove.  Is it gas, electric, or induction?  Does that even matter?  What’s the difference anyway?Each type of cooktop has fans and naysayers, based on experience and preference.  Gas CooktopMost professional chefs prefer gas cook...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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It's all about timing in Sacramento real estate. Yesterday, as I juggled responses to multiple counters my sellers generated and discussed the 9 offers we received, I received an offer on a property that had a counter out of its own. It was an usually high activity day for a Saturday. Just prior ...

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 Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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 Sometimes you just can't find the perfect building lot when looking for a place to build your new home. Many factors can affect a buyers decision. It could be access easements, road maintenance agreements, internet access, terrain, land use, utilities, quality of well water, location of drain fi...

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...