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 Pete Cullen, & Bailey Properties-Two Local Names You Can Trust
(Bailey Properties, Inc.)
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Come home to this lovingly cared for Mediterranean close to the beach in Rio del Mar.  This well constructed home features a versatile floor plan and is situated on a quiet street in one the areas best neighborhoods. Just a few minutes stroll to miles of sandy beaches, this home boasts peaks of t...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert RealtorsNew Jersey Real Estate for Sale and LeaseWelcome to NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes,...
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 Park Shore community is well known for the many high-rise condominiums on the beach, so the condos for sale on Venetian Bay Naples Florida could easily be forgotten when searching for a new residence in the area with a water view.  With the Gulf of Mexico forming its western boundary, Park ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Michael McGuffie is a new member of ActiveRain and he's a custom builder....this is a post that every real estate agent should read.  Buyer agents often direct their clients to production builders because the agent can deliver and disappear from the scene.  The custom builder has plenty to offer ...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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This quick video shares with you how financial turmoil in Greece is driving down mortgage interest rates in Woodbridge, Virginia, and throught the United States.Let me translate some of the mortgage-speak for you.  When bond prices go up, the yield, or interest rate goes down.  So when Barry was ...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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How to select a custom home builder....Hi I'm Michael McguffiePresident of Regal Classic Homes since 1988 and Licensed by the State of Florida since 1980.Over the years I've found:You can pay people to work for you but you cant pay them enough to give you their heart. They either have that capaci...
By Susan Jean Horne, P.A., GRI, I.R.E.S.
((RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL) Susan Jean Horne P.A.)
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By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
By Jack Lewitz
(IL Real Estate Specialists)
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  At some point your buyer will experience a feeling of insecurity about the decision they just made when they get an offer accepted by a seller. The feeling is a natural reaction to a major purchase such as buying a home.As a Realtor I have experience seeing buyers go through Buyer Remorse and t...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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7311 N. Honore 1S Chicago IL 60626 Closed Sale $269,000Today my buyer client closed on the sale of 7311 N. Honore in the East Rogers Park area of Chicago IL. A three bedroom and 3 bathroom condominium. This updated but vintage 2000 Sq foot duplex down condo will make a great home and everyone was...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Waterfront Home in Hernando Beach Florida Just Sold!by Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Tropic Shores RealtyThe buyers of this Hernando Beach waterfront home came to me in April of this year in their search of a home by the water and today they became the lucky owners of this canal front home!Avid boate...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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156 Farms Village Road, Simsbury, CT Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 1417 SQUARE FEET This classic three bedroom colonial located across from Stratton Brook Park and close to the town recreation center is loaded with charm ...
By Liane Thomas - Corona & Riverside Real Estate, Bringing you Home!
(The Jet Team, Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Why are your still renting? If you have $1500 cash....   You can buy THIS 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, only $1500 down and $1950/mo on approved credit!  This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has new appliances, fresh interior paint, and new carpet.        We have homes in Riverside, Menifee, Perris, Moreno Valley, an...
By The Crews Team At Keller Williams Realty
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Home Prices in Lees Parke|Fredericksburg VA 22407Real estate market data for Fredericksburg, VA provided by Tim Crews of  The Crews Team of Keller Williams Realty Fredericksburg - 540-692-9144Search Lees Parke Homes Currently For SaleThere are currently 19 homes for sale in the Lees Parke Communi...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Custom or Production Builder? Ok, here is a test question to see if we are both on the same page? What type of restaurant do you like to eat at with your family? Do you frequent national chain restaurants or do you seek out the hard to find mom and pop places? If you are like me, I hunt for the d...
By Jeff Fisher, ArizonasRealty
(ReMax Fine Properties)
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 Have you found the right house? Do you plan to make an offer? Then, make a thorough personal home inspection!Important! Your own home inspection doesn’t replace a professional one! You still need one! But, as you visit the property you should know the key spots to analyze. You’ll find everything...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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WESTSIDE SANTA CRUZ 3 BEDROOM HOME FOR SALE606 Laurent St, Santa Cruz 95060 Here is the home you have been waiting for!  Such a charming home originally built in the 1930's in a prime Westside Santa Cruz neighbhorhood where you can walk or bike to beaches, UCSC, shopping, restaurants, and Downtow...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Jean Richer, No Gimmicks, No Nonsense, only Straight Talk
(Keller Williams ~ Ottawa Realty Ltd)
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Wonderful semi attached 3+1 bedroom home for sale in Chatelaine Village, Ottawa.  314 Tulip Crescent, Ottawa, OntarioLarge pie shaped lot. Gleaming oak hardwood floor in living room and hallway.  Ceramic floor in kitchen and dining room. Patio door to interlock patio.  Lower level has a large rec...