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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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The by far easiest way to get information on a new area of the country, the property listings for sale in it is using show and tell video. You the real estate buyer are suddenly able to be in the small Maine town to experience the local community events.On your limited time, able to on demand ope...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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5766 E Scrivener, Long Beach, CA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1607 SQUARE FEET Updated South of Conant home featuring 4 bedrooms plus office, 2 bathro...
By Nathan Tutas, Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert
(Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.)
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Providence Davenport Homes For Sale Providence Davenport is a very large, very well kept golf community. It is gated, and a guard is posted 24/7. Providence boasts many amenities, including but certainly not limited to: two pools, tennis and fitness courts, a playground, and an 18-hole golf cours...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Designer Treehouse in Sale Pending!71898 Northshore Drive Birkenfeld OR 97016I am representing both the buyer and the seller on this--as I do most of the listings and sales at Fishhawk Lake. Are you looking for property on a private lake in Oregon?Call Gayle for a tour o...
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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 Electrical Panel Location  Depending on what part of the Country, will depend on the location of the electrical panel.  Many times I have relocation families coming from the East, and they are ALWAYS shocked to see our electrical boxes are located on the outside of the home.    About 90% of the ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Kentlands Photowalk: Thistle IMG 4602 Kentlands, in zip code 20878, is a planned neo-traditional community within the City of Gaithersburg in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. Kentlands is a favorite neighborhood for families moving to the Metro Area of the District of Columbia.When you t...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   A while ago we had a call from an agent about a property we had listed...."Are you a Buyer's agent or a Seller's agent?" we asked.....She replied ..."I am the agent who wants the transaction closed successfully."   I loved her....and both Buyers and Sellers lived happily ever after.  You have ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Why Won't She Call?Several weeks ago I made plans to go to San Francisco.  The minute I booked my hotel online, I received an inquiry in my email box from a prospective client who lives in . . . of all places,  San Francisco!I replied and mentioned my trip and suggested meeting up while I was dow...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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Pending Sale ~ Estates of Brentwood in NW Austin, TXAnother NW Austin, TX home is now pending in the Estates of Brentwood courtesy of Dorie Dillard with Coldwell Banker United Realtors®.My buyers came to me from my online presence.  I interviewed with them and explained the home buying process an...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Lake Forest Homes Huntsville AlabamaFor detailed information and photos about currently available Lake Forest homes, the following link is updated daily for the most accurate and latest details...click here Lake Forest Homes For Sale.  About Lake ForestLake Forest is a unique community offering a...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Crystal Beach Florida is a lovely place to live and play directly along St Joseph's Sound and the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Zoned for A-rated schools, including Palm Harbor University High School and Ozona Elementary, Crystal Beach has NO traffic lights and no businesses in our smal...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
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Most schools around the Country have already started the new school year.  So the impact schools have on a Buyer's decision of where to purchase a home has been on my mind, and how Schools Continue To Be A Major Considerations In Purchasing A Home.  The quality of schools in a town or city have a...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Single Level Cul-de-sac Home for Sale in Gated Province $234,262  19705 N FLAMINGO Road2 Beds/2 Baths2012 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5192436   Brand new energy-efficient home ready for move in! The Trento is single story home that offers double sinks in master bath, carpet and tile floori...
By Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Townhouse For Sale 8637 Hawk Run Terr, Gaithersburg, MD 20886Beautiful 4 Level Townhome with view of Lake Marion located in East VillageList Price $249,9003 Bedrooms, 2.5 BathroomsNew Deck, Spacious living room with fireplace. Newly renovated kitchen with updated cabinets and appliances, granite ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Wonderful Retirement Home for Sale in Guard Gated Province $253,912  43001 W MORNING DOVE Lane3 Beds/2 Baths 2256 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5210787   Motivated seller! Wonderful Magnolia model home. 3 bedrooms, formal dining, stone wall, gas fireplace, sound surround, pltd shades, recess...
By Debbie Vice, Dallas Locksmith serving homeowners and realtors.
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When you buy a used car, you don’t buy it without looking under the hood, taking it for a test drive and trying all the bells and whistles to make sure everything works. The same goes for buying a house—you check your windows and doors, flooring and walls and everything you’re legally allowed to ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Brand New Retirement Home for Sale in Guard Gated Province $231,648  41942 W SOLITARE Drive2 Beds/2.5 Baths 1745 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5188862   Brand New Energy-Efficient home ready for move in! The Ontario features 9' ceilings, a cozy formal dining room with a storage closet to hou...
By Winston Heverly, GRI, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CIAS, PA
(Winston Realty, Inc.)
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Peggy James, shared this wonderful classic post that can be used many times over. The array of details and data will surely benefit you and your present or future clients. It is detailed and right to the point. It should also help with any gray areas, to give you an upper hand with this competiti...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
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 Buy a Vacation Home For Free -  9065 W Gary Rd #109 Scottsdale, Az  85260 As the Midwest and East Coast areas are in their last month's of summer, savvy  residents are already thinking of the joys of heading to the Phoenix and Scottsdale area when the snow flies. Now, in August the Phoenix metro...
By Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results
(RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage)
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Sneak Preview Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario Mussleman's Lake Century Home CIRCA 1860