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 four walls, floor and ceiling you call the Maine home, the needs change depending on the people living inside.Especially around the holidays. When all the leaves for the dining room table pin everyone to the wall. Or there is just not room for a table period.Or space. In other areas of the Ma...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Home Inspection: What Does Your Real Estate Agent Do For You? Oh, this may make a few real estate agents uncomfortable for sure and I have seen it all from those who do not show up ever at a home inspection or check in or can not stop talking during the inspection.  Your real estate agent is ther...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A New Listing at68 Mount Pleasant RoadColumbiaSituated on 2.2 acres is a small cabin featuring 1 bedroom, a kitchen, living room, full bath and Florida room.  There's a wood burning stove as well as Oil Heat, to stay toasty warm in winter.  There are also 2 sheds near the house.  The lot is a woo...
By sandy straley, Selling Homes for over 35 Years
(Rindlesbach Homes)
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Millcreek Homes Here are a few homes on the market so you can be into a new home by the holidays. . . . 1357 E LAKEWOOD CIR SLC, UT 84117  4  Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms,  Priced $270,000 Gorgeous updated home with 2184 total square feet in prime location near schools, shopping, and parks. Clean and mo...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Woodlake Towers in Falls Church, Va 22044 – Under Contract3100 S Manchester St. #239 Falls Church, Va 22044This one bedroom, one bath condo located in Woodlake Towers is now under contract. My clients located me online and were already pre-approved and ready to start touring. We toured #239 on ou...
By Nattalie de la Mothe
(Solid Source Realty)
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Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could simply write a check for the purchase of a new home? Should we all be that lucky!!!The reality is that most of us have to get our homes financed by obtaining a mortgage loan. Getting approved for a mortgage loan, at times, can be stressful and time consuming. He...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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 Whether you're rapidly approaching the retirement age or you've just started your venture in to the work force all of us should be thinking of ways to invest in our financial futures. Mutual funds, stocks, bonds, low-interest savings accounts, overseas investments, and hundreds of other ways are...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Arizona Red Rocks are glorious and awe inspiring. Residents and 'Winter Vistiors' should break away from other activities such as golf, dining and art walks in Scottsdale, Arizona and see these sights you have never seen more. Come and live and explore the great desert southwest.                 ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Is it more important to stress what a Home buyer LOVES or what they really DO NOT WANT? Before and while looking at homes it is important to narrow down which homes to see. With a shortage of homes For Sale in some areas such as the MANCHESTER NH area, if you waste time liking at homes that you ...
By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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This is a new feature which I will post about weekly. It will highlight what I consider the best values in different price ranges and property types throughout the Napa Valley. It should be used as a guide and is not meant to guarantee anything. Do to the dynamic nature of real estate here, thing...
By Gena Bolton, Sandestin, Destin and South Walton 30A Real Estate
(SoWal 30A Your Beach Awaits | World Impact Real Estate)
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Regatta Bay Lifestyle - Destin, Florida  What is your favorite type of home -  estate, condo, waterfront?  There are many types to choose from and to enjoy the extras of resort living. CLICK HERE for all types of homes available in Regatta Bay. CLICK HERE for Golf Villas in Regatta Bay. Exciting ...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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What are the reasons NOT to get your hopes up too high in the beginning of the escrow? Many transactions “fall out” of escrow and you may be disappointed So you can make a good business decision to cancel your contract if needed Keep a backup plan for the other houses you liked Many transactions ...
By Robert (Bob) Gilbert, Your Katy TX Real Estate Expert
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties)
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Home Buyers - The Holiday Season may Create a Wonderful Buying OpportunityIt is the Holiday season and that probably will mean fewer people are thinking about buying a new or resale home in the Katy or surrounding areas. If you’re in the market or seriously thinking of buying a home, this situati...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   FREE...FREE...FREE! Home Foreclosure Report for all of Los Angeles County, California.  Whether you are an investor looking to flip a property or a home buyer seeking to buy a home.  This bi-weekly REO Blog will keep you updated on the  newly list...
By Roy Giordano, Top Agent Marlboro NJ, Marlboro/Manalapan Homes
(RE/MAX Central, Marlboro, Manalapan, Freehold, Old Bridge NJ)
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Just listed! 5 Bedroom 5.5 Bathroom Colonial in Freehold NJ   Roy Giordano  732-213-2438 7 Risa Benjamin Way, Freehold New Jersey. Offered at $825,000. I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected by the owners to market their beautiful home for sale.  This home boasts 5542 Sq. Feet and offe...
By Charles Ross, Love To Help People
(Remax Advantage Realtors Inc.)
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Don't miss this one! Adorable Ranch Home has 2 Bedrooms with Ceiling Fans, 1 Bathroom. Located on a Corner Lot. Side Entrance, Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, Large Living Room, Laundry Room & Pantry. Hardwood, Carpet, and Laminate Flooring. Appliances to Remain! Nice Deck with Privacy Fenced Yard i...
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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   SOLD 1408 RIVERSIDE ROANOKE, TX 11/24/2015 Home Ownership is a gift resulting from many sacrifices, dreams, desires, needs, and wants. In today's world of many entitlements, the dream of owning a home is the gift one gives thyself because goals are achieved requiring financial stability and ha...
By Joseph Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Mortgages Unlimited, Inc)
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Mortgage loans – Why all the paperwork?Minneapolis, MN:  Getting a home mortgage loan? Prepare to supply your Loan Officer with photo ID, your last 30-days of pay stubs, last two years W2’s, tax returns, last two months bank statements, divorce papers, and maybe even at lot more. Then once you su...
By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
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The big day is almost here!  You and your family are moving out of your old house into the new home you have finally closed on!  It’s an exciting time, however moving can be a huge headache if you go into it unprepared.  Below are a few tips and ideas on how to make your move a success. If you p...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
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It's more than just a home. It's a place you can call your own. A location where memories are born and fun is made. 51182 County Road 109, Elkhart, IN 46514 is a water front property than is waiting for it's counterparts. People to fill the walls with laughter and bare toes to tickle the pier's e...