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 Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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             PGA Village Home Awaits Her New Owner in                           PGA Village Port St Lucie       Click Below and View the Matterport 3D Virtual Tour of 9620 Enclave Circle. Look At The Different Views: Floorplan, Dollhouse, and Walk through Tour. I sold a house in Germany sight un...
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 Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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7774 Lake Shore Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347$459,500 MLS #PM-18020 Click here for details on this Lake Front propertyLake Front Chalet ''Country Cottage'' with spectacular view of the lake with 86' of lake frontage in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Garrett Park Marylandan easy commute to downtown Washington DC     Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge specialize in evaluating properties. We work with home buyers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Where you work shapes where you live. We help home buyers determine the best property ...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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Are you purchsing a home that has a water well for drinking water??Should I have my water from the well tested durng the home inspection?? YES!! What are some naturally occurring sources of pollution? micro-organisms:  Bacteria, viruses, parasites and other microorganisms are sometimes found in w...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make in your life. The responsibility of being a homeowner is not to be taken lightly. The maintenance, the mortgage, and the headaches that come with homeownership are very real and very frequent. However, there are so many positives ...
By Dave Shockley, Putting my clients needs first Roy Wheeler Realty
(Independent Contractor)
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Now that the photo has your attention lets get serious.As you begin to look for your new home, you may be tempted to get a head start on furnishing it.  DON'T DO IT!!!!!Making a large credit purchase before closing on your loan could be disastrous.  Purchases made on credit, even with "no payment...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Buying a home takes preparation and commitment. Nicole Doty Broker and Owner of Zion Realty in Gilbert, AZ makes 5 excellent points of what buyers need to be ready to commit too in order to be successful in their home purchase. If you’re considering buying a home and aren’t ready for these steps ...
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 Patty Clark, Helping Families Make the Right Move
(Metro Brokers/Morningside Homes, LLC)
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    Three M's of Homeownership Among the many reasons people have to own home, they include having a place of their own, to raise a family and to share with friends. Additional benefits include security, investment, peace, pride and enjoyment. Together with the benefits come the responsibility to...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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 Should I Buy A Corner Lot For My New Custom Home? The popularity of corner lots goes all the way back to the days of the horse and carriage. Homeowners would pay a premium for a lot where the barn, animals and the unpleasant odors were away from the main house. Now, years later, that rumor still...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Caution when buying a Fixer House! Remodeling has its challanges…. Posted on Jul 30, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects |  Caution when buying a Fixer! Remodeling has its challenges: Patience, Money and good Planning make it easier!Often time you hear someone saying I wi...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 Take Full Advantage of an Open House…  Have you ever visited an open house? Even if you are not in the market to buy a home, chances are you’ve toured an open house. Open houses have been around for decades, and they will probably be around for many more years to come. But for potential home buy...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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4 bedroom home for sale in Charlotte NC, listed at $150,000. Take the ChoiceCarolinaHomes YouTube video tour of this lovely, well-kept four bedroom, 2.5 bath home, complete with community swimming pool and picnic area in the northeast Charlotte subdivision of Brawley Farms.Video Tour - 7815 Shiny...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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With a buyers’ market and lower interest rates, it’s a good time to be a buyer in OttawaIf you live in the Ottawa area and you’ve been thinking of buying a house or condo, you’ve possibly already heard that it’s a good time to be a buyer, thanks to the buyers’ market we’ve been experiencing for s...
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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 If you want to check out a number of options for a new place to call home, the Heritage Bay Naples Florida homes for sale can give you that opportunity.  The community could become even more attractive in your mind if you like to play golf, as this is a “bundled golf” development where a golf me...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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  Pflugerville Texas - Spacious 0.261 acre lot HUD owned home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, 1,630 square feet, 1 story, in Settler's Meadow subdivision. Built in 1999 by Pulte Homes. 4 sides brick. Fireplace. Kitchen Island. Master with garden tub, separate shower, double vanity, and walk-in ...
By Summer Robertson, Gillette, WY Agent
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
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 Don’t forget about 509 Vivian In Gillette WY! You will adore this lush green yard on a corner lot complete with mature trees and bushes! Fully fenced as well for your convenience! Don’t forget that the siding, windows and roof have all been updated as well! This Gillette, WY home is over 2700 sq...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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It is important to get your FICO score up to qualify for a loan and sometimes the higher your score, the lower your interest rate. 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House Quicker   1. What is the first thing you should do? Start Saving money and cutting back slightly on frivilious expen...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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Quality, It Has To Bbe Built In Not Inspected Into A Home.I once had a potential Customer tell me that all Builders are basically the same, they have to build to the same code. He continued, so all I have to do is beat you up on the cosmetic items. What he was implying is that all Central Florida...