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 Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley)
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 This is a weekly feature I will do every Saturday for those wanting info on open homes in the Napa Valley. If I can help you find the perfect property here in the Napa Valley, please contact me. For those wanting a map and more details, here is the link to the Napa Register’s open house page.   ...
By Chris Gurnee
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9721 227th Place SW,, Edmonds, WA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (2 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 3203 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free Lis...
By Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque
(eXp Realty)
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Here's an excellent post by Albuquerque home inspector Fred Herndon. This is certainly a home feature that I look for on older homes in Los Ranchos and elsewhere.  I did an Inspection the other day in the Los Ranchos, it's an extension of the Albuquerque area. This home was built in 2000 and is p...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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www.regalclassichomes.com Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Custom Home?To tree or not to tree, that is the question?I know it's bad but I just couldn't help myself. I guess like most choices in life it depends upon your priorities. If you want to have an energy efficient hom...
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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Insurance Companies Are Tougher on Homeowners Insurance What a difference 10 years makes in real estate and in home insurance.  In RI real estate we have so much waterfront or near waterfront that insurance companies can have stringent restrictions on whether they insure in an area or not for hom...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    Today’s hot real estate market often finds new home shoppers going to the on-site agent to purchase their new home in attempts to save having to pay commission fees. Of course, the on-site agent gets paid by the builder/developer and they will do their best to steer folks away from getting a ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Trees can be a very valuable asset, we have done some tree appraisals that added up to far more than the value of the lot.  Wise choice to keep as many as possible of those that would not be disturbing the home. www.regalclassichomes.com   Should I Save The Trees On The Building Lot For My New Cu...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Friendly Reminder:Next week the "End of the Month Sales Data" will  be posted for the month of November. Are you looking to buy a home in either Belmont Shore, Belmont Park, Naples or the Peninsula in Long Beach, CA? If so you have found the Friday Night Home Listing Report for these neighborhood...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Anthem Homes for Sale - Henderson NV 89044 and 89052 - November 27, 2015Anthem offers a great selection of homes in one of Henderson Nevada's most desirable master planned communities. The development has regular, gated, guard-gated and active adult neighborhoods, plus some fantastic golf courses...
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 Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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These web pages are provided as a public service for home buyers, sellers and residents in the North/Central New Jersey. Click on County Page for all towns. If you are interested in other communities please contact us, and we will be happy to obtain the information for you and send it to you. Cl...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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 Lakewood Plaza | Rancho Estates Real Estate Blog Post  Friendly Reminder!  Next week's post will contain your market update on "Sold" properties for the month of November.  Welcome to your "Lakewood Plaza - Rancho Estates" weekly real estate blog post where you will be kept up to date on the ava...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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There are some great areas in Henderson Nevada that would be ideal to build a custom home.Whether your looking for a lot way up on a bluff overlooking the Las Vegas lights and Strip, Vegas Bob can help you find that perfect place in Henderson. There are some 1/2 acre lots all the way up to 5 acr...
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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Finding the Right Moving Company     Part of buying or selling a home involves moving, and if you are thinking of hiring a moving company, there are things you should check into prior to signing on the dotted line if you plan to get from House A to House B with all of your belongings! Check HERE...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
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New Home Construction Neighborhoods now enjoying robust sales in: Bristol Sylvan Meadows Elkhart Concord GrandviewHidden Meadow ReservesSandy CreekSimonton at the CrossingStoneybrook ShoresTimberstoneWestleaf ManorWoodfield Villa's Goshen Fieldstone CrossingSongbird MeadowsWestoria Middlebury Ced...
By Pat Starnes, Broker/Owner
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
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What Happens to the Earnest Money I Submitted with my Offer? Is the check cashed? Where does the money go? Do I get it back at closing?These are valid questions that buyers ask when purchasing a new home. Where DOES the earnest money go?Earnest money is offered to show the seller you are a SERIOU...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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 The Los Altos Friday Night Listing Report is ready for your review. This blog shares with you newly listed homes for the weeks with pictures, and I also provide you with a full inventory list of homes for sale within Los Altos. Do you have any questions?  Need additional informaiton or would you...
By Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
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One of the most beautiful places around the Las Vegas Valley has to be Red Rock Canyon around Summerlin in Las Vegas Nevada.And now is your chance to own a piece of Red Rock Canyon before it's gone! Vegas Bob has been hiking around the Red Rock Canyon now for over 20 years and it is one of his f...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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Here in Washington, we have seen the rapid gentrification of some formerly funky neighborhoods.  And in some never funky areas, there has been a lot of new development.Every parking lot becomes the site of a new "luxury" condo building.  Any lovely old Victorian townhomes coming on the market are...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Three Bedroom Homes for Sale Cedaredge Nov 2015 Real Estate InformationThis report covers the three bedroom homes, listed in the local multiple listing service (MLS), available in the Surface Creek Area of Delta County. This includes the communities of Cedaredge, Eckert, Austin and Cory. Three be...