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 DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Keller Williams Realty Partners SW)
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A  strong credit history is built over time. Prospective home Buyers have a lot of control over their mortgage loan credit worthiness and should strive to safeguard their financial lives to improve probability of success in obtaining a mortgage loan.  Loan denials are usually due to one or a comb...
By ROGER HOLLOWAY, Charlotte NC Broker/Realtor® Licensed in NC & SC
(ProStead Realty)
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Baxter Village Homes for sale provide your family an opportunity to live in one of the coolest neighborhoods in the Charlotte metro area.  Just minutes from 485 and 77 and a great commute to Uptown Charlotte NC.  One of the reasons the neighborhood is so charming is the thought that went into the...
By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
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As a first time home buyer in Northern Virginia area it can be over whelming on amount of information you need to process or know while going through house hunting. Here are few simple Dos and Don'ts while purchasing your home in Northern Virginia. DOs:  Financing: Do learn everything about your ...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Without a doubt, advancements in technology, and photography in a digital age, have advanced marketing techniques for selling real estate by leaps and bounds. At the touch of a keyboard linked to the internet, homebuyers and sellers have learned they are dramatically empowered in their quest to b...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Take a look at this 5 BEDROOM; 2 Bath home in Auburn, AL for ONLY $159,500!!!  What a great deal!!!!!Great open floor plan with large living room and huge private fenced in back yard with many well established flowers/trees. Open foyer with a large dining room. Spacious kitchen with pantry and br...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Nina Hollander and Carolinas Realty Partners are pleased to share this 5-Star Review  from one of our favorite clients, who was a first time home buyer needing a lot of encouragement and hand-holding through the process. (It is nerve wracking to buy your first home, even under the best of circums...
By Michael McGuffie, Custom Home Building, Additions & Remodeling
(Regal Classic Homes)
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 A Tub In The Master Bath Or Not?If I've learned one thing over the years, everyone has a different get ready process. Guys mostly take showers and are in and out of the bathroom in quick order, for the most part. The ladies are quite different. Some take a shower and others are soakers frankly, ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Ever been shopping and in the center of a big box outlet and out of gas happens?Blurred vision, the sounds around you on the PA and din of other shoppers, squeaky wheels on the wire car just make you start to shut down.Searching for real estate property listings that fit, off the rack. It can bec...
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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  When looking for a new residence sometimes the search can be generic, while at other times quite specific.  The Naples Florida homes for sale for $500,000 in a golf course community is an example of one of the latter, especially when targeted at single family dwellings.  Considering the area's ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395)
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Have you seen this? I found in on Facebook this weekend and just found it fascinating. While I didn't see him turn his head, I could clearly see him both looking straight ahead and as a profile. My youngest son can only see him looking straight ahead. My daughter-in law "thinks" she can see the p...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Monday Morning Surprise The week started out with a pleasant Monday morning surprise when the Spring Hill community manager of Adams Homes, a local builder, stopped by the office to see me and delivered cake and wine as a thank you for a recent new home sale.   Since inventory of resale homes is ...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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Congratulations to the new, proud owners of 65 Horne Way, unit 1, in Millbury, MA sold by Lorraine Kuney of The Kuney-Todaro Team.  Lorraine was able to find this lovely couple the end unit, ranch style condo that ended their search.Boasting 6 spacious rooms with two bedrooms and two full bathroo...
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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SOLD - Stroh Ranch - Parker CO  80134 This home is now SOLD and buyers are thrilled to have their new Colorado home.     The buyers relocated from Florida and knew exactly what they were looking for on the home tours.    After seeing homes for a couple days, they had a hard decision between a few...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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 June 2015: Austin-area home sales top 3,000 sales (7/24/2015) AUSTIN - Austin-area home sales topped 3,000 sales for the first time since July 2013, increasing 5 percent year-over-year to 3,051 sales for the month of June, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released July 21 b...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Village of Neshaminy Falls is a lovely active adult community in North Wales, Montgomery county, Pa.It has a heated pool, a nice clubhouse and offers lots of activities.There is a bus that takes you on weekly shopping trips . The clubhouse has an exercise room .People love to live here because it...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Lilies, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4339 I like to take early morning photowalks in our home community, Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878. About a hundred feet from our front door, I was able to photograph these white lilies. They were gone the next day and may ha...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Azalea Trace Home at 2931 Prince Dr. Clarksville TN 37043 SoldIt only took a little over 3 weeks to get this Azalea Trace home from pending to closed. The buyers were relocating from out of town and had all their ducks in a row so closing came sooner than expected. They commented how much the pap...
By Amber Castonguay, Servicing: Waukesha, Jefferson, Dodge County WI
(Re/Max Realty Center)
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Broker's Open-7/28/15 11:00am-1:00pm Lunch will be served at N61W29031 Parkside Pl. Town of Merton and Desert will be served at 1286 Mary Hill Circle-Hartland, WI 53029 Come and see these properties!
By Michele Ladd, Paying it Forward
(Heroes Home Advantage)
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We've put together a short slideshow to showcase a few of our happy HEROES! Please share with your friends!Are you a HERO? HEROES are active/retired military, police, firefighters, first responders, teachers, and health care providers. Contact us to be placed with a Heroes Home Advantage partner ...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Required Reporting to the I.R.S.Sellers of real property will have certain information regarding the sale reported to the Internal Revenue Service.This required reporting is a consequence of the Tax Reform Act of 1986; it is intended to encourage taxpayer compliance and aid in audit and enforceme...