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 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 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 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 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 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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
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  I WAS THIRSTY While showing houses to buyers I was feeling hot and thirsty. The weather has been hot in North Dallas. Then I saw this cat and my heart began to understand what it must be like for animals who are left outdoors during showings. Many can't go indoors where it's cool. They can't ev...
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 Alexander Landman, DFW Real Estate Broker
(Apartments Rent Rebate Inc)
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3 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath home, two story, located in an established community near restaurants, shopping, Sharyland Schools and the Expressway. Home has an enclosed courtyard in the front and a private, gated, spacious backyard. The home has been freshly painted and ready for your family to mov...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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***Arizona Pool Homes Special! *** Corner Lot Pool Home for Sale in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado    $339,90043216 W MCCLELLAND DriveMaricopa, AZ 85138 5 Beds / 3 Baths 2861 SqFt of living space Active / MLS# 5304358   Corner Lot Pool Home for Sale in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado   This ex...
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 Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
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ATTENTION my first time home buying friends...This is a phenomenal post written by Kristin Hamilton, a fellow Activerain Blogger!  If you are even CONSIDERING the idea of becoming a homeowner, do yourself a favor and take a minute and read this... 10 Ways To Improve Your Chances of Buying a House...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Pool Home for Sale w/ Lake Views in Rancho El Dorado $475,00022384 N BALBOA DRMaricopa, AZ 85138Active / 5238080  Bedrooms: 4 / Bathrooms: 3 Square Feet: 3199  Enjoy the views of the lake and the golf course in your own backyard oasis with heated pool  and...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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 Maricopa Move-in-Ready Home for Sale w/ Pool in Acacia Crossings  $224,900 45433 W MIRAFLORES StreetMaricopa, Arizona Bedrooms: 3 / Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 2291 MLS: 5241553   Enjoy this kitchen with Granite Counters, Maple Cabinets, Oversized Island, Tile and Laminate Wood floors everywhere...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ ARIZONA POOL HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Maricopa Golf Course Lot Home for Sale w/ Pool in Rancho El Dorado42371 W BRAVO DriveMaricopa, Arizona$358,900 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5 Square Feet: 2900 MLS: 5310703    Rare Hacienda ''BOLLINGER'' model with pool on oversized premium lot located on 18th fairway ...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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I rarely ever have a problem with a Sacramento home inspector when it's my buyer, but when it's somebody else's home inspector and my seller, that's when things can go sideways. Not every agent understands home inspection reports, either. And while agents should not be intrepreting these reports ...
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 Rhonda Hollifield, REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR CRS, GRI, ABR
(Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners)
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National Forecast for Real EstateSuppose you are a local homeowner who intends to move to a different home eventually, but for the moment, you aren’t under any particular deadline pressure that would dictate when you have to put your home on the market. In that case, you’re likely to keep tabs o...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
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Sorry this duplex sold in under 30 days.... SOLD 7/9/2015 Duplexes rarely come on the real estate market in Tracy CA.Recently I have the priveledge of listing a duplex in Tracy, CAThis duplex is awesome as the front unit is a 2 bedroom 1 bathroom with an attached a 2 car garage.  The Garage is at...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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I was asked the question what was wrong with a certain lake...There are so many homes for sale!Well, there is nothing wrong with the lake. Values of lake homes are going up fast, and have reached an level where people are willing to sell.Some of the sellers have waiting 5-7 years for the market t...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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26540 Rustling Birch Way, Plainfield, IL 60585List Price: $305,000 Beds Baths Built Sq.Ft. Garage Taxes On Market 4 2.1 2007 3,271 ft2 3 $11,976 50 days Fabulous open layout in this super spacious home in Grande Park! 4 Generous bedrooms plus 1st floor den and 2nd floor bonus room too! Hardwood f...