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 Tara Winfield
(Amerivest Realty)
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As many of you know, I just got back to Florida after spending THREE WEEKS in Illinois.  (Obviously I'm not all that busy with work just yet...)  But, it was nice to be up there... I was there in time for my new niece's arrival.  I helped my mom cook (one) Thanksgiving dinner.  I spent lots of ti...
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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Homes for Sale $200,000 to $290,000 in Tradition Fla of St Lucie County For More Information To View Any Home In Tradition Call The Tolbert Team at 772-834-0099
By Noemi Cardoso
(RE/MAX TerraSol)
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By Gina Roberts-Grey vectorarts/iStock When Rob Grzelka found a home to buy in the Syracuse, NY, area, his disclosure form told him all was in good working order. But the inspection didn’t reveal that the place had long sat empty, or that winged creatures had made the house their home. “We moved ...
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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 Search Here for 2014 Built Homes and Newer in all St Lucie County. Call our team to guide you professionally and personally to find your dream home in Sunny Florida.772-834-0099
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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YES!  We have a very competitive price for this top of the line home in Northborough which is sure to make your budget happy!  Call you mortgage broker to check the numbers and then visit our open house on Saturday 12/5 12pm to 1:30 or schedule a private showing.The upgrades this house has receiv...
By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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 Alright, now we are rolling. We at Team Jadofsky hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving last week; being with family is always an amazing time. But now that Thanksgiving is over, we are now in the swing of things. The holidays are officially here!   So, as we look forward this holiday season ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Fountain of Salmacis?- Leaking from weep hole on frost free hose bibb (silcock/hydrant). "As he rushed to quench his thirst,  A fountain spring appeared before him  And as his heated breath brushed through the cool mist,  A liquid voice called, "Son of gods, drink from my spring"." Fountain of...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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If you want to purchase an investment property, you will probably find that banks can be frustrating and seem to want to close you out of the market. When you can't get help from a traditional lender, Texas hard money lenders will be there for you.  The housing crash of the mid-2000s led to banks...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Silver Spring Maryland is convenient to downtown D.C., Rockville, Gaithersburg and BethesdaSilver Spring is unincorporated and covers more than nine and a half square miles. The southern part of downtown Silver Spring borders Washington DC.Metro's Red line has a stop in downtown Silver Spring wit...
By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
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Waikiki Condo Profile:   Diamond Head Vista   Diamond Head Vista       2600 Pualani Way       Honolulu, HI      $590,000 - $975,000   Diamond Head Vista is a 37-story residential condo in the quieter East-end of Waikiki. The complex has Diamond Head and Ocean views from the higher floors.   Ameni...
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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Under Contract - Murphy Creek - Aurora, CO 80018 There are times where nothing will work except new construction, and luckily this property was available and is almost perfect for this home buyer.    This patio home has an alley garage, small yard which is perfect for someone that doesn't want to...
By Dennis Dahlberg
(Level 4 Funding )
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When you are purchasing an investment property, there are many issues that can pop up during the escrow period and derail your investment. With hard money lenders, Texas real estate investors are able to avoid common pitfalls that can delay or even cancel closing.  If you are looking to purchase ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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In most of New Jersey and in many other states, attorney's handle many parts of the transaction.  They fine tune the contract to both parties satisfaction, handle ordering title, title insurance, they also write the deed and file it with the county as well as reporting everything to the IRS.  Th...
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 Solomon Greene
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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The Berkmar High School area located around southwest Gwinnett County in Lilburn GA offers a wonderful quality of life for Metro Atlantans.  Residents here enjoy some of the finest in dining experiences, a wide range of affordable (and luxury) housing, supermarkets, recreation, and healthcare cho...
By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Question:Just had a conversation with the Listing agent. The property closed, and then it turns out that the furnace and air conditioner are leased.Wouldn't the buyer's lawyer check this out on title search etc. The Listing agent said sellers didn't tell her it was leased. Who is at fault? Answer...
By Dale Dresel, Professional Realtor Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa, Gilbert & Goodyear AZ)
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*ARIZONA WINTER HOMES SPECIAL* Maricopa Great Bungalow Home for Sale in Acacia Crossings  44701 W PARAISO LaneMaricopa, Arizona $155,000   Beds: 4 Bath: 2 Type: Single Family - Detached Sq Ft: 1754 Built: 2004 MLS: 5366178    Maricopa Bungalow Home for Sale in Acacia CrossingsGreat single level b...
By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
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Carroll  County, MD Home Buyers  Let’s play Duck, Duck, Goose HOUSE! Buying a home in Carroll County, MD in the spring? Now is the time to get your ducks in a row! Do you remember the traditional children's game, duck, duck, goose? Four or more children sit in a circle facing each other, while an...
By Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence,Persistence & Perseverance
(Allison James Estates & Homes)
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Our beautiful gated waterfront new home community is finally open for business and I am holding our model home open today to introduce the public to the incomparable value offered by our homes. MLS# A4136779 6781 PORTSIDE LN, ENGLEWOOD, FL 34223  will be open Sunday from 12-4pm  3 bedrooms, 2 bat...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Alpharetta GA Homes for Sale by Price | Search HomesAlpharetta GA homes for sale by price.  Search Alpharetta GA Homes for sale in the MLS as listed by list price ranges. Alpharetta is a great place to live in North Atlanta, it is easily accessed by the GA 400 and is located in Fulton County Geor...