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 Soulutions Real Estate
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I help Active Military and Veterans buy Arizona homes.  Your unselfish service to our country is what drives me to provide the best in service to those who have protected our country at home and abroad.  Having been licensed in Arizona since 2000, I have helped many Veterans buy and sell there Ar...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Purchasing a home for the very first time can be a joyous yet stressful event. Whether you've been a long time renter, or are a young millennial ready to spread your wings and fly out on your own, buying a home is a much more complicated process than searching properties on the Internet. Today's ...
By Pat Starnes
(Pat Starnes Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Castlewoods Subdivision, Brandon, MS Castlewoods Subdivision, one of the largest residential neighborhoods in the state, is home to over 2000 homeowners. The neighborhood surrounds a privately owned 18-hole golf course, Castlewoods Country Club. Located in northwest Rankin Count...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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1202 Farley Road   Tewksbury, Hunterdon County, NJ $875,000 Style: Townhouse-End Unit Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.1 Acres: 0.2   Contact: Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358   Or, Contact: Jane Nicastro-Disch 908-313-7180     CLICK IMAGESTO ENLARGE     PROPERTY DETAILS   Luxury town home for sale in Tewk...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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1602 W. Lovers Lane Arlington,Texas Could this be your next home?Three bedroom ,two bath home recently remodeled. This home offers canned lighting, cedar lined closet , big backyard with storage building. Home has hardwood floors home will be offered at $175,000.Love the big beautiful trees !!  O...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 2500 SF, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom contemporary-style house located on a 6+ acre lot at Lady Slipper in Woodstock, New Hampshire.  This home features; stainless appliances, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, loft, master bedroom with master bathroom en-suite (including whirlpool tub...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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3300 SF, 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom Adirondack-style house located on .35 acre lot at Riveredge in Lincoln, New Hampshire, with 150' on the Pemigewasset River.  This home features; security system, kitchen with granite counter tops, custom cabinets & pantry, tile & hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings,...
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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 848 Southwest Rocky Bayou Terrace, Port Saint Lucie, FL      848 Southwest Rocky Bayou Terrace, Port Saint Lucie, FL Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews $ Click for current price3 BEDROOMS | 1979 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Ho...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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6212 East Keynote Street, Long Beach, CA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools My Reviews More $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1394 SQUARE FEET Fabulously remodeled home on quiet, treelined street. Absolute turnkey. Newer roof, newer dua...
By Chris B Johnson, Realtor-Quality, Not Quantity
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Chris B Johnson, REALTOR®                         Your Moorpark Neighborhood Specialists Buying a Home This Summer                     Selling Your Home This Summer  The last Friday in June saw mortgage rates in the U.S.  rise to a 2015 high as bond investors reacted to reports  showing the housi...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Buying a Home Involves Key PlayersYou + Lender + Realtor +Settlement Attorney   Marshall and I ratified a contract for first time home buyers. It was a particularly happy event since it was the third offer written for this couple. Their home buying experience is common, happening all over the Gre...
By Joni Staples, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties)
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 Buyer Advice: You Can Still Make A Backup Offer  I am sure that it does NOT come as a surprise to you that this gorgeous home located at 69 Murphy Farm Road is pending.  If it does surprise you --> it shouldn't. I had an agent call me to tell me that they had told their buyers that they needed t...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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 The Best Chance to Learn About Your Potential Home!  The home inspection is a vital part of the home buying process. And clients always ask, “what should we expect? My advice is fairly simple. I’ve attended countless home inspections and even though some buyers see the home inspection as the per...
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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  Known more for the large estate properties, it might be easy to overlook the small homes for sale in Mediterra Naples Florida when looking for a new domicile.  Of course the term “small” is relative, and in the context of this fabulous gated golf course development, any single family house with...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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There's a saying that the buyer will make up his mind if he likes the home within 10 minutes of walking through the door... maybe even shorter. I'm not so sure about that but one thing I have run up against in my 11 years as a Home Inspector. LOTS of times when I arrive at the home, I can tell in...
By Sarah & Les Oswald, Broker, Realtor, SFR, PMC and Investor
(Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt)
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Happy Paper Trails everyone... If there is one blog you should read today...this one is it.Line by line we are brought to the dusty paper trails of the wild west road sometimes called money trail. Many have whispered the route, others have spoken about it, but none have given us the steps and dir...
By Bandele Oguntomilade, Your Woodland Hills Real Estate Agent 818-825-6996
(Bogun Realty and Luxury Homes)
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Open-House Events:                     1-4PM on Saturday 7-4-15 Property:                                        10859 Andora Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Virtual Tour:                                    www.10859Andora.com Offered At:                                     $1,499,999 Call:        ...
By Mary Horesco PA, Your Florida Real Estate Agent for Life
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.)
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Welcome to Winding Cypress, a new gated community located on Collier Blvd, with gorgeous new construction homes solid built by Divosta, in Naples Florida.Minutes away from downtown Naples that offers world class shopping, dining, and the best beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Venture into Marco Isla...
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 - Applewood West - Golden, CO  80401     This cute brick ranch home is now closed, and so nice when the transaction is so clean!   Wrote the first of June, closed yesterday and was seamless!   This is a great property in Applewood West  (a highly sought after neighborhood).    These buyers ...
By Jim Sinnott, Realtor, ABR, GRI Licensed in MA and RI
(Bedard Realty)
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  Is a Condo Right for You?  Condos are a popular alternative to owning a single family home, appealing to many segments of the population.  From couples who are just starting out together to retirees, and everyone in between, condos are a smart choice that offers many advantages. There are diffe...