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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Let’s face it, if something was built by the human species, it will eventually break, spring a leak or go south for one reason or another. We live in a faulty world.     As a business owner, I do my best to teach the inspectors who work for this company to note any appliance that may be at o...
By Terry Records
(Records Results!Real Estate)
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 As the holidays approach, I’m fielding more and more questions about what I think the rest of the year holds for the real estate market in Southwest Florida and beyond. I’m also hearing more questions about whether or not the Fed will actually raise rates this season and what that might mean goi...
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 Barbara Michaluk, Top Producing REALTOR Montgomery County, Maryland
(Weichert Realtors, 3816 International Dr, Silver Spring, MD)
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Leisure World of MarylandCondos For Sale The Greens Hi-Rise BuildingsLeisure World in Silver Spring, Maryland provides many on-site housing options for its 8,500+ senior residents, and the Greens condos on 15100, 15101, 15107, and 15115 Interlachen Drive offer excellent living opportunities withi...
By Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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105 W Vienna Dr Hutto TX 78634 Custom Built by Symphony Builders One Level Craftsman Style Estate Home Acre Lot  Architecturally designed plan best suited to take advantage of future back yard pool. Home is 2473 sq ft Heated and cooled with  888 sq ft garage,170 sq ft covered front porch, 257 sq ...
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 Bob Ratliff, Broker Associate - REALTOR® CRS, GRI ~ 512-587-5689, "Sold with Bob"
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX )
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Exceptionally well-kept home in prestigious 78729 zip code.Offered at $285,000 Hardwood floors downstairs & spacious game-room upstairs w/built-in shelves & cabinets.  This home has plenty of light & walk-in closets in all bedrooms.  Spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, tile back-splash, gas range ...
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 Marina Gavrylyuk, Marina
(Sutton Group Summit)
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One of the best things you can do to ensure you get the home you want is to arrange for financing before you go shopping. This is often referred to as getting “pre-approved”.Getting pre-approved simply means that your lender has calculated how much of a mortgage they’re willing to offer you, depe...
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 Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
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Two Person Income to Qualify for Mortgage.  Do You Have Adequate Life Insurance? So often when a young couple qualify for a mortgage, it takes both of their incomes to qualify and yet sometimes there is not enough life insurance on each one to cover the mortgage amount.  So let’s stop to consider...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Most buyers wonder what happens to their earnest money in the process of buying. This post answers that question. Thanks Pat Starnes. 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 t...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
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What are the reasons NOT to get your hopes up too high in the beginning of the escrow? Many transactions “fall out” of escrow and you may be disappointed So you can make a good business decision to cancel your contract if needed Keep a backup plan for the other houses you liked Many transactions ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Exterior Lights at Doors for residential homes- A little history.As a home inspector I know that often things are missed or not done because of various reasons, some of it just human error some of it is you don’t know what you don’t know.  In a recent conversation with a specific organization I d...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
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Moving to a new home is a huge, monumental life change. Its felt even more when you're moving from a home you've live in and loved for years; a home where you have special memories and perhaps raised a family. All this can add to the stress of moving from the home that you loved, to what could be...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
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 One of the best times to contract for a new construction Oklahoma City home for investment is November and December. First of all, builders are less busy in the 4th quarter and are more willing to make a deal for you. Secondly, the finish time will typically be March or April which is the beginn...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
Comments 53
Will a Lowball Offer Get the Door Slammed Shut?No matter how much counseling you do with a buyer, you have some that don't want to listen and do it their way. I blame it on the media and reality TV that give buyers a false sense that there are huge amounts of negotiating room padded into every sa...
By Charlene Hamilton, Reno Relocation Real Estate
(Keller Williams Group One Reno)
Comments 19
Entering escrow is only the tip of the iceberg.  A house is not your home until escrow closes.  That can take several weeks.  Many items have to be checked off before a real estate transaction is officially closed.  Things can go off kilter along the way, causing your home to fall out of escrow a...