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 Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
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602 East Greenway Drive, Tempe, AZ Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2104 SQUARE FEET Fabulous Tempe location - Minutes from ASU, Airport, Shopping, Freeways buses & downtown - Mo...
By John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
(HOME INSPECTOR USA)
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    A fan attached to a room’s ceiling is known as a ceiling fan. Like other fans, it is used to provide comfort for building occupants by circulating air within a room.   Fun Facts About Ceiling Fans An adult human cannot be decapitated by a ceiling fan, according to the TV show "MythBusters."  ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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The Condo scene in Evanston is booming. One of the most popular areas we see people looking for property is the condos that are near the downtown area. You get everything within walking distance including the public transportation via the Metra and EL trains. You could be in downtown Chicago with...
By Margaret Hickman, REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS
(Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners )
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Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it make you wonder why?  Were you told you needed to come into the office before seeing the house?  Here are a few things for you to think about...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
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If you love getting back to nature and kayaking or canoeing,  I have the perfect properties for you to see!   Just 30 minutes from the City of Kingston, I have 2 very different homes available for sale.  They're on the same road but on different lakes!We have 2902 Holleford Road in South Frontena...
By Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
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Raleigh North Carolina Real EstateFind Homes for sale in or near Raleigh - Cary North CarolinaFinding homes for sale has changed a lot over the years. The majority of people find their homes online or start their Raleigh-Cary Real Estate Home Search online before they ever step foot into a home.S...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Is homeownership still the American Dream? Homeownership to the extent we know it in the United States is a uniquely American tradition and has long been referred to as the American Dream. So is homeownership still the American Dream? If you study the infographic below from KCM (Keeping Current M...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
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14401 Grandview Street, Overland Park, Kansas Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE July 05, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS | 5 (4 full, 1 half ) BATHROOMS | 4505 SQUARE FEET This home is being marketed exclusively by The Mowe...
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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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New On the Market Well Maintained Townhome, Cedaredge, COThis is a wonderful place to call home. It's been recently painted inside and outside. The carpet is newer and it has a metal roof. There's also a covered patio. The yard is nicely landscaped. Price $120,000Here's a list of the features: 2 ...
By Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
(Helen Adams Realty)
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Providence Arbours neighborhood Charlotte, NC is one of my FAVORITE neighborhoods in South Charlotte!  Located near the intersection of Providence Road and I-485, Providence Arbours neighborhood is conveniently located to shopping, dining, entertainment and commuting corridors.  Zoned for some of...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is located between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, to the east of Seattle. Covering 76 square miles, LWSD is the public school district for the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, as well as about half of Sammamish. On the north end of the district, s...
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 Christina Sanchez Hood, SiliconValleyHOODS.com | Luxury Real Estate & More
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Looking for a home in Mountain View, CA?  No worries, how about instead of searching those big box sites that contain somewhat accurate/not-very-accurate information, you take the time to connect with Christina Hood of #SiliconValleyHOODs to recive your personal Buyer Home Tour Report?Yes, there ...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is located between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, to the east of Seattle. Covering 76 square miles, LWSD is the public school district for the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, as well as about half of Sammamish. On the north end of the district, s...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is located between Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains, to the east of Seattle. Covering 76 square miles, LWSD is the public school district for the cities of Kirkland and Redmond, as well as about half of Sammamish. On the north end of the district, s...
By Sandra Jarock
(Metro Brokers The Brian Petrelli Team)
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What does a Cinnamon Roll as our craziest food say about Coloradans?  Well essentially many things we are traditional and if we are going for it we are going all the way, warm that bun slap on the icing and indulge.  Seriously take it all in and indulge we have all the outdoor activities to work ...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Great home buying points Every Realtor needs to read this and follow it to a T. Don't be a pop tart Realtor, pre qualify every buyer first! Have you ever called a REALTOR and asked to see a house only to be told you need to get pre-approved with a lender first?  Did it make you angry, or did it m...
By Sandy Nelson, your Olympia area Realtor
(Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc.)
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120 Lila St. Steilacoom, WA 98388 Beautiful Steilacoom Home Live in this amazing home and walk to quaint downtown Steilacoom to dine in an outdoor cafe and take in the gorgeous views of Islands, Olympic Mountains and Ferries crossing the Sound. Interior Features: Family Room, Laundry Room, Pantr...
By Karen Salmon, Okotoks Real Estate Agent
(Royal LePage Benchmark)
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 It’s no secret that we had a slow start this year in the real estate market, but with change comes opportunity.  Inventory rose, prices stabilized, and most importantly, first-time home buyers took note. According to the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals (CAAMP), nearly h...