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 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 Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
Comments 18
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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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THE RESERVEThe Reserve in Huntsville Alabama is a popular community on the west side of Zierdt Rd. and just a couple of minutes from the Redstone Arsenal's Gate 7. Click on the photo below of the entrance to the Reserve for a daily updated list of homes for sale.  NEIGHBORHOOD STATISTICSAt the wr...
By Susan J. Penn, PA, CDPE, SFR
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The market continues to be a seller's market in many parts of the country.  If you are have lost out in a multiple bid situation before, you will find this post useful for the next time you fall in love with a property! If you are looking for a home in the DC metro area, Give the Lise Howe Group ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are 9.2% higher than just one year ago. Home Prices are 7.9% higher than last year this time. The $250-500K price range leads the way with the largest improvement from last year at 17.4%. http://www.sellcvilleandrvahomes.com/
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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On this golfing paradise community of Mariner Sands, beautiful homes are surrounded by the beauty of the golf course and well-maintained landscaping. Amenities here include a private country club's clubhouse, Har-Tru tennis courts, modern golf practice facility, swimming pool, fitness center, cha...
By Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties
(The Virtual Real Estate Team)
Comments 4
 When I deal with a first time Oklahoma City real estate investor, some of the advice is the same for all, but much is different depending on a log of factors. Naturally, what your cash position is a start, but other factors like age, level of risk taking, what the investment is for are a few imp...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 7
Waterfront Condo for Sale in Delray Beach with DockSearch current inventory of Waterfront Condos in Delray Beach *** UPDATE - SOLD! Listing Details Waterfront Condo for Sale in Delray Beach with Dock 1111 George Bush Blvd, # K, Delray Beach, FL 33483Price:  $ 509,000MLS Number:  RX- 9957314Bedroo...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 6
Homes for Sale in the Azura Community Boca Raton, FLWhy Do People Live here? Azura is a beautiful gated community of luxury single family homes that is conveniently located in central Boca Raton.  It's not uncommon to see neighborhood kids playing the streets of this gated community or people out...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 4
Waterfront Condo for Sale in Delray Beach - SOLDSearch current inventory of Waterfront Condos in Delray Beach  *** UPDATE - SOLD!.  Please contact me for similar waterfront condos for sale in Delray Beach. Listing Details Waterfront Condo for Sale in Delray Beach with Dock  1111 George Bush Blvd,...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Client Testimonial Boca Delray Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida Just before New Years, Shira and Henry closed on their new Delray Beach, Florida condo.  This is their new winter home.  They are busy making plans for not only their condo but bike rides to the beach, golfing and some down time...
There is a general belief among most people that searching for a house is a very difficult job. It’s true that in the olden days finding the right home that matched your needs was tough, but today, with the progress that technology has made, finding McCormick Ranch homes for sale, condos, apartme...
By Shirley Coomer, Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az
(Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living)
Comments 4
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 Ellen Goulding Myers, Broker-Associate
(Coldwell Banker, The Amelia Group)
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 Amelia Island, FL. Whether looking for a full-time residence or a vacation property, there are many luxury condominiums on the beach from which to choose!  From high-rises to townhouses, we are sure to have just the right luxury property for you!  Whatever your style, you are sure to enjoy our 1...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 4
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 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 Margaret Hickman, REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS
(Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners )
Comments 1
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 John M. Acaron, BSME, CMI - Master Home Inspector
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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."  ...
 When you hire any professional to help you in finding a good home for yourself, you must ensure that this hired help is able to provide you with all the help required for finding, as well as buying, the house that you fall in love with. Therefore, the agent you should be on the lookout for must ...