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 Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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I thought I would mix up some of the blogs today about my new listings this month. It can be less interesting sometimes to read solely about square footage or numbers of bedrooms and baths, when there is also a good story behind-the-scenes that goes along with it. I know people like to read about...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Flowers Mill is an active adult community that offers resort style living in Bucks county. The clubhouse has indoor swimming pool , exercise room, banquet room, and offers lots of activities. There is also an outdoor pool. There are tennis courts. I looked up the mls this morning for active listi...

By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Warren Crossing Warren Twp. NJ Open House Sat. & Sun. by appointment Call Jane 908-313-7180. Five of the First Twelve Under Contract Starting at  $797,000. More Information & Availability Contact  Jane 908-313-7180 or Paul 908-310-1358  Ask about the approximate 50% 15 Year Tax Abatement Web Site...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Should You Get the Acknowledgement Signed by the Other Side?The Standard Form Agreement of Purchase and Sale contains an Acknowledgement section, following the signatures of the parties and the Confirmation of Acceptance section.Here’s what it says:ACKNOWLEDGEMENTI acknowledge receipt of my signe...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 Although lenders no longer require home buyers to obtain a property survey as part of the mortgage process, there is still a very important reason why home buyers should get a survey done prior to purchase -- because not doing one might negatively impact coverage under the title insurance policy...

By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Depending on your desires for a Cincinnati patio home, the selection might be VERY, VERY limited.  It might even be zero!While patio homes make the perfect home choice for many of our buyers, there are a few things that can put a kink in a successful patio home search: A limited location for avai...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
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Only do business dealings with people of character and integrity .No matter what, never let yourself break that rule.  It will never be worth it.Contracts-the inevitable result of entering into a contract with a person lacking integrity is being forced to pay out huge sums of money to attorneys i...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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A return client asked me to accompany him on a lot inspection. He's considering constructing a new family home and wanted a second opinion on his lot selection. As a no-charge service I accompanied him to have a look. The area was a new sub-division on a hill. Here's the investigation process I w...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
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When it comes to our credit scores, paying the right or wrong account/s can make a huge difference.  One would assume when paying off bad debts on your credit report( i.e. collections, tax liens, judgements, repos) the credit scores would always increase.  For example, paying off a utility collec...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Where is the Home Inventory in North Kingstown Homes for Sale  There was an excellent article from Housing Wire identifying the struggles Millenials are having buying a home now and some of the reasons they can not.In North Kingstown, we are experiencing a housing shortage under $500,000 of right...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
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By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Today is the day that my husband and I close on our sweet log cabin on the water at Fishhawk Lake. Always a momentous day for new homeowners!  This will be our new office for my continuing real estate business at Fishhawk Lake and it offers clients a peek at what they, too could own here in my ne...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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9171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759 MLS #16-1870 $350,000 9171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759 Beautiful Two Story Home Located on 10 +/- Acres 4 BR/2.5BA home ~ 3,216 sqft Large sunroom with an additional kitchen Outside patio with hot tub overlooking 2 acre stocked pond 40x50 workshop wi...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
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Just another glorious Dallas sky, puffy white clouds making way for thedarker evening clouds pushing their way through.  If you are searching for your perfect piece of Dallas skyline with the perfect home underneath...contact Lisa Von Domek, your Dallas Metroplex Realtor.I will find you the perfe...

By Julie Billeisen
(The Brian Petrelli Team MB)
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Stony Creek Littleton is made up of several different “Mini-neighborhoods” which consist of several different filings, including different groups of townhomes, condos, free standing homes, and a great little area of patio homes designated for adults, 55 and better. The Ridge at Stony Creek consis...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, How much does a nearby airport hurt a home's value?A realtor.com study qualified the impact a high-noise neighbor has on nearby home values. An airport, for example, dings values 13.2%; a busy highway within 1/10 of a mile hurts 11.3%; and a nearb...

By Real Estate Guy in Madison, Wisconsin, Real Estate Guy
(Powered by: eXp Realty)
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In a scorching hot market that Madison Wisconsin home sales is, landing the property you want means having your ducks in a row so you can pull the trigger immediately....Not being ready means losing your perfect home.Fortunately, the process is pretty straight-forward and completely doable. Here’...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2016 at 58% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly hous...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
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When you think of your Dream Home, what do you think of? If money was not a problem, would that change your desires? What elements are your “must haves”? Do you want a wide front porch with rocking chairs? Would you like to have an outdoor kitchen and patio overlooking a pool? Enough room for all...

By Nathan Gesner, We don't just manage!
(American West Realty & Management)
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Investing in Real Estate: Is It For You?In my mind, and in my personal experience, there is no better investment than real estate! Here are just a few of the reasons: Control. When you purchase stocks, bonds, mutual funds, CDs, or your company 401K plan, you put money into it but you can't do any...