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 Bill Kamboukos
(Strategic Mortgage)
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Fannie Mae has just made a change to their home loan guidelines, that now makes it easier to qualify for a home loan if you have a larger amount of student loan debt.                        The change allows you to use the documented minimum monthly payment of your student loan for qualifying pur...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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 Rent VS Buy: Which is RIGHT for You?   Rent VS Buy ... which is better?Seems everyone has an opinion on this debate.  Pro and Con.  But truth is, no one but the person(s) considering this question has the "right" answer.  Or at least what's the "right" answer for them.It's also true:  Facts, emo...

By Joel Jadofsky, One of the Top Realtors in Panama City Beach Area
(Keller Williams - homes for sale - Florida - Gulf - Beach )
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It's always exciting to begin the search for your new home - nerve-wracking maybe, but also thrilling! After you get your pre-approval from the bank and know exactly what your budget will look like, the real fun begins.  As with nearly any transaction in life, however; there are always red flags ...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Oliver W Holmes Middle School, Wheeling, IL - April 2017 About Oliver W Holmes Middle School Oliver W Holmes Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 21, and is located at 221 S Wolf Rd in Wheeling, IL. It services homes in Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, and Wheeli...

By Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale
(Homes By Cross, Inc. )
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Simple Tips for Moving to a New Home While PregnantMoving is a logistical challenge even if you are moving to a dream Weddington house for sale. Add being pregnant and you are facing obstacles that seem impossible. You may be battling morning sickness and all of the other changes that come with p...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Wheeling High School, Wheeling, IL - April 2017 About Wheeling High School Wheeling High School is a 9-12 school in District 214, and is located at 900 S Elmhurst Rd in Wheeling, IL. It services homes in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Prospect Heights, and Wheeling...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Sienna, Wheeling, Illinois - April 2017 About Sienna Sienna is a single family home and townhouse community built in the late 1990s by Concord Homes. Sienna features town homes with floor plans ranging from 1,300 to 1,760 square feet of living space. Sienna is located in Wheeling, Illinois on Fr...

By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
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        $645,000.00 - 3690 Keefer Rd, Chico, CA 95973             Location: Chico, CA Nestled on a hill amongst Blue Oaks and ornamental trees, this lovely home is a tranquil private park. Nearly every room has a view of the outside gardens. It is a home of all seasons: Winter might be spent in ...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Robert Frost Elementary School, Mount Prospect, IL - April 2017 About Robert Frost Elementary School Robert Frost Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 21, and is located at 1805 N Aspen Dr in Mount Prospect, IL. It services homes in Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, and Wheeling. Single...

By Maria Sapio, Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA. Mariasapio.com
(Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty)
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Thank you Kathleen Daniels for offering the April Challenge inviting us to 'the dark side' where we must each explore the "one peeve in your business that drives you bat-bonkers."This peeve literally came out to bite me this week.  I was showing four properties to my buyer/clients on Monday.  The...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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1730 Geneva Dr., Wheeling, IL 60090List Price: $264,900 Beds Baths Built Sq.Ft. Garage Taxes On Market 2 2 1998 1,817 ft2 2 $5,668 0 days Impressive end unit, so open & bright! Meticulously maintained by original owner! Vaulted ceilings! Fireplace & media niches in both the living room & family r...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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California's Stunning Bridge (Loan) It is 2017's peak buying season in the San Francisco Bay Area and many buyers in this competitive, low-inventory market face a challenge greater than just the inability to find the right house.  For them, there's actually a more pressing dilemma.  Before they c...

By Casas De Maryland Asesores Inmobiliarios, ¿En Qué Podemos Servirle?
(Herboso & Associates LLC- Broker 240.426.5754)
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CasasdeMaryland.com Nuestros servicios para compradores son gratuitos para usted, Eso es por todo, La ayuda de encontrar financiamiento, la ayuda para encontrar ayuda para su down payment (enganche) La ayuda para darle accseso a todas las casas que estan en venta, publicas o privadas y tambien nu...

By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
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Dick offers us a great picture of what goes on in the minds of sellers in a competitive marketplace.  We see similar multiple-offer scenarios play out daily here in a hot California marketplace, and I see them across the country. As a lender a few things stood out to me --- for one, while FHA sho...

By Ann Urias, Your Real Estate Concierge
(Aston Group - Orange County Real Estate)
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Click on pic for more info on our New Construction Rebate programUp to 60% commission credit towards closing and upgrades. Cirrus at EsenciaFrom $849,990 to $983,9904 bedroom 3 Baths 2698 sqft and up Call Ann for more info 714-588-7676

By dustin sherlin, Serving Chattanooga and Cleveland for over 15 year
(Sherlin Realty)
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470 Oakland Drive, Sweetwater, TN Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure My Reviews Follow This Home! Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values Presented By: Dustin Sherlin Sherlin Realty LLC 423-896-6000 License #: 030...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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Thinking of Purchasing After Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, or Short Sale?Even if you had some financial hardship and suffered through a bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale, you can purchase a home again. Here are the required waiting times for different types of mortgages. Of course, re-establishing...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Yorkshire Manor, Naperville, Illinois - April 2017 About Yorkshire Manor Yorkshire Manor is a single family home neighborhood built in the 1980s. Yorkshire Manor is lcoated in Naperville, Illinois off of Old Plank Road west of Naper Boulevard. Average taxes in Yorkshire Manor $0 Average associat...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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Stress!Buying a home can be stressful but it does not need to be so much.Couples that have talked about what they want (not all have)  have a betterbuying experience than those who are winging it.Before you start looking even on the computer... Decide what you need.Bedrooms, outbuildings, Locatio...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Pheasant Glen, Naperville, Illinois - April 2017 About Pheasant Glen Pheasant Glen is a single family home neighborhood built in the early 2000s. Pheasant Glen is located in Naperville, Illinois on Plank Road west of Naperville Boulevard. Average taxes in Pheasant Glen $10,233 Average associatio...