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 Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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Professional Real Estate Agent or Dream Crusher?Northern Virginia's suburbs are the most expensive places to buy a home, but they are certainly way up there on the list.  First time buyers, particularly in seller's markets, struggle to find an affordable, move in ready, place to call home.When yo...

By Dustin Miller, Real estate agent servicing Portland Metro
(Soldera Properties)
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 The Woodstock neighborhood offers a lot of charm for new home buyers- this neck of the woods has an appeal that just seems to outweigh other areas of Portland. And a part of that spell is cast by the fact that it doesn't feel like The City. Woodstock is a sweet and friendly neighborhood that pay...

By Ron Trzcinski
(Century 21, The Real Estate Centre)
Comments 4
Why Is This Cash, As Is Deal So Difficult? Spoiler alert: I do not have the answer. The home was listed at under $10,000.  The offer was for over $14,000. The Listing Agent says that the Seller, a bank, will accept the offer.  Oh good!We wait a week; we wait two weeks; without trying to be pests,...

By Joshua Jarvis, Putting the REAL in Real Estate in Gwinnett County
(Keller Williams Realty - Atlanta Real Estate)
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Have you thought about moving to Atlanta and wondered what it would be like to live in a condo in Atlanta.  There's quite a bit to know, everything from the "districts" or neighborhoods to understanding the trends and pricing.  Here's 5 mistakes buyer's miss when buying Atlanta condos.There's qui...

By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Potomac Shores, Golf Course CommunityPotomac Shores in Dumfries VA is truly a one of a kind community. Nestled around the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, Potomac Shores offers something for everyone. Once you drive into the community you will see what I am talking about. The homes are completely diffe...

By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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 One of my favorite horse properties on the Palos Verdes Peninsula is on the market. 10 Johns Canyon is located in Rolling Hills with an asking price of $6,500,000. The gracious home is updated, the grounds are manicured and quite lovely, the guest house is charming, but the barn is what horse lo...

By Casas De Maryland Asesores Inmobiliarios, ¿En Qué Podemos Servirle?
(Herboso & Associates LLC- Broker 240.426.5754)
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CasasdeMaryland.com le puede enseñar diferentes opciones de productos de crédito diseñados para satisfacer las necesidades de su situación particular. Además, le ayudaremos en aconsejándole qué productos son los mejores para su situación?, recomendarle a hablar con un prestamista aprobado que se ...

By Irv The Realtor, Residential - Religious & Educational - Commercial
(Empire Network Realty)
Comments 1
Orlando, Davenport & Kissimmee First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program Are you tired of OVER paying for rent? Have you noticed a SUDDEN INCREASE for monthly rent in the Central Florida area? You're not alone & that's why we're here to help!NEW Home Buyers Program has OFFICIALLY Laun...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
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Moving into a new Cape Coral home can be exciting. Of course, it’s not always fun and games when a previous owner leaves you messes to clean up. For example, the family that used to live in your new home may have filled the garage with boxes of unwanted junk, like old clothes and children’s toys,...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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6491 Bannister Ct., Lisle, IL 60532List Price: $529,900 Beds Baths Built Sq.Ft. Garage Taxes On Market 4 3 1983 3,144 ft2 2 $12,363 1 day So much light & room in this grand, open floor plan! Backs to Hickory Grove forest preserve & beautiful lake views! Huge kitchen flows to eat-in area & large f...

By Ann Urias, Your Real Estate Concierge
(Aston Group - Orange County Real Estate)
Comments 0
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
Comments 16
Jacuzzi Time in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZ   Who Should I Call For A Market Analysis of My Gilbert AZ home?   For all of your East Valley AZ Real Estate needs visit RealEstateinEastValleyAZ   Whitewing Homes Currently for Sale   Whitewing Homes Recently Sold   Whitewing is another name synonymous wi...

By Adrian Foley, Realtor specializing in Pinecrest & Palmetto Bay
(EWM Realty International)
Comments 0
Friday Market RoundupThere are 148 active listings on the market in Palmetto Bay.  In the past 7 days there have been 1 closed sale, 5 pending sales, and 14 new listings.Closed Sales9240 SW 166 Street closed on 3/17/17.  The 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home has a newer roof and impact windows, a two car...

By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 2
Moving to the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Is a Lot Easier These Days!Especially when you contact the Craig Rutman Team!Visit www.justNChomes.com and begin your Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home search now. Because moving to the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area is a whole lot easier today than it used to be...  ...

By Kerry L Klun, 321-626-5868
(Palm Realty)
Comments 1
Palm Realty's own John Cole has gotten 1142 NE Bianca Dr under contract. Located in Palm Bay close to the Indian River, this home was listed for $139,900 and offered:                                                                                 3 bedrooms                                        ...

By Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise, Meridian, Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties
(Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC, Boise ID)
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Full disclosure: this photo is Alaska or Canada but we have awesome mountains here as well.If mountains are your happy place too then you will love Idaho, home of the Sawtooth Mountain Range, Mt. Borah and many more beautiful mountains and some amazing outdoor recreation.  If you are considering ...

By Tony Morganti, CRS, ABR - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow
(RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio)
Comments 2
Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by 6.9% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of ...

By Rei Mesa
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty)
Comments 0
Not every person on the market to buy a Palm Beach Gardens home is the same. Some people are you and looking for a fun atmosphere to party. Other folks are seeking tranquility in their days of retirement. That means you need to speak with a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty professio...

By Tommy Miles, Builder/Realtor®
(Miles Realty Group)
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  Meet our TeamEach member of our Team brings something unique to the table based on their past experiences.  If you hire one of us, you will get us all. Each of us is available to our team to assist in areas where they may need a little more expertise.  This goes for each member of team from Tom...

By Mike & Jennifer Rigley, Expert Real Estate Services
(Real Estate Specialist -Rigley Realty Group)
Comments 0
Mike and Jennifer Rigley (buyers) 916.378.4671 / (sellers) 916-660-5823 Info@RigleyRG.com What’s My Sacramento Home Worth? Please call us to discuss your potential Home Value in Sacramento, CA 916-660-5823. Click here to use our FREE Online Home Value Estimator. Call for a FREE consultation  For ...