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 Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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Let's face it, if you are a pet lover like me, finding a home or condo where our pets are welcome is of utmost importance.  We love our pets, and love helping pet lovers.If you are a pet owner searching for a "Pet Friendly" Daytona - Ormond Beach Condominium For Sale, the Joyce Marsh Homes Team c...

By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing REALTOR in NWA
(Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney and Faucette)
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Stunning home located in NWA in the highly sought after Oak Tree Subdivision. This Payne Construction home has a beautiful brick and stone exterior and is located on a large cul-de-sac lot.It boasts of custom woodwork, breathtaking 2 story great room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with pull out ...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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This circa 1850 manor home has been beautifully preserved. The 5,000+/- square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, with original heart-pine floors, moldings, and fireplaces. The carved cherry and walnut staircase is a lovely original detail—a centerpiece in the home.  The surrounding 489+...

By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house in CT to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found one! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you make a good offer so that you can guarantee that your dream of making this house yours comes true!Freddie Mac co...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Home Buying in Gulf Breeze Florida 32561, U.S. builders issue statement opposing lumber tariffNAHB: "Protectionist measures" should not come "at the expense" of U.S. homebuyers who will now pay $3,600 more. But tariff proponents disagree. Read more.  THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.charless...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Lets Talk Buying in Pensacola Florida - with a little help from my friends we will explain the ins and out of buying a home, from how much home do you need to what all it takes. By the end of the week you will be a pro at home buying or hopefully at least willing to call me for my Smooth Move Pro...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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If you are considering purchasing your dream home in Pensacola Florida within the next year, it may be better to do it sooner rather than later.  The two components of your monthly mortgage payment (home prices and interest rates) are both projected to increase as we get farther into 2017.  So, w...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management: New weapon in Airbnb battle: Nixing the homestead exemptionIs "home sharing" OK? Miami-Dade is one of the first Fla. counties to threaten owners with higher property taxes if they rent out rooms via Airbnb-type services. Read more. Are you paying ...

By Dan Tabit
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
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What is a Clean Offer when Buying a Home?  A clean offer is one with few if any contingencies that could snag or cause a sale to fail.    When writing an offer to buy a home, I try to write as clean an offer as possible in order to make the terms acceptable to the seller.  There are no limits to ...

By Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
(United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado)
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The other day I received a lead, requesting more information on a vacant lot I have listed in Glacier View Meadows.            In the comments section, the individual entered:                                                         “love it , i want to die there”It just struck me funny, and I hop...

By Reuben Saltzman, Minneapolis Home Inspections
(Structure Tech Home Inspections)
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While the hazards associated with aluminum branch circuit conductors in homes have been known about for the last 40 years, there still seems to be a lot of disagreement about what should be done when aluminum branch circuit conductors are found during a home inspection.  I'm writing this post to ...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514 Study: Homebuyers create a budget and then spend moreIn the current competitive market, 55% of homebuyers will consider going over budget, and they would spend, on average, an additional $37,809 to get into a home. Read more.                    THOUSANDS O...

By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Are you thinking about buying that perfect new home? Whether you’re buying for yourself or a new home for a family, there will be many costs involved. Let’s take a look at 3 budgeting tips that will help make home ownership on a single income easier. Continue here: Buying a Home on a Single Incom...

By Dave diCecco, Dave Sells Charlotte
(Helen Adams Realty)
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About a month ago i had this conversation with my Broker In Charge. We were discussing the importance of the brokerage house name when it came to selling Real Estate. My statement to her was "it does not matter where you work...it matters what type of Realtor you are". She said NO.So, the questio...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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Foreclosures in Eagle Ridge in Gilroy, CA If you are interested in the foreclosure market in the Eagle Ridge Golf Community, you should definitely contact us at EAGLE RIDGE REALTY!  Click on the link above to see all homes that are for sale in the Eagle Ridge Golf Community located in Gilroy, CA....

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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 Whether you are paying Rent or are Buying a home you are still paying a mortgage!  You can either pay towards your own equity in the home you are living in or you can contribute to others having equity ... the choice is yours! Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or...

By Barbara Ely, Broker- Resort Lifestyle Specialist in Fairfield Glade & Lake Tansi, Serving you is My Goal
(RE/MAX Premier Choice)
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Great home on the 7the fairway at Lake Tansi Village, Crossville TN. Just been reduced, View this home before you buy. Across the street from the lake, close to amenities.   Golf Front Home Overview Maps Photos Features Description $199,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 Full Bathro...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Alexandria Virginia Real Estate Agent
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
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Home For Sale in Brambleton – 42642 New Dawn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia 20148Just Listed: 42642 New Dawn Terrace Ashburn, Virginia 20148 42642 New Dawn Terrace located in the Brambleton community in Ashburn, Virginia. This turnkey ready home was constructed in 2012 and has 1,892 square feet of liv...

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Buying a home can be confusing and frustrating in any market simply because you don't know all the ins and outs of the home buying process.  Buying a home in a seller's market can be more frustrating.  So what is going on with the Michigan real estate market in 2017?  There is limited inventory f...

By Sheila Newton Team -- Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate, 27 years experience -Residential Real Estate Sales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner)
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  Having 20% to put down on buying a home is great, but it's certainly not the norm in today's market. Still, many buyers think it is and that may be keeping some buyers back from buying a home. This seems to be especially true for younger buyers. A whopping 39% of non-owners say they believe the...