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 Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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BRA Wide Reaching ALL of OntarioQuestion:I was approached by a Buyer. He signed a BRA, that says “All of Ontario”. Is that legal? The other agent isn’t anywhere near here.Answer:There mere fact that it says "Ontario" does not mean that it is unenforceable. This is rather common with commercial tr...

By Keith Landis, Pennsylvania - "Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source"
(Keystone Home Finance - NMLS#834342 - Conventional - FHA - VA -USDA - Jumbo Programs - Direct Phone 412-726-1654)
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Looking to buy a home in Franklin County, Pennsylvania? You might want to make a quick check to see if you and the property are eligible for a Pennsylvania USDA Mortgage, also known as a Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development Loan. Here's Why...  USDA home loans offer a few benefits that other mortg...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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I Don’t Mean to Question Your Lifestyle, But I Must!! Perhaps that sounds like an intrusive question, but it’s an important one when searching for a new home in Carlsbad, or nearby. I work with a lot of buyers who are relocating here from other parts of California, or other states, and usually th...

By Barb England, Real Estate Professional
(HomeSmart)
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Email for more details to:barb.england@gmail.com Want to get on our list of wholesale properties?email subject line:Whole Sale Listto barb.england@gmail.com  

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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The Long Lasting BRA, is it Enforceable?Question:I was just approached by a potential Buyer in my area. He signed a BRA with a 31 December 2018 termination date.Is this legal? Answer:I would suspect that there might be several issues here:1) it was void from the outset,2) it was voidable from the...

By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
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Daydreaming About Your Perfect Sarasota Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEEDIn this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your Sarasota home search. If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your o...

By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
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Do You Know the Real Cost of Renting vs. Buying? [INFOGRAPHIC] Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting or buying a home has been a close decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today (30%), vs. the percentage needed to buy a median-price...

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. Could 30-year mortgage survive without gov't?A political discussion could have a big impact on home sales - or maybe not: Will fewer renters qualify for a loan if the U.S. stops backing 30-year mortgages? Read more.                       THOUSANDS OF HOME...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, HUD suspends FHA mortgage ins. premium reduction An announced cut in FHA mortgage insurance premiums, effective April 27, would have saved buyers money, but the reduction was canceled unexpectedly on Friday. Read more.        Are you paying too mu...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Buckhead Atlanta: Pets in the Home and Buyer Visits - REALTOR Survey  Finding the right home is important for the owners and also important for their special pets. No matter how much someone likes a home --- if it isn't the right one for the family- two legged or four-legged - it will not be purc...

By Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota, When you're thinking of moving...ThinkSuncoast.com
(PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties)
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Buy a Home in Sarasota & Be Healthier!The Impact of Homeownership on Family HealthThe National Association of Realtors recently released a study titled 'Social Benefits of Homeownership and Stable Housing.’ The study confirmed a long-standing belief of most Americans: “Owning a home embodies the ...

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 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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Narragansett Home Buyers Searching to Live Here  In the middle of winter and in the heart of RI near the ocean the weather is milder.  It definitely is amazing to see the snow melt and the grass come through...squirrels foraging for food and the birds being songstresses.  Even the horsemen are ou...

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, Zillow for farmers arrives in Iowa. Single-family buyers find gobs of info online, but farmers find little. That may change, though, as more companies work to automate the farm-buying market. Read more.   THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.charlesstall...

By Mary Anschutz, Real estate specialist serving Jeffco and Denver
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Come learn about the possibility of Ken-Caryl ball fields being added to the area adjacent to Bradkford K-8 North, which was formerly called Bradford Intermediate.A meeting is being held Thursday, March 9, at 7 pm.  Reps from the Ken-Caryl Ranch Metropolitan District and Jefferson County Schools ...

By Mary Anschutz, Real estate specialist serving Jeffco and Denver
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Part the Jefferson County School District, Ken-Caryl has great neighborhood schools that are award winning and hugely supported by parents.The Bradford and Shaffer schools stretch and nurture the younger ones.  Deer Creek and Chatfield challenge the older kids.  Additionally, there are several ot...

By Mary Anschutz, Real estate specialist serving Jeffco and Denver
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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Wildlife abounds in the Ken-Caryl neighborhoods.  It’s common to see deer, fox and a few other furry friends.Park rangers manage trails and open space.Take a look at the Ken-Caryl homes available now and feel free to call or email to ask questions about the neighborhoods, houses and area activiti...

By James (Jim) Lawson, DBA, Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE
(DomainRealty.com LLC)
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Southwest Florida has been a highly preferred destination for retirees and second-home buyers for more than 50 years. Now younger generations are also moving to Southwest Florida to enjoy its natural beauty, unparalleled waterways, excellent weather, established infrastructure, fine shopping, abu...

By Mary Anschutz, Real estate specialist serving Jeffco and Denver
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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How cute is a Daddy-Daughter date night with a ‘50s diner theme?This is for dad’s with daughters who are 3 – 10 years old.  Themed attire is optional for the event, which is being held 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House.Don’t miss out on giving your family the special Ken-Caryl lifestyl...