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 Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS, Broker Associate, ABR, 601-278-4513
(Front Gate Real Estate)
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Reservoir Townhouse for Sale ~ Brandon, MS ~ $87,900 865 Harbor Bend Drive, Brandon, MS 39047  Harborview Townhome for Sale2 Bedrooms, 1.5 BathsPriced to SELL at only $87,900 This 2 bedroom unit has been completed renovated with new wood tile flooring in both bedrooms, freshly painted, new light ...

By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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We are constantly watching the housing market in Town Center Highlands Ranch Townhomes. Demand for Highlands Ranch Townhomes remains incredibly high as Buyers continue to struggle tofind homes on the market. We recently prepared this report for one of our clients, and thought it was worth sharing...

By Abby Stiller, Real Estate Agent Serving Southwest Florida
(Premier Realty Homes of SWFL)
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 Congratulations to our buyer that just closed on this beautiful home in      Cape Coral Florida!  This buyer was pre-approved for an FHA loan and ready to buy! I helped them to find this move-in-ready home with 3 bedrooms plus Den and 2 bathrooms. They were looking for this open floor plan, upda...

By Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
(United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado)
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Listing, showing and selling mountain properties allows for many wildlife sightings and viewing scenery that, at times, will take your breath away.  In early December, I was driving back from a new listing on Singing Pines and saw a huge elk herd.  I have never seen so many elk up here, in one pl...

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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If you want a new construction patio home in Greater Cincinnati, first you have to determine which builders build them.  Some have a decent web presence, but some don't, or don't make it clear that they build Cincinnati patio homes.Now there's one easy way to make sure you know what your options ...

By Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop, A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!
(RE/MAX Advantage | Managing Broker)
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Another home sold in the popular waterfront community of Chelan Hills in Chelan, WA. This charming 3 Bedroom home has a stunning wall of windows overlooking the beautiful views afforded by the blue waters of Lake Chelan and the surrounding mountains. Chelan Hills is a waterfront community served ...

By Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene)
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Summer in Coeur d'Alene Idaho is all about the water.  Our beautiful lakes and rivers are the crown jewels in our spectacular North Idaho scenic wonderland. Whether spending the dog days of summer on them, in them or simply admiring their beauty, people come in droves from far and wide to take in...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
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Just could not resist to re-blog this great post from Amanda and Jared. Why? Because it talks about the ways in which you can 'think outside the box' and help your buyers buy the home that may not be on market as yet! Thanks, Amanda, Jared. Right now inventory is really low in the Fort Wayne real...

By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(LAER Realty Partners)
Comments 5
There are ways in which you can pick up a buyer. Some of them are just very unique. Here's an interesting way - unintentional, though - of picking up a buyer. Enjoy this re-blog from Elyse. This post was inspired by Margaret Rome's Have You Ever Pulled A Listing Out Of The Air.              Have ...

By Taylor Bothun, Residential Real Estate
(Re/Max Results)
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Looking to buy a home? Here are five essential tips for making the process as smooth as possible.Get your finances in order.Start by getting a full picture of your credit. Obtain copies of your credit report. Make sure the facts are correct, and fix any problems you find. Next, find a suitable le...

By Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563
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In today's Real Estate Market there are numerous thoughts that go through a buyer's mind when they are searching for the Dream Home. Don't make the mistake that some are making and be sure to heed the expertise of your Buyer's Agent so that you are making a Fair Offer - or Best Offer and be sure ...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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A Dream Home for a Special Buyer - A Disabled Veteran  What an honor to be referred a relative of a fellow ActiveRain member - and an even bigger honor when that agent's family member is a wounded American war veteran.  I can't say thank you enough - and you know who you are - for the honor of be...

By Robin Smith, The Smith Team here for all your real estate needs
(The Smith Team)
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Want to live in the beautiful master-planned community of Summerlin?  At this time there are 36 newly developed neighborhoods offering homes in 7 of the villages from various homebuilders.  There are some homes that are move-in ready in both the Paseos and Stonebridge villages.The community has b...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
2101 E 21st St #215, Signal Hill, CA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 23, Friday 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM February 25, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 2 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOM...

By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Investor and SC Real Estate Agent
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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$1275 / 3br - 1232ft2 - ▐► RENT to OWN The Gables MHP Of Charleston 3 - 2 DWMH (4879 Filly Court)   ▐► ►► Showings are by Appointment. Showings Wednesday February 21, 2018  Bonus Specials: One month Free Rent  Rent to Own Monthly Includes Insurance and Lot Rent. $2000.00 OFF Option Down Payments ...

By Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Company Inc)
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Most home buyers do! Here are a few things to look out for when searching for homes online.  Houses that are not for sale - Many of the homes you see on home search sites have already sold. For many buyers, this is really frustrating!"Why am I finding homes that my Buyers Agent didn't send me!" J...

By Peter Lavelle REALTOR®, GRI SRES, ABR, SOLD@100%Market Value,or I Pay You the Difference
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
As the morning routine kicks in and jamming out to some Joan Jett (I hate myself for loving you....), the mental juices start flowing... Have you thought about making an incredible offer for those customers that are having issues trying to finance the purchase of a home? Instead of looking at thi...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
5728 Campo Walk, Long Beach, CA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE February 24, Saturday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews Market Update Video $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 2465 SQUARE FEET Amazing custom buil...

By Luke Constantino, Residential/Commercial Real Estate Brooklyn NY
(Brooklyn/Manhattan Real Estate)
Comments 5
Asking $1,800,000  OFFICE EXCLUSIVE - 2124 Bay Ridge ParkwayAbsolutely beautiful, renovated, semi attached 3 family brick house has two– 2 BR apartments on top, one large 3 BR on main floor, vaulted ceilings, even in large finished basement, front and side entrances, large renovated garage, back ...

By Brian Leavitt
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
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   More and more frequesntly I am seeing cameras in the listings I'm showing.  With the advent of small  and often hidden cameras I am now coaching my buyers to not discuss anything about their negotiating strategy while inside the home.  It is so easy for buyers to get caught up in the excitment...