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 Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Mondays Madness- Knot Good  -  Fun in Home InspectionsWenatchee Home Inspections. Today’s home inspection fun is called “Knot Good ”. It is not uncommon that where former branches are a wood knots appear in the trunk where branches died or buds do not form. Knots are imperfections that cause livi...

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, Senior housing still waiting for pick-up in demand Developers with an eye on the future are building 55-plus communities in all categories, with a number of luxury condos and developments already in the pipeline. Read more.   THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Add...

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, Property tax cap heads to 2018 ballot A Florida Realtors' top legislative priority passed the Florida Legislature: In 2018, voters will have the power to make the 10% non-homestead property permanent. Read more.   THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.cha...

By Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
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  Good Morning! I captured this photo in my neighborhood on Saturday 4/22/17. The bird was sitting on top my neighbor's house. Using Ribbet I edited the photo to appear more mystical. The size of the bird on top of the 2-story house was pretty enormous. In the grand scheme of things how big is bi...

By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Georgetown Texas - 1-Acre lot bank foreclosure fixer-upper being sold As-Is for $143,900. Comparable large lot homes in this area can sell as high as $350,000. Located in West Georgetown near the San Gabriel River. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, 3,104 square feet built in 1971. Feeds into...

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 Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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What a Beauty! Stunning Southern Style with a Fabulous Front Porch! This is truly The American Dream Home located north of Orlando along the coast of central Florida in beautiful historic Ormond Beach, Florida at 8 Broadwater Drive in the prestigious community of Broadwater. Nothing says "Souther...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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It's not a big house, but it is filled with Charm and has a wonderful view. It also has a stand up partial basement for great storage or a workshop.  If you are looking for a first home, or a very affordable get-a-way for the weekends Sunset Cottage is your bargain Lake House.It has 2 Bedrooms an...

By Melissa E. Spittel, "Achieving Results Together "
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Most of us have bought at least one car. We want to buy for the lowest price, while the dealership wants to sell for the highest price. We negotiate with the dealership until both sides agree. It's the same when buying a home. Buyers wants a deal while sellers want to receive the maximum amount f...

By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
Comments 1
Home Buying in Gulf Breeze Florida 32561 Watch out for deed restrictionsA buyer may think a listing has great potential, but it's best to see if there are any deed restrictions before committing to a purchase. Read more.  THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.charlesstallions.com                 ...

By Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty
(Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843)
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  The Fort Wayne real estate market has been listed as one of the top 5 toughest markets for buyers.  That's why you need a Realtor that knows how to help you buy in a market like this.   Here are some tips. 1.  BE READY!  If you or I see a home that pops up on the market that might interest you,...

By Walt Fish, Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector
(Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC)
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When buying a home, how do you know it's listed at a fair price? I've got a bit of experience (bought 6 homes over the years) as a home buyer and in my view it generally boils down to 3 things.The first is location. Is it on a desirable lot? does that lot have value added things such as old growt...

By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Creativity will not go unnoticed- Chimney repairs East Wenatchee Home Inspection Services It is one of the items that is so common… it is a Chimney without a rain cap. Chimneys should have a proper rain cap to protect the flue from moisture and animal entry. Chimneys are exposed to the element 24...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Total privacy can be yours on 256+/- acres only 20 minutes from Charlottesville. The land is mostly wooded with several private meadows, one of which features a 5+/- acre pond with an island. The main residence is a charming board and batten cottage with 2BR/1 bath, a loft, large fireplace, and t...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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We as real estate agents do not like to talk about this subject too much, especially in some areas.  I (as well as my wife) feels very safe in Gilroy.  It truly is a subjective measure of a community.  I've noticed that Gilroy has spots of crime, perhaps due to shoplifting occuring at the Gilroy ...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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This 664+/- acre estate is one of the most desirable agriultural properties in Virginia. Located just 30 minutes from Charlottesville, it is well-equipped to support livestock and has the potential for a vineyard! Residences on the property include a three bedroom Cape Cod, the original 19th-cent...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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This Winner of the Wall Street Journal’s House of the Week is a unique and noteworthy home, indeed. Two 19th-century log cabins have been restored and combined to make one spacious retreat, at once rustic and modern. The main home has 4BR/2.5 baths and retains historical features from the origina...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Rarely does a farm come on the market in the desirable Hebron Valley of Madison County, Virginia. Bradford pear trees welcome your entrance to Torthorwald Farm, 78+/- acres of fertile cropland, pastures, and frontage on the Robinson River, a trout fisherman’s dream. The perfectly situated 4BR/4 b...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Just a few miles from James Madison’s Montpelier, and 30 minutes from Charlottesville, High Point Farm is a beautiful 350+/- acre estate with a 4000+/- square foot luxury manor home. The 2007 home features an open floor plan perfect for entertaining, a first floor master suite, and wonderful past...

By Joshua Jarvis, Putting the REAL in Real Estate in Gwinnett County
(Keller Williams Realty - Atlanta Real Estate)
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Chateau Elan located in Braselton, just north of the Mall of Georgia is on sale!  Check out these 3 homes under $400K in Chateau Elan.  Folks, this is the only Winery, Golf, Gated community in the Metro Atlanta Area.  It's really rare that these homes dip under $500,000 let alone $400,000.  Chat...