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 B Johnson, REALTOR®Quality Not Quantity #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor
(Allison James Elite)
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   5308 Plata Rosa CourtCamarillo CA        Current Bid$1,000,000   Bid Deposit                                     5308 Plata Rosa CourtCamarillo CA    Reserve Not Met  infoRegister to Bid   Auction Starts04/22/2017 Auction Ends04/25/2017 Bidding ends in:3h, 19m, 20s    Event Details Beautiful ...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Bennington, Naperville, Illinois - April 2017 About Bennington Bennington is a townhouse community built in the 1980s. Bennington is located in Naperville, Illinois south of Ogden Avenue and west of Columbia Avenue on Windham Lane. Average taxes in Bennington $6,840 Average association fees in B...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Golf, sunsets, cacti,  with a  home including a guest house for the entire family in Scottsdale Arizona sound nice? See Scottsdale homes with guest houses for sale with pictures, prices and map locations. Also see Scottsdale 5+ Bedroom homes for sale.  Also check out Scottsdale waterfront homes f...

By Joyce Marsh, Broker Associate, Premier Sotheby's International Realty
(Premier Sotheby's International Realty)
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  Beyond the Beautiful Gated Entrance      lies swaying palms and warm  breezes...Location! Location! Location!  This is one of the most incredible direct  intracoastal waterway estates to come on the  market in the highly desirable Riverside  Drive area. Properties like this very seldom  come on...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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We Would Like You to Show Us...While sitting in the office today, I picked up a call coming into the office.  A nice enough sounding young man identified himself and said he would like me to show him a particular property.  The first question I asked, "Are you working with an agent to represent y...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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West Elementary School, Crystal Lake, IL - April 2017 About West Elementary School West Elementary School is a K-5 school in District 47, and is located at 100 Briarwood Dr in Crystal Lake, IL. It services homes in Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, and Woodstock. Single-FamilyHomes76 Co...

By Frank Rubi, FrankRubiRealEstate.com
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC)
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Venta de Pisos Metairie, La Green Acres | Jardines de Pontchartrain Grandes casas de Luisiana Nueva Orleans | Northshore | Baton Rouge Green Acres y Pontchartrain Gardens Casas en Venta Green Acres y Pontchartrain Gardens ubicado entre la Academia - W Esplanade Ave-Transcontinental Dr - Veterans ...

By Don Hess
(KW Elite Keller Williams 1280 Plaza Blvd. Lancaster, PA 17601)
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  All it takes is discipline and the realization that when you rent you're already buying a home. However, you're buying it for the land lord!   Don HessKW EliteKeller Williams Realty1280 Plaza Blvd.Lancaster, PA 17601717-553-2500 Office717-715-6288 Mobile717-786-7967 Directdonhess39@gmail.com  a...

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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The short answer for how much does a Cincinnati patio home cost?  As much as you want to spend!  The fact is Cincinnati patio homes are offered in a wide range of prices, with the very cheapest in around $160,000 and the most expensive clocking in at close to $1,000,000!  Yes, location matters, a...

By George Kiefer, Broker, GRI, CDPE, CLHMS in Austin Texas
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Buda Texas - 0.50-Acre Occupied Bank-Owned Foreclosure being sold As-Is with a $100,000 minimum bid. Comparable properties in this area on similar sized lots can sell as high as $380,000. This single family home has 2-stories, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a carport, and 2,693 square feet. It's located...

By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the Federal or State government or both. One way to save on taxes in CT is by owning your own home.According to the ...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Westmoor Gardens, Crystal Lake, Illinois - April 2017 About Westmoor Gardens Westmoor Gardens is a single family home neighborhood built in the early 1980s. Westmoor Gardens is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois on Lake Avenue north of Dole. Average taxes in Westmoor Gardens $4,463 Average associ...

By Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea
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 My market isn't "hot" in the usual sense of the word. On the Monterey Peninsula it's all about the LOCATION. There are so many luxury estates for sale at many millions of dollars in Pebble Beach, for example,  and they don't fly "off the shelves".Even in Pebble Beach's surrounding cities such as...

By Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony
(Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS)
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 HUD Good Neighbor Program offers homes 50% off HOMES FOR A 50% DISCOUNT? Yes please!Law enforcement officers, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians can contribute to community revitalization while becoming homeowners through HUD's Good Neigh...

By Abby Stiller, Real estate agent serving SWFL.
(Premier Realty Homes of SWFL)
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By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Richard F Bernotas Middle School, Crystal Lake, IL - April 2017 About Richard F Bernotas Middle School Richard F Bernotas Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 47, and is located at 170 N Oak St in Crystal Lake, IL. It services homes in Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, and Woodstoc...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake, IL - April 2017 About Crystal Lake Central High School Crystal Lake Central High School is a 9-12 school in District 155, and is located at 45 W Franklin Ave in Crystal Lake, IL. It services homes in Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, and W...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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620 Indian Summer Dr, Columbus OH 43214   PROPERTY DETAILS $221,625LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 21707633Bedrooms: 3Baths: 2Sq ft: 1,420Lot Size: 60 x 120Style: 1 StoryGarage: 2 Car Heat Source: GasTaxes: $3,989 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Well decorated and well cared for one-owner ranch home in Indian Hol...

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Waterfront homes on Blaine Lake Hartland MI Waterfront homes on Blaine Lake Hartland MI. This is a great lake for you and the family. Being non-all-sports, and 48 acres, this lake is great for getting the kids out on the water fishing and enjoying the summer air. This lake will provide a great en...

By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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Owning a Home in Tooele UT is Much Better Than Renting Buy or Rent a homeOwning a home in Tooele UT is much better than renting. With an interest rate that is still super low, housing prices that have yet to match most of those in cities along the Wasatch Front, and the possibility of 100% financ...