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 Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Tucked away in the South Fork Farms neighborhood just south of Charlottesville, this charming 5BR/5.5 bath home sits on 3+/- acres with Blue Ridge Mountain views. This warm and welcoming home features an open floor plan perfect for entertaining, a first- and second-floor master suite, and a saltw...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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You’ll find a secluded hideaway in this northeastern Albemarle County home on 65+/- acres, a mere 16-minute drive to Pantops in Charlottesville. A grand open floor plan unfolds in this 8,000+/- square foot home, featuring dramatic panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Large windows continu...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Nestled in the woods with a 180-degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this home is happily situated along central Virginia's "Brew Ridge Trail" (Route 151) -- home to many wineries and breweries. The four-bedroom home features an open floor plan perfect for entertaining. There are two wood-bur...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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This circa 1850s home in central Virginia has been reimagined and renovated with modern comfort in mind while still retaining architectural details that honor its past. This three bedroom, 2.5 bath home on 131+/- acres is the perfect retreat, complete with its own in-groud swimming pool and estab...

By Gary Frimann, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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By Michelle Gordon, Finding Your Place
(JH Realty Partners)
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There are many articles about why listing a home FSBO (for sale by owner) is a bad idea - honestly I am more concerned with the buyer who goes in unrepresented  Many times both parties do not know the the full process. If you have not sold or bought a home in the last 2 years, so much has changed...

By Rob Spinosa, Executive Loan Advisor, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
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Stretching Your Loan Qualification?  Which Mortgage Is Best? Buyers will come to us, often after beholding the perfect home while out touring with their Realtor, and they will want to know the maximum amount they can borrow on a mortgage.  Perhaps they just intuitively realize that their dream ho...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Paradise Valley, Arizona has the most expensive average price/sf for homes in Arizona. Characterized by 1+ acre estates many with views of Camelback Mountain and immediately to the east of Scottsdale are extremely desirable. Most homes are in the $1 million+ range. A buyer may want to consider a ...

By Jack Lara, "Jack Lara...Your Real Estate Advisor"
(Main Street Properties)
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Repackaged Waterfront Listing Perdido BaySeller now offeringHome on 2.3 Acres & 600 Feet of WaterfrontageFabulous natural waterfront living on the bay and a short boating excursion to the Gulf of Mexico.  The home has approximately 4,000 square feet of living area and includes a detached office. ...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale Arizona is where people want to live. What is not to like? Near resort hotels, multiple golf courses, Old Town Scottsdale, Spring Training,  Fashion Square Mall, top restaurants and miles and miles of bike trails and hiking paths. A updated townhome with a 2 car gara...

By Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad
(Solutions Real Estate )
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How to Buy a Carlsbad Home with a Pool andEnjoy the Carlsbad Outdoor Lifestyle  Buyers seeking a new home in Carlsbad are often interested in having a private pool, while others prefer a community one to avoid the maintenance issues.   Given the number of Carlsbad homes with pools typically on th...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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5699 Whispering Ridge Dr, Galena OH 43021   PROPERTY DETAILS $479,900 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 217016817Bedrooms: 5Full Baths: 4Partial Baths: 1Sq ft: 4695Style: 2 StoryGarage: 3Heat Source: GasTaxes: $10996.00 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION FANTASTIC VALUE in the 5 BEDROOM, 4.5 BATH home in Walnut Woods!...

By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
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Mortgage Rates Video Blog May 22, 2017Mortgage Rates hit the lows for 2017 last week as mortgage bonds rallied on news that President Trump's pro growth agenda may be harder to implement than previously thought.  The stock market took the biggest one day drop since September 2016 last which moved...

By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes For Buyers & Sellers Phoenix AZ Area)
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New construction - The biggest challenge to today’s housing market is the shortage of housing inventory for sale. A normal market would see a six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, that number is below four months. This is the major reason home prices have continued to appreciate at highe...

By Karen Jones Lewis, MBA, Realtor, Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward
(The K Company)
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Once you are in the home buying phase and decide you want to purchase new construction, I have outlined 14 tips for you when it comes to buying new construction.   1.  Homework for You:   Look around the community Scout the neighborhood Drive by the area different times  Check out the builder rev...

By Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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2 Top lakes in Bloomfield Twp Mi!These lakes are truly great for you and your family. Bring the whole gang out on the water and spend quality time with one another. The different qualities both lakes bring to the table will surely spark some interest with you or possibly a friend looking to buy a...

By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate Brooklyn New York)
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  Co-ops and Condos For Sale in Brooklyn By Fillmore Real Estate Ave J Office  Co-ops For Sale in Old Mill Basin Brooklyn East 51st Street 3 Bedroom co-op for Sale $325,000  Spacious 3 Bedroom , 2 full bath  with terrace Old Mill Basin co-op for sale - featuring lots of closets, hardwood floors t...

By Casas De Maryland Asesores Inmobiliarios, ¿En Qué Podemos Servirle?
(Herboso & Associates LLC- Broker 240.426.5754)
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CasasdeMaryland.com Existe una variedad de programas de asistencia de pago o de enganche para ayudarle a comprar su casa. Especialmente para ayudar a los compradores de vivienda por primera vez. El problema que nosotros solucionamos para usted es de aplicar por esos programas que usted puede ser ...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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You have spent months looking for the perfect home. You found it, wrote an offer and it was accepted! You already provided your lender with your income and asset statements before you even started looking for a home, so you know you qualify. So what else do you need to do except wait for closing?...

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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This is only the front yard at my new listing, a four-bedroom Bridgeway Island home in West Sacramento. It looks a bit like you could be out hiking and stumble upon this dry waterfall at Lake Tahoe during the summer. Like maybe at night you could flip a switch and water would tumble down the larg...