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 Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
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CT mortgage interest rates, as reported by Freddie Mac, have increased over the last several weeks. Freddie Mac, along with Fannie Mae, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Association of Realtors, is calling for mortgage rates to continue to rise over the next four quarters.This has...

By Amanda McNew, McNew Group specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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Closing Cost Guide For Buyers: Below is a simple example of what buyers can expect to pay in closing costs. Each state and locality is unique in the fees that are charged and costs can vary. But, generally, buyers can expect to pay 2-5% of the purchase price of the home in closing costs.  ***Reme...

By Amanda McNew, McNew Group specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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Closing Cost Guide For Buyers:  Buyers typically forget to factor in inspection costs when they are thinking of buying. Remember to budget for all necessary inspections and other third-party services.   These costs are typically smaller amounts, but can start to add up. It's important to budget e...

By Marcus Rice, Richmond & Northern VA REALTOR/Principal Broker, CEO/Owner, CDPE, RAR, PWAR, BBB
(Equity First Realty )
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Virginia Homebuyer Receives $2,450.00 Rebate CheckGet a cash back real estate rebate when buying your next home in Virginia. Recently Equity First Realty was proud to give another cash back rebate check to Mrs. Smith. This home buyer took advantage of the Equity First Realty Cashback Rebate Progr...

By Suzanne White, Your Local Source for Home Buying & Selling
(White & White Realty)
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7025 Manchester StSummerset, SD 57718Price: $265,000MLS #: 132012 || View Complete Listing Here ||   Property DetailsListed by Suzanne White, Keller Williams Realty Black Hills, 605-390-0137. Beautifully updated home in the peaceful Summerset community! This ranch style home has a great open livi...

By Mary Anschutz, Real estate specialist serving Jeffco and Denver
(MB The Brian Petrelli Team)
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March 22 is the extended deadline for discounted registration for the Junior Team Tennis summer competitive league.League details are available and you can contact Judy Anderson at 303-979-2233 or judya@kcranch.org for more information.What a great way to keep your kids active right here in Ken-C...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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143 GUNTER DR, Eupora, MS 39744MLS #16-1347$495,000143 GUNTER DR, Eupora, MS 39744Exquisite Antebellum Home ~ This Four Bedroom, Three & Three Half Bathroom Estate Sits Atop 20 Acres ~ Gourmet Kitchen ~ Formal Dining Room ~ Formal Living Room ~ Parlor ~ Breakfast Room ~ Family Room ~ Office ~ Cus...

By Amanda McNew, McNew Group specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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Closing Cost Guide For Buyers:Closing Cost Guide For Buyers: Loan fees vary... make sure to shop around to find the best lender. The cheapest option isn’t always the best option. Make sure to understand the loan and check for any hidden costs from each lender before making a decision.**Pro-tip: B...

By Amanda McNew, McNew Group specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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What are Buyer Closing Costs?Other than 'how much home can I afford?', one of the major topics of discussion when a buyer is purchasing a new home is closing cost. Many buyers, even seasoned buyers, don't understand exactly what make up closing costs.With the real estate market tightening up and ...

By Beth Bromund
(Coldwell Banker Weir Manuel)
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You’re buying a new house and it comes with a built-in cooktop or a stove.  Is it gas, electric, or induction?  Does that even matter?  What’s the difference anyway?Each type of cooktop has fans and naysayers, based on experience and preference.  Gas CooktopMost professional chefs prefer gas cook...

By Wendi-Mae Davis, CRS, GRI, Broker Associate
(Future Homes & Real Estate)
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 I was one of a small group of Realtors from the El Dorado County Association of Realtors that lead the crusade...and finally were successful in bringing Prop 90 to our fine County!  What a difference it is making for many Retirees...Housing prices are fabulous, and interest rates are too!  Call ...

By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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HomeShoppers:  There is great value in the ones you hate Some buyers begin the process thinking they know exactly what they want. But sometimes, their must haves don't match their budget or what a neighborhood typically offers so they need to start anew. Other buyers have no idea in the world wha...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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There are many steps to take during the home buying process but one of the most important that is often overlooked is the Final Walk Through.The Final Walk Through is a quick review of the property just before closing to insure everything is in order. It is not a detailed inspection of the proper...

By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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SmartMove Program in Illinois IHDA’s mortgage program, SmartMove, offers first-time homebuyers an affordable 30-year fixed-rate mortgage and up to $6,000 for down payment. SmartMove is the perfect solution for borrowers who have limited funds for down payment, yet have the financial means to main...

By David Johnson, Let My Family Help Your Family
(Select Homes Springfield)
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Rivercut Golf Community Home for Sale 5801 South Brightwater Trail This custom built beauty offers stunning views from both upper and lower back decks of the 17th fairway on the premiere Rivercut Golf Course. Front home boasts arched entry and porch area with a great blend of stone and brick work...

By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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  Lyn Sims | RE/MAX Suburban | (847) 230-7324 410 Morton St, Hoffman Estates, IL LOTS OF UPDATES FOR THE PRICE! 3BR/2BA Single Family House   offered at $204,900 Year Built 1959 Sq Footage 1,471 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors 1 Parking Unspecified Lot Size 11,557 sqft HOA/Maint $0...

By Marcia B. Plummer, "THE REALTOR YOU NEED, WHEN THE DOORBELL RINGS!
(The LAMP Group LLC at Keller Williams Red Stick Partners)
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7352 Vice President, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE March 26, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1554 SQUARE FEET COMPLETELY RENOVATED! This 3 bedr...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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2099 Freeman Avenue, Signal Hill, CA FOR SALE Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews Market Update Video Follow This Property! Signal Hill Homes for Sale Signal Hill Homes for Sale How Much is your Signal Hill home worth? Search All Homes For Sale Free List of Foreclo...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Team Zuhl& Are very excited to announce that the property at 913 Roselle Street in Linden has SOLD!!!  Our buyer is purchasing this 2 family, 3 bedroom home as an investment.  The home which had been foreclosed by the bank sold for $108,000.  They plan to gut and redo the house, before putting it...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
2120 E Hill Street #102, Signal Hill, CA Get Directions Click Here OPEN HOUSE March 25, Saturday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM March 26, 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...