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 Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Closing Costs When Buying or Refinancing a HomeThis is a detailed summary of costs you may have to pay when you buy or refinance your home. They are listed in the order that they should appear on a Good Faith Estimate you obtain from a mortgage lender. There are two broad categories of closing co...

By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
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*Photo Credit Lennar HomesWhy Do People Live in Coosaw Preserve?One of the New Home Communities in the Summerville area, Coosaw Preserve is a very popular new home development in Ladson.  Located on the Dorchester County side of Ladson, Coosaw Preserve is right off of Patriot's Boulevard.  This l...

By Foster Smith Summerville, Summerville & Charleston Homes for Sale SC Realtor
(Carolina One Real Estate)
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Thinking it might be time to buy your first home? Tired of renting? Tired of paying someone else's mortgage? Here are three things you need to know as a first time home buyer as you enter the world of real estate and shopping for a home. As the Buyer, You Don't Pay For the Real Estate Agent's Com...

By Joe Gonzalez, Montgomery County FHA Jumbo Mortgage Pre-Approval
(GMH Mortgage Services LLC)
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Last week’s economic reports included readings from the National Association of Home Builders, Commerce Department readings on housing starts and building permits and weekly reports on mortgage rates and new jobless claims.NAHB Housing Market Index Rises, Exceeds ExpectationsBuilder Sentiment ros...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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 Incorporation for Real Estate Agents in Ontario Agents generally want to incorporate for tax purposes. Recent legislation will enable the ability to utilize corporations.When I refer to “agents” I really mean individual practitioners in the business, as that term is commonly understood.There are...

By Carol Fox, Helping You Discover Charlotte's Best Small Towns
(Allen Tate Company 704-905-3935)
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Whether you call yourself  baby boomer, senior, retiree or active adult, downsizing may be on your mind. Perhaps that five bedroom house feels empty now.  You may be tired of taking care of the big yard.  Or you may be ready to move closer to your grown children and grandchildren.  If you are thi...

By Amanda Thomas, ​Broker, SRES®, BPOR, MCNE, ​Certified DRS Agent™
(Providence Group Realty)
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Finding a new home for under $200K in North Texas was a breeze in the not so distant past. Much has changed between 2013 and 2017.Metrostudy has recently released their first quarter 2017 report showing what local real estate experts know to be true from day-to-day experience: finding affordable ...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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2047 Iuka Ave, Columbus OH 43201   PROPERTY DETAILS $369,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 217010510Bedrooms: 4Baths: 2.5Sq ft: 3,007Style: 2 StoryGarage: 1 Car AttachedTaxes: $4,776 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION Nestled on the edge of Iuka Ravine, this 3000 sq ft home awaits it's new owner. Built in 1910, th...

By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
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 Rockville MD | Why Americans Consider Moving to Another State? [INFOGRAPHIC]Rockville MD Local Market Tidbits:It really does not matter what part of Montgomery County you want to buy your house. It could be Rockville, Gaithersburg or North Potomac. You always need to know what type of market we ...

By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Service First Mortgage, NMLS #166487)
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How to qualify for a home loan with student loan debt.If you are trying to purchase a home and you have a significant amount of student loan debt this could be a problem qualifying for the home you want. Current FHA guidelines require that lenders use 1% of your current student loan debt as your ...

By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One Sotheby’s International Realty)
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Boise Building Company proudly introduces The Muirfield! Overview Maps Photos Features Description $509,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 3,226 sqftLot: 0.19 acre(s)Year Built: 2017MLS #: 98647400 Location 4747 W Barnview DrBoise, ID 83714USA...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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This eclectic home has it all! This unique property combines vintage charm with forward-thinking green design-- such as solar panels for radiant floor heating. Find peace & quiet on 31+/- acres with gardens, orchards, and trails. There's also a tiny house that could be used as a guest house or st...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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Everything you could want in elegant country estate living could be yours with Pleasant View Farm. The spacious 3800+/- square foot home has three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, all on one level. Admire sunsets over the 3-acre pond from the sunroom or family room and enjoy crafting meals for your guests...

By Gayle Harvey
(Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.)
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With over 5600 square feet, this 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath cypress log home on 181+/- acres gives you ample space to spread out and enjoy your lush surroundings. The generously proportioned great room has lots of natural light with views down to the North Anna River, while the back deck and terrace lev...

By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional)
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Buyers ask if they should be at the home inspection. In Clarksville, TN I recommend coming to the inspeciton during the last hour to review the items of concern with the home inspector. This is a good time to ask all their questions and see for themselves what the issues are.      In a strong Sel...

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, Fla. cities using tech to track down short-term landlordsA private company that uncovers the exact address of residents who lease out space on sites like Airbnb has signed a contract with at least 6 Fla. cities so far. Read more.  THOUSANDS OF HOMES... On...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514 Music hits sour note at condo's public poolReal estate Q&A: If a condo association has a pool rule that bans radio playing except when using earphones, doesn't that also apply to playing live music? Read more.                   THOUSANDS OF HOMES.... One A...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514 Florida House pursues property tax cutA newly proposed constitutional amendment would expand the homestead tax exemption by $25K; local gov'ts say it would force budget cuts and hurt local services. Read more.                   THOUSANDS OF HOMES.... One A...

By Melania & Jim Saltarella, Experience the Magic!
(Atlanta Communities)
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Open House on Sunday, Mary 28, 2017 at 192 Ivy Hall Lane in popular Seven Hills community, on Memorial Day, open from 2 to 4 pm.  Gorgeous four year old traditional home  featuring a side entry garage.  Welcoming covered rocking chair front porch and two story foyer.  Family room featuring stone ...

By Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes
(RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio)
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1690 Chapman WayBroadview Heights OhioMacIntosh Farms$189,900