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 Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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A return client asked me to accompany him on a lot inspection. He's considering constructing a new family home and wanted a second opinion on his lot selection. As a no-charge service I accompanied him to have a look. The area was a new sub-division on a hill. Here's the investigation process I w...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
Comments 40
 Although lenders no longer require home buyers to obtain a property survey as part of the mortgage process, there is still a very important reason why home buyers should get a survey done prior to purchase -- because not doing one might negatively impact coverage under the title insurance policy...

By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
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Today is the day that my husband and I close on our sweet log cabin on the water at Fishhawk Lake. Always a momentous day for new homeowners!  This will be our new office for my continuing real estate business at Fishhawk Lake and it offers clients a peek at what they, too could own here in my ne...

By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 8
Where is the Home Inventory in North Kingstown Homes for Sale  There was an excellent article from Housing Wire identifying the struggles Millenials are having buying a home now and some of the reasons they can not.In North Kingstown, we are experiencing a housing shortage under $500,000 of right...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
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When it comes to our credit scores, paying the right or wrong account/s can make a huge difference.  One would assume when paying off bad debts on your credit report( i.e. collections, tax liens, judgements, repos) the credit scores would always increase.  For example, paying off a utility collec...

By Keith Landis, Pennsylvania - "Your Pennsylvania Mortgage Source"
(Keystone Home Finance - NMLS#834342 - Conventional - FHA - VA -USDA - Jumbo Programs - Direct Phone 412-726-1654)
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Can I obtain an FHA mortgage if there is a Judgment out there against me? Yes, per FHA guidelines, you can qualify for a mortgage if you have a judgment in place against you but it will depend on whether you are actively making payments towards the judgment or not. If you are planning on buying a...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
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Only do business dealings with people of character and integrity .No matter what, never let yourself break that rule.  It will never be worth it.Contracts-the inevitable result of entering into a contract with a person lacking integrity is being forced to pay out huge sums of money to attorneys i...

By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 12
Five bedroom homes give the owners a lot of possibilities. The rooms can be used for more than sleeping. They make great home offices, hobby rooms and can also be used for storage. There aren't a lot of five bedroom homes on the market in the Cedaredge area at this time. This report will cover Ce...

By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 4
The upside to this short sale of a remodeled home in Foothill Farms is the fact there is not much work left to do on the interior of the house. It features 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and has had a lot of work done inside. You might want to repaint the bath, but the rest of the home is attractive. There ...

By Suzi Boyle, Idaho's Multi Repeat Nationally Ranked Originat
Comments 3
Fire extinguishersUpstairs escape laddersWireless water alarmsAutmatic shutoff valve for water heaterSump pump alarm Battery operated lanternRadio/phone chargerMulti-toolMylar blanketNylon ropeFishing lineDuct tapeVinyl tableclothBaby wipesWork gloves  

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team)
Comments 17
Just another glorious Dallas sky, puffy white clouds making way for thedarker evening clouds pushing their way through.  If you are searching for your perfect piece of Dallas skyline with the perfect home underneath...contact Lisa Von Domek, your Dallas Metroplex Realtor.I will find you the perfe...

By Real Estate Guy in Madison, Wisconsin, Real Estate Guy
(Powered by: eXp Realty)
Comments 6
In a scorching hot market that Madison Wisconsin home sales is, landing the property you want means having your ducks in a row so you can pull the trigger immediately....Not being ready means losing your perfect home.Fortunately, the process is pretty straight-forward and completely doable. Here’...

By Dimitri Zubrich, Friendly real estate agent in Westerville
(RE/MAX Impact)
Comments 3
When a person drives through Westerville, he or she may have a hard time realizing how much this city has grown. Westerville has a population close to 40,000 people, and yet only 30 years ago, it was approximately half that size and considered a small town. This part of Franklin County is booming...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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9171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759 MLS #16-1870 $350,000 9171 NEW LIGHT RD, Starkville, MS 39759 Beautiful Two Story Home Located on 10 +/- Acres 4 BR/2.5BA home ~ 3,216 sqft Large sunroom with an additional kitchen Outside patio with hot tub overlooking 2 acre stocked pond 40x50 workshop wi...

By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Shore Properties)
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According to the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, married couples once again dominated the first-time homebuyer statistics in 2016 at 58% of all buyers. It is no surprise that having two incomes to save for down payments and contribute to monthly hous...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Comments 0
We SELL Homes in Pensacola Florida 32514. Fla.'s housing sector: Rising prices, tight supply.The state's Dec. single-family home sales were up 0.8% year-to-year, the single-family median price rose 9.2% and the condo median price was up 7.7%. NAR: Dec. U.S. home sales eased 2.8% from Nov. but ros...

By Julie Billeisen
(The Brian Petrelli Team MB)
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Stony Creek Littleton is made up of several different “Mini-neighborhoods” which consist of several different filings, including different groups of townhomes, condos, free standing homes, and a great little area of patio homes designated for adults, 55 and better. The Ridge at Stony Creek consis...

By Michelle Cooks, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services)
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Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze Property Management, How much does a nearby airport hurt a home's value?A realtor.com study qualified the impact a high-noise neighbor has on nearby home values. An airport, for example, dings values 13.2%; a busy highway within 1/10 of a mile hurts 11.3%; and a nearb...

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, NAR: Pending home sales bounce back. In spite of rising mortgage rates and higher home prices, NAR's Pending Home Sales Index rose 1.6% last month - from 107.3 in Nov. to 109.0. Read more.         THOUSANDS OF HOMES... One Address www.charlesstallions.com...

By Corey Martin, Real Estate and Management Solutions
(Martin Presence Group)
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When you think of your Dream Home, what do you think of? If money was not a problem, would that change your desires? What elements are your “must haves”? Do you want a wide front porch with rocking chairs? Would you like to have an outdoor kitchen and patio overlooking a pool? Enough room for all...