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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Somerset County, New Jersey Real EstateSearch Somerset County Homes for SaleFind Real Estate Listings, New Homes and more You need to have the best representative possible to assist you with buying or selling your home. We have the staff of dedicated, full-time sales associates familiar with all ...

By Larry Atkins
(State Wide Realty Co.)
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Will that Be Cash or Credit? Can you Buy A Home Without a Down Payment?Coming up with a down payment for a home can be the most difficult part of the buying process. With most lenders requiring 20% of the purchase price it may take some folks years to save that much cash. So is there a way to buy...

By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Partners~ Starkville, MS)
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Price Reduced!252 LIVE OAK LN, Starkville, MS 39759MLS #17-366$254,900252 LIVE OAK LN, Starkville, MS 39759Three Bedroom, Two Bathroom Features a Custom Kitchen, Formal Dining Room, Breakfast Area, Laundry w/Built In Mudroom Cubby ~ Custom Kitchen Offers Hop-Up Bar, Stainless Appliances, Ample Ca...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
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If you find your dream home in these days of tight inventory, then you should pull out all the stops to walk away the winner.  In competitive housing markets across the country, putting together the winning offer can be difficult. Don’t make the process even tougher by succumbing to one of these ...

By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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New Jersey Real Estate for Sale and Lease Welcome to NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes, Luxury New Construction, Land, Building Lots fo...

By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert RealtorsNew Jersey Real Estate for Sale and LeaseWelcome to NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes,...

By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Homes for sale with RV garages in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area with pictures, prices, details map locations and more in a full page format. See the photo of a 4 car garage home at 884 Jay Street Chandler, AZ for only $260,000. Highest and past offer for Jay Street are asked for by end of day o...

By Erika Albert, Real Estate Agent Extraordinaire in Austin, Texas
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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Austin is full of different neighborhoods.  Each of these Austin neighborhoods offer its unique set of values.  If you are thinking about moving to Austin you may benefit from a brief breakdown of the neighbohoods in Austin.   Downtown:  This is the epicenter of Austin.  Here you will find high ...

By Erika Albert, Real Estate Agent Extraordinaire in Austin, Texas
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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Are you considering buying a home in Westlake?  If you are looking at houses for sale in Westlake, it is important to understand the Westlake housing market.  Most people refer to Westlake as all of the homes that feed to Westlake High School. In fact, there are many mini-neighborhoods that make ...

By Erika Albert, Real Estate Agent Extraordinaire in Austin, Texas
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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Do you understand the difference between earnest money and option money? My clients in the Austin area often ask me about the difference between option money and earnest money.  In Austin, and the rest of Texas, the buyer must provide two checks once under contract for a property.  Both must be d...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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  Question:Consider the use of the following clause which is in common usage:"The Seller agrees to provide, at the Seller's own expense, not later than 9pm on the third business day following acceptance of this offer, an existing survey of said property."Answer:Although this is a very short claus...

By Erika Albert, Real Estate Agent Extraordinaire in Austin, Texas
(E*Rae Realty- Powered by eXp Realty LLC)
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Are you weighing the pros and cons of renting vs. buying?  As Austin home values continue to rise, I’m often asked by prospective buyers if they should wait till the market turns to buy. Truthfully, no one can predict what the market will do.  However, these days, my advice is usually no.  Everyo...

By Marie Haydock, Simplifying Real Estate
(Evergreen Global Real Estate | RSVP Real Estate)
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BELLEVUE 4 BEDROOM HOMES FOR SALE IN BELLEVUE, WA  BELLEVUE 4 BEDROOM HOMES FOR SALE  Contact:  Real Estate Broker  Marie Haydock  425-495-0394  Marie@BellevuePropertiesForSale.com   Want a 4 Bedroom Home in Belleuve, WA?  You’re not Alone.  More and more, 4 bedroom homes have become the new in-d...

By Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers
(Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260)
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Homes for sale in Tahoe City with air conditioning             Last Sunday, June 11, 2017, we had snow on the ground here in Tahoe City.  It didn’t last long, and less than a week later, temperatures are now in the 80’s, so it’s no surprise as I was showing homes today, the question came up, are ...

By Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 31
Well, it depends. Sometimes yes, sometimes you can proceed to settlement without one. Costs will depend on the property and type of survey. If you're buying a house in an established neighborhood, and all the homes are on 1/4 - 1/2 acre lots for example, you might get by without one. But, before ...

By Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers
(Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260)
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Homes for sale in Tahoe City with a Tennis CourtIf you are looking to buy a second home in Tahoe City and you’re an avid tennis player, one of the questions you might ask is where can I play tennis in Tahoe City? Are there homes for sale in Tahoe City with a tennis court?If you’re buying a Tahoe ...

By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Long and Foster)
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Congratulations on your new home! You will probably be getting a letter soon from your title company telling you what to expect at closing, what you need to bring to settlement, and asking if you want a location survey or a boundary survey. You may wonder how to choose between the two and which o...

By The Chris Fritch Team ~ Keller Williams Classic Realty, chrisfritchteam.com 763-746-3997
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Andover Minnesota has a home for sale. 1095 166th Ave NW in Country Oaks North is built by Caliber Homes Inc and is Green Path certified! Minnesota's Green Path is an energy and green building program for the residential construction industry. Launched by the Builders Association of the Twin Citi...

By Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
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  In Texas, the survey is a negotiable item in the sales contract. Either the seller or the buyer can pay for it, although frequently, the buyer ends up paying for the survey if a new one is needed. Sometimes the seller has an existing survey that will work, which saves the expense of one party h...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC)
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 If you are new (or even not so new) to the home buying process, there are 10 myths about buying a home that you need to stop believing NOW! MYTH #1 ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE THE SAME FACT: Buyers think anyone with a real estate license is equally capable of assisting them in buying a home. But ...