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 Nathan Lawrence
(Lawrence & Associates - Keller Williams )
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4808 Hispaniola Ave, Panama City Beach, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Brochure Our Reviews $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | This magnificent, professionally-designed 3 story home with 2 large balconies overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Con...

By Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay
(Golden Gate Sotheby's International)
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Monthly Market Activity for Single Family Homes in Alameda The Median Sale Price for homes in Alameda during November was $1,019,000 with thehighest number of units sold in the $1m-1.49m price range. The bay area continues to be a popular place to call home. If you are ready to search for your ne...

By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
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Credit Scores are s important in our business.  Lise Howe has some great and interesting point in her blog!  If you haven't checked your credit report months before applying for a home loan you may be in for an unfortunate shock when you visit a loan officer.   A host of problems could pop up. Fo...

By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
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Atlanta Buckhead - Home Purchase Contract Signed -- NOW WHAT? INSPECTION    Only the TOP EXPERTS for our Clients.  Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty delivers Client Satisfaction! We rely on Trusted Advisors for high-quality Client Service. In this case, Cary Cooper, from Atlanta Property Inspections met ...

By Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD
(RE/MAX Realty Services)
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121 Timberbrook Lane #202 Gaithersburg, MD 20878Price: $284,900MLS number: MDMC388910Bathrooms: 2Bedrooms: 2 Click Here to View Virtual Tour  Large, light and bright condo with lots of windows to let the sun shine in! This home is in move in condition and backs to woods! There is even a winter wa...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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No quede atrapado en la trampa del alquiler en 2019 Cada año alrededor de esta temporada, tomamos tiempo para reflexionar y hacer planes para el próximo año. Si usted está alquilando su casa actual, pero tiene el sueño se ser propietario de vivienda, su plan para el año nuevo puede incluir la co...

By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
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 The National Flood Insurance plan was set to expire Friday November 28th.  Late on Friday Congress approved a one week extension to the program.  Any new policies or renewals should be paid for before the new deadline of December 7, 2018.  There is anticipation that there will be a lapse that ma...

By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist
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Naples Golf Guy FL Weekly Real Estate ReviewOverall, the Naples Golf Guy FL Real Estate Review for the week of October 8th shows there were 152 Naples Properties Sold.  This is down from the week before when 161 units sold. North Naples once again remained in the top spot for home sales with 34 r...

By Steffy Hristova, Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!
(HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353)
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 On the Broker tour today, we saw the incredible variety of homes the older neighborhoods in Tempe zip codes 85281, 85282 and 85283 offer.The picture above is from a custom-built home in 1981, in Tempe AZ 85282. It is a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home on almost 20,000 sq.ft. lot. Lovely, tranquil ba...

By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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We are constantly watching the housing market in Cottonwood Parker Homes. With the continued surge in demand for Parker Homes, we are searching the MLS every day for new listings and updating our clients on recent sold prices. We know the challenging market is creating a rough time for many buyer...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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426 Wetmore Road Columbus, Ohio 43214OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th 20182-4pm Amazing Clintonville home w/ hardwood floors/updated bath/kitchen/Florida room/fin bsmt. Start your day w/ private coffee in bright Florida room or paver patio. Enjoy gorgeous scenery in prof. landscaped yard w/ custo...

By Amanda Hope, Specializing in Vero Beach & Sebastian Real Estate
(Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise)
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What Should My Credit Score Be To Buy a House?When you are starting to think about purchasing your first home - or your 20th - your credit score is something that you need to be aware of. You’ve probably heard that your credit score can make or break the home buying process. However, you may not ...

By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Waterfront Home with Attached Apt. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $550,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 2,164 sqftLot: 0.30 acre(s) Location 2146 SW Gull Harbor Ln.Palm City, FL 34990USA To get updates on open home dates and other property events, please...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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#5StarREALTOR®Your home is probably the biggest asset you own. This is why you should hire a professional to guide you through all your real estate transactions. My goal is to help 24 to 28 families each year either buy or sell a home. I am NOT interested in Selling 100 or 200 homes a year becaus...

By Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate
(Ask Gina & Company with Pearson Smith Realty)
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          47204 Middle Bluff Pl, Sterling, VA                   Get Directions Click Here                                                                                                                                               Description                                               Photos ...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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#5StarREALTOR®Your home is probably the biggest asset you own. This is why you should hire a professional to guide you through all your real estate transactions. My goal is to help 24 to 28 families each year either buy or sell a home. I am NOT interested in Selling 100 or 200 homes a year becaus...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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  Establishing Legal Ownership: Condos, Dwelling Parcels, PUDs I've "been around" ...  Around the mortgage business, that is.  For over 40 years. And during those 40 years,  besides being a Mortgage Originator, I also held an IL Real Estate Appraiser license for around 2 decades.  Plus I was hono...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Winter by the Pool in Val Vista Lakes in Gilbert, AZClick Here to Request Your FREE Buyer's Guide!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista LakesHomes Recently Sold in Val Vista LakesVal Vista Lakes is more ...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Coastal Properties)
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Some of the biggest buyer misconceptions in buying a home. 

By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
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Have you dreamed of living in the great desert southwest in the Phoenix Arizona metro in  a home with a view of city lights or the desert vista below? Well you have come to the right place. Take a look at the latest and always up to date list Phoenix Metro Homes For Sale with City Light Views inc...