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 Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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When seniors tell me they are thinking of selling a San Jose, Cupertino or Saratoga home and moving to an active retirement community, I always ask if they've visited The Villages in San Jose. Even though it is here in San Jose, Silicon Valley, it feels like you are in Southern California res...
By Trish Leleux
(Noles–Frye Realty, Inc. A Latter and Blum Company 4615 Parliament Drive Alexandria, LA 71303)
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New Listing - 6225 Live Oaks Lane, Alexandria, LA. 71303      Custom everything and one of the largest backyards in Tennyson Oaks!      With an open and specious floor plan, featuring 12 and 10 foot ceilings, this home is perfect for entertaining.             A designer kitchen with 5 burner gas ...
By Millie Gil, Florida Real Estate Agent, Buyer, Seller, Investor
(Bold Real Estate Group, Inc.)
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  Stuart Tres Belle Estates, by Realtor Millie Gil TRES BELLE ESTATES Stuart Luxury Gated Community MOVING READY HOMES Stuart Tres Belle community features ½ Acre Homes with Preserve or Lake Views starting from $520,000 COMMUNITY AMENITIES City water & sewer services, community sidewalks, bas...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
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Founders Pointe is a waterfront community in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, located in the Carrollton area of Isle of Wight County, just 10 minutes from the historic town of Smithfield. Stephen Alexander Homes' Model Home is now available for $559,900! Enjoy living in this timeless Coast...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Meadows at Riverbend Subdivision Buyers who come looking for a home having already done their home have the best opportunity of coming away with the home of their dreams in this real estate market! Such is the case here as another home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Mea...
By Diane Plant, Broker, Toronto Home Search: Forest Hill Real Esta
(Forest Hill Real Estate Inc, Brokerage)
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          OPEN HOUSE 3 Wembley Rd Sat 2-4 PM. Asking $1,399,000. Fabulous 3+1 bdrm home in the Upper Village. Professionally designed by Tara Fingold. Completely reno'd. Fantastic oasis backyard in the centre of the city. Stop by and see for yourself. Main Floor family Rm Large principal Room...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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Door County Condos for sale under $55,000: 2715 Little Sister Hill Rd, Sister Bay, WI 54234 What an ideal time to buy an affordable Door County condominium...just drive to Door County, park the car, and have FUN. Residence at The Inn at Little Sister Hill with lenient, unrestricted owner use or j...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  JUST LISTED ...OPEN SUNDAY July 27th  Noon - 2  pm                   7226 W Squire Ave Greenfield, WI 53220-4326                                                    MLS   1378132           Everything you wanted from the half acre park like lot to the first floor laundry, huge open concept kitche...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Volterra Subdivision SE Albuquerque 87123 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2 Living Areas, 3 Car Garage For Sale     YouTube Featuring 1828 Red Rum Ct SE Albuquerque NM 87123     The Volterra Subdivision is a highly desired SE Albuquerque community located near Central, Downtown, Juan Tabo, Tramway and I-40.  Th...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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When my grandparents left their home in Palm Springs they went back to Florida to live out their lives. They had always lived in their own home or condo, but felt maybe it was time to go to a retirement community so they could get more help. They went to Boca Raton where my mother was living, and...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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New Listing! 4 Bedroom Brick Ranch - Lake Front in Lake Orion Michigan - Indianwood Hills Subdivision.   1085 Abseguami Trl, Lake Orion MI, 48362 Overview Maps Photos Features Description Market Stats $329,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,650...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Alhambra CA Emery Park Home JUST SOLD 3212 Poplar Blvd Represented Buyers     It was Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and I deliver the news every buyer loves….   Congratulations!   You are now the owner of your new home.   It’s especially great when the news is delivered to first time homebuyers.   JUST...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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A Door County Best Buy: 3 Bedroom Egg Harbor Home Under $200,000. Home for sale at 3852 Fairview Road, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin. PRICE REDUCTION FROM $184,900 TO $174,900 ON THIS MUST-SEE HOME FIVE MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN EGG HARBOR, RECENTLY REMODELED AND WOULD MAKE AN EXCEPTIONAL VACATION OR YEAR-RO...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
(Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com)
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Does your real estate blog reveal any surprises?  I always take the time to look back at the stats from my real estate blogging to see what subject got the most attention for the viewers of my blog.  The #1 subject to my blog that has the highest amount of stats wasn't really a surprise; the ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) This is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Schools ** Rent-to-Own in Sunny Summerville SC * 24 Hour Special.(Standard Monthly Rent is ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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3br - ▐►                   3BR / 2Ba 1400 sq ft house available nowlaundry on site off-street parking/Ladson Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools See More of Beautiful 136 Two Pond Loop at:http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/39954 See our VIP to Visit This Home in Person: http://www.SCHomeSell...
By Betsy Purcell, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Boston North West)
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Buying a home in Acton, or anywhere, can be exciting, but you don’t want to rush into it. Making simple errors while going about the home-buying process can cause a lot of stress—both emotional and financial—for years to come. So, take some time to educate yourself about the common mistakes homeb...
By Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
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Such excellent advice from a mortgage lender. Yes, contacting a lender IS critical in the home buying process and while it certainly does not sound like it is as much fun as "looking at houses," it is imperative to know what you can - and cannot - comfortably afford. I have had clients ...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
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Dumfries 22025 is located in the southestern section of Prince William County.  Montclair is the largest residential community in 22025.   Dumfries advantages: Within 15 to 20 minutes of Quantico Marine Corps Base On State Route 234 cross county 4 lane expressway 15 to 20 minutes to the Rippon L...