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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
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 Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Hotchkiss K-8 Back to School and Registration Information School will be starting before we know it. It's still summer, but the days of summer vacation are winding down. The stores are starting to advertise back to school specials, and it's time to start thinking about stocking up on...
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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Price Reduction! Single-story Temecula California Home for Sale in Summit! OverviewMapsPhotosDescriptionMarket Stats $369,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,245 sqftLot: 7,841 sqft Location 43898 Gatewood WayTemecula, CA 92592USA Pamela Seley,...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
(www.genemundt.com)
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  The Reasons to Contact a Mortgage Lender  ASAP When Buying a Home      The following are statistics reflecting American's current financial habits.  They're provided by the National Financial Educators Council:   60% of adults don't budget/keep close track of their spending 41% of y...
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 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 David Vandermyden, Real Estate Professionals working for you
(Pacific Coast Group)
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  S~P~A~C~I~O~U~S 3700 Sq.Ft of Colonial Home w/ room for Family & Entertaining. Beautiful Brick & Rock Fireplace enhances the Large Family Room with arched entry ways into the Formal Living room, Foyer & Ample formal Dining Room. Downstairs Office, bdrm with walk in closet, full bat...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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Land in Maine, a home with some acreage to go with the house and barn / shop. What you are looking for? Video for 108 Monteith Road Bridgewater Maine 04735 . Take the show and tell tour. The country home in Southern Aroostook County features continuous maple floors in the living and dining room. ...
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 Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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Installation of hardwood flooring is something many of us do not know much about. I do not install hardwood flooring but was asked about it recently by a client. By going to Glenn Fricke's blog, I received all of the education that I need. It seems that there are a couple of options on instal...
By Valerie Bartolone, Top Producer in Sales!
( Neuhaus Realty, Inc)
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                             HOME REDUCED!  $409,000 OWNER WANTS TO HEAR ALL OFFERS BEAUTIFUL 3 BEDROOM SEMI, HARDWOOD FLOORS, NEWER KITCHEN WITH CORIAN COUNTER TOPS, NEWER 1/2 BATH, NEWER FULLY TILED MAIN BATH WITH JACUZZI, JETTED TUB, NEW S.S DISHWASHER & STOVE. 2 YR. OLD 3 A/C UNITS (FREDR...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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$1375 / 3br - 1400ft² - ▐►Ladson Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools (136 Two Pond Loop)       )   Ladson Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools ** 24 Hour Special Pricing Available Today **  * Complete Our VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home Today       http://www.SCHomeSell...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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6 bedroom 4.5 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! Fabulous model home for sale wont last!!!! Camelot villas at dc ranch market st. Gorgeous view lot with expansive green belt amenity off side patio fr doors. 6 bedroom 4.5 bathroom in DC Ranch Scottsdale with mountain views, north back yard very open an...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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6 bedroom 6 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! Luxurious Tuscan Home in Exclusive Gated DC RANCH! Floor plan perfect for entertaining inside/out. Elegant & Cozy Home w/Travertine Floors. Spilt Floor Plan, Romantic Master Retreat w/sitting rm. Sensational Master bath w/Jet tub. 6 bedroom 6 bathroom...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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6 bedroom 5.5 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! Beautifully upgraded Residence One plan with Bonus Room and center courtyard. Travertine floors in traffic areas, slab granite counters, jetted tub in master bath, custom designed BBQ/ entertainment area, covered patio, heated pool, spa and firepit. 6 b...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Why wait for your new home to be built when this home is ready for you to own in Eagles Pointe! Enjoy a secluded and private lot, a community fitness center, swimming pool, tot lots, grill area, tennis courts and more. Property Highlights Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms (possible 5th bedroom in the basement...