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

Everyone knows that I love living and selling within the City of Richmond. So this listing has been a blast! Welcome to 1205 East Main Street- Penthouse East. Yep, that's right- Penthouse.  What is that saying- "Go big or go home?" At first glance, you'll have to ask yourself, "Am I in Manhattan"...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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  5-13-2 Arrowhead Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $9,000 MLS #PM-19822   Learn more about this Lot Building lot of 0.24 acres in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. No wetland study or perk test completed. Use your own builder or we can help you find one. House #1102 Arrowhead Driv...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Henry County homeowners could benefit if the influx of international home buyers continues to expand. According to a study from the National Association Realtors®, the trend in that direction has been accelerating. In the most recent release covering the twelve-month period ending last March, for...
By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor - RDCpro CDPE Member NRBA
(REO Specialists llc)
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s: 1109 Sherwood Kalamazoo MI 49001 $14,900 4 bedroom 2 bath home for sale. Kalamazoo Promise qualified. Seller is selling the property AS IS. Buyer to verify all data. Clients may see all data and schedule showings at www.REOmamma.com or call Richard Stewart 269-345-7000 REO Specialists llc   
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Welcome to our St. Lucie boomerang buyers.  Home ownership is again available to you and you are now in lower interest rates and a stable economy The 7 year wait time to purchase a home after foreclosure or short sale is over fir many potential homebuyers now and more waves of these boomerang b...
By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Right Choice Realty Cape Coral FLA.
(Right Choice Realty 239-560-0726 )
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      110 Jefferson Ave, Lehigh Acres Florida.   For Sale!  3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1/2 acre, 3 Car Garage, Pool and so much more!  There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purcha...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
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It is easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction.  Here are some grand ideas: Go alone. What do you need an agent for? Rely on yourself.  You don't need an expert opinion. Trust the builders sales person, they smile so nicely. Don't hire your own Buyer agent. You are smart enough. It's just t...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Is there such thing as a "PERFECT HOME? What would your definition of a perfect home be? The answer may be different to each person that answers it. The needs and wants of one buyer may not be the same as another. What is perfect for one person may not be for another.   Here in the MANCHESTER NH...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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And we should all be thankful for that! As a home inspector one phrase I hear time and again is, houses were built better (insert an age, time frame). There certainly is no question that older houses still standing now, often have great details and character. These relics often have beautiful tri...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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 Just Sold – 3 Bedroom Pool Home In North Port FL   Want to sell your home quickly? Contact Kwee Huset 941-716-3090 of Kwee Huset Realty. She Just Sold - 3 Bedroom Pool Home in North Port FL. Located at 2845 Afar Avenue. 34286.       Just Sold - Property Information   This 3 bedroom pool home is ...
By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Right Choice Realty Cape Coral FLA.
(Right Choice Realty 239-560-0726 )
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                        110 Jefferson Ave, Lehigh Acres Florida.                  For Sale!   3 Bedroom, 2 Baths, 3 Car Garage, Pool, 1/2 Acre Lot, Lots of Upgrades                                                A few weeks ago the New York Times  reported on the financial reasons that the they f...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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  This is a common question for many first time home buyers.  They may not know what is earnest money is and that it is required when they were buying West Bloomfield real estate.  As a first time homebuyer the whole home buyer process can be quite confusing. So what is earnest money?  They say t...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Hamilton, the Best Kept Secret in Real Estate in Loudoun County Va. Hamilton is a wonderful community in Loudoun County, just a couple of miles west of Leesburg.     Hamilton, Virginia Map    NEW HOMES AVAILABLE IN HAMILTON Average square fees of living space in new homes in Hamilton will be from...
By Quinton Beckham, Quinton Beckham - Charlottesville
(Keller Williams - Charlottesville)
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It's not just that Interest Rates are low. It's not just that home prices remain low. You can also reduce your taxes owning a home. For more information on Homeowner Tax Deductions, click here There are so many good reasons to move from renting to owning your home. Call me, email me or check out ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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January 2014 Bank Owned/Foreclosure Homes for Sale Delta, CO This information is for Delta and the surrounding rural area. It will cover all bank owned property listed in the local MLS in the 81416 zip code.  Overall compared to 2013, the number of foreclosures were down 50% countywide in 2014. W...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Are you moving to Michigan in the near future?  Northville is one of our great cities.  Close to the highways,  excellent schools, very low crime rate, great demographics.  Northville real estate is highly desirable so you will find that homes are a little higher priced here.  Northville and Nort...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Dunwoody short sales for November 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. It’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has been extended at the last minute for ...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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If you did not know there are about 28 lakes in Commerce Township.  Here is a partial list of them. Bass Lake Carroll Lake Clark Lake Commerce Lake Fox Lake Lake Sherwood Long Lake Lower Straits Lake Moss Lake Middle Straits Lake (mostly in West Bloomfield) Mud Lake Reed Lake Twin Suns Lake Union...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Appaloosa West, Elburn, Illinois - January 2015 About Appaloosa West Appaloosa West is a subdivision of single family homes built in the 1970's and 1980's. Appaloosa West is located Elburn south of Route 38 and west of La Fox Road. Average taxes in Appaloosa West $7,530 Average association fees ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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  David Wagner has had an amazing January helping buyers find their dream homes- and the month is still not over yet! He just ratified 8513 Carlynn Drive, Bethesda, MD, making some very lucky buyers very very happy!  The home is a beautiful contemporary on over an acre of wooded land.  The walls ...