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 Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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18 Burlington Rd, Harwinton, CT "Charter Oak Farm" is a recently updated Federal Colonial Circa 1790 on 8 acres in town center & located in one of Connecticut's highest rated towns. Recent updates : roof, electrical, sill plate, floor joists, insulation, septic tank, boiler & more.  Search All H...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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      While we’re not yet seeing a full recovery from the housing crisis, the trends we’re seeing from 2014 going into 2015 indicate that the market is stabilizing.  After the real estate crash, with the help of new loan opportunities, low mortgage rates and a drop in home prices, buyers began to...
By Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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Open House at 3548 Eskew Court located in Lake RidgeStop by to see this spacious home on Sunday, 17 MAY 2015 from 2-4 pm.  Listing Details  3548 Eskew Ct, Woodbridge VA MLS number: #PW8603901 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Square Footage: 4000+ Built:  1993 Pulte Builders - Hawthorn Model Schools:  S...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the following questions:  "Are you working with an agent?" or "If you fall in love with this home, do you have an agent who would be writing the contract?". If you prefer ema...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
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   Address: 1108 Fleetfoot Dr A Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186-6950 Taxed by: Waukesha MLS #: 1410888           357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston ABR,e-P...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1970 SF, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cape-style house located on a 1.6 acre lot in Campton, New Hampshire. This home features; new windows, mudroom, hardwood & tile floors, fireplace, 1st floor laundry room, metal roof, deck (with panoramic views from Franconia Notch to Sandwich Dome), drilled well (w...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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For most people, searching for the home of their dreams is easy to do and the services of a realtor may not seem a necessity. After all, anyone with a computer and internet connection can find zillions of listings at the touch of a button. So why would a buyer need an agent to represent them? Wel...
By Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group )
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2nd Tier WLE Lake House! Walk to Lake & Beach!  Overview Maps Photos Neighborhood Open House $117,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,145 sqftLot: 0.26 acre(s)Year Built: 1988MLS #: 15-1384 Location 7 Beaver Lake DrLake Ariel, PA 18436 Text 388426 to show contac...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Price improvement- Idyllwilde - Parker, CO  80138  Welcome to to 2013 Village home that is completely meticulous and absolutely ready to move in!  You would think no one lives here it shows no wear.  Located in Idyllwilde (off Hess & Canterberry Parkway, you will find this pool community with man...
By Nick Smith, Boise Idaho Real Estate, We Love Boise
(Silvercreek Realty Group)
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Strategic Maneuvers for Success in Boise’s Real Estate MarketIt was only a few years ago that the last thing a prospectiveBoise home buyer had to worry about was being outbid. Those were the days when the bottom seemed to be falling out of the Boise, Idaho real estate market. Anyone brave enough ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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1265 Arrowhead Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347$455,000 MLS #PM-22907 Contemporary LAKEFRONT home situated on the main lake in Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Spectactular views from every angle of this tastefully decorated house featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, knotty pine walls & hardwood floors, ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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July 21 to July 25 will be the return of Summer Movies in downtown Bethesda. For five nights, you can enjoy the 10th annual outdoor movie series at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda.  The movies begin at 9 pm and you should get there early to claim one of the limited number of ...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Champlin Real Estate & Homes For Sale April 27th-May 3rd, 2015Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858Thank you for visiting! This is a weekly blog post geared to letting Champlin residents get a feel for the current Real Estate market right here in their own community. This page ...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
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Busy Day for Your Humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent! Yes, folks, before your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent can even think about celebrating Cinco de Mayo, I have to get through two closings today.But, when I do, it's party time!                        About The...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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  2 Bedroom Marine Park Brooklyn co-op For Sale $125,000 Come View this just listed spacious 2 bedroom one bath Marine Park Brooklyn co-op for saleApprox 850 sq ftMonthly Maint : $925  incl gas & elecNo petsSublet - NOBLDG req 25% Dmpt When you are ready to view this 2nd floor 2 bedroom Marine Pa...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Excellent post by Liz and Bill Spear on working with agents and why we ask questions.  Although Liz and Bill are in Mason, OH the same holds true for Boca Raton, FL.   Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the fol...
By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
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  Searching for a home for sale in Savage MN now? Please take a minute to check out MNHomeShop.com there you will find many homes for sale in your price range and you will be able to click on them and then ask me to view them. There is a home at 14717 Meadowood Drive in Savage MN granite counter...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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 Studio co-op For Sale in East Flatbush Brooklyn $110,000 Quaint well maintained East Flatbush Brooklyn co-op Studio apartment for sale.  Asking $110,000monthly maint $408 Located in the Philip Howard co-op Building at 1655 Flatbush Ave- walk to nearby shopping, trains and bus service, Brooklyn C...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*RETIREMENT HOMES IN ARIZONA*  Beautiful Retirement Home for Sale in the Gated Province $298,500  42629 W KINGFISHER DR3 Beds/2 Baths2263 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5202984  Welcome home to this nicely upgraded home in the welcoming 55+ community of Province. Whether you're living here year round, ...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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 Austin Texas - Panoramic hill country and greenbelt views. Backs to greenbelt. 6 bedroom, 5 full bath, with game room, office, and media room. 3 car garage. 4,061 square feet. Sandstone exterior. Concrete and wood floors. Granite counters. Fireplace. 8 foot doors. High ceilings. Low tax rate. 20...