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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET!   EVERYTHING you wanted and more!  Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!!  But it should come with a warning label:  THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS! We watched a movie recently and (excuse t...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Real estate professionals will tell you that all real estate is local.  This means, every market is different, even from one neighborhood to the next.  That being the case, it only serves you to buy local when retaining a Realtor or mortgage professional.  You will not only receive a higher level...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Woodstock GA Homes for Sale by Homes Features Woodstock GA homes for sale by homes features.  Are you looking to purchase a home in the Woodstock area of Woodstock GA? Do you know what you are looking for in a home?  I mean the specifics in the home you want to buy...such as the style of home, ne...
By Nicole Doty Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Peralta Trails in Gold Canyon Arizona is a quiet, secluded, gated community east of Gilbert. This scenic subdivision developed by Del Webb is situated right at the base of the magnificent Superstition Mountains and includes a community pool, community center with fitness equipment and a library....
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    WHAT BUYERS WANT ARE SCREAMING DEALS   When it comes to Real Estate sales most buyers want screaming deals but they are not willing to pay full price; therefore, when an offer comes in, the Seller needs to be prepared before they put their homes up for sale to negotiate without losing the sa...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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The Town of Ridgefield - A  Short Video     The town of Ridgefield is just north of Wilton, just west of Redding, Weston, and Bethel, south of Danbury, and has the State of New York to the west of it.   It is a town with a lot of history, dating well before the Revolutionary War.   Main Street is...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for sale in Purcellville, $500.000 to $1,000,000.  To tour homes for sale, just call Lenn, 800-711-7988. WE CAN HELP! Examples of homes in Purcellville priced $500,000 to $1,000,000.  $799,000 36616 WOODMAR FARM DR 4 BR 4 full 1 half BA MLS# LO8486822 PURCELLVILLE Zip: 20132 Subdivision: WO...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Townhomes for Sale in Purcellville.  Call Lenn 800-711-7988. There are few town homes in Purcellville.  However, the examples below represent good value. CLICK on picture of house for more photos and information. $399,736 305 CROFT SQ 3 BR 3 full 1 half BA MLS# LO8498491 PURCELLVILLE Zip: 20132 S...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Homes for Sale in Eastside Costa Mesa, CA | Costa Mesa Real Estate Eastside Costa Mesa is a highly desirable area in Orange County. It is bordered by Newport Beach.  Eastside Costa Mesa is bordered by Newport Boulevard, 15th Street, Mesa Drive and  Irvine Boulevard on the east. There are condos, ...
By John Hrisco & Associates, -"The Sign You Want, The Agent You Need!"
(John Hrisco & Associates | RE/MAX Heritage )
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Freddie Mac: Buy Sooner Rather Than Later   In a recent video update on the housing market, Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, stated that with both mortgage interest rates and home prices projected to increase in 2015 buying now makes sense. “If you are planning to buy a home in the n...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Huntsville AL Magnolia Village Proposed Construction   Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama The following link is updated daily to begin your Magnolia Village home search: Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama Homes For Sale.   If you waited to buy in a new home in Magnolia Village the wait will be ...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team)
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Ranch Style Single Family Home for Sale in Chesterfield Under Contract  When I first met my new buyer clients they were exploring all Chesterfield County had to offer. The two things they knew for sure were: 1) they needed to move in by the end of February and 2) they strongly preferred a new con...
By John Hrisco & Associates, -"The Sign You Want, The Agent You Need!"
(John Hrisco & Associates | RE/MAX Heritage )
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Top 5 Benefits of Using a Professional to Buy a Home Every year the National Association of REALTORS releases their Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, in which they reveal the results of a yearlong survey of buyers and sellers. The latest profile revealed what actual buyers saw as the benefits of ...
By Barb England, REal Estate Professional
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Been turned down for a loan by the bank?  Credit glitches forcing you to rent?  Just plain sick and tired of the banks?  With short-sales and foreclosures abundant in the Mesa Arizona area, people are finding themselves with no alternative then renting.  Skip the banks and their crazy ever-changi...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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  Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing with the public on a regular basis. BUT ...... Let me ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
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How I Made $100,000 By "Wasting" An Afternoon   3 years ago I "wasted" an afternoon. (At least that's what many real estate agents would think.) I took out a young couple who had not talked to a lender....did not have a prequal...had no idea what they could afford. Frankly, they were not ready to...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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It is a great time to invest in a new home! There are 92 Listings in University City, what are you waiting for?   If you are looking for a neighborhood that gives you a quiet residential area and then  have the city for entertainment and business.. Great dining, shopping and entertainment at a wa...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family!  If you're a Homebuyer or First-Time Homebuyer, I'll be working this weekend from Friday 11/28/2014 through 11/30/2104 and can schedule appointments for you to view the properties of your choice.  Please contact me, Bill Bodouva at Laffey Fine Homes, wi...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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If it's your first time buying a home, then you're probably quite confused how it works. We can help you understand the process and help you go through each step smoothly with a lot less stress than people normally experience. In no time you'll be dancing in celebration of finding your dream home...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Alvarado Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth?   Marla Yost Team Keller Williams Realty 817-382-9791 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 12078396   Licensed In:Texas License #:0525481...