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 Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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New home construction is a markedly different process than buying pre-owned housing. Whether buying a spec home (built to the Builder's specificiations, also known as an 'inventory home'), or whether starting from scratch -- new home construction has its own timeline, vocabulary, and rules. Two i...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Suppose your Realtor® helped you land a prime Henry County rental investment property—and you’ve been more than content with the result. Your longtime tenant proved to be conscientious and dependable, with resulting passive income that has been quietly building your bank account with very little ...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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    Did you know that PGA Village in Port St. Lucie is the only golf community in the United States that is owned by PGA?  Let's talk about Golf Villas available with Golf, Lake or Preserve views. Click to View Villas in PGA Village  Each villa includes a garage with prices starting in the $160'...
By Tim Stoll, Results That Move You
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Morning Real Estate Minute | Tim Stoll    A recent analysis of home prices and rent in more than 500 U.S. counties found that buying a home was cheaper than renting in the majority of housing markets across the country. In fact, according to data released by RealtyTrac, buying a median-priced hom...
By Deborah Ward, The Irish Realtor
(Deborah Ward & Associates)
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By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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    Due to the weather and the local lifestyle, water has always been major aspect of living in the area.  That may be why the Naples Florida single family homes without a pool in Olde Naples may seem to be quite an oddity.  Nothing speaks higher regarding the elegance, culture and history of the...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Home on Indian River Drive There are 6 mistakes you can easily avoid when moving up to a larger home if you are aware of them.  We can help you avoid all of them.  Click here for your FREE Industry Report! This new report has just been released which identifies the 6 most common and costly mistak...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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  It's the question that every buyer asks and MUST know --   What are the taxes on this property?    It's a financially important question.  A buyer's housing purchase budget and approval may only allow for $400 per month in property taxes. If the house taxes are more, the home becomes unafforda...
By Un-Real Estate Blog, The Real Estate Blog
(Residential Home Funding Corp)
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679 BLOOMFIELD AVE NUTLEY NJ - Home Sweet Home! If you're looking for a really well priced, attractive Colonial Home For Sale in Nutley NJ you have to check out 679 Bloomfield Ave - perhaps Nutley New Jersey's Best Value.  Nutley NJ is a great "small town" with a nice looking downtown, great scho...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 0
Milton GA Homes for Sale by Price Ranges Milton GA Homes - search listings for homes for sale in Milton GA in North Fulton County GA.  View real estate classifieds of Milton home listed for sale, estate properties, equestrian estates, private estates, gated communities, new homes, lots, country c...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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PLEASE CONTACT ME TO RESERVE YOUR LOT TODAY!!! The Legacy at Cary Creek has been planned with the active resident in mind, to compliment their unique lifestyle.  Each house has been designed to cater to the residents, with main level living home floor plans, open, accessible floor plans, and stai...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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Discounted_$675 Summerville 4 bd-2.5 ba Rent to Own No Bank Qualifying ************************* Available January 25, 2015.    **  2014 Early Bird  - 48 Hour Special  **  Reserve in December 2014 for January 2015 Move-In and Save!    ** See these December Discounted Rents:  Take *$200  - *$500 O...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1834 Ridge AVE 107 Evanston IL  Coming live today a wonderful 2 bedroom 2 and a half bath condo  Walk to everything in Downtown Evanston, Metra, EL, restaurants, shopping. Luxurious 2 bedroom 2 bathroom plus half bath loft style with exposed brick, hard wood floors large kitchen with granite, pan...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Is there a Secret to Hiring a BUYER AGENT? What does it cost to hire one? How do  i start the process? Can they help me find my Dream home? The answer is not a secret. There is many Buyers who do not understand the Home buying process. There are many parts if the process that have to take place. ...
By Denise Dimares, Realtor, Investor Serving DC and MD
(Exit Bennett Realty)
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It happens:  an irresistible real estate investment crops up when you’re least expecting it.  You may have been actively searching for your next family home when you happen across a particularly good bargain, but its not a good fit for your own family.  “Oh my goodness,” you think to yourself, “t...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Do you think there is a Secret to Buying a Dream home? There is to many Buyers who do not understand the Home buying process. What do you think is the most common question from Home buyers is? The mortgage process? finding homes to see? Making an offer? The inspection process? For those that thin...
By Carey Light, Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams at Lake Nona)
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NorthLake Park at Lake Nona - Active Living in Medical City NorthLake Park at Lake Nona is 500 acre community with 4 distinct neighborhood areas.  Residents of NorthLake Park at Lake Nona enjoy tons of amenities including access the YMCA, nature walking trails, biking paths, tennis & basketball c...
By Ana Moniz, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Keller Williams Valley Realty )
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Montvale and Park Ridge Homes for Sale Bergen County has many lovely homes on the market. This post highlights some real estate for sale in Montvale and Park Ridge, and you can click any photo or contact Ana Moniz to learn more about a home. Visit previous blog posts to learn more about North Je...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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  Wickford RI Winter Downtown View   If desiring Wickford RI real estate is part of your next year plan in RI luxury and coastal real estate buying, reach out to me, Ginny Gorman, at 401.529.7849 or email me at ginny@RiHouseHunt.com to chat.  Ready, willing, able and realistic RI home buyers here...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Adjustable Rate Mortgages - The Basics An adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) has an interest rate that fluctuates periodically. This is in contrast to a fixed rate mortgage, which always has the same interest rate. Every ARM has basic components: An index A margin Adjustment Period An interest rate ...