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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Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend.  But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does The Open House agent work for? A)  The Seller B)  The ...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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For anyone who has looked into to buying a Henry County home several times—but kept getting discouraged every time because of a negative credit report—read on! You probably already know that you are not alone—but so what?—it’s small consolation, especially when you consider how much financial gro...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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This is a typical December day along Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs Florida. As a matter of fact, we both got a bit of a sunburn yesterday because I did not think to bring along the sunscreen - something you always need down here in the Sunshine State. While Ronnie did troll for bass a bit yesterd...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Steps to Buying a Connecticut Home. Find the right Realtor® for you. The most important step in buying a home is deciding who to hire as your Realtor®. Not all licensed real estate agents are Realtors®. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) who subscribes to a stri...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     A dozen years ago when my father was critically ill, we had the good fortune to have Lee Jeske, RN Superior Quality in charge of my Dad's care.  Caring is the least we can say about Lee and after being our mailing list for a number of years, she called to ask us to sell her house and find h...
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 Brunswick MD, It's A Place For The Little Ones.  Brunswick children on a tour of the Brunswick City Hall.                        Examples of homes for sale in Brunswick.  Call Lenn for a tour, 800-711-7988. $369,990 1156 DARGON QUARRY LN 4 Bedrooms 2 full 1 half Baths MLS# FR830...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Batavia Market Trends for November 2014 Batavia home sales for the month of November rose in volume by 24% when compared to last year, while the median sale price rose by 6.3% from $222,500 to $236,500. The number of Single Family homes sales rose by 42.1%, while the median sale price rose by 1%...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Lindenhurst Market Trends for November 2014 Lindenhurst home sales for the month of November rose in volume by 12.5% when compared to last year, while the median sale price decreased by 5.7% from $153,750 to $145,000. The number of Single Family homes sales stayed the same, while the median sale...
By Joanne Foley, Your hometown real estate professional
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As a head's up....I have a fabulous new townhome listing in the beautiful gated golf community of Plantation Bay, in Ormond Beach, Fl.   I have 2 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and an office, 2 car garage, screened patio on the lake..   It is an awesome view which will never change.   The lake and estua...
By Adell Forbes (Realtor), "Knowledge & Experience Working for You"
(PEMCO Realty)
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 Buying a New Construction Home        Buying a new construction home can bring a lot of fun and excitement to your life. There is  just something "majical" about being able to semi-customize a home to your liking. A home where you will create new memories. All of this euphoria can be fleeting or...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax,mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to this question I received this morning:  " Let me k...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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20785 Hyattsville MD Real Estate Market Report-November 2014.   While the zip code 20785 shows Hyattsville MD,it can also show Landover MD as well. I know because I recently helped a very good and patient client of mine who I have been with for around close to 7 long years close on a "house for s...
By Jeremy K. Frost
(Keller Williams Realty)
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OPEN HOUSE THIS COMING SUNDAY DECEMBER 21st FROM 1pm – 4pm!  This stunning Haymond Home sits on 1.92 acres +/- and features top notch finish out with an open floor plan which include granite tops everywhere, high ceilings with exposed beams, and so much more. Gorgeous exterior features a blend o...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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569 Garrett A.Morris Blvd Landover Md 20785-JUST SOLD.     This two bedroom,two and a half bath Colonial townhouse is located in the Summerfield At Morgan St Subdivision. This townhouse is fully renovated. New Hardwood floors throughout the main level. It has wall to wall carpet in the upper leve...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Are you buying a house in Arlington, Texas? If you haven't found the right one for you yet, then this could be the new home you've been looking for!      Imagine your kids playing on that lawn. A beaut, isn't it? You won't find information on this home anywhere else. Why? It's not even listed in ...
By Audry Wolff, for Real Estate in Phoenix Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Alta Mesa AZ Alta Mesa is an established Mesa Arizona neighborhood conveniently located near Higley and Brown Roads, with shopping, services, and freeways nearby, and employers like Boeing and MD Helicopters just 2 miles away. Alta Mesa is a master planned community where you ca...
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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  Do you want a new home with a swimming pool, but don’t want the manor that may go with it?  Then look to the smaller single family homes for sale with a pool in Naples Florida.  The desire for a “cement pond” that maintaining a home of 1,250 square feet or less gives the homeowner all the more ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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1-2014-20 Maxatawny Court Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $5,000 MLS #PM-11378     Click here for more Info on this Land 1-2014-20 Maxatawny Court Building lot of 0.27 acres in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Central sewer lot. Lot is located on cul-de-sac. Previous wetland study comp...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty )
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Today my buyer clients and I had the pleasure of meeting  with the builder representative for Bill Clark Homes of Greenville, NC.As a buyer agent , representing buyers relocating from Texas , I was appreciative of the time and attention given to them during their first of two walk through visits...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   The Los Angeles County Bank Owned REO Foreclosure Report on newly listed homes for sale is now available.    The newly listed REO Properties can be seen as a One Line Report for a quick glance on what hit the market, or you can view it as a Brief ...