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 Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*Living in Luxury in the Arizona Desert*  Goodyear Spacious Pool Home for Sale -UNDER-$200K- in Ranch of Estrella Mountain in AZ! SHORT SALE!!$199,000MLS 5261119Year Built 1999Beds 3/2 Baths Sq ft 1856 10011 S 183 LN Goodyear, AZ 85338 Spacious home with private pool in Estrella Mountain Ranch pl...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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May 14, 2015, promises to be an amazing night at the National Zoo in Washington DC! May 14 is the long awaited Zoofari- sponsored by GEICO - which features tastings from renowned local chefs and great wines from local (nearby) vintners. Here are the restaurants that will be serving tastings at th...
By Bob Thompson, 562.344.5626 | ALT-Doc, Private Money, Stated HELOCS and Stated Income, Direct Niche Lenders - Residential and Commercial
(FMC Lending, Inc. - Direct Niche Lenders)
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There are a lot of reasons why you may not qualify for bank financing on an Investment Property. With regulations passed under the Dodd-Frank banking reforms, many no longer qualify. Our IN-HOUSE Private Money Loan Program is designed for people who have one or more of the following situations: L...
By Bob Thompson, 562.344.5626 | ALT-Doc, Private Money, Stated HELOCS and Stated Income, Direct Niche Lenders - Residential and Commercial
(FMC Lending, Inc. - Direct Niche Lenders)
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Click on the Link below for the Stated Loan Application. Rates from 8.99% with 3 points - CLOSE IN 7 DAYS! FMC Lending, Inc. is a full service Private Money Lender focused on getting equity based deals funded fast through custom designed financing structures for Non-Owner Occupied Residential Lo...
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...
By Jeffrey Hopkins, "Choosing the Right Realtor, Means Choosing Me"
(Exit Realty Achieve)
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If you’re like most people, the decision to buy a home involves a number of stresses and strains.  And even experienced homebuyers make costly mistakes that can easily be avoided.  That’s why I’ve identified the 8 best “secrets” to find the right home at the right price, and get the right financ...
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 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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Warner Robins GA in Deerfield SubdivisionSOLD in the Deerfield Subdivision in Warner Robins GAHomes in the $120K and below price range sell quickly in Houston County GA. Such is the case here as another lovely home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers, and is now a SOLD home in ...
(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 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 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 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 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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NEW NEIGHBORHOOD FOR PARENTS, FAMILY OR FRIENDS CONSIDERING RETIREMENT IN AUBURNThe loveliest village has been named one of the top retirement cities in the country by the national media. As interest grows, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is excited to offer Auburn’s only gated community for acti...
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 Ryan Bretzel
(Keller Williams Premier)
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Updated CondoGorgeous Woodwork & Stunning View of the Cathedral This updated condo, located in the Summit-University Neighborhood in St. Paul, has a sophisticated blend of contemporary style & Old World Charm and a stunning view of the Cathedral. Walk to the Selby and Western shopping area or acr...
By Jeffery Griffin, Broker Owner
(Jeff Griffin LLC )
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the following properties are facing foreclosure by their respective lien holders.  408 Ano Street Kahului 5/6/2015 614 Loulu way Makawao 5/6/2015 140 Uwapo rd 10-120 Kihei 5/6/2015 1096 Mailuna Place Makawao 5/6/2015 2136 Konou Place 203 Kihei 5/7/2015 136 Hakui Loop Lahaina 5/11/2015 388 Kinaole...
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 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 Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan)
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Hillsborough Estates - Deal of the DayThis is today's deal of the day for homes for sale in Brighton, Michigan 48114.This house for sale is located in the prestigious Hillsborough Estates Sub located near US-23, Hyne Road and Old-23 between M-59 and I-96. It is the best value and price in this ne...