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 Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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New Jersey Real Estate for Sale Welcome to New Jersey Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes, Luxury New Construction, Land, Building Lots for ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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  NJ Real Estate Listings for Luxury New Homes, Homes for Sale,   Commercial Real Estate and Land   Five County Summary A snapshot of a town and its school report card for the towns NJ Estates Real Estate Group currently servers in Somerset, Union, Morris, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties Somers...
By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a holiday musical classic recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  The words of the song tell the story of a WWII overseas soldier writing a letter to his family.  He requests that his family prepare for his homecoming by including his favorites in the Christmas celebrati...
By Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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Waukesha County Real Estate is an Industry where everyday you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. In the blink of an eye you can lose that important lead. We work in an Industry that involves rigorous time management and technology changes each day. The concept of being personal...
By Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r
(Watson Realty Corp.)
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ALMOST NEW IMPECCABLE 2 STORY OverviewMapsPhotos $218,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 2,613 sqft Location 1342 CAMP RIDGE LNMIDDLEBURG, FL 32068USA Ellen Dittman-Watson Realty Corp. Watson Realty Corp(904) 535 1199reo.ellen@gmail.com    Listed by: Watson Realt...
By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor
(RE/MAX Executive Realty/Charlotte, NC)
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Thinking about buying a home in the Charlotte, NC metro area this winter? Before you begin to shop in earnest, check out our Winter 2014/15 Buyers's Guide edition of "Things To Consider When Buying A Home."   The Winter 2014/15 Buyer's Guide edition of "Things To Consider When Buying A Home" will...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Testimonial - Sea Ranch in Boca Raton FL                                                                                                                                                                                              Last month, I had 24 hours to call "my own." So, I opted to get on ...
By Eileen Covington, (The Charlotte Home Team)
(The Charlotte Home Team/Keller Williams)
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Charlotte, NC:   Recently Feddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the two biggest buyers of residential mortages, announced plans to begin allowing home loans with as little as 3% down payments.  In addition the big  mortgage lenders like Charlotte's own Bank of America and Wells Fargo have decided to have  l...
By Derek Worchel
(Keller Williams)
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When getting a home inspection, it is important to read the pre inspection contract. This will navigate you through the terms and conditions of your home inspection. The homes inspection is only a visible inspection for items that have reached the end of their useful lifecycle or have a “conduciv...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*Special Winter Pool Home for Sale in Arizona* Goodyear 2 Story  Pool Home for Sale in Golf Course in Estrella Mountain Ranch in AZ! Large loft overlooks the golf course w/magnificent sunsets reflecting off the mountains... Impressive formal living/dining area w/upgraded hardwood floors. Spacious...
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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We're Only As Good As Our Local Knowledge My parents are retired to the mountains of West Virginia just a few miles from my mom's birthplace.  Beautiful mountains, a river behind them, rich dirt for their garden.  But this scenic place comes with its own set of hazards.  Just ask any trucker that...
By Ed & Tracy Oliva, Arizona Agents
(West USA Realty - Arizona)
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16636 E KINGSTREE Boulevard Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 Single Family - Detached, Spanish - Fountain Hills Home   Virtual Tour   Photo Gallery   Property Map   Financing   Request Showing   Contact Me   Ed & Tracy OlivaDirect: (480) 980-3032: Direct: 480-980-2611: Website: Visit Website Price : $92...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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  *Special Winter Pool Home for Sale in Arizona*   Estrella Mountain Ranch 2 Story Winter Pool Home for Sale in Goodyear AZ!  Easy to maintain desert Landscape! 5beds/3bath  with 3865 sq ft.  Community of Estrella features Lake with fountain, Walking Paths, Boat Dock, Heated Pool/Spa, Golf Course...
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: See Our Website for Details Take *$200  - *$500 ...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Alpharetta short sales for November 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. It’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been ex...
By Julie Baldino, Opening Doors to New Chapters...
(Front Door Realty)
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    2968 Laurel Rd, Longview, WA 98632 $200,000 New Listing  Single Family Home4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,380 sqftLot: 0.68 acre(s)More Photos and Additional Info Vintage Home with Original Charm Charming updated vintage home that has retained its original character in the sought after Casc...
By Ann Zieve, Unmatched Ownership Experience
(Keller Williams Success Realty)
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7 Bedroom, 5 Bath Home For Sale in Mountain Green Utah near Snowbasin One of The Closest Homes to Snowbasin Coming Soon: Welcome to your Elegant 7 bedroom, 5 bath custom Rambler home for sale in peaceful Mountain Green Utah on a quiet cul-de-sac.  With over 7,500 sqft, this home has a lot to offe...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Mizner Tower Condos for Sale in Boca Raton Florida Find similar waterfront condos for sale in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL. Is it time to sell your condo in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL?    Mizner Tower condos sit on the grounds of the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club of Boca Raton, FL in Mizner ...
By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
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We received a call on a Sunday morning from our repeat clients who were qualified home buyers we had been working with to find a property for sale that suited their needs and budget in Valparaiso, Indiana.   The story goes that neighbors of a property told a relative of our buyers about a family ...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
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Why you should Buy the First Home You See! Many times I take clients out to see homes and they find a great home, but feel no one should, “Buy the First Home You See.” I work with a lot of Home Buyers here in East Contra Costa County showing homes in Brentwood, Oakley, Antioch, Pittsburg, Discove...