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 Gordon Dey
(Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast)
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9116 Sebring Dr Pensacola Fl 32506. Lillian Woods Homes for saleSee more Lillian Woods Homes for saleVisit my Website.9116 Sebring Dr Pensacola Fl 32506. Lillian Woods Homes for sale is conveniently located within minutes of NAS Pensacola, Naval Hospital and Corry Station, 9116 Sebring Dr Pensaco...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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In a fierce sellers market there's only a few ways to guarantee you'll get the home you want... 1. Know the seller and blackmail him into selling you the house over anyone else.2. Get into a bidding war and hope and pray that you get the house.3. Bid so high that the seller has no choice but to s...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Looking for a new home in Summerlin? KB Home, Lennar, Ryland, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes all have active new-home communities. These photos are from a KB Home neighborhood with plans from 1,849 to over 2,600 square feet, with prices starting in the mid 300's.Build time is generally 4-6 mon...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comCompare Areas Home Search Tool - Edmonds Homes and Condo's For Sale and 'Market Insider' dataTo ge...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comSeaview Park in Edmonds and the Homes and Condo's For Sale in the areaThe Seaview Park area of Edm...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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A unique offer came in, We will offer more than asking price, but if no other offers come in, the seller must sell to us at asking price. My first response was "WHAT?" You see asking price $199,900, the offer is $210,000 however if there are no other offers at or above asking they only want to pa...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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 Just as with movie credits, the features you find in Henry County listings have a “billing order.” The “stars” may not be printed in gigantic superstar type—but the order in which they appear do reflect changes in current buyer priorities. For a homeowner soon to add their property to this sprin...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Yes, I Am Working Today In the business of real estate we must take our down time when we can.  San Jose and the surrounding bay area has been experiencing some very cool fall-like weather.  I am just loving it.  Friday afternoon I just felt like doing nothing.  I wanted to kick back and read a b...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Real Estate Expert & Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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Exceptional Ephraim:  4 bedroom home for Sale in Ephraim, WI 54211There is NOTHING like a Door County sunset over Eagle Harbor, and we have a featured listing that has a view over Eagle Harbor and facing the bluff at Peninsula State Park on Dane Street.  It doesn't get any better than this! 10027...
By Debra B Albert PA Team Albert, KW Port St. Lucie, We Make Real Estate Happen
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 Click here for MLS SHEET    Reduced to $109,900    Walk to 2 pools, Main Golf Clubhouse down the StreetAccess to Island Club for Resort Style Pool, GymSocial Events and Tennis 
By William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group)
Comments 5
Upper Fulton Park Single Family Home For Sale Overview Maps Photos $125,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,199 sqftLot: 0.15 acre(s)Year Built: 1990MLS #: W10037704 Location 569 Hill StreetWaterbury, CT 06704USA William James Walton Sr WEICHERT Realtors - Briot...
By Gary Frimann, California Broker and REALTOR
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
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2480 Club Drive, Gilroy, CAEagle Ridge Realty proudly presents this open house!  Sunday May 24 1-4PM  Eagle Ridge Home on Golf Course Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood Open House Market Stats IDX Search $999,888 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 3,230 sqf...
By Don Mcbride, Buy or Sell Today
(Nautical Realty Group)
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Lee County Top 10 Sales For The WeekHere are the top 10 homes sales for the week ending May 16th1. 26073 Fawnwood Ct                    Bonita Springs            $1,800,0002. 11300 Compass Point Dr             Fort Myers                  $990,0003. 5408 SW 20th Ave                        Cape Cor...
By Corinne Guest, Barrington Realty Company
(Barrington Realty Company)
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The Enclave Heritage Estates in Lake BarringtonYesterday was a glorious day so I grabbed my camera and headed over to The The Enclave of Heritage Estates in Lake Barrington to observe the progress of this development. This is a new construction subdivision with homes being built to order. Previou...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Flip Flopped… How not to re-install a door. Wenatchee Home Inspections In the world of home inspections we get to see a lot of interesting, strange and odd things. I also am amazed at what some can do. I wonder what were they thinking? So in the annals of weird…. the Flip Flopped. Here we have a ...
By Desmond Meade
(Keller Williams Realty)
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5 Bed Room Home For Sale- 29229 5 River Birch Road, Columbia, SC Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price5 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 3459 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Columbia,SC Homes for Sale Search All Columbia Homes For Sale Columbia Homes for Sa...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
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Sometimes we have crossed all the "T's" and dotted every "I", yet things still fall apart. Here in the Atlanta area, as with many other parts of the country, we are experiencing a "Seller's Market". This means that there are more buyers vying for fewer properties. This can cause multiple offer si...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
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This morning, I was contacted by a buyer who wanted to see a Franklin TN townhome. Within a few minutes, I learned he had a single-family home to sell and hadn't been pre-approved for a mortgage. Not a good combination in our market where homes are selling in the first day. I explained it was goi...
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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Should I Write A Backup Offer On That Home? A home that checks all the boxes on your list is on the market at a price that works for you.  Maybe it's brand new to the market or the sellers FINALLY reduced to a price that fits your budget, but it has your interest.  We visit, it still works for yo...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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192 Paxinos Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $128,000 MLS #PM-14544 Click here to learn more about this homePrice REDUCED by $20,000! Chalet in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 1 car garage with paved driveway, deck, lower level that is unfinished with endless possibilit...