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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 81
Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Who said winter is supposed to be slow?  For as cold as it is in Columbus, things are HOT at The Jackson Team Office! We have three fantastic properties that will be open this weekend. If you are in the area, come check them out!! Visit The Jackson Team for more infomation on these and all of our...
By Betty & John Knowles, REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com)
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We are proud to announce new search by neighborhood features for Springfield Missouri homebuyers on our website. Do you have a favorite neighborhood that you want to search for homes for sale? Finding your new home has never been easier! These powerful search tools do the work for you! Choose one...
By Tim Stoll, Results That Move You
(Urban Dallas)
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Real Estate Minute | Tim Stoll Dallas TX Though careful not to say 2015 will be a breakout year for the housing market, Fannie Mae's chief economist, Doug Duncan, believes the strengthening economy will drag housing activity upward this year. “Strength in the broader economy, accompanied by conti...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Barbara Martino-Sliva Top Vero Beach Realtor Trulia Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach      Barbara Martino-Sliva Top Vero Beach Realtor What a nice surprise!    I received an e-mail from Truliaannouncing this ....         You've been selected as a TOP AGENT on TRULIA! You...
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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    To “sea” or to “tee”?  That may seem like a peculiar question for someone looking for a new home, however it is quite pertinent when it pertains to the Naples Florida condos listed for sale in Windstar.  The “sea” comes from the fact that this development has its own marina with more than 70 ...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 2
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   The Mowery Group Keller Williams 913-269-0479 Questions?Schedule a Showing!   Information valid for the date of this posting only. 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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Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal Alabama's residential sales were up 14 percent in December over the previous month. According to new data released by the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Alabama realtors closed on 3,494 units in December, up over 400 from November. That also repre...
This Home is a Great Frist Time Home Buyer Deal. It has Been Upgraded with Tile Flooring, Custom Paint, Eat-in Kitchen with Bay Windows, S.S Appliances, and in a Cul-De-Sac Lot. This Home has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Great Kitchen with loads of Counter and Cabinet Space, 2 Car Garage. Located in a W...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Ashley Lakes North New Construction Vero Beach Florida Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach           Ashley Lakes North Vero Beach Florida Ashley Lakes North is a gated single family community on themainland of Vero Beach Florida.  Here you will find new constructionand som...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Homes For Sale in McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale   Thinking of moving to McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona, Homes for Sale , take a look at homes currentlly available for sale with details and pictures?   8206 E Del Cadena on "The Islands" at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale "For Sale" $997,000 ra...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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BEACH HOUSE VERO BEACH FLORIDA MOORINGS AREA Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach          BEACH HOUSE ON REEF ROAD VERO BEACH FL   Casual BEACH HOUSE on Reef Road in Floralton Beach.Reef Road is a true beach street ....  hidden away fromA1A ....  quiet and tropical.   This ...
By Nevin Williams, Raleigh Mortgage Pro
(Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh)
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Looking to buy a home in Raleigh, Cary or Apex North Carolina?  Look no further!  Craig Rutman is the one you want to call.  Professional, thorough, tenacious and a funny guy.  Craig has not only helped me with my real estate needs he also has helped my friends and family.  Call Craig today and f...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
Comments 1
Foreclosed Homes for Sale in Orange County CA     Welcome to the Orange County, California Bank Owned Foreclosure Report.     This bi-weekly REO Blog provides you access to newly listed homes which can be viewed as a One Line Report or as a Brief Report which provides you an image and additional ...
5 Bed 2.5 Bath Home for Sale in Mesa - Mesa Home for Sale with 5 Beds This Mesa Home is located just off Signal Butte and Broadway in East Mesa. This 5 Bedroom Mesa Home for Sale was built in 1988 and has over 3,000 square feet split between upstairs and downstairs.  The home is located on an int...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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College Park Maryland, Demographics and the Real Estate Market.   College Park Population - 31,300High School Graduates - 87.8%College Graduates - 51.6%Military Veterans - 950Households - 6,600Average Income - $60,000Average Single Family Home Value - $300,000 Examples of homes for sale in Colleg...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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316 Chestnut Rd Blakeslee, PA 18610 $329,000 MLS #PM-19956   More on this Old Farm Estate home Custom-built Contemporary Colonial home in a private setting located in Old Farm Estates. This clean, updated, like new home features central air, hardwood and tile floors, formal dining room, spacious...
By Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
(Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage)
Comments 3
  ATTENTION NATURE LOVERS for house photos click on CUSTOM WATERFRONT HOME ON 17.7 ACRES   At the gated drive, you can feel the excitement and anticipation building inside. It takes you right out of the thick of things to Home Sweet Home where neighbours are a world away.   17 acres of sweet sec...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 5
It's a precarious position to be in. One of my listings just received 2 offers - from the same brokerage. Betty and Bobby both work for the same company, XYZ Realty. Personally, it makes no difference for me and my seller, but it certainly matters (it better) to the brokerage for Betty & Bobby.  ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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639 Tylertown Rd. Clarksville TN Has a New Low Price  Buyers looking for a deal on a large home in the Tylertown Subdivision can take advantage of this price reduction on a move-in ready home. This home has been maintained and enhanced making it one of the nicest in the area. Like new hardwood fl...