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 Debbie Sagorin, Marketing Irvine to the Highest Level
(First Team Real Estate)
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Looking for pre-foreclosure homes or foreclosed ones, (REO's), in Irvine?You may be disappointed.HERE are the available Irvine listings.Very few are listed for sale right now, but many more are expected to be listed in the months ahead due to HELOCS taken out during the boom years turning 10.Usua...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Exclusive Buyer Agents work for Exclusive Buyer Brokers At a recent Open House, my clients and I were greeted by a real estate agent. He was working for the Seller, sitting at their kitchen table. He takes my card, looks at my title, Exclusive Buyer Agent, and says, "Oh, I'm a buyer agent too." R...
By David & Lisa Webber, www.webberteam.com
(RE/MAX Executive)
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Single Family Home for sale in PASADENA, MD   Overview Maps Photos IDX Search   $524,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 3,608 sqftLot: 17,223 sqftYear Built: 2005MLS #: AA8616850 Location 4003 BRUMMEL RDPASADENA, MD 21122USA     David & Lisa Webber...
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 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 Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542)
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Thinking about purchasing a LAKE ARROWHEAD  home or cabin? Or, perhaps a LAKEFRONT HOME? Well, the time is now. Our market is heating up, prices are edging up & interest rates are STILL good.  Don't put it off if you've been considering. We have some great buys & a huge selection. Check them out!...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Solana Beach Homes For Sale It is a great time of the year to start looking for your next Dream Home. There are 38 Homes For Sale in Solana Beach!Solana Beach in known for its high cliffs that line the waters edge, which makes its beaches very secluded.  There are five main spots in Solana Beach....
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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  2137 Sheshequin Dr, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $119,500 MLS #PM-22674  Click here for more on this Arrowhead Lake Home ---->Very well maintained Prow front chalet located in amenity filled Arrowhead lakes. NEW CARPETS! FRESH PAINT! NEW KITCHEN and BATHROOM FLOORS! NEW WATER FILTER SYSTEM! Located on...
By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
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Mystic Ridge subdivision in Dexter Schools For Sale: 5664 Seney Circle Features Located in DEXTER SCHOOLS is this fabulous ranch home with a full finished lower level. Three bedrooms on the main level and one private bed and bath in the lower level. Stunning views, backs to designated nature pres...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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1112 Wiconisco Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $235,500 MLS #PM-22879  Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining rooms, family roo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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7311 N. Honore St. #1S Chicago IL 60626 Under ContractMy client, the buyer is very happy that we got this property under contract in record speed. We had 2 showings within the first few days it went on the market and now we have an agreed upon offer for the 3 bedroom 3 bath, 2,000 sq foot condo i...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Gainesville GA Search Homes for Sale by Price Gainesville GA search homes for sale by price range is a better way to search for home that you can afford and that fits your budget.  With that in mind I crated this Gainesville GA homes for sale price range search that will allow you the home purcha...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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You would think that smaller homes would be skyrocketing in popularity right about now. Statistics show that the average number of people in American households is shrinking. Practicality would seem to dictate that a trend toward downsizing should be underway, with significant implications for He...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Sneak Peak - Spacious Villa for Sale in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Floridaby Spring Hill Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Tropic Shores Realty This villa in the 55+ golf course community of Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida, will be coming on the market soon.  The current owner is in the process of m...
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 Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
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I have a buyer who found a home on Zillow. I called the agent from Zillow because I could not find the property in the MLS. It's not there. The agent is a sales associate, not a Realtor. Only 1 in 3 licensees in Florida are Realtors. He cannot list his property in the multilisting service.I quest...
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 Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
(Dickson Realty)
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    Please come to our Wine & Cheese event at Winter Creek on Memorial weekend. These are less than 20 homes left in this new construction subdivision. The newest release includes several new and dramatic floor plans, from 1773 sq.ft. to 2883 sq.ft., starting at $579,000. These homesites, most bo...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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It is a great time to Invest in a new home! There are 128 available Homes  For Sale in La Jolla!If you love the San Diego coast, then La Jolla could be where you will find your next Dream Home.Located along the western edge of north coastal region of the City of San Diego. Visually dramatic, 58% ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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323 Orono Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $107,000 MLS #PM-22802 Click here for more on this home --->True Ranch-style Mountain home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home features 2 bedrooms with large closets, 1 bath, living room with brick surround propane fireplace, spacious k...