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 Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews AMP DAC
(Hants Realty Limited)
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          Nova Scotia Country Living Living in the Country in Nova Scotia            
By Susan Nealey
(Trident Homes Realty)
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You just love running around Saturday and Sunday and stopping in at Open Houses.  Who doesn't?  Some people do it as they are hitting all the yard sales.  It's fun!  It's enlightening!  You can see how people decorate and sometimes make yourself feel better about your own home. But, sometimes, yo...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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After months of looking at homes you finally find that one special house you just can't wait to call home. You and your Real Estate Agent carefully research all of the comparable homes in the area to formulate an offer and you can't help but notice that all of the other homes in the neighborhood...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  3% Downpayment and waived fees by some lenders A growing number of lenders are reducing downpayment requirements so that borrowers can contribute 3 percent or less of a home's purchase price and still qualify for financing. In addition, some lenders have waived mortgage-related fees, and others...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
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Regular store bought carbon monoxide detectors are manufactured to go off when the CO levels reach 70 ppm for 1-4 hours! These detectors will not protect your family from low levels of carbon monoxide. At lower levels, these detectors will not protect infants, young children, grandparents, and pe...
By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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Ellicott City MD is one of Maryland’s most unique and charming community. This great community offers great outdoor activities such as camping, biking, hiking, boating, golfing and many more. Situated in a scenic valley along the rolling Patapsco River , this city offers a great real estate optio...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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We've all heard the chatter over the past few years. There have been countless articles written about what the future holds for Real Estate Agents. The emergence of popular websites allowing consumers more access to finding their own homes is supposed to be the death nail of the Real Estate indus...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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The Incredible 2015 St. George Parade of Homes This is one amazing experience you don’t want to miss this February. The St. George Area Parade of Homes will be celebrating a full 25 years of homes on display for visitors to get ideas of what they want in a home or to buy the home on display. Thi...
By Jamie Chambers, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
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Did you know USDA  (US Department of Agriculture) still offers 100% mortgage financing here in Florida in select locations.  The Section 502 Loan Guarantee Program, or Rural Housing program as it’s also know is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is fantastic for Sarasot...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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You have heard it. Northeast Blizzard shuts down roads, trains and planes. Super Bowl travelers to Sunny Scottsdale are snowed in!   Sunny Scottsdale awaits Sunny Scottsdale with golf 12 months of the year   Storms occasionally hit Scottsdale too   You folks in the east, north and in Canada have ...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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                       6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to a Larger Home A new report has just been released which identifies the 6 most common and costly mistakes that homebuyers make when moving up to a larger home. Unlike the experience of buying a first home, when you're looking to move-up, a...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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3529 , Columbus, OH 43231     $140,000 The Jackson Team Phone: (614) 431-1220 Office: (614) 431-1220 Single Family Status: Active   Bed: 3 Bath: Sqft: 1382 MLS#: Property Details Search More Properties Neighborhood Values Description: Features a fenced in yard with a nice deck and great landscap...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale by price ranges.  Are you busy and on the go?   Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Ho...
By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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With 3,000 residents and 1,000 homes, Highland, wedged between Olney and Columbia, has a small business on nearly every corner.With wide variety of houses, businesses and family farms this makes an ideal place for Real Estate Market.    FOR THE COMPLETE UPDATE ON THE CURRENT HIGHLAND MD REAL ESTA...
    As I have started to blog, I've been told to "write what you know"  (shout out to Shannon Milligan for the advice and direction). Well, I know KIDS and I know the FAN DISTRICT! So it seems only natural that I'd  write about this topic early on.   When we moved to the Fan we didn't have kids a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Is there such thing as a "PERFECT HOME? What would your definition of a perfect home be? The answer may be different to each person that answers it. The needs and wants of one buyer may not be the same as another. What is perfect for one person may not be for another.   Here in the MANCHESTER NH...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
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It is easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction.  Here are some grand ideas: Go alone. What do you need an agent for? Rely on yourself.  You don't need an expert opinion. Trust the builders sales person, they smile so nicely. Don't hire your own Buyer agent. You are smart enough. It's just t...
By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
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 A Hull MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase. A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residenti...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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Austin Texas - Two Story Foreclosure.  Built in 2011. Features Two Bedrooms and Two and a Half Baths.  Kitchen Open to Living Room.  Great Balcony, Covered Front Porch!   4503 Credo Austin Texas 78725 LISTING http://AustinForeclosureSales.com  http://FreeOnlineForeclosureSearch.com Map Below is o...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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And we should all be thankful for that! As a home inspector one phrase I hear time and again is, houses were built better (insert an age, time frame). There certainly is no question that older houses still standing now, often have great details and character. These relics often have beautiful tri...