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 Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Scottsdale Waterfront Homes for sale are now being featured on our luxury home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. It is rare to find waterfront property in the desert of Scottsdale and Arizona but it is possible. You will be surprised that there are many waterfront properties throughout t...
By Cheryl! Tisland, BSCS, Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives Phoenix)
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Historic Park Manors Neighborhood in Chandler Arizona is located at the northwest corner of Chandler Blvd and Hartford Street and was established in 1947.  The neighborhood is a member of the Chandler Neighborhoods in Action program and had its first meeting on June 25, 2013.  Homes in this neigh...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Ahwatukee Luxury Homes for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the fabulous Ahwatukee Luxury Home communities included are Foothills homes for sale, Foothills Club West homes for sale, Mountain Park Ranch homes for sale, Ahwatukee Cust...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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November 2014 Foreclosures Market Report Cedaredge, Delta County, CO The number of foreclosures is definitely down in the Cedaredge area. This report covers the Surface Creek area of Delta County, CO. That includes the communities of Cedaredge, Austin, Eckert and Cory. Collectively the last three...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Another New Scam to Hurt Happy Home Buyers While attending a closing I learned of another new scam that has just started circulating to hurt home buyers. A couple of weeks after the closing the happy home buyers get a letter supposedly from their mortgage company asking if they would like to have...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥GREAT WINTER HOMES SPECIAL!♥   Arizona 3Beds Ranch Home for Sale in Rancho El Dorado  $139,000   41682 W Warren Lane 3Beds/2Baths  1480 SqFt of living space MLS# 5122381   You will love this kitchen that has loads of counter space, beautiful oak cabinetry and new white appliances with island.   ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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This blog is an excellent resource for prospective home buyers. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Home ownership is a good thing. The concept of home ownership is often under attack by certain segments of our society.     Home ownership gives the owner a sense of pri...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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What is considered good 'Buyer Behavior'? What are some of the courtesies when viewing homes for sale? This post handles a few of my pet peeves about buyers & some of the many situations that come up when searching for a Schaumburg Area Home.   Not being timely for appointments - Many buyers don...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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When a contractor decides to forgo the usual steps constructing a garage, a back yard toy comes inside. Growing up no one had a trampoline in my neighborhood. We had to make do jumping on our beds. We enjoyed it, my parents not so much. My kids have a trampoline and so do the neighbors. In fact I...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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If you have ever had to have orthopedic surgery (like knee or shoulder surgery), then you likely understand the long term commitment required before and after the surgery takes place. Sure, we all wish the Doctor would prescribe us some quick-healing pills to take, but the reality is that these t...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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Brookland DC | Catholic University Real Estate Market Report-October 2014    DC Real Estate Market is still a red hot Real Estate Market. According to an article published by Redfin,Brookland DC Real Estate is one of the top three real estate markets in the country to flip a property.        Here...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Maybe you've tried looking for a home and got frustrated, or this is your first time but heard a lot of things implying that homebuying is difficult. Not necessarily so. The success of it lies in who you're working with.      Just yesterday, we closed on a gorgeous, 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Skokie IL Home Sales Break Real Estate Records Skokie IL is really doing well in real estate sales. It is not slowing down for cold weather or the holidays. There are great prices and still available inventory of homes and condos to choose from. The Skokie IL zip codes are 60076 and 60077. The zi...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     I often get asked to do re-inspections during the final walk-through before the closing at escrow. Most home owners and agents are not skilled at the art of what inspectors do so they rely on the team members to to ensure that the repairs made where done correctly and to codes. I always remi...
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 Home!   It is a great time to Invest in a new home! There are 2 New Short Sale Listings in La Jolla, what is stopping you from buying?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 o...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
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Welcome to 5776 Mountain Ash, Farmington, N.Y. 14425. This home will be held open from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 11/23/14. Featuring a completely remodeled 4 bedroom 1 1/2 bathrooms and 1512 square feet of living space. It is ready for your immediate occupancy and many years of little maintanace as it...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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By Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor
(Hawkins-Poe Inc.)
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Gig Harbor Open House List For 11-22-2014 ~ 11-23-2014 Your Gig Harbor Open House List for 11-22-2014 ~ 11-23-2014! If you are planning on heading out this weekend to visit open houses here is your list to get you started! Plan which homes you would like to see now so you are prepared on Saturday...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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When things go right in Real Estate, not many people notice. But when things go wrong, especially for a Buyer, it could mean you may have just lost your Dream Home. As we approach Thanksgiving you will be Thankful if you did not hire the WRONG Buyer Broker to assist you in Buying a home. Some ite...