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 Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta
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WRITTEN BY ERICA BAHAM, BUYER'S AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR DOMO REALTY   DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LENDER and I do not claim to be one. All opinions expressed here are merely the suggestions and observations of a real estate agent. For advice on how to qualify for a mortgage loan, contact your local l...
By Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
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Free Mobile App Real Estate Finder for the Raleigh - Cary - Apex Areas   Scan the QR code to upload my Keller Williams Mobile App. Using this mobile app, you can search for homes anywhere including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding Triangle Areas.  If yo...
By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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Columbia MD Real Estate Market Report – October 2014 Columbia is an ideal place to live and work in Central Maryland. It's in demand thanks to it's many cultural attractions and great geographic location. This town in Howard County is a popular planned community which is a great choice for peopl...
By Aaron Silverman, Improving the Real Estate Experience through Educa
(Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC)
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This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is located in the Gates at Dunes West in Mt Pleasant has new hardwood floors.   The home is available for immediate move-in.   More information available at http://bluewaterpropertymanagement.net/2225-kings-gate/
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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6AM HotList $675 Monthly No Bank Qualifying 4-2.5 Summerville Rent to Own Home **  2014 48 Hour Special  ** Buy Early - Reserve Now For Discounts! Rent-to-Own in Sunny Summerville SC 1 Month Free Rent, 24 Months Reduced Rent. 30 Days Free Utilities.   Available January 25, 2015 - Reserve Now For ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet-Friendly Condo in Platina in Boynton Beach FL   5265 Brisata Circle, OBoynton Beach 33437 RX-10089100 $ 169,000   This 3 bedroom pet-friendly condo is located in an all-age gated community in Boynton Beach FL.  It is in an elevator building.   2nd Floor Lakefront with Lake Views from 3 bedroo...
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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    Bonita Springs Florida homes listed for sale in Southport on the Bay is an interesting subject when it comes to how this neighborhood is perceived for those in the market for a new residence in the area.  Part of this comes from the fact that it is physically situated in Collier County even t...
By Allison Bernard, Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916
(Keller Williams Central Rhode Island)
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Need a real estate agent in RI Thanksgiving Weekend? HOME > RHODE ISLAND > PROVIDENCE Homes for Sale: Providence RI and Kent County If you are visiting friends and family in Rhode Island for the weekend of Thanksgiving 2014 please allow me to be your trusted real estate agent to show you any real...
By Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
(Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932)
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San Ramon CA Real Estate Weekly Review Market Report November 23, 2014 This weekly San Ramon CA Real Estate “dashboard” summarizes: homes for sale in San Ramon CA from Sunday November 16, 2014 through Saturday November 22, 2014. Included are homes: that were listed; that went under contract (pend...
By Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495
(SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) )
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Good News for REALTORS & Buyers with Zero Down Needs! This morning from the USDA National Office in Washington DC:  "On September, 19, 2014, “Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015,” (Public Law 113-164) was signed by the President.  The continuing resolution extends a current general provisi...
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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Single Family Homes for sale in Woodmore Estates Bowie Md from $500,000 to $2.1 million. Woodmore Estates is a highly sought after luxury subdivision in Bowie MD-Prince George's County that boasts a combination of elegant and truly custom homes with several Villages of distinct character and refi...
By Nancy Benson, Award Winning Agent | Buy |Unique Homes| Sell
(Keller Williams Ottawa Realty, Brokerage)
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Condo For Sale -  $469,900  MLS# 911642 1801-235 Kent St. Centretown Ottawa OPEN HOUSE Sunday, November 30 from 2-4 pm   Virtual Tour This stylish and sophisticated suite built by Charlesfort is inspired by the bold and urbane elegance of New York’s Art Deco architecture. This oasis in the sky wi...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET!   EVERYTHING you wanted and more!  Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!!  But it should come with a warning label:  THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS! We watched a movie recently and (excuse 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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If you can't call people today on Thanksgiving at least text them.   Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I'm sure many of you are A) Watching my San Francisco 49ers getting beat by the Seattle Seahawks,B)Too full from eating too much Turkey or C)Already in line to battle eager Holiday shoppers and start...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
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How I Made $100,000 By "Wasting" An Afternoon   3 years ago I "wasted" an afternoon. (At least that's what many real estate agents would think.) I took out a young couple who had not talked to a lender....did not have a prequal...had no idea what they could afford. Frankly, they were not ready to...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Real estate professionals will tell you that all real estate is local.  This means, every market is different, even from one neighborhood to the next.  That being the case, it only serves you to buy local when retaining a Realtor or mortgage professional.  You will not only receive a higher level...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Are you interested in buying or selling a home but find the process too tedious? It doesn't have to be. We can make the process quick and easy for you. How?      Planning to buy or sell a home in Arlington, Mansfield or anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex? We can help you. We can give you...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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 The financial press has been on it for a while: in September, Bloomberg News was pointing out that FHA mortgages to borrowers with weaker credit scores had plummeted 19% in the previous nine months. Something, you could sense, was about to give—but, per Bloomberg, “Washington regulators and majo...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Tucker GA Homes for Sale by Prince Range Search Tucker GA homes for sale by price ranges.  Search listing of homes for sale in Tucker GA by prices. What better way to search for homes in the price range you can afford to buy in?  For more information about buying or selling a home or real estate ...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Tucker GA Homes for Sale by Homes Features Tucker GA homes for sale by homes features.  Are you looking to purchase a home in the Tucker area of Tucker GA? Do you know what you are looking for in a home?  I mean the specifics in the home you want to buy...such as the style of home, neighborhood, ...