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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, GOLDEN, COLORADO   COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, GOLDEN, COLORADO is located in the heart of Golden and is regarded as a “small university, serving a worldwide community, committed to a universal mission - to create solutions related to earth, energy and environment.”  Altho...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Meadows at Riverbend Subdivision Buyers who come looking for a home having already done their home have the best opportunity of coming away with the home of their dreams in this real estate market! Such is the case here as another home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Mea...
By Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga's Best Luxury Home Realtor!
(Prudential RealtyCenter.com)
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                                          OPEN HOUSE 8/10/2014 FROM 2-4PM. Location, location, location! Emerald Valley, the very desirable gated, pool, clubhouse, and sidewalk community with walking path to Westview Elementary from the neighborhood.  Elegant and stately home with a two-story foy...
By Trish Leleux
(Noles–Frye Realty, Inc. A Latter and Blum Company 4615 Parliament Drive Alexandria, LA 71303)
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New Listing - 6225 Live Oaks Lane, Alexandria, LA. 71303      Custom everything and one of the largest backyards in Tennyson Oaks!      With an open and specious floor plan, featuring 12 and 10 foot ceilings, this home is perfect for entertaining.             A designer kitchen with 5 burner gas ...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By Dale Ross, Realty Group
(CEO - Dale Ross Realty Group)
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    Listing Details Large custom home for sale in Katy Texas with a swimming pool 1162 Barkston Drive, Katy, Texas 77450Price: $474,900Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4.2Square Footage: 4,602 Call Dale Ross Realty Group in Katy Texas at 281-599-6575 to see if this property is still available and arrange a ...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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When my grandparents left their home in Palm Springs they went back to Florida to live out their lives. They had always lived in their own home or condo, but felt maybe it was time to go to a retirement community so they could get more help. They went to Boca Raton where my mother was living, and...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Hotchkiss K-8 Back to School and Registration Information School will be starting before we know it. It's still summer, but the days of summer vacation are winding down. The stores are starting to advertise back to school specials, and it's time to start thinking about stocking up on...
By Edna Ledoux Jamieson, Realtor/ABR
(Wainwright & Co. Realtors)
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As of July 24, 2014 and according to the Roanoke Valley Multiple Listing Service, there are currently 64 luxury homes priced 1Million dollars and up on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake Virginia.  Several are located in the prestigous Waters Edge Country Club and other great lake locations.  There ar...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Volterra Subdivision SE Albuquerque 87123 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2 Living Areas, 3 Car Garage For Sale     YouTube Featuring 1828 Red Rum Ct SE Albuquerque NM 87123     The Volterra Subdivision is a highly desired SE Albuquerque community located near Central, Downtown, Juan Tabo, Tramway and I-40.  Th...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Alhambra CA Emery Park Home JUST SOLD 3212 Poplar Blvd Represented Buyers     It was Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and I deliver the news every buyer loves….   Congratulations!   You are now the owner of your new home.   It’s especially great when the news is delivered to first time homebuyers.   JUST...
By Susan Jean Horne, P.A., GRI, I.R.E.S.
((RE/MAX Services Boca Raton FL) Susan Jean Horne P.A.)
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By Sandy Williams
(Keller Williams, sandy@sandywilliams.com)
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  Perfectly Maintained Unit in one of Florida's Elegant Condominium 3535 S OCEAN DR # 2706 Hollywood, FL 33019 Click Here for more Info) Property Information: Style: Condo Bedrooms: 3 Total Baths: 4 Full Baths: 3 Half Baths: 1 Year Built: 2008 Sq. Feet: 3700 View: Ocean View, Direct Ocean, In...
By Amy Jones Group, Recognized as the #1 RE/MAX Team in the Valley
(RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com)
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More Information Wonderful opportunity to own a single-story 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus den in the sought-after Peninsula at Ocotillo. Inside this gated lake & golf course community awaits your private oasis. This home features a split floor plan with greatroom & a wood burning fire place. E...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Pace and Milton, FL
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
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  Homes for Sale in Woodbine Springs Plantation Pace FL   
Why Do People Live here?   Woodbine Springs Plantation is a very established neighborhood in Pace.  Woodbine Springs was developed in mid 80’s and building continued through until 2005.  The neighborhood offers wonderful amenities includi...
By David Vandermyden, Real Estate Professionals working for you
(Pacific Coast Group)
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  S~P~A~C~I~O~U~S 3700 Sq.Ft of Colonial Home w/ room for Family & Entertaining. Beautiful Brick & Rock Fireplace enhances the Large Family Room with arched entry ways into the Formal Living room, Foyer & Ample formal Dining Room. Downstairs Office, bdrm with walk in closet, full bat...
By John M. Cameron, Short Sales Tacoma, WA and Port Orchard
(Century 21 Real Estate Center, Tacoma, WA.)
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4 Bedroom, Real Estate, Homes and House for Sale in Parkwood, Port OrchardWA, near PSNS under $250,000 $250K             1990 Juniper Court ~ Port Orchard, WA Currently listed for $249,977   If you’re looking for a 4Bedroom, Real Estate, Homes and House for Sale in Parkwood, Port Orchard WA, near...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
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  Ashland is a prime example of a well planned community.  The three entrances make it easy for homeowners to access major roads when they leave thr community. It has a mix 880 detached homes and townhomes with either Woodbridge or Manassas postal ZIP codes. It is close to major communting option...