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 Katrina Benton, Internet Marketing Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
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4 Bedroom Home For Sale in Phoenix AZ   Schedule a Showing/Request Info Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?     Keller Williams Realty Phoenix   Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 5199934     Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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  Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing with the public on a regular basis. BUT ...... Let me ...
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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Will Mortgage rates under 4% get potential first time home buyers off the fence?   Realtor Magazine published an article last week called "Spread the Word: Mortgage Rates Below 4%"   Now while low interest rates can spark some people interest,I am not sure that it will get cautious home buyers of...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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 There is a beauty that comes with living in one of the Lake homes in Waukesha County and the Lake Country Real Estate area. It's hard to explain at times but if you ask anyone that has purchased one of the Lake Homes for sale in Waukesha County  they will tell you it is great all year round. The...
By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
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We've listed and Sold Condominiums in the popular neighborhood of Lakepointe Gardens in Valparaiso Indiana's center township.   Google Map   MLS Information   Here is a Tabula Rasa awaiting your decorating touches!   Give us a call to schedule a private showing of this CONDO For Sale in Valpo 46...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Closed 1686 Tannerson Rockwall, Texas     What did my buyers find most attractive?   Five bedrooms, three and one half baths, location, price, 3,301 square feet, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, large game room, huge covered patio in large backyard and the house was well maintaine...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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November 2014 Foreclosure/Bank Owned Homes for Sale Delta, CO This report covers the town of Delta and the outlying rural areas. It's covers everything in the 81416 zip code. The number of listed foreclosure properties has gone up slightly since my last report at the end of September. This inform...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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A caller called three days ago and wanted to know if looking for a home in December was crazy? He has some time off and wanted to make good use of his time and hopefully find a home. Crazy is not a word I would use.....   Let me share a secret with you. The reason is this. Homeowner;s who have th...
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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735 Cloud Dr. Clarksville TN, Just Closed This moderately priced home is now the home of a new happy home buyer. The buyer fell for this house the moment he saw it. The big backyard and pool created vision of lots of fun times with their young child. Who wouldn't like a deck, stone patio, private...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Dale City Open House -  4536 Kendall Dr. Woodbridge VA, by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Williams Realty in Woodbridge VA - CALL 571-285-4319 or TEXT 202-299-7671. www.ClaudiaSNelson.com                     4536 Kendall Drive Woodbridge VA 22193   Dale City Home for Sale Dale City Open House Satu...
By Cindy Hallas
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc. )
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Jessica Rodriguez, 480-406-1302, and Arizona Preferred Realty are proud to present this gorgeous 4 bedroom home for sale with 3 car garage Gilbert, AZ.  Would you like to see this awesome Gilbert, AZ home first hand?  Then Reach out to Jessica today and arrange your very own showing!   2307 E DEV...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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    Are There Any Single Family Homes for Sale in Midwood Brooklyn ?   One Family  3 Bedroom Duplex Home for Sale in Midwood Brooklyn $689,000 East 20's and Ave J     Currently there are seventeen residential  one family  Midwood Brooklyn homes for sale listed on the Brooklyn MLS the prices range...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
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We’ve all been told it’s not nice to brag.  So I won’t - I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  This is why I moved from the Chicago area to Scottsdale, AZ:     Any questions?   Please feel free to call or email me if you like that first picture and are thinking of leaving the frozen north.   Oh,...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Central Ohio investors now can access the entire inventory of Central Ohio Bank Owned properties for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the ...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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    Brick Two family Old Mill Basin Brooklyn Real Estate Home for Sale $479k   Old Mill Basin Brooklyn Home For Sale This spacious  well maintained Old Mill Basin Brooklyn  Brick Two family home for sale is waiting for its new owner- featuring a large two bedroom apartment with modern eat in kitc...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Rippon Landing Homes for Sale - Rippon Landing Woodbridge VA, by Claudia S. Nelson with Keller Willliams Realty in Woodbridge VA      Rippon Landing is located close to EVERYTHING. Close to Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, close to I95 and of course the Rippon Landing VRE.  If you are looking ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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Neat, Neat, Neat, yeah it is suppose to be Neat. Mechanical Execution of Work. Wenathcee Home Inspections   As home inspectors we see a lot of messes. It is not uncommon see stuff in various levels of disarray.     Just a bit messy But messy when it comes to electrical work is a bit troubling.   ...
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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      If you are interested in a new place to live to feel the pulse of the Park Shore community, the Naples Florida condos for sale in Allegro could be a great place to start.  Set near the center of the action and almost directly across Gulf Shore Boulevard North from The Village on Venetian Ba...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Sandy Springs short sales for October 2014 and its impact on the current market. It’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been e...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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  Canal Place is a great little community of brick garden-style condominiums located in Alexandria VA on the northern side of Old Town just off Pitt St. The community is composed of 7 three-story buildings with a total of 120 units. Between the buildings you’ll find gorgeous well-manicured garden...