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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 HOA Documents - If Buyers do not Read It Could Cost You!     All buyers contracting on a home in a covenant community will receive Association documents including declarations, articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreements and rules and regulations.          B...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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Today is Halloween.  This is a day we expect to see things that are not as they really are and hear things that may be a bit frightening.   But when one is buying a house every day should be treated like Halloween... don't believe all you hear, see or read. The available information about a parti...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Intown Homes for Sale and Metro Atlanta Homes Atlanta intown homes for sale and homes for sale around metro Atlanta.  Looking for homes or real estate for sale in the Atlanta Metro?  Well welcome to our Atlanta Metro homes search page.  Here you can find Atlanta homes listed for sale in ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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  North Kingstown Home for Sale In Contract Prior to Listing   This North Kingstown home for sale had not come to the RI real estate market yet but as the neighborhood RI real estate agent I watched it closely.  It did not take me long to connect with the contractor who was renovating and making ...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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When looking to purchase a home, knowing all of the costs involved in homeownership can make a huge difference in your price range.  Before you begin looking for a home, consider these important factors. 1. Know How Much You Can Afford Your home search shouldn't begin with surfing the web or visi...
By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
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  Christine Farkas,    Managing BrokerKeller Williams Western Realty2211 Rimland Drive, Suite 124Bellingham, WA 98226Phone: (360) 603-4751Chris@FarkasTeam.comwww.ChristineFarkas.com
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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It is time for some help. Is it possible to Like something more than you Do NOT like something? Confused, you should be... Imagine a Buyer looking for their first home and wanting to make sure everything is perfect. Where do they start? When I was meeting with some Buyers relocating to the Manche...
By Susan Haughton, Your Client-centric Alexandria VA REALTOR
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
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Leave your car in the driveway and hop on the train!   From this  adorably updated townhouse in Alexandria's Jefferson Manor neighborhood, the Metro is just down the street. Only one stop from  the Patent and Trade Office or the Hoffman Center - where you'll find a 22 screen movie theater, Starbu...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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The USDA Department of Agriculture offers the best mortgage program for first time home buyers!  USDA mortgages allows up to 100% financing for owner occupied 1 family properties and condominiums.     Visit my page for more detialed information visit this blogpost  Mortgagevine Blog
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
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Manchester, NH's Scott Godzyk at (603) 661-2121 made original Active Rain content with pertinence to Real Estate via home inspection alerts. For the entire blog, scroll down. You may have heard about Home Inspections that go bad, but it is not always because of a badhome, some times it is because...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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Can you guess what is the biggest source of buyer's remorse after folks close on their home and move in? ANSWER: Not enough space.... The house is too small. In the vast majority of situations, the buyer saw homes that were larger, but they chose a smaller home because it was priced lower.   At t...
By Tim Crews, Team Leader, The Crews Team, KW Fredericksburg
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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OPEN HOUSE, November 01, Saturday 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM 1307 IDLEWILD BOULEVARD, FREDERICKSBURG, VA Get Directions Click Here Description Features Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 4 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (4 full) Awesome Gem in The Village of Idlewild. Priced to sell! Priced 10k...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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4-2.5 Summerville Rent to Own Home by Alston School (Park Hill Properties )   131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned CommunitySummerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 SchoolsDorchester District 2 Schools** Near the Alston Middle School ** *...
By Kevin Shin, Marketing Specialist
(Prudential California Realty)
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Pensacola Fl 32514:  7 things home buyers look for  Many move-up sellers think their current home is too small, so they downplay size in the listing. But to a renter moving up, that "too small" home could be huge. Read more.  Click Here to Sign up for our Newsletter, request aa Appraisal on your ...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Water falls have an almost magnetic attraction. The sound of rushing, cascading water is soothing, compelling. Nature's white noise. It's similar with the sound of the surf, a babbling brook or a summer rain, the sound of moving water is calming. Water can also be said to either be destructive or...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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What is the Union Plus® Mortgage Program?     Simply put, it's a Wells Fargo program that includes special benefits for union members and their families.     $500 Award Card   When you purchase a new home with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, you will be sent a $500 My Mortgage Gift award after closing...
By Lanre Folayan, How much is my Petworth DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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Bowie MD 20721 Real Estate Market Report-September 2014.   Bowie MD zip codes also consist of 20715,20716 and 20720. So while this Bowie MD Real Estate Market Report doesn't include these zip codes,this real estate market report can be still benefit any home buyers and/or Home sellers who are loo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Chicago North Shore Market Report Single Family Homes The Chicago North Shore which is all the Suburbs from Evanston North through Lake Forest is at a high at this time with 318 single family home sales by Contract from the beginning of the year through the end of September. 2013 had some peaks t...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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    My dream home would be a Santa Fe style home. Growing up in the Arizona desert, these homes were designed to fit the landscape and to keep you cool in the hot summer sun.      I love original saltillo tile and large glass windows.       Santa Fe style features large open floor plans and mixes...