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 Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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East Side Costa Mesa Homes for SaleEast Side Costa Mesa is a highly sought after area of Costa Mesa. With close proximity to 17th Street and the Westcliff shopping center, it is a highly sought after area. East Side Costa Mesa features wide tree lined streets and some of the streets include Flowe...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Gulf Breeze Florida 32561, Citizens Ins. has record-low number of policies A move to lower the number of policies under Fla.-owned Citizens Ins. appears to be working – the number dropped below 600K for the first time since inception. Read more. Homes in Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561 with buyer reb...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
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Gulf Breeze Florida 32561, New-home sales surge in February Despite a harsh winter, U.S. home sales rose at their highest pace in seven years – 7.8%. Strength came from the South and, surprisingly, the Northeast. Read more. Homes in Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561 with buyer rebates, 32563, 32566    ...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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The neighborhood of Selkirk Plantation is a paradise for homeowners who love being near water, nature, privacy. The large size Wadmalaw property is close to the amenities and comforts of the city. Truly an amazing place for your family.
By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Prodigy Team)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Tacoma HUD Home For Sale     Just Listed       Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Tacoma Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth? FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale      PRESENTED BY...
By Brian Olsen: Lake Oswego Real Estate, Cooper Jacobs Real Estate PDX
(Portland, Lake Oswego Waterfront and Luxury Homes, Dunthorpe, West Linn )
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  OPEN HOUSE NOON TO FOUR PM    Click to OPEN: February's Luxury Home Magazine       Pfeifer Drive Lake Oswego   Our VIRTUAL IPAD TOUR shows off the details up and down side to side!   Please contact Brian Olsen for details on this special home     Lake Oswego Homes FOR SALE   Lovingly restored,...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Enjoy the Florida Sunshine While Owning Your Own 4 Bedroom Pool Home Just Listed by The Kevin B Tolbert, PA Team 1474 SW Dimperio Avenue, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953 Spectacular 4 bedroom 3 full bathroom ready-to-move-in home! The home is located between Gatlin and Becker with easy access to the I-9...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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New Construction Homes for Sale in Laureate Park at Lake Nona Medical City area in Orlando, FL 32827What's the Neighborhood Like?Our new Orange County, FL new construction homes feature modern and transitional architectural styles. Laureate Park area of Lake Nona is a totally wired-in fiber opti...
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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Q & A - Layers of Roofing Buyer - The Sellers have two layers of roofing (one shake shingles and the other asphalt composite), and have never heard of this.     Is this legal?    How will this affect my homeowner's insurance?   Will this be an issue to us down the road?    The Seller says she had...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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Buying a fixer-upper house can be a grand romantic gesture. In the best case, you get a home with history and character. But some buyers find that history and character turn into old age and problems. Before you sign the closing documents, make sure you've fully investigated the fixer-upper and t...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Price Reduction in River Place in Arlington VA 1011 Arlington Blvd #1006 Arlington VA 22209There has been a price reduction on this River Place South 1 bedroom, 1 bath Penthouse level home. Now listed at $259,900. Featuring panoramic views of Iwo Jima from a private balcony. This unit is located ...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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  About 30 years ago some friends of mine who were young professionals, living in New York City, had a baby. Having both grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia they promptly decided the city was no place to raise a child.Being early in their careers, they did not have enough money to buy a house...
By Cathy Starkweather
(La Rosa Realty, LLC. )
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   Looking for a Home in Central Florida? Don't Get Distracted by the Homeowner's "Stuff"Most real estate agents in Orlando will advise his or her listing clients to stage their homes. If they don't actually hire a stager, they should at least clean, de-clutter, and de-personalize their home befo...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
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  The Prince William County Housing Market is on Fire Especially in homes priced under $400,000! First Time Buyers typically struggle in a fast sellers market. They have either watched HGTV or have talked to their parents  and want to negotiate the seller down and get all closing costs paid by th...
By geri wehry, your agent for life
(RE/MAX Select R.E.)
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$240,000, 3Bd/2Ba Single Family House, 1170 sqft.    geri wehry | RE/MAX Select R.E. | 206-819-4234geri@wehry.us | 19215 SE 270th Pl, Kent, WA 98042 Lovely Rambler on quiet cul-de-sac 3Bd/2Ba Single Family House   $240,000 Year Built 1989 Sq Footage 1170 sqft. Bedrooms 3 Beds Bathrooms 2 Baths F...
By Greg Harrelson, Myrtle Beach Real Estate
(C21 The Harrelson Group / C21 Charleston Expert Advisors)
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 The romance and history of Charleston have always captivated visitors and sparked the imaginations of authors like Margaret Mitchell, John Jakes and Pat Conroy, as well as musicians like Darius Rucker of "Hootie and the Blowfish.” The name “Charleston” brings to mind visions of the “Gone with th...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Affordable Homes for Sale $100,000 to $150,000 | Clarksville TNThis price range of homes for sale can bring surprises to the home buyers of Clarksville. They can be really roomy, in move-in condition and have amenities that are up to date and in high demand. The supply of homes for sale priced $1...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Perry GA in Lake Forest Estates SubdivisionSorry buyers, you need to be quick in the Perry GA real estate market or the home you want will be long gone when you decide to make an offer. Such was the case here as my buyers quickly contracted the perfect home for their needs...the resu...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Man Cave alert!Are you a guy that needs a space for his own? A place with some of the best views in Arizona and with a full size RV garage or 10+ cars, a manly work shop, a inside basketball court with pool tables, ping pong, wide screen TV etc? How about a collectible car garage inside the home?...
By Susan Jacobs
(Re/Max Gateway)
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OPEN HOUSE, April 19, Sunday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 5147 Cannon Bluff Dr, Woodbridge, VA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 5 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS (3 full, 1 half) 4624 Square Feet     Custom home with a Peaceful and Serenity setting. Enjoy yo...