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 Lupe Soto, Lupe Soto GLOBAL Real Estate Agent International.
(Equistar Realty Group)
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Burbank Real Estate & Homes For Sale, San Fernando Real Estate & Homes For Sale with Lupe Soto, Feng Shui Realtor for Buyers, Sellers. Discover a new way of homeshopping using Feng Shui Principles in Burbank and San Fernando Valley in Los Angles County, Southern California with Lupe Soto ...
By Lupe Soto, Lupe Soto GLOBAL Real Estate Agent International.
(Equistar Realty Group)
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Van Nuys, CA SHORT SALES (HABLO ESPANOL) Short Sales in VAN NUYS CA 91401, 91404, including VALLEY GLEN CA 91405 Short Sales, LAKE BALBOA 91406 Short Sales, Van Nuys CA is located in  San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County, CALL your Van Nuys Short Sale Realtor, Short Sale Specialist, Short Sale...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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We all seem to think it can never happen to us. We’ve convinced ourselves, even. We labor under the belief that it’s simply impossible to find ‘The One’ without ever even trying. But we, the educated, the cynical, and the determined homebuyers of today … we are ohhhhh so wrong…   Is it really pos...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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As our team's primary buyer's agent here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I get asked these questions A LOT.   Why do you think they're selling?  What's their motivation?  What do you think they'll take for the home?     My answer to each question is usually the same:  It's hard to...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Dear TZ, We love the house you showed us yesterday, but Sarah thought it was a little creepy.  How can we find out if someone died there? ~Spooky Sam and Scared Sarah     Dear Sam and Sarah, Homes where famous murders or deaths occurred often result in the loss of property value – homes like that...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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How to save thousands when you purchase a home   Obtaining the best price is not the only way to save a lot of money when purchasing a home. Selecting the best mortgage financing can save thousands of dollars when home buyers focus on the best options. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest le...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
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This is it! After searching, and negotiations, the day has come to complete your walk through and close on your new home or condo! The Final Walk Through Depending on when the Sellers move out of your new home or condo (it might also be vacant) you will want to do a Final Walk Through. Why? It ma...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Massapequa Park, NY Home For Sale Open House Sunday  8/24/14 -  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM View this home in detail  This home is in  School District  23 We invite you to visit www.longislandrealestatesearch.com to view this  Expanded Split Level  Home View Similar Massapequa Homes Currently Available Fo...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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900 Chicago Ave Condos Evanston IL 60202 The 900 Chicago Ave Condominium building is one of the finest in Evanston IL. The properties often sell very fast and is considered one of the most desired locations and condo buildings in town. The property is located on the North West corner of Chicago A...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Longford Village East Home For Sale Manzano Mesa Area SE Albuquerque 87123   Albuquerque Homes Realty  and REALTOR® John McCormack have just listed this 1285 sq ft Longford Village East home at 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123. 10924 Jicama Way ST is in the gated community of Longford Vil...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
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The choice of renting versus buying a home is one that many consider when seeking housing. And there is no across the board right or wrong answer. Because there are many factors that should be considered when making an informed housing decisions. These commonly include the duration of residency, ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Pussy-footing around and just watching the home sell right under your nose.   Why do you think they're selling??  "Because they want to." What's their motivation?  "Because they want to sell." How much do you think it will go for?  "There's only one way to fin...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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  Open House on August 24th at 711 Waterway Court, Quakertown, PA 18951   711 Water CourtQuakertown, PA 18951$201,000 -- Price Reduction!     View Photos Listing Information: $201,000 3 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Townhouse 2,520 Square Feet Taxes are $6,157 End Unit Active Lot Size of 0.0...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123   Enjoy The YouTube     Check out the YouTube featuring 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123.  After watching call listing REALTOR® John McCormack for even more details and schedule your private showing.   This 1285 sq ft home will have a quick respons...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Seaford Manor Colonial Home For Sale In Seaford Click Here To View Current Inventory Of Homes For Sale In Seaford In This Price Range    Open House Saturday 8/23/14 -  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Listing Details Home For Sale In Seaford 3937 Fulton Ave., Seaford,  NY 11758 ML#2699975 Price $469,000.00 ...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Massapequa Ranch House Newly Price Enhanced Open House August 24, 2014 - 12:00 - 2:00 PM  Click Here To View Homes Currently Available For Sale In Massapequa     Listing Details Home For Sale In Massapequa - 84 Baltimore Ave.,  Massapequa, NY 11758 ML #2691695 Price Enhanced  From $349,990.00 To...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  House for Sale in South Venice Florida – Just Sold   This cute house for sale in South Venice FL was just sold by Kwee Huset REALTOR®, full time agent of Kwee Huset Realty a local real estate company in Sarasota County, Florida.     Just Sold, this home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a garage, ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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21 Hilltop Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070 Open House Sunday, August 24, 2014 Hours: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hosted by: Jackie Cockreham, CA-BRE#00885071, Today Sotheby's International Realty Like to barbecue and entertain? You've got it here at 21 Hilltop Drive! Are cars your hobby? You'll lov...
By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor - RDCpro CDPE Member NRBA
(REO Specialists llc)
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Price Reduced 131 Haymac Dr Kalamazoo MI 49004 $25,000 3 bedroom 1.5 bath condo in Williamsburg Condo Association. Property was built prior to 1978 and lead-based paint potentially exists. Seller's name is Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Seller does not pay customary closing costs: including t...