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 Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Enjoy Beautiful Sunrises, Sunsets, and Pastoral Views!     Home Photos Local Schools     Coming Soon         Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Realty 860-508-7855 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:CT License #:0388065       71 Harmony Hill Rd Granby, CT 06035 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms : 3 ( 2 ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Click for All Town Listings ...  Bridgewater is a township in Somerset County, NJ. It was formally incorporated in 1798 as one of New Jersey's 104 original townships. Bridgewater includes the the following sections Martinsville, Fiderne, Bradley Gardens, Green Knoll, Thomae Park, Sunset Lake, Co...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Move in ready home This is a very nice 4 bedroom 2.5 bath brick front home. Large, open floor plan with fireplace in the living room. Beautiful kitchen with granite counters. Ola School district. Nice yard located in quiet neighborhood. Easy access to major highway. Don't miss out on this home!! ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision Sorry buyers, you were not ready to make an offer quickly enough and lost out on a great deal. Another beautiful home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers and is now a SOLD home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision, c...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Buy What Makes You Smile   Long Island is aptly named. With so many neighborhoods to choose from - an estimated 198 divided between two counties - Nassau and Suffolk - how does an out-of-town buyer even begin to know where to start?   The answer lies in jotting down, early on, the lifestyle choic...
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,NY Home For Sale Open House Saturday  2/28/15 -  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM View this home in detail  This home is in  School District  23 We invite you to visit www.longislandrealestatesearch.com to view this Short Sale Home In Detail View Similar Massapequa Homes Currently Available For Sal...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542)
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CABIN FIT FOR A KING (& QUEEN)! LEVEL ENTRY INTO THIS SQUEAKY CLEAN 2 BEDRM, 1.5 BA CABIN. SELLERS HAVE MADE  MANY UPGRADES TO THIS HOME: ENERGY EFFICIENT DUAL-PANED WINDOWS, NEWLY PAINTED EXT, DECKING UPDATED, NEWER KITCHEN CUPBOARDS & COUNTERTOPS (GRANITE), APPLIANCES & FLOORING. BATHROOMS HAVE...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Which Should You Buy A House Or Condo? A decision when purchasing a home here in Huntsville and Madison, Alabama especially for the first time home buyer is whether to buy a house or a condo or possibly a town home. The difference between them can be huge; with a house the home owner is responsib...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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  Two Home Buying Tips - Avoid Making Home Buying Mistakes     Right from the start, searching for your home to closing escrow, buying a home takes a lot of thought and planning. And because of the tremendous financial stakes on the line, making a mistake is the last thing you can afford (and or)...
By Maya Garg, Real Estate Expert - MISSISSAUGA Square1, Churchil
(Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario)
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If you’re thinking of shopping for a new home, one of the first considerations is price range. You want to know what you can reasonably afford.     How do you figure that out?   First of all, you need to determine the initial out-of-pocket costs you will need to cover. There are often more costs ...
By Thomas Elrod
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Beautiful end-unit townhome in Ballantyne. It features a first floor master BR suite, 2nd master suite upstairs, fresh neutral paint, refinished hardwood floors, and plenty of storage throughout the house. 2 story kitchen features a morning room, 42" stained cabinets, granite countertops, tile...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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The neighborhood that your new home is located in will be the place where you have to live every single day. That makes choosing a good location almost as important as the actual amenities of the house itself.  ___Your home is more than just a house, it exists in a community that you are going to...
By Weichert, Realtors Barton Harris & Co., Austin Tx Real Estate, Relocation for South Austin
(Weichert, Realtors - Barton Harris & Co.)
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The Eanes School District in Austin Texas is known nationally for its educational excellence. Tucked away in beautiful south/southwest Austin, its main goal is to educate students in a way that prepares them for life lasting success. Their courses are rigorous and that's the way parents agree tha...
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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"Love It" Huntington New York - Newly Listed 4 Bedroom Cape   Click Here To View This "Love It" Cape In Detail Click Here To View Homes Currently Available For Sale In Huntington Under $500,000.00    Listing Details 174 Maple Hill Rd., Huntington, NY 11743 Built 1955 Asking Price - $499,000 Bedr...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Short Sale (The New Foreclosure)   Short sale homes are the "New Foreclosure" home as lenders would rather dispose of their homes in this method rather than sending them to auction or foreclosing them as bank owned or REO (Real Estate Owned) inventory. Why? Lenders usually get more money in a sho...
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 in the market for a new residence in a “bundled golf” development, one place to look are the homes listed for sale in Forest Glen Naples Florida.  This is especially true if you want to be a member of a club where the course has a real “Southwest Florida” feel.  The 18 hole layout ...
By Kristin Walter
(Summit Real Estate-The Simson Group)
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When hiring a property manager for your second home, ski condo, town home, or single family home, do you know what questions to ask?  This is the first in a series of blogs to show you how property managers gamble with your investment and some ways to protect yourself.     How do you want to mana...
By Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542)
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WALL OF WINDOWS Brings the Outdoors In!  Towering  living room ceilings in this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cabin. Updated kitchen and newer carpeting. Floor to ceiling fireplace. Roomy family room downstairs, w/fireplace. Newly painted interior, remodeled master bathroom, new lighting throughout.  Enj...
By Dan Spencer, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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Current market availability for all homes in Aurora's Zip of 80017     Active Homes on the Market - 17 Low - $100,243 Median - $180,000 High - $259,900 Average Price - $178,153 Average SF - 1,574  Days on the Market – 18 Zip Code 80017 is one of Aurora's Smaller Zip Codes. This little pocket is r...
By Weichert, Realtors Barton Harris & Co., Austin Tx Real Estate, Relocation for South Austin
(Weichert, Realtors - Barton Harris & Co.)
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If you're looking for a planned community that is close to downtown Austin, is home to award winning schools nationwide, safe, clean, and full of amenities... then you probably searched for Circle C Ranch. Located in southwest Austin, Circle C is close to everything any current or future Austinit...