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 Ben Ganje + Partners, Minneapolis Market Leader
(Lakes Sotheby's International Realty)
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602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis Find similar condos for sale to the 602 602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis.   Get the current value of your Minneapolis condo or home in todays market. Find out more details about the latest luxury condominium project to hit the Min...
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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    Ginger Zee always has interesting little weather facts.  This morning Florida is the ONLY state that does not have snow, sooooooooooo snow me the way to go home to Naples Florida.   If you’re not shoveling it yourself then you are standing at the window looking for “the guy” you hired and are...
By Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
(Helen Adams Realty)
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Ahhh, the excitement of new construction Charlotte NC!  The only thing that beats "new car smell" is "new home smell," and new construction Charlotte NC is HOT HOT HOT!  It's wonderful to drive through Charlotte and its surrounding areas and see all of the new construction of homes popping up.  A...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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SANTA CRUZ VICTORIAN HOME FOR SALE 1104 KING STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 1ST 1 -4 PM   Chance of a lifetime to own a classic Santa Cruz Victorian home!  These do not come on the market often and this is a real opportunity to live in a one of a kind home.  This property is...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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  Real estate continues to top the list of best long-term investments, according to a Gallup Economy and Personal Finances Poll. Americans prefer investing in real estate (30 percent) when compared to gold (24 percent), stocks/mutual funds (24 percent), savings accounts/CDs (14), and bonds (6 pe...
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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    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
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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The views in Corona del Mar are absolutely incredible, and I always appreciate the opportunity to take in the gorgeous coastline view. There is a park named Lookout Point which overlooks Newport Harbor and the Wedge in the distance. And along Ocean Boulevard, there is a sweeping view of the Coast...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia, 800-711-7988 Example of homes for sale in Lovettsville in the $550,000 price range on 1/2 acre lots.This home is in Dutchman's Creek, see map below. New homes for sale LovettsvilleNew construction LovettsvilleHomes on acreage in Lovettsvil...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The Lise Howe Group represented a wonderful couple who were first time homebuyers in the purchase of 23311 Brewers Tavern Way in Clarksburg, MD. Although they own property in another country, this was the first time they had bought a property in the United States.  They were sure that they would ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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The short answer - because the name on the sign out front is the seller's agent.  There are many potential mistakes a home buyer can make along the way to buying a home and key among these is not getting their own real estate agent.Regardless of what the marketing material says ("call the listing...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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David Wagner had an amazing January helping buyers find their dream homes- and February was even more amazing!  The weather may be cold and snowy but David has been on fire helping buyers with their home search! He just ratified 8032 Red Jacket Way in Jessup, MD , making some very lucky buyers ve...
By Tanya Stevenson, Tanya Stevenson, CDPE, 1-719-963-6582
(Park Avenue Properties Of Colorado Springs LLC)
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Taxpayers who own homes will be interested in IRS and first time homeowner tax credits for 2013. Tax credits differ from tax deductions in that tax deductions lower taxable income, and tax credits reduce the tax liability or overall tax amount owed. Two tax credits in particular deserve attention...
By Hank Miller, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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Are real estate agents necessary? We’re drowning in data…all kinds of data…about every conceivable topic. Whatever the question, Google, Bing or some other place on the web will have an answer. But with an abundance of data come challenges; how to determine credibility, how to understand it, how ...
By Jennifer Ferri
(Title Junction, LLC)
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Discovering your Starter Dream Home   Since the housing meltdown of 2006-2008 and the subsequently slow improving economy has caused many to begin looking for a point to starting over. Many have learned that their actual dream home could actually be picking up someone else’s starter home. Howeve...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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This show piece home has panoramic views & quality features that will amaze! Maple Kitchen w/granite, breakfast bar, butler pantry, step into a warm Family room on one side and into a spacious Living/Entertainment area with double sided stone FP, sunk wet bar & dual staircase leading to Owners Su...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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    "Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than any magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration." -Charles Dickens There is, I think, something magical about home. Whether you are a kid finding the best places to hide your Star Wars collection, or ...
By John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA
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  New Listing FOR SALE in Dartmouth, MA. Spacious 2002 Colonial,  - 2,442 sq.ft  - 1.83 Acres.   - 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full and 2 Half Baths - 2X6 construction by builder/owner. Wood stove, R-19 & R-38 insulation throughout home.  Open floor plan with spacious rooms.   Privacy & Value.   OFFERED at:  $...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  There is a time for waiting. There is a time for watching. There is a time for planning. There is a time for Action.   Are you ready to act on your Real Estate Dream? Current Austin/Round Rock real estate market is an action only market. Very low inventory and builders are backed up almost 8 m...