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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18 Burlington Rd, Harwinton, CT "Charter Oak Farm" is a recently updated Federal Colonial Circa 1790 on 8 acres in town center & located in one of Connecticut's highest rated towns. Recent updates : roof, electrical, sill plate, floor joists, insulation, septic tank, boiler & more.  Search All H...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
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For most people, searching for the home of their dreams is easy to do and the services of a realtor may not seem a necessity. After all, anyone with a computer and internet connection can find zillions of listings at the touch of a button. So why would a buyer need an agent to represent them? Wel...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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      While we’re not yet seeing a full recovery from the housing crisis, the trends we’re seeing from 2014 going into 2015 indicate that the market is stabilizing.  After the real estate crash, with the help of new loan opportunities, low mortgage rates and a drop in home prices, buyers began to...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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NEW NEIGHBORHOOD FOR PARENTS, FAMILY OR FRIENDS CONSIDERING RETIREMENT IN AUBURNThe loveliest village has been named one of the top retirement cities in the country by the national media. As interest grows, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is excited to offer Auburn’s only gated community for acti...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Warner Robins GA in Deerfield SubdivisionSOLD in the Deerfield Subdivision in Warner Robins GAHomes in the $120K and below price range sell quickly in Houston County GA. Such is the case here as another lovely home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers, and is now a SOLD home in ...
By Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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Open House at 3548 Eskew Court located in Lake RidgeStop by to see this spacious home on Sunday, 17 MAY 2015 from 2-4 pm.  Listing Details  3548 Eskew Ct, Woodbridge VA MLS number: #PW8603901 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Square Footage: 4000+ Built:  1993 Pulte Builders - Hawthorn Model Schools:  S...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Champlin Real Estate & Homes For Sale April 27th-May 3rd, 2015Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858Thank you for visiting! This is a weekly blog post geared to letting Champlin residents get a feel for the current Real Estate market right here in their own community. This page ...
By Ryan Bretzel
(Keller Williams Premier)
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Updated CondoGorgeous Woodwork & Stunning View of the Cathedral This updated condo, located in the Summit-University Neighborhood in St. Paul, has a sophisticated blend of contemporary style & Old World Charm and a stunning view of the Cathedral. Walk to the Selby and Western shopping area or acr...
By Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan)
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Hillsborough Estates - Deal of the DayThis is today's deal of the day for homes for sale in Brighton, Michigan 48114.This house for sale is located in the prestigious Hillsborough Estates Sub located near US-23, Hyne Road and Old-23 between M-59 and I-96. It is the best value and price in this ne...
By Jeffery Griffin, Broker Owner
(Jeff Griffin LLC )
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the following properties are facing foreclosure by their respective lien holders.  408 Ano Street Kahului 5/6/2015 614 Loulu way Makawao 5/6/2015 140 Uwapo rd 10-120 Kihei 5/6/2015 1096 Mailuna Place Makawao 5/6/2015 2136 Konou Place 203 Kihei 5/7/2015 136 Hakui Loop Lahaina 5/11/2015 388 Kinaole...
By Karen Rice, Northeast PA & Lake Wallenpaupack Home Sales
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® Paupack Group )
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2nd Tier WLE Lake House! Walk to Lake & Beach!  Overview Maps Photos Neighborhood Open House $117,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,145 sqftLot: 0.26 acre(s)Year Built: 1988MLS #: 15-1384 Location 7 Beaver Lake DrLake Ariel, PA 18436 Text 388426 to show contac...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the following questions:  "Are you working with an agent?" or "If you fall in love with this home, do you have an agent who would be writing the contract?". If you prefer ema...
By Robin Rogers, ABR, CRS - Real Estate Broker & Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
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When I work with real estate investors, I ask for an exclusive agreement in writing before I start searching for their next investment property. Here's why: The San Antonio metro area is huge. There are a lot of properties for sale here, including potential flips, multi-family, and single-family ...
By Chris Eckert
(Keller Williams Realty)
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How much do you need to earn to buy at home in San Mateo County? Good question and I have the answer!     
By Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan)
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Homes for Sale in the De Maria West Neighborhood in Brighton Twp, MichiganWhy Do People Live here?De Maria West is a beautiful neighborhood of 50 single family homes that is conveniently located to I-96, US-23 and downtown Brighton, Michigan.  It's far enough from the main hustle and bustle and ...
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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  Like the sun and sand, but not too keen on another “s” word, “ shopping”?  Then maybe the Bonita Springs Florida furnished homes for sale in Barefoot Beach would be the ideal place to get that new residence you have always wanted, without the hassle of furniture stores.  This unique development...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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You would think the outside competition for Henry County foreclosure bargains might have up and disappeared by now…but no! As The Wall Street Journal described it last week, the shrinking number of foreclosure opportunities hasn’t driven Wall Street’s professional investors completely out of the ...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
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   Address: 1108 Fleetfoot Dr A Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186-6950 Taxed by: Waukesha MLS #: 1410888           357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston ABR,e-P...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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1904 Carolton Lane, Fallbrook, CA home for sale on 1 acreMay 5, 2015We recently listed this charming 1 story home that's been lovingly cared for by the same couple for 23 years. The home sits on 1 acre at the end of a long windy country road. You can sense the serenity as soon as you open your ca...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1970 SF, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cape-style house located on a 1.6 acre lot in Campton, New Hampshire. This home features; new windows, mudroom, hardwood & tile floors, fireplace, 1st floor laundry room, metal roof, deck (with panoramic views from Franconia Notch to Sandwich Dome), drilled well (w...