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 Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Testimonial - Sea Ranch in Boca Raton FL                                                                                                                                                                                              Last month, I had 24 hours to call "my own." So, I opted to get on ...
By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
Comments 2
It is wonderful to have a list of needs and wishes when hunting for a house. But what if the wish list cannot be satisfied in the price range that is available to you? What if there of plenty of homes that satisfy your needs and wants, but you feel you must get a killer deal on price? If you are ...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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                                     SEE: http://www.SCHomeBuyers.net/   We Buy and Sell Houses Sell Your House in 7 Days or Less Special Note: We are licensed real estate agents!   We Buy Houses Charleston SC Sell Your South Carolina House in 7 Days or Less - We Buy Houses!"We are the #1 Real E...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Cobb county short sales for November 2014 and its impact on the current market. It’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been ex...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Vinings short sales for November 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. Vinings short sales definitely provide an opportunity for the savvy buyer. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been extended. This really shouldn’t have any impact...
By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
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Are you trying to find a single family home in St Francis, MN in your price range? There are lots of home in St Francis under $150k. Like this one on 3625 226th Ave NW. For $134, 900 you can get this 3 bedroom/ 2 bath good affordable single family home in St Francis. There are other larger homes...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Mizner Tower Condos for Sale in Boca Raton Florida Find similar waterfront condos for sale in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL. Is it time to sell your condo in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL?    Mizner Tower condos sit on the grounds of the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club of Boca Raton, FL in Mizner ...
By Nina Rogoff, Your Hometown Realtor in Sharon MA
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
Comments 6
Your Buyers Agent Does More Than Write Up the Offer! Most buyers start their search for a home on the Internet. In fact, the National Association of Realtors (NAR), says more than 90% of buyers start there. As you look at listings online, you will start to identify the style of home and features ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 10
It really is the pits-  Zinsco Panels   There are documented issues with Federal Pacific Panel (FPE) and the associated issues with their breakers and how the the Stab-Lok breaker attaches to the buss. The other infamous panel is the Zinsco  (which I have written on before).   (Zinsco split bus m...
By Kim Bregman, Exclusive Buyer Agent in S. Florida and Western NC
(Optima Properties)
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Moving can be an overwhelming experience; unfortunately it can also create opportunities for identity theft. Whenever you change addresses, you leave yourself vulnerable to identity theft.  However, if you know why you might be vulnerable and how thieves can use your move to their advantage, then...
By Brian Dunshie, Realtor - Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale
(Russ Lyon | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 1
As Home Buyers, we are always looking for the most efficient way to search the Arizona MLS? Well, here it is! Offered in full screen mode, completly intereactive, search anywhere in the greater Phoenix Valley. Now LIVE on the all new redesigned ResideArcadia.com. Try the new Interactive MLS Map S...
By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
Comments 9
Louisville KY has many historic neighborhoods such as Highlands, Original Highlands, Germantown, Butchertown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and more. Within and underneath beautiful historic homes are plumbing materials that simply do not stand the test of time.             Brass, galvanized steel, copp...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 2
Here is another happy buyer who now calls the beautiful PGA Village of Saint Lucie West home. They were able to negotiate a bargain of a decade with the help of the Kevin B Tolbert PA Team of Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie. We aggressively negotiate for our buyers to get the best bargain...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 1
Henry County foreclosure watchers keep their eyes trained on the local market filings, but also stay aware of the national trends as a signal of what might be coming down the pike. Across the U.S., by the end of November there were nearly 112,500 foreclosure filings, which amounts to one out of e...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 23
Pending Sale in Bonaire Georgia in Southfield Plantation Subdivision The fact is you have to be quick on your feet in the Bonaire GA real estate market or the home you really want will be contracted when you finally decide to make a move. Such is the case here as my buyers did everything in their...
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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      It was 14 years ago that we moved to Naples from the Midwest.  Our very first Christmas without family and friends.  A rude awakening?  Somewhat……     Christmas Eve was a quiet dinner at home.  Bring out the fineries just like previous years but on a smaller scale.   Christmas morning we he...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 2
98 Minisink Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $149,500 MLS #PM-18463     More on this Arrowhead Lake Chalet Move right in to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom Mountain Chalet in desirable Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features unique tongue and groove wood ceiling, knotty pine walls, sunken li...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 1
OAK HARBOR LAKEFRONT CONDO 55+ VERO BEACH FL  Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach       OAK HARBOR ACTIVE 55+ CONDOS VERO BEACH OAK HARBOR is Vero's luxurious and prestigiousgated 55+ lifestyle community.    Here you will findthe perfect Florida Country Club Lifestyle.  Mem...
By James Sanson - Ranked in the TOP 1% of Arizona, Homes for sale in Maricopa AZ
(Sonoran Properties)
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Homes for sale in The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado 21357 N DIAMOND Drive Maricopa AZ 85138 This beautiful home is located in The Lakes at Rancho El Dorado. You will discover there are no neighbors to the east of the home, so this provides you more privacy. The current owner is the 1st owner of this ...
By Un-Real Estate Blog, The Real Estate Blog
(Residential Home Funding Corp)
Comments 4
679 BLOOMFIELD AVE NUTLEY NJ - Home Sweet Home! If you're looking for a really well priced, attractive Colonial Home For Sale in Nutley NJ you have to check out 679 Bloomfield Ave - perhaps Nutley New Jersey's Best Value.  Nutley NJ is a great "small town" with a nice looking downtown, great scho...