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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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What is the Union Plus® Mortgage Program?     Simply put, it's a Wells Fargo program that includes special benefits for union members and their families.     $500 Award Card   When you purchase a new home with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, you will be sent a $500 My Mortgage Gift award after closing...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Water falls have an almost magnetic attraction. The sound of rushing, cascading water is soothing, compelling. Nature's white noise. It's similar with the sound of the surf, a babbling brook or a summer rain, the sound of moving water is calming. Water can also be said to either be destructive or...
By Alex Yeager
(Fidelity Real Estate - St. George Utah)
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  As October comes to a scary end and the 2014 holiday season begins to fire up, a quick review of the Southern Utah MLS system reveals that there are 105 active listings for St. George Utah retirement properties; homes in adult communities. Drilling down on the 106 active retirement community li...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Chicago North Shore Market Report Single Family Homes The Chicago North Shore which is all the Suburbs from Evanston North through Lake Forest is at a high at this time with 318 single family home sales by Contract from the beginning of the year through the end of September. 2013 had some peaks t...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
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Recently, I had the experience of helping a great couple go under contract on a new construction deal in Back Country, Highlands Ranch. I’m very familiar with doing new construction and it dawned on me that the questions I ask when helping my clients could be missed if you were building a new hom...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Open House 2356 La Senda Drive Sunday, November 2nd 1 - 3 P.M. Come see this great home in the Telshor area of Las Cruces, N.M. this Sunday from 1 - 3 P.M. 2356 La Senda Drive is a (approx) 1421 sq.ft., 3 bedroom and 1.75 bathroom home with a 2 car garage. You will find a light and bright open sp...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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For any Henry County resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model should be welcome news. It will be known as “FICO 9”—and promises to...
By Albert Team KW Realty Port St. Lucie FL 34986, Unlocking the Door to Real Estate For You
(Keller Williams Realty)
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If you love golf, you will love PGA Village the amenities offered   Which championship course today?  Your options include The Wanamaker, by Tom Fazio The Ryder, by Tom Fazio The Dye, by Pete Dye, The Country Club, by Jim Fazio.   Stay and Play for a weekend or select a Condo or Villa Winter Con...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Intown Homes for Sale and Metro Atlanta Homes Atlanta intown homes for sale and homes for sale around metro Atlanta.  Looking for homes or real estate for sale in the Atlanta Metro?  Well welcome to our Atlanta Metro homes search page.  Here you can find Atlanta homes listed for sale in ...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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    My dream home would be a Santa Fe style home. Growing up in the Arizona desert, these homes were designed to fit the landscape and to keep you cool in the hot summer sun.      I love original saltillo tile and large glass windows.       Santa Fe style features large open floor plans and mixes...
By Gina Tufano, Ask Gina & Company, Northern Virginia Real Estate
(Ask Gina & Company with Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway)
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FOR SALE OR RENT IN ALEXANDRIA!   Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood IDX Search   $2,150 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms2 Partial BathroomsInterior: 1,904 sqftLot: 1,400 sqft Location 8451 Byers DriveAlexandria, VA 22309USA     Gina M. Tufano Keller Williams Realty Loudo...
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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    How does it just keep getting better and better?  That is the question you may ask when you start looking at Naples Florida new construction homes for sale in Port Royal.  This ultra exclusive development is situated on some of the finest sections of real estate in the entire world, between N...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Winnetka Il Real Estate  The home sales in Winnetka IL have dropped a little and this is probably due to the lack of inventory issues that many communities have faced. Presently there are 139 Single family Homes for sale in Winnetka IL and 27 under contract and waiting to close. In the last 30 da...
By Gena Bolton, Turning your DREAMS into a LIFESTYLE
(World Impact Real Estate)
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This is one of the newest neighborhoods built in Sandestin.  Villa Lago is a short walk or golf cart ride away from the wonderful amenities of Baytowne Wharf. This neighborhood includes use of a private clubhouse and community pool. This Mediterranean style home
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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You are out in the audience for a Houlton Maine home to buy, need something maintained. With four bedrooms, big corner lot, a quick occupancy. No hurdles or rough sharp spots to cause a snag getting the place financed with a Houlton Maine bank. This home on 11 Franklin Avenue Houlton Maine has a ...
By Anne Lok, Homes for Modern City Dwellers
(Homelife Realty One Ltd. Brokerage)
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    260 Sackville St 1103, Toronto, ON M5A 0B3 $394,900Condominium2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 743 sqftMore Photos and Additional Info Photos                 Interested? See more information or schedule showing For more information, contact 416-922-5533 ANNE LOKHomelife/Realty One Ltd. Brokerage...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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You have been renting way way too long and strongly thinking you ought to buy a Houlton Maine home. I agree with your thinking, logic and will help you anyway possible. To extend a hand, give a heave ho to there you go. Up and out of the rent rut where all you have is rent receipts. All that cash...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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Today is Halloween.  This is a day we expect to see things that are not as they really are and hear things that may be a bit frightening.   But when one is buying a house every day should be treated like Halloween... don't believe all you hear, see or read. The available information about a parti...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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        131 Shawnee Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $48,500 MLS #PM-14089     More info about this Pocono home Adorable cozy ranch located in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Walking distance to Beach 2. Home features open floor plan, kitchen and living room, large entertaining de...
By Dale Corpus, Realtor - San Ramon, Danville, Dublin & Pleasanton
(Realty ONE Group BMC Associates)
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Moller Ranch is located in Pleasanton California, just minutes to the I-680 and I-580 interchange. It’s off Foothill Road across from Moller Park and is a beautiful place to call home. Why? Moller Ranch was built around 1998 and features numerous one and two-story floor plans with two and three-c...