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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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Welcome to New Jersey Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors. We are your source for all Real Estate in North & Central New Jersey. Our real estate expertise includes Luxury Homes, Homes for Sale, New Homes, Luxury New Construction, Land, Building Lots for Sale, Rentals, Commercial Prope...
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 Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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  Open House on November 2nd at 135 Cottage Street, Doylestown, PA 18901   135 Cottage StreetDoylestown, PA 18901$774,400 -- Price Reduction!                                      View Photos     |    View Virtual Tour   Listing Information: $774,400 4 Bedrooms 3 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Single Fam...
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...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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Finally received the diploma! This was the most difficult designation yet, but it's already paying off with 3 International Clients!  William N. Bodouva, Jr. ABR, CIPS, SRES, RSPS, E-PRO, SFR, LRS, RETC. For All of Your Real Estate Needs, Locally, Nationally & Internationally. Cell: 516-815-6600...
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 Kevin Guttman, Top Mortgage Originator
(Fairway Mortgage Corp.)
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Your FHA Home Loan & Mortgage Guideby Kevin GuttmanSr Mortgage BankerTop Denver &Colorado FHA Home Loan OriginatorColorado Springs877-251-9709www.ColoradHomeLoanTeam.comFHA insured loans...are a type of Federal Assistance and have historically allowed lower to middle income Americans to borrow mo...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Tips on Buying a Home in the 21st Century     Because of the flow of information and technology the home buying process has forever changed, but that hasn’t changed the undertaking it takes to buy a home a buy. When it comes to buying a home, a lot has changed over the years. The tips and trick...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1920 Lake St Evanston IL 60201 2-Flat New Listing 2 bedroom one bath on each floor on this 2 unit building directly across the street from Evanston Township High School. The building has an unfinished basement with a lot of space and a washer and dryer. With a little TLC this property will produc...
By Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor
(Hawkins-Poe Inc.)
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Gig Harbor's Top Price Reductions  Gig Harbor's Top Price Reductions 10-22-2014 ~ 10-29-2014. If you are trying to find the best deal in Gig Harbor, look no further! Here is a list of the homes that have reduced their price in the last week! Be sure to check back every week for this list of homes...
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 Rolando Trentini
(F.C.TuckerEmge Realtors, LLC)
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You’re about to close a deal to become a tenant. The landlord seems like a straight shooter and the place is a joy: immaculate and welcoming. Now all that’s left is to wait for the landlord’s okay after an evaluation of you as the new tenant, right? Well, not quite. Just as the landlord should ch...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Homes For Sale in Carmel Valley   Carmel Valley is a coastal community located in the north-western corner of San Diego. This is a master-planned communty composed of resdiential, hotels, restaurants and shopping.  Located near Interstate 5, Carmel Valley is near Torrey Pines State Natural Reserv...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Prudential Preferred Real Estate; www.Auburn-Realtor.com)
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Lee County area residential sales in September increase 39% from prior year; YTD sales up 9% Click here to view or print the entire September report compliments of the ACRE Corporate Cabinet. Monthly Sales: Lee County residential sales totaled 107 units in September, a significant improvement in ...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Most people hire real estate agents when trying to buy a home. Some don't. "How hard could buying a home be?" Well, maybe it's a lot harder than people would think.      You Need an Expert Guide if you are Traveling a Dangerous Path The field of real estate is loaded with land mines. You need a t...
By Olga St Pierre, Helping you create a lifetime of memories!
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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How about buying ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover” Home???   Have you ever seen ABC’s show “Extreme Home Makeover”? On this show, a special family gets a new home that is built in a week. The homeowners’ stories are touching and tears often flow, and the final results are astonishing and beautiful. H...
By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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  Despite what just feels like the right answer, buying a home in Metairie or New Orleans can be significantly cheaper than renting one. It’s one of those rare cases where, if you stop and make common sense judgments about the factors at play, the ‘just feels like’ conclusion is the opposite of ...
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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PARKVIEW VILLAS GOLDEN, GOLDEN, COLORADO  80403 Location Parkview Villas Golden, is one of Golden, Colorado’s newest and most updated Patio Home complexes in the Golden, Colorado area.  It is a 55 and over community conveniently situate just east of Highway 93 and north of 53rd Ave. in unincorpor...
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 Tim Crews, Team Leader, The Crews Team, KW Fredericksburg
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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      1307 Idlewild Blvd, Fredericksburg VA 22401 - Awesome Gem in The Village of Idlewild. Priced to sell! Priced 10k below most recent home sold! One of Fredericksburg's most desired neighborhood. If you'r shopping the City of Fredericksburg or The Village of Idlewild, this is a must see!   Ho...