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 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 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...
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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SOLD - Breakaway - Aurora, CO  80013     This Breakaway property in Aurora is now sold and closed, courtesy of Joan Cox, Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc.       It has been a very long time since I had a buyer look at one property, and want to make an offer!     She knew what she wanted, drove...
By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
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We have recently reported on the misconception that many buyers have regarding the down payment necessary to purchase a home. Multiple studies reveal that 40-50% of Americans believe you need between 15-20% of a down payment to be eligible to purchase a home. This misconception came about as the...
7 Bedroom 4 Bathroom home, Litchfield Park, AZ for sale Come and see this gorgeous 7 bedroom 4 bathroom home in Dreaming Summit in Litchfield Park, AZ. Motivated seller. Split floor plan. This 7 bedroom 4 bathroom home in Dreaming Summit has over a 1/2 acre lot located towards the end of a cul-de...
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 CJ Harrington, The CJ Harrington Home Selling TEAM
(Keller Williams Realty Cleveland Ohio)
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  Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20528 Pembrooke Oval, Strongsville, OH     Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20528 Pembrooke Oval, Strongsville, OH   Attractive gigantic custom Parkview home on greenbelt lot with complete privacy! Decorated in today's popular colors and updated lighting, plumbin...
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 Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
Comments 2
  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)
Comments 14
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)
Comments 9
  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)
Comments 2
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 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 ...