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 Chuck Willman, Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
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I have spent a great number of years purchasing homes for resell, or helping my investor clients do the same. However, I have also spent quite a bit of time with people who are looking for a band new home. There is something exciting about being the first person to live in the home. You enjoy som...
By Betty & John Knowles, REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com)
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We are proud to announce new search by neighborhood features for Springfield Missouri homebuyers on our website. Do you have a favorite neighborhood that you want to search for homes for sale? Finding your new home has never been easier! These powerful search tools do the work for you! Choose one...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
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Home Builders Pick Top New Home Design Trends   The National Association of Home Builders recently passed out its Best in American Living Awards. The winning projects were recognized for innovative design, so they tend to highlight design trends you’ll see in new homes in coming years. BALA Chair...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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ARIZONA HOMES FOR SALE 5 Bedrooms Pool Home for Sale Under 200K in The Villages at Rancho El Dorado 43490 W BAILEY DR MARICOPA ARIZONA 85138 $193,900  5 BEDROOMS |3 BATHROOMS | 2520 SQUARE FEET | MLS: 5167218   Beautiful, move-in ready home in the Villages that SHOWS LIKE A MODEL! Kitchen has to...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Takoma Park & Demographics, Montgomery County MD, 800-711-7988. Recent History of Takoma Park.  Until 1997, the City of Takoma Park was partly in Montgomery County and Prince George's County.   After much lobbying, a State-sponsored referendum was placed on the ballot with a maj...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Debbie Reynolds has a contest on Active rain which requires us to call an active rain member and write about the call. I called Kristin Walter , a real estate agent in Colorado. Kristin recently subscribed to my blog so I thought I would call and get to know her too. She recently joined active ra...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Pioneer Place Affordable Homes for Sale Delta CO This Pioneer Place market report covers the current listing and sold information over the last year. For those new to the area...this subdivision is conveniently located close to schools and the hospital. It's a mix of manufactured and stick built ...
By Jill Watts, Clark County, WA Is A Great Place To Live! Call Me
(Realty Pro, Inc.)
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This Washougal WA home is amazing! 2708 NE 359th....So much to see! So many ammenities! Some of the fun stuff about this property are that you can have animals such as goats, emu, donkeys, a couple horses, chickens...and more. A garden, tons of blue berries and a small barn. There's an tool shop,...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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Sometimes it's just nice to be able to get all your shopping done at one time and in one place.  If you want to find the perfect luxury gift for a friend or loved one, that fabulous outfit to wear on your big night out on the town, or a keepsake piece of jewelry, there is one part of the Washingt...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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Who said winter is supposed to be slow?  For as cold as it is in Columbus, things are HOT at The Jackson Team Office! We have three fantastic properties that will be open this weekend. If you are in the area, come check them out!! Visit The Jackson Team for more infomation on these and all of our...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Browse, Discover, Access Detailed Info on Pool Homes PSL Under $250K. Featured Pool Listing Tradition, Fl.   Americas Unique Master Planned Community Why Do People Live here? The Town of Tradition in Port St. Lucie, Florida is a new master-planned, mixed-use community located in the heart of one ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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McNeal Farm, White Marsh, MD - New Ryan Homes Development Today was the Grand Opening of the new Ryan Homes McNeal Farm model in the White Marsh area of Baltimore County.   I had the opportunity to tour the Springhaven model home today and it was very nice.  I normally don't like ranch style home...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   The Mowery Group Keller Williams 913-269-0479 Questions?Schedule a Showing!   Information valid for the date of this posting only. P...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Barbara Martino-Sliva Top Vero Beach Realtor Trulia Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach      Barbara Martino-Sliva Top Vero Beach Realtor What a nice surprise!    I received an e-mail from Truliaannouncing this ....         You've been selected as a TOP AGENT on TRULIA! You...
By Tim Stoll, Results That Move You
(Urban Dallas)
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Real Estate Minute | Tim Stoll Dallas TX Though careful not to say 2015 will be a breakout year for the housing market, Fannie Mae's chief economist, Doug Duncan, believes the strengthening economy will drag housing activity upward this year. “Strength in the broader economy, accompanied by conti...
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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    To “sea” or to “tee”?  That may seem like a peculiar question for someone looking for a new home, however it is quite pertinent when it pertains to the Naples Florida condos listed for sale in Windstar.  The “sea” comes from the fact that this development has its own marina with more than 70 ...
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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Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal Alabama's residential sales were up 14 percent in December over the previous month. According to new data released by the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Alabama realtors closed on 3,494 units in December, up over 400 from November. That also repre...
This Home is a Great Frist Time Home Buyer Deal. It has Been Upgraded with Tile Flooring, Custom Paint, Eat-in Kitchen with Bay Windows, S.S Appliances, and in a Cul-De-Sac Lot. This Home has 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Great Kitchen with loads of Counter and Cabinet Space, 2 Car Garage. Located in a W...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Ashley Lakes North New Construction Vero Beach Florida Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach           Ashley Lakes North Vero Beach Florida Ashley Lakes North is a gated single family community on themainland of Vero Beach Florida.  Here you will find new constructionand som...