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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a holiday musical classic recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  The words of the song tell the story of a WWII overseas soldier writing a letter to his family.  He requests that his family prepare for his homecoming by including his favorites in the Christmas celebrati...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 35
Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax,mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to this question I received this morning:  " Let me k...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 19
Why Do Websites Show Me Homes I Can't Buy? You're cruising the Wild Wild Internet looking for homes to buy and you keep finding a trend.  There's a home for sale, but it's not REALLY for sale!  Or it is kind of for sale.  Or it's already under contract.  Frustrating isn't it?  And the answer to W...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Rainbow Landing Madison Alabama Homes For Sale If you're relocating to Madison Alabama from out of state or just moving across town, Rainbow Landing is a community you should consider. Not only for its convenience to shopping and employment, but also for the school system, a prime consideration f...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
A New Buyer Coming To Town Means Preview, Preview, Preview. It's a reflex now.  After meeting a new relocating home buyer family by e-mail or telephone, I simply "hit the road" and preview, preview, preview.   While previewing, I capture a photo of the front of the house and the kitchen.  More ro...
By Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty )
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Today my buyer clients and I had the pleasure of meeting  with the builder representative for Bill Clark Homes of Greenville, NC.As a buyer agent , representing buyers relocating from Texas , I was appreciative of the time and attention given to them during their first of two walk through visits...
By Allison Bernard, Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916
(Keller Williams Central Rhode Island)
Comments 2
Search current inventory of Wakefield RI Homes and Condos For Sale Between $400,000 and $500,000 Listing Details South County COMMONS 113 Preservation Way, Wakefield, RI 02879Price: $490,000MLS number: 429864Bedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2.5Square Footage: 2500 Call Allison Bernard at 401-533-6916 to see...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 5
Southshore in Aurora Colorado 80016 – Home Sweet Home   Southshore is a great neighborhood for any active family.  Located just south of the Aurora Reservoir and just east of the Southlands Shopping Center, there is never a shortage for activities in Southshore.   The Southshore community clubhou...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Just Listed in sought after Palazzo at Park Center in Alexandria (22311). Contact us today for more information, 571-234-1456. Visit us on Sunday, December 21st from 1-4PM at our Open House! Lovely 1 BR, 1 bath condo w/sun-filled open floor plan w/gleaming Brazilian cherry hrdwd floors & neutral ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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December 2014 Foreclosure/Bank Owned Property for Sale Cedaredge, Delta County, CO This update on the foreclosure market in and around the Cedaredge area hasn't changed too much since last month's report. This real estate information on foreclosures in Delta County covers the Surface Creek area o...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Florida homes with a pool are plentiful!  Could it be the almost year around climate is good for swimming? Yep, a dip after golf kind of rocks too! Hotlist of Homes with Swimming Pools When you are looking for a specific feature in a home like an in-ground swimming pool, having access to the ho...
By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
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        $63,000 - 7529 Wilco Way, Corning, CA 96021             Location: Corning, CA Home on the Ranch! Be a part of the Rancho Tehama rural subdivision set in the rolling hills of oaks and pine trees. Huge lot with loads of room for toys. Spacious home with open floor plan and plenty of natura...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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In this calm and quiet town of Lincolnville, one will discover a retreat-like a lifestyle. The city boasts spacious Cottage-style homes surrounded by the beauty of mature trees, and lush tropical greens. The city is also just miles away from Charleston, where residents can easily access its ameni...
By Coral Gundlach
(Century 21 Redwood Realty, Arlington Virginia)
Comments 5
Just listed a home that got 5 offers after 5 days on the market. Did we under price it? No, every offer came in within 5K of list price..well except for one.  And the comps were even lower. You see people use Escalation Clauses sometimes to beat another offer here in Northern Virginia.  This was ...
By Odaly Victorio, Marketing Expert
(Research Coast Realty Team at Keller Williams Realty Port St. Lucie)
Comments 2
In the last couple of years more and more people became renters.  Recently a study looked at what that meant for building wealth. The recent housing crisis has prompted questions over whether homeownership is still a viable way toward greater wealth in this country. Confidence in homeownership wa...
By Carol Neu, SFR, RCS-D - Big Bear Foreclosures
(Evergreen Realty)
Comments 3
  Click the flyer below to watch the virtual tour!!!         Home for Sale in Sugarloaf CA Includes Washer & Dryer. Click  Home for Sale in Sugarloaf CA to view complete information, additional photos & virtual tour!!!   GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. THIS IS EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT I...
By Bruce Parker
(RE/MAX Best)
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Join me at an Open House 109 Oakland Ave Edison NJ 08817. Pretty 3 bedroom all brick ranch. Close to Edison Train Station. Great home for commuters. If you would like to search all listings in Edison please go to my quick and easy search page. See every listing in Edison.   http://marketing.remax...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 0
Homebuyers, sometimes you have to start with the finished product costs and work backwards.  I got a call a few days ago from a buyer who had $750,000.00 to spend on buying a lot and having a new home built. Actually, it was his builder that called me because he knew I was working on developing s...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 0
    Every Buyer has a list of "wants and desires" with some being non-negotiable, and some are the bottom of the list and less important.     I like to have buyers make a list of seven in order of their desires, and if we can find five of these, we probably found the home.     We try hard to get ...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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  All I Want For Christmas is A Brooklyn Real Estate Agent To Help Me Buy MY First Home In Flatbush Brooklyn       Brooklyn Homes For Sale   Tired of renting and have decided that 2015 is the year you are getting off the fence and you will be  buying  a Flatbush  Brooklyn Home for sale?  You’ve s...