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 Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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Waukesha County Real Estate is an Industry where everyday you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. In the blink of an eye you can lose that important lead. We work in an Industry that involves rigorous time management and technology changes each day. The concept of being personal...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Testimonial - Sea Ranch in Boca Raton FL                                                                                                                                                                                              Last month, I had 24 hours to call "my own." So, I opted to get on ...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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Discounted_$675 Summerville 4 bd-2.5 ba Rent to Own No Bank Qualifying Available January 25, 2015.    **  2014 Early Bird  - 48 Hour Special  **  Reserve in December 2014 for January 2015 Move-In and Save!    ** See these December Discounted Rents: See Our Website for Details Take *$200  - *$500 ...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Alpharetta short sales for November 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. It’s important to understand the influence that short sales have on today’s market and to keep an eye on the market. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been ex...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*Special Winter Pool Home for Sale in Arizona* Goodyear 2 Story  Pool Home for Sale in Golf Course in Estrella Mountain Ranch in AZ! Large loft overlooks the golf course w/magnificent sunsets reflecting off the mountains... Impressive formal living/dining area w/upgraded hardwood floors. Spacious...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Mizner Tower Condos for Sale in Boca Raton Florida Find similar waterfront condos for sale in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL. Is it time to sell your condo in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL?    Mizner Tower condos sit on the grounds of the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club of Boca Raton, FL in Mizner ...
By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
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We received a call on a Sunday morning from our repeat clients who were qualified home buyers we had been working with to find a property for sale that suited their needs and budget in Valparaiso, Indiana.   The story goes that neighbors of a property told a relative of our buyers about a family ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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  *Special Winter Pool Home for Sale in Arizona*   Estrella Mountain Ranch 2 Story Winter Pool Home for Sale in Goodyear AZ!  Easy to maintain desert Landscape! 5beds/3bath  with 3865 sq ft.  Community of Estrella features Lake with fountain, Walking Paths, Boat Dock, Heated Pool/Spa, Golf Course...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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  NJ Real Estate Listings for Luxury New Homes, Homes for Sale,   Commercial Real Estate and Land   Five County Summary A snapshot of a town and its school report card for the towns NJ Estates Real Estate Group currently servers in Somerset, Union, Morris, Hunterdon, and Middlesex counties Somers...
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 Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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You’re about to close a deal to become a tenant in Henry County. 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 Henry County tenant, right? Well, not quite. J...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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It Is A Great Time To Invest In A New Home   This is a great time of year to buy your next home. What are you waiting for? There are 8 Short Sale Listings in Encinitas! If you have been looking in San Diego for your next home Dream Home, you must take a look at the community of Encinitas.  There ...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
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1892 Santanova Arc Las Cruces NM 88005 New Listing! 1892 Santanova Arc in The Sanctuary subdivision is a .3 acre lot located just minutes from historic Old Mesilla just outside of sunny Las Cruces, N.M.  The Sanctuary is a fantastic location to build your custom dream home. Picture yourself walki...
By Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r
(Watson Realty Corp.)
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ALMOST NEW IMPECCABLE 2 STORY OverviewMapsPhotos $218,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 2,613 sqft Location 1342 CAMP RIDGE LNMIDDLEBURG, FL 32068USA Ellen Dittman-Watson Realty Corp. Watson Realty Corp(904) 535 1199reo.ellen@gmail.com    Listed by: Watson Realt...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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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 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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    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 Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Buying A Home; Is It Worth It?     Is buying a home a worthy investment? If you are in the real estate business, I am sure you’ve heard (and or) you’ve been asked this question a lot. And all that ask want to know. So what’s the correct answer?   Here’s my answer – A house is most certainly an ...
By Helene Kelbaugh, REALTOR, Internet Marketing Specialist, Keller Williams Realty Baltimore
(Keller Williams Realty Baltimore)
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  First Time Home Buyer Programs in Maryland | Baltimore Real Estate   by Helene Kelbaugh of Keller Williams Legacy Metropolitan in Baltimore    Let's Chat!  Buyers & Sellers: (443) 465-8443   Programs? Tell me more!   There are lots of programs in Baltimore, Md and surrounding areas that are for...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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178 Minisink Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $169,500 MLS #PM-10766     More Details About This Pocono Home In Arrowhead Lake-----> Stunning chalet in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, propane fireplace with stone surround, loft, kitchen wit...
By Eileen Covington, (The Charlotte Home Team)
(The Charlotte Home Team/Keller Williams)
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Charlotte, NC:   Recently Feddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the two biggest buyers of residential mortages, announced plans to begin allowing home loans with as little as 3% down payments.  In addition the big  mortgage lenders like Charlotte's own Bank of America and Wells Fargo have decided to have  l...