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 Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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  171 Minisink Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $160,000 MLS #PM-14325     More info about this Pocono home Contemporary style well cared for home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, one bedroom on the main floor with a window seat, large loft, 2 full bath...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Buying or Selling Real Estate; You Can’t Afford to Mess Up!     When it comes to buying or selling real estate, the last thing you can afford is making a mistake. Searching for listings, I remember sifting through “thick books” in order to find the perfect home for clients. Back then, the only ...
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 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 Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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139 Safro Court Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $159,500 MLS #PM-16233     Click here to learn more about this Pocono home Contemporary style home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features modern updated spacious kitchen with pantry, open floor plan, central controls for lighti...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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Is it just my imagination, or do prospective buyers pay more attention to fireplaces during the holiday season?   I'm always pleased when a potential buyer begins to imagine her family and friends in various rooms of the houses we are touring. When holidays, and cooler weather, are on the horizo...
By Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
(RE/MAX Stars Realty)
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We all recognize that there are some amazing opportunities available when buying bank owned homes because when you find the right home you can build instant equity especially in the current home market.  The Sam Miller Team is well aware of this fact and we have been working closely with banks, m...
By Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
(RE/MAX Stars Realty)
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The Apple Valley Lake is a private lake community in Central Ohio that is built to take advantage of the lake lifestyle.  Apple Valley is a 3,770 acre planned unit development with a 511 acre lake that features over 9 miles of shoreline with 3 sand beaches and a marina.  Apple Valley is a popular...
By Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
(RE/MAX Stars Realty)
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Home sales in Knox County Ohio are more active today than anytime since 2006!  One of the brightest segments of the Knox County Ohio housing market is country homes and homes with acreage and or larger lots.  If you are in the market for a country home with a little extra land or a Knox County O...
By Sam Miller, Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist
(RE/MAX Stars Realty)
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The Sam Miller Team of REMAX Stars Realty offers an easy way to search for homes in Knox County Ohio without ever leaving your home.  Our system utilizes an interface that works with the Knox County Board of Realtors MLS system.  This is very beneficial to you because the moment a new real estate...
By DJ Morris
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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Characterized by its lovely tree-lined sidewalks; the family-friendly neighborhood of Egret Cove consists of 55 home with various floor plans and sizes. Residents here enjoy proximity to the Florida Turnpike and I-95, parks, beaches, restaurants, shops and much more.
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Condominium and PUD Ownership Builders, in an effort to combat the dual problem of an increasing population and a declining availability of prime land, are increasingly turning to common interest developments (CIDs) as a means to maximize land use and offer homebuyers convenient, affordable housi...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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So Your Buyers are Unwilling to Negotiate? The other day I shared a post about a listing agent who was waiting 30 hours to receive an additional offer. We submitted our offer on Sunday evening. It was set to expire at 5 p.m. on Monday evening. At 4:55, I sent a text asking the listing agent if th...
By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
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A Dracut MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase from the Seller or Seller's agent. Since MA Home Inspector licensing in 2001, a consumer must have a signed exclusive buyer's agent agr...
By Jane Nicastro-Disch, NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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New Jersey Real Estate for Sale 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 ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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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 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 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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Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend.  But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does The Open House agent work for? A)  The Seller B)  The ...
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...