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 George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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We've heard the line a million times from real estate and financial professionals; "Home ownership is the single largest investment that a person will make in their lifetime". If this is true, and it certainly is, then shouldn't the commitment be taken more seriously?  I've assisted hundreds of f...
By Debra B Albert PA KW Realty Port St. Lucie, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Home affordability is measured by the percent of your income it takes to buy a home and the good news is that it is at an all time low, see below:         Complete list of  ($100,000 and under) for sale in St. Lucie West and PGA Village.  These areas are in the top 5 of all areas in St. Lucie Cou...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Subdivisions Suwanee GA - Find Homes for Sale Search subdivisions in Suwanee GA find homes for sale.  Search LS listing to find houses and homes for sale in Forsyth Co. GA in Suwanee GA subdivisions and communities. Searching for Suwanee GA homes by subdivisions online makes a lot of sense, save...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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Brookland DC | Catholic University Real Estate Market Report-October 2014    DC Real Estate Market is still a red hot Real Estate Market. According to an article published by Redfin,Brookland DC Real Estate is one of the top three real estate markets in the country to flip a property.        Here...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     I often get asked to do re-inspections during the final walk-through before the closing at escrow. Most home owners and agents are not skilled at the art of what inspectors do so they rely on the team members to to ensure that the repairs made where done correctly and to codes. I always remi...
By Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
(BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes)
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There are 29 Open Houses today in the neighborhoods of Brookside to Westwood. Open House Single Line MLS # StaPtruosp Type Address Subdivision Area Price Type T/OH Date Time 1 1896342 A Residential 4509 Genessee Street Vogel Heights 202 $145,900 Single OH 11/23/2014 1:00­3:00 PM 2 1900567 A Resid...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Often folks try pinching pennies while trying to save for a down payment on a home.  They look for the little ways like giving up their morning lattes, clipping coupons, turning off a light or two, and even recycling cans.  However, it is the big-ticket items that truly make the difference, when...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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If you're selling your home in Texas you're required to provide a disclosure notice to potential buyers. Almost every buyer in Texas has the home they're purchasing inspected. In my opinion, home inspectors should be reviewing the seller's disclosure notice prior to conducting the inspection, and...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Massapequa, NY Home For Sale With A Professional Office Open House 11/23/14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  View this impressive home in detail   The home is in  School District 23 which is the most desirable School District in Massapequa.  We invite you to visit LongIslandrealestatesearch to view in full deta...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate 208-610-0011
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Ever have one of those offers that just had you on pins and needles?       As a real estate agent we all write up purchase and sale contracts all the time.  We write them up, make the appropriate copies, we call the listing agent to give them the pitch and send it off to await an answer.  It is s...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Ready to Buy a Home Now”   A few weeks ago, I shared a post about someone who called me to introduce himself and let me know that he had been referred by a couple of different people. He told me that folks had been encouraging him to become a homeowner, but he was still reluctant because of the ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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How to Avoid Buying a Lipstick on a Pig The other day I was reading a real estate forum where one home buyer complained (and rightfully so) they had paid out $850 for a home inspection and an appraisal that ended up in a cancelled purchase contract – the home they sought to buy turned out to be a...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Gilbert Luxury Homes for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the fabulous Gilbert Luxury Home communities included are The Islands of Gilbert homes for sale, Val Vista Lakes  homes for sale, Seville Country Club homes for sale, Circle ...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Gilbert Waterfront Homes for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the awesome Gilbert Waterfront Home communities included are Val Vista Lakes homes for sale, The Islands homes for sale, Crystal Point Estates homes for sale, Stonebridge...
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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Huntsville AL Magnolia Village Proposed Construction   Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama The following link is updated daily to begin your Magnolia Village home search: Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama Homes For Sale.   If you waited to buy in a new home in Magnolia Village the wait will be ...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Scottsdale Luxury Homes for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the fabulous Scottsdale Luxury Home communities included are DC Ranch homes for sale, Gainey Ranch homes for sale, Grayhawk homes for sale, Desert Mountain homes for sale,...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Homes For Sale in Westover Crossing-78251 Westover Crossing in San Antonio is a community of approximately five-hundred (500) homes. The community is in northwest San Antonio between Potranco Road and W. Military Drive. Most of the homes in the community were built by KB Home between 2002 and 200...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Tempe Luxury Condos for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the awesome Tempe Luxury Condo communities included are Northshore Condominiums for sale, Edgewater at Hayden Ferry Lakeside condos for sale, Lofts at Orchid House condos for ...
By www.searchbroward.com Real Estate, Buy-Sell-Rent
(REMAX UNIQUE REALTY)
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Can association prohibit you form parking a boat or in front of your house? Every Association has their own by laws and most times will limit you on what can be done in the front or the back of the home. They want to maintain the integrity and look of the community which is good in most cases. No...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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The Many Faces of Brunswick MD Real Estate.  Variety of Styles and Prices.   Like many towns on the outskirts of D.C., Brunswick was settled along the Potomac River as a stop on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.  In those days, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was an active route for hauling cargo an...