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 Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
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SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla. SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla.   Search Entire South Florida MLS at http://www.southfloridaestatehomes.com/   FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunr...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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Pualani Estates still has a few foreclosures to sell off, allthought this is not my listing, Fannie Mae supplies me with this list and  I can represent you as a buyer if you are interested.  Here are some more details from the listing agent.    3 Beds, 2 Baths | 1,385 sq. ft. | Single-Family REO ...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   New Listing in Overland Park       OPEN HOUSE:     March 08, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM     Follow This Home! 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?...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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 Buying a Home?  Don't Compromise your "Must Have" list   Buying a home is an emotional adventure. Don't think so? Tune up your listening skills.   As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we only work for home buyers.  Here's what we're hearing: "I have to have a big back yard. I have great childhood memories...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
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When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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Homes for sale in Houlton Maine, take a peek at three. Then let us know what your reaction is to the property listings. And we can fine tune the selection suggestions. Let us hear from you, reach out, don't swallow the questions needing answering. First up, a just listed 3 Weeks Street Houlton Ma...
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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    When it comes to find a new carefree residence in a luxury in a golf community, you can’t do much better than the condos listed for sale in Grey Oaks Naples Florida to at least start your hunt.  This fabulous gated development has its main entrance off of Airport-Pulling Road, north of Golden...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     A rare find in Brookfield....a condo alternative....a great back yard with gazebo.....entertainment friendly floorplan with living and family room...a lower level ready to finish...when you look at Brookfield Wisconsin homes for sale..this is one you will want to call YOUR home !            ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*GREAT Winter homes for Sale Under $200K in Estrella Mountain Ranch*   Estrella Mountain Ranch - UNDER-$170K- 3Beds 2Baths Home for Sale in Cul- De- Sac Lot Goodyear AZ! Hard to find A Property at this Price in Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear AZ! $169,900 MLS 5238732 Year Built 1998 Garage Sp...
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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    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Contemporary Architecture, a primer for Dedham Luxury home. As a real estate professional I am in and out of homes every single day. As the years go by I can safely say I am close to have seen it all.  The exception is when I list or help purchase a contemporary home.  They are always quite diffe...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*GREAT Winter homes for Sale Under $200K  in Estrella Mountain Ranch , Arizona*    Goodyear 3Beds 2.5Baths Home for Sale w/ Loft Mountain Views in Estrella Mountain Ranch AZ! $194,500 MLS 5209874 Year Built 1997 Garage Space 2 Beds 3/2.5Baths Sq ft 1949 10158 S HOPI LN Goodyear, AZ 85338 Just vis...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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When I arrived at the home for inspection, the owner told me that they were having a "turrible" bug problem they was not able to get a handle on. They have sprayed, left traps, and still! I acknowledged and started doing my thing. Well... it didn't take me too long to see where the problem could ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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"They Wrote An Offer On Another Home" Is Actually Good News! At first glance, that feedback from the buyer's agent stings when you first get it.  They didn't love YOUR home, but fell in love with another home!  You had your home immaculate, baked some fresh cookies and packed up the dog and heade...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision Sorry buyers, you were not ready to make an offer quickly enough and lost out on a great deal. Another beautiful home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers and is now a SOLD home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision, c...
                                             This North Valley Home has Over 2383sqft, Upgrades such as, Split Floor Plan, Separate Family Room and Living Room, Fireplace, Double Door Entry, upgraded Kitchen, Great Back Yard with Pool, 3 Car Garage, and More.   For more Information, Pricing, Addr...
By Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
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4 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Pineville La Searching for a large home near Pineville Louisiana? Desire modern features, a spacious lot (over one acre), and great location? If so, 180 Lena Road, Pollock La should be on your must see list. Let's explore how much home one can command for under 100k d...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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1st-Time Home Buyer in Chicagoland? Consider Seller-Paid Closing Costs        Looking out my office window right now, you'd never know that Spring ... and Spring's busier Chicagoland housing market isn't that far off.  Yet, the Spring time change is here ... and warmer temperatures are predicted ...