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 Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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21 Hilltop Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070 Open House Sunday, August 24, 2014 Hours: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hosted by: Jackie Cockreham, CA-BRE#00885071, Today Sotheby's International Realty Like to barbecue and entertain? You've got it here at 21 Hilltop Drive! Are cars your hobby? You'll lov...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
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Cute Cottage Style Home, very close to UWSP Campus and Belts   2109 Center StreetStevens Point, WI 54481 2 BR, 1.0 Total BA This cute and cozy home is waiting for a new resident. Enjoy the updated kitchen cabinets and countertops, newer windows, hardwood floors and a fireplace.  Sliding glass doo...
By Pete X-Investment to Luxury, Huntington Beach, CA -GRI-MCNE 714.459.2017 OCLister.com, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
(X Group Real Estate Advocates )
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Great Investment Fixers In Orange County, CA   In the market to build some instant equity? Whether on the market or off the market investment quality gems are not easy to find. Based on my experience in property wholesaling and as an investor I would be happy to search high and low to your satisf...
By Richard Michaels, 100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients
(Keller Williams Macomb)
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Large 4 bedroom Colonial located in the City of Richmond   This home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in the beautiful City of Richmond. Upper level features Master Suite with it's own bathroom, also includes 3 additional large bedrooms and bathroom. Main level includes large living area, kit...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
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Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a buyer's agent. And, now, many years later you...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptabl...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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We all seem to think it can never happen to us. We’ve convinced ourselves, even. We labor under the belief that it’s simply impossible to find ‘The One’ without ever even trying. But we, the educated, the cynical, and the determined homebuyers of today … we are ohhhhh so wrong…   Is it really pos...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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900 Chicago Ave Condos Evanston IL 60202 The 900 Chicago Ave Condominium building is one of the finest in Evanston IL. The properties often sell very fast and is considered one of the most desired locations and condo buildings in town. The property is located on the North West corner of Chicago A...
By John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes
(San Antonio Real Estate Agents with Keller Williams Cityview)
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Are you looking for  vA Home Loans in Texas?   If so we have a great referral for you!    These guys do VA Loans the Right way!   They get them done!! If you are looking for a VA Loan Lender here in the great state of Texas that understands all the ins and outs of the VA home loan process, then y...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Longford Village East Home For Sale Manzano Mesa Area SE Albuquerque 87123   Albuquerque Homes Realty  and REALTOR® John McCormack have just listed this 1285 sq ft Longford Village East home at 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123. 10924 Jicama Way ST is in the gated community of Longford Vil...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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How to save thousands when you purchase a home   Obtaining the best price is not the only way to save a lot of money when purchasing a home. Selecting the best mortgage financing can save thousands of dollars when home buyers focus on the best options. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest le...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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  Open House on August 24th at 711 Waterway Court, Quakertown, PA 18951   711 Water CourtQuakertown, PA 18951$201,000 -- Price Reduction!     View Photos Listing Information: $201,000 3 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Townhouse 2,520 Square Feet Taxes are $6,157 End Unit Active Lot Size of 0.0...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
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The choice of renting versus buying a home is one that many consider when seeking housing. And there is no across the board right or wrong answer. Because there are many factors that should be considered when making an informed housing decisions. These commonly include the duration of residency, ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...Open Concept Revisited   Everything old is new again.Sooner or later, it all comes back, normally with a fashion-forward twist. For clothing, it has long been my policy to pass on a trend  its second go-round if I'm old enough to remember wearing it the firs...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Beautiful Single Family Home on Large, Flat, Half Acre Lot!   Huge Price Reduction! You can't afford to miss this incredible deal in the sought after Shirley Forest subdivision of Alexandria (22311). Updated single family home w/5BR, 3BA w/2car garage on large, flat, .43 acre lot. Updated gou...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
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Luxury Home For Sale in St Charles, IL This stunning 5BR/3BA home from 1938 is a blend of history with modern conveniences for the whole family to enjoy.  The winding drive from Crane Road brings you to a secluded 1.3-acre lot lush with mature trees and colorful plantings.  Immediately, you noti...
By Brenda Mancil, Texas Five Star Realtor
(RE/MAX Premier Properties)
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2216 Florence Drive   Plano  75093     $229,000 3 Beds         2 Baths 2,036 Sq. Ft.          Built in 1980    Bay windows in the formal dining, brand new stainless steel double oven, fresh paint and new carpets in all 3 bedrooms!    HUGE pool with spa ready for entertainment!    Come check out t...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Stunning Luxury Townhome in Sought After Governors Grove This is the BEST DEAL in Governor's Grove! 5747 Governors Pond Circle is a goregous luxury town home located in Alexandria (22310), Fairfax County. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a private showing to see this stunn...