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 Ben Ganje + Partners, Minneapolis Market Leader
(Lakes Sotheby's International Realty)
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602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis Find similar condos for sale to the 602 602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis.   Get the current value of your Minneapolis condo or home in todays market. Find out more details about the latest luxury condominium project to hit the Min...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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As a REALTOR®  I can't tell you how many times I hear that remark at a party, at the beach, at my kid's soccer game, even  waiting in line at the grocery store.  It gets even worse when I share the deal my wife and I got on our 3 acres in Kaloko.  Sure, I search all the MLS, I look at expired lis...
By Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
(Helen Adams Realty)
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Ahhh, the excitement of new construction Charlotte NC!  The only thing that beats "new car smell" is "new home smell," and new construction Charlotte NC is HOT HOT HOT!  It's wonderful to drive through Charlotte and its surrounding areas and see all of the new construction of homes popping up.  A...
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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    Ginger Zee always has interesting little weather facts.  This morning Florida is the ONLY state that does not have snow, sooooooooooo snow me the way to go home to Naples Florida.   If you’re not shoveling it yourself then you are standing at the window looking for “the guy” you hired and are...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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SANTA CRUZ VICTORIAN HOME FOR SALE 1104 KING STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 1ST 1 -4 PM   Chance of a lifetime to own a classic Santa Cruz Victorian home!  These do not come on the market often and this is a real opportunity to live in a one of a kind home.  This property is...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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  Real estate continues to top the list of best long-term investments, according to a Gallup Economy and Personal Finances Poll. Americans prefer investing in real estate (30 percent) when compared to gold (24 percent), stocks/mutual funds (24 percent), savings accounts/CDs (14), and bonds (6 pe...
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 Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Champlin Real Estate & Homes For Sale, February 23rd-March 1, 2015 Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858 This is a weekly blog post geared to letting Champlin residents get a feel for the current Real Estate market right here in their own community. This page is updated weekly,...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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James and Amber were referred to me for help selling their townhouse in Woodbridge, VA, and buying a single family home.  They bought their townhouse as newlyweds.  Two children later, their once comfy towhouse was splitting at the seams. They had a newly remodeled kitchen, and remodeled baths in...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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The views in Corona del Mar are absolutely incredible, and I always appreciate the opportunity to take in the gorgeous coastline view. There is a park named Lookout Point which overlooks Newport Harbor and the Wedge in the distance. And along Ocean Boulevard, there is a sweeping view of the Coast...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
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 How to Buy a Home Video Tips Series for Carlsbad Home Buyers  ~ Other Inspections ~   Buying a Carlsbad home is a complex process, whether you are buying your first home or have done it before.   The purpose of this “How to Buy a Home” tips and advice video series is to provide quick answers to ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia, 800-711-7988 Example of homes for sale in Lovettsville in the $550,000 price range on 1/2 acre lots.This home is in Dutchman's Creek, see map below. New homes for sale LovettsvilleNew construction LovettsvilleHomes on acreage in Lovettsvil...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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  Two Home Buying Tips - Avoid Making Home Buying Mistakes     Right from the start, searching for your home to closing escrow, buying a home takes a lot of thought and planning. And because of the tremendous financial stakes on the line, making a mistake is the last thing you can afford (and or)...
By Johnny Davis, Broker/Owner
(Platinum International Realty Group LLC)
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Can a self employed person who doesn't have paystubs get a loan to buy a house? I have heard this question numerous times. I am not a mortgage broker and I don't pretend to know all about the nuiances of getting a loan. I know quite a bit, but I prefer to stick to the real estate and let the mone...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The Lise Howe Group represented a wonderful couple who were first time homebuyers in the purchase of 23311 Brewers Tavern Way in Clarksburg, MD. Although they own property in another country, this was the first time they had bought a property in the United States.  They were sure that they would ...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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David Wagner had an amazing January helping buyers find their dream homes- and February was even more amazing!  The weather may be cold and snowy but David has been on fire helping buyers with their home search! He just ratified 8032 Red Jacket Way in Jessup, MD , making some very lucky buyers ve...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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The short answer - because the name on the sign out front is the seller's agent.  There are many potential mistakes a home buyer can make along the way to buying a home and key among these is not getting their own real estate agent.Regardless of what the marketing material says ("call the listing...
By Jennifer Ferri
(Title Junction, LLC)
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Discovering your Starter Dream Home   Since the housing meltdown of 2006-2008 and the subsequently slow improving economy has caused many to begin looking for a point to starting over. Many have learned that their actual dream home could actually be picking up someone else’s starter home. Howeve...