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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Homes for sale in Weston FL under $500000 for November 2014 Real estate market data provided by your local expert, Jacob Thomas- SFEHomes Homes for sale in Weston FL under $500000 for November 2014 If you want to live in gated communities featuring top security measures and A+ graded schools, loo...
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 John Buetergerds, The Sarasota Suncoast Team
(The Sarasota Suncoast Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
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2 bedroom ground floor condo for sale in the Meadows. This condo is well maintained and has an open floor plan. It even has an indoor laundry. The condo is located almost across from the pool and parking is outside the door. The lanai has been enclosed to offer even more living space but can be o...
By Nicole Doty Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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  I committed a murder. It was done in cold blood. It was planned and carried out with precision. Yes, I'm guilty of killing the expectations of first time home buyers. I'm in no danger of being locked away in the old Stony Lonesome but it had to be done. Too often first time home buyers have lof...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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  Available January 25, 2014. 2014 Special! 48 Hour Special.Discounted Rent for 24 Months** One Month Fre,e Rent and Utilities with Rental or Rent to Own!707 Alston StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester Distr...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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** See Your VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home!  http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/BuyAHome.cfm   707 Alston StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned CommunitySummerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 SchoolsIn Dorchester District 2 Schools-Acclaimed Bes...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Vinings short sales for October 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. Vinings short sales definitely provide an opportunity for the savvy buyer. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been extended. This really shouldn’t have any impact ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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We Buy Charleston Area Houses _We Buy Summerville SC   Do you have a house to sell to us?  We buy houses today!See http://www.SCHomeBuyers.net  843-883-3319 We buy houses from people in situations just like yours all over South Carolina- Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Beaufor...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Comic, Jeff Foxworthy, has made more than one American chuckle with his, “You might be a redneck IF. . .”  Let’s see if we can bend Foxworthy’s famous line and put it into real estate terms, “You might be a Homebuyer IF...”The list is lengthy, but here are a few to get you thinking: If you are i...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Are Inspections for New Homes Needed? About 30% of the buyers I represent purchase new homes. In some cases these are first-time home buyers. Prices for new homes have ranged from $150,000 to the low $400,000s for new sales I've been involved. I let the prospective buyers know general information...
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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    While Naples garners most of the headlines in the local real estate market, there are other notable subjects, such as single family homes for sale for $500,000 in Estero Florida.  This is a community that sometimes can get lost between Ft. Myers to the north and Bonita Springs and Naples to t...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Real estate professional Anita Clark has some excellent advice on the appraisal process. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments. Home Appraisal Tips You are excited about the prospect of owning your own home, have put in an accepted offer, have agreed on home inspection item...
By Surprise AZ Real Estate Todd Pooler, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Professionals)
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  $219,900 15063 N 172ND LN SURPRISE, AZ 85388 Welcome to the Community of Sierra Montana in Surprise! Great curb appeal two story home with 4bd/2.5ba and 2291 sq ft. Community Park and Paths. Close to Schools. Open concept floor plan. Designer color palette, ceramic tile floor in foyer, wood bli...
By Debra B Albert PA KW Realty Port St. Lucie, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Thinking of making a purchase?  Tradition Homes For Sale THIS LINK MLS sheets with pictures, room dimensions and community informaiton. Buying a home is a major investment no matter which way you look at it. But for many homebuyers, it's an even more expensive process than it needs to be because ...
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 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 Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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Looking for one of the Waukesha County Lake Homes? It might be going on December but now is the time to be getting serious to look at lake homes for sale in Waukesha County. I have people looking for a lake specialist in Waukesha County Wisconsin because they know the process. WE get an idea of w...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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VERO BEACH FL POOL HOME IN WATERWAY VILLAGE Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach     WATERWAY VILLAGE POOL HOME VERO BEACH FL Welcome to this fun and tropical home in the gatedmainland community of WATERWAY VILLAGE!This home is unique and unlike anything  that youwill see in...
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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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Click for All Town Listings ...    Garwood is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,226. Garwood was incorporated as a borough in 1903, from portions of Cranford and Westfield. Garwood Public Schools serves studen...