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 Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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When seniors tell me they are thinking of selling a San Jose, Cupertino or Saratoga home and moving to an active retirement community, I always ask if they've visited The Villages in San Jose. Even though it is here in San Jose, Silicon Valley, it feels like you are in Southern California res...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Meadows at Riverbend Subdivision Buyers who come looking for a home having already done their home have the best opportunity of coming away with the home of their dreams in this real estate market! Such is the case here as another home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Mea...
By Diane Plant, Broker, Toronto Home Search: Forest Hill Real Esta
(Forest Hill Real Estate Inc, Brokerage)
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          OPEN HOUSE 3 Wembley Rd Sat 2-4 PM. Asking $1,399,000. Fabulous 3+1 bdrm home in the Upper Village. Professionally designed by Tara Fingold. Completely reno'd. Fantastic oasis backyard in the centre of the city. Stop by and see for yourself. Main Floor family Rm Large principal Room...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  JUST LISTED ...OPEN SUNDAY July 27th  Noon - 2  pm                   7226 W Squire Ave Greenfield, WI 53220-4326                                                    MLS   1378132           Everything you wanted from the half acre park like lot to the first floor laundry, huge open concept kitche...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Volterra Subdivision SE Albuquerque 87123 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2 Living Areas, 3 Car Garage For Sale     YouTube Featuring 1828 Red Rum Ct SE Albuquerque NM 87123     The Volterra Subdivision is a highly desired SE Albuquerque community located near Central, Downtown, Juan Tabo, Tramway and I-40.  Th...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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When my grandparents left their home in Palm Springs they went back to Florida to live out their lives. They had always lived in their own home or condo, but felt maybe it was time to go to a retirement community so they could get more help. They went to Boca Raton where my mother was living, and...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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Alhambra CA Emery Park Home JUST SOLD 3212 Poplar Blvd Represented Buyers     It was Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and I deliver the news every buyer loves….   Congratulations!   You are now the owner of your new home.   It’s especially great when the news is delivered to first time homebuyers.   JUST...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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New Listing! 4 Bedroom Brick Ranch - Lake Front in Lake Orion Michigan - Indianwood Hills Subdivision.   1085 Abseguami Trl, Lake Orion MI, 48362 Overview Maps Photos Features Description Market Stats $329,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,650...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
(Keller Williams Realty Partners ~ 678.462.1191 agentandersen@gmail.com)
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Does your real estate blog reveal any surprises?  I always take the time to look back at the stats from my real estate blogging to see what subject got the most attention for the viewers of my blog.  The #1 subject to my blog that has the highest amount of stats wasn't really a surprise; the ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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3br - ▐►                   3BR / 2Ba 1400 sq ft house available nowlaundry on site off-street parking/Ladson Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools See More of Beautiful 136 Two Pond Loop at:http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/39954 See our VIP to Visit This Home in Person: http://www.SCHomeSell...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) This is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Schools ** Rent-to-Own in Sunny Summerville SC * 24 Hour Special.(Standard Monthly Rent is ...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
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Dumfries 22025 is located in the southestern section of Prince William County.  Montclair is the largest residential community in 22025.   Dumfries advantages: Within 15 to 20 minutes of Quantico Marine Corps Base On State Route 234 cross county 4 lane expressway 15 to 20 minutes to the Rippon L...
By Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
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Such excellent advice from a mortgage lender. Yes, contacting a lender IS critical in the home buying process and while it certainly does not sound like it is as much fun as "looking at houses," it is imperative to know what you can - and cannot - comfortably afford. I have had clients ...
By Kathy Toth, Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team
(Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams)
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Ann Arbor homebuyers usually focus on home features and home size when choosing a new place to live in the Ann Arbor real estate market. However, with a new home comes a new lifestyle, too. There are features you should consider outside of the home, such as location, community amenities, schools,...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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Here is your opportunity to build your dream home in Roanoke without having to go through all of the time consuming details of drawing up a floor plan, finding the right builder, and findint the right lot to build on.   This custom built home by Star Homes is half way done!  All you need to do i...
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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Merrick Woods 5 Bedroom Ranch House Newly  Price Adjusted Open House July 27th - 12:00PM - 2:00PM  Click Here to view current inventory of similar homes for sale in Merrick   Listing Details Home For Sale In Merrick Woods 26 Helene., Merrick,  NY 11758 ML#2684599 Price Just Reduced From $649,990...
By Angela May, Angela May's Husker Home Finder Team Realtors
(NP Dodge Real Estate)
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17231 Rampart Street Omaha, NE 68136 4 Bedroom / 3 Bath / 2.5 Car Garage 2068 Sq. Ft. / $215,000 For more information, or to schedule a private showing of this lovely home, please visit www.HuskerHomeFinder.com or contact the Husker Home Finder Team directly at 402-915-3443
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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Huntington 11743 Four Bedroom Colonial Home For Sale Open House Saturday July 26th -  1:00PM - 3:00 PM Click Here To View Current Inventory Of Homes For Sale In Huntington In This Price Range   Listing Details Home For Sale In Huntington 20 Clark Street, Huntington, NY 11758 ML#2687962 Price $45...
By Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
(Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
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I am checking out quite a few for sale by owners and holding open houses frequently.    What amazes me is how people think that they can buy or sell homes without an agent.   How many homes have you bought, Mr., Mrs. Or Miss Homebuyers?  Do you do this regularly enough to know what you need to pu...