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 Mark Arlow Home Selling Team Savannah, Pooler & Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, Pooler and Savannah Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
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8 Riverwalk Drive at Bull River PlantationSavannah GA 31410 3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom / Screened Porch Near Tybee Beaches and Downtown Savannah $168,000 This condominium is in immaculate condition and ideally located to take advantage of all the Savannah has to offer. Ten minutes to the west is Dow...
By SHERRY HAYWARD, Charlottesville Homes and Farms
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Charlottesville Town Homes For Sale Under $150,000 Search the Charlottesville town homes for sale under $150,000. MLS listings with full details, interior photos, maps and school information. Currently there are 38 Charlottesville town homes for sale in the 22901 zip code.      Featured Charlotte...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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Is owner financing for homes a good option for buyers? Well, it depends. Lately, I have encountered several buyers calling on my listed properties, and asking if the owner was willing to do owner financing. This is certainly an option for those buyers, who are not able to obtain normal convention...
By Gary McNinch, Broker, Renton WA Real Estate
(Better Properties Real Estate)
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You'll love living in the highly desired gated community of Ashburn! Built by Burnstead,you will admire the craftsmanship throughout & impressive updates.Tranquil fountain greets you as you enter. Rare tiger wood flooring throughout & up into the master! Bright,open lower level,includes high-end...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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  Open House on October 26th at 135 Cottage Street, Doylestown, PA 18901   135 Cottage StreetDoylestown, PA 18901$774,400 -- Price Reduction!                                      View Photos     |    View Virtual Tour   Listing Information: $774,400 4 Bedrooms 3 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Single Fam...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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A huge percentage of people rent their home. Some eventually decide to buy one for themselves, but more people continue renting year after year. But is that indicative however, that people no longer dream of being a homeowner? That isn't the case at all.         A study by the Joint Center for Ho...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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1208 South Great Blue Road - Taverner Ridge - Now under contract. This gorgeous new construction home fits my client's needs perfectly. As a baby boomer, she is one of the many who are choosing to up-size, rather than downsize. When her husband died over a year ago, she decided to move to Clark C...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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I set out in my world early this morning to take all of Waukesha County Real Estate on and I had a few things on my mind that I was going to deal with Monday. It's funny how things work when I get a call from my friend Joyce and we were able to have a talk. Now I have been around the block but so...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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I posted the following blog some time back and thought current events give a very good illustration of how geopolitical and global economic events are influencing interest rates today.  In recent weeks, we've seen interest rates fall to their lowest levels in 18 months.  While this is partialally...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Before buying a home, it is understood that you need to have some knowledge of how the home-buying process works. This way, you could gain a better understanding of how an effective agent would handle the task, thus, allowing you to choose an agent that could really help you find the home you're ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Evanston IL Condo Scene The condominium sales in Evanston IL are still in full swing. There is a good selection of condos for sale and also a good time to put your property in the market if you are thinking of moving. Our seasonal sales have crossed boundaries and the market is still very busy. C...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
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Can you guess what is the biggest source of buyer's remorse after folks close on their home and move in? ANSWER: Not enough space.... The house is too small. In the vast majority of situations, the buyer saw homes that were larger, but they chose a smaller home because it was priced lower.   At t...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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                                    Anyone trying to buy a home in Blossom Valley right now knows that it is tough out there. There are  more buyers than sellers and many Blossom Valley homes sell with multiple offers over list price. Some homes with the higher scoring schools sell with multiple...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Flowers Mill is a lovely active adult in Middletown Bucks county. I looked up the mls for active listing in Flowers Mill. there are 5 active listings. There is a twin home for $299,000. There is a detached home with 2 bedrooms 2 baths for $340,000.  All the homes have main bedrrom on first floor ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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You've Found a House You Love...Now What? Deciding to buy a house is not a willy nilly decision.  And before you even get the point of seeing houses you have likely already spoken with a mortgage lender to nail down the budget and get an expectation of your monthly mortgage.  That number on the g...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   The Los Angeles County Bank Owned REO Foreclosure Report on newly listed homes for sale is available.  This REO List provides you a One Liner Report for a quick glance on what hit the market, or you can view it as a Brief Report which provides yo...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
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2860 Skyhawk Court, Kennesaw, GA 30152 (FMLS 5334238) located in Ivey Grove Subdivision currently listed at $247,000. Wonderful brick front, 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home on a cul de sac lot.  This home features new hardwood floors on the main, master bedroom with sitting area, eat in kitchen and fo...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  October 25, 2014   The temperature outside was sunny, clear and 87 degrees. One of the benefits of living in Flower Mound is you're half way between Dallas and Fort Worth. In these photographs, I explore the Japanese Gardens in Fort Worth.                                        For a beautiful...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Leesburg is the County Seat for Loudoun County and always popular real estate.  Townhomes are popular with first time home buyers, owners moving from the single family, and a much lower price for the same square feet one would find in a single family detached home. The homes pictured below are ac...
By Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC &
(Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC)
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