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 Record Team, Revolutionizing Real Estate
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The Ridge homes for sale in Federal Way, WA. The Ridge neighborhood is located conveniently between Tacoma and Seattle. It is near all major highways, including I5 and highway 18. Minutes away from The Commons in Federal Way, along with many restaurants for those nights out. The Ridge community h...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  The Value of Having a Home-Buyers’ List…     How do you navigate and determine what home you want to purchase? From the moment, a potential first-time home-buyer thinks about buying a home until escrow closes the home buying process can be overwhelming.   With all the emotions that a first-time...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   After the offer is accepted, part of the job of the Buyer's lender is to get an appraisal on the property.  The lender wants to be assured that the value of the house matches what the buyer(s) agreed to pay.  Typically the appraisal is done without the Seller at home.       In our markets ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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What to do When Your Refrigerator/Freezer Stops Working This may not happen to most people very often, but when it does, it's always at an inconvenient time. There is never a good time for your refrigerator or freezer to stop working. If it's a holiday or a weekend, the appliance repairma...
By Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070)
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Homes Near Pond Hill School in Wallingford CT   Pond Hill School is located on 299 Pond Hill Rd in Wallingford, Connecticut. Pond Hill School is a public school servicing students in grades 3-5 with 333 students and 30 teachers. Check Out School Rating.                    Need to search Homes for...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
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Here are the June homes sold in Jacksonville Beach, FL. This report includes all single family homes, and do not include any condominiums.     June 2014 Homes Sold: 31 Highest Sold Price: $962,500 Lowest Sold Price: $65,000 Highest Sold Days On Market: 459 Lowest Sold Days On Market: 0        Her...
By Tim Anderson
(Windermere Real Estate Northern Arizona)
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A Captivating Setting with Jaw Dropping Mountain Views! A captivating setting among massive boulder outcroppings with jaw dropping mountain views invites you to memorable tour of this alluring home. Stone fireplace is a focal point of the great room which opens to the newly remodeled kitchen. De...
By Eva Hoopes, Realtor Boise Real Estate
(Group One)
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$5,000 Buyer Bonus! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $449,900 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 3,565 sqftLot: 0.34 acre(s) Location 4523 W Sage Creek DrBoise, ID 83714USA Eva Hoopes Group One(208) 284-7732ehoopes@group-one.comhttp://www.reale...
By James Muhammad
(Keller Williams Realty)
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NEW LSITING ALERT227 E 137th Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90061 This Beautiful home has 3 Bedrooms / 1 Bath ( Per Assessors Data ) with a nice size backyard, landscaped with room for potential! In Process of being remodled with upgrades ! Seller is loking to sell quickly.  If you are interested, have...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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By Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself
(RE/MAX Centre Realty)
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PRICE REDUCED- 121 E Curtin Street in Bellefonte, PA These sellers are motivated and are ready for an offer!  Price is now $179,900 and has come down from $194,900.  This home has newer replacement windows, a newer roof, a 3 year old efficient gas furnace, and all new kitchen appliances.  It'...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Why NOT Do A Final Walk-Through? Seems to me that, if an action is important enough to be included in the Contract of Sale, it’s important enough to be performed and taken seriously by buyers, sellers and the agents involved.  HAVE A LIST OF THINGS TO TEST OR OBSERVE. We have a real estate board ...
By Ashley Hauf
(Keller Williams Classic Realty NW)
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Are you looking for your next home in Andover? Well, you may be in luck because this week only, all the amazing Realtors in Andover have teamed up for a progressive open house tour so you can see everything this great area has to offer! Homes range in price from the mid $200's to the mid $500...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
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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Free Class “How to Help Your Buyers Win and Get the Home in a Seller’s Market” By Michelle Carr Crowe, Cupertino real estate agent In most of West San Jose, Cupertino and Palo Alto, it remains a “Sellers Market”. For home buyers that means bidding wars, above-price offers and non-contingent terms...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Look at these wonderful property deals FOR SALE in TRADITION in Port Saint Lucie FL 34987.  In this awesome community nestled just west of the Ocean with easy access to fine dining, shopping, golf courses, tennis facilities and many residential communities too!   CLICK HERE to see all homes FOR S...
By Dale Ross, Realty Group
(Keller Williams Signature Realty)
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    Homes for sale in Cinco Ranch Katy Texas Exclusive listing of the Dale Ross Realty Group, Keller Williams Signature Realty.   Listing Details Get in Cinco Ranch for under $200,000!....and you had better hurry! 21403 Somerset Park, Katy, Texas 77450Price: $199,500Bedrooms: 3Bathrooms: 2.2Squa...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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If GOLF is your game then THIS IS YOUR HOME! Welcome Home to St Lucie West's newest and finest Luxury PGA Golf Course Community calledVERANO at PGA VILLAGE of Saint Lucie West with an amazing 13,000 sq feet Bella Vista clubhouse expanding to 28,000 sq feet featuring indoor lap pool, outdoor r...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
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What's unique about the best selling new home community in the Hampton Roads area in the last decade? The Riverfront at Harbour View, a master planned community developed by East West Communities, was recently awarded the Stanley Hall of Fame award from the Tidewater Builders Association for ...