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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes
(Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty)
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In our early twenties,  my husband and I made the impulsive decision to purchase a newly built home located in an established neighborhood, in a western suburb of Chicago.  We had saved the twenty percent required for the down payment. What We Saw When We Made Our Decision to Purchase Golden oppo...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
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Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long. When home owners have the brilliant idea to do something. They need to make sure it is done the "correct way". This looks like they had been wanting to do this for a long time. But the home has to be built right to start with. The Rafter tails. And...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Madison Alabama Luxury Homes For Sale In Clifts Cove Search Clifts Cove Homes For Sale. If you're relocating or moving across town and searching for Luxury homes then you should take a look at Madison Alabama Luxury Homes For Sale in Clifts Cove. Clifts Cove is very central to Madison Alabama and...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
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I had taken the course on investing and had a real estate mentor - what could go wrong?  Ask my loan officer, as I think he had fraud charges against him after the sale. Before I became a real estate agent, I was an investor and house flipper here in Las Vegas.  I had done  my research, taken the...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
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Grass is Greener for 3 Bedroom/2 Bath in Ahwatukee FS-6, Phoenix, AZ 85044  Built 1982, 1380 sf, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $179,900 • Tile & New Carpet, Paint •  Grass Yards Front & Back  • New Range/Oven & Dishwasher This split layout 3 bedroom house has varied tile floors in all but two bedrooms, ...
By Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Broker
(Right Trac Financial Group)
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  I don’t have a lot of savings! My credit scores aren’t great! Can I still get a mortgage? The answer is YES! Let’s talk about your situation. If you think having financial problems will stop you from buying a home, think again! Believe it or not, it may not be as difficult as one may think to p...
By Jamie Seaux, North DFW Properties Century 21 Judge Fite
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    Find out about homes in Sundown Ranch Subdivision in Denton Texas with photos and more information available. Sundown Ranch Subdivision in Denton Texas has more than 1 entrance into the subdivision. It can be entered through Teasley Lane, or through Wind River Lane.       Where is Sundown Ran...
By Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
(RE/MAX Checkmate)
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The words you will be saying once you visit 295 Tweed Road Limestone Tennessee, "pack up , we're moving to Limestone TN". This house and property is such a delight.  It has a wonderful, peaceful feeling about it.  When you pull up and park, your eyes are wandering from mountain range to rolling v...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Growing Fruit Trees Information Delta County CO. The Garden Center in Delta is hosting a fruit tree workshop. It's this Saturday, April 19th, 2014. It starts at 11AM. The cost is $20 and this includes lunch. Local gardener and orchard expert, Dan Williams, will be teaching the seminar. He was the...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
Comments 2
WESTSIDE SANTA CRUZ MODERN STYLE HOME FOR SALE 141 KENNETH ST, SANTA CRUZ 95060 This Westside Santa Cruz home for sale located at 141 Kenneth Street is probably one of the cleanest properties I have ever seen!  The sellers have kept this home absolutely immaculate and finished a major remodel in ...
By Lottie Kendall, Helping make YOUR dreams a reality
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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"Dear Lottie, Thank you so much for all of your good advice and hard work in helping us to find just the right home. You made it all much easier and less stressful. Gratefully, 'J' and 'P'." Finding a way to help buyers succeed in today's extremely competitive Silicon Valley housing market feels ...
By Mike Parker, "He Sells Homes Like Yours"
(HUFF Realty)
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VIRTUAL TOUR of 1 WESTWOOD DR., ERLANGER, KY 41018   139,900 4 Bedrooms 1 Full Bath, 2 Partial Baths Open Living and Dining Room Finished Lower Level with Family Room, Walkout to Patio, Bedroom and Partial Bath Sun-Room with Loads of Natural Light and Walkout to Deck Master Bedroom with Rich Har...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale Green REALTOR
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
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The Roof Isn't Always Included in the HOA Fee -   t's common place in condos, townhomes, patio homes, gemini homes and lofts to assume the roof is covered by the HOA fee(Homeowners Association.)  The Roof Isn't Always Included in the HOA Fee.   Some of the items may include: Common Area Maintenan...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
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Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Jeremy K. Frost
(Keller Williams Realty)
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OPEN HOUSE FOR THE PUBLIC THIS SUNDAY APRIL 6th from  2pm – 4pm! 260 Torrington Drive Austin, TX. 78737 4 bedroom plus study and media room. 3.5 baths 3122 square feet. Fantastic home in the highly desired neighborhood of Belterra that is walking distance to playgrounds, hike and bike trails, Ro...
By Jeremy K. Frost
(Keller Williams Realty)
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444 Merion Drive Austin, TX 78737   4 bedrooms 4 full baths 3333 square feet     Open and spacious layout of this beautiful two story home located on a corner home site in the popular Mesa Verde section of Belterra!     This new home features a large outdoor living area, an open kitchen with cen...