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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Pristine 6 bedroom center-hall colonial in prestigious Warren Ridge section of Martinsville. Custom kitchen, raised maple cabinets with granite, crown molding and hardwood floors throughout. Main floor solarium with vaulted ceiling completes this bright and open floor plan. First floor bedroom or...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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Homes for sale in Houlton Maine, take a peek at three. Then let us know what your reaction is to the property listings. And we can fine tune the selection suggestions. Let us hear from you, reach out, don't swallow the questions needing answering. First up, a just listed 3 Weeks Street Houlton Ma...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Maya Garg, Real Estate Expert - MISSISSAUGA Square1, Churchil
(Royal Lepage Signature Realty,Mississauga, Ontario)
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If you’re thinking of shopping for a new home, one of the first considerations is price range. You want to know what you can reasonably afford.     How do you figure that out?   First of all, you need to determine the initial out-of-pocket costs you will need to cover. There are often more costs ...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Team Zuhl & Are proud to announce that our buyers offer was accepted and we are now out of Attorney Review and officially UNDER CONTRACT! Closing on this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo is scheduled for mid-May. The buyer's are first time home buyers that are engaged to be married.  We are wishing...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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River Place South - Penthouse For Sale - Arlington VA 1011 Arlington Blvd #1006 Arlington VA 22209 This 1 bedroom, 1 bath Penthouse level home is located in River Place South. It's turnkey ready and waiting for it's new buyer. Enjoy panormic views of Iwo Jima from your balcony or walk into George...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Affordable Bank Owned/Foreclosure Home for Sale Cedaredge This is one of the few bank owned properties left for sale in the Cedaredge area. Cedaredge Land Company has this nicely done home listed. At this time there are only three bank owned homes for sale in the Surface Creek Area of Delta Count...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
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  Two Home Buying Tips - Avoid Making Home Buying Mistakes     Right from the start, searching for your home to closing escrow, buying a home takes a lot of thought and planning. And because of the tremendous financial stakes on the line, making a mistake is the last thing you can afford (and or)...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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According to an on-line Realtor Magazine article, New Homes Get Supersized, the average size of a completed new home last year was a record 2,415 square feet. A number which was estimated by the U.S. Commerce Department. However, in my Market here in Gilbert, Arizona more and more people seem to...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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  Find condos for sale which are similar to City Commons of Bethesda Condominiums Bethesda MD. Find out the value of your City Commons of Bethesda Condominium Bethesda Md Affordable and in a great location at 8900 to 8934 Battery Lane Bethesda Md 20814! Are you looking for an affordable Bethesda...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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1205 Greentree Ct., Libertyville, IL 60048 List Price: $329,900 Beds Baths Built Sq.Ft. Garage Taxes On Market 3 2 1974 1,790 ft2 2 $7,606 1 day Bright and spacious split level plus sub basement! Great location on quiet cul-de-sac in popular Greentree! Huge deck overlooks open green space and be...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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422 E. Washington St., Round Lake Park, IL 60073 List Price: $68,900 Beds Baths Built Sq.Ft. Garage Taxes On Market 3 1.1 1927 870 ft2 2 $3,219 1 day 3 Bedroom cape cod on large double lot (2 PINS)! New carpet & fresh paint throughout! Hardwood floors in living & dining rooms! Full basement! 2 C...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Valley Lo, Glenview, Illinois - March 2015 About Valley Lo Valley Lo is a townhouse and condo community located in Glenview, Illinois. Valley Lo is on Waukegan Road north of Winnetka. Average taxes in Valley Lo $4,746 Average association fees in Valley Lo $359 ($343 - $375) Average home size in ...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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I have learned several years ago that many buyers don't understand, or are afraid of buying a lot and building a new home. Many times they just don't know all that is involved and are afraid of cost over runs. Time is also a factor. In fact, I know someone that did a walk-thru recently in Winches...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
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This show piece home has panoramic views & quality features that will amaze! Maple Kitchen w/granite, breakfast bar, butler pantry, step into a warm Family room on one side and into a spacious Living/Entertainment area with double sided stone FP, sunk wet bar & dual staircase leading to Owners Su...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Gold Coast, Elgin, Illinois - March 2015 About Gold Coast Gold Coast is a single family neighborhood built in the early 1940's. Gold Coast is located in Elgin, Illinois on River Bluff west of Route 25. Average taxes in Gold Coast $6,093 Average association fees in Gold Coast $0 Average home size...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Edmond H Taveirne Middle School, Ingleside, IL - March 2015 About Edmond H Taveirne Middle School Edmond H Taveirne Middle School is a 6-8 school in District 38, and is located at 34699 N IL HWY 12 in Ingleside, IL. It services homes in Fox Lake, Ingleside, Lakemoor, McHenry, Round Lake, and Vol...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Regal Lofts, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois - March 2015 About Regal Lofts Regal Lofts is a 107 unit condo building in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. Regal Lofts is located in Lincoln Park on Diversey just West of Paulina at 1735 W. Diversey. Average taxes in Regal Lofts $4,795 Avera...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Not all things blend well Oil and water, a classic analogy for anything that doesn't combine well or at all. Like personalities and substances. With materials (and with people), combining certain substances (personalities) can form a volatile mix. Most people know not to blend house hold bleach a...