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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  Click for All Town Listings ...  Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey. Summit was originally incorporated as Summit Township in 1869, it was reincorporated as a city in 1899. Summit is a major transportation hub with 30-minute direct access to Manhattan, major highways and the Newark Ai...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
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OPEN HOUSE  Saturday 2.28.2015 From 1 pm to 4 pm    3672 Thomasson Crossing Dr. Triangle VA 22172         3672 Thomasson Crossing Dr. Triangle VA 22172For Sale Close to Quantico & Fort Belvoir  Features:   3 Level Single Family Home 4 Bedrooms  3.5 Baths  Fully Finished Basement  Rec-Room and Ext...
By Katerina Brosda, Miami Real Estate Broker
(Brosda & Bentley Realtors™ ● (786) 363-8551)
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By Jim Lee, Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH
(RE/MAX By The Bay)
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It’s usually a sound idea to gather all the facts before making a decision, especially a decision of this magnitude. Buying a home is generally the largest financial transaction the average person makes in a life time. So if you’re thinking of buying a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire or anywher...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Why not buy NEW HOMES when construction prices are now competitive against existing home? The Kevin B Tolbert PA Team of Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie are proud to announce our new affiliation to represent the comeback of New Home Construction Builder of Fine Custom Homes in the Torino ...
That’s right!!! This Great Home is Only $140,000 This Fine Home Has: *3 Bedrooms *2 Full Bathrooms *Vaulted Ceilings *Pool Also… This home is a former model and located on a big Cul-De-Sac lot! Features include a split floorplan, tiled entry into a greatroom, as well as tile in the bathrooms, va...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Buy What Makes You Smile   Long Island is aptly named. With so many neighborhoods to choose from - an estimated 198 divided between two counties - Nassau and Suffolk - how does an out-of-town buyer even begin to know where to start?   The answer lies in jotting down, early on, the lifestyle choic...
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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Massapequa,NY Home For Sale Open House Saturday  2/28/15 -  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM View this home in detail  This home is in  School District  23 We invite you to visit www.longislandrealestatesearch.com to view this Short Sale Home In Detail View Similar Massapequa Homes Currently Available For Sal...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Just in case you missed it I just listed a fantastic parcel of land in Beverly Hill. Please check out my video and let me know what you  think? If you have a client or you are a principal and is interested in more details about this magnificent property please reach out to me directly.       Kirk...
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 Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
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Searching for that affordable priced nice home in the Osseo School District in Minnesota? When looking for a home be sure to check out MNHomeShop where you can find all the listings of homes for sale in Osseo MN. Osseo is in the Northwest Suburban School District. Speaking with your Realtor abou...
By Peter J Thoesen PLLC, Experienced & Trusted Arizona Realtor Since 2004
(Realty One Group)
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  FULL TIME REALTOR - Should the NAR have a new designation?   Do you ever wonder why our profession gets no or little respect?  I believe our profession gets so little respect because you can be delivering pizza one day and have a license to sell real estate the next day. Yes, I know I am simpli...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach | Homes for Sale on Balboa Peninsula  Balboa Peninsula is a very desirable area of Newport Beach, there are bay front homes and condos as well as single family homes. There are many opportunities to reside on the Peninsula in Newport Beach. One of the benefits is...
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 Home Foreclosure Report is now available.    Stay on top of this market with my bi-weekly REO Blog which posts you on newly listed bank owned homes for sale.  I invite you to preview these listings as a One Line R...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
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For the entire month of February 2015, my twin sister Patty Blackwelder the Exclusive Buyers Agent for the Twins Selling Real Estate has been house hunting with a first time buyer who was searching for a home under four hundred thousand dollars. When he first started with her, he had his heart se...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*Retirement Home in Goodyear Arizona*   Arizona TW Lewis Office Pool Home for Sale in Palm Valley, Goodyear!  This home is fantastic! See for yourself... Call today for an appointment Now!   $445,000                 MLS 5225719                  Year Built 2005                        Beds 4/3 Bath...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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  We were referred to a buyer and met with them....pre approval in hand...we discussed the wisdom of Buyer agency and what that brought to the transaction. The buyers signed the contract and we began their search for homes in the area and price range with features they desired.      One house wa...
By P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!
(Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley)
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Current Inventory stats for week 9, Gilroy, CA (95020).... once again, it's our interpretation of what the market is really doing and where it's heading.   More Real Estate and Less Hype;   3 Single family homes currently listed as bank owned. 23 Single family homes currently listed as short sale...
By Gena Bolton, Sandestin, Destin and South Walton 30A Real Estate
(SoWal 30A Your Beach Awaits | World Impact Real Estate)
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Are you looking for Sandestin Real Estate, a home on the bayside or maybe a condo on the beachside? either way look at our new search pages.  Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a masterfully crafted community with natural landscape, and shore lines has a pristine beach, with over 30 distinctive n...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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Just Listed Below Market in Windermere Clarksville TN  If you are looking for an acre plus lot and plenty of finished square feet in an highly requested neighborhood then this is it. It isn't often you can find over 3,000 sq. ft. in a neighborhood like Windermere priced tens of thousands below th...