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 Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
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North Idaho Custom Log Home for Sale Just listed is this beautiful custom log home.  Located just outside of Clark Fork Idaho it is less than 10 miles to Hope Idaho's Marina's and Restaurant's.  And less than 30 minutes to downtown 'Sandpoint Idaho'.  Large beam logs with newer chinking.  Wrap ar...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
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For the Mid Century Modern Lover, Your New Home is Here! The first time I walked into 3 Dogwood Drive in Danbury, CT I was convinced I was going to run into one of the "Rat Pack" The home drips with mid century architectural details, each one a delight to the senses. I love this time period, and ...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
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This is a 16x80, 3 bedroom, 2 bath Lexington mobile home situated on 2 acres of land in a country setting. The home features an open/split floor plan. Make an appointment now for your own private showing.
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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Looking for a new home in Summerlin? KB Home, Lennar, Ryland, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes all have active new-home communities. These photos are from a KB Home neighborhood with plans from 1,849 to over 2,600 square feet, with prices starting in the mid 300's.Build time is generally 4-6 mon...
By Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r
(Watson Realty Corp.)
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You can't beat the price! Only 2yrs young and shows like a brand new home!           PINE RIDGE PLANTATION BEAUTY! Overview Maps Photos $169,900 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,700 sqftYear Built: 2012MLS #: 774225 Location 4523 Oak Moss LoopMiddleburg, FL 32068...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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The Cadence Bike Share Program is one of the unique amenities of Cadence, the newest master planned community in Henderson NV. Through Social Bicycles, the community will have 20 bikes for riders to enjoy the 50-acre cental park (currently at 11 acres), mountain views to the east, and the Las Veg...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Under Contract in Four Winds At Oakton in Oakton, Va 221243178 Summit Sq Drive #3-C12 Oakton, Va 22124This one bedroom, one bath condo is now under contract courtesy of Amanda Davidson with Living A Dream Real Estate. The condo is filled with natural light and features granite countertops, an in ...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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The article, 3 in 10 Americans Looking to Buy, from Daily Real Estate News, reports that more potential home buyers are poised to enter the market this year, according a national survey by Chase, "Insights: From the Mind of the Homebuyer." Three in 10 potential buyers say they plan to purchase a ...
By Patty Ann Knutson, Solutions Real Estate
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Most people are familiar with homeowners associations (HOA) fees being attached to structures like condos or townhomes. However, this isn't always the case; in the 1980s developers began construction of these developments, in the form of single family homes. HOA fees, rules, and regulations were ...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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How easy or hard it is for Henry County home buyers to secure a mortgage with attractive terms is a key element in the local real estate picture. Henry County mortgage credit provides the oil that that keeps residential home sales moving smoothly; that, or it becomes a damper (or even something c...
By Barrett Henry, BARRETT HENRY TEAM The BEST real estate experience
(Century 21 Acclaim Realty)
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Moving To Tampa, FloridaSee homes for sale in Tampa  Obviously, for most people, buying a house is one of the major financial decisions they will ever make in their lives. Similarly, selling a house will need as much effort. On the other hand, choosing the wrong real estate agent might have far-r...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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When nature calls, do you use the bathroom in homes you are selling or showing? Often it is a courtesy where you do not use the bathrooms in homes. I have some sellers who will post signs. For most sellers though, they do not give it a thought that anyone might want or need to use their bathroom....
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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Don’t get overwhelmed right out of the gate when starting your home search; peruse your options with confidence, knowing you are comparing apples to apples as much as possible. —— House hunting can be exhausting, frustrating, and down right stressful if you don’t know what you’re looking for befo...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   JUST LISTED     64 Timber Lane, Windsor, CT   DESCRIPTION PHOTOS MAPS & LOCALS SCHOOLS PRINT BROCHURE       Search All Homes For Sale   64 Timber Lane Windsor, CT 06095   Bedrooms: 3 | List Price: $ Get Current Price | 1318 square feet     This chic & trendy home is ...
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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Available Homes for Sale Near Hankook Tire Plant, Clarksville TNThe construction is progressing nicely with the new training center for Hankook Tire Plant. We are already seeing this Clarksville TN plant adding to the economy and employment numbers of Montgomery County. It is going to give a trem...
By Stephen B. Clyde, "I Sell More, Because I do More"
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Buying a condo is a lot like purchasing a house. You are paying for property that you own and can potentially live in. However they often have a hidden price that can drive up monthly costs considerably. ——Condo fees are used to pay for the maintenance, care, and safety of the complex you live in...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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 Open House on May 31st at 248 Sentinel Avenue, Newtown, PA 18940 248 Sentinel AvenueThe Devonshire SectionNewtown, PA 18940$565,900Open House -- 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  All Photos and Virtual Tour Welcome to this stunning, classic Newtown colonial in Devonshire, nested in a wonderful country setting....
By Barbara Reagan, Your Richmond Home Realtor
(Long & Foster Realtors)
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Buying a Home in Richmond VA?  What If The Home Inspection is REALLY BAD???With so many homes now going under contract with multiple offers, I am hearing more and more buyers say that they want to make their offers more attractive by removing the home inspection contingency and not doing a home i...
By Amy Mullen, Realtor, CPA, CDPE, MBA
(RE/MAX Professional Associates)
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 WOW! If you are looking for an affordable west side location then you have found it! NEW for this busy spring market is a wonderful first floor two bedroom condo at 211 June Str! Classically styled with soaring ceilings and hardwood floors this is a spacious home with over 1000 sq ft. Large fron...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
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Yes, I Am Working Today In the business of real estate we must take our down time when we can.  San Jose and the surrounding bay area has been experiencing some very cool fall-like weather.  I am just loving it.  Friday afternoon I just felt like doing nothing.  I wanted to kick back and read a b...