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 Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential )
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According to the dictionary, a mistake is an error resulting from deficient knowledge or carelessness. While we can't do anything about carelessness, when it comes to counseling first-time homebuyers, the real estate agent is a tremendous resource to help overcome knowledge deficiency. That home...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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I have lived in the Lake Country located in the Waukesha County Real Estate market for a long time. I have seen a lot of change and a lot of people come and go. Having owned two very successful real estate companies in Waukesha County Wisconsin has allowed me to make thousands of more friends and...
By Coral Gundlach
(Century 21 Redwood Realty, Arlington Virginia)
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If you are a buyer right now in Northern Virginia, you may notice more homes for sale, higher days on market and a general slowing down of the pace for sales.  But a market is an ever moving creature and even within one city or one subdivision, the "market" can be different depending on the house...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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I have lived in the Lake Country located in the Waukesha County Real Estate market for a long time. I have seen a lot of change and a lot of people come and go. Having owned two very successful real estate companies in Waukesha County Wisconsin has allowed me to make thousands of more friends and...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Customer Service: The first step is Timely response to questions, I pride myself in quick response to questions how about you?? I have always prided myself in providing quick and accurate responses to questions. It did not matter to me if it was Voice Mail, Text or Email. When I got out of my mee...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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New October Listings of Homes for Sale - Lovettsville Virginia. The homes listed below are NEWLY LISTED FOR SALE.  To tour homes in Lovettsville, just call Lenn, 800-711-7988.  In Lovettsville, you'll find extraordinary value.  If you're looking for acreage, we have that. If you're looking for in...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Decorative Window   There are many things a buyer notices that I find extraordinary but are never listed in the property description.   This building is not for sale but I use it as an example to drive my point home. Most buyers are in search of something different, unique, architecturally ple...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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10 Things To Know About Working With Your Buyer's Agent If you're thinking about buying a home, going solo is NOT the way to go.  Thinking the listing agent will give you a price break for going direct to them means one of two things:  either the listing agent gets TWICE the paycheck or maybe the...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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    836 Thomae Avenue   Bridgewater, Somerset County, NJ $629,000 Style: Custom Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Acres: 0.48   Contact: Paul Stillwaggon 908-310-1358   Or, Contact: Jane Nicastro-Disch 908-313-7180     CLICK IMAGESTO ENLARGE     PROPERTY DETAILS   Move in Condition Home for Sale in Bridge...
By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
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Sunday October 19 2014 from 1pm to 3pm OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhoodOpen House $509,750 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial Bathroom Location 1524 Ellsworth AveCrofton, MD 21114USA Martha Brown CRS Long & Foster Real Estate Inc(410) 260-2800martha@...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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I love to work with first time buyers. I feel wonderful when I have helped them buy a house with everything on their must have list and a few things on their wish list. I find it interesting that inspite of being able to find a lot of information online home buyers dont realize that they can't ge...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Real Estate in Waterford, Loudoun County VA.  Yes, Waterford Virginia is horse friendly. Waterford is historic.  Facts about Waterford Virginia. The average list price for homes for sale in Waterford is - $988,786.Average Bedrooms - 5Average Baths - 4 full and 1 halfAverage Lot Size - 13 AcresAve...
By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
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Do you really need an agent to sell your house in today’s market? Here’s what Fannie Mae suggests to sellers on the Know Your Options section of their website: “Select how you'll market and list the home (e.g., with a real estate agent or for sale by owner). There are pros and cons to each, but ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
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222 Cinderella Lane, Clarksville TN Just Closed This all brick home in Clarksville TN just sold and closed and the buyers are so happy Clarksville Property Solutions, LLC did another excellent job of rehabbing this home. It took selling it two times to get to closing but sometimes you have to wai...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Fort Washington, MD, $300,000 - $400,000. 800-711-7988.   Fort Washington is a popular location for home owners who work in D.C. and owners who work in Northern Virginia.  Homes for sale in Ft. Washington priced from $300,000 to $400,000.  To tour these homes, just call Lenn Har...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Temple Hills MD, $200,000 - $300,000. Free One Year Home Warranty. WHEN DOES COVERAGE FOR THE WARRANTY BEGIN? When the warranty company receives the application and payment. Application and payment is made by the settlement attorney's office and mailed to the warranty company th...
By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
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  Christine Farkas,    Managing BrokerKeller Williams Western Realty2211 Rimland Drive, Suite 124Bellingham, WA 98226Phone: (360) 603-4751Chris@FarkasTeam.comwww.ChristineFarkas.com
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
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Thank you, Christine for posting this info!  An industry heavyweight like FNMA must know something. Do you really need an agent to sell your house in today’s market? Here’s what Fannie Mae suggests to sellers on the Know Your Options section of their website: “Select how you'll market and list th...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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When you decide you want to buy a home, you should prepare to enjoy a fun and exciting home buying process. Of course, this won't just happen automatically, you must select the right real estate buyer's agent who can guide you through the seen and unseen aspects of the move that often times ruin ...
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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  Don't Miss This Open House Click Her To View This Attention Grabbing Contemporary Home New To Market In Detail Open House 10/19/14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM Click Here To View Current Inventory Of Homes For Sale In Huntington In This Price Range   Attention-Grabbing Contemporary OverviewMapsPhotosOpen ...