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 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 the property at 408 Richard Avenue has SOLD!!!  Our buyer is now the proud new owner of a lovely, updated 2 bedroom ranch.  We know that she will enjoy many wonderful times in her home and we're wishing her all the best! If you or anyone you know wants to b...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
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Coming Soon in the New Providence Village Subdivision in Falls Church, Va 22042 7725 Inversham Dr #144 Falls Church Va, 22042 A rare offering in New Providence Village – this true 3 bedroom 2 bath condo is turnkey ready and loaded with upgrades. The home has 1,064 square feet and is just 2 miles ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  When you think of what kind of homes might be for sale in a gated golf course community, do not forget the condos listed in Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club Naples Florida.  These low-rise (1 to 3 floors) units are centered around the 18 hole layout designed by the renowned architect Gordon ...
By Lori Lincoln -Broker/Associate, Keller Williams Taunton, Rehoboth, Swansea, Fall River and surrounding areas, Success selling Taunton,Dighton Rehoboth and more
(Serving Dighton Taunton, Rehoboth and more!)
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  508-878-0917 Welcome to Titania Estates in Swansea Mass!  Lori Lincoln of Keller Williams Realty- official listing broker 508-878-0917  Proudly presenting Titania Estates.  Located  in Swansea Massachusetts, Brand New Homes for sale! With fewer homes for sale, why not build new? Titania Estates...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
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Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Excellent condition and Move in Ready - Single Level For Sale in Eagle Idaho     Just Listed       Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Boise Idaho Relocation Guide Eagle Idaho Homes for Sale Search All Boise Idaho Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation's leaders in homebuilding quality announces the debut of Villas at Villa Del Lago, a brand new collection of luxury homes situated within the gated, master-planned community of Ocotillo in Chandler, AZ. Priced from the $300,000s, the floor plans range fro...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    Often....especially with younger buyers...there are family members who attend inspections...The concerned parents, the Uncle who is an electrician...the Cousin who is a plumber. Most of the time, in our experience, they are quiet observers and advise the "Home owners to be" after the inspect...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
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Sweet Colonial for Sale in Norwalk, CT 32 Wolfpit Avenue.    This is a sweet house that is priced to sell!    Come place your offer!    Location, condition, - all amazing!    New roof 2010, new soffits 2010, new boiler 2009, new hot water heater 2009, new fridge 2013,  new range 2013,  new septic...
By Shawn Gerhardson, Top Rated Mortgage Professional
(Waterstone Mortgage NMLS#186434)
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 What To Do When Your Home Doesn’t Appraise At Its Purchase Price   Experienced home sellers in Isanti know that reaching a sales agreement with a potential buyer can be just the start of the negotiation process. There are often inspection issues to resolve, among other items. One particular nego...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Buying A Home in Loudoun County VA? Homefinders.com Helps Home Buyers.  Just call Lenn 800-711-7988.   Some of the services you'll receive when working with Homefinders.com are:        Ability to search listings of homes for sale.  Home buyers are invited to search for homes listed      for sale ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Agents:  Please Don't Send Your Buyers To The Internet To Find Financing or Homes for Sale !  HELP THEM!   Home Buyers, especialy first time home buyers, need help.  Seems to me that their real estate BUYER'S AGENT is the most logical person to help them.  After all, YOU'RE THE ONE WHO WILL BE PA...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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How much time is needed for a home inspection to be thought of as "done well"? I have been at 4 home inspections in the last 6 days, 3 as the listing agent and 1 as the buyer broker. They ranged from 75 minutes to 4 hours. When they are short buyers think they were not done well. When they are lo...
By Shawn Bronson, Right Price, No Hassle
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DOWNINGTOWN, PA 19335. COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND HOMES FOR SALE. Downingtown is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 33 miles (53 km) west of Philadelphia. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 7,891. Downingtown was settled by English and European colonists in the early 18th century...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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History's lessons should be heeded Plumbing has been in use since ancient times. The Romans seem to often get credit for "inventing" plumbing. The Roman aqueducts are renown. Yet many ancient civilizations, Greek, Persian and Chinese for instance, did in fact have public water systems. What is hi...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 We have all had Buyers who want....this school district with this style home...the garage should be attached..not less than X square feet....a BIG backyard...the house should be not older than....and the list continues.     It really is helpful to a Realtor to know what a Buyer has in mind...it...
By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
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BLUE, Inc., a not for profit organization, will be holding FREE first time home buyer classes at the Canton Public Library on April 11th and April 18th. Participants who attend both sessions will receive a certificate, required for MassHousing mortgage loans.  However, the classes are open to all...
By Teri Arbogast, Davie, Weston, Plantation Real Estate- Top Realtor, Davie Florida Realtor, Weston, Plantation, Miramar
(TOP 1% of Realtors)
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2 story 5/3 just sold in gated community Poinciana Parc in Davie, FL     Hard to find 2 story 5/3 with a full bedroom and bath on the first floor just sold in gated community Poinciana Parc in Davie, FL! Ambassador model has large rooms and over 2584 sq ft under air. Covered patio with large pool...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Relocating to Loudoun County VA? Call Lenn, 800-711-7988. We Can Help.   Q.  WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE YOUR RELOCATION EASIER? RELAX.  Our agents are dedicated to making your real estate search a successful one. Once you have decided to work with us, you can relax and know that you have "eyes and ea...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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On the water again off Clearwater Florida. Blue skies, a light breeze out of the west and the sun coming up.   Ronnie has been fishing each and every day except weekends (just too crazy on the weekends) and has been catching snook, redfish and sheephead. Naturally, he has his favorite spots and h...
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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New on Market, 1149 Presto Ct. Adams TN | Prestwicke PlaceIf you are looking for a quality 4 bedroom home in the Sango area of Adams/Clarksville TN, this is worth considering. This pretty home with a deep front porch is situated on a corner lot in Prestwicke Place. 1149 Presto Ct. has a great flo...