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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 46
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 32
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 69
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 21
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 49
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
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    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 28
Is one question that often follows some misfortune. Human beings are wired to want an explanation for even that which is unexplainable. We seek the “truth,” the reason why, for mundane events, calamities and for that which simply exists. The reasons can be, and seemingly often are, nothing more t...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 0
Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY675415E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   15476 Coon Hollow Rd Stayton, OR 97383 MLS#: 675415 Price: $295,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1 The view will take your brea...
By Franklin & Brentwood, TN Homes Mike Nastri - Rodney Kennedy, It matters to us as much as it matters to you.
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Franklin TN Home for Sale Falcon Creek - Only One Available Surely if you have been looking for a house in Franklin, TN you know just how difficult it is to get that perfect house and how fast those homes sell.  The best ones sell fast and we have one of the best ones for you right here.  This ju...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie Real Estate Trends, Updates, Events, Market Information, Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Homes for Sale in Bedford Park, Tradition in Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 Bedford Park in Tradition is a wonderful master planned community that offers Condos, Townhomes and Single family homes both resales and New Homes by GHO. Community features include a Dog Park, two children's playgrounds, a lak...
By Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA, #ChandlerRealEstateAgent
(Liz Harris Realty)
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Sun Groves homes for sale in Chandler, AZ Little Pieces of Heaven   This beautiful neighborhood charms both the home life as well as single life. Sun Groves is an attractive domestic neighborhood which flaunts a sprawling six hundred acres.There is additionally a stunning eco-friendly golf course...
(Laffey Fine Homes, Leading Real Estate Companies of The World & Luxury Portfolio International)
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Real Estate in Port Washington, NY 11050 Unique Opportunity for a One or Two Family Home in Port Washington, NY 11050 This Traditional Colonial delivered with a C.E.U. for a 2 Family Home is on a 50’ x 125’ oversized lot and is an excellent Investment Opportunity or can be used as a Single Family...
By Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Windermere Real Estate Lane County)
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Danebo Listings Search Danebo New Listings (10) Danebo Foreclosure Listings (5) Danebo Short Sale Listings (25) Danebo Single Family Homes for Sale (124) Danebo Condos & Townhomes for Sale (7) Communities Served Eugene Ferry Street Bridge North Gilham Springfield 97401 97402 97403 97404 97405 97...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 18
     One of the questions I get asked from time to time are the fees that I charge for evaluating properties for resale. Yesterday, I was asked what what I charge to inspect a 6,000 square foot bank owned property located in a town just south of Nashville, TN. Based on the age and the footprint I...
By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
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  48525 Acacia Trail Nessel Township, MN 55080 Beautiful 136 Acre Farm with Two Houses Included!! Description Great purchase and investment opportunity.  This 136 acre farm property has great options for the farmer or hobby farmer!  This amazing property includes two homes!  Live in one and rent ...
By The Ryan-Whyte Team at RE/MAX Infinity, Specializing in Chandler Arizona Real Estate
(RE/MAX Infinity)
Comments 3
What a great family home in a family neighborhood! Walk through the front courtyard to enter into this overly spacious home.  great looking kitchen with granite counters and maple cabinets that opens up to a massive family room.  Don't miss the formal dining room, separate bonus room and den with...
By Leigh Anne Monk
(Equity Rise Real Estate Group/Keller Williams/Chantilly, VA)
Comments 0
 Briar Woods High School  Briar Woods High School has been serving students living in homes in Ashburn, VA since 2005.  Briar Woods High School is part of the Briar Woods cluster, falling within the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) district. The LCPS system is the fastest growing public scho...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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What "As Is" REALLY Means When Buying A Mason Ohio Home As a home buyer you've probably seen the phrase "As Is" and wondered exactly what that means.  Most commonly you'll see As Is associated with a foreclosed or short sale home.  Owners without enough money to pay the mortgage are generally NOT...
By Eric Helmers, Your Trusted Real Estate Source
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Attention Home Buyers, Sellers, Renters, Landlords or anyone else searching for properties and rentals on the worldwide web.  Especially sites like Craigslist, BackPage.com, Zillow or other free listings sites that allow non licensed people place ads for real estate! There is a HUGE SCAM running ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 3
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