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 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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Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend.  But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does The Open House agent work for? A)  The Seller B)  The ...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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For anyone who has looked into to buying a Henry County home several times—but kept getting discouraged every time because of a negative credit report—read on! You probably already know that you are not alone—but so what?—it’s small consolation, especially when you consider how much financial gro...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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This is a typical December day along Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs Florida. As a matter of fact, we both got a bit of a sunburn yesterday because I did not think to bring along the sunscreen - something you always need down here in the Sunshine State. While Ronnie did troll for bass a bit yesterd...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Steps to Buying a Connecticut Home. Find the right Realtor® for you. The most important step in buying a home is deciding who to hire as your Realtor®. Not all licensed real estate agents are Realtors®. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) who subscribes to a stri...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     A dozen years ago when my father was critically ill, we had the good fortune to have Lee Jeske, RN Superior Quality in charge of my Dad's care.  Caring is the least we can say about Lee and after being our mailing list for a number of years, she called to ask us to sell her house and find h...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
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We are nearing the end of yet another year. 2015 is coming. So what are your real estate goals for next year? Are you thinking of buying a home in Los Angeles? Are you thinking of selling your Los Angeles home? If you find some spare time during the busy holiday season it would be a good time to ...
By Bert Spangenthal, I am never to busy for your referrals!
(Key Realty)
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Good morning Sylvania!  Are you a potential buyer wanting to move to Sylvania Ohio and heard that in this area it is customary that the seller stays in their house for 30 days rent free prior to the new owner moving in?  That is correct.  It is the custom.  However, your moving to the area, and y...
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 Brunswick MD, It's A Place For The Little Ones.  Brunswick children on a tour of the Brunswick City Hall.                        Examples of homes for sale in Brunswick.  Call Lenn for a tour, 800-711-7988. $369,990 1156 DARGON QUARRY LN 4 Bedrooms 2 full 1 half Baths MLS# FR830...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Will it take a gift from Santa to get an offer accepted these days. With more offers being presented on new listings, Buyer are looking for an advantage to get their offer accepted. It does not have to be a SECRET and you do not have to wait for Santa, as i list them right here, right now. If you...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Lake Villa Market Trends for November 2014 Lake Villa home sales for the month of November rose in volume by 5.9% when compared to last year, while the median sale price rose by 1.4% from $139,000 to $141,000. The number of Single Family homes sales rose by 21.4%, while the median sale price dec...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Lindenhurst Market Trends for November 2014 Lindenhurst home sales for the month of November rose in volume by 12.5% when compared to last year, while the median sale price decreased by 5.7% from $153,750 to $145,000. The number of Single Family homes sales stayed the same, while the median sale...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Batavia Market Trends for November 2014 Batavia home sales for the month of November rose in volume by 24% when compared to last year, while the median sale price rose by 6.3% from $222,500 to $236,500. The number of Single Family homes sales rose by 42.1%, while the median sale price rose by 1%...
By Joanne Foley, Your hometown real estate professional
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As a head's up....I have a fabulous new townhome listing in the beautiful gated golf community of Plantation Bay, in Ormond Beach, Fl.   I have 2 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and an office, 2 car garage, screened patio on the lake..   It is an awesome view which will never change.   The lake and estua...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
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                MOVE IN READY! Beautifully maintained 3 bedroom 2 bathroom Cape on professionally landscaped, private lot. Eat in kitchen features hardwood floors, granite counters, kitchen island and access to 3 season porch. French doors lead into gorgeous dining room offers hardwood floors, c...
By John Ferrin, Realtor
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  Welcome to the 4 bedroom Homes for Sale in Gilbert Real Estate portal: your one stop shopping place for 4 bedroom homes for sale in Gilbert. Here you can search every available 4 bedroom home for sale in Gilbert AZ, in all price ranges, via the MLS.  ( Note: the link shows all properties that a...
By Anthony Lamacchia
(McGeough Lamacchia Realty, Inc. )
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MOVE IN READY! Well maintained 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home on just about half an acre! Recently updated eat in kitchen features ceramic floors, stainless steel appliances and plenty of cabinet/counter space! Spacious, sun filled living room boasts gleaming hardwood floors and recessed lights. Fami...
By Adell Forbes (Realtor), "Knowledge & Experience Working for You"
(PEMCO Realty)
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 Buying a New Construction Home        Buying a new construction home can bring a lot of fun and excitement to your life. There is  just something "majical" about being able to semi-customize a home to your liking. A home where you will create new memories. All of this euphoria can be fleeting or...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax,mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to this question I received this morning:  " Let me k...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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20785 Hyattsville MD Real Estate Market Report-November 2014.   While the zip code 20785 shows Hyattsville MD,it can also show Landover MD as well. I know because I recently helped a very good and patient client of mine who I have been with for around close to 7 long years close on a "house for s...
By Jeremy K. Frost
(Keller Williams Realty)
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OPEN HOUSE THIS COMING SUNDAY DECEMBER 21st FROM 1pm – 4pm!  This stunning Haymond Home sits on 1.92 acres +/- and features top notch finish out with an open floor plan which include granite tops everywhere, high ceilings with exposed beams, and so much more. Gorgeous exterior features a blend o...