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 Susan Nealey
(Trident Homes Realty)
Comments 34
You just love running around Saturday and Sunday and stopping in at Open Houses.  Who doesn't?  Some people do it as they are hitting all the yard sales.  It's fun!  It's enlightening!  You can see how people decorate and sometimes make yourself feel better about your own home. But, sometimes, yo...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  3% Downpayment and waived fees by some lenders A growing number of lenders are reducing downpayment requirements so that borrowers can contribute 3 percent or less of a home's purchase price and still qualify for financing. In addition, some lenders have waived mortgage-related fees, and others...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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We've all heard the chatter over the past few years. There have been countless articles written about what the future holds for Real Estate Agents. The emergence of popular websites allowing consumers more access to finding their own homes is supposed to be the death nail of the Real Estate indus...
By Greg Wayman, ASHI Certified Inspector - 402-330-1701
(Foundation-2-Rooftop, Inc.)
Comments 1
Regular store bought carbon monoxide detectors are manufactured to go off when the CO levels reach 70 ppm for 1-4 hours! These detectors will not protect your family from low levels of carbon monoxide. At lower levels, these detectors will not protect infants, young children, grandparents, and pe...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 6
Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale by price ranges.  Are you busy and on the go?   Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Ho...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 6
3529 , Columbus, OH 43231     $140,000 The Jackson Team Phone: (614) 431-1220 Office: (614) 431-1220 Single Family Status: Active   Bed: 3 Bath: Sqft: 1382 MLS#: Property Details Search More Properties Neighborhood Values Description: Features a fenced in yard with a nice deck and great landscap...
By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Comments 1
With 3,000 residents and 1,000 homes, Highland, wedged between Olney and Columbia, has a small business on nearly every corner.With wide variety of houses, businesses and family farms this makes an ideal place for Real Estate Market.    FOR THE COMPLETE UPDATE ON THE CURRENT HIGHLAND MD REAL ESTA...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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                       6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to a Larger Home A new report has just been released which identifies the 6 most common and costly mistakes that homebuyers make when moving up to a larger home. Unlike the experience of buying a first home, when you're looking to move-up, a...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 7
And we should all be thankful for that! As a home inspector one phrase I hear time and again is, houses were built better (insert an age, time frame). There certainly is no question that older houses still standing now, often have great details and character. These relics often have beautiful tri...
By Jim Mushinsky
(Centsable Inspection)
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 A Hull MA home buyer should receive a brochure, Home Inspectors Facts for Consumers Sheet, at the time of the signing of the first written contract to purchase. A standard home inspection in Massachusetts is a visual examination of the physical structure and major interior systems of a residenti...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
Comments 9
 Just Sold – 3 Bedroom Pool Home In North Port FL   Want to sell your home quickly? Contact Kwee Huset 941-716-3090 of Kwee Huset Realty. She Just Sold - 3 Bedroom Pool Home in North Port FL. Located at 2845 Afar Avenue. 34286.       Just Sold - Property Information   This 3 bedroom pool home is ...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
Comments 1
   Long Beach CA Real Estate: Income Properties for Sale      Long Beach California offers real estate investors many opportunities in purchasing residential income properties from a duplex up to multi-family properties.   Twice a week (Mon/Thurs) you will be updated on the newest properties to h...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
Comments 1
Are you moving to South Lyon Michigan?  There is so much new construction going on out in South Lyon, but they are so much higher priced than many home buyers can afford.  Here are 5 South Lyon homes for sale under $200,000.                               475 STRYKER Street, South Lyon 48178 Price...
By Jean Richer, No Gimmicks, No Nonsense, only Straight Talk
(Keller Williams ~ Ottawa Realty Ltd)
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If you are looking for a home and you find a house you like, it's okay if you put an offer on it, even if it's your first time out. Ottawa Real Estate can sometimes move very quickly. The last thing you want to do is go back to your dream home a week later and find out it has already been sold! ...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
Comments 2
Here are homes for sale in Commerce MI January 2015 in the $300,000 to $350,000.  If you have a Michigan relocation and are moving to Oakland County Commerce Township is a great place to move too.  I would say Commerce Township is at the beginning of the outskirts of Metro Detroit. MLS # 21408802...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 1
Austin Texas - Two Story Foreclosure.  Built in 2011. Features Two Bedrooms and Two and a Half Baths.  Kitchen Open to Living Room.  Great Balcony, Covered Front Porch!   4503 Credo Austin Texas 78725 LISTING http://AustinForeclosureSales.com  http://FreeOnlineForeclosureSearch.com Map Below is o...
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 Camp Springs, Also Known As Temple Hills, 20748.   Over the many years of our real estate practice, we've helped many Active Duty Military service personnel with their real estate needs.  One of the duty station destinations for these buyers is Andrews Air Force Base.   Andrews ...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 8
West Highlands Home In Madison, Alabama Under Contract  I recently wrote a blog post titled; Just Listed West Highlands Madison Alabama and Coming Soon Home For Sale Madison Alabama West Highlands about this home at 408 Clydebank Dr., Madison, Alabama. The home was listed and then taken off the m...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living)
Comments 0
Have you been sitting on the "real estate fence?" "Should I buy or should I wait?" Well, the Atlanta Federal Reserve has spoken....and there is almost certainty that interest rates will rise at some point in 2015. In an address to the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Presid...
1000 Lake Shore Plaza Condos, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois - January 2015 About 1000 Lake Shore Plaza Condos 1000 Lake Shore Plaza Condominiums is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois at 1000 N Lake Shore Drive. Amenities include doorman, indoor pool, exercise facili...