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 Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
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SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla. SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla.   Search Entire South Florida MLS at http://www.southfloridaestatehomes.com/   FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunr...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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Pualani Estates still has a few foreclosures to sell off, allthought this is not my listing, Fannie Mae supplies me with this list and  I can represent you as a buyer if you are interested.  Here are some more details from the listing agent.    3 Beds, 2 Baths | 1,385 sq. ft. | Single-Family REO ...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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     A rare find in Brookfield....a condo alternative....a great back yard with gazebo.....entertainment friendly floorplan with living and family room...a lower level ready to finish...when you look at Brookfield Wisconsin homes for sale..this is one you will want to call YOUR home !            ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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When I arrived at the home for inspection, the owner told me that they were having a "turrible" bug problem they was not able to get a handle on. They have sprayed, left traps, and still! I acknowledged and started doing my thing. Well... it didn't take me too long to see where the problem could ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision Sorry buyers, you were not ready to make an offer quickly enough and lost out on a great deal. Another beautiful home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers and is now a SOLD home in Bonaire GA in Southfield Plantation Subdivision, c...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 18
"They Wrote An Offer On Another Home" Is Actually Good News! At first glance, that feedback from the buyer's agent stings when you first get it.  They didn't love YOUR home, but fell in love with another home!  You had your home immaculate, baked some fresh cookies and packed up the dog and heade...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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1st-Time Home Buyer in Chicagoland? Consider Seller-Paid Closing Costs        Looking out my office window right now, you'd never know that Spring ... and Spring's busier Chicagoland housing market isn't that far off.  Yet, the Spring time change is here ... and warmer temperatures are predicted ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Two Lots for Sale in a Delta, CO Premiere Subdivision One seller has two adjoining lots for sale in Cunningham Orchard. Both lots are around 1/5 of an acre. This is a great opportunity to plan and build your custom dream home.  Here are the details: Price: $37,900 The domestic water tap is paid f...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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For Sale In Lovettsville.  Homes With 3 - 25 Acres.  800-711-7988. Beautiful homes for sale in Lovettsville with acreage.     City    List Price       Acres Lovettsville $349,000 4 Lovettsville $399,000 15.48 Lovettsville $399,900 4.11 Lovettsville $425,000 6.96 Lovettsville $449,000 13.37 Lovett...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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    Flatlands and Old Mill Basin Brooklyn NY Homes Sold Feb 2015   For the month of February 2015 the Brooklyn MLS posted the following Brooklyn homes sold in Flatlands and Old Mill Basin Brooklyn     One Family Flatlands Brooklyn Homes Sold East 48th Street Asking $499,900 sold $499,500  2/12/15...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Timber Trails, Gilberts, Illinois - March 2015 About Timber Trails Timber Trails is a townhouse and single family home community built by Ryland Homes in the early to mid 2010's. Timber Trails is located in Gilberts, Illinois north of Big Timber Road and west of Tyrell Road. Average taxes in Tim...
By John Helmick, Success Coach & Home Inspection Co. Owner
(John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services)
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I thought this post from Liz and Bill Spear had some great ways to look a "They Wrote An Offer On Another Home"...quick read! "They Wrote An Offer On Another Home" Is Actually Good News! At first glance, that feedback from the buyer's agent stings when you first get it.  They didn't love YOUR hom...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Fields of Geneva, Geneva, Illinois - March 2015 About Fields of Geneva Fields of Geneva is a single family home neighborhood built in the late 1980's. Fields of Geneva is located in Geneva, Illinois take Eastside Drive to Geneva Drive. Average taxes in Fields of Geneva $7,280 Average association...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Fountain Square, Lombard, Illinois - March 2015 About Fountain Square Fountain Square is a condominium building built in the early to late 2010's. Fountain Square is located in Lombard, Illinois at 22nd Street and Main Street. Average taxes in Fountain Square $5,385 Average association fees in F...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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You are suppose to test them monthly, AFCI’s and GFCI’s. New GFCI requirements.   We all know no one does this, push the test button on GFCIs and AFCIs monthly. Heck I am not even that good at doing it myself and I know better. With that knowledge technology is coming to address this issue on GFC...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
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  Multi Family Canarsie Brooklyn NY Homes sold Feb 2015       For the month of February 2015 the Brooklyn MLS posted the following Multi Family Homes sold in Canarsie Brooklyn NY.     Avenue N Asking $475,000 sold $460,000 2/19/15 East 100th Street Asking $389,000 sold $350,000 2/13/15 Rockaway P...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
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Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 57
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...