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 Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 15
Lincoln Square Real Estate Today we are taking a look at Lincoln Square Real Estate through the middle of July. The Lincoln Square area of Chicago IL continues to become more and more popular. At this time we are seeing 32% more inventory, 14.6% more closed sales and a 19.5% gain in new listings ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 19
   After the offer is accepted, part of the job of the Buyer's lender is to get an appraisal on the property.  The lender wants to be assured that the value of the house matches what the buyer(s) agreed to pay.  Typically the appraisal is done without the Seller at home.       In our markets ...
By Lauren Selinsky Perez, REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned
(CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP)
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Twelve Picket Home FOR SALE 94 Nantucket Lane Aliso Viejo CA 92656   $665K This amazing home settled in Twelve Picket Lane is the Largest model of Twelve Picket Lane with an amazing upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and specially designed unlike any other in Twelve Picket Lane. Family roo...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Grand Mesa 100 Endurance Race Grand Mesa, CO The Grand Mesa 100 is a true test of endurance. This is not for the faint of heart. There are three races involved and the distances are 60K, 50 mile and 100 mile. Most of the races are run at over 9,200 feet in elevation. That's 9,200 feet ab...
By Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus!
(Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
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There are many people, including those in Frisco Texas and the surrounding suburbs, who want to take advantage of the hot market and upsize their home. They bought back in 2007 and 2008 and find themselves either owing more than the house will sell for or after the costs of selling either they ha...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! PRESTIGOUS-GATED DC RANCH. 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home with expanded garage on premium lot. Child-friendly w/grass backyd & Flagstone patio. Backs to Wash w/ view fence. Gas stub for BBQ. Tinted windows-Corian counters. Blt-in Fridge-16 in. tile flr...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
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Showing a flippers work in Waterbury CT I have a buyer that is looking to buy a comfortable 3 bedroom family home in Waterbury CT. As a first time home buyer options in there price range are limited. We thought we were going to find the ideal home when we pulled up to this property. It was an inv...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
24 Hour Special Rent to Own Dorchester District 2 Schools Ladson (136 Two Pond Loop) If you’re like most people, you dream about buying a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Well, here’s your chance to make your dream come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment and monthly payments, you ...
By Mary Ridenhour, Your Home,..My Specialty
(Keller Williams)
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  2696 Dunlin Dr Fort Mill, SC 29707 MLS #: 3022757 $315,000 5 bedrooms 3.00 bath This home is like new, lovingly cared for, ready to close quick! This beautiful home has many upgrades throughout home, guest bedroom on main with full bath, spaciousness everywhere, living room, dining, great room,...
By Hawaii homes
(Shirokiya Residential Estates)
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Have you ever seen the Makaha Beach Cabanas?  This condo is on a beautiful beach here on Oahu.   No exaggeration, that's how nice the beach is.  In recent years there have been times when listings rarely came up.  Now that's beginning to change.   The reason - the board of directors has d...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Why wait for your new home to be built when this home is ready for you to own in Eagles Pointe! Enjoy a secluded and private lot, a community fitness center, swimming pool, tot lots, grill area, tennis courts and more. Property Highlights Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms (possible 5th bedroom in the basement...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
Own Your South Carolina Home Now!   If you’re like most people, you dream about buying a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Well, here’s your chance to make your dream come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment and monthly payments, you could easily qualify for one of our exciting home...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Things are heating up in more ways than you might think. While it is 100 degrees in Charlotte, the humidity is down somewhat from usual but it was 139 degrees in the attic. Wow, yes, the 203k consultant should look in the attic and under the home if there is a crawl space, I must admit that I enj...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 3
Grayhawk Open Houses! 5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2800 square feet of upgraded and move-in ready space! Gorgeous bathrooms and kitchen. Huge backyard featuring heated pebble-tec pool and spa with water feature. Firepit, built-in bbq, and room for sports court or RV/boat. This is a must see at onl...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Spacious corner elevated premium lot with city light and mountain views. Perfect home w/ meticulous owners that have upgraded this home for longevity and energy efficiency. Easy care desert landscape open to the grayhawk trail system! Inside is light, br...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 0
4 bedroom 3 bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Pristine,delightful,comfortable and very livable home that backs to a common area with views of the Mc Dowell Mtns..Enjoy out door living on the covered patio onthe expanded patio overlooking a green back yard. A formal dining area in the great room allows...