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 Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
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When my grandparents left their home in Palm Springs they went back to Florida to live out their lives. They had always lived in their own home or condo, but felt maybe it was time to go to a retirement community so they could get more help. They went to Boca Raton where my mother was living, and...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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When seniors tell me they are thinking of selling a San Jose, Cupertino or Saratoga home and moving to an active retirement community, I always ask if they've visited The Villages in San Jose. Even though it is here in San Jose, Silicon Valley, it feels like you are in Southern California res...
By Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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BREWERY’S IN GOLDEN, COLORADO There are some great Brewery’s In Golden, Colorado, and the first up is Barrels & Bottles Brewery.  This unique brewpub owned by Zach and Abby George, offers 22 premium-style hand-crafted beers along with some special Guest taps.  They also offer 24 different win...
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 Trish Leleux
(Noles–Frye Realty, Inc. A Latter and Blum Company 4615 Parliament Drive Alexandria, LA 71303)
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New Listing - 6225 Live Oaks Lane, Alexandria, LA. 71303      Custom everything and one of the largest backyards in Tennyson Oaks!      With an open and specious floor plan, featuring 12 and 10 foot ceilings, this home is perfect for entertaining.             A designer kitchen with 5 burner gas ...
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 Erik Gruenwald, Your Local Golden, CO Real Estate Professional
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COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, GOLDEN, COLORADO   COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES, GOLDEN, COLORADO is located in the heart of Golden and is regarded as a “small university, serving a worldwide community, committed to a universal mission - to create solutions related to earth, energy and environment.”  Altho...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Meadows at Riverbend Subdivision Buyers who come looking for a home having already done their home have the best opportunity of coming away with the home of their dreams in this real estate market! Such is the case here as another home SOLD in Bonaire GA in the Mea...
By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
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Friendly Fridley rambler home for sale Introducing 525 66th Ave NE Fridley MN 55432 Real estate market data in Fridley MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic Realty Great location near schools, parks and shopping. Quick commute to DT via University or 94. New furnace, water heater, AC and r...
By Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga's Best Luxury Home Realtor!
(Prudential RealtyCenter.com)
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                                          OPEN HOUSE 8/10/2014 FROM 2-4PM. Location, location, location! Emerald Valley, the very desirable gated, pool, clubhouse, and sidewalk community with walking path to Westview Elementary from the neighborhood.  Elegant and stately home with a two-story foy...
By Jill Watts, Clark County, WA Is A Great Place To Live! Call Me
(Realty Pro, Inc.)
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 OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JULY 26TH & 27TH...1-4 PM   1207 B St., Washougal, WA 98671 Vintage with Elegance & Character five bedroom home, lovingly restored and spacious inside, master bedroom and a huge office on the main floor. Soaring southern exposure windows bask the home in l...
By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
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If you missed one of our previous opens you have another chance!! Agressively priced at $525,000 this outstanding property gives you two, YES TWO, homes in one. Attached yet separate offers privacy to live a fabulous life in a log cabin yet close enough to help if needed. An ideal retreat for tho...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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  Get the Century 21 Mobile app and begin your Edmonds, Lynnwood, Shoreline and Brier Home Search As a Real Estate Agent/Broker myself, I too find myself accessing property listings using my smartphone. As the world becomes smaller, and the expectation for data and current information becomes mor...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
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Price Reduced and Open House Sun July 27th 2-4 at 3524 35th St Marion, Iowa 52302 Now Priced at $133,500!   Like new condo in Marion built by Morris Wood!  You will love this cozy condo with hardwood floors on the main level as well as the upper level, perfect for those with allergies!  Open floo...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Hotchkiss K-8 Back to School and Registration Information School will be starting before we know it. It's still summer, but the days of summer vacation are winding down. The stores are starting to advertise back to school specials, and it's time to start thinking about stocking up on...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Volterra Subdivision SE Albuquerque 87123 4 Beds, 4 Baths, 2 Living Areas, 3 Car Garage For Sale     YouTube Featuring 1828 Red Rum Ct SE Albuquerque NM 87123     The Volterra Subdivision is a highly desired SE Albuquerque community located near Central, Downtown, Juan Tabo, Tramway and I-40.  Th...
By John M. Cameron, Short Sales Tacoma, WA and Port Orchard
(Century 21 Real Estate Center, Tacoma, WA.)
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4 Bedroom, Real Estate, Homes and House for Sale in Parkwood, Port OrchardWA, near PSNS under $250,000 $250K             1990 Juniper Court ~ Port Orchard, WA Currently listed for $249,977   If you’re looking for a 4Bedroom, Real Estate, Homes and House for Sale in Parkwood, Port Orchard WA, near...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Pace and Milton, FL
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
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  Homes for Sale in Woodbine Springs Plantation Pace FL   
Why Do People Live here?   Woodbine Springs Plantation is a very established neighborhood in Pace.  Woodbine Springs was developed in mid 80’s and building continued through until 2005.  The neighborhood offers wonderful amenities includi...
By Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Pace and Milton, FL
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
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Foreclosures in Pace FL in July 2014 If you are in the market to purchase a foreclosure there are very limited options in Pace FL in July 2014.  If you find a house that meets your needs be ready to act fast as we are seeing multiple offers on these and other properties.  If you find an REO prope...