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 Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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You are a Henry County homeowner, but now your family has simply outgrown the place. You’re almost ready to start hunting for a new home—but hesitate. The fact is, you’re reluctant to give up your present property. It’s been a terrific home, and you suspect it’s only going to grow in value… If yo...
By Susan Nealey
(Trident Homes Realty)
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You called your lender, you discussed your private finances and you agreed upon a number that will allow you to buy a house AND have a life.  Feels pretty good, doesn't it? Now, you and I can meet and start the process of looking at houses.   When we first meet in person, I MUST tell you about ag...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Condo's in Penn Quarter Chinatown Loving Where You're Living in Washington DC  Washington DC made Forbes magazines list of one of the Top Twenty Coolest Cities   What makes DC so cool? Great neighborhoods like Penn Quarter and Chinatown. We love the Farmer's Market which covers a city block in Sp...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
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It is easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction.  Here are some grand ideas: Go alone. What do you need an agent for? Rely on yourself.  You don't need an expert opinion. Trust the builders sales person, they smile so nicely. Don't hire your own Buyer agent. You are smart enough. It's just t...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
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It's Time to Play Everyone's Favorite Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Game... "Your Offer Is..." And now let's here it for our host, all the way from the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area, to your living room, Real Estate agent extraordinaire... Craig Rutman! Let's welcome today's contestant, from Pi...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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287 Paxinos Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $149,500 MLS #PM-19921   Learn more about this Arrowhead Lake Chalet Freshly painted Chalet in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. This classic Pocono home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, cathedral ceilings and a stone-faced wood b...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
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All this property, a listing in Patten Maine for sale. Priced so neatly in the sweet $20's something  property listing search bracket.  The place has a garage, the home is heated with hot water baseboard oil furnace. The handy wood stove helps put a dent in the Maine home winter heating costs. Ad...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Opportunity Knocks for Young Buyers   People in need of real estate information or contacts start their search with ActiveRain. I received notification of an email from Zillow's PR dept. They were filming a clip for ABC World News about young buyers and what the currently reduced mortgage rates w...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Do you have an Oakland County relocation in your future?  Then you should consider moving to Milford.  Yes there are many great communities in Oakland County Michigan.  Oakland County is the wealthiest county in Metro Detroit.  So many communities with great schools, low crime rates, and that hav...
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 Purcellville, VA, 5-25 Acres, priced under $1,000,000,  Call Lenn 800-711-7988.  WE CAN HELP!! The Purcellville zip code, 20132, includes a large area in Northwest Loudoun County.  Homes for sale in Purcellville with acreage are well priced and offer homes for families and horse...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Did you know that there are two Island Lakes in Oakland County.  Are you searching for a waterfront home on Island Lake in Novi or do you prefer a luxury lake house on Island Lake in Bloomfield MI?  What are the differences in the communities around the lake. Island Lake in Novi is a planned comm...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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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 Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Lakewood Balmoral, Chicago, Illinois - January 2015 About Lakewood Balmoral Located in Chicago, Lakewood Balmoral is on the corner of Bryn Mawr and Wayne. Average taxes in Lakewood Balmoral $6,774 Average association fees in Lakewood Balmoral $265 ($265 - $265) Average home size in Lakewood Balm...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Homes for Sale in Westchester, Illinois - January 2015 Westchester currently has 112 single family homes for sale with an average list price of $205,594 and 16 condos and town homes for sale ranging from $99,900 to $269,900. The average annual property tax for Westchester is $4,395. Single-Family...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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River East Center, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois - January 2015 About River East Center Residences at River East Center is a condo high-rise built in the early 2000's. River East Center is located on the Near North Side of Chicago at 512 N. McClurg Court. Average taxes in River East Center ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Tioga Elementary School, Bensenville, IL - January 2015 About Tioga Elementary School Tioga Elementary School is a P-2 school in District 2, and is located at 212 W Memorial Rd in Bensenville, IL. It services homes in Bensenville. Single-FamilyHomes7 Condos &Townhomes2 Foreclosuresfor Sale0 NewC...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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  David Wagner has had an amazing January helping buyers find their dream homes- and the month is still not over yet! He just ratified 8513 Carlynn Drive, Bethesda, MD, making some very lucky buyers very very happy!  The home is a beautiful contemporary on over an acre of wooded land.  The walls ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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South Park, Park Ridge, Illinois - January 2015 About South Park South Park is a single family neighborhood in Park Ridge, Illinois. Average taxes in South Park $7,223 Average association fees in South Park $0 Average home size in South Park 1,904 ft2 Average lot size in South Park 0.00 acres Av...