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 Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
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I just closed a sale of a beautiful home in Kua'aina Ridge, in Pukalani Maui. This home closed at $640,000, was a great value for homes in Pukalani Maui. If you're looking to buy a home in Pukalani, there are a number of homes on the market to fit you're needs as far as price, square footage, and...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
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    Are you Dreaming of a New Home in Northern Virginia?   If so let me tell you why you may want to consider Potomac Shores just of 95 in Prince William County. Potomac Shores is like no  other community in Northern Virginia. From the moment you drive up to the community you get the sense this i...
By Port St. Lucie Real Estate Resources for Buyers and Sellers, Real Estate Solutions in St. Lucie Team Albert KW
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Attention Home Buyers - Click Here for Access You can receive free priority access to All Hot New Listings from all real estate companies! Free list of homes for sale Search the internet yourself View New Listings just like Real Estate Agents Do Simply enter your price range, desired features ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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New Listing - Tallyn's Reach - Aurora, CO  80016     Stunning Craftsman style two story high on the hill in the neighborhood of Tallyn's Reach, Aurora CO.   Tallyn's Reach  has a community pool, clubhouse and tennis courts with pocket parks throughout the neighborhood and located within Cherry Cr...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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I have a niche that has be going on for quite a few years and I really enjoy the work. It is selling property to parents of Northwestern students who would rather purchase a nice condo for their son or daughter attending NU. The price of housing at Northwestern is over $10k a year not including t...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Corona del Mar Coastline Corona del Mar is a gorgeous community and there are beautiful homes located there. Corona del Mar has some of the most beautiful coastline I have ever seen. Corona del Mar has homes purchased on Ocean Boulevard, and these homes do have incredible coastal views. There are...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Bartlett Oaks, Bartlett, Illinois - March 2015 About Bartlett Oaks Bartlett Oaks is a subdivision of single family homes built in the 1970's. Bartlett Oaks is located in Bartlett, Illinois west of Bartlett Road and north of Stearns Road. Average taxes in Bartlett Oaks $10,162 Average association...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Ivanhoe, Bolingbrook, Illinois - March 2015 About Ivanhoe Ivanhoe is a single family home neighborhood built in the early to mid 1970's. Ivanhoe is located in Bolingbrook, Illinois east of Bolingbrook Drive and south of Boughton. Average taxes in Ivanhoe $5,374 Average association fees in Ivanho...
By Odaly Victorio, Marketing Expert
(Research Coast Realty Team at Keller Williams Realty Port St. Lucie)
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This Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. you will be able to check out the home at 1856 SE Dranson Circle in Port St. Lucie. A little slice of paradise in Port Saint Lucie! Just minutes away from the emerald waters of Florida's Treasure Coast, this 4 bedroom, 2 bath spacious home (2800 sqft) sits on 0.3...
By Dan Spencer, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
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Open House at 21154 E Layton Drive Aurora, Colorado 80015 from 12-4pm         Come a see this great 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom home in the popular Copperleaf Development. Upstairs Laundry and Family Loft. Relaxing on your new covered patio and enjoying the new kitchen counter-tops and appliances. The b...
By Sharon Harris, Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 3
South Point development in Hanover PA >> Energy efficient  homes built by RYAN Homes These homes are located about 3 miles over the Maryland / Pennsylvania Line. About 45 minutes from Baltimore . About an hour from Harrisburg Pa A stones throw (20 min from Gettysburg Pa and or York PA Homes are a...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
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MOVE-IN READY! A spacious 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a huge den and large living room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a gas stove cook top, granite countertops, and an abundance of oak cabinets. The living room is carpeted and has a picture window. The den features tile floorin...
By Stieg Strand, Real Estate Industry Leader & Home Marketing Guru
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 34
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 Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 37
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
Click for All Town Listings ...  Green Brook is a township in Somerset County, NJ. Green Brook was incorporated as a township in 1932 and shares the Zip Code 08812 with Dunellen (a borough in Middlesex County, NJ). The Green Brook School District serves students in Grades K - 8th. It includes on...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 59
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...
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 Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 5
Could you get a lot more work done daily if you could use the two hours you normally spend in the car working on your laptop or iPad?   Could you get a better paying job in the future if  you could take the VRE to work daily?   This home has hardwood floors, three large bedrooms, three full bath...
By Gordon Crawford, Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
Comments 1
1 Twins Court in Randolph, this Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 4!  Brand new drop-dead gorgeous kitchen and more!!!  Sure to draw a crowd..     ( i tried to post a picture but couldn't get it to take.  Will try again tomorrow)
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Homes For Sale in Lovettsville With Acreage for Horses, 800-711-7988.   City ListPrice Lot Acres Lovettsville $524,900 6.58 Round Hill $599,900 6.6 Leesburg $649,900 5.42 Middleburg $799,000 19.8 Purcellville $799,000 5.6 Waterford $995,000 15 Purcellville $1,700,000 50.03 Purcellville $1,945,000...