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 Yvonne Beal, Chatham County Real Estate Expert
(NC Fine Living)
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Are you looking to buy a home in Chapel Hill NC? The Woodlands at Westfall features new homes for sale in Chapel Hill, NC and offers buyers a unique opportunity for a Chapel Hill address with low Chatham County taxes! The Woodlands at Westfall is the first of several phases planned for Westfall, ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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This morning, I posted my quarterly affordable home market report for one of the northern Colorado communities that we cover. And I did something that has left me deeply unsettled - I changed our working definition of "affordable".   In the past, we considered homes priced $200K and und...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
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Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY680899E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   174 W Kathy St Stayton, OR 97383 MLS#: 680899 Price: $172,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1.5 Nice single-level home on 1/4ÂÂ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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One Question Cincinnati Patio Home Buyers Need To Ask Maybe you're moving from an area of the country where patio homes are common, and you KNOW that's exactly what you want when you move to Cincinnati.  The low maintenance lifestyle homes.  The ability to turn the key, lock the door and ...
By Stacy Ann Stephens, Realtor, New Haven & Hartford CT Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty CT - 860-704-9070)
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New London CT - Great Place To Live   New London, CT is a small city located about 107 miles (172 km) from Boston, Massachusetts, 56 miles (90 km) from Providence, Rhode Island, 85 miles (137 km) from New Bedford, Massachusetts, and about 128 miles (206 km) from New York City.   New London CT off...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Russell & Tracy Lee Parker, Experienced Broker & Property Managers Since 2006
(RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs)
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My client gave ME a closing gift!! In the real estate business we don't get a lot of recognition. When your self employed it is you and only you getting up everyday and making real estate transactions happen. We agents who do this full time, with a hard working passion helping others find th...
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 Frankin TN housing market has been crazy this year. Homes that are priced appropriately and properly prepared for sale are selling quickly. You would think that buyers would be knocking our doors down trying to find the right buyer's agent to help them buy a home. Instead, what I am findi...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Have you ever walked out of a room to get something and then forgot what you were going to get? Everyone has, right? You walk back to the room you just left and suddenly you remember what it was you were going to get. Momentary memory lapse. The older I get the more frequent they seem to happen. ...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Average Sale Prices in Camas Out-Perform Area Homes   As we enter the soaring temperatures of August, home prices in Clark County are matching the hot gains across the country.  It is especially apparent in Camas, which has seen an increase in 8.0% over this time last year.  Even with increasing ...
By Roman Lopez, "Making dreams come true, one home at a time!"
(The Roman Lopez Real Estate Team)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Round Rock Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth?   Roman Lopez Keller Williams Realty 512-947-2250 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 4696048   Licensed In:TX Information valid for the date of t...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
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Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY680046E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   6005 Wallace Rd Salem, OR 97304 MLS#: 680046 Price: $409,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Newer custom built home with open f...
By Stefanie Bernstein
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
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#1 The Nation's Oldest City Continues To Receive Accolades When searching for homes for sale in St. Augustine, one of the first things that you will notice is all of the attention being showered on the city. USA Today named the city among it's Top 10 Places to Retire and National Geograph...
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 - 19692 E. Loyola Cir., Aurora, CO  80013   Eff. 8/19/14 this property went UC This Hampden Hills duplex is now active on the market and ready for showings.     This beautiful property won't last long - gleaming hardwood floors, ready to move in and NO HOA!     There are three bed...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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BEACHFRONT HOMES VERO BEACH FLORIDA SEARCH HERE AT VEROPREMIERPROPERTIES.COM Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach Florida                        BEACHFRONT HOMES IN VERO BEACH FLORIDA VERO BEACH FLORIDA offers a nice variety of BEACHFRONT choices.We have some great condos, t...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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"How do we know who pays for what?" asked a Home Buyer. They were refusing to pay for the Oil in the tank at closing. Here in NH it is customary for the Buyer to pay a pro-ration to the seller for "fuel in storage." The tank is measured the day before closing and the amount is...
By Richard Woodward, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
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    Jumbo Loans A jumbo loan is defined as a loan whose loan amount exceeds the Fannie Mae conforming loan limit. In Dallas Texas and surrounding Frisco, Plano, Southlake and Mckinney Texas, the conforming loan limit is $417,000. In high cost states, such as California, the loan limit is as high...
By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
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Maryland Home Buyer Seminar - August 30, 2014 in Towson, Maryland Maryland First Time Home Buyer Seminar - There will be a Maryland First Time Home Buyer Seminar on Saturday August 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM. The seminar will last about 2 hours and each participate will be able to recieve a free copy o...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     Home inspections are in high demand as buyers seek to take advantage of this thriving real estate market. As more and more folks are wanting to “GO GREEN” and engage in paperless transactions, the Complete Home Inspections Team offers green solutions. With a few clicks of a mouse, clients ca...
By John Thomas, First Time Home Buyer Expert
(Primary Residential Mortgage Inc.)
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Maryland First Time Home Buyer Class September 13, 2014 There is a Maryland Home Buyer Seminar being held on Saturday September 13, 2014 in Frederick, Maryland at the Holiday Inn Conference Center from 10 AM till Noon.  Call 410-412-3319 to register or you can register online at Maryland Home Buy...