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 John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
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How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   28149 N 71st St Scottsdale,AZ85266 $1,275,000$600,000a day ago($6,474 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|5 bd|8.5 ba|7,252 sqft|For Sale / Resale     Photos (1 / 48) Map Virtual Tour Broker: RE/MAX Platinum Living   Home Details for 28149 N 71st St   ...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
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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Happy Easter! Join us for Easter Open House 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose! Sun., April 20th, 1:30-4:30 Happy Easter!  Please hop on over and join us for an Easter Open House at 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose, zip code 95129 with Lynbrook High School, on Sun., April 20th from 1:30-4:30.   This gorgeous ho...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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FAQ Who pays the HOA fees at closing?   This past week a client asked me why the seller wasn't paying the HOA fees on his home under contract.  This isn't the first home I've assisted him on a purchase so I was a bit perplexed where this question was coming from.  It didn't make a lot of sense as...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Call 571-234-1456 Today to Schedule a Private Showing! Charming 3 lvl, 3BR, 2.5BA townhouse with updated bathrooms and spacious master bedroom w/sitting room and walk-in closet. Open dining room & sunny living room with sliding glass doors to balcony. Delightful eat-in kitchen with over-sized bre...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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Tammie hits the nail on the head with this one.  This happens far too often in the real estate world.   I'm not saying that Aunt Sally that used to be a Realtor back in 1985 doesn't know what she's talking about...  Wait.  Yes.  Yes I kind of am.   Trust your Realtor.  Trust that he or she knows ...
By Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
(RE/MAX Checkmate)
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Condo living can be a blessing for some, and not so much for others.  Condominiums can be such a wonderful lifestyle for many.   The amenities vary from site to site and Home Owner Association (HOA) fees usually have a lot to do with what you are getting for your money.  Are you ready for a condo...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
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A Listing Agent Can't Give You a Better Deal, They Don't Work for YOU! Stop calling other agents! Why do yo want to go through all your wants and needs again with a new agent just because you want to see one of their listings?  They cannot give you a better deal because they work for the home own...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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​ Want to know what to look for​ during your Long Island Final Walk-Through?     You should use the Final Walk-Through as the last opportunity you have prior to closing.   Below ​ ​ ​Are Some Suggestions​  Of​  What To Look For​ At Your Final Walk-Through...   ​1. Final Check: First, make sure ev...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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COMPARING BUYING A HOME TO BUYING SHOES. Like many, I have many, many pairs of shoes but only one resident home. Each pair of new shoes in a shoe store is just one of several in different sizes, often different colors, etc.  Each existing home for sale is a unique, one of a kind property. You can...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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How do you know you're ready to buy a Door County property? It's simple.  You're ready to turn your Door County vacations into something a little bit more permanent. Or maybe even REALLY permanent. You've done your homework.... and now you're ready to purchase a home, condominium or some vacant l...
By Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate
(Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales)
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Island Dunes Penthouse Condo on Hutchinson Island – Just Listed     Enjoy true luxury Oceanside living from this penthouse suite in the Island Dunes Country Club of Hutchinson Island in Jensen beach, FL.  A spacious 2 Bedroom and 2 Bath apartment on the top floor (14th) in the Island Dunes Oceans...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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My first real estate purchase. It was uneventful. It was painless. Kept it for a few years.Sold it at a modest profit. Other than that, I remember little.  Fact is, I was too ignorant to understand what was happening.  That's probably why I have so much patience with home buyers today. __________...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Today, I received an email from a prospect who is getting daily updates as new homes come on the market. She was inquiring about a property. She told me that she was told the home had sold and wanted to know if that was true. I looked up the house and found it was still available. I sent an email...
By Jeffrey Clay
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Ardrey Crest Homes for Sale Charlotte NC Find Ardrey Crest Homes for Sale Charlotte NC and other similar properties. These properties for sale feed direclty from the Charlotte MLS and are updated multiple times daily. These beautiful properties are located in the desirable and upscale Ballantyne ...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
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    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Lottie Kendall, Helping make YOUR dreams a reality
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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It's not always easy to identify life-changing events, especially when one is in the middle of such an event, but the purchase of my first home certainly was life changing for me. It brought me to what I am doing today, working as a Realtor® with Today, Sotheby's International Realty, loving my c...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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If someone is losing their home due to FORECLOSURE, can I just take over the payments and make the home mine? It is a great idea in principal., however it is not that easy. First the Home Owner's loan would have to be assumable. If it was you would need to pay the amount to bring the loan current...