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 Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 18
You and your real estate agent pounded the pavement to find the perfect home. You viewed several different properties and weighed out all the pluses and minuses. The neighborhood fits your lifestyle and the floor-plan of the home is open and spacious. Together with your agent you come up with an ...
By Cutberto & Rhonda Salas, Salas Home Team
(Halo Group Realty LLC)
Comments 2
Coming soon - 1418 Stella Ave, Dallas TX Home for Sale. 4 bedroom 2 baths home. Looking for a great home for your family?  Here it is.  This is a 4 bedroom, 2.0 bathroom home with 1264 sq ft. and a single car garage. Large back yard. Fresh paint inside and out.  Offers lots of room.  Great afford...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 17
What is Earnest Money and How is it Used?When you go to buy a house, you will hear the term earnest money. This is like a security deposit that is used to show the seller your good faith in purchasing the house. This is the money you put down, but it isn't your down payment. Earnest money is impo...
By Julie A. Black, CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker
(KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist)
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Most Buyers that are going to be owner occupants don't want to be separated from their pets. We all love our pets and want to make sure before we move, that our furry family members are welcomed.  Here is a partial list of Kauai pet friendly condominiums. 1. Hale Lani Village at Puhi:  Yes to Dog...
By Karen List
(CENTURY 21 Alpha)
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  Check out my new listing in Fremont for $599,950! Open house on Sat. & Sun. from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Check it out: http://www.360baytours.com/35417
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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Edmonds School District is a school district that serves the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and portions of Brier and unincorporated Snohomish County in the state of Washington. "Student learning is the focus of all we do. Governed by a board of directors, our missio...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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1572 Maple 302 Evanston IL 60201 Under ContractThis wonderful 3 bedroom and 2 bath luxury condominium is under contract in one week. I put it on the multiple listing service last weekend and got an overwhelming response. A top of the line property listed at $660,000 and in a very sought after bui...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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    Alderwood Neighborhood in Lynnwood WAAlderwood Manor and the larger encompassing Alderwood is a community that that includes the cities of Lynnwood, Brier and Mountlake Terrace. Alderwood Manor was a farming community where most residents raised chickens, and was connected to Everett and Seat...
By JOE RYSTROM & TEAM, Real Estate Professionals
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     When a home is on the market, the seller's privacy goes out the window. It is almost guaranteed that some buyers will open drawers, peek inside cabinets and touch items that are obviously personal and not included in the sale.Coming home from work to find that the impeccably-made bed you lef...
By Nick Krehnke, 1-800-88-ZERO-DOWN.com "Lets Co-Market together an
(Zero Down Home Mortgage Loans FHA VA Jumbo Credit Repair Wa)
Comments 1
  Zero Down Home Loans in Everett, Wa are still available...but for how long?   As the title suggests, Zero Down Home Loans in Everett, WA are still available...but for how long? Last year, the super popular USDA Mortgage program ran put of money toward the end of April. This was because the dem...
By Robin Rogers, ABR, CRS - Real Estate Broker & Investment Adviser
(Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas)
Comments 69
When I work with real estate investors, I ask for an exclusive agreement in writing before I start searching for their next investment property. Here's why: The San Antonio metro area is huge. There are a lot of properties for sale here, including potential flips, multi-family, and single-family ...
By Kelly and Ryan The Cummings Team, Your Real Estate Consultants For Life!!!
(The Cummings Company)
Comments 1
 Mobile, AL Raleigh Neighborhood Info & Homes For SaleWhy Do People Live Here?Raleigh is a beautiful neighborhood of single family homes that is conveniently located off of Sollie Road in West Mobile. It’s not uncommon to see neighborhood kids playing in the streets of this quaint little oasis. T...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
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Broker's Open Lunch6 de Mayo, 20153626 Lochearn Rd. Gwynn Oak, MD 21207 Come join us for lunch today at 3626 Lochearn Road in Gwynn Oak to see this gorgeous renovation.  If you didn't get a chance to partake of some Hispanic style fare yesterday for cinco de Mayo you can join us today to enjoy lu...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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It is a great time of the year to start looking for your next Dream Home. There are 38 Homes For Sale in Solana Beach!Solana Beach in known for its high cliffs that line the waters edge, which makes its beaches very secluded.  There are five main spots in Solana Beach. Seaside known as a great su...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Warner Robins GA in Shirley Hills SubdivisionSOLD in the Shirley Hills Subdivision in Warner Robins GAHomes under $100K are a premium in Warner Robins GA, and when in good shape, they typically are not on the market long. Such is the case here, as this home was singled out by my read...
By Jeffrey Hopkins, "Choosing the Right Realtor, Means Choosing Me"
(Exit Realty Achieve)
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If you’re like most people, the decision to buy a home involves a number of stresses and strains.  And even experienced homebuyers make costly mistakes that can easily be avoided.  That’s why I’ve identified the 8 best “secrets” to find the right home at the right price, and get the right financ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
For most people, searching for the home of their dreams is easy to do and the services of a realtor may not seem a necessity. After all, anyone with a computer and internet connection can find zillions of listings at the touch of a button. So why would a buyer need an agent to represent them? Wel...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
Large home for sale on almost an acre property located on a cul de sac street and surrounded by Million Dollar homes in Green Brook, NJ.  This colonial home offers spacious rooms with endless potential. Ideal for the buyer looking to ad that personal touch to make this the perfect modern home. 1...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
Wonderful opportunity to custom build the home of your dreams in prized Castle Ridge at Warren Township in Somerset County, NJ. Warren Township was named The 6th Best Place to live in America by Money Magazine. It is a prized place to live, known for its many million-dollar-plus homes and desired...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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Sometimes a roof can naturally reach its end of  life. Texas heat can also work to prematurely age a roof when a home's attic area lacks sufficient ventilation. Intensely high temperatures can literally "cook" a roof from the inside out, and will often show up in the form of a "blister" or granul...