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 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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 HOA Documents - If Buyers do not Read It Could Cost You!     All buyers contracting on a home in a covenant community will receive Association documents including declarations, articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreements and rules and regulations.          B...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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What is the Union Plus® Mortgage Program?     Simply put, it's a Wells Fargo program that includes special benefits for union members and their families.     $500 Award Card   When you purchase a new home with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, you will be sent a $500 My Mortgage Gift award after closing...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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Water falls have an almost magnetic attraction. The sound of rushing, cascading water is soothing, compelling. Nature's white noise. It's similar with the sound of the surf, a babbling brook or a summer rain, the sound of moving water is calming. Water can also be said to either be destructive or...
By Lanre Folayan, How much is my Petworth DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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Bowie MD 20721 Real Estate Market Report-September 2014.   Bowie MD zip codes also consist of 20715,20716 and 20720. So while this Bowie MD Real Estate Market Report doesn't include these zip codes,this real estate market report can be still benefit any home buyers and/or Home sellers who are loo...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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    My dream home would be a Santa Fe style home. Growing up in the Arizona desert, these homes were designed to fit the landscape and to keep you cool in the hot summer sun.      I love original saltillo tile and large glass windows.       Santa Fe style features large open floor plans and mixes...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Chicago North Shore Market Report Single Family Homes The Chicago North Shore which is all the Suburbs from Evanston North through Lake Forest is at a high at this time with 318 single family home sales by Contract from the beginning of the year through the end of September. 2013 had some peaks t...
By Alex Yeager
(Fidelity Real Estate - St. George Utah)
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  As October comes to a scary end and the 2014 holiday season begins to fire up, a quick review of the Southern Utah MLS system reveals that there are 105 active listings for St. George Utah retirement properties; homes in adult communities. Drilling down on the 106 active retirement community li...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Open House 2356 La Senda Drive Sunday, November 2nd 1 - 3 P.M. Come see this great home in the Telshor area of Las Cruces, N.M. this Sunday from 1 - 3 P.M. 2356 La Senda Drive is a (approx) 1421 sq.ft., 3 bedroom and 1.75 bathroom home with a 2 car garage. You will find a light and bright open sp...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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Today is Halloween.  This is a day we expect to see things that are not as they really are and hear things that may be a bit frightening.   But when one is buying a house every day should be treated like Halloween... don't believe all you hear, see or read. The available information about a parti...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Selected open houses for this weekend 11/01/2014-11/02/2014   Previous Modify Search Next 483 homes which met your search!   MLS#: SR14226951 $649,000 Recently Updated! Single Family 6138 Jamieson Avenue Encino, CA 91316 0.138 acres (approx) 3 Bedrooms / 2 Baths 1475 SF (approx) More Details...  ...
By Colorado Dream House Team, Real People. Real Professionals. Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty DTC)
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Recently, I had the experience of helping a great couple go under contract on a new construction deal in Back Country, Highlands Ranch. I’m very familiar with doing new construction and it dawned on me that the questions I ask when helping my clients could be missed if you were building a new hom...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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For any Henry County resident who has ever been stymied by seemingly arbitrary (or, put another way, nutty) lowering of his or her all-important credit score, next month’s beginning rollout of Fair Isaac’s new credit score model should be welcome news. It will be known as “FICO 9”—and promises to...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Intown Homes for Sale and Metro Atlanta Homes Atlanta intown homes for sale and homes for sale around metro Atlanta.  Looking for homes or real estate for sale in the Atlanta Metro?  Well welcome to our Atlanta Metro homes search page.  Here you can find Atlanta homes listed for sale in ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Albert Team KW Realty Port St. Lucie FL 34986, Unlocking the Door to Real Estate For You
(Keller Williams Realty)
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If you love golf, you will love PGA Village the amenities offered   Which championship course today?  Your options include The Wanamaker, by Tom Fazio The Ryder, by Tom Fazio The Dye, by Pete Dye, The Country Club, by Jim Fazio.   Stay and Play for a weekend or select a Condo or Villa Winter Con...
By Mark Corbett
(The Buyer's Choice)
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Happy Halloween! Have a safe and great time trick or treating tonight! Ihop and Bass Pro Shops are have some FREE events and freebies. As always, these offers are valid at participating locations. You may want to call ahead to your specific store to verify they are participating in these events a...
By Anne Lok, Homes for Modern City Dwellers
(Homelife Realty One Ltd. Brokerage)
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    260 Sackville St 1103, Toronto, ON M5A 0B3 $394,900Condominium2 Bedrooms1 BathroomInterior: 743 sqftMore Photos and Additional Info Photos                 Interested? See more information or schedule showing For more information, contact 416-922-5533 ANNE LOKHomelife/Realty One Ltd. Brokerage...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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  North Kingstown Home for Sale In Contract Prior to Listing   This North Kingstown home for sale had not come to the RI real estate market yet but as the neighborhood RI real estate agent I watched it closely.  It did not take me long to connect with the contractor who was renovating and making ...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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    How does it just keep getting better and better?  That is the question you may ask when you start looking at Naples Florida new construction homes for sale in Port Royal.  This ultra exclusive development is situated on some of the finest sections of real estate in the entire world, between N...
By P.J. Virgilio Jr., Realtor 408-568-6578 Selling homes in the Greater San Jose area and South through San Martin, Gilroy, San Juan Bautista and Hollister as well!
(Keller Williams Realty Silicon Valley)
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Current Inventory stats for week 44, Santa Teresa area, San Jose, CA (95111, 95119, 95138, 95139) ... once again, it's our interpretation of what the market is really doing and where it's heading.             More Real Estate and Less Hype;   2 Single family homes currently listed as bank owned. ...