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 Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 15
Lincoln Square Real Estate Today we are taking a look at Lincoln Square Real Estate through the middle of July. The Lincoln Square area of Chicago IL continues to become more and more popular. At this time we are seeing 32% more inventory, 14.6% more closed sales and a 19.5% gain in new listings ...
By Lauren Selinsky Perez, REO -CEO - CDPE - SHORT SALES - Woman Owned
(CA Coastal Estates- Monarch Bay Real Estate DP)
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Twelve Picket Home FOR SALE 94 Nantucket Lane Aliso Viejo CA 92656   $665K This amazing home settled in Twelve Picket Lane is the Largest model of Twelve Picket Lane with an amazing upgraded kitchen with granite countertops and specially designed unlike any other in Twelve Picket Lane. Family roo...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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2014 Grand Mesa 100 Endurance Race Grand Mesa, CO The Grand Mesa 100 is a true test of endurance. This is not for the faint of heart. There are three races involved and the distances are 60K, 50 mile and 100 mile. Most of the races are run at over 9,200 feet in elevation. That's 9,200 feet ab...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     As long as I have been in this business, I think I have heard of and seen just about everything - that is until the other day. A customer called the office complaining that the inspector missed a leak under the property and even sent a photo via email. I looked at the report, and the report ...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 2
4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom DC Ranch Scottsdale! PRESTIGOUS-GATED DC RANCH. 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home with expanded garage on premium lot. Child-friendly w/grass backyd & Flagstone patio. Backs to Wash w/ view fence. Gas stub for BBQ. Tinted windows-Corian counters. Blt-in Fridge-16 in. tile flr...
By Mary Ridenhour, Your Home,..My Specialty
(Keller Williams)
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  2696 Dunlin Dr Fort Mill, SC 29707 MLS #: 3022757 $315,000 5 bedrooms 3.00 bath This home is like new, lovingly cared for, ready to close quick! This beautiful home has many upgrades throughout home, guest bedroom on main with full bath, spaciousness everywhere, living room, dining, great room,...
By Reshawna Leaven, Hoping to be your next Realtor ® in VA, MD or DC
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Why wait for your new home to be built when this home is ready for you to own in Eagles Pointe! Enjoy a secluded and private lot, a community fitness center, swimming pool, tot lots, grill area, tennis courts and more. Property Highlights Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms (possible 5th bedroom in the basement...
By Hawaii homes
(Shirokiya Residential Estates)
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Have you ever seen the Makaha Beach Cabanas?  This condo is on a beautiful beach here on Oahu.   No exaggeration, that's how nice the beach is.  In recent years there have been times when listings rarely came up.  Now that's beginning to change.   The reason - the board of directors has d...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Things are heating up in more ways than you might think. While it is 100 degrees in Charlotte, the humidity is down somewhat from usual but it was 139 degrees in the attic. Wow, yes, the 203k consultant should look in the attic and under the home if there is a crawl space, I must admit that I enj...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 3
Grayhawk Open Houses! 5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2800 square feet of upgraded and move-in ready space! Gorgeous bathrooms and kitchen. Huge backyard featuring heated pebble-tec pool and spa with water feature. Firepit, built-in bbq, and room for sports court or RV/boat. This is a must see at onl...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
Comments 2
4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Spacious corner elevated premium lot with city light and mountain views. Perfect home w/ meticulous owners that have upgraded this home for longevity and energy efficiency. Easy care desert landscape open to the grayhawk trail system! Inside is light, br...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 46
The other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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4 bedroom 3 bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Pristine,delightful,comfortable and very livable home that backs to a common area with views of the Mc Dowell Mtns..Enjoy out door living on the covered patio onthe expanded patio overlooking a green back yard. A formal dining area in the great room allows...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale the Firenze lifestyle spacious 5 bedrooms, 4 bathroom home nestled on one of the largest lots in the award winning “Firenze” neighborhood located inside the guard gated Raptor retreat. Wrap yourself in luxury with this beautiful master retreat overlooking...
By Eric Tont, Executive Vice President, Dwellings Realty Group
(Dwellings Realty Group - Scottsdale & Phoenix Homes)
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For all past, present, and future clients:   PLEASE start using my new and improved website to search for homes in Greater Phoenix or Scottsdale at www.AZPropertyFinder.com.  I think you will find the new site to be much more functional and user friendly.  If you ever need anything real estate re...
By Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate
(Red Key Realty Leaders)
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 Doubletree Lake Estatesis a private gated community of custom luxury homes.  The subdivision is located about an hour from Chicago.  It is close to shopping, and restaurants in the Town of Winfield. Doubletree Westis a community that has seen steady development even through the real estate drop...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Look at these wonderful property deals FOR SALE in TRADITION in Port Saint Lucie FL 34987.  In this awesome community nestled just west of the Ocean with easy access to fine dining, shopping, golf courses, tennis facilities and many residential communities too!   CLICK HERE to see all homes FOR S...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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This 5955 square foot, multi-family apartment building a/k/a the "Steele Building" currently consists of 7 apartments (both 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units) located on a level 6.3 acre lot, in Thornton, New Hampshire.   This building features; post and beam construction, a covered porch e...