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 Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
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MOVE-IN READY! A spacious 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a huge den and large living room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a gas stove cook top, granite countertops, and an abundance of oak cabinets. The living room is carpeted and has a picture window. The den features tile floorin...
By Stieg Strand, Real Estate Industry Leader & Home Marketing Guru
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 34
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 37
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
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Click for All Town Listings ...  Green Brook is a township in Somerset County, NJ. Green Brook was incorporated as a township in 1932 and shares the Zip Code 08812 with Dunellen (a borough in Middlesex County, NJ). The Green Brook School District serves students in Grades K - 8th. It includes on...
By Gordon Crawford, Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
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1 Twins Court in Randolph, this Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 4!  Brand new drop-dead gorgeous kitchen and more!!!  Sure to draw a crowd..     ( i tried to post a picture but couldn't get it to take.  Will try again tomorrow)
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Homes For Sale in Lovettsville With Acreage for Horses, 800-711-7988.   City ListPrice Lot Acres Lovettsville $524,900 6.58 Round Hill $599,900 6.6 Leesburg $649,900 5.42 Middleburg $799,000 19.8 Purcellville $799,000 5.6 Waterford $995,000 15 Purcellville $1,700,000 50.03 Purcellville $1,945,000...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
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Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 59
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
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SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla. SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla.   Search Entire South Florida MLS at http://www.southfloridaestatehomes.com/   FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunr...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 2
 Buying a Home?  Don't Compromise your "Must Have" list   Buying a home is an emotional adventure. Don't think so? Tune up your listening skills.   As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we only work for home buyers.  Here's what we're hearing: "I have to have a big back yard. I have great childhood memories...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 4
Could you get a lot more work done daily if you could use the two hours you normally spend in the car working on your laptop or iPad?   Could you get a better paying job in the future if  you could take the VRE to work daily?   This home has hardwood floors, three large bedrooms, three full bath...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Contemporary Architecture, a primer for Dedham Luxury home. As a real estate professional I am in and out of homes every single day. As the years go by I can safely say I am close to have seen it all.  The exception is when I list or help purchase a contemporary home.  They are always quite diffe...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Inside Mortgage Finance is a periodical that precisely lives up to its name: Henry County residential real estate professionals can turn to it for the latest word on national trends inside the mortgage industry. Admittedly, this usually makes for pretty dull reading for outsiders (that is, everyo...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 0
Pualani Estates still has a few foreclosures to sell off, allthought this is not my listing, Fannie Mae supplies me with this list and  I can represent you as a buyer if you are interested.  Here are some more details from the listing agent.    3 Beds, 2 Baths | 1,385 sq. ft. | Single-Family REO ...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 6
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   New Listing in Overland Park       OPEN HOUSE:     March 08, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM     Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?...
By Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
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    Are you Dreaming of a New Home in Northern Virginia?   If so let me tell you why you may want to consider Potomac Shores just of 95 in Prince William County. Potomac Shores is like no  other community in Northern Virginia. From the moment you drive up to the community you get the sense this i...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
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  85234 Homes for Sale-Gilbert Arizona Real Estate     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the same pe...
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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    When it comes to find a new carefree residence in a luxury in a golf community, you can’t do much better than the condos listed for sale in Grey Oaks Naples Florida to at least start your hunt.  This fabulous gated development has its main entrance off of Airport-Pulling Road, north of Golden...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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You don't need to look in every corner of the city to find your dream home. Here's a buyer tip - narrow down your search. How? Watch the video below to find out.      Buying a home is simpler when you're working with an experienced real estate team.  If you are interested in buying or selling a h...