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.

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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 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 Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 30
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 Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 19
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 Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 20
​ 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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 23
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 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)
Comments 1
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)
Comments 18
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 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 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)
Comments 6
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 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 Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
Comments 7
Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz - Real Estate Agent for the Realty One Group   Robert "Vegas Bob" Swetz is a licensed Real Estate agent for the Realty One Group. The Realty One Group has 4 different offices across the Las Vegas Valley and Henderson Nevada. With all of these different locations it is ver...
By Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS
(Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC)
Comments 4
Colonial with a spacious kitchen w/breakfast bar, dining room with bay window, living room w/fireplace, wood and/or tile floors throughout the main home.  Basement is partially finished, too!  Offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1st floor laundry, 1st floor family room w/vaulted ceiling, foyer, c/a...
By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Comments 1
Pensacola Home Source: Homes in Pensacola For Sale, Buyers Rebates, Free Foreclosure List of Homes in Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida.   Feds issue rules for appraisal management companies Six agencies, including the FDIC, FHFA and Federal Reserve, joined forces to propose rules for AMCs....
By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
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Clarksburg Maryland New Construction Tips for HOMEBUYERS What a New Construction Insider Could help you in the purchase of your new home UNBIASED OPINION ....we do not represent the builder, we represent YOU!   Builder models Close outs Discounted New Houses Free Morning Rooms Finished Basement D...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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Many Franklin TN buyers are afraid to commit to one agent. I'm not sure the reason but we all have access to the same information. If you spoke to one agent and he told you a house was already under contract, that isn't going to change because you speak with a different agent. My suggestion--cont...