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 Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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SANTA CRUZ VICTORIAN HOME FOR SALE 1104 KING STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 1ST 1 -4 PM   Chance of a lifetime to own a classic Santa Cruz Victorian home!  These do not come on the market often and this is a real opportunity to live in a one of a kind home.  This property is...
By Ben Ganje + Partners, Minneapolis Market Leader
(Lakes Sotheby's International Realty)
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602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis Find similar condos for sale to the 602 602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis.   Get the current value of your Minneapolis condo or home in todays market. Find out more details about the latest luxury condominium project to hit the Min...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Homes for Sale in Lovettsville, Loudoun County, Virginia, 800-711-7988 Example of homes for sale in Lovettsville in the $550,000 price range on 1/2 acre lots.This home is in Dutchman's Creek, see map below. New homes for sale LovettsvilleNew construction LovettsvilleHomes on acreage in Lovettsvil...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
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The Lise Howe Group represented a wonderful couple who were first time homebuyers in the purchase of 23311 Brewers Tavern Way in Clarksburg, MD. Although they own property in another country, this was the first time they had bought a property in the United States.  They were sure that they would ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
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The short answer - because the name on the sign out front is the seller's agent.  There are many potential mistakes a home buyer can make along the way to buying a home and key among these is not getting their own real estate agent.Regardless of what the marketing material says ("call the listing...
By Tanya Stevenson, Tanya Stevenson, CDPE, 1-719-963-6582
(Park Avenue Properties Of Colorado Springs LLC)
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Taxpayers who own homes will be interested in IRS and first time homeowner tax credits for 2013. Tax credits differ from tax deductions in that tax deductions lower taxable income, and tax credits reduce the tax liability or overall tax amount owed. Two tax credits in particular deserve attention...
By John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA
(RIVER FARM PROPERTIES, LLC)
Comments 8
  New Listing FOR SALE in Dartmouth, MA. Spacious 2002 Colonial,  - 2,442 sq.ft  - 1.83 Acres.   - 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full and 2 Half Baths - 2X6 construction by builder/owner. Wood stove, R-19 & R-38 insulation throughout home.  Open floor plan with spacious rooms.   Privacy & Value.   OFFERED at:  $...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
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  There is a time for waiting. There is a time for watching. There is a time for planning. There is a time for Action.   Are you ready to act on your Real Estate Dream? Current Austin/Round Rock real estate market is an action only market. Very low inventory and builders are backed up almost 8 m...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 2
A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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*Retirement Homes in Goodyear Arizona*   Palm Valley Fantastic Winter Pool Home in Golf Course of Goodyear AZ!  Visit Today! Stunning TW Lewis home looking like a model home inside and out with so many amenities and upgrades any homeowner would appreciate. From its dramatic courtyard entry to eac...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Glen Park, Glen Ellyn, Illinois - March 2015 About Glen Park Glen Park is a single family home community built in the 1960's. Glen Park is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois east of Park Blvd. and north of Butterfield Road. Average taxes in Glen Park $7,578 Average association fees in Glen Park $0 ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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City Lights, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois - March 2015 About City Lights City Lights is a 45 unit condo building built in 2004. City Lights is located in the River West neighborhood of Chicago at 725 N. Aberdeen. Average taxes in City Lights $4,772 Average association fees in City Lights $...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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1001 W. 15th, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois - March 2015 About 1001 W. 15th 1001 W. 15th is a condo building in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago. Average taxes in 1001 W. 15th $646 Average association fees in 1001 W. 15th $407 ($407 - $407) Average home size in 1001 W. 15th 1,2...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Wheatland South, Naperville, Illinois - March 2015 About Wheatland South Wheatland South is a single family home neighborhood built in the mid 1970's. Wheatland South is located in Naperville, Illinois on 103rd east of Route 59. Average taxes in Wheatland South $5,181 Average association fees in...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Liberty Lakes, Wauconda, Illinois - March 2015 About Liberty Lakes Liberty Lakes is a subdivision of single family homes built in the mid to late 2000's by Town and Country Homes and later by K. Hovnanian Homes. Liberty Lakes is located in Wauconda, Illinois on Gilmer Road just west of Fairfield...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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New Century Town, Vernon Hills, Illinois - March 2015 About New Century Town New Century Town is a townhouse and a single family neighborhood located in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Amenities in New Century Town include Big Bear Lake, bike paths, parks and playgrounds, schools and shopping within wal...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Heritage Park, Arlington Heights, Illinois - March 2015 About Heritage Park Heritage Park is a single family home community. Heritage Park is located on Ridge off Golf and Fernandez in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Average taxes in Heritage Park $9,895 Average association fees in Heritage Park $0...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 2
Best Offer  4br - 2654 ft2 - 4 bd - 2.5 ba- 2 car       Summerville Short Sale New Listing   Dorchester District 2 Schools ** See 1014 Whitlow Boulevard  - Summerville SC 29483 http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/property.cfm?property_id=40416   ** Complete Our VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home Tod...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 0
Dedham, Precinct 1, Westfield Street, 375 Westfield Street, Dedham, MA is, without dispute, one of the nicest roads to meander in all of New England, let alone Dedham.  Dedham is one of the oldest and most important towns in this colonial area.  Dedham is and has been the county seat for Norfolk ...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
Comments 0
Willowgate, St. Charles, Illinois - March 2015 About Willowgate Willowgate is a townhouse community built in the late 1990's. Willowgate is located in St. Charles, Illinois on Route 31 south of Route 64. Average taxes in Willowgate $14,741 Average association fees in Willowgate $430 ($430 - $430...