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 George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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We've heard the line a million times from real estate and financial professionals; "Home ownership is the single largest investment that a person will make in their lifetime". If this is true, and it certainly is, then shouldn't the commitment be taken more seriously?  I've assisted hundreds of f...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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If you're selling your home in Texas you're required to provide a disclosure notice to potential buyers. Almost every buyer in Texas has the home they're purchasing inspected. In my opinion, home inspectors should be reviewing the seller's disclosure notice prior to conducting the inspection, and...
By Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758
(BHG Real Estate - Kansas City Homes)
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There are 29 Open Houses today in the neighborhoods of Brookside to Westwood. Open House Single Line MLS # StaPtruosp Type Address Subdivision Area Price Type T/OH Date Time 1 1896342 A Residential 4509 Genessee Street Vogel Heights 202 $145,900 Single OH 11/23/2014 1:00­3:00 PM 2 1900567 A Resid...
By Debra B Albert PA KW Realty Port St. Lucie, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Home affordability is measured by the percent of your income it takes to buy a home and the good news is that it is at an all time low, see below:         Complete list of  ($100,000 and under) for sale in St. Lucie West and PGA Village.  These areas are in the top 5 of all areas in St. Lucie Cou...
By Buddy Pope, THE POPE OF REALTY
(BEAN GROUP)
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Country home located at 1256 Bible Hill Road Francestown NH Circa 1948, this spacious country home offers the best in Western-red, cedar-siding and a spectacular S.P. Brooks built post and beam barn.        Spectacular orchard views, and a top of the hill location with very little traffic is what...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Subdivisions Suwanee GA - Find Homes for Sale Search subdivisions in Suwanee GA find homes for sale.  Search LS listing to find houses and homes for sale in Forsyth Co. GA in Suwanee GA subdivisions and communities. Searching for Suwanee GA homes by subdivisions online makes a lot of sense, save...
By Gordon Dey
(Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast)
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Pensacola FL Nature Trail New Home Under $300k.   Nature Trail is one of Pensacola's hottest selling subdivisions. Homes start in the mid 200k to 600k. Nature Trail started with 659 lots to build your custom home on and only 244 are left.  Nature Trail's location is close to the NFCU complex whic...
By Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
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Brookland DC | Catholic University Real Estate Market Report-October 2014    DC Real Estate Market is still a red hot Real Estate Market. According to an article published by Redfin,Brookland DC Real Estate is one of the top three real estate markets in the country to flip a property.        Here...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
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     I often get asked to do re-inspections during the final walk-through before the closing at escrow. Most home owners and agents are not skilled at the art of what inspectors do so they rely on the team members to to ensure that the repairs made where done correctly and to codes. I always remi...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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Click for All Town Listings ...    Garwood is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 4,226. Garwood was incorporated as a borough in 1903, from portions of Cranford and Westfield. Garwood Public Schools serves studen...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Often folks try pinching pennies while trying to save for a down payment on a home.  They look for the little ways like giving up their morning lattes, clipping coupons, turning off a light or two, and even recycling cans.  However, it is the big-ticket items that truly make the difference, when...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Ready to Buy a Home Now”   A few weeks ago, I shared a post about someone who called me to introduce himself and let me know that he had been referred by a couple of different people. He told me that folks had been encouraging him to become a homeowner, but he was still reluctant because of the ...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Massapequa, NY Home For Sale With A Professional Office Open House 11/23/14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  View this impressive home in detail   The home is in  School District 23 which is the most desirable School District in Massapequa.  We invite you to visit LongIslandrealestatesearch to view in full deta...
By Todd Picconi, Rancho Cucamonga Real Estate, WWW.PICCONIPROPERTIE
(TODD PICCONI, BROKER)
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1415 KEYSTONE DRIVE, SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92407 CULDESAC CUTIE!     San Bernardino Stunning Single Story with Many Awesome Amenities.     Asking $255,000 Just Listed!    Must See this North San Bernardino Single-Story w/Oversized Pie-Shaped Lot...and RV on a Small Culdesac!!! 3 bedroom,2 bath home,...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate 208-610-0011
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Ever have one of those offers that just had you on pins and needles?       As a real estate agent we all write up purchase and sale contracts all the time.  We write them up, make the appropriate copies, we call the listing agent to give them the pitch and send it off to await an answer.  It is s...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
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  Unfortunately Realtors® are always being compared to used car salesman. It really makes me mad. I personally see nothing wrong with being a car salesmen at all. In fact, I believe it's a tough profession just like my own. It's hard dealing with the public on a regular basis. BUT ...... Let me ...
By Cheryl! Tisland, BSCS, Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives Phoenix)
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Historic Park Manors Neighborhood in Chandler Arizona is located at the northwest corner of Chandler Blvd and Hartford Street and was established in 1947.  The neighborhood is a member of the Chandler Neighborhoods in Action program and had its first meeting on June 25, 2013.  Homes in this neigh...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Homes For Sale in Westover Crossing-78251 Westover Crossing in San Antonio is a community of approximately five-hundred (500) homes. The community is in northwest San Antonio between Potranco Road and W. Military Drive. Most of the homes in the community were built by KB Home between 2002 and 200...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
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This is my favorite kitchen of the week from our weekly Tuesday gallivanting around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to check out new listings for our clientele. Talk about gorgeous and flirting with a modern flair, yet still encompassing the Rolling Hills lifestyle with a big city view and room for h...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
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How to Avoid Buying a Lipstick on a Pig The other day I was reading a real estate forum where one home buyer complained (and rightfully so) they had paid out $850 for a home inspection and an appraisal that ended up in a cancelled purchase contract – the home they sought to buy turned out to be a...