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 Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Pending Sale in Bonaire Georgia in Southfield Plantation Subdivision The fact is you have to be quick on your feet in the Bonaire GA real estate market or the home you really want will be contracted when you finally decide to make a move. Such is the case here as my buyers did everything in their...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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98 Minisink Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $149,500 MLS #PM-18463     More on this Arrowhead Lake Chalet Move right in to this 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom Mountain Chalet in desirable Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features unique tongue and groove wood ceiling, knotty pine walls, sunken li...
By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
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Louisville KY has many historic neighborhoods such as Highlands, Original Highlands, Germantown, Butchertown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and more. Within and underneath beautiful historic homes are plumbing materials that simply do not stand the test of time.             Brass, galvanized steel, copp...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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When you think about the importance of staging when a Henry County home goes on the market, you might relate it to how department stores go about increasing sales during the holidays. You have only to stroll through the front door of any of the legendary department stores this time of year to exp...
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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    The presents are wrapped and most likely under a tree in another city.  Your kids have families of their own and now live far away (if not then they’re not upstairs anymore).  You are sitting in your comfortable chair possibly with glass of wine or maybe a cup of tea.  You’re watching your da...
By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Check out our new listing in the Carson Park area of Long Beach!     Schedule a Showing/Request Info Long Beach Homes for Sale El Dorado Park Estates Homes for Sale Long Beach Homes for Sale Signal Hill Homes for Sale Lakewood Homes for Sale Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Avoid Foreclosur...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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129 Sundance Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $146,900 MLS #PM-14790     More info about this Pocono Home Two story home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 3 FULL bathrooms, living room with wood burning stove/fireplace, large family room with propane fr...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
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Bear with me and come buy homes at Bear Creek! Click on Display, and then click on Split (map with details) for list of Bear Creek homes for sale. If still having trouble click on the re-center button.   
By Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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 Lake homes for sale in Waukesha County Wisconsin come in many different styles and floor plans, and best of all they are on some beautiful lakes.Waukesha County Lake properties for sale require a knowledge of each lake, and what each Waukesha County Lake property for sale offers. Perhaps it is t...
By Mahesh Mike Patel, Call Me And Consider It Done!
(First Team Real Estate)
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Anaheim Hills home for sale with 3 master suits - Video It is very rare to find a home for sale with 3 masters.. here is one! List price is $720000.00 6028 Ridgewood Ct, Anaheim Hills Ca  92807     Beautiful 2 Story home located in the Carriage Lane Community of Anaheim Hills. This home features ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Many Home Buyers think that skipping hiring a Buyer Agent or hiring a Discount buyer Agent will save them them money. There is many MYTHS being posted online where Buyers share ideas to save the most money and take the best short cuts. I have a SECRET though, there are no short cuts when buying a...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Buying or Selling Real Estate; You Can’t Afford to Mess Up!     When it comes to buying or selling real estate, the last thing you can afford is making a mistake. Searching for listings, I remember sifting through “thick books” in order to find the perfect home for clients. Back then, the only ...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
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Campestres Living Homes offers a unique, resort style, luxury community at Rockin' J Ranch in Blanco, TX, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. If you’re considering a retirement lifestyle where you can build your next Dream Home, Second Home, or that vacation getaway home tailored to y...
By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
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It is wonderful to have a list of needs and wishes when hunting for a house. But what if the wish list cannot be satisfied in the price range that is available to you? What if there of plenty of homes that satisfy your needs and wants, but you feel you must get a killer deal on price? If you are ...
By Brian and Yolanda Gallegos, Licensed Mortgage lender- HARP/FHA/VA AZ CA
(Amerifirst- for 1st Time buyers, move up buyers )
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Graham Montgomery, 602-616-7097, and Realty One Group are proud to present this pristine horse property with City and Mountain Views in Peoria, AZ.  Would you like to explore and walk this awesome one of a kind property first hand?  Then reach out to Graham today and arrange your very own showing...
By Gina McKinley, ABR, CIAS, CDPE, CRS, SFR - Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, & Scottsdale
(RE/MAX Masters)
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By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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WestAdor Affordable Homes Cedaredge, CO December 2014 Sales and Listings This is a great community conveniently located to just about everything in Cedaredge. There's easy access off of Highway 65 to the subdivision. The area has very little traffic because there are no thru streets. The homes we...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
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Newport Beach Homes for Sale The weather is about 70 degrees and the skies are bright blue. I took my dog for walk this morning on the beach, and there were quite a few surfers out. The wind was minimal and and it was a beautiful morning to enjoy the beach. Also, the tide has been quite high, and...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
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There's a very cool condo in town, and yesterday I showed one of its last available units to a favorite client.  Now, the showing went really well -  until.  We started at the model, which was beautifully staged, and all of the finishes that looked like they should cost a boatload were standard. ...
By Andy Leung, The Power to Move You!
(Team Leung-Keller Williams)
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What? We have to stage our closets too, argh!!!” I can hear you moaning now. Consider when you are looking at houses, do you open the closet doors? Yes, you do, and cabinets, too. If you saw a closet that looked like this. Would you possibly think, “Hmmm, maybe this house doesn’t have enough clos...