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 Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews AMP DAC
(Hants Realty Limited)
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  Executive Home For Sale in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Executive Home For Sale Country Estate for sale in Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Luxury Home #novascotia   40 Brierden Court, Antigonish New Price! $699,000 Executive Home - Impeccably maintained and spacious family home surrounded by acres of manic...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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Take it from a huge Patriots fan and mortgage banker, deflated footballs aren't good, but deflation in mortgage rates is great! One of the biggest surprises coming into the new year is the substantial decline in mortgage rates.  We've been hovering in the 3.75% range for a few weeks now.  I think...
By Susan Nealey
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You called your lender, you discussed your private finances and you agreed upon a number that will allow you to buy a house AND have a life.  Feels pretty good, doesn't it? Now, you and I can meet and start the process of looking at houses.   When we first meet in person, I MUST tell you about ag...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
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Your Relationship with Your Realtor– You’ve probably never given much thought to your relationship with your Realtor. But I spend my days with buyers and sellers…or at least those thinking about doing a transaction! With over 11 years of real estate behind me, I still marvel at all the different ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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After months of looking at homes you finally find that one special house you just can't wait to call home. You and your Real Estate Agent carefully research all of the comparable homes in the area to formulate an offer and you can't help but notice that all of the other homes in the neighborhood...
By Jack Lara, "Jack Lara...Your Real Estate Advisor"
(Main Street Properties, Inc.)
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  Schedule a Showing/Request Info What is Your Home Worth? Homes for Sale: Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, Pace, Cantonment Pensacola Short Sale - Avoid Foreclosure   Jack Lara Broker-Associate Main Street Properties, Inc. 850-554-9543 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 47...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Drastic times require some hard core writing in today's blog. When a new Bank Owned listing hits the market, it is a given my marketing will attract a HUGE response filled with showings and multiple first day offers. Buyers and their Buyer Agents will jockey for the best offer. Some will opt to p...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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It is 2015, and the DFW Metroplex is still in a full-on Seller's Market. With less than 2 months of inventory on the ground, Sellers are enjoying multiple offers and the ability to hand pick the strongest, most qualified Buyers in the bunch. Professional Buyer Agents know that submitting a seriou...
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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  W. Babylon Wide Line Hi Ranch Newly Price Adjusted   Open House 1/25/15 - 1:00 PM - 3-00 PM   View This W. Babylon Home In Detail   View Similar W. Babylon Homes Currently For Sale   Spacious W. Babylon Hi Ranch OverviewMapsPhotosOpen House $349,000 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms2...
By Amy Houston Helm, Open the Door to All Possibilities
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage )
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  New Construction Crafted by MBD Builders, Inc In the Waterfront Community of Pecan Grove Featured on Houzz.com Magnificent two story traditional all brick home on a .82 acre corner lot overlooking the pond on East Colonnade in Pecan Grove.  You are greeted with 10' ceilings in the picturesque f...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
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7 Reasons Why It Is A Great Time To Buy A New Home After a resurgence in our new home sales success in 2014, in several of our East West communities in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, many are predicting a banner year for the real estate industry in 2015. The pent up demand has been building ...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Henry County home owners don’t have to live in the kind of January landscape that features blizzards and snowdrifts to want to winterize their home before the onslaught of the chilliest temperatures. In even the mellowest of climates, winterization is a way to shrink energy bills. And even if the...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta GA 3-Bedroom Homes for Sale Atlanta GA 3-Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3-bedroom homes for sale in Atlanta GA. The listings below all have a minimum of at least ...
By Robert & Lisa Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate
(Keller Williams Valley Realty)
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 Homes For Sale in Hillsdale NJ between $250,000 & $750,000Do you want to know what home prices are for Hillsdale New Jersey currently? The attached link below is for all current single family homes that are for sale, right now, priced between $250,000 and $750,000.Looking for a home in Hillsdale...
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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  First Showing Fantastic Massapequa Park, NY Home   Open House 1/25/14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  View this Massapequa Park home in detail      We invite you to visit LongIslandrealestatesearch to view in full      detail this Massapequa Park Home.   Fantastic Split Level Home OverviewMapsPhotosOpen Hou...
By NW Real Estate |Colleen Fischesser & CO Serving Seattle-Tacoma area Since 1990!, Serving Seattle-Tacoma Home Sellers & Buyers since
(RE/MAX Select R.E | Designated Broker/Owner)
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What is earnest money and why do I need to pay it? One of the most common questions I'm asked by first time home buyers is "What is earnest money and why do I have to pay it?"  The answer usually leads to more questions but let's start with the basics. Earnest money is an up-front amount of money...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   The Los Angeles County Bank Owned Home Foreclosure Report is now available.    Stay on top of this market with my bi-weekly REO Blog which posts you on newly listed bank owned homes for sale.  I invite you to preview these listings as a One Line R...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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PLEASE CONTACT ME TO RESERVE YOUR LOT TODAY!!! The Legacy at Cary Creek has been planned with the active resident in mind, to compliment their unique lifestyle.  Each house has been designed to cater to the residents, with main level living home floor plans, open, accessible floor plans, and stai...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Debbie Reynolds has a contest on Active rain which requires us to call an active rain member and write about the call. I called Kristin Walter , a real estate agent in Colorado. Kristin recently subscribed to my blog so I thought I would call and get to know her too. She recently joined active ra...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
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Foreclosed Homes for Sale in Orange County CA     Welcome to the Orange County, California Bank Owned Foreclosure Report.     This bi-weekly REO Blog provides you access to newly listed homes which can be viewed as a One Line Report or as a Brief Report which provides you an image and additional ...