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 Richard Michaels, 100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients
(Keller Williams Macomb)
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Large 4 bedroom Colonial located in the City of Richmond   This home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in the beautiful City of Richmond. Upper level features Master Suite with it's own bathroom, also includes 3 additional large bedrooms and bathroom. Main level includes large living area, kit...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 25
Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a buyer's agent. And, now, many years later you...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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This morning, I posted my quarterly affordable home market report for one of the northern Colorado communities that we cover. And I did something that has left me deeply unsettled - I changed our working definition of "affordable".   In the past, we considered homes priced $200K and und...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
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  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptabl...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
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One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last ten years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and take as they say. It's important to l...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
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This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...
By Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
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3 Bedroom Home For Sale in Alexandria La- 1019 Cinderella Court Searching for a 3 Bedroom home in Alexandria, La? Need space without breaking the bank? If so, 1019 Cinderella Court should be on your must see list. Let's take a minute and see what this 3 bedroom home has to offer. Why 1019 Cin...
By Gary & Melynda Wolter, Wolter Team Realtors, CRS 319-350-7901
(Iowa Realty)
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5101 Harbet Ave, NW  SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AT WWW.WOLTERSOLD.COM  $109.000 Very updated & completely remodeled...move in and start enjoying this home! You will be amazed by the theater room that includes a 110 inch screen, 1080p HD projector and surround sound. All new kitchen with new custom m...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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10536 Creekmere Dr Dallas Tx, 75218 - 4 bedroom - 2.1 bathroom - split bedroom upstairs - lots of yard ( front & back ) - fireplace - 2,311 sq feet LOCHWOOD GEM!! Close to White Rock Lake and facing a greenbelt, this completely updated elevated home has been remodeled with a modern flair from...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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And the Walls Came Tumbling Down...Open Concept Revisited   Everything old is new again.Sooner or later, it all comes back, normally with a fashion-forward twist. For clothing, it has long been my policy to pass on a trend  its second go-round if I'm old enough to remember wearing it the firs...
By Right Choice Realty, Buying or Selling a Home, Make the Right Choice
(Right Choice Realty)
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Right Choice Realty 13121 University Drive Fort Myers, Florida, 33907   Suburban, Urban or Rural: Which is Right for You? If you're unfettered by a particular job in a particular locale, deciding where to live isn't as easy as it may seem. Often, a battle ensues between our heads and our ...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Homes for Sale with Second Kitchens Atlanta homes for sale with second kitchens. If you are searching for homes for sale in the Atlanta area that have a second kitchen then you have your work cut out for you! They are not impossible to find but we do have quite a few homes that have them....
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
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(Libby Hill Park) Wanda Fears (804) 909-2777   Where to start? Honestly, I couldn’t really think of any neighborhoods that is more Richmond than Churchill, well maybe some areas in the Fan and alongside Monument Ave. There is a very common misconception that Churchill is not a good neighborhood,...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Homes for Sale with Master Bedroom on Main Level Master bedroom on main level search homes for sale.  If you are tired of going up and down stairs to go to bed, then you may be interested in searching for homes in the greater Atlanta area that have their master bedroom on the main level! ...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
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Luxury Home For Sale in St Charles, IL This stunning 5BR/3BA home from 1938 is a blend of history with modern conveniences for the whole family to enjoy.  The winding drive from Crane Road brings you to a secluded 1.3-acre lot lush with mature trees and colorful plantings.  Immediately, you noti...
By Amy Jones Group, Recognized as the #1 RE/MAX Team in the Valley
(RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com)
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More Information   Shows like new! This 3 bed, 2.5 bath 2-story builder’s model was built in ‘06 but has only been lived in for the last 2yrs. Desert landscaping in the front & stone accents in the entry way are only the beginning of the upgrades in this beautiful Ahwatukee home in Tapestry a...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Homes for Sale with Exercise Rooms Atlanta homes for sale with an Exercise Rooms. If you are searching for homes for sale in the Atlanta area for a home with exercise rooms then you are fortunate to have found this real estate web page.  In today's health conscious society exercise ro...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta Gated Community Search Homes for Sale Gated Community search homes for sale.  If you are searching for security, and privacy when owning a home in Atlanta then you may be interested in searching for homes in the greater Atlanta area that are located in a gated community!  Gated communitie...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
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The Frankin TN housing market has been crazy this year. Homes that are priced appropriately and properly prepared for sale are selling quickly. You would think that buyers would be knocking our doors down trying to find the right buyer's agent to help them buy a home. Instead, what I am findi...