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 Vanessa Reilly, domoREALTY, Homes for Sale - Atlanta
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WRITTEN BY ERICA BAHAM, BUYER'S AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE FOR DOMO REALTY   DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LENDER and I do not claim to be one. All opinions expressed here are merely the suggestions and observations of a real estate agent. For advice on how to qualify for a mortgage loan, contact your local l...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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The Law of Diminishing Returns Applies To Home Buying Too! That home you're looking at is SWEEEEET!   EVERYTHING you wanted and more!  Yep, bells, whistles, the WHOLE SHEBANG!!!  But it should come with a warning label:  THIS HOUSE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS! We watched a movie recently and (excuse t...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Chicago Lincoln Square Real Estate The Lincoln Square area of Chicago is continuing to be very popular and a desired area of Chicago to live. Compared to some other places in the city and the Chicago Land North Shore, Lincoln Square offers good value. Lincoln Square is a community of about 44,000...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
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VICTORIA SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE 554 HEATHERDALE LANE 4 BEDROOM TOWNHOUSE 2-4 PM Google Map Showing Heatherdale Lane   HOT NEW PRICE VICTORIA 4 BED TOWNHOUSE ROYAL OAK was $540,000. Good News Victoria Home Buyers, my 4 Bed 3 Bath Townhouse listing is Now Only $512,000. PUT THIS TOWNHOUSE ON YOUR MUST...
By Diane M. Phillips, Realtor 443-286-4365
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
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  Retailers  are good at what they do. They hit us hard this time of year with deals that are crafted specifically to trigger our sense of urgency or fear of missing out and the promise of saving a few bucks.  Is it really worth it?  Black Friday has in recent years turned tragic.     Focusing on...
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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    Bonita Springs Florida homes listed for sale in Southport on the Bay is an interesting subject when it comes to how this neighborhood is perceived for those in the market for a new residence in the area.  Part of this comes from the fact that it is physically situated in Collier County even t...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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 We got a call from a Buyer in distress..He had quickly sold his home in a southern state and was working with a relocation company and moving to Wisconsin.     He was assigned an agent from another brokerage and told her that he wanted to get out and see homes and close as quickly as possible. ...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Are you looking for a home in Grand Prairie but haven't found anything you like yet? We have great news for you!      This week 19 homes got listed in Grand Prairie. That adds a whole new set of options for you, don't you think? The lowest list price is $48,500 while the highest is $335,000 with ...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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JUST LISTED 304 Colony Drive, Arlington, TX Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full Living Area Approx: 1428 List Price: $Get Current Price Schedule a Showing Search All Homes For Sale Arlington Homes For Sale Mansfield Homes For Sale Fort Worth Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth?...
By Nicole Doty Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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Peralta Trails in Gold Canyon Arizona is a quiet, secluded, gated community east of Gilbert. This scenic subdivision developed by Del Webb is situated right at the base of the magnificent Superstition Mountains and includes a community pool, community center with fitness equipment and a library....
By Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Relocation & Luxury Home Specialist
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
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Free Mobile App Real Estate Finder for the Raleigh - Cary - Apex Areas   Scan the QR code to upload my Keller Williams Mobile App. Using this mobile app, you can search for homes anywhere including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding Triangle Areas.  If yo...
By Aaron Silverman, Improving the Real Estate Experience through Educa
(Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC)
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This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is located in the Gates at Dunes West in Mt Pleasant has new hardwood floors.   The home is available for immediate move-in.   More information available at http://bluewaterpropertymanagement.net/2225-kings-gate/
By Cliff Johnson
(Solid Source Realty)
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How to Buy a Home  Purchasing your first home can be quite an adventure. As with any adventure, it also comes with pitfalls and confusion. Not only do you have to find the perfect house for your family, you also want to insure it fits your budget. Even a low priced fixer-upper can be too expensiv...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ GREAT WINTER HOMES SPECIAL! ♥   Arizona Affordable Home for Sale in Rancho El Dorado  $139,000   41682 W Warren Lane 3Beds/2Baths  1480 SqFt of living space MLS# 5122381   You will love this kitchen that has loads of counter space, beautiful oak cabinetry and new white appliances with island.  ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Townhomes for Sale in Purcellville.  Call Lenn 800-711-7988. There are few town homes in Purcellville.  However, the examples below represent good value. CLICK on picture of house for more photos and information. $399,736 305 CROFT SQ 3 BR 3 full 1 half BA MLS# LO8498491 PURCELLVILLE Zip: 20132 S...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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6AM HotList $675 Monthly No Bank Qualifying 4-2.5 Summerville Rent to Own Home **  2014 48 Hour Special  ** Buy Early - Reserve Now For Discounts! Rent-to-Own in Sunny Summerville SC 1 Month Free Rent, 24 Months Reduced Rent. 30 Days Free Utilities.   Available January 25, 2015 - Reserve Now For ...
By Chris Brown- Florida Home Loan Specialist | Certified Mortgage Planner, Chris Brown 407.367.2974
(Chris Brown | Certified Mortgage Planners)
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Whether you’re just starting to shop for a new home or you’ve already found the perfect new house and you’re ready to submit an offer, if you’re taking out a mortgage loan to cover some of the home’s purchase price you should be aware of the various closing costs you may encounter. In today’s blo...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ GREAT WINTER GETAWAY SPECIAL! ♥   Arizona Priced to Sell Single Level Home in Rancho El Dorado  $139,000   41682 W Warren Lane 3Beds/2Baths  1480 SqFt of living space MLS# 5122381   You will love this kitchen that has loads of counter space, beautiful oak cabinetry and new white appliances with...
By DJ Morris
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
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The stunning condo community of Ocean Trail has everything you need to enjoy a luxurious Florida's lifestyle. Residents here partake in the amazing views of water or the scenic Jupiter Dunes Golf Course. Amenities here include a 24-hour security, swimming pools, a sauna, exercise facility, underg...
By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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Columbia MD Real Estate Market Report – October 2014 Columbia is an ideal place to live and work in Central Maryland. It's in demand thanks to it's many cultural attractions and great geographic location. This town in Howard County is a popular planned community which is a great choice for peopl...