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 Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 100
  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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 43
 Fake Listings   Got another call from an investor that wanted to see a For Sale By Owner.   I asked if he had the number to reach the Seller, and he did not.   So, my investigative resources started working, and found the Seller's place of employment, and luckily she was at work.   It was very a...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 12
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 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 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 Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Prudential Preferred Real Estate; www.Auburn-Realtor.com)
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Welcome to Cary Creek Cary Creek, a 330 acre master planned community, is one of Auburn’s newest and most exciting residential and commercial communities in the Southeast.  The Cary-Pick family is planning, developing and now sharing this special land for those who will now call Cary Creek home, ...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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There Are Four New Short Sale Listings In Encinitas!   This is a great time of year to buy your next home. What are you waiting for? There are 4 new Short Sale Listings in Encinitas! If you have been looking in San Diego for your next home Dream Home, you must take a look at the community of Enci...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Are you considering whether to buy short sale homes? That is a perfectly reasonable option especially if cost is what you're primarily concerned with. It makes a lot of sense going for a short sale home. To aid you in your search, we can give you a free list of short sale homes in Twin Creeks whi...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Arlington Homes For Sale Mansfield Homes For Sale Fort Worth Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale   Marla Yost Team Keller Williams Realty 817-382-9791 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Alvarado Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth?   Marla Yost Team Keller Williams Realty 817-382-9791 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 12078396   Licensed In:Texas License #:0525481...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
4623 Steepleridge Trail, Granbury, TX Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 half Living Area Approx: 2813 List Price: $Get Current Price Schedule a Showing Granbury Homes For Sale Arlington Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Search All homes for Sale Mortgage & Refinance What is Your Home Worth...
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 Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
  LISTING AGENT...MARLA YOST TEAM 817-382-9791 OR 817-223-6399 FOR ALL DETAILS & MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION... 4 bedroom South Arlington home with room for everyone! Large kitchen has lots of counter & cabinet space, open to breakfast area with cozy window seats and spacious family room with fi...
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 Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Berkeley Lake GA Homes for Sale by Prince Range Search Berkeley Lake GA homes for sale by price ranges.  Search listing of homes for sale in Berkeley Lake GA by prices. What better way to search for homes in the price range you can afford to buy in?  For more information about buying or selling a...
By Walt Fish, Upper Michigan's Most Experienced Home Inspector
(Bay Area Home Inspection, LLC)
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  Over the years I have bought 6 homes and sold 4. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a realtor to work with to help you buy your first, or next home. 1. Lay out your expectations, and see if you and the realtor are well matched. If not, find another one. It is important to have rea...
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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
 Click for All Town Listings ...      Flemington is a borough in Hunterdon County, NJ. Flemington is an independent community that is located completely within Raritan Township. Flemington students in pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade attend the Flemington-Raritan Regional School District and...