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 Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
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We all seem to think it can never happen to us. We’ve convinced ourselves, even. We labor under the belief that it’s simply impossible to find ‘The One’ without ever even trying. But we, the educated, the cynical, and the determined homebuyers of today … we are ohhhhh so wrong…   Is it really pos...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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As our team's primary buyer's agent here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, I get asked these questions A LOT.   Why do you think they're selling?  What's their motivation?  What do you think they'll take for the home?     My answer to each question is usually the same:  It's hard to...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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Dear TZ, We love the house you showed us yesterday, but Sarah thought it was a little creepy.  How can we find out if someone died there? ~Spooky Sam and Scared Sarah     Dear Sam and Sarah, Homes where famous murders or deaths occurred often result in the loss of property value – homes like that...
By Donald Horne, Associate Broker, Oxford / Lapeer Homes
(Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty)
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By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
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This is it! After searching, and negotiations, the day has come to complete your walk through and close on your new home or condo! The Final Walk Through Depending on when the Sellers move out of your new home or condo (it might also be vacant) you will want to do a Final Walk Through. Why? It ma...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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Longford Village East Home For Sale Manzano Mesa Area SE Albuquerque 87123   Albuquerque Homes Realty  and REALTOR® John McCormack have just listed this 1285 sq ft Longford Village East home at 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123. 10924 Jicama Way ST is in the gated community of Longford Vil...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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900 Chicago Ave Condos Evanston IL 60202 The 900 Chicago Ave Condominium building is one of the finest in Evanston IL. The properties often sell very fast and is considered one of the most desired locations and condo buildings in town. The property is located on the North West corner of Chicago A...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
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How to save thousands when you purchase a home   Obtaining the best price is not the only way to save a lot of money when purchasing a home. Selecting the best mortgage financing can save thousands of dollars when home buyers focus on the best options. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest le...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
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The choice of renting versus buying a home is one that many consider when seeking housing. And there is no across the board right or wrong answer. Because there are many factors that should be considered when making an informed housing decisions. These commonly include the duration of residency, ...
By Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
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  Open House on August 24th at 711 Waterway Court, Quakertown, PA 18951   711 Water CourtQuakertown, PA 18951$201,000 -- Price Reduction!     View Photos Listing Information: $201,000 3 Bedrooms 2 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Townhouse 2,520 Square Feet Taxes are $6,157 End Unit Active Lot Size of 0.0...
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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Seaford Manor Colonial Home For Sale In Seaford Click Here To View Current Inventory Of Homes For Sale In Seaford In This Price Range    Open House Saturday 8/23/14 -  12:00 PM - 2:00 PM   Listing Details Home For Sale In Seaford 3937 Fulton Ave., Seaford,  NY 11758 ML#2699975 Price $469,000.00 ...
By Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale
(Kwee Huset Realty)
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  House for Sale in South Venice Florida – Just Sold   This cute house for sale in South Venice FL was just sold by Kwee Huset REALTOR®, full time agent of Kwee Huset Realty a local real estate company in Sarasota County, Florida.     Just Sold, this home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a garage, ...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
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10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123   Enjoy The YouTube     Check out the YouTube featuring 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123.  After watching call listing REALTOR® John McCormack for even more details and schedule your private showing.   This 1285 sq ft home will have a quick respons...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Pussy-footing around and just watching the home sell right under your nose.   Why do you think they're selling??  "Because they want to." What's their motivation?  "Because they want to sell." How much do you think it will go for?  "There's only one way to fin...
By Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
(David Weekley Homes)
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        As a builder’s rep I see many different people through the models for many different reasons from decorating ideas to just filling time. I also have many different prospects with varied backgrounds. David Weekley is one of the best builders in the country bar none! This having been said ...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
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21 Hilltop Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070 Open House Sunday, August 24, 2014 Hours: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Hosted by: Jackie Cockreham, CA-BRE#00885071, Today Sotheby's International Realty Like to barbecue and entertain? You've got it here at 21 Hilltop Drive! Are cars your hobby? You'll lov...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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I looked up the mls for active listings in Doylestown township priced upto $200,000. this morning. There are 8 active listings . The lowest price is $19,900 for a mobile home. The highest price is for a 2 bedroom condo  listed for $179,900 If you would like to look at homes for sale in Bucks coun...
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The number one reason someone will work with you ... Trust honesty   Trust is the top of the mind when a buyer and seller choose a Realtor to work with. Thank you for your Trust when selling your house you made into a home.   Thank you for your Trust when you are purchasing the house to make a ho...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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Upgrades?  Brick Front?  Gourmet Kitchen?  The Whys and Why-Nots. This is one of the most valuable services an experienced buyer's agent can offer. Careful!!  That model homes is mesmerizing.  Of course, it's loaded with great features.  Builders make a LOT OF MONEY on upgrades.  After ma...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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4br  2.5ba Summerville Rent to Own Home_No Bank Qualifying  131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Schools ** Near the Alston Middle School ** ** Complete Our VIP Buyers Program to Visit th...