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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
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Click for All Town Listings ...    Incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships in 1798, Springfield Township is a township in Union County, New Jersey. Springfield is home to Baltusrol Golf Course. Golfweek magazine ranked Baltusrol as the 36th best in its 2010 rankings of the "Best C...
By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Landon Homes)
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Moses Creek Estates Rare 1/3 Acre home-sites - Room for a Pool   New 4 Bedroom 3 Bath home, last on the Lakefront  Available NOW! Close by 12/31/14 and receive a $1,000 Ashley Furniture BONUS!     Beautiful NEW homes from the $270,000's   Located in Southern St. Augustine/St. Johns County, minute...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
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Homes for sale in Weston FL under $500000 for November 2014 Real estate market data provided by your local expert, Jacob Thomas- SFEHomes Homes for sale in Weston FL under $500000 for November 2014 If you want to live in gated communities featuring top security measures and A+ graded schools, loo...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“Ready to Buy a Home Now”   A few weeks ago, I shared a post about someone who called me to introduce himself and let me know that he had been referred by a couple of different people. He told me that folks had been encouraging him to become a homeowner, but he was still reluctant because of the ...
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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    While Naples garners most of the headlines in the local real estate market, there are other notable subjects, such as single family homes for sale for $500,000 in Estero Florida.  This is a community that sometimes can get lost between Ft. Myers to the north and Bonita Springs and Naples to t...
By John Buetergerds, The Sarasota Suncoast Team
(The Sarasota Suncoast Team at Keller Williams Realty Select)
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2 bedroom ground floor condo for sale in the Meadows. This condo is well maintained and has an open floor plan. It even has an indoor laundry. The condo is located almost across from the pool and parking is outside the door. The lanai has been enclosed to offer even more living space but can be o...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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ISLES AT WATERWAY VILLAGE VERO BEACH POOL HOME Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach        ISLES AT WATERWAY VILLAGE VERO BEACH FL   I have a beautiful home for sale in the popular gatedcommunity of the ISLES AT WATERWAY VILLAGE                  in charming Vero Beach Florid...
By Nicole Doty Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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  I committed a murder. It was done in cold blood. It was planned and carried out with precision. Yes, I'm guilty of killing the expectations of first time home buyers. I'm in no danger of being locked away in the old Stony Lonesome but it had to be done. Too often first time home buyers have lof...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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UNDERSTANDING HOME LOANS?  Hard for many buyers. Understanding and comparing fees is important.  I would add that some of the fees are negotiable.   Understanding the "lock-in" process is important and the loan officer should explain that option early on.  Some locks are not worth the cost.   Und...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate 208-610-0011
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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Ever have one of those offers that just had you on pins and needles?       As a real estate agent we all write up purchase and sale contracts all the time.  We write them up, make the appropriate copies, we call the listing agent to give them the pitch and send it off to await an answer.  It is s...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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** See Your VIP Buyers Program to Visit this Home!  http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/BuyAHome.cfm   707 Alston StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned CommunitySummerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 SchoolsIn Dorchester District 2 Schools-Acclaimed Bes...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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  Available January 25, 2014. 2014 Special! 48 Hour Special.Discounted Rent for 24 Months** One Month Fre,e Rent and Utilities with Rental or Rent to Own!707 Alston StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester Distr...
By Surprise AZ Real Estate Todd Pooler, REALTOR
(RE/MAX Professionals)
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  $219,900 15063 N 172ND LN SURPRISE, AZ 85388 Welcome to the Community of Sierra Montana in Surprise! Great curb appeal two story home with 4bd/2.5ba and 2291 sq ft. Community Park and Paths. Close to Schools. Open concept floor plan. Designer color palette, ceramic tile floor in foyer, wood bli...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
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It’s time to recap Vinings short sales for October 2014 and it’s impact on the current market. Vinings short sales definitely provide an opportunity for the savvy buyer. Also, keep in mind that the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act has not been extended. This really shouldn’t have any impact ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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We Buy Charleston Area Houses _We Buy Summerville SC   Do you have a house to sell to us?  We buy houses today!See http://www.SCHomeBuyers.net  843-883-3319 We buy houses from people in situations just like yours all over South Carolina- Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Beaufor...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Comic, Jeff Foxworthy, has made more than one American chuckle with his, “You might be a redneck IF. . .”  Let’s see if we can bend Foxworthy’s famous line and put it into real estate terms, “You might be a Homebuyer IF...”The list is lengthy, but here are a few to get you thinking: If you are i...
By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
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I made a comment on this blog post by Realtor®, Associate, friend, Rain Silverhawk.  After thinking about that for just a moment I did not think it was enough.  Rain is the type of person that raises the quality of not only the office but real estate profession as a whole.  I have seen her repair...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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From the files of "What were they thinking?" no one can say that Selling Real Estate is boring. With some homes there are only short Windows for showings some days. Therefore we schedule as many showings as we can in a row during the time we can see the home. During this 1 hour window 5 different...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
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Are Inspections for New Homes Needed? About 30% of the buyers I represent purchase new homes. In some cases these are first-time home buyers. Prices for new homes have ranged from $150,000 to the low $400,000s for new sales I've been involved. I let the prospective buyers know general information...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint Idaho Real Estate 208-610-0011
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
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The best way to ensure you get a good rate on your mortgage is to become an informed buyer. The more you know about mortgages, the more you'll be able to save, and that doesn't just mean knowing where to find the best interest rate.  While interest rates play an important role there's always more...