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 Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
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Things are heating up in more ways than you might think. While it is 100 degrees in Charlotte, the humidity is down somewhat from usual but it was 139 degrees in the attic. Wow, yes, the 203k consultant should look in the attic and under the home if there is a crawl space, I must admit that I enj...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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Grayhawk Open Houses! 5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2800 square feet of upgraded and move-in ready space! Gorgeous bathrooms and kitchen. Huge backyard featuring heated pebble-tec pool and spa with water feature. Firepit, built-in bbq, and room for sports court or RV/boat. This is a must see at onl...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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4 Bedroom 3.5 Bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Spacious corner elevated premium lot with city light and mountain views. Perfect home w/ meticulous owners that have upgraded this home for longevity and energy efficiency. Easy care desert landscape open to the grayhawk trail system! Inside is light, br...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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4 bedroom 3 bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale Pristine,delightful,comfortable and very livable home that backs to a common area with views of the Mc Dowell Mtns..Enjoy out door living on the covered patio onthe expanded patio overlooking a green back yard. A formal dining area in the great room allows...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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5 Bedroom, 4 Bathroom Grayhawk Scottsdale the Firenze lifestyle spacious 5 bedrooms, 4 bathroom home nestled on one of the largest lots in the award winning “Firenze” neighborhood located inside the guard gated Raptor retreat. Wrap yourself in luxury with this beautiful master retreat overlooking...
By Eric Tont, Executive Vice President, Dwellings Realty Group
(Dwellings Realty Group - Scottsdale & Phoenix Homes)
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For all past, present, and future clients:   PLEASE start using my new and improved website to search for homes in Greater Phoenix or Scottsdale at www.AZPropertyFinder.com.  I think you will find the new site to be much more functional and user friendly.  If you ever need anything real estate re...
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 other day I was contacted by a buyer. She was interested in seeing a house. I had previously shown this house and was very familiar with it. The house she inquired about is over-priced and has been on the market for almost six months. The sellers have reduced the price 3 times for a total of ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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Lincoln Square Real Estate Today we are taking a look at Lincoln Square Real Estate through the middle of July. The Lincoln Square area of Chicago IL continues to become more and more popular. At this time we are seeing 32% more inventory, 14.6% more closed sales and a 19.5% gain in new listings ...
By Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate
(Red Key Realty Leaders)
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 Doubletree Lake Estatesis a private gated community of custom luxury homes.  The subdivision is located about an hour from Chicago.  It is close to shopping, and restaurants in the Town of Winfield. Doubletree Westis a community that has seen steady development even through the real estate drop...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
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  Clarifying the Escrow Process…     When it’s time to buy a home in Southern California, you need to understand the role of an escrow company. In California, the escrow company is a neutral third party that’s responsible for processing the legal documents regarding the sale/transfer of real esta...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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This 5955 square foot, multi-family apartment building a/k/a the "Steele Building" currently consists of 7 apartments (both 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units) located on a level 6.3 acre lot, in Thornton, New Hampshire.   This building features; post and beam construction, a covered porch e...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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There are many reasons why people choose to purchase their own home. The most common reasons are: 1. Quality of life. Living in your own home allows you the opportunity to make decisions about your lifestyle that renting doesn't always allow - decisions about room decor, pets, noise levels, c...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
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Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Joe Neuah, Doing Real Estate with Passion!!
(Rodeo Realty)
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Buying a Home Could Make People Wealthy   With the real estate market slowing, many potential homeowners and investors are worrying that they missed the boat. According to David Bach, author of the best-selling "The Automatic Millionaire Homeowner: A Powerful Plan to Finish Rich in Real Esta...
By Anita Allen, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Pace and Milton, FL
(Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - 850-377-4410)
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Homes for Sale in Stonebrook Subdivision Pace, FL   
Why Do People Live here? Stonebrook is one of the most desired gated communities of single family homes in Pace. It is a beautiful golfing community located in Santa Rosa County.
  There are 13 phases in the subdivision with over 614 lots surro...
By Record Team, Revolutionizing Real Estate
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The Ridge homes for sale in Federal Way, WA. The Ridge neighborhood is located conveniently between Tacoma and Seattle. It is near all major highways, including I5 and highway 18. Minutes away from The Commons in Federal Way, along with many restaurants for those nights out. The Ridge community h...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team, New Home Construction and Luxury Specialist!
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Look at these wonderful property deals FOR SALE in TRADITION in Port Saint Lucie FL 34987.  In this awesome community nestled just west of the Ocean with easy access to fine dining, shopping, golf courses, tennis facilities and many residential communities too!   CLICK HERE to see all homes FOR S...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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  The Olympic Beach area of Edmonds is located right in of Downtown Edmonds with Sweeping views of Puget Sound, Whidbey Island, the Olympic Mountains and views across the downtown and Marina. If you are looking for well cared for homes in our beautiful waterfront city, the Olympic Beach area of E...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
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Does buying your first home make you a little "Nervous" It`s easier than you think. Call us for for all the steps to making your home ownership come true. From helping you find the perfect home and helping with your financing options. Call us for a No-obligation consultation and to help...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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   After the offer is accepted, part of the job of the Buyer's lender is to get an appraisal on the property.  The lender wants to be assured that the value of the house matches what the buyer(s) agreed to pay.  Typically the appraisal is done without the Seller at home.       In our markets ...