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 George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
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We've heard the line a million times from real estate and financial professionals; "Home ownership is the single largest investment that a person will make in their lifetime". If this is true, and it certainly is, then shouldn't the commitment be taken more seriously?  I've assisted hundreds of f...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 5
Subdivisions Suwanee GA - Find Homes for Sale Search subdivisions in Suwanee GA find homes for sale.  Search LS listing to find houses and homes for sale in Forsyth Co. GA in Suwanee GA subdivisions and communities. Searching for Suwanee GA homes by subdivisions online makes a lot of sense, save...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 23
     I often get asked to do re-inspections during the final walk-through before the closing at escrow. Most home owners and agents are not skilled at the art of what inspectors do so they rely on the team members to to ensure that the repairs made where done correctly and to codes. I always remi...
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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Massapequa, NY Home For Sale With A Professional Office Open House 11/23/14 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM  View this impressive home in detail   The home is in  School District 23 which is the most desirable School District in Massapequa.  We invite you to visit LongIslandrealestatesearch to view in full deta...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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Often folks try pinching pennies while trying to save for a down payment on a home.  They look for the little ways like giving up their morning lattes, clipping coupons, turning off a light or two, and even recycling cans.  However, it is the big-ticket items that truly make the difference, when...
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Seals the Deals in Temecula Valley California
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 10
How to Avoid Buying a Lipstick on a Pig The other day I was reading a real estate forum where one home buyer complained (and rightfully so) they had paid out $850 for a home inspection and an appraisal that ended up in a cancelled purchase contract – the home they sought to buy turned out to be a...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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Huntsville AL Magnolia Village Proposed Construction   Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama The following link is updated daily to begin your Magnolia Village home search: Magnolia Village Huntsville Alabama Homes For Sale.   If you waited to buy in a new home in Magnolia Village the wait will be ...
By Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®)
Comments 1
Homes For Sale in Westover Crossing-78251 Westover Crossing in San Antonio is a community of approximately five-hundred (500) homes. The community is in northwest San Antonio between Potranco Road and W. Military Drive. Most of the homes in the community were built by KB Home between 2002 and 200...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 30
We’ve all been told it’s not nice to brag.  So I won’t - I’ll let the pictures do the talking.  This is why I moved from the Chicago area to Scottsdale, AZ:     Any questions?   Please feel free to call or email me if you like that first picture and are thinking of leaving the frozen north.   Oh,...
By Michelle Gibson, REALTOR
(Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. )
Comments 4
Looking to buy a home in one of the best active adult 55+ communities that Boynton Beach Florida has to offer? If so then check out our beautiful 2 bedroom + den, 2 bathroom, 2 car garage home for sale in Coral Lakes. Just a few interior features include tile throughout, vaulted ceilings and an o...
By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team at Real Estate Broker/Associate with Real Living Real Estate Group www.LisaVon.com)
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Click on any photo for current status of property or to search for new listings Stately Elegance in Garland $599,900 Stately elegance combined with comfortable ease describes this gorgeous one-owner custom home.... 7006 Calm Meadow Court, Garland, TX Photos: 25   Beds: 4   Baths: 4 (4 full)    Sq...
By Jenifer Duguay Mikeska
(RE/MAX Pearland)
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This one won't be on the market for long!  Our #ListWithJen listing at 1310 Sentore Dr. has everything that you have been looking for including 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a formal dining room, large family room, and an upstairs gameroom!  See, I told you, it has everything!  It's also in a fantastic...
By Jeff Sibbach, P.C., North Scottsdale Real Estate Team
(Realty One Group)
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6 bedroom 3.5 bathroom Arcadia Scottsdale! Hard to find , hard to believe, don't miss this great 6 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home that's in a subdivision is mature & quiet! A larger area home that offers space,storage, & even guest  quarters!  Kitchen has recently been remodeled. Tiled floors & huge ...
By The Marcus Rice Team, Richmond VA Real Estate Services
(Equity First Realty )
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Virginia Home Buyer Grants and Down Payment Assistance Programs Virginia first time home buyer grants and loan programs - The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) offers programs for first time home buyers. The VHDA offers several loan programs for first time home buyers. Programs includ...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 20
With the growing number of companies offering infrared services this technology has become more common place. The infrared camera is a remarkable tool that can discover problems non-invasively in a wide array of applications. Since the camera is effectively a diverse instrument the operator too m...
By Randy Harden, www.RERandy.com
(Wieder Realty, Inc.)
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1. Mortgage rates are still dropping. The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan is 4.50 percent at the time of publication. While this is a 1.15 percent increase from the historic low of 3.35 percent at the end of 2012, it's still an attractive rate for prospective homebuyers. The housing se...
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 ...    North Plainfield is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. Originally created from portions of Warren Township, North Plainfield became an independent municipality in 1885. Residents have access to a very comprehensive schooling options in Nort...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
Click for All Town Listings ...      Kenilworth is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, as of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,914. The small community is located about 25 miles from NYC. New Jersey Transit provides bus service between Kenilworth and the Port Author...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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If you have ever had to have orthopedic surgery (like knee or shoulder surgery), then you likely understand the long term commitment required before and after the surgery takes place. Sure, we all wish the Doctor would prescribe us some quick-healing pills to take, but the reality is that these t...