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 Larry Matthews, Larry Matthews AMP DAC
(Hants Realty Limited)
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Moving To StewiackeStewiacke Home For saleHome For Sale Near Halifax AirportHome For Sale Between Halifax and Truro8 Sherbrooke Street, Stewiacke$249,900  The total package in Stewiacke! This quality built, meticulously maintained 4 bedroom, 3 bath home sits on a large, in town lot on quiet stree...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Real Estate for Home Buyers with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Where you buy a home affects every aspect of your life Not to be too dramatic but this is a really big deal. Sure you may move someday but in the meantime your day-to-day quality of life is intrinsically linked to where you live. As exclusive buyer agents, home buying is our focus. Here are the m...
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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  If you are interested in a new residence in a smaller community in northern Collier County, the homes for sale in Bristol Pines Naples Florida might be just the ticket.  This is particularly true if you want at least 3 bedrooms and no golf course.  The development of roughly 160 units centered ...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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Why Do Home Buyers Not Get Pre- Approved to Home Buy? There is something about a bit of financial wisdom that many home buyers do not learn early on in home buying. Buyers who think they know what they can afford in a home and do not see a mortgage lender are still plentiful.  Why are you doing t...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Exogeter
(RE/MAX Results)
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HOMESNAP is the ultimate new "toy" for frenzied "home curious" types that need new fixes of technology to curb their cravings.... Using the Homesnap app (available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices) you can snap a photo of any home, nationwide, to find out all about it. For listed homes, you m...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 600 SF, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom condominium at The Lodge at Lincoln Station in Lincoln, New Hampshire.  This unit features; cathedral ceilings, balcony with Mountain views and underground utilities.  The Lodge at Lincoln Station amenities includes; indoor pool, outdoor pool, hot tub, sauna, tennis...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Charming, completely updated home is perfect for everyone. It has so many neat features, everyone will fall in love. Open floor plan and flooded with sunlight make this a cheery place to call home. Gleaming hardwood floors, stainless appliances, skylights and fireplace add to the beauty. Custom ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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As a real estate agent, I often anticipate a buyer's request to limit the home search to those properties found within the boundaries of the #1 school district. Naturally, as I'm lining up houses to show, I respect that wish.      Even with heresy at risk, I can't help but wonder why that obsessi...
By David Caracausa
(Coldwell Banker Premier Properties)
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Buying or Selling with David CaracausaColdwell Banker Premier Properties  Blue Bell PA is home to some of the finest luxury properties in the northeast United States, making it one of the most desirable locations to live in all of the east coast. Only about a 30 minute drive from center city Phil...
By The Williams Team, 985.727.7168 www.TheWilliamsTeam.com
(Keller Williams Realty)
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 What a Lovely Cottage!Super cute raised cottage for your family. 9’ ceilings and crown molding throughout. Sunny living room with 9’ ceilings wood floors and cozy fireplace opens to clean and bright kitchen with breakfast bar, eat-in dining area. Great counter space, granite, stainless steel app...
By The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team, North Atlanta, Georgia Luxury Home Specialists
(Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta)
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Home Search in North AtlantaNow that you have your price range and your “Must Haves”, you need to get familiar with what’s out there… DO DRIVE-BYS / SCOUT THE NEIGHBORHOODS: It is important that you scout the neighborhood in person. You live in more than your house. o Talk to people who live ther...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
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First Time Buyer Finds Their Dream Home on 5 Acres in FredericksburgEarly in the year, I received an email from a potential buyer, referred to me by a former client who had bought and sold with me.  Still makes me smile from ear to ear when someone refers their friends and family to me.  It is af...
By Terrie Elbatnigi, Realtor
(Keller Williams Market Pro Realty)
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New Construction is booming here in NWA (Northwest Arkansas).  New homes are being built all over the NWA area. I have seen significant growth since 2011. Subdivisions that were once at a stand still since the 2008 market crash. They are coming alive now!!  Versailles a Subdivision located in Cen...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
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8983 Eagles Ridge Drive, Tallahassee, FL Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS | 2 (2 full ) BATHROOMS | 1808 SQUARE FEET Golden Eagle on the 16th fairway, about a 7 iron from the green this home has a lot to offer. Large open floo...
By Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake,
(Howard Hanna Gold- Avon Lake, OH)
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Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Sheffield Lake and enhancing the quality of life through the enforcement of city ordinances is the main priority for The Building Department. They work hard to ensure the buildings and properties in our community are safe, sturdy and me...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
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Want a 45% tax break? Buy a home in southern Utah! It's true! Washington County, Utah offers full-time residents a tax incentive that is hard to pass up for many home buyers. A home that is considered a primary residence qualifies for the tax break. To receive this discount, you must: Vote locall...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
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♥ GREAT WINTER HOMES SPECIAL! ♥ Gilbert Beautiful Corner Lot Home for Sale near Cul-de-sac in San Tan Ranch $399,000 3887 S PONDEROSA DRGilbert AZ 852975Beds/3Baths  4104 SqFt of living space MLS#  5286675    San Tan Ranch is conveniently located near higher education campuses like ASU-East, Chan...
By Evan Ryan
(Buy and Sell Group)
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 Price Reduced! Now Listed For: $64,900Great House with 2 Living Areas!  Front porch with ceiling fan. One of the bathrooms is beautifully remodeled. The Kitchen has new counters, new appliances. Great sized formal dining room. Storage Building/ Workshop in the backyard with electric. Extra Stora...
By Tammy Adams ~ Realtor Maricopa, AZ, A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa
(Maricopa Real Estate Co)
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 Homes for sale in the Maricopa Subdivision of Alterra If you love being in the heart of entertainment, then you will want to consider looking at the homes for sale in Alterra.   Located south on John Wayne Parkway, the Maricopa subdivision of Alterra is just minutes from Harrah's AkChin Casino, ...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Cottontail Rabbit Just Hopping ByIn Calimesa This Morning  By the time I grabbed my camera, it was running off. Wait.....   I didn't want to scare it so I took this last photo and then walked away. It will be back tomorrow and I will be waiting about 6:00 am. Thanks for Reading my Real Estate Blo...