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 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 Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
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Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
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 Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
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  For Professional Real Estate Services contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center. Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.com Full Access to the latest freshest newest listings from the MLS This blog is filled with links for you to ...
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 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 Kathy and Rachel (Mother and Daughter)= THE TYNDALL TEAM-Palos Verdes Homes, LOVE LIVING IN THE SOUTH BAY!
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29289 WHITLEY COLLINS DRIVERANCHO PALOS VERDES CA 90275 $1,398,000 | 5 BEDROOMS | 3 BATHROOMS | 2 CAR PARKING | 2468 SQUARE FEET This is an ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, TURNKEY OCEAN VIEW home with a resort-like yard. With hardwood walnut floors throughout and remodeled kitchen and baths, you can move r...
By Leigh Anne Monk
(Equity Rise Real Estate Group/Keller Williams/Chantilly, VA)
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AVAILABLE FOR SALE 8924 Grandstaff Ct. Springfield, VA 22153 $415,000 3 Bedrooms, 2 Full AND 2 Half Baths 1,804 Sq. Ft. Welcome to lovely Glenwood Manor! This 3 level all brick townhome has been lovingly cared for by current owner. Enjoy coffee in your private fenced back yard featuring brick pa...
By Jill Winchel, Your Middle TN Realtor, Specializing in Brentwood
(SilverPointe Properties 615-504-1185)
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Homes for Sale in Brentwood between $500,000 - $600,000  The link provides a current list of all single family Brentwood TN homes on the market today in this price range. Brentwood homes in this price range are located throughout the city but with a majority of them on the east side due to newer ...
By JoAnn Dickinson, Broker
(The JoAnn Dickinson Group)
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What you need to know as a first time home buyer!  If you are a first time home buyer and thinking about purchasing a home, It may seem confusing as to where you should start.  Do I speak to a lender first? Search on the internet to see what homes are selling for in my area? How much money will I...
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 Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
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I've written about this topic before, and my opinion stays the same (in most situations).   You've gotten pre-approved (hopefully with Joel Scheer with Ruoff Home Mortgage) and you're ready to start looking at homes.   You have a list of 15 homes that you've seen online and would ...
By Jill Winchel, Your Middle TN Realtor, Specializing in Brentwood
(SilverPointe Properties 615-504-1185)
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Just Reduced...Homes for Sale Brentwood TN 1373 Holly Tree Gap Rd, Brentwood TN 37027  NEW PRICE....$429,900 MLS #: 1557757 Bedrooms: 4          Baths: 2.5        Square footage: 2,743 1373 Holly Tree Gap Rd, Brentwood TN 37027   Location, Location, Location! Just minutes from Cool Springs and I-...
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 Dana Schimek
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What is Earnest Money? Earnest money is money a buyer deposits after an offer is accepted to guarantee their contract on a property.  By depositing earnest money, the buyer is demonstrating their intention to complete the home purchase. The earnest money is deposited by personal or cashier's...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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Own Your South Carolina Home Now!   If you’re like most people, you dream about buying a nice home in a nice neighborhood. Well, here’s your chance to make your dream come true! If you can afford a reasonable down payment and monthly payments, you could easily qualify for one of our exciting home...
By Desiree Whalen, Your Coastal Carolina Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
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by Desiree Whalen. Good morning everyone! Hope you’re having a great week so far! I’m back today to let you know about another page we’ve added to the site this week – focusing on homes for sale in beautiful Holly Ridge, North Carolina! Just minutes from the beaches of Topsail Island, and about 3...
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 ...