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 Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
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Pualani Estates still has a few foreclosures to sell off, allthought this is not my listing, Fannie Mae supplies me with this list and  I can represent you as a buyer if you are interested.  Here are some more details from the listing agent.    3 Beds, 2 Baths | 1,385 sq. ft. | Single-Family REO ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
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1st-Time Home Buyer in Chicagoland? Consider Seller-Paid Closing Costs        Looking out my office window right now, you'd never know that Spring ... and Spring's busier Chicagoland housing market isn't that far off.  Yet, the Spring time change is here ... and warmer temperatures are predicted ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
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Two Lots for Sale in a Delta, CO Premiere Subdivision One seller has two adjoining lots for sale in Cunningham Orchard. Both lots are around 1/5 of an acre. This is a great opportunity to plan and build your custom dream home.  Here are the details: Price: $37,900 The domestic water tap is paid f...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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For Sale In Lovettsville.  Homes With 3 - 25 Acres.  800-711-7988. Beautiful homes for sale in Lovettsville with acreage.     City    List Price       Acres Lovettsville $349,000 4 Lovettsville $399,000 15.48 Lovettsville $399,900 4.11 Lovettsville $425,000 6.96 Lovettsville $449,000 13.37 Lovett...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
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You are suppose to test them monthly, AFCI’s and GFCI’s. New GFCI requirements.   We all know no one does this, push the test button on GFCIs and AFCIs monthly. Heck I am not even that good at doing it myself and I know better. With that knowledge technology is coming to address this issue on GFC...
By John Helmick, Success Coach & Home Inspection Co. Owner
(John Helmick Success & Ohio Property Inspection Services)
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I thought this post from Liz and Bill Spear had some great ways to look a "They Wrote An Offer On Another Home"...quick read! "They Wrote An Offer On Another Home" Is Actually Good News! At first glance, that feedback from the buyer's agent stings when you first get it.  They didn't love YOUR hom...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Fountain Square, Lombard, Illinois - March 2015 About Fountain Square Fountain Square is a condominium building built in the early to late 2010's. Fountain Square is located in Lombard, Illinois at 22nd Street and Main Street. Average taxes in Fountain Square $5,385 Average association fees in F...
By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Timber Trails, Gilberts, Illinois - March 2015 About Timber Trails Timber Trails is a townhouse and single family home community built by Ryland Homes in the early to mid 2010's. Timber Trails is located in Gilberts, Illinois north of Big Timber Road and west of Tyrell Road. Average taxes in Tim...
By Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
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Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 57
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
I just closed a sale of a beautiful home in Kua'aina Ridge, in Pukalani Maui. This home closed at $640,000, was a great value for homes in Pukalani Maui. If you're looking to buy a home in Pukalani, there are a number of homes on the market to fit you're needs as far as price, square footage, and...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 9
As a REALTOR®  I can't tell you how many times I hear that remark at a party, at the beach, at my kid's soccer game, even  waiting in line at the grocery store.  It gets even worse when I share the deal my wife and I got on our 3 acres in Kaloko.  Sure, I search all the MLS, I look at expired lis...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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HUD home sold As-Is. 2 story. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2 car garage. 1,528 square feet. 0.156 acre lot. Year built is 2001. No representation is made to information provided including taxes, square feet, schools, features, etc. Buyer must verify all information. Bonus Room upstairs could be Game Room...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 41
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
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  Gilbert AZ Homes for Sale - 85234     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the same period one year a...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 14
Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Laurie Christofano, ABR, The Pych Team at RE/MAX in the Village
(RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors)
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Home buyers in the state of Illinois, rejoice! The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) has recently rolled out a new mortgage program for home buyers and owners called the @HomeIllinois Mortgage. It offers $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance, and repeat as well as first ti...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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  Recent real estate market activity from the field - San Diego Most of the real estate data and reports use facts and figures from the recent past. Usually we report numbers from the previous quarter or month and a lot of times consumers (our buyers and sellers) aren't sure about what the market...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Carol Clawson
(Keller Williams Realty of the Palm Beaches)
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Palm Beach Gardens has many gated communities unaffiliated with country clubs for those who want a wonderful residence in a congenial neighborhood without a golf course. Some of the neighborhoods have community pools, a small clubhouse and perhaps a fitness center or a tennis court, but there are...