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 Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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After months of looking at homes you finally find that one special house you just can't wait to call home. You and your Real Estate Agent carefully research all of the comparable homes in the area to formulate an offer and you can't help but notice that all of the other homes in the neighborhood...
By Susan Nealey
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You just love running around Saturday and Sunday and stopping in at Open Houses.  Who doesn't?  Some people do it as they are hitting all the yard sales.  It's fun!  It's enlightening!  You can see how people decorate and sometimes make yourself feel better about your own home. But, sometimes, yo...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Good investors tend to be cautious souls. For those who prior to 2007 had never ventured into the realm of Henry County real estate investments, the ensuing downturn might have been enough to discourage any curiosity about that direction (even if their other investments had also suffered during t...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale Decatur GA 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale by price ranges.  Are you busy and on the go?   Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom Condos and Town Ho...
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 a carefree life style in a luxury condominium sounds enticing, the homes for sale in Montenero Naples Florida could be worth checking out.  This is especially true if it appeals to you having all the wonderful amenities that Pelican Bay has to offer including tennis, bike and jog paths, an...
By Paul Howard, NJHomeBuyer.com Realty, 856-488-8444
(Paul Howard, Broker, NJHomeBuyer.com Realty 856-488-8444)
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This has been discussed again and again and again--- and it will continue to be discussed. Al Heavens, a 'reporter' writing on Philly.com recently posted an article that provided yet another forum for agents to cloud the issue.  I responded:"They may serve 2 masters but they sure can't be the adv...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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Debbie Reynolds has a contest on Active rain which requires us to call an active rain member and write about the call. I called Kristin Walter , a real estate agent in Colorado. Kristin recently subscribed to my blog so I thought I would call and get to know her too. She recently joined active ra...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
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$675 Summerville 4 bd-2.5 ba Rent to Own No Bank ! ** Rent-to-Own in Sunny Summerville SC * 48 Hour Special.** See: VIP Buyers List to Visit This Home Today at: http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/BuyAHome.cfm Available January 25, 2014.  2014 Early Bird Special! 48 Hour Special. Take $200 - $500 off AL...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
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And we should all be thankful for that! As a home inspector one phrase I hear time and again is, houses were built better (insert an age, time frame). There certainly is no question that older houses still standing now, often have great details and character. These relics often have beautiful tri...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
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    The not so long ago and far away real estate crisis has produced a new kind of buyer.  We may now have a couple....one divorced that has gone thru a short sale, married to a new spouse with good credit and income.  Combined income is great number.....but as we all know...you can't use "just"...
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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                   Green for Buyers  As a buyer interested in learning about a home’s green bona fides, there are several simple questions you can ask – and things you can look for inside and around the house – that will help you quickly determine how environmentally friendly it is… and how much...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
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We do not all speak English (big surprise there - not!), and so Sotheby's offers its' web site a choice of 18 different languages... . All in addition to having  over 750 offices around the world. Ooh la la indeed!   http://www.sothebysrealty.com/fra/sales/detail/180-l-1006-qptsx3/61-bayeau-road-...
By Elite Team, Realtors/Career Consultants
(Keller Williams Realty Acadiana)
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Buying vs. Renting Comparison The chart below shows a cost comparison for a renter and a homeowner over a seven year period. The renter starts out paying $800 per month with annual increases of 5% The homeowner purchases a home for $110,000 and pays a monthly mortgage of $1,000. After 6 years, th...
By Christine Smith, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA
(Buyers Brokers Only LLC - www.BuyersBrokersOnly.com)
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The other night I received a voice mail message from a first time home buyer. The message went along the lines of this "Hi, my name is _____  and I'm calling because I am thinking about buying a condo.  It's priced at about $100,000 and I was wondering if you thought it was a good deal. I found y...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
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Items You Need When Applying For a Loan Have These Items Ready When You Apply For a Loan It used to be that lenders mailed out verifications to employers, banks, mortgage companies, and so on, in order to verify the data supplied by borrowers. Nowadays, the interest is often in speed and getting ...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
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Cottonwood Bend Homes For Sale In Allen TexasStreet View - homes for sale in Cottonwood Bend, Allen, Tx 75002   Access all MLS homes for sale in Cottonwood Bend.   Searching for a new home, but need to sell your current home in the Dallas, Texas area first? Our team of specialists are active thro...
By Ed & Tracy Oliva, Arizona Agents
(West USA Realty - Arizona)
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22126 W MEADE Lane Buckeye, AZ 85326 Single Family - Detached, Ranch - Buckeye, AZ Price : $269,900.00 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2.00 Square Foot : 1,878 County : Maricopa Property Type : Single Family Year Built : 1986 MLS Number : 5190149 click for more information and pictures Property Descrip...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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 Clintonville home buyers now can access the entire inventory of Clintonville homes for sale by using the link below. Once you open the link, you get the exact data as displayed in the Columbus MLS database. By clicking on the photo, you can get additional photos, by clicking on the address, you ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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    330 Route 423 Pocono Pines, PA 18350 Lake Naomi 330 ROUTE 423 POCONO PINES, PA 18350 $103,500 MLS #PM-3890   Lake Naomi a Gold Star Community - This home is on 0.63 acres. Lot to the right also included in this sale. Tax ID#19632516749117. Home features cedar interior and exterior, large spa...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
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Looking to buy a home, but your credit isn’t as good as you would like? That’s going to make getting a mortgage a tough task, but it doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck. Before you have a reasonable chance of being approved for a conventional mortgage, you need a FICO score of at least 62...