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

Everyone knows that I love living and selling within the City of Richmond. So this listing has been a blast! Welcome to 1205 East Main Street- Penthouse East. Yep, that's right- Penthouse.  What is that saying- "Go big or go home?" At first glance, you'll have to ask yourself, "Am I in Manhattan"...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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  5-13-2 Arrowhead Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $9,000 MLS #PM-19822   Learn more about this Lot Building lot of 0.24 acres in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. No wetland study or perk test completed. Use your own builder or we can help you find one. House #1102 Arrowhead Driv...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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Henry County homeowners could benefit if the influx of international home buyers continues to expand. According to a study from the National Association Realtors®, the trend in that direction has been accelerating. In the most recent release covering the twelve-month period ending last March, for...
By Cody Burnett, Real Estate Pro
(Connect Realty)
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Looking for a great lot to build your new home with a lake view in the beautiful Bella Vista community? This 0.30 acre lot is located on a cul-de-sac and has a partial view of Loch Lomond Lake! There are a lot of nicer homes in this area, so it's a great place to build your dream home or cottage!...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
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It's Time to Play Everyone's Favorite Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Game... "Your Offer Is..." And now let's here it for our host, all the way from the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area, to your living room, Real Estate agent extraordinaire... Craig Rutman! Let's welcome today's contestant, from Pi...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  Welcome to our St. Lucie boomerang buyers.  Home ownership is again available to you and you are now in lower interest rates and a stable economy The 7 year wait time to purchase a home after foreclosure or short sale is over fir many potential homebuyers now and more waves of these boomerang b...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Do you ever wonder what "Real Estate" secret terms actually mean?Many listings have secret Realtor "code" words such as:"Artistic Bungalow""Dream Home""Natural Landscaping""Updated Bathroom""Energy Efficient""Wood Like Floors"Real estate newspaper listing "Artistic Bungalow"   "Mother In Law Quar...
By Shawn Bronson, Right Price, No Hassle
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  23 Willow Rock Way Coatesville, PA 19320  For In Sale East Fallowfield   Upgrade your family into this eye popping four bedroom single colonial, perched atop an acre corner lot situated in a quiet suburban cul-de-sac. Park the car in the attached two-car garage and step through the front door i...
By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor - RDCpro CDPE Member NRBA
(REO Specialists llc)
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s: 1109 Sherwood Kalamazoo MI 49001 $14,900 4 bedroom 2 bath home for sale. Kalamazoo Promise qualified. Seller is selling the property AS IS. Buyer to verify all data. Clients may see all data and schedule showings at www.REOmamma.com or call Richard Stewart 269-345-7000 REO Specialists llc   
By Joe Kendall, "Broker Joe" Right Choice Realty Cape Coral FLA.
(Right Choice Realty 239-560-0726 )
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      110 Jefferson Ave, Lehigh Acres Florida.   For Sale!  3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1/2 acre, 3 Car Garage, Pool and so much more!  There are many people sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if they should purchase a home or sign a rental lease. Some might wonder if it makes sense to purcha...
By Rolando Trentini
(F.C.TuckerEmge Realtors, LLC)
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Despite the improving economic outlook, for many families, finding an affordable house can still be a challenge. According to a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, more than a third of today’s families have had to devote at least 30% of their combined household in...
By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Coastal Homes and Lifestyles
(Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 )
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Port Orange Real Estate Update Homes Currently For Sale in Port Orange Florida priced $150,000 to $250,000    There are currently 131 Port Orange Single Family Homes For Sale priced between $150,000 and $250,000 that are active listings on the market. SEARCH Port Orange MLS Listings Under 250K Po...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Opportunity Knocks for Young Buyers   People in need of real estate information or contacts start their search with ActiveRain. I received notification of an email from Zillow's PR dept. They were filming a clip for ABC World News about young buyers and what the currently reduced mortgage rates w...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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The Incredible 2015 St. George Parade of Homes This is one amazing experience you don’t want to miss this February. The St. George Area Parade of Homes will be celebrating a full 25 years of homes on display for visitors to get ideas of what they want in a home or to buy the home on display. Thi...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
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It is easy to lose money on Orlando New Construction.  Here are some grand ideas: Go alone. What do you need an agent for? Rely on yourself.  You don't need an expert opinion. Trust the builders sales person, they smile so nicely. Don't hire your own Buyer agent. You are smart enough. It's just t...
By Brian Heckman, Brian Heckman- Florida Mortgage Lender
(The Heckman Group)
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         Depending on your desired area of residence, budget and personal preferences, searching for a new place to call home can be tedious. Whether it be an apartment, condo, townhouse or single-residence you’re in the market for, including close family and friends in your search can alleviate ...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Existing-Home Sales Bounce Back in December Despite low inventory conditions, existing-home sales bounced back in December and climbed above an annual pace of 5 million sales for the sixth time in seven months, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Median home prices for 2014 rose t...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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  This is a common question for many first time home buyers.  They may not know what is earnest money is and that it is required when they were buying West Bloomfield real estate.  As a first time homebuyer the whole home buyer process can be quite confusing. So what is earnest money?  They say t...
By Evan Ryan
(Buy and Sell Group)
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Under Contract!     Great Open Floor Plan! Perfect for entertaining. The living room has tall 10 ft ceilings. The kitchen is modern and spacious with dark custom cabinets, and an island. The large master bathroom has two sinks and two closets. The whole house is painted in neutral colors. You wil...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
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Are you moving to Michigan in the near future?  Northville is one of our great cities.  Close to the highways,  excellent schools, very low crime rate, great demographics.  Northville real estate is highly desirable so you will find that homes are a little higher priced here.  Northville and Nort...