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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
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"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a holiday musical classic recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  The words of the song tell the story of a WWII overseas soldier writing a letter to his family.  He requests that his family prepare for his homecoming by including his favorites in the Christmas celebrati...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend.  But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does The Open House agent work for? A)  The Seller B)  The ...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
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MOVE-IN READY!!! BEAUTIFUL 3 BEDROOM 2 FULL BATH FRENCH STYLE HOME SITUATED ON A LANSCAPED LOT IN A CUL-DE-SAC. This home features an open floor plan that is excellent for communicating with family members during the day. The living room features wood flooring, rich crown molding, recessed lighti...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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St. George UT – Kachina Springs Real Estate Southern Utah’s Kachina Springs in St. George, UT is one of the most exciting parts of Entrada at Snow Canyon. With over 900 acres, this master planned community was designed to fulfill the wants and needs of home buyers who desire the style of the ren...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
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For anyone who has looked into to buying a Henry County home several times—but kept getting discouraged every time because of a negative credit report—read on! You probably already know that you are not alone—but so what?—it’s small consolation, especially when you consider how much financial gro...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
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Why Do Websites Show Me Homes I Can't Buy? You're cruising the Wild Wild Internet looking for homes to buy and you keep finding a trend.  There's a home for sale, but it's not REALLY for sale!  Or it is kind of for sale.  Or it's already under contract.  Frustrating isn't it?  And the answer to W...
By Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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17 Beechwood Drive, Newtown, CT was LISTED FOR SALE by BOB & RICHELLE WARD, Realtors, ABR  •  1,324 Square Feet  •  .64 Acres  •  List Price: $259,900  •  3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms   Easy country living. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom ranch is located in a peaceful, low traffic neighborhood where you ca...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
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This is a typical December day along Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs Florida. As a matter of fact, we both got a bit of a sunburn yesterday because I did not think to bring along the sunscreen - something you always need down here in the Sunshine State. While Ronnie did troll for bass a bit yesterd...
By Audry Wolff, for Real Estate in Phoenix Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
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Homes for sale in Cortina Did you know this beautiful master-planned community located in Queen Creek, Arizona has homes typically priced thousands below similar homes in Power Ranch, a neighboring community just to the west.  Homebuyers love the neighborhood amenities: parks, green belt areas, w...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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A New Buyer Coming To Town Means Preview, Preview, Preview. It's a reflex now.  After meeting a new relocating home buyer family by e-mail or telephone, I simply "hit the road" and preview, preview, preview.   While previewing, I capture a photo of the front of the house and the kitchen.  More ro...
By Carrie Courtney, Changing Latitudes Real Estate & Property Mgmt
(Changing Latitudes Real Estate)
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     Solivita:   Solivita is a celebrated and admired 55+ community in Kissimmee, Florida. Each of their 4,200 acres and 150,000 sq. ft. of stellar amenities was imagined and executed solely with you in mind. The homes and lifestyle of Solivita are Why Where to Retire magazine ranks Solivita one...
By David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct
(DMK Real Estate )
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Steps to Buying a Connecticut Home. Find the right Realtor® for you. The most important step in buying a home is deciding who to hire as your Realtor®. Not all licensed real estate agents are Realtors®. A Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) who subscribes to a stri...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Coming soon! 9008 Kerrydale Court located in the sought after West Springfield (22152) neighborhood of Shannon Station. Contact us (your Shannon Station neighborhood experts) for more information and to schedule a showing to be one of the first to view this gorgeous 3 bed/4 bath townhouse, 571-23...
By Jim Starwalt, Real Estate Agent - Grayslake
(RE/MAX Center)
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Illinois Home Buying in 2015: Two Great Reasons to Buy not Rent Are you debating whether you should renew the lease on your apartment or sign a contract to purchase your first home?   Based on a recent study, here are two reasons buying a home might make more sense:     Click here to search Nort...
By Jim Starwalt, Real Estate Agent - Grayslake
(RE/MAX Center)
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2015 Home Buying - Illinois First Time Home Buyers Have you been sitting on the sidelines trying to decide if you should purchase a home or sign a rental lease? Here is what the typical first time home buyer actually looks like based on the National Association of REALTORS most recent Profile of...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Lovely luxury townhouse that has it all in Governor's Grove, Alexandria (22310)! Schedule a showing today to see it for yourself, you won't be disappointed! Contact us today for more information, 571-234-1456.    Stunning Luxury Townhome in Sought After Governors Grove Gorgeous, 3lvl, 3BR, 2.55BA...
By Holly Weatherwax, Moving Your Dreams Forward...
(Momentum Realty)
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  Dear Potential Buyer,   I am sorry that you are reluctant to sign anything, and I acknowledge that the Exclusive Right to Represent the Purchaser is a contract.  Because of the Agency laws in Virginia, in order for me to show you the house you would like to see, a signed agreement is mandatory ...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Coming Soon! 1 bed, 1 bath condo in Palazzo at Park Center Coming soon in Palazzo at Park Center in Alexandria (22311). Gorgeous 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom condo. Contact us (571-234-1456) today for more information or to schedule a private showing to be one of the first to see this pristine condo!  ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Will it take a gift from Santa to get an offer accepted these days. With more offers being presented on new listings, Buyer are looking for an advantage to get their offer accepted. It does not have to be a SECRET and you do not have to wait for Santa, as i list them right here, right now. If you...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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22030 zip code in Fairfax is an easy commute to employment centers. The homes below are in a community known as Fairfax Villa. Yes, there are some moderately priced single family homes for sale in Fairfax County in close to D.C. location. Built is the 1960s, most homes were of the Split Foyer sty...