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 Kat DeLong, Realtor BRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (
(MOUNTAIN COUNTRY REALTY, Lake Arrowhead. (909)-273-4542)
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A Slice of Heaven here in Arrow Bear! 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathroom on two peaceful lots. Your cabin  is at the top of the road surrounded by boulders and views. Newer flooring, painted in and out, super roomy deck to spend your days on. Sunny location!  A big surprise is the very cool "rock" famil...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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SOLD Home in Warner Robins GA in Deerfield SubdivisionSOLD in the Deerfield Subdivision in Warner Robins GAHomes in the $120K and below price range sell quickly in Houston County GA. Such is the case here as another lovely home was quickly contracted by my eager buyers, and is now a SOLD home in ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
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Exclusive Buyer Agents work for Exclusive Buyer Brokers At a recent Open House, my clients and I were greeted by a real estate agent. He was working for the Seller, sitting at their kitchen table. He takes my card, looks at my title, Exclusive Buyer Agent, and says, "Oh, I'm a buyer agent too." R...
By Bobi Bigelow, Advertising / Marketing Administrator
(Alpine Lakes Real Estate)
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 1970 SF, 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom cape-style house located on a 1.6 acre lot in Campton, New Hampshire. This home features; new windows, mudroom, hardwood & tile floors, fireplace, 1st floor laundry room, metal roof, deck (with panoramic views from Franconia Notch to Sandwich Dome), drilled well (w...
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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  The single family homes listed for sale in Wildcat Run Estero Florida could be a golfer’s dream come true if they are in the market for a new private residence and are not concerned about hanging out at the beach.  This gated development is situated off Corkscrew Road with Grandezza and Florida...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
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   Address: 1108 Fleetfoot Dr A Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186-6950 Taxed by: Waukesha MLS #: 1410888           357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston ABR,e-P...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
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Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the following questions:  "Are you working with an agent?" or "If you fall in love with this home, do you have an agent who would be writing the contract?". If you prefer ema...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
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7311 N. Honore St. #1S Chicago IL 60626 Under ContractMy client, the buyer is very happy that we got this property under contract in record speed. We had 2 showings within the first few days it went on the market and now we have an agreed upon offer for the 3 bedroom 3 bath, 2,000 sq foot condo i...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
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There is a relatively new product in the Las Vegas area real estate market -- three-story homes with rooftop decks. One builder has floor plans from 2,070 to 2,420 square feet with prices starting in the 230's. Are these popular with buyers in your market?Usually there is a bonus room or guest su...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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Austin Texas - Bank Foreclosure Fixer-Upper on a 0.266 acre lot in Walnut Place subdivision. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 story, with 2 car garage, built in 1972. Square footage is 1,431. As-Is Sale. Buyer must verify all features and information. Home also has a fireplace, sun room, and mature trees in ...
By Tim Crews, Realtor and Founder of The Crews Team
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
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Free Fredericksburg VA Appraisal For Buyers  Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Fredericksburg Virginia Appraisal Details Home For Sale in Fredericksburg and Stafford Virginia Free Fredericksburg VA Appraisal For Buyers ~ Tim Crews 540-692-9144           Tim Crews works with Heather F...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
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 Buying new construction in Tooele UT?If so, I think you will find the following article helpful.  .On her blog, "Emily loved Nashville Real Estate", Emily Lowe posts some great tips about buying new construction  She also offers some pretty good advise about things you need to consider when you ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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1112 Wiconisco Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $235,500 MLS #PM-22879  Click here for more on this Spacious home ----->Spacious Contemporary home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home has all the space you need with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, formal living & dining rooms, family roo...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Sneak Peak - Spacious Villa for Sale in Timber Pines, Spring Hill, Floridaby Spring Hill Realtor Silvia Dukes, PA, Tropic Shores Realty This villa in the 55+ golf course community of Timber Pines in Spring Hill, Florida, will be coming on the market soon.  The current owner is in the process of m...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
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North Scottsdale Real Estate- Vista Monterey Community located in 85255 just North of Pinnacle Peak Rd!Contact info:Matt | Realty One Group | 480-227-3311 www.SearchNorthScottsdale.com Fully REMODELED North Scottsdale LuxuryHome for Sale! 5 bed, 5 baths7804 E Hanover Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85255$1,4...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
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 Are you looking for a home at a bargain price that could benefit from some loving care? You might want to cast your eyes on the homes which are available as foreclosed or short sales in Reston Virginia. I've put together a list of homes which are currently available. Visit
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
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The inventory of homes for sale in Reston's Town Center area was about 75 homes active on the market as of 1 May 2015. The available homes run the full spectrum of condos through townhomes from almost new to about 20 years in age. Prices ranged from a low of about $200k to the $1.5 million neighb...
By Bob Thompson, 562.344.5626 | ALT-Doc, Private Money, Stated HELOCS and Stated Income, Direct Niche Lenders - Residential and Commercial
(FMC Lending, Inc. - Direct Niche Lenders)
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Non Owner-Occupied properties. Stated Income Loans.Loans for purchase and refinance up to 70% LTV.Terms: 2 year loan amortized for 40 years.Rates from 8.99% and 3 points.When do you need a Private Money Loan (1st Trust deed)?When you need ... NO minimum FICO score requirements.When you need ... a...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
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  Austin, Texas - Rare recent build for this area. Granite counters, custom cabinets, ceiling fans throughout. Stone and stucco exterior. Baker Custom Homes. Full Sprinkler. 4 bedrooms plus a private Study plus a Game room. Fireplace. Formal Dining. KitchenAid appliances. Kitchen Island. 10 foot ...
By Pete Blondin
(ERA Teachers Inc)
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 The inventory of Lakefront Community homes for sale in Reston was 50 homes active on the market as of 1 May 2015. Direct Lakefront homes typically sell off at a faster rate than other homes in the Reston area. If you'd like to live on one of Reston's lakes ... This might be to moment to come out...