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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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With so few Denver Foreclosures on the market, homes are selling quickly. With investors fighting over the few bank owned homes on the market, potential homebuyers have been struggling to find any foreclosures to even bid on So we were excited to see that HUD just recently listed this Morningside...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
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     Mid October, I received a text from a previous client asking me to work with her brother who was relocating from the Chicago area to Phoenix.  I immediately called her brother, spoke in depth with him about his motivation, time frame and where he was in his home search.  I was delighted to f...
By Cindy Davis
(SD Home Source Realty)
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Your Relationship with Your Realtor– You’ve probably never given much thought to your relationship with your Realtor. But I spend my days with buyers and sellers…or at least those thinking about doing a transaction! With over 11 years of real estate behind me, I still marvel at all the different ...
By Robert & Lisa Hammerstein, Bergen County NJ Real Estate
(Keller Williams Valley Realty)
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Homes For Sale in Emerson NJ between $250,000 & $750,000Do you want to know what home prices are in Emerson New Jersey currently? The attached link below is for all single family homes currently for sale, priced between $250,000 and $750,000.Looking for a home in Emerson New Jersey? We can help.H...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
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Drastic times require some hard core writing in today's blog. When a new Bank Owned listing hits the market, it is a given my marketing will attract a HUGE response filled with showings and multiple first day offers. Buyers and their Buyer Agents will jockey for the best offer. Some will opt to p...
By Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647, Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
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3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Home                                If you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently h...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Atlanta GA 3-Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale    Atlanta 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 tow...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
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Decatur GA 2 Bedroom Condos and Town Homes for Sale Decatur GA 2 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 2-Bedroom Condos and Town Ho...
By Amanda Thomas, Broker, Realtor®, SRES®, BPOR
(Providence Group Realty)
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It is 2015, and the DFW Metroplex is still in a full-on Seller's Market. With less than 2 months of inventory on the ground, Sellers are enjoying multiple offers and the ability to hand pick the strongest, most qualified Buyers in the bunch. Professional Buyer Agents know that submitting a seriou...
By Lauren Stark, Luxury Real Estate Agent - Las Vegas-Henderson NV
(THE STARK TEAM-Las Vegas Luxury Homes & Las Vegas High Rise Condos)
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Anthem Country Club Homes in Henderson, NV Click Here to Learn More about Anthem Country Club Real Estate in Henderson, NV They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Join me on my Sunday stroll through the gorgeous guard gated, golf course community of Anthem Country Club in Henderson, NV.   ...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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Reef Road Vero Beach Fl Beach Community Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach          FLORALTON BEACH ACCESS VERO BEACH FLORIDA Reef Road along the Atlantic Ocean is one of my very favorite beach streets.  You will find luxury estate style homes on large lots directly on the...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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 Village Shops Vero Beach Florida Shopping Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach         Village Shops Vero Beach Florida Island Stores My destination yesterday was to the charming VILLAGE SHOPS in Indian River Shores of Vero Beach Florida.   This charming area was just upgra...