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 Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Sell or Buy
(HomeSmart in Scottsdale, Arizona)
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Many people are getting ready to move. Where do we buy our next home? This is a frequently asked question. Finding a great school and a great school district is a very high priority for many Arizona and National home buyers not only for their own children but for the activities and lifestyle that...

By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
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We have a great new ranch listing coming next week in The Meadows Castle Rock Homes for sale:   3 Beds 2 Baths $365,000 Only $365000 for Rare newer ranch in one of The Meadows largest lots backing up to greenbelt/trails .etc in Caste Rock Location! Location! Location! 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths...Don't l...

By Jay McHugh, YOUR SendOutCard Mentor
(SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert)
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Wonderful Colonial on quiet side street Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $1,599,900 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms4 Full Bathrooms3 Half BathroomsInterior: 6,000 sqftLot: 43,000 sqftYear Built: 2004MLS #: 72078280 Location 30 Currier Farm RoadWestwood, MA 02090USA Jay Mc...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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In new construction the thermal barrier in the attic should be verified by an attic insulation certificate.This house is supposed to be Energy Star compliant for Virginia standards.  As such there are criteria that are to be met.  For example, windows and doors should have certain U-factors and s...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
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A new price for the home at38 Concord Street in Cranford!This home is a MUST SEE, large, 4 bedroom, 3 bath split level home features an in-law suite, multi-zone heating, 2 living rooms, 2 car garage, LOTS of storage space.  Located near Unami Park, downtown Cranford, the train station, shopping a...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
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Open House Sunday, June 25th, 2017 from 2-4pm. Fantastic five bedroom home with pool and spa in Waterford Parks Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $524,900 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms4 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 4,258 sqftLot: 0.19 acre(s)Year Built: 2006MLS #: 13619...

By Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(HomeSmart Elite Group,Scottsdale, 602-620-2699)
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Why Should I Buy a Home Facing North or South in Arizona? In different parts of the country, a home's orientation may or may not make a difference.  In Arizona, we follow the sun a little differently than other cooler climates.   In cooler climates, you might want a home facing west to take advan...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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When you hire us to help you buy a home, we typically explain that our commission is being paid by the listing agent's company, as compensation for bringing you, the buyer, to the transaction. And that commission is generally a portion of the commission negotiated between the seller and the listi...

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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You might think selling a home is pretty simple.  A buyer offers a certain amount of money for the home, the seller agrees or doesn't, rinse lather repeat until they come to an agreement on price, dates and other critical aspects.But the reality is it's not quite that simple, not even close.  The...

By Norma Skeete, ABR, GRI, SFR, SRES, CNE, MRP, Arlington VA
(Keller Williams City Wide Realty)
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Duplex for Sale in Arlington VA OPEN HOUSE: June 25, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: 519 South Veitch Street, Arlington, VA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Walk Score $ Click for current price 2 BEDROOMS 1 BATHROOMS (1 full) Renovated duplex in Penrose neighb...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
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The Michelle Musick Jones Team-Coldwell Banker Apex, is hosting four open house events this weekend in Twin Creeks   Included are: 610 Buffalo Springs (both Saturday and Sunday, June 24th & 25th, from 2-4pm)  1206 Conroe, Saturday, June 24th from 2-4pm   608 Fannin, Saturday, June 24th from 2-4p...

By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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7675 Golden Wheat Ln, Westerville OH 4308 OPEN THIS SUNDAY!   PROPERTY DETAILS $350,000 LISTING INFORMATION MLS: 217022181Bedrooms: 3Full Baths: 3Partial Baths: 1Sq ft: 2,330Style: 2 StoryGarage: 2 Car AttachedHeat Source: GasTaxes: $7,052 PROPERTY DESCRIPTION OPEN SUN 6/25 from 2-4 PM!! Fabulou...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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River City, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About River City River City is a luxury mid-rise condominium built in 1986. River City is located in the South Loop area of Chicago, IL at 800 S Wells Street. Situated just off the south branch of the Chicago River, River City is close to Grant Par...

By Michelle Musick Jones, The Michelle Musick Jones Team - Texas Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Apex, Realtors)
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Open House, Sunday, June 25th from 1-3pm at 1509 Willingham   Impeccable Two-Story Home in Allen's Cumberland Crossing Overview Maps Photos Open House Market Stats $479,900 Single Family Home Main Features 5 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 3,615 sqftLot: 0.17 acre(s)Year Built: 2010MLS #...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Park Shore, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About Park Shore Park Shore Condos is a 56-story high-rise condominium building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Built in 1991, Park Shore is located at 195 N. Harbor within steps of Michigan Avenue shopping, museums, restaurants, theaters,...

By Marco Amidei
(RE/MAX Suburban )
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Paper Place Lofts, Loop, Chicago, Illinois - June 2017 About Paper Place Lofts Paper Place Lofts is a historic 10-story condominium building located in the South Loop area of Chicago, IL at 801 S. Wells Street south of Harrison Road. Paper Place Lofts is situated in the Printer's Row and is clos...

By Joe Boylan
(SpringsHomes)
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Showings are the most public side of the real estate business. The preparation for this side of the practice is actually more significant than people realize. Individual appointments need to be made on each house, sellers schedules need to be accommodated, the route needs to be planned, etc… Duri...

By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 49
If you're searching for a new home, odds are you've been using one of the big on-line search sites. And it's likely that you have seen a home you really liked, but when you asked your agent to show them to you, he told you that it was either already under contract or sold. And this has probably h...

By Janet Larsen
(Remax Connection)
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Are you a builder looking for prime development?  This 20 acre site had prior approvals for 90 Age Restricted Townhomes or 45 Single Homes.  Utilities all at site.  70 % of the engineering has been completed.  Owner willing to finalize approvals and wetland deliniation for a serious buyer. Low In...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
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If you have been thinking of selling you lake home or cabin, NOW is the time.Most people looking to buy a lake home want to be able to enjoy their investment right away and not wait until spring.So waiting until September will impact the number of people looking and many are bargain shoppes.I hav...