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 Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Elite Pacific Properties Maui)
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Searching for the perfect land for sale in Haiku Maui.  Manawai offers 14 acres on Maui's Northshore. Overlooking the Northshore of Maui, Manawai is an amazing property. It's the perfect elevation with spectacular ocean views. If you ever dreamed of building a home in a tropical setting overlooki...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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A great reminder from Chris Ann Cleland about reviewing Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs) for every home buyer. Looking at the neighbors' yards/decks/fences/patios may seem like the easiest way to determine if something is allowed but, it's not always pertinent to the here & now.  Over...

By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
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Just Because Someone Else is Doing It Doesn't Mean It Is RightThere is an assumption many people will make, in any number of situations.  If someone before them has done something a particular way, then they feel it is okay to duplicate it.  They give no thought to whether or not the first person...

By Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Hiring the Right Realtor®: 10 Tips for Happy Home-buying Before the onset of Internet real estate marketing, I crafted a marketing postcard titled, “Hiring the Right Realtor® makes a world of difference.”  I used that card for years and it has been copied by local agents more times than I can cou...

By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
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Yes the holiday weekend is closing fast.It is a big travel weekend.But, if you are going to buy a home, you  should be looking at homes and not out partying.WHY?  You ask.Many reasons, but a couple to think about. 1.  There are not many houses for sale in some areas and you need to be the first o...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Samsel & Associates)
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Who do you know that bought a new house this spring?   Help them celebrate their new digs with these great housewarming gifts:   Personalized Name coasters - set of 4 for $24.99 with free engraving Everyone needs coasters, and a monogrammed set is a nice way to acknowledge a new home.     Eat Wel...

By Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!
(Lisa Von Domek Team)
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Are you ready to take advantage of the low interest rates and Buy a home in Highland Park, TX or one of its lovely suburbs? Here is a quick link of homes that you might love, and this provides a search feature for you to customize the search to find a home that meets your needs. What size, price ...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Desirable Homes in Las Sendas, Mesa, AZCall Brian for a FREE Market Analysis of Your Home!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZHomes Currently for Sale in Las SendasHomes Recently Sold in Las Sendas Las Sendas is a uniquely designed master p...

By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
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Call or Text Charles Stallions Now 850-476-4494 for any of you real estate related questions. Pensacola, Pace and Gulf Breeze Florida Homes and Real Estate for sale or for rent. Pensacola Realtor Charles Stallions ask what are you waiting for?. Let’s start shopping. Judge gives green light for ma...

By Joseph Zingales
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Many buyers assume that choosing to purchase a condominium rather than a house is a decision based upon preference only but there are differences that should be considered.Home Owners AssociationAll condominiums come with some type of home owners association. The HOA generally handles common area...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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If this is your first home or haven't bought a home in a long time, you may not be familiar with all the steps involved after the contract is binding.   Congratulations, Your Offer Was Accepted The work isn't over because there are a lot of hurdles to cross to get to the closing table. If this is...

(Remax Premier Group)
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                                          REASON TO BUY YOUR OWN HOME #2  FAMILY: PUTTING NEEDS OF YOUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY AND CHILDREN FIRSTA chance to give your family a more stable home environmentA family home for your family to grow and make memories together  To find your perfect home to make...

(Remax Premier Group)
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                                                      REASONS TO BUY YOUR OWN HOME #1   PRIVACY: HAVING A SPACE THAT IS SOLELY YOUR OWN.Want to change the color, you CANWant to remodel the kitchen, you CANWant to make a awesome kids room, you CANWant to add those beautiful wood floors you've been...

By The Jeff Rickert Team, Harleysville; RSPS
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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208 Maxatawny Drive, Pocono Lake, PA 18347 MLS #PM-43539Click Here for Price and More Information NEW CONSTRUCTION! Custom 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bath home in amenity-filled Arrowhead Lake. Home features hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, granite counter tops, maple cabinets, oak stair rails, and much mor...

By Jeremy K. Frost, Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA
(Keller Williams Realty)
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JUST LISTED! 1.72 +/- UNRESTRICTED acres in Dripping Springs Texas. One story home with plenty of bedrooms and office spaces. Workshop, Outbuildings, Multiple Water Wells, Solar Panels, and much more! Fantastic DSISD Schools. Bring your chickens, horses, goats, or livestock. With Hwy 290 Frontage...

By Dan Tabit
(Northstone Real Estate Inc.)
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Some Inspectors do more. Some go deeper, leave nothing to chance and check every crack, nook, crevice and cranny!  While showing homes tonight, my clients son couldn't resist investigating the empty cabinets in this vacant home.  This home isn't for them, but we can say our inspector had a good t...

By Joe Kendall, It's Always best to talk to "Broker Joe"
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Sanit James City Florida. Located at the south end of Pine Island Florida. Pine island Florida is seventeen-miles-long and two-miles-wide Pine Island is the largest island on Florida’s west coast, large in size but with a definite small town feel. St. James City. has a Olde Florida Charm, its mix...

By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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Bring your builder today... build your very own dream home in the Irvington school district... 1.34 acre building lot with BOH approval for 4 bedroom septic... municipal water and power available on street... please see site plan for more details... create your very own paradise... lots of optio...

By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
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A Single Family Home for under $300,000! Yes, thats right, a whole house in the Seattle area for under $300,000! Welcome home to this recently remodeled rambler for only $284,000!Ready to move right in! Flexible open layout for entertaining in the living and bonus room. Slider off dining room lea...

By The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
(Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville)
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910 Township Line Road, Chalfont, PA  18914Asking Price: $499,900MLS#: 7075707For a Virtual Tour of 910 Township Ln Rd10.0 acre, subdividable building lot with frontage along Township Line Road and Chalfont Road. This property enjoys an excellent location surrounded by gently rolling countryside ...