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 Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
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It is easy to get excited about buying a first home. Often the staging is dazzling and the photos make a person proud to say, "This is the home I'm buying!"But first...What Do the Experts Say About the Home You Want to Buy? If the Seller provided disclosures and pre-sale inspections, read them, t...

By Tina Maraj, Top Agent in Fullerton 2016-2018 714-403-7901
(RE/MAX Cornerstone)
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While the local  news was in the background of my cooking over the weekend I learned that the city which we have been home owners for 19 years is the 4th safest city to live in ,  in California. Even though I was busy preparing my St. Patricks's Day Dinner for friends I took note to check in on t...

By Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience
(NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656)
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  What CAN Go Hand-in-Hand? Home Buying & Student Loans! Conduct a search on the topic "Home Buying with Student Loans" and pages and pages or articles, information, advice, and opinions pop-up ...  "Do Student Loans Affect Buying a House?" "How Student Debt Can Ruin Home Buying Dreams"  "Here's ...

By Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage )
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 Foreclosure And Short Sale Homes Hard To Find In The Charlotte, NC Region Having trouble finding a foreclosure or short sale home to purchase in the Charlotte area and thinking the Luck of the Irish has abandoned you? You'll be glad to know it's nothing to do with the luck of the Irish. Foreclos...

By Trish Sarfert, Serving military & civilian relocations!
(Gulf Coast Home Experts)
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 This beautiful, move-in ready home at 2213 Liberty Loop Road in Cantonment, FL is ready for a new family! With fresh tasteful paint and new, lifetime warranty Aqua Logic luxury vinyl, this home looks better than brand new! There is plenty of natural lighting in the open floor plan, and 10 foot v...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Beautiful Flowers in Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert, AZClick Here to Request Your FREE Buyer's Guide!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista LakesHomes Recently Sold in Val Vista LakesVal Vista Lakes is more tha...

By Trish Sarfert, Serving military & civilian relocations!
(Gulf Coast Home Experts)
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Look at this fabulous, updated home in Brooke Estates in Crestview, FL!  This home has just had new carpet installed in all the bedrooms, and new paint throughout the whole house!  Built in 2006, this home has a spacious, open feel with plenty of natural lighting, and high ceilings in the Living ...

By Richard Daskam, Your Real Estate Consultant
(Keller Williams Coastal Properties)
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Find a Reputable Home Inspector-Ask a Realtor(r) for a recommendation 

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/open-house-saturday-march-16th-perfect-fixflip-first-time-johnson There are many misconceptions about the credit score needed to buy a house. Recently, it was reported that 24% of renters believe they need a 780-800 credit score to be considered for a mortgage. The ...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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¿Qué puntaje de crédito necesita para comprar una casa? Hay muchos conceptos erróneos acerca de la puntuación de crédito necesaria para comprar una casa. Recientemente se informó que el 24 % de los inquilinos creen que necesitan una puntuación de crédito de 780 a 800 para ser considerados para u...

By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
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 Making a Final and Best Offer   Gated waterfront condos in NE Philadelphia are at a premium right now. I have a list of buyers waiting for these condos to come on the market. There was a time these units just sat on the market. This was many years ago when the Real Estate market crashed and I wo...

By Nicole Dankworth, Enthusiasm and a love for the Seattle area!
(Keller Williams )
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Alki Beach in West Seattle is an amazing place to call home! There are numerous condo buildings with a variety of amenities and lots of cute bungalows and modern homes to choose from! You can find whatever it is you are looking for! Alki Beach has some great dining options, from quick and casual ...

By Dora Griffin, NMLS 6380
(D A Griffin Financial.LLC)
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MARCH 2019 HOME BUYING CLASS - KY and OH It's that time again! The March 2019 home buying class is set for Thursday March 21, 2019.  If you are in the market to buy a home in Kentucky or Ohio then you need the information I'll give you at this class. Take an hour and half of your evening to learn...

By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
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HUD (FHA) literally just announced that they are getting harder on higher debt to income ratios for lower credit scores.  Now their announcement is vague but here is what I do know: Credit Scores getting Lower: The average credit score for FHA loans that closed in 2018 was 670.  This is the lowes...

By Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate
(Kenna Real Estate)
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Free Kenna Real Estate App | Download the AppFinding a Colorado Home for Sale just got easier with the Kenna Real Estate App. Search and find nearby homes, equestrian properties, condos, open houses, and townhouses (including foreclosures, short sales, and rental listings). Browse photos and see ...

By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
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Improved Price! Central FL Home on Acreage for Sale This beautiful Central FL home on forty acres is back on the market after the previous buyer’s financing fell through. This is a great opportunity for those who are looking to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the busy cities. Current h...

By Elaine VonCannon
(Coldwell Banker Traditions)
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72 Golf Course Drive Weems, VA $585,000   Your own waterfront retreat in Weems, VA! 🛶🚤 🏡 This exceptional waterfront home sits on one of the most sought after spots on Carter’s Creek which flows out to the Rappahannock River. This spectacular river home is nestled in the quaint, storybook town o...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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https://www.xome.com/auctions/541-E-Street-Oxnard-CA-93030-275677592 Everyone should realize that unless you are living somewhere rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s. Buying your own home provides you with a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to use your m...

By Kevin Dimmel, Buy and Sell Real Estate in Minnesota
(Weichert Realtors Advantage)
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5 Things To Know Before Buying A HomeBuying a new home is a big decision. After all it’s one of the largest purchases you will make. So before you jump in with both feet, pause and do your research, it’s important to understand these 5 things before you start. Know your credit score. Your credit ...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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1637 E Lexington Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85234 - Sale Pending Click Here to Request Your FREE Relocation Guide!!! For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZ Well LOCATED Home that is Highly Upgraded in Val Vista Meadows. Split Floor plan that has an OPEN ...