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 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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Can a builder fire a buyer?After all, isn't the saying "The customer is always right!!"??So if the customer wants something shouldn't the builder work to take care of the buyer's desires?Or can a builder decide the buyer just isn't worth the hassle?Well, I'm obviously NOT an attorney, but if you ...

By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(The Traczyk Team at Remax New Beginnings )
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Should the Seller Pay the Buyer’s Closing Costs?Both buyers and sellers pay closing costs, but the costs vary and include a long list of items that include prepaid taxes, reimbursing the seller for taxes they already paid and pro rated water bill, lender and title company or attorney fees, prepai...

By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
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Oconomowoc WI Homes for Sale | Market Report December 2018Learn more about Oconomowoc WI and why “Life Comes Naturally Here”!Oconomowoc is a city located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, U.S. Its name came from Coo-no-mo-wauk, the Potawatomi term for “waterfall.”Before 1700, this region was inhabit...

By Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale
(Realty ONE Group)
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So who's interested in relocating to Las Vegas Nevada? By Vegas Bob With all the new construction going on in Las Vegas and Henderson Nevada many people are relocating and or purchasing a second home in the Las Vegas Valley.The new construction of Resorts World Las Vegas, Raiders Stadium and so m...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Winter Relaxation in Red Mountain Ranch, Mesa, AZDo You Need A Buyers Agent to Find Mesa AZ Homes?For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZHomes Currently for Sale in Red Mountain RanchHomes Recently Sold in Red Mountain RanchFor over 30 years, Re...

By Chris B Johnson, 5 Star Rated REALTOR® Quality, Not Quantity
(Allison James Elite)
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Investor Fix & Flip-Bidding Ends SOON!   #ChrisBJohnsonRealtor Some Highlights: The cost of waiting to buy is defined as the additional funds it would take to buy a home if prices & interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac predicts interest rates to rise to 5.1% by the e...

By Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller, REALTOR® - Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel
(Charles Rutenberg Realty - www.WesleyChapel4u.com)
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Wesley Chapel Florida Homes for Sale January 18th 2019 In Wesley Chapel today, there are 434 single family homes FOR SALEand 91 single family homes HAVE SOLD in the last 30 days  Hello -  Thank you for reading this Wesley Chapel Florida Real Estate Blog Post  My name is Jeff Miller. I have been a...

By Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM, Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale
(Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts)
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Most of South Carolina happens to sit in that perfect spot between the North and South United States. It's not too hot for those in the north and not too cold for those in the south. To say it's the median of the country is almost an understatement - there's a little bit of something for everyone...

By Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker
(RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto))
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Retaining Wall Falling Down (Ontario)Question:How do you deal with a property with a falling down retaining wall between properties? The Sellers agent knows nothing. The higher property (The neighbours) has a retaining wall that is falling down due to huge trees planted on neighbours’ side but wi...

By Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale
(Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group)
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 Final Walk Through – What Is It and Why Is It ImportantThere can frequently be confusion of what a final walk through is and why it’s important. A final walk through can also be referred to as a pre-closing inspection. The final walk through is not a home inspection. In most cases the buyer will...

By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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 NAR says most of our clients forget our names, so I work VERY hard at keeping my name in front of all past clients.  I truly do care what happens in their lives. So, not surprising to hear from a past client that wanted to go out and find a new home.  We were sort of playing the home search by e...

By Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM, Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale
(Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts)
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There’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a condo in Myrtle Beach. If you’re looking for a condo that has all the options, then Dunes Village has the perfect condo for your vacation and rental needs. This highly-rated condo property gives you the ideal location and unique water attr...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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  Our friends at KCM (Keeping Current Matters) have provided a great infographic that very simply illustrates the economics of Buying versus renting.  Lots of people...renters.."parental advisors"...the water cooler chat are under the mistaken impression that there is no way but a 20% down paymen...

By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
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I love to work with home buyers. If you are thinking of buying a home in Bucks or Montgomery counties call me to be your buyer agent. If you are buying a home any where in the country I can refer you to an agent who can be your buyer agent.What does a buyer agent do ?I will schedule appointments ...

By Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR
(Best Connections Realty, Inc.)
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It is a Buyer's Market in South Florida in 2019 The tables have finally turned.  It is now a buyer's market in Boca Raton and south Florida.  For the past several years, sellers were calling the shots.  Homes received multiple offers. Sellers stood their ground.  Many sellers have not realized th...

By John Alesi, (Orange County California Real Estate)
(Century 21 Award)
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Biggest mistakes home buyers make when buying a home My latest video talks about the Top 10 mistakes people make when buying a new home. Take a few minutes to watch this video and leave me a comment with other mistakes you have seen buyers make.  The number one biggest mistake people make when bu...

By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
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Enjoy the Evening in Whitewing, Gilbert, AZCall Brian For A Market Analysis for YOUR Gilbert Home!!!For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs Please Visit Real Estate in East Valley AZWhitewing Homes Currently for SaleWhitewing Homes Recently SoldWhitewing is another name synonymous with l...

By Samuel John, We give you daily about real estate market.
(Daily Real Estate Update)
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 Becoming a homeowner is a major step in anyone’s life. Your new house, apartment, or condo is where some of life’s greatest memories will be made. Although moving in and getting settled is exciting, the process of finding the perfect home for you can be a daunting task. This is especially true f...

By inboundREM Market Updates
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Closing Costs for River Strand Golf and Country Club HomesWhat are Closing Costs?Closing Costs are all associated fees that come alongside a home purchase. These costs are paid at the end of the real estate transaction when ownership is transferred from seller to buyer. These expenses can be the ...

By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Samsel & Associates)
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For many potential buyers, one of the biggest obstacles on the road to homeownership is saving for a down payment. But thanks to a new technology trend, some savvy buyers are turning to their friends, family, and social networks for help.While crowdfunding has long been a popular trend, until rec...