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 Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 13
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
    Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9766 E FLATHORN DR , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5010632) 2.  9281 E CANYON VIEW RD , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5101629) 3.  9234 E DESERT VW , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (4947345) 4.  9385 E TRAILSIDE...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
  Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  20496 N 98TH ST , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5048465) 2.  20480 N 98TH ST , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5094087) 3.  9421 E TRAILSIDE VW , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5103405) 4.  20368 N 93RD PL , Scotts...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
Comments 0
Built 1985 - 2 Bed + 2 Bath in Hearthstone - Chandler, AZ 85226          Built 2008, 1101 sf, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $140,000 • Vaulted Ceiling • Parks & Pool in Subdivision  • 2 Car Garage Priced to sell quickly, this single family house has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, and saltillo tile floors...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
 DC Ranch Homes under $2m Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9290 E Thompson Peak PKWY 233 233, Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5009950) 2.  9462 E SONORAN SUNSET PASS , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5078202) 3.  9604 E BUTEO DR , Scottsdale...
By Matt Horton, North Scottsdale Real Estate
(Realty One Group- The Horton Team)
Comments 0
  DC Ranch Homes between $2-4m Map of Subject And Comparable Properties Legend Active Sold Pending Temporary Off Market Cancelled Expired 1.  9820 E THOMPSON PEAK PKWY 656 656, Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5089675) 2.  10152 E PHANTOM WAY , Scottsdale AZ 85255 (5026344) 3.  20758 N 102ND ST 1346 1346, Sc...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 104
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 31
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 25
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Jenny Rohlen, Traverse City Area Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty - Greater Grand Traverse)
Comments 4
    Completely Remodeled Home on 20 beautiful acres. Nestled on a corner lot this home boasts a metal/steel roof, updated vinyl siding and a great big deck which overlooks the property's park-like setting. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a gorgeous custom kitchen with Granite Counters, in-...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 20
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 0
  Warren Township, NJ - 07059 - Real Estate and Town InformationMore Town Info Home For All Your Warren Real Estate Needs - please visit our Warren real estate listings using the button above. NJEstates Real Estate Group is ready to assist you with your Warren real estate needs. Let our experienc...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 15
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 22
FAQ Who pays the HOA fees at closing?   This past week a client asked me why the seller wasn't paying the HOA fees on his home under contract.  This isn't the first home I've assisted him on a purchase so I was a bit perplexed where this question was coming from.  It didn't make a lot of sense as...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 16
Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision Buyers...If you find a home you really like, you need to act fast in the middle GA real estate market, or you will miss out on great deals. Another Houston County home is a pending sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision,...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 4
Hear the request coming into the Maine real estate kitchen everyday. Serve me up something in town convenient but that feels like I am in the country Mr. Broker Man. On today's specials board, we are offering a home at 5 Chandler Court Houlton Maine 04730. How does this Houlton Maine home straddl...
By Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson
(Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
Comments 4
Home by Table Rock Lake for sale. OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $109,900 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,374 sqftLot: 0.32 acre(s) Location 839 Lake Bluff DriveReeds Spring, MO 65737USA Steve Mattison ABR e-Pro Keller Williams Tri-lakes(417) 336-4999stev...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 33
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 3
When most home buyers call on me about buying a house in Viera, Florida they usually fill me in with the basics...price, size and age. This is a nice start but there is so much more to consider when shopping for a new home. A few more questions will help me refine a buyers needs and determine the...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 1
"NOW is a Great Time to Buy a Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Home." But... Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Blah. Blah. Blah. We've heard that tired old line over and over again. But, even though it's kind of true, you wouldn't want to miss your little one's first goal...would you? Or any of the other wonderful thing...