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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 39
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 30
This past weekend I was showing homes to a very nice couple relocating to Fort Wayne from Michigan.   We had a list of five homes that we were going to look at, and one of them really stuck out.  We were all excited to see it! We pulled into the long and winding driveway.  To the left of was a la...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 10
Smart and Successful Home Buyers   How do you have a successful home buying experience? Start gathering information now! It doesn't matter if you plan to buy a home in a six months or two years, to have a successful home buying experience you need to have a plan. As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we kno...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 21
A Listing Agent Can't Give You a Better Deal, They Don't Work for YOU! Stop calling other agents! Why do yo want to go through all your wants and needs again with a new agent just because you want to see one of their listings?  They cannot give you a better deal because they work for the home own...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
Comments 6
  Open House – Reunion – New Home – Sat 4/19/14   This brand new Lennar Brookstone two story home will be held open this Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm.    Address:  17402 E. 98th Way, Commerce City, CO 80022 Price:  $348,650 This one is ready to call home NOW!  You will love this spacious two sto...
By Rich Arnold, Realtor - Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix
(Keller Williams Realty East Valley)
Comments 0
Grass is Greener for 3 Bedroom/2 Bath in Ahwatukee FS-6, Phoenix, AZ 85044  Built 1982, 1380 sf, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, ~ $179,900 • Tile & New Carpet, Paint •  Grass Yards Front & Back  • New Range/Oven & Dishwasher This split layout 3 bedroom house has varied tile floors in all but two bedrooms, ...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(RE/MAX Plus)
Comments 3
Summer is almost here in New York and why not get ready at 7310 Rose Avenue, Wolcott, New York. This property is offered by: The Jeff Scofield Team at RE/MAX Plus List price: $149,900 Brilliant Summer Sunrises & Serene Sunsets! Opportunity for summer home yet winterized for year round comfort. Up...
By Aaron Silverman, Improving the Real Estate Experience through Educa
(Bluewater Property Management, LLC and Lowcountry Turnkey Properties, LLC)
Comments 0
This beautiful, newly built (2013) town home has an open floor plan with 2,100 sq ft, 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. There are two master bedrooms; one upstairs and one downstairs, and each have their own bathroom and plenty of closet space. For more information, visit http://bluewaterpropertyman...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, Palm Harbor Florida Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 6
My very first real estate experience broke all the rules. I was working as a high school teacher and had two kids in middle school. My mother had recently passed on and my father wanted to purchase a home for the kids and me. Since a colleague in my school was a part-time Realtor, I asked her for...
By Gail Robinson, REALTOR, GRI, e-PRO, Fairfield County, CT
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 3
Black Rock Condo With Water Views OverviewMapsPhotos $214,900 Condominium Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,365 sqft Location 155 Brewster Street, 3LBridgeport, CT 06605USA Gail Robinson William Raveis Real Estate, 2525 Post Road, Southport, CT(203) 521-0768gail@blackrockonline.org ...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 2
Rollback! Darling Ranch Home for Sale in Colonial Heights! You don't need to wait in line at Wal-Mart to receive a rollback discount, the RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties has you covered! Check out this darling ranch home for sale in Colonial Heights, now at the LOW, LOW price of just $115...
By David Popoff, Realtor & Property Manager, Fairfield County, Ct.
(DMK Real Estate & Property Mgmt)
Comments 2
Pre-Qualification vs. Preapproval Mortgage Letter. Before starting your search of homes it is best to know how much you can afford to spend on a home. Your local mortgage lender will be more than happy to run through the numbers for you. The process of analyzing your income, debt, assets and liab...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 76
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 John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Comments 55
The Agent with the Sign in the Yard! In the State of Colorado a real estate agent becomes an agent for the Seller when a contract is created between the seller and agent. If the agent is a Seller's Agent they are required by law to fulfill certain duties: Promote the interests of Seller with the ...
By Jana Haren, Jana Haren, Realtor, MSSC
(Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land)
Comments 133
    When I see a home listed for sale “As Is,” it usually means there are some red flags to consider.  Often times, homes that are being sold “as is” will require quite a bit of updating and, more than likely, some major repairs. Whatever the case may be, the Seller is stating that they are not w...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 48
     You are moving into your new home!  Whether you are a first time home owner or a veteran homeowner, whether you are moving to a new town or just moving across your town, you need to do the following 24 tasks as rapidly as possible.  Time is of the essence!    24 Things Every New Homeowner M...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 16
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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 43
Builders Please Don't Forget Basement Potential When Designing A Home We walk in the front door with our buyers and we can feel it happening....this home is THE ONE!  The floor plan works, the updates are there, it's everything we know they want.  Right size yard, nice deck, continue upstairs and...
By Jordana Adams, Helping home buyers and seller achieve their goal!
(Exit Choice Realty)
Comments 0
Destination Living at its Best! Who says you can't have it all!  Grand Opening of Jack Nicklaus Golf Course May 4, 2014* One of the most highly anticipated event, the Grand Opening of the Potomac Shores Golf Course, is now to take place on May 4, 2014* This is the first public Jack Nicklaus Signa...