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 Karen Johnson, "Bucks County PA Homes"
(Weichert, Realtors)
Comments 2
  Open House on November 2nd at 135 Cottage Street, Doylestown, PA 18901   135 Cottage StreetDoylestown, PA 18901$774,400 -- Price Reduction!                                      View Photos     |    View Virtual Tour   Listing Information: $774,400 4 Bedrooms 3 Full Baths, 1 Half Bath Single Fam...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 17
1920 Lake St Evanston IL 60201 2-Flat New Listing 2 bedroom one bath on each floor on this 2 unit building directly across the street from Evanston Township High School. The building has an unfinished basement with a lot of space and a washer and dryer. With a little TLC this property will produc...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
        131 Shawnee Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $48,500 MLS #PM-14089     More info about this Pocono home Adorable cozy ranch located in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Walking distance to Beach 2. Home features open floor plan, kitchen and living room, large entertaining de...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 6
You have been renting way way too long and strongly thinking you ought to buy a Houlton Maine home. I agree with your thinking, logic and will help you anyway possible. To extend a hand, give a heave ho to there you go. Up and out of the rent rut where all you have is rent receipts. All that cash...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
  7549 Kilmer Road Tobyhanna, PA 18466 $35,000 MLS #12-241   More on this Pocono Farms Country Club Lot ''GOLF COURSE LOT'' located on the green. Three lots for sale with a buffer owned by Pocono Farms Country Club. Pocono Farms Country Club offers Olympic Size Swimming Pool, Workout facility, t...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
     7548 Kilmer Road Tobyhanna, PA 18466 $35,000 MLS #12-248   More on this Pocono Farms Country Club Lot ''GOLF COURSE LOT'' located on the green. Three lots for sale with a buffer owned by Pocono Farms Country Club. Pocono Farms Country Club offers Olympic Size Swimming Pool, Workout facility,...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 1
Homes For Sale in Carmel Valley   Carmel Valley is a coastal community located in the north-western corner of San Diego. This is a master-planned communty composed of resdiential, hotels, restaurants and shopping.  Located near Interstate 5, Carmel Valley is near Torrey Pines State Natural Reserv...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 2
Water falls have an almost magnetic attraction. The sound of rushing, cascading water is soothing, compelling. Nature's white noise. It's similar with the sound of the surf, a babbling brook or a summer rain, the sound of moving water is calming. Water can also be said to either be destructive or...
By Brigita McKelvie, Rural & Horse Properties & Farms in Eastern PA
(Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.)
Comments 13
  Foreclosure and Short Sale Properties Are a Bargain - NOT   Foreclosed properties and short sale properties sell for less than market value.  Some Buyers searching for these properties tend to think that these are bargains.  At first look, yes, it is a bargain.  A little TLC and cosmetics and a...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 19
     I feel as I am pretty lucky as I get an opportunity to work with some really great real estate agents that are all about customer service. Today, I had an opportunity to work with Franklin, TN agents Tammie and Tom White of Benchmark Realty. What really impressed me was how Tammie and Tom we...
By Carey Frankel, Carey Frankel, ABR, SFR, CDPE, GRI
(Phyllis Frankel Realty Group | Ponte Vedra Real Estate)
Comments 2
The Gallup organization conducts an annual report entitled the Economy and Personal Finances Poll, which asks Americans to choose the best option for long-term investment. It was no surprise that real estate returned to the top position over other investment categories (gold, stocks/mutual funds...
By Richard Stewart, REO Realtor - RDCpro CDPE Member NRBA
(REO Specialists llc)
Comments 3
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 10
Lincolnia is  located in Fairfax County between Alexandria and Annandale.  Most homes are single family detached with a small portion of townhouses. The nearby Green Spring Park and Lillian Carey Park provide walking trails, playgrounds and spacious land. Commuting is quick and easy with the inte...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
4-2.5 Summerville Rent to Own Home   (Park Hill Properties )           131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned CommunitySummerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 SchoolsDorchester District 2 Schools** Near the Alston Middle School **    **  4...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 14
I looked at the mls for homes for sale in 55plus communities in Bucks county . I saw home listed for sale in Yorktown in Jamison. Yorktown is located next to the township park and near the police station. People love to live in Yorktown because it is a small community . People can go to the park ...
By Peter J Thoesen PLLC, Experienced & Trusted Arizona Realtor Since 2004
(Realty One Group)
Comments 2
Now that the real estate market has recovered in Phoenix, I am encountering part time agents way to many times that give our industry a bad reputation. No wonder the public generally has low respect for real estate agents.  I was talking to a prospective client last week about helping her sell he...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
Comments 0
Spring Hill At Stonebridge Ranch Homes For Sale In Mckinney Texas   Street View - Homes For Sale in Spring Hill at Stonebridge Ranch Mckinney, Tx 75070   Access all MLS homes for sale in Spring Hill at Stonebridge Ranch.   In the market for a new home, but need to sell your current home in the Da...
By Will Hamm, Where There's a Will, There's a WAY!
(Hamm Homes)
Comments 8
I am working with two buyers in the Aurora, Co. area so after pulling properties for sales I figure I would past the numbers along to you all.   Homes priced from $200,000 to $250,000, there are 40 homes for sale. Homes priced from $250,001 to $300,000, there are 51 homes for sale. Homes priced f...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 1
I NEED to know if the Home Owner is trying to Trick me by placing an asking price over what the town has the property assessed for? Should I run from this sale? These were 2 of the many questions from a Manchester NH area home Buyer who wanted to base their offer on the assessed value thinking th...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 0
Liberty Township Ohio Homes For Sale With A 3+ Car Garage Liberty Township is a fast growing area with parks, dining and shopping, and convenient for those commuting to Cincinnati or Dayton thanks to SR129 and I-75 access!  If you're thinking about calling Liberty Township home, you may have spec...