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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 27
    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 55
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 54
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
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    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
Ballantyne Meadows Homes for Sale Charlotte NC Find Ballantyne Meadows Homes for Sale Charlotte NC and other similar properties. These properties for sale feed direclty from the Charlotte MLS and are updated multiple times daily. These beautiful properties are located in the desirable and upscale...
By Fred Carver, Accredited Victoria Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Real Estate)
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SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE 1886 QUAMICHAN STREET 2-4 PM Looking for that special Fairfield home? Then you have come to the right place   Join me Saturday April 19 OPEN HOUSE 2-4 PM 1886 Quamichan Street-Find it here on Google Map Description: Prime Fairfield location, close to downtown Victoria and Oak ...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 16
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 Phil Caulfield, Mortgage Lender - San Francisco Bay Area
(Absolute Mortgage Banking)
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Yesterday pro golfer Pablo Larrazabal was playing in the Maybank Malaysian Open. He was on the 5th fairway when he was attacked by a swarm of hornets! Why do I bring this story to your attention? I think it is an amazing story of courage and concentration! Larrazabal had the courage to put his sh...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
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  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 Bryon Crosby, Professional Service | Outstanding Results
(Windermere Real Estate Lane County)
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3016 Ashley Loop   Exquisite Gem in the South West Hills Set High Above the City offering Privacy & Views of Sun Rise, Mountains & The Valley! The interior boasts Travertine Floors, Hardwoods, Gas FP, Granite & SS Appliances! The Master Suite offers a Large Walk-In Closet, Skylights and Luxuriou...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
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Closing Tips for Sellers of Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes for Sale Your Lakeland Sandpiper golf home for sale has a ratified contract yet you can’t completely relax until you and the  buyer, get to the closing table. The burden of finalizing the financing to purchase the home falls on the buyer, ...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
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VILLA SOLANA VERO BEACH FLORIDA ISLAND TOWNHOME BY THE BEACH Barbara Martino-Sliva of Dale Sorenen Real Estate Vero Beach Florida                    VILLA SOLANA VEO BEACH FLORIDA Villa Solana is a small charming Mediterranean style townhome communityon the barrier island of Vero Beach.   Built i...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 1
Well Maintained Townhouse with Updates Galore This well maintained 2BR/1.1BA townhouse offers updates galore.  There’s nothing to do here but move in and enjoy!  Enjoy sunsets from your covered front porch.  Step inside to find fresh interior paint and new bamboo flooring through the main level....
By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing Realtor in NWA
(Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney and Faucette)
Comments 4
This Meticulously Maintained Home offers a huge bonus space, almost 900 sq feet of heated and cooled space that could be used for recreation , shop or storage. The space  opens to  the exterior , and has a  flat area by the door that can be accessed by vehicle.  Dual decks, one enclosed and one o...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 0
Stunning Tanner Trails Home on Large Lot This stunning 5BR/3.1BA brick front home sits on a large lot in desirable Tanner Trails.  This excellent location is just minutes from I-88, walking distance to park and more.  Relax on your covered front porch and enjoy the convenient 3-car attached gara...
By Erika Rogers, Your Personal St George Utah Real Estate Guide!
(Re/Max First Realty)
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  When it comes to buying a home, there are some things you should never compromise on. In some cases you will need to compromise in order to complete the home purchase. However, when you’re pouring thousands of dollars into buying a home, you should be careful and consider your compromises befor...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
ST. ANDREWS ISLAND OF GRAND HARBOR IN VERO BEACH LUXURY ESTATE HOME Barbara Martino-Sliva of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach Florida   Barbara Martino-Sliva Primary: 772.321.4484Website or Mobile:http://www.marsliba.sorensenrealestate.com/HFR145790E-mail: myverobeach@gmail.com   5155 ST ANDR...
By JC Melvin
(Melvin-Peters Team - KW Southwest)
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     When Buyers are deciding they want to start the process, they often ask, "where do I begin?" We generally suggest that you meet with a lender if you intend to finance a portion of the sales price then get on line and start looking at homes.      Your best property search tool is the entire M...
By Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA
(EXIT Choice Realty)
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Homes For Sale in the Osbourn Park High School District located in Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia Are you moving to Northern Virginia; Prince William County, Manassas or Woodbridge?   This school is zoned to include students living in Manassas and Woodbridge, Virginia. To view current ACTIVE h...