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 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 15
  ROATAN, HONDURAS     The Texas REALTORS® International Cruise (March 21-28, 2015) was a huge success. I returned home safely packed with International educational information, relaxed and informed. My traveling companions were not just from Texas. I met other Real Estate agents from many wonde...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 3
The Beauty of Honduras     My recent 2015 International REALTOR® Cruise proved to be very informative and educational: Infinity Bay SPA & Beach Resort. Here are some reasons why Americans are retiring and investing in Roatan:   Texas is currently in a Sellers Market People are looking for retire...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 4
777 Hinman #23 Evanston IL 60202, a  2 Br 1.5 Bath Condo was listed today. It is in a great location one block from Main street with access to the Metra and El trains and so many great unique stores, restaurants plus a 5 minute walk to the Lake Michigan Lake Front and beaches. 777 Hinman #23 The ...
By Arina Hanciulescu, KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS
(KELLER WILLIAMS LAS VEGAS)
Comments 0
    It is useful to know what makes up Las Vegas monthly home loan payments to better budget for home ownership costs. The acronym PITI is commonly used to remember the items included, which are principal, interest, taxes, and insurance. Not all loan payments will include all of these items. It ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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What would you pay for this view? Amazing isn't it? Well this million dollar view can be purchased for just $395,000.  Call Nancy Ewing if you'd like to see this beautiful home and she'll be happy to set you up an appointment. 404-580-2695 is her cell number. 706-485-9668 is the office number.    
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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NEW HOMES IN PURCELLVILLE VIRGINIA.  1.45 Acre Lots. Every new home begins with lot selection.  In Loudoun County, this builder, Carr Homes, is offering new home construction on some very beautiful lots in Purcellville. The lot showing below is level and there are several lots that would accomoda...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 29
New Listing - Heritage Eagle Bend - Aurora, CO  80016     Looking for a premier age restricted property?    Heritage Eagle Bend  is one of the best retirement community in all of Denver!  This stunning ranch is located within a golf course community with views of the 18th hole.   You can sit on t...
By ASHEVILLE AREA ACREAGES 4TERRA LAND BROKERAGE, Invest in the Land
( Asheville 1031 LAND BROKERAGE)
Comments 1
Asheville Real Estate Journal TODAY: 4 Ways to Take Advantage of ASHEVILLE Real Estate Insights (2) Out exploring: Use your own insight as part of buying, selling or investing in real estate— structuring the subtleties into real property transactions   A. Understand the topography, the geology, ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 24
Pet Update from your Greater Los Angeles Pet Friendly Realtor: Endre Barath, Jr. Posted on Mar 29, 2015 by Endre Barath in Observations about various subjects, Pet Friendly Realtor  Pet Update from your Greater Los Angeles Pet Friendly Realtor: Endre Barath, Jr. Those of you who follow our trial...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 66
The old joke is if you bring in 10 home inspectors you Will get 10 different reports.  In reality this is not true, you may only get 5. One of the most important jobs in a Home Buyers eyes and one of the dreaded parts of selling by a Home Seller. The most important part of any inspection is ident...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
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SANTA CRUZ HOME FOR SALE ON LARGE LOT 354 GOSS AVENUE, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95065   Sunny and bright Prospect Heights home for sale - great Santa Cruz home on extra large lot of just over 10,000 square feet.       Recently landscaped with drought tolerant plants, fences, sidewalk and the best of all - ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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I've been working with a young first time home buyer the past month who has been well raised by his parents. His two oldest brothers both owned their first homes before the age of 23 and now at the age of 21 my clients latest offer was just accepted last night on a home in a neighborhood he cove...
By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
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Spotlight on Colts Neck, NJ!   Located in Monmouth County, Colts Neck is top-rung rural community in Central New Jersey, where having it all is absolutely possible! Spacious horse farms and huge lots are in commuting distance to New York City while also being close to the recreational fun of the ...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
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Purchase this Mercedes Home, Ascott Bay Model, located at 2001 Akorot Port St Lucie, Fl. 34953, just in time for the summer. This is a great house for family and friends to enjoy during summer. Have a BBQ, summer party, football party; all while cooling off in the pool.   Gorgeous Mercedes Ascott...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
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15861 Coldwater Dr. Harvest, AL Open House 3/29/15 2-4 PM New Price $134,900 Best priced home in the neighborhood of Rock Creek. This link ROCK CREEK HOMES FOR SALE will provide accurate daily updated information of homes for sale in this Harvest, Alabama neighborhood. Rock Creek Subdivision 1586...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Real Estate Expert & Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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The Year was 1942....welcome to the world in 1942, where a new home was being built in Ephraim, in the center of Door County, Wisconsin.   Beginning 1941:  Construction begins on Stock Lane in Ephraim, Wisconsin for the home that will become known as the Ellerton Lake House, completed in 1942 194...
By DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
(Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA)
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Open houses are very popular these days and not only fun but a great way to learn about a neighborhood for buyers and for sellers as well. Whether you're a serious home buyer or just looking for fun here are some Do's and Don'ts of Open Houses and things to keep in mind.       Do's    * Do let th...
By Jeff Gould
(Kings Realty & Property Mgmt.)
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Photo credit: Maks Karochkin / Foter / CC BY Great, you've made the decision to buy a home. Now is the time to get a mortgage pre-approval (not a pre-qualification) and start getting your finances together. If you break any of the rules below, your chances of getting a mortgage will decrease dram...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 22
Under Contract - Highlands Ranch, CO  80126     It is a joy when you get a call from potential buyers wanting to meet with you to discuss a home purchase.    This was a referral from a Colorado Springs REALTOR® that gave you glowing recommendations.     These buyers have been renters for a couple...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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  Speechless Sunday: Chachi working in the backyard!         If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills,...