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 Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
(Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932)
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Pleasanton CA Real Estate Weekly Review Market Report April 20, 2014 This weekly Pleasanton CA Real Estate “dashboard” summarizes: homes for sale in Pleasanton CA from Sunday April 13, 2014 through Saturday April 19, 2014 Included are homes: that were listed; that went under contract (pending); a...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 90
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)
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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 Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 38
    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 John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 25
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 71
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 Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 51
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 44
On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
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I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   28149 N 71st St Scottsdale,AZ85266 $1,275,000$600,000a day ago($6,474 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|5 bd|8.5 ba|7,252 sqft|For Sale / Resale     Photos (1 / 48) Map Virtual Tour Broker: RE/MAX Platinum Living   Home Details for 28149 N 71st St   ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 19
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 Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
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    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
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Happy Easter! Join us for Easter Open House 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose! Sun., April 20th, 1:30-4:30 Happy Easter!  Please hop on over and join us for an Easter Open House at 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose, zip code 95129 with Lynbrook High School, on Sun., April 20th from 1:30-4:30.   This gorgeous ho...
By Steve Mattison, Ozarksagent Steve Mattison - ABR, e-Pro - Branson
(Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty of Branson)
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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...
                                            Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once! $399,000$90,900about a month ago($2,026 / mo|) Single-Family Home|4 bd|3 ba|2,950 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 24)    Map Broker: HomeSmart        Add tag   Home Details for 27523 N 161st St   136 Days on Trul...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 34
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...
                                        Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once! $325,000$64,0006 days ago($1,650 / mo|) Single-Family Home|3 bd|4 ba|3,078 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 36)    Map   Virtual Tour Broker: West USA Realty        Add tag   Home Details for 6333 N Scottsdale Rd #11 ...
                                  Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   $9,900,000$4,000,000about a month ago($50,268 / mo|) Single-Family Home|4 bd|7 ba|9,818 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 44)    Map Broker: Silverleaf Realty       Tags: Exterior-Front  Add tag Home Details for 10624 E Wi...
                                         Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   $1,195,000$130,0002 months ago($6,068 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|4 bd|6 ba|5,029 sqft|For Sale / Resale Photos (1 / 63)    Map   Virtual Tour Broker: Keller Wiliams Legacy One Realty        Add tag   Ho...
                                           Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!     $995,000$105,000about a month ago($5,052 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|3 bd|3 ba|3,000 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 41)    Map Broker: Americana Arizona, LLC        Add tag   Home Details for 40...