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 Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 26
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 16
One of the most important aspects of my duties is to be able to negotiate the best price, terms and set of conditions for my client. Over the last ten years I've learned a lot about myself and about people in general. It's almost always a give and take as they say. It's important to l...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 8
This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...
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 13
Southshore in Aurora CO - Market Update - July 2014           Southshore in Aurora was the location for the 2007 Parade of Homes and features custom homes backing to the reservoir.      Village Homes, Capital Pacific, Pulte & Century Communities have built homes in Southshore.     A few homes...
By Leslie Stewart, Realtor , CRS, eCertified, Oregon Licensed Broker
(Prudential Real Estate Professionals)
Comments 2
Brenda Bonebrake Direct: 503-385-0033Office Phone: 503-769-3448Other: 503-932-0977Website or Mobile:http://www.brendaandsandy.com/WVY680987E-mail: brendaandsandy@prurep.com   1290 Dawn Dr Stayton, OR 97383 MLS#: 680987 Price: $229,900 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Lovely updated home on over 1/4± ...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 23
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Katina Hargrove, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Comments 4
New Price for Royal Trails home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage home on corner acre in Royal Trails. The property is fenced, the home has a Florida room and game room, open floor plan. Two horses per acre are allowed, the current HOA is $35 per year. You may park your RV and boat on the back of ...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 1
  4121 Winona Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 Click here for more info on this home $129,500 MLS #PM-15588 Bi-level home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, tile floors, 1 car garage, eat in kitchen, family room, living room, 6 panel doors, shed...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
Southern California is a Beautiful Place to Retire Souther California has great weather, lots of gated communites, golf courses everywhere, nature areas to enjoy wildlife, walking and hiking trails, bike lanes on the city streets, and of course many Veteran Hospitals in all the major cities.    T...
By Laura Filip, THE SIGN OF SOLD STARTS HERE. CALL US TODAY
(RE/MAX UTOPIA WHITESBORO,SHERMAN,DENISON TX,TEXOMA)
Comments 2
RE/MAX UTOPIA Laura Filip Direct: (903) 271-4978Mobile Phone: (903) 271-4978Business Fax: (903) 564-9778Website or Mobile:http://www.laurafilip.remaxtexas.com/DFW13005036E-mail: laurafilip@remax.net   402 N Clements Gainesville , TX MLS#: 13005036 Price: $46,000 Gainesville Tx Vintage 1950 home ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Coming Soon!     Home Photos Local Schools     Coming Soon         Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Realty 860-508-7855 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:CT License #:0388065       142 Barkledge Drive Newington, CT 06111   List Price: $         Coming soon! This townhouse is located in Th...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 6
Negotiating tactics. It’s a topic that business authors adore. This is perennial best-seller territory…so much so, you could probably fill a moderate-sized home library with titles like The Art of the Deal and Getting to Yes.                                                                        ...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 3
(Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable for polite conversation, water cooler debates or dinner table discussion. It's about poo, and the problems we have getting rid of it. You have been warned.) According to the EPA, one in four homes uses some kind of septi...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 15
More Happy Buyers, This Time in Springboro Ohio's Brookside! We love helping our past sellers become buyers!  In this case there was a long gap between the sell and buy side, since after we sold their Lebanon Ohio home our clients leased an apartment to give themselves time and options in the...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
Fast Funds HomeBuyers_We Buy Houses Fast (Tri-County Charleston)   Fast Cash Buyers_We Buy Houses Fast (Tri-County Charleston)We Buy Houses.See: http://www.SCHomeBuyers.net/ 843-883-3319We Will List, Buy, Sell,orRent Out Your House For You as a Rent to Own Sale,filling your home with a well quali...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 13
Ashley Greens Madison Alabama Home Under Contract More Available 142 Brownstone now contingent!  This home in Ashley Green of Madison Alabama just went under contract and is now contingent, but not to worry as there are more homes available in this desirable Madison subdivision.  For details and ...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
Comments 1
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group is offering a VERY nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch home for sale in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.  And the price is great!  $174,900.00.3 Only five minutes from downtown Egg Harbor, yet very private. Fantastic central location--Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Fish Creek &...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 9
If I happen to be working with a buyer who decides they like a home I have listed I will show it to them, but if they decide to make an offer on that house that I have listed I will refer them to another agent in my office to work exclusively with them on that purchase.  I have a duty via my list...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 0
It's not hard to understand why old barns inspire the dreamer in all of us to convert them into homes. Their soaring lofts, rustic rough wood interiors and the massive posts and beams which span huge expanses have a similar feel to the awe-inspiring designs of Gothic European cathedrals and m...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 3
This is an important read to homeowners with septic system. We do know that if the system fails, it can entail a susbstantial amount of capital to replace it. Learn how to maintain it. Please read this blog for additional advice. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be accep...