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 Stieg Strand, Real Estate Industry Leader & Home Marketing Guru
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 33
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene
(Power Brokers Int'l)
Comments 34
When you have found the home you love, your real estate agent will help you decide how to structure your offer in a way that it will be accepted. Here are some points to consider: The amount of earnest money. This is usually 3% of the purchase price. The down payment and financing details. Puttin...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 0
MOVE-IN READY! A spacious 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with a huge den and large living room. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances, a gas stove cook top, granite countertops, and an abundance of oak cabinets. The living room is carpeted and has a picture window. The den features tile floorin...
By Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale
(RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
Comments 30
Is The Condo Complex FHA Approved?   It's a question that comes up frequently from buyers who wish to  finance a condo purchase with an FHA loan. (Federal Housing Administration)   BEFORE beginning a condo search, it would be wise to check the HUD   (Department of Housing and Urban Development) F...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 59
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla. SFL Real Estate news- 21 States had higher 2014 tax rates than Fla.   Search Entire South Florida MLS at http://www.southfloridaestatehomes.com/   FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunr...
By Gordon Crawford, Morris County Specialist!
(Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team)
Comments 1
1 Twins Court in Randolph, this Sunday, March 8th from 1 to 4!  Brand new drop-dead gorgeous kitchen and more!!!  Sure to draw a crowd..     ( i tried to post a picture but couldn't get it to take.  Will try again tomorrow)
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 2
 Buying a Home?  Don't Compromise your "Must Have" list   Buying a home is an emotional adventure. Don't think so? Tune up your listening skills.   As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we only work for home buyers.  Here's what we're hearing: "I have to have a big back yard. I have great childhood memories...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Homes For Sale in Lovettsville With Acreage for Horses, 800-711-7988.   City ListPrice Lot Acres Lovettsville $524,900 6.58 Round Hill $599,900 6.6 Leesburg $649,900 5.42 Middleburg $799,000 19.8 Purcellville $799,000 5.6 Waterford $995,000 15 Purcellville $1,700,000 50.03 Purcellville $1,945,000...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 0
Contemporary Architecture, a primer for Dedham Luxury home. As a real estate professional I am in and out of homes every single day. As the years go by I can safely say I am close to have seen it all.  The exception is when I list or help purchase a contemporary home.  They are always quite diffe...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 0
Pualani Estates still has a few foreclosures to sell off, allthought this is not my listing, Fannie Mae supplies me with this list and  I can represent you as a buyer if you are interested.  Here are some more details from the listing agent.    3 Beds, 2 Baths | 1,385 sq. ft. | Single-Family REO ...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 6
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   New Listing in Overland Park       OPEN HOUSE:     March 08, Sunday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM     Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 42
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Peter Bowdren, Phoenix East Valley Realtor
Comments 0
  85234 Homes for Sale-Gilbert Arizona Real Estate     Average price per square foot for Gilbert AZ was $127, a decrease of 0.8% compared to the same period last year. The median sales price for homes in Gilbert AZ for Nov 14 to Feb 15 was $252,456 based on 909 home sales. Compared to the same pe...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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    When it comes to find a new carefree residence in a luxury in a golf community, you can’t do much better than the condos listed for sale in Grey Oaks Naples Florida to at least start your hunt.  This fabulous gated development has its main entrance off of Airport-Pulling Road, north of Golden...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 1
Scottsdale is listed in the top five places to raise a family, "foodie cities", safest and golf destination cities in America.   Why not live here?   There are a wide selection of Luxury Homes For Sale in Scottsdale for you to look at here with pictures, prices, maps and more details. Take a look...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
You don't need to look in every corner of the city to find your dream home. Here's a buyer tip - narrow down your search. How? Watch the video below to find out.      Buying a home is simpler when you're working with an experienced real estate team.  If you are interested in buying or selling a h...
By Kimo Stowell, HI Pro Realty Sales Agent
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 0
Going, Going, It's Almost Gone, The Collection    Alexander & Baldwin's The Collection condominium development, currently under construction in Kaka'ako Honolulu, is under contract with 93% of it's units for sale, according to the Pacific Business News.        The Collection, comprises a 43 story...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
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Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
*GREAT Winter homes for Sale Under $200K in Estrella Mountain Ranch*   Estrella Mountain Ranch - UNDER-$170K- 3Beds 2Baths Home for Sale in Cul- De- Sac Lot Goodyear AZ! Hard to find A Property at this Price in Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear AZ! $169,900 MLS 5238732 Year Built 1998 Garage Sp...