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 James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 5
Water falls have an almost magnetic attraction. The sound of rushing, cascading water is soothing, compelling. Nature's white noise. It's similar with the sound of the surf, a babbling brook or a summer rain, the sound of moving water is calming. Water can also be said to either be destructive or...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 15
Winnetka Il Real Estate  The home sales in Winnetka IL have dropped a little and this is probably due to the lack of inventory issues that many communities have faced. Presently there are 139 Single family Homes for sale in Winnetka IL and 27 under contract and waiting to close. In the last 30 da...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 5
You are out in the audience for a Houlton Maine home to buy, need something maintained. With four bedrooms, big corner lot, a quick occupancy. No hurdles or rough sharp spots to cause a snag getting the place financed with a Houlton Maine bank. This home on 11 Franklin Avenue Houlton Maine has a ...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
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You have been renting way way too long and strongly thinking you ought to buy a Houlton Maine home. I agree with your thinking, logic and will help you anyway possible. To extend a hand, give a heave ho to there you go. Up and out of the rent rut where all you have is rent receipts. All that cash...
By Dale Corpus, Realtor - San Ramon, Danville, Dublin & Pleasanton
(Realty ONE Group BMC Associates)
Comments 2
Moller Ranch is located in Pleasanton California, just minutes to the I-680 and I-580 interchange. It’s off Foothill Road across from Moller Park and is a beautiful place to call home. Why? Moller Ranch was built around 1998 and features numerous one and two-story floor plans with two and three-c...
By Gena Bolton, Turning your DREAMS into a LIFESTYLE
(World Impact Real Estate)
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This is one of the newest neighborhoods built in Sandestin.  Villa Lago is a short walk or golf cart ride away from the wonderful amenities of Baytowne Wharf. This neighborhood includes use of a private clubhouse and community pool. This Mediterranean style home
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 16
SOLD - Breakaway - Aurora, CO  80013     This Breakaway property in Aurora is now sold and closed, courtesy of Joan Cox, Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc.       It has been a very long time since I had a buyer look at one property, and want to make an offer!     She knew what she wanted, drove...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 6
Chicago North Shore Market Report Single Family Homes The Chicago North Shore which is all the Suburbs from Evanston North through Lake Forest is at a high at this time with 318 single family home sales by Contract from the beginning of the year through the end of September. 2013 had some peaks t...
By Christine Farkas, Awesome Customer Service Experience
(Keller Williams Western Realty)
Comments 3
We have recently reported on the misconception that many buyers have regarding the down payment necessary to purchase a home. Multiple studies reveal that 40-50% of Americans believe you need between 15-20% of a down payment to be eligible to purchase a home. This misconception came about as the...
By Susan Haughton, Your Client-centric Alexandria VA REALTOR
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 3
Leave your car in the driveway and hop on the train!   From this  adorably updated townhouse in Alexandria's Jefferson Manor neighborhood, the Metro is just down the street. Only one stop from  the Patent and Trade Office or the Hoffman Center - where you'll find a 22 screen movie theater, Starbu...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 6
Tell me if this is a TRICK or a TREAT. A Buyer wants to see a new home, then an old home. They wanted to see a home that does not need any work, and one that needs a total re-hab. They asked to see big homes and small homes. They want to see rural areas and urban areas. They wanted to see 1 story...
7 Bedroom 4 Bathroom home, Litchfield Park, AZ for sale Come and see this gorgeous 7 bedroom 4 bathroom home in Dreaming Summit in Litchfield Park, AZ. Motivated seller. Split floor plan. This 7 bedroom 4 bathroom home in Dreaming Summit has over a 1/2 acre lot located towards the end of a cul-de...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
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  North Kingstown Home for Sale In Contract Prior to Listing   This North Kingstown home for sale had not come to the RI real estate market yet but as the neighborhood RI real estate agent I watched it closely.  It did not take me long to connect with the contractor who was renovating and making ...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 5
Is my window too high off the floor for emergency egress? Manufactured Homes Rules.   Wenatchee Home Inspection Services.   This is a quiz for those who sell and do home inspections on Manufactured Homes. What is the required sill height for egress windows/emergency escape and rescue?   Well lets...
By CJ Harrington, The CJ Harrington Home Selling TEAM
(Keller Williams Realty Cleveland Ohio)
Comments 3
  Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20528 Pembrooke Oval, Strongsville, OH     Cleveland Ohio Homes for Sale - 20528 Pembrooke Oval, Strongsville, OH   Attractive gigantic custom Parkview home on greenbelt lot with complete privacy! Decorated in today's popular colors and updated lighting, plumbin...
By Aaron Hofmann, aka Mr. Smyrna Vinings
(Atlanta Communities)
Comments 1
In September, the Smyrna Vinings townhome and condo market sales improved again. Much like the Smyrna Vinings single family home market, Smyrna Vinings condo and townhome sales continue to be spurred by low interest rates. Sales are now higher than 2007 levels, which is a huge shift and double th...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
Comments 0
Wildwood Crossing At Stonebridge Ranch Homes For Sale In Mckinney Texas   Street View - Homes For Sale in Wildwood Crossing at Stonebridge Ranch Mckinney, Tx 75070   Access all MLS homes for sale in Wildwood Crossing at Stonebridge Ranch.   Hunting for a new home, but need to sell your current ho...
By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 www.SpaceCoastHomesNow.com, Your Space Coast Real Estate Expert!
(Fontaine Property Group)
Comments 5
                The Reserve at Lake Washington is off to an amazing start...and it has not even officially opened yet. We have sold 57 of the 230+ Homesites available and kick off day is not scheduled until Thanksgiving! We are able to handle the sales for all five builders: Lifestyle Homes, A&E...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
Documenting Your Assets - Verifying Your Down Payment When buying a home, it is not enough to just come up with the money. With the exception of no asset verification loans, lenders want to verify where the money for your new home will be coming from. If you can document that the funds are coming...
By Jack O'Neal, High Touch High Tech
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 6
Homes for Sale near Newell Barney Junior High School My website allows you to search for homes for sale in the Newell Barney Junior High School attendance area.  Newell Barney Junior High School is located in Queen Creek, AZ, in zip code 85142. The school website Newell Barney Junior High School ...