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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 61
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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 7
Huntsville Alabama Village Of Providence 35806 Original content published at.....http://nicktpappas.com/?p=3642 The following link will provide daily updated information of homes for sale in:  THE VILLAGE OF PROVIDENCE By now you know that I like the Village of Providence a lot! Working and livin...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
Welcome to our Open House Real Estate Section. In this section we proudly present well-cared for real estate properties from starter homes to custom built luxury residences. The experienced staff at NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors is dedicated and ready to assist you in the home...
By Jeff Gould
(Kings Realty & Property Mgmt.)
Comments 1
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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 15
Breaking News, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett said: Good Profits to be made in the United States! Posted on Mar 23, 2015 by Endre Barath in Economic Outlook |  Breaking News, Warren Buffet Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A) spoke  in a video address to t...
By George DeVine, Mortgage Banker
(Atlantic Home Loans)
Comments 0
These two pictures say it all; Home prices are stable and increasing and interest rates remain at historical lows making this a great time to consider your first home purchase.  The third photo is where you go to finance it!
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 2
How many times have you been asked "What is the difference between a pre-qualification letter and a pre-approval?" Here is a basic rule of thumb and why you should always get a pre-approval from a prospective client. A pre-qualification can be obtained anywhere. You tell the loan officer what you...
By Faith LaRosse, Realtor(R)
(Springer Realty Group)
Comments 9
            My buyers are many times, first time buyers. I enjoy showing them all the steps in the process and explaining not only “what” is happening, but “why” it’s being done.             I’ve found that over the years, the most anxiety-riddled part of the home buying process for new buyers is...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 3
Pinellas County Florida has a great down payment assistance program that is available not only to first time home buyers but also to anyone who has not owned a home for the last three years. Naturally, it isn't as simple as that. You have to have a good credit score, not perfect but over 640. Inc...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 22
Just Listed 126 Parkland Cir. Clarksville TN | Willowbrook SubdivisionIf you are in the market for a like new home with 4 bedrooms in the Sango area of Clarksville TN, this may be it. This contemporary designed home in Willowbrook at 126 Parkland Circle has a great floor plan with 3 bedrooms on t...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 25
Have Cash and Want to Buy Your House Words that Inspire Real Estate Agents   There is something that home sellers need to appreciate when the online marketing is so good that the calls come in saying I have cash and want to buy that house on X street.  The caller keeps a constant stream of words ...
By Laura Hallam
(Keller Williams Heritage)
Comments 3
There is a Brand New Neighborhood going up in New Braunfels, TX On my way to my daughters soccer practice yesterday I saw building in the distance so went to check it out.  Just as I suspected, a new neighborhood in New Braunfels!  LENNAR ia currently building a model home and welcome center in t...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 5
This has been a crazy week. Not only did my husband return home after bi-lateral (both) knee replacement surgery but I had the TAR (Tennessee Association of REALTORS®) conference on Monday and Tuesday. In addition to listing appointments and buyer's consultations and showings.  The TAR conference...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 6
The appraisal is taking place this coming Monday and I will be there for my buyers, with comps in hand! I am always amazed at how many buyer's agents do not meet the appraiser and have comps to turn over. While many appraisers don't use the Realtor provided comps, at least I know I did my best to...
By Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A.
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 6
Los Angeles is in the middle of another March heat wave.  We are having another run of days with the thermometer topping 90 degrees.  The beaches will be overflowing with people this weekend.  Air conditioners will be humming and backyard pools will be in enjoyed as well.   When I first moved to...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 10
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Answering Buyer's Questions I'm thinking of making this a weekly series, but for the time being, this is one that comes up frequently.  "Why are there so many properties for sale at Fishhawk Lake?"  The answers could take a couple of different directions.   First of all,...
By The Mahota-Capen Team
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
FOR SALE - $241,500 7513 Mourning Dove Way Flowery Branch, GA 30542 See more homes like this in Flowery Branch           RARE 4 BEDROOM HOME IN THIS PRICE RANGE!  Spectacularly maintained value in a wildly popular community with resort-styled amenities & lush landscaped grounds.  Easy living open...
By Joyce Kelley, Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc)
Comments 0
  Gulf Breeze Florida 32561, Horrors highlight need to protect Fla. housing funds An Orlando Sentinel editorial supports full funding for Florida's housing trust funds, and it cites real-world examples of residents who need housing help. Read more. Homes in Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561 with buyer r...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
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By Phyllis Lerner, William Raveis Legends Realty Group
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group LLC)
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Majestic Hudson River Views. Absolutely gorgeous 3 bedroom 3 bath Croton On Hudson home which was built from the foundation up in 2007. Open floor plan on first level with gleaming hardwood floors, fireplace and balcony with water view. Custom cabinets, granite and stainless appliances in kitchen...