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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
Comments 28
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a holiday musical classic recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  The words of the song tell the story of a WWII overseas soldier writing a letter to his family.  He requests that his family prepare for his homecoming by including his favorites in the Christmas celebrati...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 35
Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax,mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to this question I received this morning:  " Let me k...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 19
Why Do Websites Show Me Homes I Can't Buy? You're cruising the Wild Wild Internet looking for homes to buy and you keep finding a trend.  There's a home for sale, but it's not REALLY for sale!  Or it is kind of for sale.  Or it's already under contract.  Frustrating isn't it?  And the answer to W...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 4
Rainbow Landing Madison Alabama Homes For Sale If you're relocating to Madison Alabama from out of state or just moving across town, Rainbow Landing is a community you should consider. Not only for its convenience to shopping and employment, but also for the school system, a prime consideration f...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
A New Buyer Coming To Town Means Preview, Preview, Preview. It's a reflex now.  After meeting a new relocating home buyer family by e-mail or telephone, I simply "hit the road" and preview, preview, preview.   While previewing, I capture a photo of the front of the house and the kitchen.  More ro...
By Allison Bernard, Real Estate & Relocation Services 401-533-6916
(Keller Williams Central Rhode Island)
Comments 2
Search current inventory of Wakefield RI Homes and Condos For Sale Between $400,000 and $500,000 Listing Details South County COMMONS 113 Preservation Way, Wakefield, RI 02879Price: $490,000MLS number: 429864Bedrooms: 2Bathrooms: 2.5Square Footage: 2500 Call Allison Bernard at 401-533-6916 to see...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 5
Southshore in Aurora Colorado 80016 – Home Sweet Home   Southshore is a great neighborhood for any active family.  Located just south of the Aurora Reservoir and just east of the Southlands Shopping Center, there is never a shortage for activities in Southshore.   The Southshore community clubhou...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 10
December 2014 Foreclosure/Bank Owned Property for Sale Cedaredge, Delta County, CO This update on the foreclosure market in and around the Cedaredge area hasn't changed too much since last month's report. This real estate information on foreclosures in Delta County covers the Surface Creek area o...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
Comments 1
In this calm and quiet town of Lincolnville, one will discover a retreat-like a lifestyle. The city boasts spacious Cottage-style homes surrounded by the beauty of mature trees, and lush tropical greens. The city is also just miles away from Charleston, where residents can easily access its ameni...
By Odaly Victorio, Marketing Expert
(Research Coast Realty Team at Keller Williams Realty Port St. Lucie)
Comments 2
In the last couple of years more and more people became renters.  Recently a study looked at what that meant for building wealth. The recent housing crisis has prompted questions over whether homeownership is still a viable way toward greater wealth in this country. Confidence in homeownership wa...
By Michele Cadogan, 917-861-9166 - Brooklyn Real Estate Home Sales
(Fillmore Real Estate)
Comments 1
  All I Want For Christmas is A Brooklyn Real Estate Agent To Help Me Buy MY First Home In Flatbush Brooklyn       Brooklyn Homes For Sale   Tired of renting and have decided that 2015 is the year you are getting off the fence and you will be  buying  a Flatbush  Brooklyn Home for sale?  You’ve s...
By Adell Forbes (Realtor), "Knowledge & Experience Working for You"
(PEMCO Realty)
Comments 0
 Buying a New Construction Home        Buying a new construction home can bring a lot of fun and excitement to your life. There is  just something "majical" about being able to semi-customize a home to your liking. A home where you will create new memories. All of this euphoria can be fleeting or...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 66
Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend.  But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does The Open House agent work for? A)  The Seller B)  The ...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 1
MOVE-IN READY!!! BEAUTIFUL 3 BEDROOM 2 FULL BATH FRENCH STYLE HOME SITUATED ON A LANSCAPED LOT IN A CUL-DE-SAC. This home features an open floor plan that is excellent for communicating with family members during the day. The living room features wood flooring, rich crown molding, recessed lighti...
By Record Team, Revolutionizing Real Estate
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Downtown homes for sale in Kent, WA. Downtown Kent is in the heart of Kent, you have everything around you here. Minutes away to either I-5 or Highway 167. The Sound Transit is right next to the Kent Station. With the Sound Transit you can get anywhere you need to go. Homes in Downtown Kent range...
By Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, ABR
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 5
17 Beechwood Drive, Newtown, CT was LISTED FOR SALE by BOB & RICHELLE WARD, Realtors, ABR  •  1,324 Square Feet  •  .64 Acres  •  List Price: $259,900  •  3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms   Easy country living. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom ranch is located in a peaceful, low traffic neighborhood where you ca...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
For anyone who has looked into to buying a Henry County home several times—but kept getting discouraged every time because of a negative credit report—read on! You probably already know that you are not alone—but so what?—it’s small consolation, especially when you consider how much financial gro...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
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St. George UT – Kachina Springs Real Estate Southern Utah’s Kachina Springs in St. George, UT is one of the most exciting parts of Entrada at Snow Canyon. With over 900 acres, this master planned community was designed to fulfill the wants and needs of home buyers who desire the style of the ren...
By Kathy Dunton, THE QUEEN TEAM KELLER WILLIAMS ARIZONA
(Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty)
Comments 1
Beautiful custom built home located in the desired Valle Del Sole subdivision. Large open split bdrm floor plan w/10' high ceilings, self sufficient mother-in law quarters, gourmet kitchen w/granite counter tops, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances and HUGE pantry. Decorative fireplace...
By Audry Wolff, for Real Estate in Phoenix Mesa and Gilbert
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
Homes for sale in Cortina Did you know this beautiful master-planned community located in Queen Creek, Arizona has homes typically priced thousands below similar homes in Power Ranch, a neighboring community just to the west.  Homebuyers love the neighborhood amenities: parks, green belt areas, w...