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 31
"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 Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor®
(Hawkins-Poe Inc.)
Comments 0
Gig Harbor Open House List For 12-20-2014 ~ 12-21-2014 Your Gig Harbor Open House List for 12-20-2014 ~ 12-21-2014! If you are planning on heading out this weekend to visit open houses here is your list to get you started! Plan which homes you would like to see now so you are prepared on Saturday...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 2
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 David Snow
(New Homes at The Crossing,L.L.C)
Comments 0
Come live and play minutes from Charlottesville.The Crossings have all the amenities you need and security for your retirement ! New homes from $214,750. and take advantage of the $10k upgrade package .New waterfront homes starting at $299,900.New Homes at The Crossing.
By Ken Jones Sells Homes
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 6
"In fact, No. I do NOT 'have to' show you a home." Have you ever had one of those calls from someone you don't know that goes something like this: "I'm in front of your listing at 123 Any Street and I want to see it now." (Isn't it amazing how someone can be so arrogant, ignorant and inconsiderat...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 23
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 Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 0
LIST OF VICTORIA HOMES AVAILABLE TO MOVE INTO FOR NEW YEARS!!   Do you need to find a home in Victoria to move into Quickly... Now and Before NEW YEARS??   Good News, currently there are 87 Greater Victoria Homes available for immediate possession.   Just Imagine in January being settled in your ...
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 Lanre-"THE REAL ESTATE FARMER" Folayan, How much is my Washington DC House Worth?
(Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC)
Comments 1
20785 Hyattsville MD Real Estate Market Report-November 2014.   While the zip code 20785 shows Hyattsville MD,it can also show Landover MD as well. I know because I recently helped a very good and patient client of mine who I have been with for around close to 7 long years close on a "house for s...
By Erika Rogers, St George Utah Real Estate & local info.
(Re/Max First Realty)
Comments 1
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 Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
Comments 3
Just Listed in sought after Palazzo at Park Center in Alexandria (22311). Contact us today for more information, 571-234-1456. Visit us on Sunday, December 21st from 1-4PM at our Open House! Lovely 1 BR, 1 bath condo w/sun-filled open floor plan w/gleaming Brazilian cherry hrdwd floors & neutral ...
By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
The Celtic Connection Team at Solutions Real Estate has a website featuring homes specifically in Queen Creek AZ and San Tan Valley AZ and San Tan Valley AZ). The website can be viewed at http://www.QueenCreekRealEstateSolution.com
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 18
    Every Buyer has a list of "wants and desires" with some being non-negotiable, and some are the bottom of the list and less important.     I like to have buyers make a list of seven in order of their desires, and if we can find five of these, we probably found the home.     We try hard to get ...
By Jonathan Crompton
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Mount Pleasant(both 29464 and 29466 combined) have only 64 Homes for sale under the price point of $350k.  If you are looking to purchase in the Mt. Pleasant area, we have it broken up to two different zip codes.  We have south of the Isle of Palms connector which is 29464 and then we have nor...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi & Corinna Birgit Cromartie, Palm Harbor & Dunedin FL Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 5
This is a typical December day along Lake Tarpon in Tarpon Springs Florida. As a matter of fact, we both got a bit of a sunburn yesterday because I did not think to bring along the sunscreen - something you always need down here in the Sunshine State. While Ronnie did troll for bass a bit yesterd...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 14
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 Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 2
  Buying A Home; Is It Worth It?     Is buying a home a worthy investment? If you are in the real estate business, I am sure you’ve heard (and or) you’ve been asked this question a lot. And all that ask want to know. So what’s the correct answer?   Here’s my answer – A house is most certainly an ...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Florida homes with a pool are plentiful!  Could it be the almost year around climate is good for swimming? Yep, a dip after golf kind of rocks too! Hotlist of Homes with Swimming Pools When you are looking for a specific feature in a home like an in-ground swimming pool, having access to the ho...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 6
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 Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 4
Shopping for Real Estate by price can narrow down choices. Prices can factor in maintenance requirements, such as lawn care or renovations. Prices can consider condominium fees for the community amenities. Additionally, prices can factor in taxes.   Price can differentiate for square footage base...