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.

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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 Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 84
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 38
    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 24
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 71
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   28149 N 71st St Scottsdale,AZ85266 $1,275,000$600,000a day ago($6,474 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|5 bd|8.5 ba|7,252 sqft|For Sale / Resale     Photos (1 / 48) Map Virtual Tour Broker: RE/MAX Platinum Living   Home Details for 28149 N 71st St   ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 33
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 37
On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
By Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Luxury Homes in Top Silicon Valley Schools-San Jose, Cupertino, Saratoga & Palo Alto, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Just Call 408-252-8900 Lynbrook Homes Cupertino KW)
Comments 1
Happy Easter! Join us for Easter Open House 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose! Sun., April 20th, 1:30-4:30 Happy Easter!  Please hop on over and join us for an Easter Open House at 1211 Johnson Av, San Jose, zip code 95129 with Lynbrook High School, on Sun., April 20th from 1:30-4:30.   This gorgeous ho...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 19
FAQ Who pays the HOA fees at closing?   This past week a client asked me why the seller wasn't paying the HOA fees on his home under contract.  This isn't the first home I've assisted him on a purchase so I was a bit perplexed where this question was coming from.  It didn't make a lot of sense as...
                                  Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   $9,900,000$4,000,000about a month ago($50,268 / mo|) Single-Family Home|4 bd|7 ba|9,818 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 44)    Map Broker: Silverleaf Realty       Tags: Exterior-Front  Add tag Home Details for 10624 E Wi...
                                            Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!$399,000$90,900about a month ago($2,026 / mo|)Single-Family Home|4 bd|3 ba|2,950 sqft|For Sale / Resale Photos (1 / 24)  MapBroker: HomeSmart    Add tag Home Details for 27523 N 161st St 136 Days on Trulia 97 viewsSin...
                                           Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once!   $1,995,000$500,000about a month ago($10,130 / mo|Get Prequalified) Single-Family Home|3 bd|5 ba|6,250 sqft|For Sale / Resale    Photos (1 / 30)    Map   Virtual Tour Broker: Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty ...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
Comments 0
Call 571-234-1456 Today to Schedule a Private Showing! Charming 3 lvl, 3BR, 2.5BA townhouse with updated bathrooms and spacious master bedroom w/sitting room and walk-in closet. Open dining room & sunny living room with sliding glass doors to balcony. Delightful eat-in kitchen with over-sized bre...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 4
Tammie hits the nail on the head with this one.  This happens far too often in the real estate world.   I'm not saying that Aunt Sally that used to be a Realtor back in 1985 doesn't know what she's talking about...  Wait.  Yes.  Yes I kind of am.   Trust your Realtor.  Trust that he or she knows ...
                                        Search 19 Real Estate Sites At Once! $325,000$64,0006 days ago($1,650 / mo|) Single-Family Home|3 bd|4 ba|3,078 sqft|For Sale / Resale  Photos (1 / 36)    Map   Virtual Tour Broker: West USA Realty        Add tag   Home Details for 6333 N Scottsdale Rd #11 ...
By Cindy Edwards, CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677
(RE/MAX Checkmate)
Comments 1
Condo living can be a blessing for some, and not so much for others.  Condominiums can be such a wonderful lifestyle for many.   The amenities vary from site to site and Home Owner Association (HOA) fees usually have a lot to do with what you are getting for your money.  Are you ready for a condo...
By Evelyn Johnston, Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
(Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC)
Comments 34
A Listing Agent Can't Give You a Better Deal, They Don't Work for YOU! Stop calling other agents! Why do yo want to go through all your wants and needs again with a new agent just because you want to see one of their listings?  They cannot give you a better deal because they work for the home own...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 20
​ Want to know what to look for​ during your Long Island Final Walk-Through?     You should use the Final Walk-Through as the last opportunity you have prior to closing.   Below ​ ​ ​Are Some Suggestions​  Of​  What To Look For​ At Your Final Walk-Through...   ​1. Final Check: First, make sure ev...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 5
COMPARING BUYING A HOME TO BUYING SHOES. Like many, I have many, many pairs of shoes but only one resident home. Each pair of new shoes in a shoe store is just one of several in different sizes, often different colors, etc.  Each existing home for sale is a unique, one of a kind property. You can...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
Comments 1
How do you know you're ready to buy a Door County property? It's simple.  You're ready to turn your Door County vacations into something a little bit more permanent. Or maybe even REALLY permanent. You've done your homework.... and now you're ready to purchase a home, condominium or some vacant l...