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 20
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 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 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 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 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 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 Michele Connors, Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor
(The Overton Group, LLC & CB First Realty )
Comments 3
Today my buyer clients and I had the pleasure of meeting  with the builder representative for Bill Clark Homes of Greenville, NC.As a buyer agent , representing buyers relocating from Texas , I was appreciative of the time and attention given to them during their first of two walk through visits...
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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 5
    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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 11
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 Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 2
Homebuyers, sometimes you have to start with the finished product costs and work backwards.  I got a call a few days ago from a buyer who had $750,000.00 to spend on buying a lot and having a new home built. Actually, it was his builder that called me because he knew I was working on developing s...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 2
What is a Walk Through and What do I need to Look For?By Lori Ballen and The Ballen Group at 702-604-7739 Las Vegas Listings Search Las Vegas New Listings (106) Las Vegas Foreclosure Listings (140) Las Vegas Short Sale Listings (248) Las Vegas Single Family Homes for Sale (1412) Las Vegas Condos ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 2
Homes for Sale in the Defoors Farm Subdivision, Powder Springs, GA Why Do People Live here? Defoors Farm is a beautiful neighborhood of approximately 200 single family homes that is conveniently located just 20 miles west of Atlanta, minutes from downtown Powder Springs and Hiram, GA. Looking for...
By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
Comments 3
        $63,000 - 7529 Wilco Way, Corning, CA 96021             Location: Corning, CA Home on the Ranch! Be a part of the Rancho Tehama rural subdivision set in the rolling hills of oaks and pine trees. Huge lot with loads of room for toys. Spacious home with open floor plan and plenty of natura...
By Brian and Yolanda Gallegos, Licensed Mortgage lender- HARP/FHA/VA AZ CA
(Amerifirst- for 1st Time buyers, move up buyers )
Comments 3
Karla Vasquez, 602-818-6665, and KV Realty are proud to present this gorgeous 4 bedroom home for sale with RV gate and slab Phoenix, AZ.  Would you like to see this awesome home first hand?  Then reach out to Karla today and arrange your very own showing!   4002 W VINEYARD Road Phoenix, AZ 85041 ...
By Joy Daniels
(Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.)
Comments 5
Search other homes in Harrisburg Listing Details:234 Saddle Ridge Drive, HarrisburgMLS Number: 10262779Bedrooms: 3Baths: 2 Full, 1 HalfSquare Feet: 1,604    End Unit, Brick Front, wooded backdrop – lots to love about this one owner condo! New HVAC in 2014! 1 car garage, updated lighting. Neutral ...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 0
FHA 203k is just another renovation loan and it works allot like the the HomeStyle Renovation Mortgage by FannieMae. What is the major difference? Simply PMI - Private Mortgage Insurance. If you have good credit and are putting 20% or more down on the property there is NO PMI with the FannieMae r...