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 Richard Michaels, 100% Dedicated to Servicing My Clients
(Keller Williams Macomb)
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Large 4 bedroom Colonial located in the City of Richmond   This home features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths in the beautiful City of Richmond. Upper level features Master Suite with it's own bathroom, also includes 3 additional large bedrooms and bathroom. Main level includes large living area, kit...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 32
Start 'Em Young Moms! Buyer's Agency in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area! When your parents bought their first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, they hired a buyer's agent. When you bought your first Raleigh, Cary, Apex area home, you hired a buyer's agent. And, now, many years later you...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 33
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 13
1. Is it okay for me to use the toilet while viewing homes?Yes, home sellers are prepped and told up-front to be prepared for people to use their bathrooms.  2. Can I eat the cookies or grab me a bottle of water? Unless the snacks and bottles of water are clearly displayed, it isn't acceptabl...
By John & Irma Nelson, San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes
(San Antonio Real Estate Agents with Keller Williams Cityview)
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Are you looking for  vA Home Loans in Texas?   If so we have a great referral for you!    These guys do VA Loans the Right way!   They get them done!! If you are looking for a VA Loan Lender here in the great state of Texas that understands all the ins and outs of the VA home loan process, then y...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 9
900 Chicago Ave Condos Evanston IL 60202 The 900 Chicago Ave Condominium building is one of the finest in Evanston IL. The properties often sell very fast and is considered one of the most desired locations and condo buildings in town. The property is located on the North West corner of Chicago A...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 17
This is a post that every homeowner should read and understand.  Many have been forewarned about prescription disposal but without an explanation of the reason behind the direction given.  This post is a good explanation. (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable fo...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 18
Longford Village East Home For Sale Manzano Mesa Area SE Albuquerque 87123   Albuquerque Homes Realty  and REALTOR® John McCormack have just listed this 1285 sq ft Longford Village East home at 10924 Jicama Way SE Albuquerque NM 87123. 10924 Jicama Way ST is in the gated community of Longford Vil...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
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Coming Soon! 3500 Ridgewell Ct, located in the luxurious Tilton Valley Estates subdivision of Fairfax, VA. Contact us today for more information, or be one of the first to see this gorgeous home and schedule a private showing!     Schedule a Showing/Request Info Exclusive Home Buyer Guarantee Buy...
By Amy Jones Group, Recognized as the #1 RE/MAX Team in the Valley
(RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com)
Comments 3
More Information   Shows like new! This 3 bed, 2.5 bath 2-story builder’s model was built in ‘06 but has only been lived in for the last 2yrs. Desert landscaping in the front & stone accents in the entry way are only the beginning of the upgrades in this beautiful Ahwatukee home in Tapestry a...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
Comments 0
Stunning Luxury Townhome in Sought After Governors Grove This is the BEST DEAL in Governor's Grove! 5747 Governors Pond Circle is a goregous luxury town home located in Alexandria (22310), Fairfax County. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a private showing to see this stunn...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 2
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Found a Way... ...to get the good news to his home buying clients! As many of you might already know, the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area is a huge relocation spot for many people. With large companies like IBM, Glaxo Smith Kline, Cisco and Dupont (to name...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 2
Luxury Home For Sale in St Charles, IL This stunning 5BR/3BA home from 1938 is a blend of history with modern conveniences for the whole family to enjoy.  The winding drive from Crane Road brings you to a secluded 1.3-acre lot lush with mature trees and colorful plantings.  Immediately, you noti...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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Southshore in Aurora CO - Market Update - July 2014           Southshore in Aurora was the location for the 2007 Parade of Homes and features custom homes backing to the reservoir.      Village Homes, Capital Pacific, Pulte & Century Communities have built homes in Southshore.     A few homes...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 1
Atlanta Gated Community Search Homes for Sale Gated Community search homes for sale.  If you are searching for security, and privacy when owning a home in Atlanta then you may be interested in searching for homes in the greater Atlanta area that are located in a gated community!  Gated communitie...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 7
Wellington Fl Home For Sale in Olympia |  2864 Shaughnessy Drive, Wellington, FL 33414   Welcome to the home of your dreams in Olympia of Wellington where luxury meets convenience. This 5 bedroom 4 bathroom home has just about everything you need in your South Florida home including a swimming po...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
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(Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable for polite conversation, water cooler debates or dinner table discussion. It's about poo, and the problems we have getting rid of it. You have been warned.) According to the EPA, one in four homes uses some kind of septi...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 26
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 4
This is a post every homeowner with a septic tank should read - information is courtesy of a co-blogger and well worth a few minutes to read - but just a warning - this is about septic tanks - and what goes in them! (Depending on your point of view, this blog may or may not be acceptable for poli...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 12
This is, IMO, the #1 reason for a new construction home buyer to use the services of an experienced Buyer's Agent. 3. Build With Resale in Mind It surely helps buyers when their agent provides them with comps.  Otherwise, they may be mesmerized by the builder's model home. Courtesy, Lenn ...