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 Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism
Comments 40
Open House Etiquette for Buyers.  You didn't know you had rules when you went to open houses?  Well, there are some!  First, be polite.  The agent there is not there for you to practice your rude behavior.  If you are working with a Buyer's Agent, just present your Open House Pass, or their busi...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
Comments 0
3427 Glastonbury OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $199,999 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,182 sqftLot: 8,628 sqft Location 3427 GlastonburyPearland, TX 77581USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland(281) 412-2022PearlandHomeTeam@aol.comhttp://www.th...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
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Forest of Friendswood Kustom Kastle OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $725,000 Single Family Home Main Features 45 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2 Partial Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 4,772 sqftLot: 19,148 sqft Location 802 Shady Bend LaneFriendswood, TX 77546USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarlan...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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I have lived in the Lake Country located in the Waukesha County Real Estate market for a long time. I have seen a lot of change and a lot of people come and go. Having owned two very successful real estate companies in Waukesha County Wisconsin has allowed me to make thousands of more friends and...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 11
  Will Your Home Seller Take Less for the House?   It never fails if I have a nicely priced home in a highly desirable in demand RI neighborhood this question surfaces from home buyers.  Usually they are with their real estate agent touring the home or come in at the Open House...Will your home s...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 14
A Day Off From Real Estate In Huntsville, Alabama I think this was the first day (or at least half day) that I've been away from real estate in months. A clients house just went under contract and since we are both Harley riders decided to take a ride together before he left the state. The home h...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Great Neighborhoods to call Home in Camas, WAEach week, we'll feature one of the many great neighborhoods nestled in the hills and meadows around Camas, Washington. We think Camas offers a great lifestyle with the charm of small-town living with access to the big city amenities of nearby Portland...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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      While some might say it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions due to some supposed contradictions, the Naples Florida 3rd quarter 2014 real estate market report actually shows a number of positive signs.  This is from the quarterly report issued by the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NAB...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
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                                              Take A Look At This San Marcos Home For Sale   624,895 Single Family 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,397 Sqr Ft, San Marcos  92078 - Mountain & valley views from this beautiful 3br/3ba + 1/1 bed/bath downstairs. Upstairs office/loft area. Located in quiet gated co...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 0
New Homes For Sale in Encinitas   If you have been looking in San Diego for your next home Dream Home, you must take a look at the community of Encinitas.  There are so many "points of interest," San Diego Botanic Garden, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and the beautiuful MoonLight Beach just to nam...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
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5104 Caprock OverviewMapsPhotos $1,600 Residential Rental Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,513 sqftLot: 6,299 sqft Location 5104 CaprockPearland, TX 77581USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland(281) 412-2022PearlandHomeTeam@aol.comhttp://www.thehomesourceonline.com ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 15
10 Things To Know About Working With Your Buyer's Agent If you're thinking about buying a home, going solo is NOT the way to go.  Thinking the listing agent will give you a price break for going direct to them means one of two things:  either the listing agent gets TWICE the paycheck or maybe the...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 0
Oakleigh Subdivision is a beautiful community located on Old Lost Mountain Road in Powder Springs, GA. This West Cobb neighborhood boasts a very active swim/tennis HOA nestled in a gently rolling topography. Mature landscaping abounds giving each lot a feel of privacy and seclusion.   Oakleigh fe...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 5
Would you like a golf hole in your backyard? It makes perfect sense for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to have a private golf hole in their backyards. And they can sure afford it! Tiger's is on the left...               But ordinary folk who love golf with a passion for golf are doing it too!  Ch...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 6
You WILL Call Me to Help You Buy Your New Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Home!   Just sayin'!!!                                 About The Author Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – A...
By Marcy Moyer, CDPE
(Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)
Comments 0
  Anyone trying to buy a condo in San Jose right now knows that it is a very different market. There are more buyers than sellers and many Downtown San Jose condos sell with multiple offers  over list price. Some homes go as much as 20% over asking, but some do not. How does a buyer make the deci...
By Un-Real Estate Blog, The Real Estate Blog
(Residential Home Funding Corp)
Comments 5
5 Hearthstone Dr North Haledon NJ - Gorgeous!   Looking for a Spacious and absolutely Gracious Colonial home that boasts every luxury and countless upgrades?  5 Hearthstone Drive in North Haledon NJ is a spectacular value and tremendous Colonial home.   Perched on majestic grounds, you enter and ...
By Allison Pierce, Buy Sell Give
(Home Selling & Buying Consultant)
Comments 0
Search all homes for sale near Private Schools in Memphis, Tennessee Browse by name of private school or view schools by map view   Whether you are relocating to The Memphis Area, investing in Memphis real estate, or purchasing your first home, school districts can be an important part of the dec...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 7
When the time comes that I can't make a home buying adventure enjoyable for buyer/clients, . . . .   well, I just can't imagine that happening. If the agent is having fun, and I do always, the buyer will have fun. MAKE 'UM SMILE and you just moved closer to selling them a home.                   ...
By Jason Watton, Realtor - Scottsdale Arizona Homes for Sale
(Realty One Group of Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 2
10/20/14 -  LATEST UPDATE ON HOMES FOR SALE IN SCOTTSDALE'S WHISPER RIDGE Here are two of the floorplans coming to PHASE 1 of Whisper Ridge.  These homes will be sold on 1 acre minimum lots in the gated community of Whiper Ridge located near 136th Street and Shea Road in Scottsdale, AZ.  Pricing ...