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 Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 34
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie Real Estate Trends, Updates, Events, Market Information, Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Homes for Sale in Bedford Park, Tradition in Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 Bedford Park in Tradition is a wonderful master planned community that offers Condos, Townhomes and Single family homes both resales and New Homes by GHO. Community features include a Dog Park, two children's playgrounds, a lak...
By Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 8
Another Warwick RI Luxury Home Sold | Cowesett Neighborhood High on a hill this fabulous Warwick RI real estate luxury home sold in the Cowesett neighorhood at 76 Goodwin Drive.  At the end of a cul de sac and just steps over the town line from East Greenwich, this house was luxuoriously appointe...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 24
What "As Is" REALLY Means When Buying A Mason Ohio Home As a home buyer you've probably seen the phrase "As Is" and wondered exactly what that means.  Most commonly you'll see As Is associated with a foreclosed or short sale home.  Owners without enough money to pay the mortgage are generally NOT...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 13
     One of the questions I get asked from time to time are the fees that I charge for evaluating properties for resale. Yesterday, I was asked what what I charge to inspect a 6,000 square foot bank owned property located in a town just south of Nashville, TN. Based on the age and the footprint I...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 19
You will need to call a plumber. Do not attempt this repair yourself. This is what I wanted to tell the home owner. But after he was telling me a story about how they had remodeled the kitchen.  I didn't have the heart to tell him. But it will be in the report. I have seen this before. Making cha...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 11
I'm a plug and I am Screwed. Taking short cuts when installing any electrical plugs is not a good thing. No matter if you know what is correct or not correct. The issues with this Dryer plug was obvious from the start. No cover for the plug. But as I got closer to inspect the plug I noticed there...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster Relo Specialist
(RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA.)
Comments 0
Townhouse for sale in Mountville, PA OverviewMapsPhotos $179,900 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 1,583 sqftLot: 0.22 acre(s) Location 252 Huntington DriveMountville, PA 17554USA See more Mountville, PA real estate for sale
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 4
Media, PA home for sale!   33 Springhouse LaneMedia, PA 19063Offered at $395,000        Another listing from Lori Rogers of Keller Williams, this beautiful property offers tons of amenities and space just minutes from downtown Media.  4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and more than 2000 square feet of livin...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 12
Much discussion today about selling real estate "AS IS".  From Maryland Contract: EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THIS CONTRACT, INCLUDING THIS PARAGRAPH, THE PROPERTY IS SOLD "AS IS" From the Virginia Contract: Purchaser acknowledges that except as other wise specified in this Contract, the Pro...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, Palm Harbor Florida Residential Real Estate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 13
My very first real estate experience broke all the rules. I was working as a high school teacher and had two kids in middle school. My mother had recently passed on and my father wanted to purchase a home for the kids and me. Since a colleague in my school was a part-time Realtor, I asked her for...
By Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers, Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities
(Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona)
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Arizona 2 Bedroom Winter Home in Sun City Grand 15981 W INDIGO LN Surprise Arizona 85374 Arizona Golf Course Community: Sun City Grand Offered at $193,000 The present Sun City Grand homeowner says it all.... when we were looking to buy a winter home we searched numerous retirement communities in ...
By Dick and Dixie Sells, Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale
(Sells Real Estate, LLC)
Comments 2
1505 Warrington Way, Trinity, FL For Sale Stunning Heritage Springs Golf Course Home! This 3 Bedroom Home With Additional Den/Study Boasts Soaring Ceilings, Plant Shelves And Architectural Details. Walls of Windows Look Out To Views Of The Golf Course. The Gourmet Kitchen Includes Loads Of Cabine...
By Mary Sheridan, Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655
(NE TN,Johnson City,Kingsport,Jonesboro)
Comments 2
  BOONE LAKE BEAUTIES - Two homes with community dock & assigned slips -  798 and 810 Hamilton Road, Blountville TN.     Enjoy a quiet community of only seven homes on a quiet cove of Boone Lake,  sharing a generous dock with fourteen slips (each owner has one assigned).  The properties are about...
By Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645
(Island Style Realty Inc.)
Comments 2
Asking $449,000 Rarely available 3 bed Kuulako Townhouse corner unit, with fenced yard and covered lanai.  It is next to park and playground. Close to nature trail. New Koa laminate floors Stainless appliances. Recent new roof and exterior paint. Ready to move in and easy to show.    
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 2
Windrush townhomes are located in Jamison in Central bucks school district. I looked up the mls this morning and found 5 active listings priced between $299,700 and $319,900. All the homes have  garages and some have basements. Windrush is located close to township park off meyer way.  The commun...
By Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker
(RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks)
Comments 8
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog post explaining the difference between a buyer who is pre-approved and one who is merely pre-qualified, and why a buyer should get pre-approved before house hunting. Another extremely important issue can affect whether or not the buyer will be able to close the...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 80
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 John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Comments 61
The Agent with the Sign in the Yard! In the State of Colorado a real estate agent becomes an agent for the Seller when a contract is created between the seller and agent. If the agent is a Seller's Agent they are required by law to fulfill certain duties: Promote the interests of Seller with the ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 66
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...