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 Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 23
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 62
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 56
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 10
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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 14
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
Comments 28
    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
Comments 1
Closing Tips for Sellers of Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes for Sale Your Lakeland Sandpiper golf home for sale has a ratified contract yet you can’t completely relax until you and the  buyer, get to the closing table. The burden of finalizing the financing to purchase the home falls on the buyer, ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 33
Agents sometimes get in the way. They get in the way of a deal, or in the way during negotiations, or simply in the way of communications. I had a buyer tell me yesterday that they appreciated the fact that after we walked into a home they wanted to see, I did not hang right with them. Of course ...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 13
Smart and Successful Home Buyers   How do you have a successful home buying experience? Start gathering information now! It doesn't matter if you plan to buy a home in a six months or two years, to have a successful home buying experience you need to have a plan. As Exclusive Buyer Agents, we kno...
By Roy Kelley
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 9
Your credit score impacts the cost of your mortgage   Many prospective home buyers need to attend to credit repairs before they are able to qualify for a mortgage loan to finance a home purchase. However, many do not understand how much a credit score can cost you when obtaining mortgage financin...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 11
    Good real estate agents want what is best for their customers; I do too. While evaluating properties, I rely on all the knowledge that I have as well as tools to help me determine if anything is amiss.    It didn't seem as if it was too long ago when one mentioned doing a radon test, fear wen...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 13
     Finally!  In just a couple of days, you will be getting the keys to your new home.  Your Real Estate Broker calls you.  "We have to do the Final Walk-Through Inspection, is tomorrow a good day, or would two days from now be better?"     "I don't need any Final Walk-Through Inspection," you ...
By Helene Kelbaugh, Realtor - Internet Marketing Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Baltimore)
Comments 0
With so much mis understanding about these items, this sums it up perfectly. In Mayland, our assessments can be up to 3 years old.  So if buyers are using this chances are their offers are not getting accepted. Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. B...
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 9
​ 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 Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 5
  Want to Buy a Home? Being Pre-Approved is a Big Deal!   When it comes to “buying or selling” a home, so much has changed in the last decade in a half, or so. There was a time where you could shop for a home and then go to the bank to get a loan.   Today it is much different, and first you need ...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report: How to Buy FREE List of HUD Homes for Sale   Beth McIntyre Keller Williams Rea...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
Comments 4
I love shoes. I have them in every color. Yet, it can take me minutes, 2 or 3 looks, several 'try-on' before I decide to plunk down my hard earned cash to take them home.  Sometimes, I leave and go back again before I buy them.  Plus I can easily return a pair of shoes if I don't love them.  Comp...
By Matt Kombrink, Top Local Realtor, Trusted Advisor
(RE/MAX Great American North)
Comments 4
Well Maintained Townhouse with Updates Galore This well maintained 2BR/1.1BA townhouse offers updates galore.  There’s nothing to do here but move in and enjoy!  Enjoy sunsets from your covered front porch.  Step inside to find fresh interior paint and new bamboo flooring through the main level....
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 28
Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long. When home owners have the brilliant idea to do something. They need to make sure it is done the "correct way". This looks like they had been wanting to do this for a long time. But the home has to be built right to start with. The Rafter tails. And...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 1
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...