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 Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 77
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 11
RELO SCAM!AFTER THE FACT CLAIM ON COMMISSION!Ignore the claim.  If the relo company calls, ask for the documentation from the employer that gives them any claim if the buyer selects their own real estate agent.This relo SCAM has been exposed so many times, one would think they's change their proc...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 22
The market in Gilbert, Arizona for homes under $200,000 is unbelievably competitive. Houses in the price range within striking distance for first time home buyers are snapped up as quickly as they come up for sale. It can be a struggle to get your buyer in to the home for a showing before the hom...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 10
New Listing Coming in Riverbend Landing Clarksville TNThe seller is almost ready to make his home ready for showings. He wanted everything to be perfect and all the extra care and details will impress buyers looking for a like new home. 821 E. Accipiter Circle in Riverbend Landing is coming on th...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 16
I am working with a wonderful young woman whom I have known for several years. I like her a lot, and am enjoying her as she searches for a new home --- but she is all over the place on her new home purchase.  She looks here and there - a forty mile radius. She wants to buy an REO, then a pristine...
By Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
Comments 5
 It's 8:00 at night. You call your Realtor to tell her you want to make an offer on a house she showed you just a couple of hours ago. What does your Realtor say to you?"I'll write it up for you tonight."Or..."I'll write it up for you first thing in the morning."In this competitive market, you ha...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 13
This morning, I was contacted by a woman who is retiring to Franklin in a couple of years. She and her husband are making a trip here this weekend and she asked me to show her some properties. I explained it's a little soon to look at houses. Scheduled showings are designed for serious buyers. Wh...
By MICHAEL SORENSEN, 300 Deals Closed, #1 Chicago RE/MAX (773) 987-8224
Comments 1
7343 N McVicker Ave, Chicago IL 606462 Beds, 2 Baths, 3 Car Garage, MLS# 08900824Virtual Tour:  www.7343McVicker.info7343 N McVicker Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. Contact Michael @ (773) 987-8224. UPDATED RANCH IN CHICAGO-FOREST GLEN/ EDGEBROOK/ WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT (TOP RANKED IN THE CI...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 7
Gita Bantwal Phone Number Direct: 2153438206 Mobile Phone: 2152758491 Toll-Free: 8005478483 Office Fax: 2153438222 Email Address gita01@aol.com Web Site www.gitabantwal.com Mobile Search m.gitabantwal.com Mailing Address RE/MAX CENTRE REALTORS2701 York Rd Jamison PA 18929 http://www.gitabantwal....
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
Most of the buyers are left alone once the transaction is over! however, when my buyer buy the home, I tell them 'Our relationship begins NOW!'And what is the first thing they should do?Here's a good advice from my friend Michael Jacobs . Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now!   Whil...
By Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust!
(Friends & Neighbors Real Estate)
Comments 18
As I was fixing dinner last night my phone rang, and it was Bob Crane letting us know he was a couple of hours away.  I asked him how long he could stay and whether or not this was a dinner break or a stopping point for the night.  It was a cup of coffee kind of night!At the appointed time we dro...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 3
Open House Lake Ridge Woodbridge VA  Saturday April 25.2015  From 12 pm to 2 pm     12920 Sturbridge Rd, Woodbridge VA 22192       Features: Single Family Home  3 Fully Finished Levels  4 Bedrooms 2.5 Bathrooms  1 Car Garage  Large Drive Way  Fenced in Backyard  Coy Pond in Backyard Upgraded Kitc...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 3
After years of working short sales and foreclosures in the previously distressed Sacramento real estate market, it is such a pleasure to see our local economy turning around and the real estate market rebound. This has been happening for the last 3 years, and it's such a relief to work in a marke...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 4
Congratulations to Mike for his purchase of 31317 Triborough DR. We thank you for for allowing us to assist you in the purchase. We know you will enjoy your new home! 
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By Andrea McGhee
(Weststar Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 4
Olympia, Washington is a beautiful place to live! If you can FIND a place to live, that is. Buildable land is in short supply and newly constructed homes are spacious, gorgeous and situated on postage stamp lots.  Outdoor living does not always come with your new home, and if your dream is like m...
By Becky Bortzfield, Real Estate...It's what we do!
(North Florida Home Team)
Comments 22
When banks "find" your Realtor, what are you getting & what are they keeping? I have a customer that was a referred to me from a past customer.  She is military and a first time homebuyer.  During our initial consult, I asked her if she was preapproved for her mortgage yet and would she be using ...
By Don Hess
(Keller Williams Realty of Central PA East, 930 Red Rose Court, Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 3
  SPACIOUS BI-LEVEL!  Country living on a quiet road!  1900+ sq. ft. of finished living space combined upper and lower levels!  3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, on .72 acre. Many updated amenities including central air and central vac! Forced air Oil heat with propane supplemental.  Private setting with ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 38
I do not need my own Buyer Broker, all I have to do is make a GOOD offer boasts a buyer yesterday.  They then turn to me and blurt out "So what is a GOOD offer anyway?" These first time Buyers had no experience with buying and loaded with bad advice, were not going to listen to anyone. They had a...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
Comments 0
One thing about insurance: You shouldn't get it and forget it. Instead, you should revisit your policies covering your home, auto, business and more at least every year. Why? One reason to look at your home business insurance is the best reason of all – you might not need to spend as much money f...