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 Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 30
New Listing - Heritage Eagle Bend - Aurora, CO  80016     Looking for a premier age restricted property?    Heritage Eagle Bend  is one of the best retirement community in all of Denver!  This stunning ranch is located within a golf course community with views of the 18th hole.   You can sit on t...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 14
777 Hinman #23 Evanston IL 60202, a  2 Br 1.5 Bath Condo was listed today. It is in a great location one block from Main street with access to the Metra and El trains and so many great unique stores, restaurants plus a 5 minute walk to the Lake Michigan Lake Front and beaches. 777 Hinman #23 The ...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 8
Coming Soon in the New Providence Village Subdivision in Falls Church, Va 22042 7725 Inversham Dr #144 Falls Church Va, 22042 A rare offering in New Providence Village – this true 3 bedroom 2 bath condo is turnkey ready and loaded with upgrades. The home has 1,064 square feet and is just 2 miles ...
By Debra B Albert - Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie Team Albert, We Make Real Estate Happen - Buy - Sell - or Rent
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
    Common and Costly Mistakes to Avoid   "A systemized approach to the home buying process can help you steer clear of these common traps, allowing you to not only cut costs, but also secure the home that's best for you." No matter which way you look at it, buying a home is a major investment.  ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 69
The old joke is if you bring in 10 home inspectors you Will get 10 different reports.  In reality this is not true, you may only get 5. One of the most important jobs in a Home Buyers eyes and one of the dreaded parts of selling by a Home Seller. The most important part of any inspection is ident...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 17
  ROATAN, HONDURAS     The Texas REALTORS® International Cruise (March 21-28, 2015) was a huge success. I returned home safely packed with International educational information, relaxed and informed. My traveling companions were not just from Texas. I met other Real Estate agents from many wonde...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 16
The Beauty of Honduras     My recent 2015 International REALTOR® Cruise proved to be very informative and educational: Infinity Bay SPA & Beach Resort. Here are some reasons why Americans are retiring and investing in Roatan:   Texas is currently in a Sellers Market People are looking for retire...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Home Prices in Loudoun County VA, 2015.  Lenn 800-711-7988.   Homes Selling in Loudoun County VA, Jan/Feb 2015.  Lenn 800-711-7988.   Let's look at the real estate market in Loudoun County Virginia into the 2015 year.   Q.  How many single family detached homes SOLD?  A.  305.   Q.  What was the ...
By Brenda Mullen, Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!
(RE/MAX Access)
Comments 2
Live in the Desired Neighborhood The Preserve at Indian Springs for under $300,000! Just Listed San Antonio TX Home For Sale | The Preserve at Indian Springs OverviewMapsPhotos $285,500 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,986 sqftLot: 0.20 acre(s) L...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 3
As a buyer's agent in Tucson,Arizona I work with many buyers and view hundreds of properties a year (I view 400+properties a year).  Over the years I have noticed there are different types and stages of buyers.  Listed below are the stages of buying I have observed: Stages of Buying 1. Intense St...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
    If you want your only care to be about your next tee time, then maybe you should consider the condos for sale in Cedar Hammock Naples Florida.  With condo living so many of home ownership concerns are taken care of for you by your community association, however you are on your own regarding t...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 26
Under Contract - Highlands Ranch, CO  80126     It is a joy when you get a call from potential buyers wanting to meet with you to discuss a home purchase.    This was a referral from a Colorado Springs REALTOR® that gave you glowing recommendations.     These buyers have been renters for a couple...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 2
Sweet Colonial for Sale in Norwalk, CT 32 Wolfpit Avenue.    This is a sweet house that is priced to sell!    Come place your offer!    Location, condition, - all amazing!    New roof 2010, new soffits 2010, new boiler 2009, new hot water heater 2009, new fridge 2013,  new range 2013,  new septic...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Ultimate)
Comments 35
    Real estate contract negotiations are like trains - they need to be "kept on track" to move forward. The goal of both the listing agent and selling agent is twofold Guide the transaction to settlement and meet the objectives of both the seller and buyer on a timely basis. Earn the brokerage f...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 1
If you are wondering whether you should buy a house now or wait, you have come to the right place. For our newer readers who have simply stumbled across the Tallahassee Real Estate Blog, you might expect this to be the typical "now is the time to buy a home" spew you would normally expect from "r...
By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing Realtor in NWA
(Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney and Faucette)
Comments 1
355 Washburn Drive, Pea Ridge AR is absolutely move-in ready. Pride of ownership shows in this 3 bedroom , 2 Bath home located less than 10 minutes from I-49. Open floor plan with a huge back yard.  This home is an eligible address for "No money down Rural Developement Loan"
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 12
History's lessons should be heeded Plumbing has been in use since ancient times. The Romans seem to often get credit for "inventing" plumbing. The Roman aqueducts are renown. Yet many ancient civilizations, Greek, Persian and Chinese for instance, did in fact have public water systems. What is hi...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 4
 We have all had Buyers who want....this school district with this style home...the garage should be attached..not less than X square feet....a BIG backyard...the house should be not older than....and the list continues.     It really is helpful to a Realtor to know what a Buyer has in mind...it...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, CA BRE #01824145 Real Estate - Call 951.491.4063
(West Coast Realty Division)
Comments 5
Hi, Jill, I sent you an email in response to your message, and my email was bounced back with the message:   Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:   I would really like to assist you, so please contact me at pamelaseley@gmail.com or call or text me at 951.491.4063   Thank you!  ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 13
How much time is needed for a home inspection to be thought of as "done well"? I have been at 4 home inspections in the last 6 days, 3 as the listing agent and 1 as the buyer broker. They ranged from 75 minutes to 4 hours. When they are short buyers think they were not done well. When they are lo...