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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 15
    Often....especially with younger buyers...there are family members who attend inspections...The concerned parents, the Uncle who is an electrician...the Cousin who is a plumber. Most of the time, in our experience, they are quiet observers and advise the "Home owners to be" after the inspect...
By Sonya Davis, Realtor, Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty
(Keller Williams Gulf Coast Realty)
Comments 0
  This Home is an all brick Home that sits on a large Corner Lot. It has 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms. The kitchen comes complete with an electric stove and side by side refrigerator. There are french doors that lead out to a 11x15 open deck great for summer cook outs. There is plenty of room ...
By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA
(Safe Haven Realty)
Comments 20
Why did the real estate agent cross the road? To have a chat with Gladys Kravitz. For those of you who have no idea who I'm talking about, Gladys Kravitz was a mortal homemaker who lived across the street from Samantha, Darrin and Tabitha Stevens in the hit series Bewitched. During many of the sh...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 15
Cynthia Larson has written an interesting post that puts an interesting spin on nosy neighbors.  As they say, when you want to know more about a doctor, ask the nurses.  When you want to learn the skivvy about a house or even the neighborhood, ask Gladys Kravitz.   Please head to Cynthia's post. ...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 8
Newport Beach Townhomes | Condos for Sale with Boat Slips There is a hidden gem of a community in Newport Beach called Newport Beach Townhomes. Originally built in 1971 by Charles Smith, this condo community features 28 condos in a small gated community. Located in west Newport Beach, this condo ...
By Graham Holmes - Yucaipa Homes Listing Agent, When Experience Matters
(Reviron Realty - RDCPro e-Pro Listing Broker)
Comments 2
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new toolkit that guides consumers through the process of shopping for a mortgage and buying a house. Developed as part of the CFPB’s “Know Before You Owe” mortgage initiative, the toolkit will help consumers take full advantage of the new...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 4
155 West 68th Street Converted Two Bedroom For Rent DORCHESTER #2126 (FOR RENT $4650 per mo) 155 West 68th Street, Dorchester Towers is one of the most well established condominiums in Lincoln Square. Gorgeous lobby renovation with a new fitness room, full time doorman and concierge, roof top dec...
By Angie Nwanodi, The ACG Group, Realtors®|Standard, Short, HUD, REO
(Evergreen Realty & Associates, Inc.)
Comments 115
What is a HUD Home?  I can hear your thoughts already: 'DUH ... It's a home owned by HUD!'  True enough, but are you confident you know enough about them to make it a daily double? Yes, HUD Homes are owned by HUD, but who is HUD anyway? And what characteristics make a home eligible to be a HUD Ho...
By Shanna Day Mega Team Leader (UT & AZ), Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams SLC (UT) and Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ))
Comments 8
    How to get your offer accepted when buying a home...   1)   Offer above list price   2)   Have the buyer write an emotional letter stating why they want the property   3)   Ask the listing agent what they want to see in an acceptable offer   4)   Don’t bug the listing agent by calling hourly ...
By Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California
(Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California))
Comments 10
Getting cold feet??? 5 simple ways to overcome!   So we won!  We got you in contract to purchase your dream home….  It took weeks, maybe months, but we did it! There was competition, we stretched ourselves, and finally secured that home of your dreams! But… You now have apprehension or strong do...
By Carol Judd, Vernal Utah Real Estate
(Patriot Real Estate)
Comments 0
Meadows Edge Town Homes are moving along in construction.  Now is the best time for your selection in the First Phase.  There are 4 floor plans with one featuring the Master Bedroom on the Main floor.  Lots of open greenspace , clubbhouse and RV Parking.  Patriot Real Estate. 435-789-7325
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 7
Team Zuhl &  Are proud to announce that the property at 408 Richard Avenue has SOLD!!!  Our buyer is now the proud new owner of a lovely, updated 2 bedroom ranch.  We know that she will enjoy many wonderful times in her home and we're wishing her all the best! If you or anyone you know wants to b...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 18
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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 26
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 Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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  When you think of what kind of homes might be for sale in a gated golf course community, do not forget the condos listed in Cypress Woods Golf and Country Club Naples Florida.  These low-rise (1 to 3 floors) units are centered around the 18 hole layout designed by the renowned architect Gordon ...
By Mark Miranda, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Realty Boise)
Comments 3
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Excellent condition and Move in Ready - Single Level For Sale in Eagle Idaho     Just Listed       Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Boise Idaho Relocation Guide Eagle Idaho Homes for Sale Search All Boise Idaho Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You...
By Lori Lincoln -Broker/Associate, Keller Williams Taunton, Rehoboth, Swansea, Fall River and surrounding areas, Success selling Taunton,Dighton Rehoboth and more
(Serving Dighton Taunton, Rehoboth and more!)
Comments 0
  508-878-0917 Welcome to Titania Estates in Swansea Mass!  Lori Lincoln of Keller Williams Realty- official listing broker 508-878-0917  Proudly presenting Titania Estates.  Located  in Swansea Massachusetts, Brand New Homes for sale! With fewer homes for sale, why not build new? Titania Estates...
By Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Portland Premiere)
Comments 3
You see it all over the news, websites and Facebook.  "Seller's Market" here, "House sold in 24 Hours" there, "Winning Bid $30,000 over Asking Price" here.  This is all find and dandy for the sellers, but where does it leave the buyers? For home buyers, it looks something like this: Searching, se...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
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Standard Pacific Homes, one of the nation's leaders in homebuilding quality announces the debut of Villas at Villa Del Lago, a brand new collection of luxury homes situated within the gated, master-planned community of Ocotillo in Chandler, AZ. Priced from the $300,000s, the floor plans range fro...
By Shawn Bronson, Right Price, No Hassle
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DOWNINGTOWN, PA 19335. COMMUNITY INFORMATION AND HOMES FOR SALE. Downingtown is a borough in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 33 miles (53 km) west of Philadelphia. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 7,891. Downingtown was settled by English and European colonists in the early 18th century...