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 Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 17
It's Hummingbird Season in Western Colorado. We all look forward to that time of year when the energetic hummingbird makes it's way back to our area of Colorado. I saw my first hummingbird of the 2014 season on Monday, April 21st. It flew right by my patio. There is no mistaking that zinging soun...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 151
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 50
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Jana Haren, Jana Haren, Realtor, MSSC
(Arizona Premier Realty Homes & Land)
Comments 134
    When I see a home listed for sale “As Is,” it usually means there are some red flags to consider.  Often times, homes that are being sold “as is” will require quite a bit of updating and, more than likely, some major repairs. Whatever the case may be, the Seller is stating that they are not w...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 43
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 46
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 55
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 3
When you think about  sustainable agriculture, organic farms, eco-communities and quality of life in Asheville and the towns surrounding this jewel in the North Carolina mountains, you may imagine scenes like this. But this in NOT your imagination. This is real.     Committed to sustainable farm...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 2
Just southwest of the popular Main Street area of Parker sits the sought after Villages of Parker. This neighborhood offers convenient walking access to the shops and restaurants of the area and easy access to everything Parker has to offer. Homes are priced in the high $200's to the mid $500's a...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 28
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 Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 0
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia.  While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent?  The answer was shocking.  Only 15% of buyers in this development purchased with an agent helpi...
By Joanne Gillet, Buyer & Seller Consultant/ Educator
(Pawleys Seaside Realty, Pawleys Island SC)
Comments 1
OPEN HOUSE,Friday April the 25th, 11-3pm  Click here for more information Great Price, Great Location! Great View and Furnished! Near Pawleys Island Beaches, The Hammock Shops as well as many of our favorite local restaurants; the PIT, Pawleys Island Bakery, Chive Blossom Cafe and so Much more!!!...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21044, Howard County this weekend? There are ten open houses in Columbia 21044 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is hostin...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21045, Howard County this weekend? There are eight open houses in Columbia 21045 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is host...
By Michelle Grunberg, When Honesty, Integrity and Loyalty Matters!
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Comments 0
Looking for a open house in Columbia 21046, Howard County this weekend? There are five open houses in Columbia 21046 this weekend. Looking for a single family home? Condo or townhome?   BEWARE!! During an open house if you do not have a real estate agent representing you, the realtor who is hosti...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake"
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 7
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Featured Home-9813 Beach Dr Birkenfeld OR Spectacular Lakefront Custom 2-story  $420,000 on .25AC   2203 sq ft Built 2003 3BR+bonus 2BA family room, attached garage   Oak floors, stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, hardwood floors  knotty pine cabinetry,  granite counterto...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 2
First Time Open! Sun. April 27th 11:00-12:30 6731 Creekside Dr NE #6 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 Priced at $82,000 Beautiful top floor condo in a 2 story building.  You will love the maintenance free living of a condo lifestyle with no lawn to mow or snow to shovel!  This condo features all applianc...
By John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com
(Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com)
Comments 34
Santa Fe Village Home Outshines the Competition 5415 Gable NW Albuquerque NM 87120   This well loved brick and stucco home outshines others for sale in the Santa Fe Village Subdivision!  Perfect for the first time home buyer, those downsizing, retirees or investment property.  This is not a Bank ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 37
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 Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 6
Hear the request coming into the Maine real estate kitchen everyday. Serve me up something in town convenient but that feels like I am in the country Mr. Broker Man. On today's specials board, we are offering a home at 5 Chandler Court Houlton Maine 04730. How does this Houlton Maine home straddl...