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 Patty Blackwelder, REALTOR
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
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    Are you Dreaming of a New Home in Northern Virginia?   If so let me tell you why you may want to consider Potomac Shores just of 95 in Prince William County. Potomac Shores is like no  other community in Northern Virginia. From the moment you drive up to the community you get the sense this i...
By Steven Nickens, R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii
(Island Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 4
I just closed a sale of a beautiful home in Kua'aina Ridge, in Pukalani Maui. This home closed at $640,000, was a great value for homes in Pukalani Maui. If you're looking to buy a home in Pukalani, there are a number of homes on the market to fit you're needs as far as price, square footage, and...
By Peggy James, Lake Ridge Virginia Real Estate Specialist
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 6
Could you get a lot more work done daily if you could use the two hours you normally spend in the car working on your laptop or iPad?   Could you get a better paying job in the future if  you could take the VRE to work daily?   This home has hardwood floors, three large bedrooms, three full bath...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 3
The search for Maine homes for sale. And like a kid with a thrifty allowance to carefully spend. Or wait until something comes along that has the value. Great impulse control combined with low cost Maine real estate listings are a winning combination. Four homes for sale, all under $80,000 sticke...
By Port St. Lucie Real Estate Resources for Buyers and Sellers, Real Estate Solutions in St. Lucie Team Albert KW
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
  Attention Home Buyers - Click Here for Access You can receive free priority access to All Hot New Listings from all real estate companies! Free list of homes for sale Search the internet yourself View New Listings just like Real Estate Agents Do Simply enter your price range, desired features ...
By Kathy Stankard, Years of Experience, Years of Results
(Coldwell Banker, Franklin,MA/508-369-5131)
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The town of Franklin, MA has consistently maintained one of the lowest tax rates as   compared to many of the surrounding metro west of Boston communities.  The FY 2014 tax rate is $14.45 per $1000 of assessed value however this is a slight increase from the FY 2013 rate of $14.34 per $1000. If y...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
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Build your vacation or primary home in Payson on Gibson Peak only 60 miles to Fountain Hills, Scottsdale and Fort McDowell casino as well as the gateway to the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. These  forested lots are ajacent to thousands of acres in the Tonto National forest and come with i...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 4
Q:  Does my spouse have to be on our new mortgage loan? A:  The short answer is NO.  There is no requirement that spouses/partners must apply for a mortgage jointly.  Often, one spouse may have credit issues that the other does not.  In that case, it might be more advantageous to leave them off o...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 14
I have a niche that has be going on for quite a few years and I really enjoy the work. It is selling property to parents of Northwestern students who would rather purchase a nice condo for their son or daughter attending NU. The price of housing at Northwestern is over $10k a year not including t...
By Pamela Madore, Team Work Makes The Dream Work
(The Pamela Madore Group)
Comments 2
March 5, 2015    Call 806-340-7630 to Buy or Sell Amarillo Real Estate   16551 Dove Prairie Road,  Canyon TX 79015   $275,000 Listing ID 15-88894/ 4 bedrooms/2 baths/2 car garage 2323 SQ. Ft.  on 2 acres   16551 Dove Prairie Virtual Tour Houses for sale in Amarillo Between $250,000 and $325,000  ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 23
Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Emelyn Morris-Sayre, CRS, REALTOR, Lakewood/Denver 303-517-5116
(The Berkshire Group)
Comments 1
Let the Sun Shine In! With floor the ceiling windows, the Colorado sunshine cascades into the great room of this lovely home. Located on a premium lot, backing to open space and views of Aurora Reservoir, this dynamite home just came on the market. The home features 5 bedrooms, 4 baths including ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 32
"They Wrote An Offer On Another Home" Is Actually Good News! At first glance, that feedback from the buyer's agent stings when you first get it.  They didn't love YOUR home, but fell in love with another home!  You had your home immaculate, baked some fresh cookies and packed up the dog and heade...
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 18
New Listing - Tallyn's Reach - Aurora, CO  80016     Stunning Craftsman style two story high on the hill in the neighborhood of Tallyn's Reach, Aurora CO.   Tallyn's Reach  has a community pool, clubhouse and tennis courts with pocket parks throughout the neighborhood and located within Cherry Cr...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 1
Just Listed Champlin Home - 4 Bedrooms Listing courtesty of Heidi Herda - 612.807.4858   JUST LISTED     Don't Blink, You'll Miss This Awesome Opportunity!   DESCRIPTION PHOTOS MAPS & LOCALS SCHOOLS PRINT BROCHURE                 Champlin Homes For Sale   5817 Shepard Circle Champlin, MN 55316   ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 0
The Town Home Real Estate Market in Loudoun County VA - 800-711-7988. The town home image below represents one style of town homes constructed in Loudoun County today.  The livable square feet available in these homes is usually equal to single family homes in the same price range.   The differen...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 11
Corona del Mar Coastline Corona del Mar is a gorgeous community and there are beautiful homes located there. Corona del Mar has some of the most beautiful coastline I have ever seen. Corona del Mar has homes purchased on Ocean Boulevard, and these homes do have incredible coastal views. There are...
By Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia
(RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax )
Comments 1
      Coming soon! This 3 level, 1 huge master bedroom, 2 full bath Arlington beauty in Fairlington Villages is coming to market this weekend. Priced at $399k, this spotless home has beautiful floors, fresh paint, upgraded baths, fenced back yard with perfect brick patio and peaceful water featur...
By Dale Cosack
(BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors - Newtown)
Comments 1
Welcome to 56 Tanglebrook Drive in the sought after community of Hillcrestshire.  The home is immaculate throughout and beautifully maintained. Spend cosy winter nights by the huge, wood burning fireplace or serve a summer brunch on the private patio, overlooking a mini nature preserve. This exp...
By Cindy Allen Fekete, Baton Rouge Internet Marketing Specialist
(Louisiana Homes and Land Group at Keller Williams Realty Red Stick Partners )
Comments 0
OPEN HOUSE, March 08, Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM 3616 Kevin Ryan Dr., Baton Rouge, LA Get Directions Click Here Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price 3 BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS (2 full) 1343 Square Feet Precious Garden Home is now RD (100% financing) eligible and it's Price...