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 Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 95
This morning, I posted my quarterly affordable home market report for one of the northern Colorado communities that we cover. And I did something that has left me deeply unsettled - I changed our working definition of "affordable".   In the past, we considered homes priced $200K and und...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 4
  There will be some benefits for buyers using FICO credit score model 9, but in many cases it won't make much difference. On first glance the benefits look attractive (1) " The new FICO Score 9 will no longer count medical debts as it did in previous iterations". (2)"  the new...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 16
Three Bedroom Home in Spring Hill, Florida - Just Sold!   This three bedroom, two bath home in Spring Hill, Florida has now sold!  The buyers were relocating to Spring Hill, Florida and came to me in July looking for a new home.  They've found it in this newer Spring Hill home located in a qu...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 23
Average Sale Prices in Camas Out-Perform Area Homes   As we enter the soaring temperatures of August, home prices in Clark County are matching the hot gains across the country.  It is especially apparent in Camas, which has seen an increase in 8.0% over this time last year.  Even with increasing ...
By Katina Hargrove, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Comments 0
New Price for Royal Trails home. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 3 car garage home on corner acre in Royal Trails. The property is fenced, the home has a Florida room and game room, open floor plan. Two horses per acre are allowed, the current HOA is $35 per year. You may park your RV and boat on the back of ...
By Paula Bradfield, Your Salida Colorado and Down Valley Realtor
(Keller Williams Performance)
Comments 3
37 Acres with Stunning 180 Degree views OverviewMapsPhotosFeatures $50,000 Lots and Land Main Features Lot: 37.88 acre(s) Location 690 N Pine VistaCanon City, CO 81212USA Paula Sue Bradfield Keller Williams Colorado Performance Realty(719) 221-6108Paula@Insoutherncolorado.comhttp://www.SalidaHom...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 3
An Easy Commute to NYC - My clients agree!! Colonial Gate of New Windsor NY I spent a good deal of time showing clients that are relocating to the area quite a few resale homes last week. So when nothing seemed to be a perfect fit we changed gears and our search to townhomes. Shiny and New, these...
By Jack Whiteside, REALTOR
(Keller Williams Check Realty)
Comments 6
Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Clarkdale, AZ Well Maintained 3 Bedroom Home for Sale in Clarkdale, AZ 2195 Liough Drive Clarkdale, AZ 86324Price: $259,000MLS number: 504768Bedrooms: 3Total Bathrooms: 2Square Footage: 1,795 Call Jack Whiteside at 928-554-5021 to see if this property...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
Knox Court condos at Heriate creek offer year round resort style living. People love to live there because of the 15,000 sq ft clubhouse that offers lots of activities. There is an indoor pool as well as outdoor pool. There are 3 active listings at Knox court condos as of today. there is a 1 one ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
$875 / 4br - 1317ft² - ▐►Summerville Rent to Own Duplex (131 Boone Street) 4BR / 2.5Ba 1317ft2 duplexavailable noww/d hookups off-street parking   131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned Community.Summerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 Sch...
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 1
Southshore in Aurora CO - Market Update - July 2014           Southshore in Aurora was the location for the 2007 Parade of Homes and features custom homes backing to the reservoir.      Village Homes, Capital Pacific, Pulte & Century Communities have built homes in Southshore.     A few homes...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 4
  Wellington Fl Short Sale - 1750 Hollyhock -Wellington FL 33414    Waterfront Wellington Fl Home For Sale in Sugar Pond Manor - This Is A Short Sale - With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 car garage, a split bedroom floor plan, a lovely kitchen, vaulted ceilings, a walk-in closet, screened patio, be...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 1
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Richmond VA Realtor Shannon Milligan I have been enjoying watching the ALS Ice Bucket Challenges that have been flooding my Facebook feed. I think it is a wonderful way to raise awareness for a lesser known disease and a fantastic fundraiser. Although I don't know ...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential )
Comments 3
Just Listed in Nutley New Jersey 4 Bedroom 3 Bath with Inlaw Suite
By Susan Duncan
(Exit Realty Vistas)
Comments 0
HOME FOR SALE - 681 JUSTICE RIDGE ROAD CANDLER NC 28715 Well Maintained 3br/1ba Ranch with FULL unfinished basement with garage opening and exterior/interior entrance. Also, 14x26 attached carport that could be enclosed and included in sq. footage as it is attached to home by same roof. Hardwood ...
By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
Comments 0
Documenting Your Assets - Verifying Your Down Payment When buying a home, it is not enough to just come up with the money. With the exception of no asset verification loans, lenders want to verify where the money for your new home will be coming from. If you can document that the funds are coming...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 17
Luxury Homes for Sale in Mechanicsville - Welcome to Ambrosia Tired of the hustle and bustle of it all? Sick of the cookies cutter homes? Uninspired by your housing choices? Well, fret no more! Welcome home to "Ambrosia," your new luxury home in Mechanicsville! 3423 Lake View Road Mecha...
By Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina
(Stanton Homes - Our family designs and builds custom homes for your family)
Comments 1
Rocking Chair Front Porches Raleigh New Home Trends for Porches When you want to get the most out of your outdoor surroundings with porches, decks, and screen porches, adding a small porch to the front of your home - and a large deck or screen porch to the rear - might be the best way to create a...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 3
Bayshores is a guard gated community located in Newport Beach. The community of Bayshores has  252 homes and it is located off Coast Highway and near Dover, Bayshores is a highly sought after community. Bayshores features single family homes, and some of the homes are located on the bay with incr...
By Chris and Maria Jeantet, Redding CA Real Estate Couple
(Coldwell Banker C&C Properties)
Comments 3
 This beautiful custom home is sited on 3.5 acres in Anderson's Friendly Hills community; featuring incredible mountain views. Your own vacation home with full tennis court, large deck, play area, small producing vineyard, manicured lawns, beautifully remodeled kitchen, a large family room wi...