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 Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 127
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 46
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 Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 45
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 THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 1
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 Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 35
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 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 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 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 Joanne Gillet, Buyer & Seller Consultant/ Educator
(Pawleys Seaside Realty, Pawleys Island SC)
Comments 0
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 resturants.  Franks Outback, the PIT, Pawleys Island Bakery, Chive Blossom Cafe and...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 1
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 Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March S.FL estate news-  FL Housing market shows rising prices in March FREE LIST of Today's Short sale homes for sale in Weston, Cooper City, Davie, Sunrise, Miramar, Southwest ranches, Plantation. FREE LIST of Today's Foreclosures for ...
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 Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor, South Florida Estate Homes Inc.
(South Florida Estate Homes Inc)
Comments 0
Waterfront pool homes under 600K and Weston FL market report - April14 Waterfront pool homes under 600K and Weston FL market report - April14 Waterfront Pool homes for sale in Weston-FL under 600K.. click here for more details..... Florida's housing market reported higher median prices, more new ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 10
Factory Finishes Are Not So Bad, Are They??? I'm not thrilled to hear a builder's rep say, "We hand finish the flooring with 3 coats of poly-something or other".This post inspired by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector in Northern Virginia in his article about footprints in hardwood flooring finishes. ...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 1
It's going to be a busy day for your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent. I have a very motivated buyer and I'm off to go show some homes here in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area! Hope everyone has a great day!                           About The Author Craig Rutman is a North Carolina ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 0
Open House Saturday April 26, 2014 at 4900 Indian Creek Rd Marion, Iowa 52302! Priced at $410,000 with over 6 acres!  Open 2:00-4:00 pm! Spring is in the air!   You will absolutely fall in love with the peaceful setting of this Marion acreage!  Just on the outskirts, you are less than 10 minutes ...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 1
Open House Sunday April 27th 2:30-4:00 at 4609 Council St. NE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402 $132,500 Don't overlook this great home! Some features to note: extensive hardwood flooring, freshly painted rooms, lower level rec room with bar area and a separate room for an office area. Improvements that w...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake"
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 5
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 Desiree Whalen, Your Coastal Carolina Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 3
by Desiree Whalen. Good morning everyone, I have a quick update this morning to let you know about a price reduction on a beautiful ocean view condo in Carolina Beach  – my listing at 1311 S Lake Park Blvd – Sea Colony #16B! New Price: $169,900, making it the lowest priced unit in the community! ...
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...