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 Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 23
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 6
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 Helene Kelbaugh, Realtor - Internet Marketing Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty Baltimore)
Comments 0
With so much mis understanding about these items, this sums it up perfectly. In Mayland, our assessments can be up to 3 years old.  So if buyers are using this chances are their offers are not getting accepted. Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. B...
By Roy Kelley
(Retired Real Estate Broker, Maryland Blogger)
Comments 3
Your credit score impacts the cost of your mortgage   Many prospective home buyers need to attend to credit repairs before they are able to qualify for a mortgage loan to finance a home purchase. However, many do not understand how much a credit score can cost you when obtaining mortgage financin...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
Comments 2
I love shoes. I have them in every color. Yet, it can take me minutes, 2 or 3 looks, several 'try-on' before I decide to plunk down my hard earned cash to take them home.  Sometimes, I leave and go back again before I buy them.  Plus I can easily return a pair of shoes if I don't love them.  Comp...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 2
    Good real estate agents want what is best for their customers; I do too. While evaluating properties, I rely on all the knowledge that I have as well as tools to help me determine if anything is amiss.    It didn't seem as if it was too long ago when one mentioned doing a radon test, fear wen...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 7
On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
By Lottie Kendall, Helping make YOUR dreams a reality
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 9
1 Elm Street, #303, San Carlos 94070 Open House Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM Looking for a place to call home, close to commute routes and Cal-Train? Come visit 1 Elm Street #303, offered at a very affordable $640,000. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, fireplace, en suite laundry, end unit, par...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach - 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 14
Pet-Friendly Housing in Boca Raton Florida                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ...
By Michael Dagner, Your Denver Homes Realty Expert
(Brokers Guild Classic)
Comments 0
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By Vickie Nagy, Broker for San Ramon, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton
(Vickie Nagy, Broker Associate Realty ONE Group BMC Associates | BRE#01363932)
Comments 1
Short Sale Homes for Sale Danville CA March 2014 Market Report Short Sale Homes For Sale Danville CA Monthly Commentary At the close of Q1 2014 it is apparent that the continued rise in home prices across the Tri-Valley and San Ramon Valley real estate market areas has had a positive impact on al...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 0
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By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Comments 62
The Agent with the Sign in the Yard! In the State of Colorado a real estate agent becomes an agent for the Seller when a contract is created between the seller and agent. If the agent is a Seller's Agent they are required by law to fulfill certain duties: Promote the interests of Seller with the ...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 36
    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 59
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 55
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 53
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 13
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
Comments 27
    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....