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

 
Perhaps just as important as buying a home is how you pay for it. The ideal situation would be to pay for the house in cash with no debt to weigh you down, but for the vast majority of us, this is just something that is not feasible. So the next best option is to get a loan, obviously. There are ...
By Cutberto & Rhonda Salas, Salas Home Team
(Halo Group Realty LLC)
Comments 2
905 Panther Ln Allen TX_Home For Sale_Coming Soon Looking for a great home for your family?  Here it is.  This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home offers lots of room. Get away to the study for some quiet time or choose from three living areas include a gameroom and media room upstairs.  Beautiful hardw...
By Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
(First Weber Group)
Comments 9
Open House!325 Pleasant Street Lake Mills WI 53551 Sunday, April 26th, 201511:00 am - 1:00 pm For more information; Laura Baker (920) 728-4118www.LauraBaker.FirstWeber.com 325 Pleasant StCity of Lake Mills, WI 53551-1146 Jefferson County 3 BR, 4 Full BA $279,000 MLS # 1743252 PIN # 52635 Greeted ...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 27
The Number One Secret of Real Estate!The number one secret of Real Estate is that there are no secrets. I get calls all the time from people that want to see a house they saw on line that looks like a great deal. Of course we all want a great deal but generally I see several things happen: It is ...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 5
800 Elgin Optima Horizons Evanston IL 60201 2 Br 2 Bath Condo is now $299,000 16th floor Penthouse PH12 with hardwood floors in unit washer & dryer in downtown Evanston. The Penthouse floor has high ceilings and skylights. The Optima Horizons offers management on site, door person, large pool, ex...
By Don Hess
(Keller Williams Realty of Central PA East, 930 Red Rose Court, Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 6
 1 to 3 PM!  Five-bedroom two-story with first-floor master bedroom, large great room, updated kitchen, lots of hardwood floors. Oversize deck overlooks huge, private rear yard. Mature landscaping. Located on a quiet Cu-de-sac street. Flexible floor plan that would allow for possible in-law quart...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 17
If you were a real estate seller, had a property listing being marketed aggressively, and oh oh, Zillow. Someone, bagging zzz's, asleep at the real estate listing status switch at the glass or ivory towers. The "Z thang" is showing the property listing off market. Not available. Then why would it...
By RockStar Realty Group, Rock Stars in Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Comments 3
Do I Need a Home Warranty?You've chosen the home you wish to purchase, and you've secured financing. All the inspections are completed. Pretty soon, you’ll be closing the deal. Even though you’ve taken care to make sure everything is in good working order, what happens if the furnace breaks a mon...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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No matter how long you're in the business of real estate you never stop learning. Partially because the industry never ceases to shift and change itself. Contracts and forms are always being tweaked by attorneys to cover more grey areas. Markets are constantly shifting up and down. New laws are p...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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An agent asked when we will present offers on a certain listing. I present offers as they arrive and, in fact have an offer now, which I disclosed and added: but the sellers hope to make a decision today. The agent asked if he could send an offer tomorrow instead. He's certainly welcome to send a...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 8
From the moment you arrive you'll find quality. It's a lovely 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home nestled among beautiful hardwoods in a great location of Lake Sinclair on the main Oconee River channel but tucked just out of the way of boat traffic. Has a boathouse with storage room, great water and view and ...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 0
5336 Buxton Ct Alexandria VA 22315 For Sale in Kingstowne Alexandira CALL 571-446-0002   5336 Buxton Ct Alexandria VA 22315 Have you been dreaming to live in Kingstowne? Kingstowne has so much to offer, from all the shopping, dining and of course the amenities. All that close to the nations capit...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
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In my opinion, and that of many residents in our community, Big Canoe, Georgia is one of the most magical and beautiful places in the United States. People that live here feel blessed to be able to call this amazing place our home.I will set up a few scenarios for you so that you can have a bette...
By Nick and Cindy Davis, CRS,CLHMS,CIAS,ALHS,e-PRO,CDPE,SFR,Realtor(R)
(RE/MAX Premier Group)
Comments 5
Has this happened to you? Find the perfect home, it meets all your needs and what you want in a home. Then you make a call and find out that the home was already under contract to be sold? Those days are over! You can be connected to MLS which only shows the Active Homes for sale. Nick and Cindy ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 3
Save Located at the end of a sweeping private drive is this custom built tudor style home for sale in Warren Township features enormous appeal and is situated on a private professionally landscaped 1.5 acre lot. This home has been attentively maintained and beautifully updated: Main Bath 2012, P...
By Ana Moniz, "Excellence in Real Estate"
(Keller Williams Valley Realty )
Comments 0
Upper Saddle River Upper Saddle River was incorporated in 1894 when it was basically a farming community consisting of Apple Orchards, Strawberry Fields, and Dairy Farms. As Upper Saddle River celebrated its 100th birthday, many things have changed. However, the quiet beauty of this lovely commun...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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 The single family homes listed for sale in Berkshire Lakes Naples Florida can provide a prospective buyer of a new residence the opportunity to own a place in a highly regarded community with surprisingly low association fees.  This pertains to the western section of the development, west of San...
By Holleay Parcker - Spinnaker Realty - Serving Clients From Corolla to Hatteras, With 14 Yrs Experience in Outer Banks Real Estate
(SPINNAKER REALTY LLC)
Comments 7
  This home for sale in the Whalehead Club was recently sold by Outer Banks real estate agent Holleay Parcker, Broker/Owner of Spinnaker Realty LLC.  Holleay’s buyers had been interested in Whalehead Club real estate for many months, and this home was the right fit for her buyers and their family...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 11
There are two main types of smoke alarms- Ionization smoke detection: is generally more responsive to flaming fires.(Most common type in homes and more prone to nuisance tripping) Photoelectric smoke detection: is generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (smo...
By Pam Christian
(Keller Williams)
Comments 0
6 Steps to Buying a HomeWhat an exciting time in your life; you’ve decided to purchase a home! We know that the process of purchasing a house can be a bit overwhelming.  That’s why we’ve compiled a handy guide of 6 Steps to Buying a Home. We hope this will help take some of the stress out of know...