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 Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 18
Yes, I Am Working Today In the business of real estate we must take our down time when we can.  San Jose and the surrounding bay area has been experiencing some very cool fall-like weather.  I am just loving it.  Friday afternoon I just felt like doing nothing.  I wanted to kick back and read a b...
 When you hire any professional to help you in finding a good home for yourself, you must ensure that this hired help is able to provide you with all the help required for finding, as well as buying, the house that you fall in love with. Therefore, the agent you should be on the lookout for must ...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 6
If you're wondering what to do with your lazy Memorial Day Sunday in Sacramento, why not hop on over to our open house in the Arden area of Del Paso Manor and check out this beautifully updated pool home? Feel free to lounge on the patio or around the pool and spa to talk about where you would pl...
By Mike Nicklaus
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
Comments 1
The gated riverfront and golf community of Tequesta Country Club offers beautiful and spacious homes. Residents enjoy the fresh breeze coming from the Loxahatchee River, world-class golf course, tennis courts, and resort style amenities. There are also boat ramps available for residents to use fo...
By Gordon Dey
(Keller Williams Realty Gulf Coast)
Comments 3
9116 Sebring Dr Pensacola Fl 32506. Lillian Woods Homes for saleSee more Lillian Woods Homes for saleVisit my Website.9116 Sebring Dr Pensacola Fl 32506. Lillian Woods Homes for sale is conveniently located within minutes of NAS Pensacola, Naval Hospital and Corry Station, 9116 Sebring Dr Pensaco...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 28
In a fierce sellers market there's only a few ways to guarantee you'll get the home you want... 1. Know the seller and blackmail him into selling you the house over anyone else.2. Get into a bidding war and hope and pray that you get the house.3. Bid so high that the seller has no choice but to s...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 5
Looking for a new home in Summerlin? KB Home, Lennar, Ryland, Toll Brothers, and Woodside Homes all have active new-home communities. These photos are from a KB Home neighborhood with plans from 1,849 to over 2,600 square feet, with prices starting in the mid 300's.Build time is generally 4-6 mon...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 2
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comSeaview Park in Edmonds and the Homes and Condo's For Sale in the areaThe Seaview Park area of Edm...
By Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker
(CENTURY 21 Real Estate Center)
Comments 0
 For Professional Real Estate Services in Edmonds contact Brad Thomsen, Managing Broker at Century 21 Real Estate Center.Call, text or email for more information.    425-890-4649 | brad@Century21.comCompare Areas Home Search Tool - Edmonds Homes and Condo's For Sale and 'Market Insider' dataTo ge...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 31
A unique offer came in, We will offer more than asking price, but if no other offers come in, the seller must sell to us at asking price. My first response was "WHAT?" You see asking price $199,900, the offer is $210,000 however if there are no other offers at or above asking they only want to pa...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
 Just as with movie credits, the features you find in Henry County listings have a “billing order.” The “stars” may not be printed in gigantic superstar type—but the order in which they appear do reflect changes in current buyer priorities. For a homeowner soon to add their property to this sprin...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 2
 Charming Home for Sale w/ Greenbelt View in Goodyear $249,950  14751 W ROANOKE AVE3 Beds/2 Baths2147 SqFt of living spaceMLS# 5284129       Charming Home for Sale w/ Greenbelt View in Goodyear Come on by and take a look!   A MUST see home!Don't miss out on this!   Goodyear is the 6th fastest gro...
By MaryKay Shumway, Door County WI Real Estate Expert & Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
Comments 5
Exceptional Ephraim:  4 bedroom home for Sale in Ephraim, WI 54211There is NOTHING like a Door County sunset over Eagle Harbor, and we have a featured listing that has a view over Eagle Harbor and facing the bluff at Peninsula State Park on Dane Street.  It doesn't get any better than this! 10027...
By Debra B Albert PA Team Albert, KW Port St. Lucie, We Make Real Estate Happen
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 2
 Click here for MLS SHEET    Reduced to $109,900    Walk to 2 pools, Main Golf Clubhouse down the StreetAccess to Island Club for Resort Style Pool, GymSocial Events and Tennis 
By William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate
(WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group)
Comments 5
Upper Fulton Park Single Family Home For Sale Overview Maps Photos $125,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,199 sqftLot: 0.15 acre(s)Year Built: 1990MLS #: W10037704 Location 569 Hill StreetWaterbury, CT 06704USA William James Walton Sr WEICHERT Realtors - Briot...
By John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace)
Comments 0
The Cadence Bike Share Program is one of the unique amenities of Cadence, the newest master planned community in Henderson NV. Through Social Bicycles, the community will have 20 bikes for riders to enjoy the 50-acre cental park (currently at 11 acres), mountain views to the east, and the Las Veg...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 19
Flip Flopped… How not to re-install a door. Wenatchee Home Inspections In the world of home inspections we get to see a lot of interesting, strange and odd things. I also am amazed at what some can do. I wonder what were they thinking? So in the annals of weird…. the Flip Flopped. Here we have a ...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 15
Sometimes we have crossed all the "T's" and dotted every "I", yet things still fall apart. Here in the Atlanta area, as with many other parts of the country, we are experiencing a "Seller's Market". This means that there are more buyers vying for fewer properties. This can cause multiple offer si...
By Gary Frimann, California Broker and REALTOR
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Comments 2
2480 Club Drive, Gilroy, CAEagle Ridge Realty proudly presents this open house!  Sunday May 24 1-4PM  Eagle Ridge Home on Golf Course Overview Maps Photos Description Neighborhood Open House Market Stats IDX Search $999,888 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 3,230 sqf...
By Desmond Meade
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
5 Bed Room Home For Sale- 29229 5 River Birch Road, Columbia, SC Just Listed Description Photos Maps & Local Schools $ Click for current price5 BEDROOMS | 3 (3 full ) BATHROOMS | 3459 SQUARE FEET Follow This Home! Columbia,SC Homes for Sale Search All Columbia Homes For Sale Columbia Homes for Sa...