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 Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Trident Homes Realty)
Comments 67
You just love running around Saturday and Sunday and stopping in at Open Houses.  Who doesn't?  Some people do it as they are hitting all the yard sales.  It's fun!  It's enlightening!  You can see how people decorate and sometimes make yourself feel better about your own home. But, sometimes, yo...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 86
Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By John Handschuh, Realtor ABR SRES, Horsham Real Estate
(RE/MAX Action Realty)
Comments 1
Home Builders Pick Top New Home Design Trends   The National Association of Home Builders recently passed out its Best in American Living Awards. The winning projects were recognized for innovative design, so they tend to highlight design trends you’ll see in new homes in coming years. BALA Chair...
By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(Solutions Real Estate)
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MLS 5227156 - Like new 2280 sq ft home with new carpet and paint. Features 3 bedrooms with walk in closets in all these spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, large family room and loft areas, spacious eat in kitchen, attractive plush carpet, 2-inch window blinds, ceiling fans, plus lots of extra stor...
By Chuck Willman, Realtor - Arizona - 480.292.0600
(BuyLowAZ)
Comments 31
I have spent a great number of years purchasing homes for resell, or helping my investor clients do the same. However, I have also spent quite a bit of time with people who are looking for a band new home. There is something exciting about being the first person to live in the home. You enjoy som...
By Betty & John Knowles, REALTORS® - Springfield MO Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Vanguard - www.teamknowles.com)
Comments 1
We are proud to announce new search by neighborhood features for Springfield Missouri homebuyers on our website. Do you have a favorite neighborhood that you want to search for homes for sale? Finding your new home has never been easier! These powerful search tools do the work for you! Choose one...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 1
Roswell GA 3 Bedroom Homes for Sale Roswell GA 3 Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom homes for sale in Roswell GA. The listings below all have a minimum of at least ...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 0
Alpharetta GA 3 Bedroom Homes for Sale Alpharetta GA 3 Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom homes for sale in Alpharetta GA. The listings below all have a minimum of ...
    As I have started to blog, I've been told to "write what you know"  (shout out to Shannon Milligan for the advice and direction). Well, I know KIDS and I know the FAN DISTRICT! So it seems only natural that I'd  write about this topic early on.   When we moved to the Fan we didn't have kids a...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 0
Tucker GA 3 Bedroom Homes for Sale Tucker GA 3 Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom homes for sale in Tucker GA. The listings below all have a minimum of at least 3 b...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 1
Buyer Question: How Important is the School District?   Surprisingly, this question seems to come to me from buyers that don't even have children.  They are purchasing their first home and they are already thinking about selling it one day in the future.     We are fortunate in the Cedar Rapids a...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 0
Floralton Beach House Vero Beach Florida Reef Road Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach      775 REEF ROAD VERO BEACH FLORIDA BEACH HOUSELocated on Vero's prestigious Reef Road is this casual "Beach House" ...  just across the street from the deeded ocean access.  Private 1/...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
Comments 6
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal Alabama's residential sales were up 14 percent in December over the previous month. According to new data released by the Alabama Center for Real Estate, Alabama realtors closed on 3,494 units in December, up over 400 from November. That also repre...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 3
  Sellers rule the current real estate market in my area of the South Bay of Los Angeles, California.  The buyers' market of the recession years left town in 2013 and sellers swept in and took tight control.  Low inventory in most of the local markets continues to give sellers the upper hand. Wha...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 2
775 REEF ROAD VERO BEACH FLORIDA BEACH HOUSE Barbara Martino-Sliva Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach               775 REEF ROAD VERO BEACH FLORIDA   JUST LISTED!  775 Reef Road in the charming community of                             FLORALTON BEACH.     775 REEF ROAD VERO BEACH FLORIDA BEACH...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 5
Buying a Home Using Square Peg / Round Hole Technology There's a lot to being a real estate agent.  Since becoming licensed on the heals of the "technology" boom, I have seen the shift of many buyers.  They no longer seek the advice, counsel or guidance of an experienced agent. Tsk, tsk. Technolo...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 1
Homes for Sale in Aspen Hill, Montgomery County MD 20906, Call Lenn 800-711-7988.   The communities in Aspen Hill, a community in Montgomery County MD that are close to D.C. offer good value.  These are established areas of area Zip Code 20906.  The advantages are, public transportation, Montgome...
By Jamie Chambers, USDA /FHA Mortgage Source
(USDA / FHA Mortgage Source)
Comments 0
Volusia County has very little choices in 2015 when it comes to NO down payment mortgages.  A few government programs like USDA and VA home loan are the only choices. And for unless you are military, the VA mortgage is not feasible.  The good news is most of Volusia County is still eligible for t...
By The Albert Team Keller Williams Port St. Lucie 34986, Real Estate Solutions
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
                                  Active Adult - Quick Delivery from $250,990   10 Tips to Save You Time and Money: The Homebuyers' Guide to NEW HOMES As soon as you enter Vitalia at Tradition, you’ll know you have found the ultimate active adult lifestyle in Port St. Lucie.  From the welcoming p...
By Russ Ravary, Metro Detroit homes (248)310-6239
(Keller Williams Commerce)
Comments 1
Thinking about buying a home in Waterford Michigan but do not have a lot of money.  Here are 5 homes for sale in Waterford Michigan between $50,000 and $60,000.  You can still find homes in Waterford that will cost you lesss than renting. So why would rent when it would cost you less to buy?  Why...