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 Stieg Strand, Realtor & Social Media Marketing Strategist
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 15
Here is a "thumbnail sketch" of 8 really important things to do when you are even THINKING about purchasing a home for the first time. I know this list is a bit preachy, but remember... You want and need  to know this! Pay all of your bills on time in the last 12 months or more, if not on time, n...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 41
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 39
The madness continues.   On Saturday, I showed a home to a first-time home buyer client who has been looking for a while. We've made two offers and lost out on both against heavy competition - multiple offers, all well above asking price.   This one was a flip. It had a unique floor plan and some...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
The importance of hiring a reliable home inspection is one of the bedrock principles every home buyer reads and hears about from all quarters. Any Realtor® worthy of the name will be able to recommend a Henry County home inspector with the kind of strong credentials that establish the validity of...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 9
Another Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision Congrats to another Houston County GA buyer who has decided now is the right time to buy a new construction home in Warner Robins GA! The result is a another pending sale in Warner Robins GA in Vinings Place Subdivision, courte...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 8
     A rare find in Brookfield....a condo alternative....a great back yard with gazebo.....entertainment friendly floorplan with living and family room...a lower level ready to finish...when you look at Brookfield Wisconsin homes for sale..this is one you will want to call YOUR home !            ...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 53
    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
    The condos for sale in Huntington Lakes Naples Florida could make for a great retreat for anyone looking for a new carefree residence with convenient access to Interstate 75, and without any golf club extras.  This gated development consists entirely of low-rise (2 or 3 floors) condominiums s...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 8
Team Zuhl & Are proud to announce that our buyers offer was accepted and we are now out of Attorney Review and officially UNDER CONTRACT! Closing on this lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath Condo is scheduled for mid-May. The buyer's are first time home buyers that are engaged to be married.  We are wishing...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 15
Trust is something you have to earn.   It was the summer of 2008 and I'd finally given in for the second time to a family member to get a dog a few months before that. We had a puppy born in February that was happy and plunking around our home and making friends with cats.  At 4 months old our Gr...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 14
Price Trimmed on 954 Greenwood Ct. Clarksville, TN  The leaves are off the trees but soon they will be budding and after that providing nice shade for this corner lot. There is now a new lower price that will make buyers want to take action now. With three bedrooms, this home is neat as a pin and...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 3
KGC Properties  is proud to make another Tucson home buyer happy - congratulations to Vern and Jeanette - the new owners of a two bedroom two bath condo in Summertree Condos subdivivision on Tucson's east side of town. Near Speedway and Pantano this condo is one of cutest communities of its kind ...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 10
This beautiful Palm Harbor Florida waterfront home is under contract and we are moving on to the inspection phase. My buyers are thrilled, as are their two kids! Living in Palm Harbor Florida is something more and more families want to do since Palm Harbor University High School is one of the bes...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 7
Before there was Beacon Hill Shopping Center, the Beacon Mall was in the exact same location. When you look at the picture below, some landmarks and shapes are very recognizable.   For example the water tower and the profile of buildings remains much as it was. Today the “big boxes” of Lowe’s and...
By Lisa Longest, The Realtor That Will Be With You The "Longest"
(Exit Gold Realty)
Comments 1
Car Insurance- CheckHealth Insurance-CheckLife Insurance-CheckMortgage Protection Life Insurance---wait....What??? No one buys insurance because it's fun.  You buy it because you already have enough worries in your life.  Mortgage Protection Insurance MPI secures your home for your family.  Anyon...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - CRS, CIPS, SRES
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Comments 2
Are you in the Beaches area of Jacksonville, FL  & looking for an executive home with upscale finishes (hardwood floors, marble counters, stainless steel appliances)?  This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a home office, interior laundry room, and attached 2 car garage may fit the bill! You can view...
By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Landon Homes)
Comments 0
  Only 12 sites remain in the lovely neighborhood of Old Sebastian Point close to everything great St. Augustine has to offer.  Bike to Historic Downtown; take a short drive to the beach or Outlet Malls.  St. Augustine is a great place to live, work and raise a family. Life in St. Augustine and ...
By Adam Franzetti, Work With A Specialist!!
(Franzetti Real Estate)
Comments 0
Shadow Woods Estates Homes For Sale In Coppell TexasStreet View - homes for sale in Shadow Woods Estates, Coppell, Tx 75019   Access all MLS homes for sale in Shadow Woods Estates.   Looking for a new home, but need to sell your current home in the Dallas, Texas area first? Our team of specialist...
By Ryan Jennings, "Buy With Confidence...Sell With Trust"
(Keller Williams Realty-Wellington)
Comments 4
Wellington home for sale located at 15390 Meadow Wood Drive in Wellington, FL 33414. Beautiful 5 bedroom and 3 1/2 bathroom Meadow Wood estate home on a large 1/2 acre waterfront lot.  This home features tile and wood floors throughout.  Stunning kitchen with granite counter-tops, stainless steel...
By Jennifer Ferri
(Title Junction, LLC)
Comments 2
Discovering your Starter Dream Home   Since the housing meltdown of 2006-2008 and the subsequently slow improving economy has caused many to begin looking for a point to starting over. Many have learned that their actual dream home could actually be picking up someone else’s starter home. Howeve...