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 Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 85
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
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 Alicia Utz, REALTOR & Military Relocation Professional in NOVA
(EXIT Realty Associates)
Comments 13
Open House at 3548 Eskew Court located in Lake RidgeStop by to see this spacious home on Saturday, 2 MAY 2015 from 2-4 pm.  Listing Details  3548 Eskew Ct, Woodbridge VA MLS number: #PW8603901 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Square Footage: 4000+ Built:  1993 Pulte Builders - Hawthorn Model Schools:  ...
By David Landau, RE/MAX Right Choice
Comments 5
14 Judith Dr. Great priced Colonial on 1.14 acres in desirable King St section of Danbury. 5 beds including the in-law, 3.5 baths. Many updates, move in condition.If you or anyone you know would like to see this home, please contact me ASAP as it wont last at $447,900Open house from 1 to 3 on Sun...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 7
      Family is important.  One of the reasons we work so hard is to be able to provide for them.  Not only providing for your children, if you have them, but the opportunity to take care of your parents because they took such good care of you.  Living in a struggling economy where retirement isn...
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 Becky Bortzfield, Real Estate...It's what we do!
(North Florida Home Team)
Comments 1
Let's face it.  We should all be on a budget.  So to help the masses estimate what their mortgage payment would be when they are looking to purchase a new home, here is a mortgage calculator.   MORTGAGE CALCULATOR   Find Homes for Sale in Jacksonville FLVisit my website to search for homes in Jac...
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 Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 0
Hardwired for Gathering 'Round a Fire It's a cold spring in the Washington D.C. area. Last night, temperatures dipped to 40 degrees and daytime highs are expected in the low to mid 60's this week.Instead of complaining about the cold, which I've done enough already, we are gathering around the fi...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
 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 Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate®
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 1
  Joining the legion of construction cranes in what is becoming the shinning new luxury playground of Kaka'ako, VIDA will soon be releasing pre-sale information concerning the purchase of It's luxury units at 888 Al Moana Boulevard.  Pricing will start in the $900,000 range with project views ove...
By Alexander Landman, DFW Real Estate Broker
(Apartments Rent Rebate Inc)
Comments 2
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   PRICED TO SELL!! Perfect Starter home in Edinburg, TX For Sale     Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Edinburg Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure      PRESENTED BY         A...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 28
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 9
 One of the things that has happened to our real estate practice is that we have more Buyers than we have had in a long time.  This is because our listings sell quite quickly, there is less inventory, and Buyers who have missed the opportunity to buy our listing, are still looking to find the ho...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 33
I met with a first time buyer this afternoon at a Starbucks to talk about the home buying process. I had met her last week at an open house. We had already started the process of qualifying her for a mortgage because my wonderful loan officer, Scott Story, with First Home Mortgage was at the open...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 9
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 Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Lender or bank owned homes are still available in the Phoenix metro area market. These homes for sale in Phoenix, Arizona and the suburbs are also known as REO (Real Estate Owned) and have gone through a trustee auction process and have been forelcosed on by the lender. These available listings a...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 3
1467 Arrowhead Dr Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $425,000 MLS #PM-22539 Click here for more on this LAKEFRONT home --->Spectacular LAKEFRONT home in desirable Arrowhead Lake, a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with an open concept floor plan, hardwood floors, living room with c...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 77
The Right House is Screaming "Wait For ME"  Buying a home can be very frustrating . Not only the qualifying first step . You know  where you sit down with the mortgage banker with all your information . Your pay stubs ,bank statements and tax-forms.You know all the things you had to search for . ...
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...