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 Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 19
When you decide you want to buy a home, you should prepare to enjoy a fun and exciting home buying process. Of course, this won't just happen automatically, you must select the right real estate buyer's agent who can guide you through the seen and unseen aspects of the move that often times ruin ...
By Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism
Comments 21
Open House Etiquette for Buyers.  You didn't know you had rules when you went to open houses?  Well, there are some!  First, be polite.  The agent there is not there for you to practice your rude behavior.  If you are working with a Buyer's Agent, just present your Open House Pass, or their busi...
By Matthew DeFede, Specializing in Bergen & Essex County Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential )
Comments 0
According to the dictionary, a mistake is an error resulting from deficient knowledge or carelessness. While we can't do anything about carelessness, when it comes to counseling first-time homebuyers, the real estate agent is a tremendous resource to help overcome knowledge deficiency. That home...
By Coral Gundlach
(Century 21 Redwood Realty, Arlington Virginia)
Comments 3
If you are a buyer right now in Northern Virginia, you may notice more homes for sale, higher days on market and a general slowing down of the pace for sales.  But a market is an ever moving creature and even within one city or one subdivision, the "market" can be different depending on the house...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
Comments 10
I have lived in the Lake Country located in the Waukesha County Real Estate market for a long time. I have seen a lot of change and a lot of people come and go. Having owned two very successful real estate companies in Waukesha County Wisconsin has allowed me to make thousands of more friends and...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
This weekend 20 homes hit the MLS in Arlington!   New listings available in Viridian, Sunset Hills, Southmoor, Oak Branch, Shorewood & Huntwick Subdivisions! Curious if one of them is the one for you?  Give us a call & see!   Hurry the best ones will be gone quick!   Marla Yost Team! 817-382-9791...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 8
Great Neighborhoods to call Home in Camas, WAEach week, we'll feature one of the many great neighborhoods nestled in the hills and meadows around Camas, Washington. We think Camas offers a great lifestyle with the charm of small-town living with access to the big city amenities of nearby Portland...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 12
10 Things To Know About Working With Your Buyer's Agent If you're thinking about buying a home, going solo is NOT the way to go.  Thinking the listing agent will give you a price break for going direct to them means one of two things:  either the listing agent gets TWICE the paycheck or maybe the...
By Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore
(Keller Williams Ocean County)
Comments 0
  Mortgage interest rates took a dive to a 16-month low during a quiet week that included the Columbus Day holiday on Monday. The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.01 percent from 4.18 percent last week, according to the Bankrate.com national survey of large lenders. The last time i...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
Comments 0
You want to live in a home on a golf course somewhere around Woodbridge.  Me too.   There are four golf communities around the Woodbridge area. Here is a link to three of the four communities. Osprey's Landing Golf Club runs through the Belmont Bay subdivision, at the north eastern tip of the Woo...
By MC2 Home Inspections, Indianapolis Westfield Carmel Fishers Indiana
(MC2 Home Inspections LLC)
Comments 0
Do a web search on home inspections and you are sure to get plenty of advice. But just who is giving this advice and more importantly, how do THEY know what a home inspection is supposed to entail? Many would be advice givers on the subject of home inspections are flat out not qualified to give ...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
Comments 21
I have lived in the Lake Country located in the Waukesha County Real Estate market for a long time. I have seen a lot of change and a lot of people come and go. Having owned two very successful real estate companies in Waukesha County Wisconsin has allowed me to make thousands of more friends and...
By Mandy Kruse, ...It's All About You.
(Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW)
Comments 0
  This 4-level split on over an acre is located on a quiet cul-de-sac near Hwy 10 for easy commuting.  The home has many updates including new appliances, new paint, driveway seal coated, new hinges & pulls on cabinets.  The multi-level deck is a must see. Fantastic condition and move-in ready! ...
By Jennifer Ferri
(Title Junction, LLC)
Comments 0
    One way you can gain your clients trust and make them a client for life is to stop them from making the same mistakes many others out there have made.  Here are some mistakes to avoid:   1.)  Be patient, don’t rush to a decision.  Just because you have to be out of your current home or becaus...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
Comments 0
    By offering a couple of choices for a new residence in a centrally located community, the Naples Florida homes for sale in Banyan Woods might be an ideal solution.  The development, which has low-rise condominiums as well as single family homes, is situated off Airport-Pulling Rd. just south ...
By Aaron Browning, Your Home Sold In 60 Days Guaranteed!
(Browning Homes Group)
Comments 1
The wait is almost over! This beautiful single family home in the luxurious Fairfax (22033) Tilton Valley Estates neighborhood is coming on the market this week. Contact us, 571-234-1456, today if you would like to schedule a private showing, to be one of the first to view this magnificant home! ...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 2
You WILL Call Me to Help You Buy Your New Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Home!   Just sayin'!!!                                 About The Author Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – A...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 2
Leesburg VA Foreclosures, Bank Owned Homes For Sale, 800-711-7988 or 540-822-9907 There are 6 bank owned homes, already foreclosed for sale in Leesburg Virginia as of today. To tour any of these homes for sale, just call Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, 800-711-7988.  We'll make an appointment to sh...
By Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 22
1640 Maple Church St Station Evanston IL The Church St. Station located at 1640 Maple in Evanston IL 60201 is one of the premier condominium buildings in the heart of downtown Evanston. Located right at the intersection of Church St and Maple. Residents are steps away from everything, no car is n...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 1
New Construction Homes For Sale at Drake's Cove in Larkspur Hills, CAWhy Do People Live Here?The Drake's Cove homes are a semi-custom, luxury home development under construction in the hills of Larkspur, California. They are located at the end of Drake's Cove Court as new construction to finish a...