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 Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 169
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 15
Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels? Food for Thought Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market. A newly upgraded and very handy ...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 32
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 26
Factory Finishes Are Not So Bad, Are They??? I'm not thrilled to hear a builder's rep say, "We hand finish the flooring with 3 coats of poly-something or other".This post inspired by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector in Northern Virginia in his article about footprints in hardwood flooring finishes. ...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 14
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia.  While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent?  The answer was shocking.  Only 15% of buyers in this development purchased with an agent helpi...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM Asheville 1031, Knowledge,Insight, Industry Know-How. Happiness
(Asheville 1031 Realty)
Comments 2
Here in Asheville, NC, the idea of sustainable living intrigues our real estate clients.  If you have been  working to develop creative solutions for independent living -- regardless of age or physical ability, you may find much to inspire you here in Beautiful Asheville. You may be attracted to...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
Comments 0
    What to Do When You Arrive At Your New Sandpiper Lakeland FL Home   Once you have moved in to your new Sandpiper Lakeland FL home, it is important to inspect your new home before you start to unpack your things.   Here are some things that you should re-check and do when you arrive in your ne...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 45
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 47
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Jenny Rohlen, Traverse City Area Real Estate Agent
(Keller Williams Realty - Greater Grand Traverse)
Comments 0
  Completely Remodeled Home on 20 beautiful acres. Nestled on a corner lot this home boasts a metal/steel roof, updated vinyl siding and a great big deck which overlooks the property's park-like setting. Inside you will find hardwood floors, a gorgeous custom kitchen with Granite Counters, in-ca...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 56
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie, 9700 Reserve Blvd 34986 Real Estate Trends, Updates, Events, Market Information, Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
PGA Museum Port St. Lucie - New Way To Tour - PGA Homes For Sale PGA in Port St. Lucie not only has 27 communities offering all styles and price ranges of golf homes, it also has the Golf Learning Center, where you can practice all shots, study your swing in a video, and have clubs built to suit ...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 2
  The Home Buying Process Streamlined   Buying a home is a complicated undertaking. Not only is the home buying process time consuming, it also comes with complex terms as well as it is probably the biggest purchase you’ll make in your lifetime.   By doing a little research and having a local Rea...
By Peggy James, REALTOR servicing Lake Ridge Virginia Area
(Twins Selling Real Estate Team)
Comments 1
Patty Blackwelder and Peggy James of The Twins Selling Real Estate Team are proud to present to you this stunning home in the The Village of Idlewild.     OPEN Sunday April 27th from 1pm to 4pm Click here to see more pictures and detailed information.     Schedule a Showing Fredericksburg Homes f...
By Sandy Williams
(Keller Williams, sandy@sandywilliams.com)
Comments 0
  Lovely Well-Maintained Condo Unit with Den (Click Here for more Info) Property Information: Style: Condo Bedrooms: 1 Total Baths: 1 Year Built: 1968 Sq. Feet: 710 Parking: 1 Assigned Space, Guest Parking Nice and well-maintained 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit with den. This unit is is ready to go. It i...
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 0
I’ve been in Richmond a long time and one of my favorite things is introducing those relocating here to the wonderful homes and communities Richmond has to offer.  One thing I can’t do is offer perspective on what it’s like to have to find someone out of the blue to help you locate a new home in...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
184 Sir Bradford Road Blakeslee, PA 18610MLS #PM-10596   More Details About This Camelot Forest Pocono Home-----> Well cared for 3 bedroom home with 2 full baths in Camelot Forest Lake Community located on 2.25 ares with a stream in the back yard. Home features, Living room with wood burning stov...
By Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent
(Bayou Properties Realty)
Comments 3
Places Off Limits During A Home Tour Ready to tour homes for sale in Alexandria La? Before you load that step- ladder and charge your cap light, let's learn more about areas we will not be exploring on tour... The Attic- Who doesn't dream of exploring a dark space and finding long lost treasure? ...
By Jeff & Heather Rickert, Harleysville Realtor ; RSPS
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 0
  210 Morris Rd, Harleysville, PA 19438 MLS# 6350585 More Details About This Harleysville Home----->   Custom built home on 1.8 acres located in desirable Harleysville, Lower Salford Township overlooking the historic Heckler Plains Farmstead. This home boasts 4 over sized bedrooms two of which ha...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 0
$579,000, 6Bd/5Ba Single Family House, 3330 sqft.     Ellen Crawford CRS | RE/MAX Paramount Properties | 678-595-5286 1020 Admiral Crossing, Alpharetta, GA 30005 Windward Alpharetta New With Listing In-Law Suite & 3 Car Side Load Garage 6Bd/5Ba Single Family House   $579,000 Year Built 1997 Sq F...