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

 
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 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 4
      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 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 Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 27
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 Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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 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 Becky Bortzfield, Real Estate...It's what we do!
(North Florida Home Team)
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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 Noah Seidenberg, Chicago-land and its Suburbs (800) 858-7917
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 8
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 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 Alexander Landman, DFW Real Estate Broker
(Apartments Rent Rebate Inc)
Comments 1
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 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...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 17
If you were a real estate seller, had a property listing being marketed aggressively, and oh oh, Zillow. Someone, bagging zzz's, asleep at the real estate listing status switch at the glass or ivory towers. The "Z thang" is showing the property listing off market. Not available. Then why would it...
By Shawn Breeze, NoVA's Real Estate Guy
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 8
For Brand NEW Listings in Centreville, VA - Click Here. Centreville Virginia is Located in Prestigious Fairfax County (only 25 miles from Washington DC) and home to just over 71 thousand residents! Centreville Virginia is immersed in Civil War History with E.C. Lawrence Park and Mount Gilead Hous...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 7
 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 RockStar Realty Group, Rock Stars in Real Estate
(Keller Williams)
Comments 3
Do I Need a Home Warranty?You've chosen the home you wish to purchase, and you've secured financing. All the inspections are completed. Pretty soon, you’ll be closing the deal. Even though you’ve taken care to make sure everything is in good working order, what happens if the furnace breaks a mon...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
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No matter how long you're in the business of real estate you never stop learning. Partially because the industry never ceases to shift and change itself. Contracts and forms are always being tweaked by attorneys to cover more grey areas. Markets are constantly shifting up and down. New laws are p...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
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An agent asked when we will present offers on a certain listing. I present offers as they arrive and, in fact have an offer now, which I disclosed and added: but the sellers hope to make a decision today. The agent asked if he could send an offer tomorrow instead. He's certainly welcome to send a...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 9
From the moment you arrive you'll find quality. It's a lovely 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath home nestled among beautiful hardwoods in a great location of Lake Sinclair on the main Oconee River channel but tucked just out of the way of boat traffic. Has a boathouse with storage room, great water and view and ...
By Claudia S. Nelson, Local Expert Making a Difference!
(Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 0
5336 Buxton Ct Alexandria VA 22315 For Sale in Kingstowne Alexandira CALL 571-446-0002   5336 Buxton Ct Alexandria VA 22315 Have you been dreaming to live in Kingstowne? Kingstowne has so much to offer, from all the shopping, dining and of course the amenities. All that close to the nations capit...