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 Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 7
Friday was a great day for my buyers - their purchase of 1 Lilly Lane in San Carlos, CA recorded. They now have the keys, and are busy this weekend starting the move-in process and planning their future. Buying a home in San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley can be a daunting pro...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 14
New Construction Lakefront Ranch Condos For Sale Mason Ohio's Lakeside Cove at Hunter's Green Mason new construction ranch condos are rare.  Rarer still?  Lakefront ranch new construction condos!  How would you like your morning view to be like this every day?  Quiet.  Mallards swimming a...
By Blair Ballin
(Hunt Real Estate, ERA)
Comments 1
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Gilbert Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your Home Worth?   Blair Ballin Hunt Real Estate, ERA 480-233-6433 Questions?Schedule a Showing! MLS#: 5136219   Licensed In:AZ License #:SA515962000 Informa...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 12
Why would a Buyer demand that a seller completes and pays for a home inspection? It happened with a recent offer and left the sellers puzzled as even they said, "Isn't the home inspection for the Buyers protection."   The Buyers agent in a haste to save the Buyer $395 could place th...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
I looked up the mls this morning for homes for sale in Log College  condos in Warminster. There is one  home  for sale. It is listed for 93,900. It has  2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.If you are looking to buy a condo in Warminster you should look at these condos. Look up all listings on my web site ww...
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 3
Little Italy Manhattan New York Manhattan New York Little Italy neighborhood is from North of Houston Street up Sullivan and Thompson Streets. NYC Little Italy hosts the San Gennaro festival which we also enjoy going and  also Chinese New Year in February there are parades, dragon dances and othe...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 3
I looked up the mls this morning for homes for sale in Yorktown condos in Warminster. There are 4 units for sale. The lowest price is $124,900 and highest price is $139,900,000 for a 2 bedroom 1.5  bath condo. If you are looking to buy a condo in Warminster you should look at these condos. Look u...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
$1375 / 3br - 11400ft² - ▐►Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools (Brook Haven) 3BR / 2Ba 11400ft2 houseavailable  ▐►Ladson Rent to Own Home Dorchester District 2 Schools (136 Two Pond Loop)3BR / 2Ba 1400ft2 house available nowlaundry on site off-street parkingLadson Rent to Own Home Dorc...
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 4
New Homes in Farmington Subdivision Clarksville TN- July 2014 New homes in Farmington Subdivison Clarksville TN continue to be hot properties and buyers are finding them to be great properties. There are several builders in Farmington but most of the homes have high end amenities and lots of char...
By Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor
(Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
Comments 11
I am checking out quite a few for sale by owners and holding open houses frequently.    What amazes me is how people think that they can buy or sell homes without an agent.   How many homes have you bought, Mr., Mrs. Or Miss Homebuyers?  Do you do this regularly enough to know what you need to pu...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 3
2014 Paonia Elementary Back to School Information Delta CO It's that time of year...time to think about getting back into the school routine. Well you still have a few weeks yet. The first day of school is August 20th.  Here's some back to school information, and a copy of the school supp...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
Comments 38
         Coulda ...  Woulda...  Shoulda! That's What You're Going to Say, if You Don't Buy Now!          Missed Opportunities!    Regrets!    Lost Potential!         Coulda ... Woulda ...    Shoulda!              That's what you're going to be hearing yourself say ... if you d...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 115
Why NOT Do A Final Walk-Through? Seems to me that, if an action is important enough to be included in the Contract of Sale, it’s important enough to be performed and taken seriously by buyers, sellers and the agents involved.  HAVE A LIST OF THINGS TO TEST OR OBSERVE. We have a real estate board ...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 6
Make The Place You Live, The Place You Love The new homes in Founders Pointe and The Riverfront at Harbour View are carefully designed and custom built to create an overall architectural appeal that is immediately sensed when you drive through the community. The variety of home plan sizes, styles...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 65
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 10
People generally fall into two groups, cat people or dog people. I have found it is a love hate relationship. You love one and can’t tolerate the other. I have found a third category, people who just don’t like dogs or cats. A pet free house certainly does have many advantages, so I sympathize wi...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
NJ Estates Real Estate Group and the renowned builders Dan Pollera and Jim Brenn proudly present Distinctive Domain at Neshanic Station, a subdivision of 6 stunning luxury new homes on large lots located on a new extended cul-de-sac Just like every other project that Distinctive Domain has offere...
By Bob Pisa Downing-Frye Realty, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction...
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL)
Comments 32
REALTORS Sell New Construction Properties Too Buyer representation should not be overlooked for resale and new construction Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Often I will work with customers for a short or long time period primarily on resale listings. Then I'm told tha...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
Comments 6
    More and more these days,  people across the land are opting for homes that can work across three generations of the family.   This is substantiated by a recent Pew Research Center Report. It  pointed out that  living in mutigenerational households is on the rise. "In general, people wan...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 1
MTG Fight Night:  80-10-10 vs. REX   The tale of the tape:                           80-10-10 Piggyback Loan            vs.                  REX Homebuyer $1,100,000          Purchase Price          $1,100,000 $110,000          Down Payment          $110,000 $625,500            First Mortgage    ...