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 21
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 28
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 Mandy Kruse, ...It's All About You.
(Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW)
Comments 1
  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 Mandy Kruse, ...It's All About You.
(Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW)
Comments 2
  This nearly 3 acre lot with split level home is located in quiet neighborhood. Large, plush yard with underground sprinklers. Heated Garage. Finished basement with fireplace and walk-in closet in MB. Move-in ready! Pole Building: 36X45 with concrete and power.    Princeton Homes For Sale   Sea...
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 5
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 2
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 Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
Comments 20
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 10
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 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 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 Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 7
A Day Off From Real Estate In Huntsville, Alabama I think this was the first day (or at least half day) that I've been away from real estate in months. A clients house just went under contract and since we are both Harley riders decided to take a ride together before he left the state. The home h...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 70
Hidden Home Buying Costs Before buying, it is critical to know the various costs associated with purchasing a home so you can be prepared. Hopefully your agent has discussed with you any potential extra costs you may incur so you are not caught off guard at the closing table. Knowing what fees yo...
By Cutberto & Rhonda Salas, Salas Home Team
(Halo Group Realty LLC)
Comments 0
    There are new houses being built in East Plano and we want to help you purchase one!  Hudson Heights is located off Plano Parkway & North Star, close to Highway 75 & George Bush Turnpike. With easy access to both of these highways, you’ll get to your destination quickly.  Located in Plano Ind...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 1
                                              Take A Look At This San Marcos Home For Sale   624,895 Single Family 3 Beds, 3 Baths, 2,397 Sqr Ft, San Marcos  92078 - Mountain & valley views from this beautiful 3br/3ba + 1/1 bed/bath downstairs. Upstairs office/loft area. Located in quiet gated co...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
Comments 24
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 Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 4
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...