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 Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 13
RELO SCAM!AFTER THE FACT CLAIM ON COMMISSION!Ignore the claim.  If the relo company calls, ask for the documentation from the employer that gives them any claim if the buyer selects their own real estate agent.This relo SCAM has been exposed so many times, one would think they's change their proc...
By Ray Henson, Realtor
(Hybrid Brokers Realty)
Comments 29
    It can be so easy to be blinded by a beautiful home.  When my wife and I purchased our present home, we thought it was just perfect.  There were some really nice features including, shiny new white cabinets, custom paint colors, complimentary tile and carpet and brand new appliances!  I can s...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 74
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 Tim Crews, Realtor and Founder of The Crews Team
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
11009 Copeland Ct Fredericksburg VA 22407  Search current inventory of Homes for Sale in Fredericksburg Virginia Listing Details Home For Sale in Salem Fields 11009 Copeland Ct, Fredericksburg VA 22407Price: $354,900MLS number: SP8615519 Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4Square Footage: 3510Lot Size: .22 A...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 23
I am working with a wonderful young woman whom I have known for several years. I like her a lot, and am enjoying her as she searches for a new home --- but she is all over the place on her new home purchase.  She looks here and there - a forty mile radius. She wants to buy an REO, then a pristine...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 16
New Listing Coming in Riverbend Landing Clarksville TNThe seller is almost ready to make his home ready for showings. He wanted everything to be perfect and all the extra care and details will impress buyers looking for a like new home. 821 E. Accipiter Circle in Riverbend Landing is coming on th...
By Tim Crews, Realtor and Founder of The Crews Team
(The Crews Team, Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
3400 Overview Drive Fredericksburg VA 22408  Search current inventory of Homes For Sale in Fredericksburg VA Listing Details Home For Sale in Fredericksburg VA 3400 OVERVIEW DR FREDERICKSBURG, VA 22408Price: $315,000MLS number: SP8607690 Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 4Square Footage: 1999Lot Size: .65 A...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 26
Gita Bantwal Phone Number Direct: 2153438206 Mobile Phone: 2152758491 Toll-Free: 8005478483 Office Fax: 2153438222 Email Address gita01@aol.com Web Site www.gitabantwal.com Mobile Search m.gitabantwal.com Mailing Address RE/MAX CENTRE REALTORS2701 York Rd Jamison PA 18929 http://www.gitabantwal....
By Shawn Breeze, NoVA's Real Estate Guy
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
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 Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 7
It's a simple question: are you working with an agent? But many Sacramento home buyers don't know how to answer that question, so I caution my team members to go that extra step when qualifying a home buyer. They need to ask if the buyer understands that if we show them the home, we will write th...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 4
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s High School Challenge has come to a close with 14 local high schools raising more than $165,000 in February and March, and a Bethesda school led the way. The competition encouraged students to think outside the box to develop leadership and fundraising skills in...
By Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Trident Homes Realty)
Comments 3
Considering the number of my clients whose offers have not been accepted, I feel I must re-run this !   You just love running around Saturday and Sunday and stopping in at Open Houses.  Who doesn't?  Some people do it as they are hitting all the yard sales.  It's fun!  It's enlightening!  You can...
By Christina Ehli, RE/MAX Platinum Brighton MI Real Estate Agent
(RE/MAX Platinum - Brighton, Michigan)
Comments 2
Fairway Trails Sub is an affordable neighborhood located in the city of Brighton, Michigan.  Fairway Trails Sub is located off Brighton Lake Road and approx. one mile from downtown Brighton (Main Street shops and restaurants) in Livingston County, Michigan. You can access Main Street in downtown ...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 81
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 4
 Find New Jersey Real Estate Town Listings in Northern/Central NJThis web page provides new jersey real estate town listings as a public service for home buyers, sellers and residents of many North/Central NJ towns. The New Jersey real estate town listings below are grouped by county and include ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
Search Middlesex County New Jersey Homes for SaleFind Real Estate Listings, New Homes and moreWeb Page:   http://www.njestates.net/nj/counties/middlesex    REAL ESTATENJEstates.netNJEstates.infoSomerset CountyMorris CountyUnion CountyHunterdon CountyMiddlesex CountyTown & School Info SERVICESBuyi...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
    Springfield, NJ - 07081 - Real Estate Homes For Sale and Town Information               Web Page  http://www.njestates.net/real-estate-springfield-nj-07081 Click for All Town Listings ... Incorporated as one of New Jersey's first 104 townships in 1798, Springfield Township is a township in Un...
By Krisan Mitchell
(Coldwell Banker All American)
Comments 9
I don't know about you, but when I am re-telling a story, or putting words into my dog's mouth, I hear voices. My dog often sounds like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, as he is hunting small animals in the yard...my cats sound like the characters from Beauty and the Beast, as they jump around the livi...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
 Distinctive Domain at Branchburg NJ a Subdivision of 6 New Homes on a New Cul de Sac. Web Page:  http://www.njestates.net/nj/real-estate/luxury-new-homes/branchburg/eliadrive Town, School Reports, Listings.    http://www.njestates.net/real-estate-branchburg-nj-08853  NJ Estates Real Estate Group...
By David Landau, RE/MAX Right Choice
Comments 4
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...