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 Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 91
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 58
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 72
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Comments 21
    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 4
Pending Sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision Buyers...If you find a home you really like, you need to act fast in the middle GA real estate market, or you will miss out on great deals. Another Houston County home is a pending sale in Warner Robins GA in the Rose Hill Subdivision,...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 1
Are you undecided on the right home for you in the Northern Virginia real estate market place?  Before purchasing a home, you need to determine whether the home you have decided on is the right home for you. How Long are you Planning on Living in the Home? In order to cover your selling costs and...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 0
While some believe in renting while others want to be a home owner. Depending on your financing and other personal situation renting or buying a home in the Northern Virginia Real Estate market will make sense. Here is the current real estate market situation in 3 different areas in the Northern ...
By Barbara Martino-Sliva, Vero Beach Real Estate Vero Beach Homes for Sale
(Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc.)
Comments 1
SPEECHLESS SUNDAY!   BEACH DAY IN VERO BEACH FLORIDA Barbara Martino-Sliva of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Vero Beach           SPEECHLESS SUNDAY!  BEACH DAY IN VERO BEACH FLORIDA We are so lucky to live in this charming seaside village with miles of                      unspoiled and uncrowded beac...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 8
Convoluted, complicated and anti-agent reqistration requirements by builders??? Some builders' registration procedures are clearly designed, if enforced, to avoid the co-op.  If the builders only knew the bad public relations these processes make.  "The buyer must sign the registration card ackno...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 6
What makes condo fees higher in some buildings than others? Before I knew better, I thought that low fees meant that a condo was well-run and efficient, and that high fees meant just the opposite - that the building had a board that spent money like drunken sailors without regard for the poor uni...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 2
You Might Be the Next Bill Gates!  Buy a Garage, Think of the Potential Plus You Get a House With It! I do not watch much tv, straight from the cable anyway... I prefer Netflix or movies..so I don't catch many commercials but earlier in the week I did catch the 2014 Cadillac CTS commercial this w...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
Comments 2
Spacious Floor Plan No Elevator ride to the Pool --take the steps in the club room and you are there!  Side-by-side parking spaces     JUST REDUCED! Inviting Contemporary Spire Midtown Atlanta OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription A Video Tour of Number 805NeighborhoodMarket Stats $324,000 Condom...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 3
This new home is now a DAMAGED and DEFECTIVE property.  Surely, the person who installed the strike plates could SEE the crack when doing the work.  Surely, knowing that it was occurring on most door frames, they could sense that they were not doing it right.  Surely!!! The question is, did they ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 30
Hanging out on the back patio. But not for long. When home owners have the brilliant idea to do something. They need to make sure it is done the "correct way". This looks like they had been wanting to do this for a long time. But the home has to be built right to start with. The Rafter tails. And...
By Robert Smith, Search for Homes, Brighton-Howell-SE Michigan
(Preview Properties, PC - http://www.RealEstateMich.com)
Comments 0
This 900+ sq ft home has access to all sports Patterson Lake in Putnam Township.  Priced for condition, it does need some work but would make a great seasonal cottage or even a year round home. Minutes away from the 4000+ acre Pinckney State Rec Area and 'downtown' Hell, Michigan. Newer roof and...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 9
Happy happens way easier parked next to a Maine lake, a big waterfront playground that is crystal clean like East Grand. International with our friend to the East, New Brunswick Canada, East Grand  is in the top big three in all of Maine lakes. If you could offer your family, friends, yourself th...
By Neil Coleman
(First Midwest Bank NMLS#143306)
Comments 0
While the traditional method of trawling for sale listings, making bids, and negotiating with the seller has been a popular rite of passage for many home buyers, buying a house at auction is swiftly becoming a favored way to purchase property. Buying a home through auction can be tricky, so it’s ...
By Maryland Luxury Group
(Keller Williams Select Realtors Severna Park)
Comments 0
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 19
Much discussion today about selling real estate "AS IS".  From Maryland Contract: EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN THIS CONTRACT, INCLUDING THIS PARAGRAPH, THE PROPERTY IS SOLD "AS IS" From the Virginia Contract: Purchaser acknowledges that except as other wise specified in this Contract, the Pro...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 1
Many homes are "lived in" when they are on the market and sometimes it shows. Buyers need to be able to see past the "lived in" clutter if they are serious about finding the right home. Nicely done.  If you've not commented on Bill and Liz's post, please do so. The Clutter Doesn't Come With The H...