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 Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 34
Buy What Makes You Smile   Long Island is aptly named. With so many neighborhoods to choose from - an estimated 198 divided between two counties - Nassau and Suffolk - how does an out-of-town buyer even begin to know where to start?   The answer lies in jotting down, early on, the lifestyle choic...
By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
Comments 2
Ready to move in!      Beautiful and Peaceful! OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $168,250 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,214 sqftLot: 0.23 acre(s) Location 546 PINEHURST CVKissimmee, FL 34758USA Dee Toohey Innovative Realty Solutions Group(407) 421-7915deetoohey@ao...
By George Kiefer, GRI, CDPE, Keller Williams Realty in Austin Texas
(The Kiefer Group)
Comments 2
HUD home sold As-Is. 1 story. 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage. High ceiling and fireplace in living room. Dining nook in kitchen. Garden area in backyard. No representation is made to information provided including taxes, square feet, schools, features, etc. Buyer must verify all information. Lar...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Comments 3
The Monthly Supply of Inventory in Westwood/Century City is up by 39%! This is a very interesting data since November 2014 and December 2014 these numbers have been climbing. One would think this would have a negative effect on the Prices. The more inventory the bigger the competition. Once we lo...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 0
    NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors WarrenReal Estate Update March 2015http://www3.realtytimes.com/c/stillwaggoncornish     Information Blogs Daily News And Advice Sellers' Advice Buyers' Advice NJ Estates - Active Rain NJ Estates Testimonials NJ Town Listings We Service ...  C...
By Laura Sellers, www.Auburn-Realtor.com; Auburn, AL Real Estate
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.Auburn-Realtor.com, EXPERT IN AUBURN REAL ESTATE SERVICES)
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Here in the San Francisco Bay Area there are many buyers paying cash to buy a home in order to win in multiple offer situations in this very competitive market.  Paying cash is a great strategy to buy the home. The question the buyer must consider after closing escrow is "does it make sense to g...
By Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - HOM Sotheby's Int'l Re
(HÔM Sotheby's International Realty, BRE License 01501912)
Comments 22
The views in Corona del Mar are absolutely incredible, and I always appreciate the opportunity to take in the gorgeous coastline view. There is a park named Lookout Point which overlooks Newport Harbor and the Wedge in the distance. And along Ocean Boulevard, there is a sweeping view of the Coast...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 26
Just Listed Below Market in Windermere Clarksville TN  If you are looking for an acre plus lot and plenty of finished square feet in an highly requested neighborhood then this is it. It isn't often you can find over 3,000 sq. ft. in a neighborhood like Windermere priced tens of thousands below th...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 19
According to an on-line Realtor Magazine article, New Homes Get Supersized, the average size of a completed new home last year was a record 2,415 square feet. A number which was estimated by the U.S. Commerce Department. However, in my Market here in Gilbert, Arizona more and more people seem to...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 10
2712 Newlands Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002 Tucked away behind the fence is a gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with views of the San Francisco bay and beyond. Landscaped with winding paths, scores of fruit trees, 2 installed water features (a babbling brook in front, and a larger one in back, ending a...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 8
New Construction for Sale in Lovettsville, Virginia 20180   Lovettsville is a popular town for new home construction.  Commuting is easy with alternative routes and the MARC Train station is just 2 miles away in Brunswick.    As of today, there are 6 new home communities with lots to sell and the...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 8
I have learned several years ago that many buyers don't understand, or are afraid of buying a lot and building a new home. Many times they just don't know all that is involved and are afraid of cost over runs. Time is also a factor. In fact, I know someone that did a walk-thru recently in Winches...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 0
*Retirement Home in Goodyear Arizona*   Arizona TW Lewis Office Pool Home for Sale in Palm Valley, Goodyear!  This home is fantastic! See for yourself... Call today for an appointment Now!   $445,000                 MLS 5225719                  Year Built 2005                        Beds 4/3 Bath...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 2
Pulling up to show a home a couple weeks ago - out of the prospective folks car jumps 4 kids, 3 dogs along with the parents and a friend who is "just along to see". That's 7 people & 3 dogs vs. Me. Deciding that is too many people to keep track of - I said, "Not gonna happen".  I quickly explaine...
By Chris and Berna Sloan, Tooele UT
(Group 1 Real Estate)
Comments 1
  Let's talk about finding your new home in Tooele County. Being on top of the new listings is critical if you don't want to be late to the party. There were 9 new listings in Tooele County today which is a pretty heavy day for listings. There were 5 in Tooele City, a couple in Grantsville UT, an...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 26
Mill Ridge  is located in Warwick township, in Central Bucks school district. I looked up the mls for homes for sale just now. There are 5 townhomes for sale. The lowest price is $194,900 for a 2 bedroom , 1.5 baths townhouse. The highest price is $254,900 for a 3 bedroom end unit with a  basemen...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Small Office, Big Service
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 24
The short answer - because the name on the sign out front is the seller's agent.  There are many potential mistakes a home buyer can make along the way to buying a home and key among these is not getting their own real estate agent.Regardless of what the marketing material says ("call the listing...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 8
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Juli Jenkins, Opening Doors and Closing Deals
(Keller Williams Realty First Choice)
Comments 2
Search current inventory of Homes For Sale in The Lakes At North Park in Denham Springs.   Listing Details Home in The Lakes At North Park 29561 Tiger Dr, Denham Springs, LA 70726 Price: $163,000 MLS number: 2015002456 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Square Footage: 1431 Call Juli Jenkins at 225-366-939...
By John F Muscarella, Broker/Owner, Plymouth County / Cape Cod, MA
Comments 4
  New Listing FOR SALE in Dartmouth, MA. Spacious 2002 Colonial,  - 2,442 sq.ft  - 1.83 Acres.   - 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full and 2 Half Baths - 2X6 construction by builder/owner. Wood stove, R-19 & R-38 insulation throughout home.  Open floor plan with spacious rooms.   Privacy & Value.   OFFERED at:  $...