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 Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 28
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 43
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 24
Is one question that often follows some misfortune. Human beings are wired to want an explanation for even that which is unexplainable. We seek the “truth,” the reason why, for mundane events, calamities and for that which simply exists. The reasons can be, and seemingly often are, nothing more t...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 10
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By The Albert Team KW Port St. Lucie Real Estate Trends, Updates, Events, Market Information, Find Real Estate in Port St. Lucie
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale in Bedford Park, Tradition in Port St. Lucie, FL 34987 Bedford Park in Tradition is a wonderful master planned community that offers Condos, Townhomes and Single family homes both resales and New Homes by GHO. Community features include a Dog Park, two children's playgrounds, a lak...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 6
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 17
     One of the questions I get asked from time to time are the fees that I charge for evaluating properties for resale. Yesterday, I was asked what what I charge to inspect a 6,000 square foot bank owned property located in a town just south of Nashville, TN. Based on the age and the footprint I...
By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
Comments 1
  48525 Acacia Trail Nessel Township, MN 55080 Beautiful 136 Acre Farm with Two Houses Included!! Description Great purchase and investment opportunity.  This 136 acre farm property has great options for the farmer or hobby farmer!  This amazing property includes two homes!  Live in one and rent ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 25
What "As Is" REALLY Means When Buying A Mason Ohio Home As a home buyer you've probably seen the phrase "As Is" and wondered exactly what that means.  Most commonly you'll see As Is associated with a foreclosed or short sale home.  Owners without enough money to pay the mortgage are generally NOT...
By The Ryan-Whyte Team at RE/MAX Infinity, Specializing in Chandler Arizona Real Estate
(RE/MAX Infinity)
Comments 1
What a great family home in a family neighborhood! Walk through the front courtyard to enter into this overly spacious home.  great looking kitchen with granite counters and maple cabinets that opens up to a massive family room.  Don't miss the formal dining room, separate bonus room and den with...
By Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 8
Another Warwick RI Luxury Home Sold | Cowesett Neighborhood High on a hill this fabulous Warwick RI real estate luxury home sold in the Cowesett neighorhood at 76 Goodwin Drive.  At the end of a cul de sac and just steps over the town line from East Greenwich, this house was luxuoriously appointe...
By David Vandermyden, Real Estate Professionals working for you
(Pacific Coast Group)
Comments 1
  Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search Properties For Sale Search Homes on Acreage What is Your Property Worth   David Vandermyden Keller Williams Realty 916-749-5577 Questions?Schedule a Showing!   Information valid for the date of this posting only. Please contact us for the most current inf...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 10
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 Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker
(BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253)
Comments 6
For SALE ~ 3100 W Rolling Hills CR 104 Davie FL 33328 by Patty Da Silva of Green Realty Properties       Great 2 bed, 2 bath condo on first floor over looking lake and golf course.     Features:   a completed remodeled kitchen with 30" cabinets stainless steel appliances special lighting & redone...
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 25
Just Listed Home- 1735 Hazelwood Rd. Clarksville TN Not every home has to be expensive to be nice and this home at 1735 Hazelwood Rd. Clarksville TN proves it. The price itself is eye-catching and the amenities will convince you that buying is better than renting a home like this.  The sellers ha...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 20
You will need to call a plumber. Do not attempt this repair yourself. This is what I wanted to tell the home owner. But after he was telling me a story about how they had remodeled the kitchen.  I didn't have the heart to tell him. But it will be in the report. I have seen this before. Making cha...
Homes for Sale Near Ardrey Kell High School Find Homes for Sale Near Ardrey Kell High School and other similar properties. 10220 Ardrey Kell Rd. Charlotte, NC 28277 These properties for sale feed direclty from the Charlotte MLS and are updated multiple times daily. Request a free home evaluation ...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 22
I'm a plug and I am Screwed. Taking short cuts when installing any electrical plugs is not a good thing. No matter if you know what is correct or not correct. The issues with this Dryer plug was obvious from the start. No cover for the plug. But as I got closer to inspect the plug I noticed there...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 8
When I get a "client" like this one that doesn't have an ounce of respect for my time or my knowledge, I say PEACE.  Good luck.  Best wishes.  I'm out.   My time is valuable to me.  If a "client" doesn't respect my time or my efforts, I don't blink.  I move on.   She Says “I’m Working With Multip...
By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster Relo Specialist
(RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA.)
Comments 1
Townhouse for sale in Mountville, PA OverviewMapsPhotos $179,900 Townhouse Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 1,583 sqftLot: 0.22 acre(s) Location 252 Huntington DriveMountville, PA 17554USA See more Mountville, PA real estate for sale