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 55
Once a Home buyers says "That is my Dream Home" how long do you see them waiting to write an offer? I am seeing an interesting pattern and when reading a question in the  Active Rain,  Q and A section by Praful Thakkar  it made me wonder what other people were seeing. With a new Bank Owned Listi...
By Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r
(Watson Realty Corp.)
Comments 2
Move in ready! This home is located conveniently to shopping and schools. Yet, tucked away in a cul-de-sac street, this home is waiting for you! OverviewMapsPhotos $161,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,796 sqft Location 2708 Darwin CtOrange Park, FL 32065USA ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 94
After months of looking at homes you finally find that one special house you just can't wait to call home. You and your Real Estate Agent carefully research all of the comparable homes in the area to formulate an offer and you can't help but notice that all of the other homes in the neighborhood...
By Solutions Real Estate San Diego, Expert Real Estate Advisors in San Diego
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 1
This is the time to start looking for your next Dream Home!   It is a great time to Invest in a new home! There are 200 available Homes For Sale!If you love the San Diego coast, then La Jolla could be where you will find your next Dream Home.Located along the western edge of north coastal region ...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 2
Custom build your new home in picturesque Watchung in Somerset County, NJ. Take advantage of top rated school system, secluded and scenic setting, beautiful parks and convenient location close to main highways.   105 Washington Rock Road   Watchung, Somerset County, NJ Call for Price Style: Colon...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 0
Haven't You Always Wanted to Live on the Water? Now you can at The Riverfront at Harbour View. Discover spectacular sunset views across the Nansemond River, with  breathtaking, long distant views across the James River. This Craftsman style home by Sasser Construction is proposed for Lot 117 on R...
(Solutions Real Estate)
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  Edward & Celia Maddox Expertise Specialties Buyers Residential Short Sales REO/Bank Owned Military Relocation Sellers Seniors New Construction Vacation/Resort Properties Certifications We specialize and market in the Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Florence, Casa Grande, Coolidge and Maricopa are...
By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Coastal Homes and Lifestyles
(Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 )
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The House with the Red Kitchen - "La Cuisine Rouge" Ponce Inlet, Florida By Joyce Marsh Homes and Lifestyles The owner thoughtfully designed each and every element of this super chic modern home, but the European Red Designer Kitchen with glistening stainless steel countertops, and high-end appli...
By Sandy Giff, Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 2
     New Construction Homes in Orlando, Florida   New Construction Homes in Orlando Florida is more affordable than you may think, you can find the most comprehensive directory of new construction homes in Orlando, Florida and with a large verity of homes to choose from, you'll be sure to find on...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Build your vacation or primary home in Payson on Gibson Peak only 60 miles to Fountain Hills, Scottsdale and Fort McDowell casino as well as the gateway to the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains. These  forested lots are ajacent to thousands of acres in the Tonto National forest and come with i...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
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316 Chestnut Rd Blakeslee, PA 18610 $329,000 MLS #PM-19956   More on this Old Farm Estate home Custom-built Contemporary Colonial home in a private setting located in Old Farm Estates. This clean, updated, like new home features central air, hardwood and tile floors, formal dining room, spacious...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Gentlemen ranchers seeking beauty with best multiple views in Arizona with 5+ acres of seclusion or car lovers will love this home! With all of the winter visitors and car collectors in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills, a dream home awaits you in Fort McDowell on 5 acres overlooking...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 0
Fountains HIlls is more than the "Fountain" one of the tallest in the world and the namesake. Fountain Hills is close to Scottsdale, higher elevation with great views and golf courses. A nice central downtown area and the gateway along the Beeline Highway to Arizona's pine tree country towards Pa...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 9
639 Tylertown Rd. Clarksville TN Has a New Low Price  Buyers looking for a deal on a large home in the Tylertown Subdivision can take advantage of this price reduction on a move-in ready home. This home has been maintained and enhanced making it one of the nicest in the area. Like new hardwood fl...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 7
Meanwhile, in the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area, and All Over the USA... ...people are tuning in every night to watch their favorite Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate show! And every episode has a happy ending! No wonder the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate show is a huge hit!                  ...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 2
Brookhaven GA 3 Bedroom Homes for Sale Brookhaven GA 3 Bedroom homes for sale by price ranges.  Downsizing, buying your first home or just don't need that extra space?  Well you are not alone!   Search listing of 3 Bedroom homes for sale in Brookhaven GA. The listings below all have a minimum of ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 15
New Homes for Sale with Basements- Clarksville TN  Home buyers often ask to see new homes that have basements. You may think that Clarksville TN would be so hilly that basement homes would be readily available. That is not the case because only about 10% of the homes for sale have basements. Clar...
By E. Steve Banis, Jr., Real Estate Agent with Dana Properties
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 1
Discounted! No Bank $675 Summerville 4 bd-2.5 ba Rent to Own No Bank !   Dear VIP Home Buyer Friend!!  Ready to Occupy January 30, 2015.  Summerville  4 Bedroom - 2.5 Bath  Home! ** See More of 707 Alston Street - Summerville SC at:  http://www.SCHomeSellers.com/26953 Special Discounts: ** If You...
By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Comments 8
6220 Albany Way Dr, Westerville, OH 43081     $143,500.00 The Jackson Team Phone: (614) 431-1220 Office: (614) 431-1220 Single Family Status: Sold   Bed: 3 Bath: 2 Sqft: 1178 MLS#: Property Details Search More Properties Neighborhood Values Description: This lovely 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, home w...
By Rick Frissell, aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"
(HomeXpress Realty)
Comments 4
  Loads of Upgrades Ashland~Winthrop Village     Home Photos Local Schools     PRICE REDUCED!         Rick Frissell Red Baron of Real Estate HomeXpress Realty 813-340-6828 Questions?Schedule a Showing! Licensed In:Florida License #:SL3199320       Extras For You!>>> Property VIDEO       11184 Gr...