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 Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
Comments 13
Welcome to 5776 Mountain Ash, Farmington, N.Y. 14425. This home will be held open from 1pm to 3pm on Sunday 11/23/14. Featuring a completely remodeled 4 bedroom 1 1/2 bathrooms and 1512 square feet of living space. It is ready for your immediate occupancy and many years of little maintanace as it...
By Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Realtor - Atlanta Real Estate
(RE/MAX Paramount Properties)
Comments 5
Cumming GA Homes for Sale by Homes Features Cumming GA homes for sale by homes features.  Are you looking to purchase a home in the Cumming area of Cumming GA? Do you know what you are looking for in a home?  I mean the specifics in the home you want to buy...such as the style of home, neighborho...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
Comments 1
Scottsdale Waterfront Homes for sale are now being featured on our luxury home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. It is rare to find waterfront property in the desert of Scottsdale and Arizona but it is possible. You will be surprised that there are many waterfront properties throughout t...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 2
  134 Tenicum Trail Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $126,000 MLS #PM-15918     Click here to learn more about this Pocono Home Mountain Chalet located in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, deck, stone fireplace, nicely decorated, ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 21
  The business of real estate goes in cycles...what is/was popular at one time fades away and then becomes popular again.  There are lenders that always tell Buyers to "ask for closing costs."  The lender has no idea if there are multiple offers...if the property is priced to sell and adding tha...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 3
Homes SOLD, list prices November 1 - November 15, 2013-2014.      Status:  FOR SALE (3) Nov. 1-15 2013.     List Price Bedrooms Baths FB HB DOMM DOMP Acres Lot Sqft Yr Built Min $275,000 3 3 2 1 0 0 0.05 2,178 2004 Max $426,339 4 4 3 1 10 10 0.05 2,178 2013 Avg $337,110 3 3 2 1 4 4 0.05 2,178 200...
By Cheryl! Tisland, BSCS, Real Estate Agent
(Realty Executives Phoenix)
Comments 6
Historic Park Manors Neighborhood in Chandler Arizona is located at the northwest corner of Chandler Blvd and Hartford Street and was established in 1947.  The neighborhood is a member of the Chandler Neighborhoods in Action program and had its first meeting on June 25, 2013.  Homes in this neigh...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 10
Market Update - Tollgate Crossing - Aurora, CO  80016 - October 2014     Tollgate Crossing is a beautiful DR Horton neighborhood, and now we are seeing Oakwood starting brand new construction.   You will find single family homes that are conveniently located 30 minutes outside of Downtown Denver...
By Hugh Thomas Lorch, Specializing In Luxury Homes
(Clients First Realty)
Comments 1
Ahwatukee Luxury Homes for sale are now being featured on our Luxury Home website LUXRE Luxury Homes & Fine Estates. Some of the fabulous Ahwatukee Luxury Home communities included are Foothills homes for sale, Foothills Club West homes for sale, Mountain Park Ranch homes for sale, Ahwatukee Cust...
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 15
Another New Scam to Hurt Happy Home Buyers While attending a closing I learned of another new scam that has just started circulating to hurt home buyers. A couple of weeks after the closing the happy home buyers get a letter supposedly from their mortgage company asking if they would like to have...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 7
November 2014 Foreclosures Market Report Cedaredge, Delta County, CO The number of foreclosures is definitely down in the Cedaredge area. This report covers the Surface Creek area of Delta County, CO. That includes the communities of Cedaredge, Austin, Eckert and Cory. Collectively the last three...
By DJ Morris
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
Comments 0
In the heart of Jupiter is the luxurious Loxahatchee Club that boasts of the world-class, nationally recognized golf course, the “shot maker’s course. Enjoy the greens as it is at your backyard and play the game you love any time you wish. Enjoy a lifestyle that is active and comfortable by takin...
By DJ Morris
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
Comments 1
The exclusive and gated community of Stonebriar at Maplewood is located just five minutes away from I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. The community is close to a variety amenities in the area such as tennis courts, basketball courts, a golf course, swimming pools, shopping and dining venues. The nei...
By Sandi Bauman, Chico CA Realtor
(Chico Homes Real Estate)
Comments 4
        $66,000 - 641 Hickory Street, Corning, CA 96021             Location: Corning, CA Don't miss this cute home! Great location close to schools and parks! Nice curb appeal with mature trees. Good sized side yard plus back yard with two storage sheds. Nicely proportioned kitchen with good co...
By Gay E. Rosen, Honest, Hardworking and always Professional!
(Houlihan Lawrence)
Comments 3
      Robb and his family have greatly enjoyed living in Paine Heights for over 15 years, and so I asked Robb to share a few thoughts with everyone as to why 61 Bayeau Road is a GREAT place in which to live. “Buffalo Bob Smith” (“Howdy Doody”) used to tape his show from his home which was located...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 2
This blog is an excellent resource for prospective home buyers. Please visit the original blog if you wish to leave comments.   Home ownership is a good thing. The concept of home ownership is often under attack by certain segments of our society.     Home ownership gives the owner a sense of pri...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 1
♥GREAT WINTER HOMES SPECIAL!♥   Arizona 3Beds Ranch Home for Sale in Rancho El Dorado  $139,000   41682 W Warren Lane 3Beds/2Baths  1480 SqFt of living space MLS# 5122381   You will love this kitchen that has loads of counter space, beautiful oak cabinetry and new white appliances with island.   ...
By MaryKay Shumway, ABR, CRS, Professional Door County WI Property Consultant
(Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Door County)
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Reduced!  An excellent year-round or vacation home--one of the nicest homes in Sister Bay-- is offered fully furnished & accessorized! PRICE NOW REDUCED. This is an extremely well-appointed 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath home within walking distance of Village Center, beach & marina. The master suite and ...
By DJ Morris
(Golden Bear Realty, LLC)
Comments 0
Comprised of West Indies or Caribbean-style single family homes, live&work townhouses; the family-friendly community of Martinique at Abacoa is an excellent place to raise a family. The neighborhood is near to top rated schools, parks, the Roger Dean Stadium and conveniences like dining, shopping...
By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
Comments 0
The Down Payment Many news organizations have erroneously report that to get a mortgage you need 20% down and you have to have perfect credit.  That simply isn't true.  Our team of highly trained mortgage professionals will walk you through the application process and help you decide which progr...