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 Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism
Comments 36
Open House Etiquette for Buyers.  You didn't know you had rules when you went to open houses?  Well, there are some!  First, be polite.  The agent there is not there for you to practice your rude behavior.  If you are working with a Buyer's Agent, just present your Open House Pass, or their busi...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
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3427 Glastonbury OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $199,999 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 2,182 sqftLot: 8,628 sqft Location 3427 GlastonburyPearland, TX 77581USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland(281) 412-2022PearlandHomeTeam@aol.comhttp://www.th...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
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Forest of Friendswood Kustom Kastle OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $725,000 Single Family Home Main Features 45 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms2 Partial Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 4,772 sqftLot: 19,148 sqft Location 802 Shady Bend LaneFriendswood, TX 77546USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarlan...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 14
A Day Off From Real Estate In Huntsville, Alabama I think this was the first day (or at least half day) that I've been away from real estate in months. A clients house just went under contract and since we are both Harley riders decided to take a ride together before he left the state. The home h...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 7
  Will Your Home Seller Take Less for the House?   It never fails if I have a nicely priced home in a highly desirable in demand RI neighborhood this question surfaces from home buyers.  Usually they are with their real estate agent touring the home or come in at the Open House...Will your home s...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
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Great Neighborhoods to call Home in Camas, WAEach week, we'll feature one of the many great neighborhoods nestled in the hills and meadows around Camas, Washington. We think Camas offers a great lifestyle with the charm of small-town living with access to the big city amenities of nearby Portland...
By Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886
(California Lifestyle Realty)
Comments 5
Would you like a golf hole in your backyard? It makes perfect sense for Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to have a private golf hole in their backyards. And they can sure afford it! Tiger's is on the left...               But ordinary folk who love golf with a passion for golf are doing it too!  Ch...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 6
You WILL Call Me to Help You Buy Your New Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Home!   Just sayin'!!!                                 About The Author Craig Rutman is a North Carolina Residential Real Estate Specialist that can assist you with the purchase and/or sale of real estate in the Raleigh - Cary – A...
By Maggie McFarland, Pearland Realtor, Homes for Sale in Pearland Texas
(RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland)
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5104 Caprock OverviewMapsPhotos $1,600 Residential Rental Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 BathroomsInterior: 1,513 sqftLot: 6,299 sqft Location 5104 CaprockPearland, TX 77581USA Maggie McFarland RE/MAX Pearland - Maggie McFarland(281) 412-2022PearlandHomeTeam@aol.comhttp://www.thehomesourceonline.com ...
By Un-Real Estate Blog, The Real Estate Blog
(Residential Home Funding Corp)
Comments 4
5 Hearthstone Dr North Haledon NJ - Gorgeous!   Looking for a Spacious and absolutely Gracious Colonial home that boasts every luxury and countless upgrades?  5 Hearthstone Drive in North Haledon NJ is a spectacular value and tremendous Colonial home.   Perched on majestic grounds, you enter and ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 7
When the time comes that I can't make a home buying adventure enjoyable for buyer/clients, . . . .   well, I just can't imagine that happening. If the agent is having fun, and I do always, the buyer will have fun. MAKE 'UM SMILE and you just moved closer to selling them a home.                   ...
By Jason Watton, Realtor - Scottsdale Arizona Homes for Sale
(Realty One Group of Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 2
10/20/14 -  LATEST UPDATE ON HOMES FOR SALE IN SCOTTSDALE'S WHISPER RIDGE Here are two of the floorplans coming to PHASE 1 of Whisper Ridge.  These homes will be sold on 1 acre minimum lots in the gated community of Whiper Ridge located near 136th Street and Shea Road in Scottsdale, AZ.  Pricing ...
By Allison Pierce, Buy Sell Give
(Home Selling & Buying Consultant)
Comments 0
Search all homes for sale near Private Schools in Memphis, Tennessee Browse by name of private school or view schools by map view   Whether you are relocating to The Memphis Area, investing in Memphis real estate, or purchasing your first home, school districts can be an important part of the dec...
By Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
(RE/MAX Centre Realtors)
Comments 10
I love to work with first time buyers. I feel wonderful when I have helped them buy a house with everything on their must have list and a few things on their wish list. I find it interesting that inspite of being able to find a lot of information online home buyers dont realize that they can't ge...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 7
I can tell you One of the WORST ways to convince some one they should lower their price, is to beat up on the home with many reasons why it is not worth what they are asking in that person's opinion. You can not get a TREAT with trying to the TRICK the seller or their Listing Agent. Yes indeed a ...
By Duncan Townsend, Professional Real Estate: Principal, BIC
(Dana Properties, LLC.)
Comments 0
4-2.5 Summerville Rent to Own Home by Alston School (Park Hill Properties )           131 Boone StreetThis is By Far the Best Valued Summerville Home in a Planned CommunitSummerville, 4 Bedrooms - 2.5 Baths - Dorchester District 2 SchoolsDorchester District 2 Schools** Near the Alston Middle Scho...
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)
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222 Cinderella Lane, Clarksville TN Just Closed This all brick home in Clarksville TN just sold and closed and the buyers are so happy Clarksville Property Solutions, LLC did another excellent job of rehabbing this home. It took selling it two times to get to closing but sometimes you have to wai...
By Nick Good, www.TheGoodHomeTeam.com
(The Good Home Team with Keller Williams Realty)
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Halloween Safety Tips       Trick or treating is fun occasion for all ages, it can be hazardous too though so I have listed a few safety tip for you to keep in mind so that everyone stays safe.  1. Plan a route in advance    2. Stay well lite and carry a flashlight   3. Wear comfortable shoes tha...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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  Captivating Copiague Colonial  Newly Presented Copiague, NY RE/MAX Wittney Estates View This Captivating Colonial In Detail View Copiague Homes In This Price Range Currently Available For Sale     Captivating Colonial OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $269,990 Single Family Home Main Features 3 B...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 3
                  118 Chitimacha Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $95,000 MLS #PM-16921     Click here to learn more about this Pocono home Salt box style home in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, stone wood burning fireplace, kitchen with breakfas...