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 Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 5
Rare New Construction Home for sale in Temecula California Meadow View OverviewMapsPhotosDescriptionMarket Stats $925,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 3,424 sqftLot: 25,710 sqft Location 29610 Avenida del SolTemecula, CA 92591USA Pamela Seley,...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 2
Pending sale in the hills of San Carlos, CA 94070 1 Lilly Lane, San Carlos Recently listed by Eddie Azzopardi of Realty World HomeSeekers, my buyers are ecstatic that their purchase offer was accepted. They are anxiously awaiting the day they move in and start enjoying life here, high in the San ...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 13
Sure I Can Paint The Walls . . . Why Do I Need to Hire Out?   The post written by Debbie Laity "You Need Professional Help . . . Internet Shopping Advice for Home Buyers" inspired me. Here's why:  There's a lot of things that look EASY . . .  Painting is an example I thought of ...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
Comments 1
  Amazing 45 acre parcel of timber and gorgeous mountain views. If you are looking for privacy and beauty to build your dream home, this is your place. Additional acreage available. Road is roughed in, electric and phone nearby. Plenty of wildlife. The owner will carry a contract with a 10 yr cas...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 3
Sale! Sale! Sale! Price Reduction on this Amazing Chester Home! This stunning single family home in Chester is now on SALE! That's right, over 3000 square feet of glorious space for just $289K! Welcome home to 5212 Timsbury Pointe Drive Chester VA. So, what do you get for your money? Bang for...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
Comments 1
Looking for a beautiful piece of acreage full of trees and with mountain views? Be sure to see this 23 acre parcel chocked full of breath taking views. Driveway is roughed in, several home sites to choose from, well treed with some open meadows. Electric and phone nearby, privacy and close to tow...
By Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain
(Keller Williams Sandpoint)
Comments 0
Backs up to USFS. The trees are growing so clear a home site to recapture those beautiful lake views. Year round access, peak a boo lake views, outstanding mountain views and rock outcroppings. End of the road privacy with power and Phone in the road. Has passed a perc test in the past and owner ...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 3
  This was posted by Margaret Rome in Baltimore MD but it rings true in Boca Raton FL as well.  I field many soliciation calls, as we all do, but we never know when someone is calling who needs help.   That's why I answer my phone.  If I happen to miss it, I will return the call asap.   Recen...
By Shanna Day Mega Team Leader (AZ & UT), BUY or SELL Your Home FAST w/The Shanna Day Team!
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
Comments 1
Homes in Beautiful Las Sendas, Mesa AZ between  $1.150m - $2.3m View Photos 4327 N SONORAN HEIGHTS Circle Mesa, AZ 85207 $2,300,000 5 bds 6.5 ba 7326 sq ft Status: Active Listing #: 5111503 Unbelievable Quality and Value In Las Sendas Golf Course Community. Artisan Craftsman Finishes that will Ex...
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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Steps on The Road to Buying Your Clarksville TN Home If buying a home in Clarksville TN has got you puzzled and you don't know where to start then check out the infographic and see the road to buying your Clarksville TN home. Take note that one of the first steps is to find a REALTOR® and hir...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459)
Comments 3
Waukesha Wisconsin is full of amazing history, plenty of interesting things to see and do, great restaurants, and lots ofwonderful and charming residents. The original nickname of Waukesha is "Spring City" because of all the natural springs that were and are in the city. The water was s...
By Bob Pisa Downing-Frye Realty, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction...
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL)
Comments 28
REALTORS Sell New Construction Properties Too Buyer representation should not be overlooked for resale and new construction Image courtesy of Bill Longshaw at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Often I will work with customers for a short or long time period primarily on resale listings. Then I'm told tha...
By Tom Braatz, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459)
Comments 5
 In the City of Pewaukee Wisconsin you have the luxury of walking through the beautiful streets of downtown Pewaukee with all it's great restaurants and window shopping. Enjoy the many beautiful homes, the views, and stop to talk to some really great people. Minutes away is Pewaukee Lake, rig...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 4
Pet Friendly Homes Boca Raton Florida - Know The Questions To Ask                                           Are you looking for a pet-friendly home in Boca Raton Florida?   Want to live in a condo on the ocean or a gated community?  You need to know the right questions to ask to see if your pet w...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 46
Have you ever wondered what your real estate buyer's agent thinks about when you ask how much you should offer on a house? The answer is not so simple, it is not merely some percentage of the asking price. You see, how much you should offer on the house differs from home to home, based upon a...
By The Marcus Rice Team, Richmond VA Real Estate Services
(Equity First Realty )
Comments 0
Richmond VA Homes for Sale and Real EstateLooking for a great place to live in Richmond VA, and don't know where to start your search? Sometimes the hardest thing to do when you are unfamiliar with an area is choose the right place to live. We are always afraid to make a mistake, the stakes ...
By Jenna Weinerman, Helping deliver a breakthrough client experience.
(Updater)
Comments 92
Buying an apartment in NYC is an undertaking to say the least. But, it's not impossible. I recently read a story about a couple who saved over $100k to buy their first apartment by cutting expenses in all the right ways. How did they do it? Lindsey says, "Well, PBR had something to do wi...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 42
You Need Professional Help...Internet Shopping Advice for Home Buyers. The bottom line is don't do it. Even though the internet is chock full of information on buying a home...it can't take the place of a qualified real estate professional, and here's why. These are some good reasons,...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 1
Welcome to our Open House real estate section. In this section we proudly present well-cared for real estate properties from starter homes to custom built luxury residences. The experienced staff at NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors is dedicated and ready to assist you in the home...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 11
Living in the City, Transportation and Take Out.  There are many advantages to living in the city. One of them is that you can live Auto free.  If you live and work in the city, especially Boston you can get from here to there in most cases faster with the available public transportation (during ...