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 Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 1
Nice 3 bedroom 2 full bath home situated in a country setting on a 1.10 acre lot. The kitchen features a pantry, tile floor, double oven and breakfast dining area. All the bedrooms are carpeted and are nice size. The spacious living room has a masonry wood burning fire place and a tray ceiling. O...
By Darren James
(Darren James Real Estate Experts, LLC)
Comments 0
BEAUTIFUL OPEN FLOWING FLOOR PLAN WITH CERAMIC TILE AND PECAN WOOD FLOORING THROUGHOUT THE LIVING AREAS. KITCHEN FEATURES AN ISLAND WITH RAISED EAT AT BREAKFAST BAR, A WALK-IN PANTRY, CERAMIC TILE COUNTER TOPS AND BACKSPLASH, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES AND RECESSED LIGHTING. THE LIVING ROOM FEATU...
By Lance Owens (RS), LUVA llc. Luxury Real Estate, Homes, Condos, Land
(LUVA Real Estate )
Comments 2
As a REALTOR®  I can't tell you how many times I hear that remark at a party, at the beach, at my kid's soccer game, even  waiting in line at the grocery store.  It gets even worse when I share the deal my wife and I got on our 3 acres in Kaloko.  Sure, I search all the MLS, I look at expired lis...
By Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale
(Helen Adams Realty)
Comments 4
Ahhh, the excitement of new construction Charlotte NC!  The only thing that beats "new car smell" is "new home smell," and new construction Charlotte NC is HOT HOT HOT!  It's wonderful to drive through Charlotte and its surrounding areas and see all of the new construction of homes popping up.  A...
By Ben Ganje + Partners, Minneapolis Market Leader
(Lakes Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 0
602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis Find similar condos for sale to the 602 602 First Condos for Sale, North Loop Minneapolis.   Get the current value of your Minneapolis condo or home in todays market. Find out more details about the latest luxury condominium project to hit the Min...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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    Ginger Zee always has interesting little weather facts.  This morning Florida is the ONLY state that does not have snow, sooooooooooo snow me the way to go home to Naples Florida.   If you’re not shoveling it yourself then you are standing at the window looking for “the guy” you hired and are...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
(MOOERS REALTY)
Comments 5
Homes for sale in Houlton Maine, take a peek at three. Then let us know what your reaction is to the property listings. And we can fine tune the selection suggestions. Let us hear from you, reach out, don't swallow the questions needing answering. First up, a just listed 3 Weeks Street Houlton Ma...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 0
1346 HAMPSHIRE RD OAK BAY HANDYMAN’S SPECIAL..COMING SOON NEW OAK BAY LISTING COMING THIS WEEK. Located only one block for the centre of the Oak Bay Village.   Drive By 1346 Hampshire Rd 1957 Home 1020 sq.ft(est) main floor 3 bed 1 bath Full Height Undeveloped Basement 50’ x 120’ lot           Go...
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 28
    You all have heard what a C R A Z Y market we are experiencing in Denver, but Saturday was a bit over the top.    We didn't get a snowstorm, and the sun was out, even though the temps were in the 20's, it was a nice day.    We saw several open houses at new listings, and had a showing set for...
By Jessica Wallace, Santa Cruz Realtor (831) 419-9345
(Coldwell Banker - Santa Cruz)
Comments 5
SANTA CRUZ VICTORIAN HOME FOR SALE 1104 KING STREET, SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060 OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY MARCH 1ST 1 -4 PM   Chance of a lifetime to own a classic Santa Cruz Victorian home!  These do not come on the market often and this is a real opportunity to live in a one of a kind home.  This property is...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 1
  Real estate continues to top the list of best long-term investments, according to a Gallup Economy and Personal Finances Poll. Americans prefer investing in real estate (30 percent) when compared to gold (24 percent), stocks/mutual funds (24 percent), savings accounts/CDs (14), and bonds (6 pe...
By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, Keller Williams Classic Realty
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Comments 2
Champlin Real Estate & Homes For Sale, February 23rd-March 1, 2015 Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ Herda Home Team ~ 612.807.4858 This is a weekly blog post geared to letting Champlin residents get a feel for the current Real Estate market right here in their own community. This page is updated weekly,...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 2
When I arrived at the home for inspection, the owner told me that they were having a "turrible" bug problem they was not able to get a handle on. They have sprayed, left traps, and still! I acknowledged and started doing my thing. Well... it didn't take me too long to see where the problem could ...
By Erick Blackwelder, Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
(Cell: 703-677-1120)
Comments 0
James and Amber were referred to me for help selling their townhouse in Woodbridge, VA, and buying a single family home.  They bought their townhouse as newlyweds.  Two children later, their once comfy towhouse was splitting at the seams. They had a newly remodeled kitchen, and remodeled baths in...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 25
A Hat Trick - Home Inspection Findings                                              Chelan Home Inspections   Hat Trick n. Sports   1. Three goals scored by one player in one game, as in ice hockey. 2. Three wickets taken in cricket by a bowler in three consecutive balls. 3. Three consecutive win...
By Richard Woodward NMLS#217454, Service Beyond Expectations! Your Texas Lender
(Interlinc Mortgage Services, LLC #205696)
Comments 0
    Conventional 3% down payment program. Are you looking for a low down payment mortgage? With our conventional 3% down and My Community home loans you can buy your dream home with very little down payment. As a leading Dallas Texas mortgage lender, my team and I are always looking for ways to ...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 8
A penny saved is... While Ben Franklin's quote on saving money is renowned, not all saved pennies may be well earned. For example, shortcuts are simply a way to save money and time. What they are most often not are a best practice. A shortcut is good for the one using the shortcut, not typically ...
By Phil Caulfield, Mortgage Lender - San Francisco Bay Area
(Opes Advisors)
Comments 2
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area there are many buyers paying cash to buy a home in order to win in multiple offer situations in this very competitive market.  Paying cash is a great strategy to buy the home. The question the buyer must consider after closing escrow is "does it make sense to ge...
By Marla Yost, The Marla Yost Team
(Marla Yost Team- Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 0
Do you want the most updated information on the market? Then this is as fresh as it can get! Below you will find information on the the newest listings in Mansfield TX just over the weekend. For more information, call the Marla Yost Team at 817-382-9791.     Over the weekend, a total of 6 homes g...
By Johnny Davis, Broker/Owner
(Platinum International Realty Group LLC)
Comments 4
Can a self employed person who doesn't have paystubs get a loan to buy a house? I have heard this question numerous times. I am not a mortgage broker and I don't pretend to know all about the nuiances of getting a loan. I know quite a bit, but I prefer to stick to the real estate and let the mone...