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 Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
Comments 1
  Search Union County Homes for Sale Town Listings, New School Report Cards, Find Real Estate Listings, New Homes, Commercial and more. Web Page:  http://www.njestates.net/nj/counties/union    Union County New Jersey Real Estate You need to have the best representative possible to assist you wit...
By Wanda Pearson, Wanda Pearson
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Just what is a a subdivision (SUBD) and a master planned community (MPC)?  How are they interrelated ​and ​ what is their importance to you, the home buyer? Are you a first time home buyer or perhaps you did not handle the major decisions and/or financials of the last home purchase? Maybe you we...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 65
The old joke is if you bring in 10 home inspectors you Will get 10 different reports.  In reality this is not true, you may only get 5. One of the most important jobs in a Home Buyers eyes and one of the dreaded parts of selling by a Home Seller. The most important part of any inspection is ident...
By Jeff Gould
(Kings Realty & Property Mgmt.)
Comments 5
Photo credit: Maks Karochkin / Foter / CC BY Great, you've made the decision to buy a home. Now is the time to get a mortgage pre-approval (not a pre-qualification) and start getting your finances together. If you break any of the rules below, your chances of getting a mortgage will decrease dram...
By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
Comments 1
 Spotlight on Manasquan NJ! Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Manasquan gets its name from the Lenape Indians who called it “Man-A-Squaw-Han”, which means “stream of the island squaws”. A boardwalk, jetty, surfers, beaches, and sunbathers are the summer theme in Manasquan, as vacationers flock to thi...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
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New Listing - Heritage Eagle Bend - Aurora, CO  80016     Looking for a premier age restricted property?    Heritage Eagle Bend is one of the best retirement community in all of Denver!  This stunning ranch is located within a golf course community with views of the 18th hole.   You can sit on th...
By Kevin B. Tolbert PA Team Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie, Luxury Home and New Home Construction Specialist
(Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie)
Comments 2
Purchase this Mercedes Home, Ascott Bay Model, located at 2001 Akorot Port St Lucie, Fl. 34953, just in time for the summer. This is a great house for family and friends to enjoy during summer. Have a BBQ, summer party, football party; all while cooling off in the pool.   Gorgeous Mercedes Ascott...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 19
15861 Coldwater Dr. Harvest, AL Open House 3/29/15 2-4 PM New Price $134,900 Best priced home in the neighborhood of Rock Creek. This link ROCK CREEK HOMES FOR SALE will provide accurate daily updated information of homes for sale in this Harvest, Alabama neighborhood. Rock Creek Subdivision 1586...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 13
I've been working with a young first time home buyer the past month who has been well raised by his parents. His two oldest brothers both owned their first homes before the age of 23 and now at the age of 21 my clients latest offer was just accepted last night on a home in a neighborhood he cove...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 15
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate One of the Best Things About My "Job".... is when I drive a new client (or a client with family members tagging along) around Fishhawk Lake and I watch the transformation from intrigue to love take place in less than two hours' time! It is the BEST feeling in the world t...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 2
*Living in Luxury in the Golf Course of Arizona*     Palm Valley Golf Course Pool Home for Sale on Large Corner lot in Goodyear AZ! 14442 W VERDE LN Goodyear, AZ 85395 Beds 4/2.5Baths Sq ft 2718 Year Built 1999 MLS 5244265  $329,900   Beautiful home on large corner lot. New exterior paint and new...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Florida 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 9
Sea Ranch in Boca Raton A-1402 - PENDING SALE   Unit A-1402 in Sea Ranch in Boca Raton FL is pending sale.  Check out the amazing views from this pet-friendly condo for sale in Boca Raton FL.        For more information on condos for sale at Sea Ranch in Boca or to find out more about Boca Raton ...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 4
How many times have you been asked "What is the difference between a pre-qualification letter and a pre-approval?" Here is a basic rule of thumb and why you should always get a pre-approval from a prospective client. A pre-qualification can be obtained anywhere. You tell the loan officer what you...
By Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor
(Charles Rutenberg Realty)
Comments 8
Pinellas County Florida has a great down payment assistance program that is available not only to first time home buyers but also to anyone who has not owned a home for the last three years. Naturally, it isn't as simple as that. You have to have a good credit score, not perfect but over 640. Inc...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 13
Finding good ideas gone wrong is nearly a daily experience for the home inspector I often kid that I know enough about something to be dangerous. There are times while looking through a house that it seems that those who should know don't know what they should know with potentially dangerous resu...
By Dale Dresel, Maricopa City & Goodyear Neighborhood Realtor©
(HomeSmart Success, Maricopa & Goodyear AZ)
Comments 2
*Living in Luxury in the Golf Course of Arizona*   Goodyear Spectacular Custom Pool Home for Sale in Irrigated Acre in Estrella Mountain Ranch AZ!   Rare find and with a stunning extra-large Pebble Sheen Play Pool. NO HOA's & it's horse property! Has not one but dual master suites. Enormous Maste...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 8
Homes for Sale Upper Marlboro 1/2 - 3 Acres.  $500 Buyer REBATE.  Help with Closing Costs or Closing Gift.   Homes for Sale in Upper Marlboro MD with 1/2 - 3 Acres. 800-711-7988. Upper Marlboro is the County Seat for Prince George's County.  While there are some small lot communities, the rural a...
By Gordon Sloan, Salt Lake Homes For Sale, Salt Lake Real Estate
(Group1 Real Estate, selling houses in Salt Lake City Utah )
Comments 0
    If you need to find Salt Lake homes w/ mother in law apartment from $250,000 here is a good place to start. It's not as automatic as you might like, but doable nevertheless. Below you will see snippets from the MLS of listings as they appeared on our search site, SaltLakecityutahhomesforsale....
By Don Mcbride, Buy or Sell Today
(Nautical Realty Group)
Comments 3
Cloudless Sunday From Cape Coral, Florida Search Cape Coral Homes
By Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
Comments 5
Do I get more Discount as an All Cash Buyer buy NYC Condos? New York Real Estate is very competitive market place and it is a city full very successful professionals with high income, along with entrepreneurs of many industries such as finance, fashion, culinary and etc. We are seeing many sales ...