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 Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
Comments 38
         Coulda ...  Woulda...  Shoulda! That's What You're Going to Say, if You Don't Buy Now!          Missed Opportunities!    Regrets!    Lost Potential!         Coulda ... Woulda ...    Shoulda!              That's what you're going to be hearing yourself say ... if you d...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 10
People generally fall into two groups, cat people or dog people. I have found it is a love hate relationship. You love one and can’t tolerate the other. I have found a third category, people who just don’t like dogs or cats. A pet free house certainly does have many advantages, so I sympathize wi...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 115
Why NOT Do A Final Walk-Through? Seems to me that, if an action is important enough to be included in the Contract of Sale, it’s important enough to be performed and taken seriously by buyers, sellers and the agents involved.  HAVE A LIST OF THINGS TO TEST OR OBSERVE. We have a real estate board ...
By Mark Edwards, East West Realty
(East West Communities, Hampton Roads, Virginia)
Comments 6
Make The Place You Live, The Place You Love The new homes in Founders Pointe and The Riverfront at Harbour View are carefully designed and custom built to create an overall architectural appeal that is immediately sensed when you drive through the community. The variety of home plan sizes, styles...
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 65
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Paul F. Stillwaggon, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(NJ Estates Real Estate Group)
Comments 2
NJ Estates Real Estate Group and the renowned builders Dan Pollera and Jim Brenn proudly present Distinctive Domain at Neshanic Station, a subdivision of 6 stunning luxury new homes on large lots located on a new extended cul-de-sac Just like every other project that Distinctive Domain has offere...
By THE TRAILBLAZER TEAM - ASHEVILLE Land and Signature Mountain Homes, Knowledge. Insight. We Walk the Extra Acreage !
(Signature Mountain Homes and LAND- Asheville 1031 Realty, Inc.)
Comments 6
    More and more these days,  people across the land are opting for homes that can work across three generations of the family.   This is substantiated by a recent Pew Research Center Report. It  pointed out that  living in mutigenerational households is on the rise. "In general, people wan...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 6
Friday was a great day for my buyers - their purchase of 1 Lilly Lane in San Carlos, CA recorded. They now have the keys, and are busy this weekend starting the move-in process and planning their future. Buying a home in San Francisco, San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley can be a daunting pro...
By Bob Pisa Downing-Frye Realty, Commitment, Service, Satisfaction...
(Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. Naples, FL)
Comments 32
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 Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 1
MTG Fight Night:  80-10-10 vs. REX   The tale of the tape:                           80-10-10 Piggyback Loan            vs.                  REX Homebuyer $1,100,000          Purchase Price          $1,100,000 $110,000          Down Payment          $110,000 $625,500            First Mortgage    ...
By Andrew Texidor Valley Neighborhood Specialists, Team Texidor Neighborhood Specialists for you!
(Valleywide neighborhood specialists)
Comments 0
Queen Creek Arizona has grown in size and poopularity for places to live in the valley of the sun, but before you make the decision to live in Queen Creek, watch this video to see the best value for the buck in the area!  Do not settle, take advantage of the best value per square foot in the Quee...
By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 3
2 Story Colonial in Scarborough Manor, Bear, Delaware OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionOpen House Contact us for pricing Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Partial BathroomInterior: 2,050 sqftLot: 0.19 acre(s) Location 5 Ashen Sky CourtBear, DE 19701USA Christopher Patak...
By Jimmy Chickey, Las Vegas Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Southwest, Partner in the Jamie Cox Group)
Comments 1
Photo courtesy of www.freedigitalphotos.net New Home Specials and Sales in Las Vegas and Henderson NV! Right now there are some fantastic sales going on in Las Vegas and Henderson NV.  It does't happen often, so be sure to act quick so that you can take advantage of these savings.   This is ...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 4
Home Shop Moonlight Dr Idabel OK For Sale     You can have it all!  3 bed 2 bath Idabel Oklahoma home on outer edge of Unique Country Homes Addition with limited neighbors, being that there is vacant pasture land behind it.  Home was built in 1994.  It speaks to quality at every turn.  Like New a...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 7
The home buying process is really very logical to those of us who deal with it daily.  But for first time home buyers or those who have not purchased a home in years it can seem confusing. So where do you start?   The first step is to deal with the finances.  This can not be over emphasized. With...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 0
Once you've found a home, your agent will help you write an offer. An offer takes the form of a contract and specifies everything about the conveyance of the property. Then, your agent will present the offer to the listing agent who will present it to the owners. How Much Should You Offer? In...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
Comments 1
We all have our dream home. Maybe it has a resort-like pool in the back yard, or it's the penthouse on the 36th floor, or it has mountain views. Whatever it may be, it may not always be. In this edition of the Intown Atlanta Real Estate Buyers Guide, it's Desire vs. Require. When you star...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 0
  Investor Alert   Just Listed   $49,900 each   Located in a good rental area these three rental properties are tenant occupied, in good condition and are being professionally managed by a competent and responsive property manager.  All properties are registered with MDE and have been well mainta...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 0
Lane Realty does NOT do property managment, but lots of times we have buyer clients who want to come "check out" Lake Sinclair for a week or weekend to decide if this is the lake for them, so we certainly do point those clients in the right direction to find a vaction rental. Toni Davis...
By Brian Petrelli, MBA, GRI
(The Brian Petrelli Team - Metro Brokers)
Comments 1
With the drastic drop in Littleton Foreclosures, bank owned homes are hard to find. With the lack of available inventory for Littleton Homes, buyers have been forced into bidding wars on many of the few foreclosures that do become available. HUD helped us out a little by recently releasing a Foot...