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 Rose King, Friendswood / Pearland Homes
(UTR, Texas Realtors)
Comments 4
 It's 8:00 at night. You call your Realtor to tell her you want to make an offer on a house she showed you just a couple of hours ago. What does your Realtor say to you?"I'll write it up for you tonight."Or..."I'll write it up for you first thing in the morning."In this competitive market, you ha...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 76
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
By Andrea McGhee
(Weststar Pacific Mortgage)
Comments 4
Olympia, Washington is a beautiful place to live! If you can FIND a place to live, that is. Buildable land is in short supply and newly constructed homes are spacious, gorgeous and situated on postage stamp lots.  Outdoor living does not always come with your new home, and if your dream is like m...
By Becky Bortzfield, Real Estate...It's what we do!
(North Florida Home Team)
Comments 22
When banks "find" your Realtor, what are you getting & what are they keeping? I have a customer that was a referred to me from a past customer.  She is military and a first time homebuyer.  During our initial consult, I asked her if she was preapproved for her mortgage yet and would she be using ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 38
I do not need my own Buyer Broker, all I have to do is make a GOOD offer boasts a buyer yesterday.  They then turn to me and blurt out "So what is a GOOD offer anyway?" These first time Buyers had no experience with buying and loaded with bad advice, were not going to listen to anyone. They had a...
By Don Hess
(Keller Williams Realty of Central PA East, 930 Red Rose Court, Lancaster, PA 17601)
Comments 3
  SPACIOUS BI-LEVEL!  Country living on a quiet road!  1900+ sq. ft. of finished living space combined upper and lower levels!  3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Baths, on .72 acre. Many updated amenities including central air and central vac! Forced air Oil heat with propane supplemental.  Private setting with ...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 8
Some Granite Counter tops have trace amounts of uraniumRadon is produced by the breakdown of uraniumNot what we want to hear, right? In almost every other remarks section of a listing, I read "new granite counter tops & kitchen appliances"    Granite counter tops are in almost every flipped house...
By HomeInsurance.com LLC
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One thing about insurance: You shouldn't get it and forget it. Instead, you should revisit your policies covering your home, auto, business and more at least every year. Why? One reason to look at your home business insurance is the best reason of all – you might not need to spend as much money f...
By Beth McIntyre
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 1
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   View-T-Full!     Just Listed       Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale What is Your Home Worth? Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance FREE HUD Report...
By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Comments 32
I met with a first time buyer this afternoon at a Starbucks to talk about the home buying process. I had met her last week at an open house. We had already started the process of qualifying her for a mortgage because my wonderful loan officer, Scott Story, with First Home Mortgage was at the open...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 19
Closing Week RELO Calls &Wants 35% of Commission-What Do You Do?So you have a Buyer's Agreement with a super wonderful couple. You find the house for them. RELO Calls Week of Closing & Wants 35% of Commission -What Do You Do?Sabrina and Darrin were looking for a new home in Atlanta for their move...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 0
Trying to ferret out which features home buyers value most is no simple matter, even though that’s of particular importance when you have a Henry County house for sale. Updated kitchens and bathrooms are always near the top of the ‘most desired’ features compilations; and I’d put ample storage ri...
By Ron Mowery, Overland Park Realtor
(The Mowery Group at Keller Williams Realty )
Comments 0
Listings to Leads - eFlyers   Overland Park Listing!     Just Listed         OPEN HOUSE:     April 26, Sunday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM     Follow This Home! Schedule a Showing/Request Info Overland Park Homes For Sale Search All Homes For Sale Homes Close to Where You Work Avoid Foreclosure What is Your...
By Victoria Henderson Marshall Henderson, Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 6
 Preapproval is not Prequalified...it's better If you Google online prequalification, links to banks and calculators fill the first page. Some of the links promise prequalification for a mortgage in ten minutes or less. But what does that prequalification give you? Prequalification is a small fir...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 21
The market in Gilbert, Arizona for homes under $200,000 is unbelievably competitive. Houses in the price range within striking distance for first time home buyers are snapped up as quickly as they come up for sale. It can be a struggle to get your buyer in to the home for a showing before the hom...
By Laura S. Baker, Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group
(First Weber Group)
Comments 2
Open House!325 Pleasant Street Lake Mills WI 53551 Sunday, April 26th, 201511:00 am - 1:00 pm For more information; Laura Baker (920) 728-4118www.LauraBaker.FirstWeber.com 325 Pleasant StCity of Lake Mills, WI 53551-1146 Jefferson County 3 BR, 4 Full BA $279,000 MLS # 1743252 PIN # 52635 Greeted ...
By Kim Liew
(Century 21 M&M and Associates)
Comments 3
    Open House   3933 Danbury Way Fairfield CA   Friday: April 24th from 2-6 PM Sunday: April 26th from 1-4 PM             Welcome to Paradise Crest Subdivision. I wanted to invite all buyers and potential sellers to my open house Friday April 24th from  2-6 PM,  and on Sunday April 26th 1-4 PM....
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 9
RELO SCAM!AFTER THE FACT CLAIM ON COMMISSION!Ignore the claim.  If the relo company calls, ask for the documentation from the employer that gives them any claim if the buyer selects their own real estate agent.This relo SCAM has been exposed so many times, one would think they's change their proc...
By Barbara Reagan, Your Richmond Home Realtor
(Long & Foster Realtors)
Comments 1
BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME IN RICHMOND VA?  DON’T OVERLOOK THOSE UNEXPECTED COSTS!The Richmond market is very very hot in many parts of the area – Short Pump, Church Hill, Bellevue, near West End, Far West End – all these areas are on fire!  And with that comes rising prices – and even multiple offer...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 3
Surrender Dorothy!Move to the Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area NOW!I get it. You've heard so many great things about the Raleigh, Cary, Apex area. You've heard how it's a wonderful place to work, live, play, raise a family, start a business.... and the list goes on and on.Your interest is piqued and you'...