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 Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Realty Group)
Comments 35
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a holiday musical classic recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.  The words of the song tell the story of a WWII overseas soldier writing a letter to his family.  He requests that his family prepare for his homecoming by including his favorites in the Christmas celebrati...
By Jeffrey Stevens, Jeffrey Stevens Realtor®/Associate Broker
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 4
1892 Santanova Arc Las Cruces NM 88005 New Listing! 1892 Santanova Arc in The Sanctuary subdivision is a .3 acre lot located just minutes from historic Old Mesilla just outside of sunny Las Cruces, N.M.  The Sanctuary is a fantastic location to build your custom dream home. Picture yourself walki...
By Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459, Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha
(Re/Max Realty 100 262-377-1459)
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Waukesha County Real Estate is an Industry where everyday you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. In the blink of an eye you can lose that important lead. We work in an Industry that involves rigorous time management and technology changes each day. The concept of being personal...
By Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r
(Watson Realty Corp.)
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ALMOST NEW IMPECCABLE 2 STORY OverviewMapsPhotos $218,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 BathroomsInterior: 2,613 sqft Location 1342 CAMP RIDGE LNMIDDLEBURG, FL 32068USA Ellen Dittman-Watson Realty Corp. Watson Realty Corp(904) 535 1199reo.ellen@gmail.com    Listed by: Watson Realt...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 30
Why Do Websites Show Me Homes I Can't Buy? You're cruising the Wild Wild Internet looking for homes to buy and you keep finding a trend.  There's a home for sale, but it's not REALLY for sale!  Or it is kind of for sale.  Or it's already under contract.  Frustrating isn't it?  And the answer to W...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 9
  Buying A Home; Is It Worth It?     Is buying a home a worthy investment? If you are in the real estate business, I am sure you’ve heard (and or) you’ve been asked this question a lot. And all that ask want to know. So what’s the correct answer?   Here’s my answer – A house is most certainly an ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
Comments 0
      Stop Listen this could save lots of grief & money   Consider if you want to OWN A HOME, and you have never owned a home, excitement and anxiousness can be in your blood streams, I know it was in mine, actually it has been in mine all 12 times I purchased homes. And when you click & watch no...
By Jeff Rickert, Realtor, RSPS - Poconos - The Jeff Rickert Team
(Keller Williams Real Estate)
Comments 4
178 Minisink Drive Pocono Lake, PA 18347 $169,500 MLS #PM-10766     More Details About This Pocono Home In Arrowhead Lake-----> Stunning chalet in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake a Gold Star Community. Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, propane fireplace with stone surround, loft, kitchen wit...
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 31
    Every Buyer has a list of "wants and desires" with some being non-negotiable, and some are the bottom of the list and less important.     I like to have buyers make a list of seven in order of their desires, and if we can find five of these, we probably found the home.     We try hard to get ...
By Glenn Gaspar, Glenn Gaspar
(First American Team Realty, Inc)
Comments 0
Homes for Sale: Los Angeles County Foreclosures   The Los Angeles County Bank Owned REO Foreclosure Report is now available.    Discover what newly listed bank owned homes have hit the market.  For a quick glance you can view these listings as a One Line Report , or select the Brief Report which ...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 1
Homes for Sale in the Carriage Oaks Subdivision, Marietta, GA 30064 Why Do People Live here? Carriage Oaks is a desirable neighborhood of approximately 200 single family homes,this hidden gem in West Cobb County, GA is conveniently located less than 20 miles northwest of Atlanta.  The neighborhoo...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 6
We're Only As Good As Our Local Knowledge My parents are retired to the mountains of West Virginia just a few miles from my mom's birthplace.  Beautiful mountains, a river behind them, rich dirt for their garden.  But this scenic place comes with its own set of hazards.  Just ask any trucker that...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 9
Rainbow Landing Madison Alabama Homes For Sale If you're relocating to Madison Alabama from out of state or just moving across town, Rainbow Landing is a community you should consider. Not only for its convenience to shopping and employment, but also for the school system, a prime consideration f...
By Jenifer Duguay Mikeska
(RE/MAX Pearland)
Comments 5
Welcome home!  I will have our #ListWithJen listing at 2702 Raven Ridge Dr. open today, Saturday, December 20th  from 2-4pm.  This beautiful home features 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a 2 car attached garage and sits on a large cul-de-sac lot.  This stunning home also features a formal dining room,...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 12
I can't wait until I can show you... but I can't show you yet.  Because this house must have justice done with a professional photographer.  It. Is. Amazing.  But I did snap a photo from the dock a couple of months ago and I'll let you see the wonderful view. Last finishing touches being done thi...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 8
Southshore in Aurora Colorado 80016 – Home Sweet Home   Southshore is a great neighborhood for any active family.  Located just south of the Aurora Reservoir and just east of the Southlands Shopping Center, there is never a shortage for activities in Southshore.   The Southshore community clubhou...
By Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant
(eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team)
Comments 0
Looking for Atlanta condos for sale with skyline views? Check out 1010 Midtown!   1010 Midtown is a luxury highrise condominium community, located at 1080 Peachtree Street NE in Atlanta, GA 30309.  It not only offers residents some of the best views in Atlanta, it also has an endless list of amen...
By Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.
(Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria)
Comments 5
Shopping for Real Estate by price can narrow down choices. Prices can factor in maintenance requirements, such as lawn care or renovations. Prices can consider condominium fees for the community amenities. Additionally, prices can factor in taxes.   Price can differentiate for square footage base...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 4
Homebuyers, sometimes you have to start with the finished product costs and work backwards.  I got a call a few days ago from a buyer who had $750,000.00 to spend on buying a lot and having a new home built. Actually, it was his builder that called me because he knew I was working on developing s...
By Elyse Berman, PA, ABR, GRI, Realtor, Boca Raton, Delray & Highland Beach- 561-716-7824
(Realty Associates Florida Properties, Boca Raton, FL)
Comments 4
Mizner Tower Condos for Sale in Boca Raton Florida Find similar waterfront condos for sale in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL. Is it time to sell your condo in Mizner Tower in Boca Raton FL?    Mizner Tower condos sit on the grounds of the famed Boca Raton Resort & Club of Boca Raton, FL in Mizner ...