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 Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 80
She Says “I’m Working With Multiple Agents” And Then I Say…   Recently, I answered the phone   I want to find a house for my daughter.   Some small talk ensues.   I tell her she caught me as I was going into an appointment and ask if I can call her back in about an hour.   “Sure, sweetie….”   I c...
By Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7
(Samson Properties)
Comments 25
Buyers across the country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting.  As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible especially the value of the home that they want to pur...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 37
    For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par.    While inspecting an upper end property in the Nashville Tennessee area, I ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 62
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do!  So how about avoiding these common mistakes BEFORE they happen: 1.  Refusing to g...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 57
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the amount a Buyer Agent would have received towards...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 21
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 70
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate
(REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
Comments 21
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house.” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out of my vehicle. As I walked past, because he was speak...
By Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent
(Realty Path)
Comments 28
    Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated.  This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the first reason is that they do not know enough about them ....
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 19
​ Want to know what to look for​ during your Long Island Final Walk-Through?     You should use the Final Walk-Through as the last opportunity you have prior to closing.   Below ​ ​ ​Are Some Suggestions​  Of​  What To Look For​ At Your Final Walk-Through...   ​1. Final Check: First, make sure ev...
By Bill Irwin, "Where Luxury Living Meets Luxury Hospitality"
Comments 0
Are you considering retirement?  Looking for just the right community?  Well, the beautiful seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL may be just the place for you!  Where to Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, has selected Ponte Vedra Beach as ...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
Comments 1
Closing Tips for Sellers of Lakeland Sandpiper Golf Homes for Sale Your Lakeland Sandpiper golf home for sale has a ratified contract yet you can’t completely relax until you and the  buyer, get to the closing table. The burden of finalizing the financing to purchase the home falls on the buyer, ...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 18
FAQ Who pays the HOA fees at closing?   This past week a client asked me why the seller wasn't paying the HOA fees on his home under contract.  This isn't the first home I've assisted him on a purchase so I was a bit perplexed where this question was coming from.  It didn't make a lot of sense as...
By Ruth Lerner
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 0
Cash Buyers Assume They Can Pay Less?  Never Assume Cash buyers have been making many condo sellers in Brighton and Brookline very happy these days.  In general, they have an upper hand because they can waive the financing contingnecy, and they save everyone a lot of work and stress around obtain...
By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
Comments 0
  Recently we represented move-up buyers, who were also repeat clients in the purchase of this Home For Sale in Valparaiso, Indiana 46385.   If you are looking to buy your 1st home, move up to a bigger home, or downsize and simplify - we would appreciate the opportunity to represent you as well....
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 16
    Good real estate agents want what is best for their customers; I do too. While evaluating properties, I rely on all the knowledge that I have as well as tools to help me determine if anything is amiss.    It didn't seem as if it was too long ago when one mentioned doing a radon test, fear wen...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 2
John Meussner has quickly become one of my favorite reads here on Active Rain.  He's a mortgage banker out of Costa Mesa, CA, and his knowledge about the mortgage industry clearly shines in all of his writing.  Keep up the great work John, and thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.   How L...
By Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Comments 35
Agents sometimes get in the way. They get in the way of a deal, or in the way during negotiations, or simply in the way of communications. I had a buyer tell me yesterday that they appreciated the fact that after we walked into a home they wanted to see, I did not hang right with them. Of course ...
By Susan Weaver, Realtor, ePRO
(Coral Shores Realty)
Comments 0
Beach Club II Hallandale Beach Condo for Sale. 1830 S Ocean Dr #2610 $660,000 *** Best Priced 2/2 with Ocean Views at the Beach Club ***   Spectacular Ocean & Intracoastal views from the 26th floor!  2 bedroom / 2 bath 5 star amenities 2 story gym overlooking the ocean world class spa adult only ...